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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Lacy Duster on: June 21, 2012 09:32:08 PM

Made this coat using a free online pattern. 

Came together quite quickly, ws hoping to get it done within a week, only working of an evening in front of the tv, it took nine days but there were a couple of days when I didn't do any.  The body is made in one piece from the top down and then the sleeves are crocheted onto the armholes.  There is no sewing involved, which I loved. 

I wore it to a wedding over a long black dress and also casually over jeans.  The only thing I'd change is the length, the pattern warned it would drop when worn.  Next time I will stop when it's 3 rows shorter than my measurement.  It dropped so much that it ended up being ankle length, I was after 3/4 length. 

The recommended yarn is not available here, online searches reccommended 10 ply but even that is really difficult to find here in Acrylic.  I didn't want to spend a lot on 10ply wool until after trialling the pattern in cheaper acrylic.  At a local yarn shop I was told that the tension guide meant 12 ply was used but every photo I saw the crochet was finer than 12 and even 10 ply - learned that by using 2 strands of 5ply.  When I tried a standard 8 ply I found it perfect and settled on using Magnum Soft 8ply http://www.auspinners.com.au/products/browse-by-brand/panda/magnum-soft-8ply/default.aspx in Maroon - which is more purple than maroon.  Used 5.5 mm hook. 

As you can see in the picture I am not a small size, my measurements were for the XL but after a first fitting of the bodice I decided to go with Large instead. 

Intend making this again, definitely going to try in cotton for Summer.  It actually looks good when made without the sleeves too. 

2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / How to tell if yarn is correctly spun. on: February 22, 2009 05:06:20 AM
It's been so long since I did any spinning and am trying to remember how to tell a single is correctly spun, not over or underspun.  I know  am sure it twists one way for overspun and the other way for underspun.  Can anyone help me with this please?
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Sizzix Bigkick on: November 28, 2008 04:45:19 AM
I just bought a Sizzix Bigkick today along with a few dies.  A couple of those are the Sizzlits decorative strips, I bought the matching size cutting pad.  I've spent well over $200 but have found I still need the platform to fit the decorative strip, more expense.  I am wondering if anyone has made their own platforms or used something else as a platform?   The Bigkick came with a multipurpose platform and from what I can see the base seems to be just like the plastic cutting board in my kitchen.   I am wondering if I can make a platform using a similar board, cutting it to fit into the machine.  I know the platform needs to be a specific thickness, thinking of adding layers similar to the multipurpose platform. 

I will probably just buy the platform, being too impatient to bother going out to find a board and then going to the trouble of cutting it, when I can just go into work and fork over the cash for it.  I am just curious to find out if anyone has done this. 
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / 99 cent double ended needles. on: May 25, 2008 06:43:19 AM
I decided to give sock knitting another try, and needed to buy some double ended knitting needles.  I knew I wanted bamboo or wooden ones but the only type available around here are metal.  And the size I wanted had a price tag $3 more than the next size down. 

I decided instead to buy some standard bamboo needles which were normally $2.99 but were down to 99 cents, bargain.  At home I used a hack saw blade to cut the ends off and the needles in half.   I used a pencil sharpener to point the ends and sandpapered the ends smooth.  To finish off I dipped the ends into a sealer (I used Jo Sonja) and rubbed it off with a paper towel before letting it dry. 

I ended up with short doubled ended needles, that don't slip out of the knitting, like I know the $6.50 metal ones would have.   The length is perfect for socks. 

The needles were Crafter's Choice brand that I got from Spotlight /
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Personalised birthday cards on: April 08, 2008 07:15:21 PM
This year for our nephew's birthday my husband had the idea of printing out a childhood photo of him and making a gift tag.  I took the idea and ran, I used the same photo to make a card for him.  Couldn't believe the reception the card got, it was passed around at the party with everyone admiring it. 

I've decided to go with the general idea for most of the cards I make.  I came up with this one for my daughter's 16th, using a photo of her as a 3 or 4 year old in a scrapbooking pendant/frame.  I took the jumpring off the frame and attached it to the card using a brad through the hole at the top and glue on the back. 

I wasn't happy with the glue marks showing through the vellum (actually it's a printable tracing paper not really vellum).  I made another one, same frame on pink background for a niece's 4th birthday and printed her name on cardstock in black ink.  I then overlaid it with the vellum using brads at the corners to attach it to the card. 

I only wish I had access to more of those frames, I bought them from a craft show for $1 a pack, the pack had a heart and a rectangle shape frame in it.  Should have bought more. 

6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Birthday card on: March 17, 2008 05:14:09 AM
Made this for my SIL's birthday on the weekend, using a purchased mold.  Painted it with brown paint mixed with metallic gold, used the same on lace to edge the face.

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Mini Manniquin on: January 15, 2008 06:07:39 PM
I decided to work on a papier mache manniquin I've had for years, I made the cream one years ago from a kit and liked it so much I bought manniquins to make more.  I didn't like the stand that came with the kit and last night hit on the idea of using a candle stand I had bought for another project.  

I really liked how the stand looks so found the second stand I had, it was part of a finished project that was broken.  I still need to cover the seams on the purple with braid and then decide how it will be decorated.  

8  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / sooo what can I do with this? on: January 09, 2008 04:54:40 AM

I bought this for my daughter a few years back, it's only done a small sample and was packed away.  We got it out before Christmas but the instructions weren't with it, some of the accessories are missing as well but we definitely know they are around.  Just came across the box and have answered one of my questions, was going to ask if I could weave a scarf on it, but from the photo I can see it won't. 

Going to try weaving as big a piece as I can on it, using my homespun and will post a pic later. 
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Christmas decorations, ready for next year. on: December 27, 2007 06:51:41 AM
Been looking at polymer sites today and got in the mood to create something so I pulled out some sets I bought a couple of years ago.  They are pretty basic, perfect for a beginner like me.  My son did ask why I was doing Christmas stuff when it was after the fact. 

10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Mini cooper s on: December 26, 2007 10:18:00 PM
I want to make my brother a mini Mini Cooper S keyring.  Has anyone made a model of one of these cars?  Does anyone have or know of a tutorial?

I have plenty of time to work on this, as I'd like to give it to him for his birthday in August or for next Christmas.  Just had a thought of making Mini S ornaments for his tree.

Thanks in advance. 
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