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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Pattern says: working in heel of sole, center 13 sts.... What?? on: June 16, 2006 01:19:02 PM
Ok, so I thought I could follow crochet patterns now, but clearly I can't...

What do they mean? I'm making the Baby Cowboy Booties and can't for the life of me get past this one sentence! Has anyone else made them or understands what they mean??

This is what it says:
Round 5: Working on heel of sole, center 13 sts. Working in front loops of rnd 3, join with sl st in first of 13 centered sts....

Please someone enlighten me before I go crazy  Huh
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / What is your bestseller? on: August 03, 2004 11:57:30 PM
I've done 2 market days now and I've noticed that what I thought was going to be a hit with the buyers wasn't and what I nearly didn't bring because I didn't like very much was the first to be snapped up...

Obviously it just goes to show that taste is like your bum...divided... but still, some things get popular with the masses.

What is it you sell the most of?

These are my top earners. Felt Purses! This is not a new project so this is not really for commenting on, just to show you what sells...I posted them here when I first joined and had kinda forgot about them but they sell really well!







...anyone else like to share their trade secrets...?  Wink
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / beaded gemstone dangly thing for round your neck! on: August 03, 2004 01:24:37 PM
I saw this beaded dangly necklace in a shop for over 50 euros and I thought...ha! I can make that for 2 euros! and I did. Still, I have to give the person who made the original some credit, hers was beautiful.

It should have consisted of a lot more beaded strings and I really tried not getting bored but it was a bit too fiddly for me with the whole 'beads-not-fitting-over-the needle-eye-and-having-to-force-every-single-one-on-and-my-fingers-now-hurt!' thing.

I used normal DMC floss because that's what I had but the one in the shop had some kind of coated, dark, twine-like lovely thread. I got my gems in a little cheap grab bag at stone shop but her gemstones were bigger... All in all, my effort does not do this project justice but I thought I'd share the vision of opportunities with it anyway and throw it out there to you beaders!!  Wink

(For the record: my boobs are not that big and bulging! I think Mr. Wide-angle is playing a trick with us here...)







4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Save IKEA's fabric department!!! on: July 22, 2004 03:58:58 PM
..so I went to IKEA yesterday to get some more of their always colourful, cool and cheap fabric only to find there was almost nothing left on the shelves.
OK, I thought, it's probably because they get new stuff in August/September...  I asked about it and to my shock and horror tho woman said that...

IKEA IS CUTTING DOWN THEIR TEXTILE DEPARTMENT AND WONT BE SELLING FABRIC ANYMORE!!!!! 

I almost cried. The friendly and comforting woman said I should complain and that if enough people did it they would have to re-think it!! So I think some emails are in order!

http://www.ikea.com/   (choose your country and complain! A lot!!)

PS: I put this in Future Projects because this would seriously jepardize all my future handbag making and by the looks of things a lot of other people's projects too!  Cry

Thanks...
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / ...more felt flowers! on: July 16, 2004 02:51:08 AM
I was so inspired by the lovely felt flower pin that Hanabi sent me in the handbag swap, ( http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=8177.30 ) I got all my scrap felt out and went crazy.

I <3 them. They're so nice and summery, unlike the weather here... Sad Not sure what to do with them yet. They might become pins or I might attach them to hairbands or maybe even put them ALL on one handbag!  Cheesy

Don't think there's anything new under the sun here, but if anyone's got any questions just ask... enjoy!








6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tile coasters just because... on: May 07, 2004 04:49:28 PM
OK so I might be overloading you all with pics, but I'm just so darn excited about finally having a digital camera!!

Here's some coasters I made from tiles (10cmx10cm) that I found at the back of a cupboard in the flat we're renting.. hope my landlord doesn't mind... Roll Eyes
I used some porcelain paint, a porcelain felt tip pen and this porcelain liner paint tube thing I had left over from a personalized mug phase I went through!

The faces are dingbats from the font 'The Kids', the flowers are Marimekko, the horse I have no idea where I found, the flower is another dingbat and the circles are my own.. (!) I attached some thick felt bits underneath so they wouldn't scratch the table.  After 'firing' in the oven according to instructions I spray painted them with matte spray varnish for added protection and easy wiping off after use.

Have no idea what to do with them as I don't really use coasters, but they were really fun to make and they'll probably end up as xmas presents...  Cheesy

7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Easy to make paper labels! on: May 07, 2004 04:32:38 AM
Not rocket science or revolutionary but I thought I'd share my label making technique with you. This is quite handy for small things like jewellery and anything you can't really sew a label onto! You can either just attach them by 'looping' them around an item or you can attach a little safety pin to it and fasten it that way.

Here's what I did, all in Illustrator. This is for A5 because thats the size of the paper I had.
I found a nice font (Blair, in this case) for the 'HANDMADE DESIGN'. I decided to make my labels 45mm x 15mm so I made guides every 15mm down and 45mm across. Then I created a rectangle the same size, placed it in the top left hand corner, placed the text where it should go in the rectangle, copied and pasted the box to line up with the guides and deleted the rectangles so just the text was left.  To cut out the labels when printed, I placed 'bookmarks' along the guides (outside the actual label area). Like so:



Then I cut them out, hand wrote my signature (company name) on to all of them (could've scanned it in and printed that as well, but I kinda like the handwritten feeling... it adds a bit to the whole handmade impression). I punched a whole with one of those leather/belt hole punchers as a normal hole punch was a bit to big. (for bigger labels that would be fine). Got some thin twine, stuck it through the hole and 'looped' it to secure it on the label. Like so:



And that's it! Hope it helps some of you so I didn't just waste everyone's time and bandwidth here ...  Grin
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Scrap Leather + Beads = Pure Love! on: May 07, 2004 02:36:24 AM
I got this lovely, soft square piece of leather from a friend and took it home to sit and look at... Was trying to imagine what would be the best way of using this gorgeous thing! (I get really 'precious' with materials if I really like them and end up never using them because I'm worried that if I cut it, make something and I don't like it, it's ruined and I get upset.... Please tell me I'm not the only one... Cheesy)

Being into the cuff-thing at the moment I thought that would be quite nice and I'd get to make about 5-6 out of the little piece I had so I was happy! Decided I wanted a flower on it, so I looked through one of my Elle Decorations (I subscribe - wonderful mag for inspiration!) and lo and behold, there was this beautiful lily. Then I found some matching beads, wire and the snap and I was away!

It's quite self-explanatory and I'm awful at tutorials, but I am making a few more so if anyone wants a step-by-step, let me know and I'll try to take some pictures of the actual making-it-bit.





9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / whaaat..? easter is over?!? on: May 05, 2004 10:04:56 AM
I know I know, but they were sitting in my kitchen cupboard peeping out everytime I got the bread out, and I think they felt (thihi) a bit hurt about not being posted...

My dining table looked a bit bland for Easter and I thought I'd make Easter morning breakfast a little more.. well, easter-ish.. So this is what I did.

Egg Cozies!! Again, felted sweaters. + some yarn.

Here they are to say hi!

10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Yummy Felted Crochet Handbags! on: May 02, 2004 04:41:22 AM
I've seen all the nice knitted and felted handbags and being absoluteley useless at knitting I decided to crochet some instead!!

I got a big hook (no 10 I think) and some really cheap wool from a discount shop (5 NOK. Roughly 0.40, 0,50 EURO, $0,70 etc etc...) and started crocheting (with double thread) 'til there was no more yarn left!

I totally winged it, so there's no pattern. I'ts basically just DC, but instead of doing one long piece and sewing up the sides afterwards to make the bagshape I didn't stop and turn when I reached the end of the initial chain. I kept going 'around' and picked up the 'opposite' loops to the ones I'd just done. If that makes sense... I imagine it's a lot like knitting in the round, 'coz instead of stopping and turning all the time you can just keep going and going and going and going... veeery relaxing and you might find you'll have to unravel again occasionally.... Smiley

The handles I made on one of those round things you can hold with 4 prongs at the top that you wrap the yarn around and, magically, a long 'worm' comes out the bottom... Sorry, have no idea what it's called.  Roll Eyes
Then I just stuck it through the stitches and made a big knot. (This has  obviously got to be done before washing it as the felting will tighten the wool and secure the handles. If it's not secure enough, tie another knot.)

I added some beads to the pink one and they look really nice and sparkly in real life, but don't really show in the pic. I also thought it would be nice to add some felted crochet flowers and leaves to some of them but I had ran out of wool... Sad

For a bit of security I added some velcro at the top for fastening.

Lastly, mine shrunk about 2/3 so if you want a biiig bag you need to make it about the size of a plastic bag before shrinking. Small ones are nice & cute though!

Phew!! I'll shut up and show you the pics now!  Wink







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