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21  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / *Love & Rockets/Maggie & Hopey Swap?* on: February 25, 2006 07:10:54 AM
Love & Rockets: I don't mean the band...I mean the comic by the Hernandez Bros. Mechanics + Locas - what could be better? I just want to see if anyone else would be interested in this!
22  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / *Bobbin winder = loose thread* on: February 13, 2006 02:09:49 PM
ok so when I'm in bobbin-winding mode, all the motions seem to be happening right but the thread ends up on the bobbin all loose and tangled. I have a makeshift spool pin (made out of a dowel), but it works fine in sewing mode and the bobbin winder moves fine. i've taken the machine apart and it doesn't look like anything is wrong. my mom suggested i wind the thread not directly from the spool to the bobbin when trying to wind, but that didn't seem to make a difference. I've been using sewing machines forever, but I'm really just stumped here...not to mention really tired of hand-winding my bobbins.

Any ideas? I'd appreciate it.
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / *Suitcase Table* on: February 07, 2006 07:39:46 AM
A wooden slat on my futon broke and when they sent me the pieces to repair it, they also sent me replacement metal legs (?). So of course I couldn't let those go to waste! I took one of many unnecessary old suitcases that have been gathering dust in my craft room and made an awesome table. Actually, the bf ended up doing most of the work.....so this is really more of his project!





and the "mechanics"



He used a little cardboard on the inside to reinforce the suitcase for the screws. Eventually we're going to give the inside a new lining since it's in bad shape...but since it's just being used for storage right now I don't think anyone's going to be looking inside!
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / *BB Gun lamp - Now with Shade and Shelf!* on: February 07, 2006 07:27:31 AM
*See the updated pics on page 2!*


I bought this BB gun for a halloween costume and don't really think I'll be using it for shooting anything. Wink My bedside lamp was a super cheesy fixture leftover from my dorm-room days, so after seeing the gun lamp in the most recent ReadyMade....







We want to add a little lampshade that has "Bang!" written on it in comic book style. My crafty bf is set on making the lampshade himself with a soldering iron...but I'm thinking we should just buy one and embellish it...

anyone have any experience with making one and having is successfully screw into the lamp harp?...and successfully not catch on fire?
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / *Vintage Dressmaker's Dummy Lamp* on: February 06, 2006 05:51:16 PM
So I bought this old dressmaker's dummy off this guy on the street for $20 a few years ago. The lining is all ratty and hanging off but I like how it looks and "1967" is stamped on it so I left it alone. and I bought this hanging lamp on a chain off the street for around $15 and decided to put the 2 together. I removed the chain and used random bolts and such that I had around the house to secure it.

The full length shot:


Close-up of lamp part:


with the light on:


I like how it turned out, but wish I could think of a way to make the cage at the bottom a more sturdy base...I don't think a coat rack would work because I believe this is the kind of dummy that would hang, not free-stand...

26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / *Knitta Graffiti. Love it* on: January 20, 2006 12:35:50 PM
I may be the last person to hear about this but I just have to say these are the coolest ladies ever. They "tag" the city of Houston with pieces of knitting. WHAT?! WHO?! I need to sit down.

http://www.myspace.com/knittaplease
27  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / *Sewing machine replacement parts?* on: January 12, 2006 12:21:41 PM
I have a Dressmaker 300Z that i bought at a garage sale and it works great except for the bobbin winder. It's not so easy for me to get it to a repair place (none near where i live, would have to CARRY it on the subway, no one has a car, etc)...so is there a way for me to determine the problem myself and order the replacement parts myself? I'm pretty handy and i'm fine at taking things apart and putting them back together, so i'm not worried about messing anything up. i know this is not a major problem, but i've been getting tired of winding the bobbin by hand. Any ideas? I've been all over Google to no avail...
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / *weird ends. what?* on: December 05, 2005 02:59:01 PM
ok so my mom taught me how to knit over thanksgiving (i love my mom!) but now i'm back on my own and confused.

i'm making a nice basic scarf using size 13 needles, and i'll be knitting away but the ends get a little weird sometimes. first, what sometimes happens is the last loop will somehow get twisted in a way that i get tricked into increasing...and i can't seem to twist it back into place and keep it tight at the same time. second, the last couple of loops left to stitch can get really big and wonky and there doesn't seem to be anywhere for me to pull to make them any smaller.

i hope i'm making sense. like i said, i just added knitting to my craftiness and don't really know what i'm doing yet. thanks for all your help!
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / *Photo Negative Lampshade Replaces Hideous Former Lampshade - TUTE* on: November 16, 2005 08:33:46 AM
Hi everyone! This project was partially inspired by the xray lampshade i saw here somewhere (can't find the original post) and partially by the ReadyMade MacGuyver challenge of the month. While it's not the most practical solution (I need to buy a softer bulb now), it looks pretty cool if i say so myself!

Full-length shot with awesome old lamp


Close-up of shade


With the light on



Let me know what you think! I was debating how to make it sturdier overall...any ideas?

Thanks for looking!





A tute, huh? well it's definitely one of those try and try again things, but here's what i wrote to ReadyMade when I submitted it:

Photo Negative Lampshade

Materials:
Cool old lamp
Hideous original lampshade
1 box small silver paperclips
1 handful large silver safety pins
However many strips of negatives you want to use

Tools:
Mostly 2 hands, but 3 at times

How to:
Rip apart hideous lampshade until you're left with only the metal
frame. Slip a pair of paperclips onto the top of the frame. Attach a
negative strip to the paperclips by the existing holes in the
negative. Repeat all the way around the top of the frame. To add a
second tier (to make the lampshade longer), use a similar method as
above. But between the first tier & the second tier negative strips,
use the paperclips in a criss-cross pattern so all the elongated
strips are secured to their neighbors. Once you've added as many
layers as you want, hang a pair of large safety pins (upside down) off
the bottom of each strip. Clip these pins to the bottom of the
lampshade metal frame. This will further secure the strips in place
and also give the overall lampshade a nice flair/flare. I hope this
made sense!
30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Link to the RocknRoll Jacket - vroom vroom on: November 08, 2005 09:31:44 AM
Hi fellow embroider-erssss. I posted up this completed project a little while ago under reconstructed clothing but later realized that I would like some embroidery-specific comments. so please check it out and let me know what you think! Thanks!

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=58854.0
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