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11  Dragon ski hat in Knitting: Completed Projects by chek101 on: July 03, 2012 01:46:36 PM
This was kind of fun to knit. When I finished the hat I stuck it on a bowl but first I stuffed it with this really huge ball of yarn I have so as to make it stand up straight. It does have eyes holes and a mouth hole.

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12  SPIDER ATTACK! Oh my! in Knitting: Completed Projects by chek101 on: June 17, 2012 07:43:38 AM
OMG, my pet prehistoric gigantic house fly is stepping on dangerous toes. The fight for computer rights is on!!

Here comes the tarantula now!

Look out! That spider looks pretty mad! You better stop preening and start running!

Didn't you hear me??

I said, "RUN!!!"

Do it NOW!!!

You have about 2 seconds to MOVE IT!!

I can't look! Can't take it!

Oooooooh nooooOOOH!  WAAAAAAAAAH!!!!

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13  Amazing! These are ALL CLOTH DOLLS! in More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions by chek101 on: March 15, 2012 07:50:43 AM
This is not my work but the work of a woman I much admire. Here are just a few pictures of this woman's amazing work in cloth dolls. I am going to give this work a try myself. I thought you might be interested in seeing them. Check out the urls below to see more of her work. And do read her interesting bio.





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14  How I built a Horse Drawn Carriage in Halloween Costumes by chek101 on: February 29, 2012 03:34:56 PM
Some of the things I created I kept track of in a diary. But I created a special diary for the Dorsay Brougham - the horse drawn carriage. I have already posted her pictures to this board (the Black Carriage), but I thought you might want to see how I went about making her, and so I am copying some of the diary's contents here so that you can walk with me as I journey back 13 years to when I built this beautiful horse-drawn carriage. By the way, "brougham" is pronounced "Brahm" or "Broom" depending on which side of the Atlantic you are on. The brougham is a light-weight carriage pulled by just one or two horses. Circa 1890. There are a lot of pictures in my diary showing the coach's photographic journey as well. Of these, I chose a dozen or so. But you can still experience what I experienced as I went about making her. She and I went thru a lot of ups and downs. She survived Hurricane Floyd tho he knocked her off her struts leaving a big gap in her left front side for me to repair - more time lost. Since big projects require that I work out doors, the weather was important to me. I remember the summer I built the brougham was a particularly wet one. To weather proof the carriage, I threw a coat of red paint on her. In the end, she would be painted black.

Ok, ready? Please walk with me ...

I knew exactly what kind of coach I wanted to build. I wanted it to be like the ones I saw in old movies with castles, ball gowns and ghouls in them. So, I went to the library, looked at lots of books on horse drawn carriages till I hit on the sketch below. That is the very sketch that I worked from. Notice the print under the drawing? In the 2nd column, 4th line down, you can make out the measurements given for the wheels and body. And I thank my lucky stars for that!! It says 38" and 45" - body 52". From these 3 measurements I was able to scale up the rest of the carriage. Wow, did that make my day!

I zeroxed a copy of this page, went home and worked out the materials I would need - the uppermost being plywood. I primarily worked with plywood. With a few exceptions, I seldom worked with wood over 3/4" thick. That was because I cut everything with a jigsaw. I might use a circular saw once in awhile, but my jigsaw was my main tool - it was my pencil.

Next day, I bought several sheets of ply; a few being luan. Luan is a very smooth ply used when you want to obtain a polished look and feel. Screws, nails? Didn't need them. I had buckets of 'em. I always picked up extra when I visited lumber yards.

Construction began June 22, 1999 and finished in October 1999 in time for Halloween! Here is the first picture I took using a polaroid camera. I also included some of the commentary that accompanied most of my photos in my diary.

But that wigglewood was an awesome wood to work with! Look how nicely it curves as it bellies out the floor of the coach. I loved it!

I also began work on my lady vamps. Forced to! I kept tripping over the chicken wire plus it was shredding my jeans to pieces every time I tried squeezing past it. Finally, I decided to get some of that out of the way and so I used it to mold the shape of my lady's bodies.

Next, the front end is moving along nicely:

Good grief! I went thru 2 full sheets of cheap plexiglass trying to get it to conform to the curve of that front window, it just kept shattering like sugar crystal. But Lexan to the rescue - expensive- but worth it!! That other was a sheer waste of time.

See? Nice how that window looks, right? Look at that gorgeous curve!

Here are my horses from the year before, when I built The Horsemen. I took the tails off so I don't break them, that way I could work worry-free in front of the coach. Of cause, hurricane Floyd couldn't care less ... he made a royal mess out of my coach. I found it lying on the ground between my apple tree and the fence with a giant crack in its side.  Cry

We're getting there! The front extension is on! A little sorry looking right now, but wait ...

... that's a bit better!

Oh boy - the wheels! Will I ever forget the back pain from bending over them for 2 days. oy!

Thank goodness the wheels are on and that part is over with!!!

Now this part was really a lot more fun to do - decorating. And I got to work indoors too! Happy dance!! I really enjoyed sitting in it at night watching the evening sky.

... so far ... so good. My black horse is gonna look great pulling the carriage.
And oh, will you look at Dracula all spiffied up! No wonder the ladies adore him!

Ahhh, my pretties! They were a breeze to make and also kind of fun. Mostly because they were so easily thrown together: bought masks, repainted them, got wigs and gowns from a garage sale, threw in some teeth and costume jewelry and there you go. The price of this elegance - cheap.

and finally - here is the coach all done and looking really cool!

Well, I do thank you for the walk and hope we can walk this way again sometime. I hope you enjoyed the trip.
Patty  Smiley


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15  The Christmas Deer in Winter Holidays by chek101 on: February 17, 2012 05:41:08 PM
I made this deer for a friend. He still puts it out every year pulling Santa's sled.

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16  Retirement Celebration - Going Postal in Completed Projects by chek101 on: February 17, 2012 05:32:06 PM
When Jay retired from the post office, my girlfriend who was also a postal worker, gave me the money that had been collected from his postal buddies and asked me to do something with it. Soooooooh ... since I knew how much Jay "loved" working for the post office (just being VERY facetious here), I knew he would like what I did with the money and he really, really did! Thank goodness his boss wasn't at the party!   Wink

Jay's Retirement Gift expressing his deep devotion to the post office  Roll Eyes
That's a mail box the poodle is ... um ... lifting his leg against.
Is that piddle on the floor? Oh my!!
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17  Giant Bride & Groom Wedding Swans in Weddings and Bridal Showers by chek101 on: February 17, 2012 04:43:39 PM
When my girlfriend's daughter got married, she asked me to make something to put in her yard to decorate it a bit and so I made her a great big pair of bride and groom wedding swans! They were over 8ft tall and they turned out really gorgeous! Sorry about the fuzziness of the photos, but I lost the pictures that were in the computer when it crashed. Luckily when I got my new printer I had tested it by printing out some things on plain printer paper. These pictures were part of that testing. I just kept them. And thank goodness I did or I would not have these pictures today. This is why they aren't as clear as they should be because the scanner sort've shoots its light through both sides of the paper which had other stuff on it and so it makes the pictures come out flimsy looking ike this. it  Undecided

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18  Lots of knitted dolls in Knitting: Completed Projects by chek101 on: February 17, 2012 01:06:34 PM
These are all made from the Jean Greenhowe patterns. I love the woman and think she is a genius! I chose her patterns because I wanted to learn how to understand the techicalities of knitting - thanks to Jean Greenhowe, I now do.

Here are some of the gang

The Carpenter

The Chef

The Golfer


A doll I just call Sally and that's a small topsy turvy doll standing beside her

Topsy Turvy Cinderella - a fairly nice size topsy at 12"

The patches on Cinderella's dress

And that little topsy turvy doll showing her other topsy turvy side

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19  Lots of DOLLS in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by chek101 on: February 17, 2012 12:38:26 PM
These are some of the dolls I made. They are all made from Jean Greenhowe patterns. I LOVE her work; I think the woman is a genius! I bought her patterns specifically to teach myself how to understand knitting, and thanks to Jean Greenhowe, I now do. These are all knitted dolls. Everything about these dolls is all knitted: the dolls themselves, the clothes, the articles they have in their hands and on their heads, the golf clubs and golf cart, the sausages, the carrot, the hammer, screwdriver, cup, watch, even the pencils - everything!

This first one is some of the gang!

Then there's the Carpenter doll - 27"

The Chef doll - 27"

the Golfer doll - 27"

Jane - 29"

and the doll I call Sally is 15", and the little doll approx 8" is a topsy turvy doll

Here is Cinderella - a fairly big doll for a topsy turvy doll - apprx 12"

close up of Cinderella's patches

The little doll showing her other topsy turvy side

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20  Praying Mantis Costume in Halloween Costumes by chek101 on: February 14, 2012 08:24:39 PM
This is another one I made: a Praying Mantis costume. Had to capture a real one first and study it. Yeeck!

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