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21  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Here are your winners for the FIFTH crochet challenge on: August 11, 2007 09:39:03 AM
Congratulations to everyone who entered the eco crochet challenge. I sincerely apologize for waiting so long to announce the winner, but I've had a very busy, stressful month. The crochet challenges will be on hold for the next several months.

First Place

Reusable Lunchpail by djonesgirl



Second Place


Recycled plastic bag tote by KittyCreates



Third Place

Ami inspired farmers market bag by sundayafternoonhousewife

22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Hat stand in progress (long post!) on: July 25, 2007 09:02:07 AM
I'm posting this here because, eventually, it will be a finished project. I need some help first, though! I'm making a hat stand and I think I've got it all figured out, but I'm unsure about attaching my hat form.

First, I started with the basic idea that I wanted something sturdy: PVC. I was going to make right angles for my "arms" to hold the hats on because I didn't want the spokes to interfere with how my hats would sit on them. I couldn't figure out how to make the joints, though, so I went with angled pieces. I measured the PVC where I wanted holes and drilled them. Then I had to drill them on an angle so the arms would come out correctly. I cut some dowels for the arms and put them in. I thought I would need some liquid nails to keep the arms in place, but they really stay in the stand quite snugly.




It was plain and  ugly, so I decided I needed some spray paint.  I went with black. Believe it or not, I've never spraypainted before (and I also dont own a glue gun. I know, I'm a heretical crafter) so this wasn't easy. My feet ended up with black splotches on them (as well as my legs and hands) but in the end it all worked out.



I dont have a picture of the "finished" spray painted stands, though, sorry. The paint is sort of drippy in spots and theres one smaaaall strip of splotchy paint on one of the pipes, but honestly.. don't care.

The base of the stand was another difficulty. I looked around a bit, and I finally decided on a toilet flange screwed to a plywood base. Turns out, the toilet flange in the size I needed was $21. For one. And I needed two. No. Way. So I went a different route when someone suggested I use pots/vases/etc. I picked up these two vases at Hobby Lobby for $2 each on clearance. They weren't my first choice, and the other one I bought is actually chipped on one of the flower petals, but they're okay. I really wanted this awesome drippy glaze red one, but they only had one left in stock. I could have gone with mismatched pots, but the only others that were around weren't really matchy, even for mismatched. I've also got a couple piece of fabric in the picture, but you can ignore those Wink



Now... how do you fit a 1.5 inch PVC pipe into a 6 inch hole without it moving around? I needed something to keep it in place, and the same person who suggested a pot, also suggested sand or some such to weight it down (I love my friends, so useful and helpful and good looking). Well, I bought some sand at Lowes (funny story about that, I went in and had to get some tiiiiny nails, some temporary pvc caps for the other end of this thing, and some sand, but the power had gone out! they were slowly coming back up, but their computers were still down so they were writing all their receipts by hand. I was honest about prices to the best of my ability because, ya know, as my 9th grade english teacher said, the guilt will eat you up inside and then you die. buuuut, I wasnt sure exactly on a couple things so she just gave me the lowest price I said. Sweet deal/) to put in the bottom of the vase, but I knew it wasn't going to hold it steady enough, so I made some frames.



 It actually worked! It holds up my hat stand! its actually starting to look like it could hold hats! I was very excited, and the boyfriend thought I was crazynuts. And not in the fun loving, cute way, either. eh.

Next step, possibly the most difficult? Making and attaching the "hat form" part of the hat stand. you know.. the little circley part that hats sit on to keep their shape and be supported. Yeah. I found some plastic mesh shapes ( http://www.darice.com/ecom/ProductDetails.aspx?it=33005&oid=12800 ) at Hobby Lobby on the cheap and they were almost the perfect size. I decided after a day or two that they were too flimsy and pitched 'em, but not before tracing the shape onto some foam board. I found some wine-ish red faux leather (only about a yard, got it cheapcheapcheap as a remnant a few years ago) and attached it
 to the foam board (via my ever wonderful Swingline stapler. i swear I use that thing more to craft with than to staple papers with... don't take my stapler. You knows what happens when you steal the Swingline stapler). The underside is very messy and I need to come up with a way to cover it to make it less messy, but right now thats the least of my problems.



Now, FINALLY, heres my issue: how the hell do I attach these things?! My first thought was a little hole, some liquid nails, and a lot of balance. I dont think that'll hold up to the weight of some of my hats, though. Then I thought, sculpey. Make some sculpey forms and glue them to the base with liquid nails (gawd, have I mentioned how much I love liquid nails?!), then glue them to the stick with it, as well. But that would use a lot of sculpey as I need 16 (8 bases per stand, two stands) forms. Now Im thinking foam.. glue the foam to the base, and stick the foam onto the dowel to get the correct angle, then take it off, glue the dowel, stick the foam back on. but foam isnt very durable. I just basically need it to stay on the dowel without coming off. Obviously the dowels come out at an angle, and I need the form to lay horizontally, so the form won't be making a right angle with the dowel. ugh!

Suggestions? Maybe I could wire wrap something... not a bad idea, actually. then I would be able to continue the wire wrapping around the hatstand itself. I plan on decorating it as it is, but I dont know!



EDIT:

I used little wooden blocks (drilled into them on an angle) and glued then with liquid nails to the dowels. I also already glued the forms to the blocks and I think Im going to wrap bulky black yarn along the bottom (the idea in my head looks good, but I think it loses something iin translation...)




Still not done! it needs decoration
23  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cherry Blossom clutch *PATTERN for cherry blossoms added* on: July 23, 2007 05:44:03 PM
I was in the middle of making a present for a great great friend of mine when I saw this post from the knit/crochet goodie bag swap and was instantly inspired to make something else! It's a bit on the girlie side, and a bit on the small side, but I like it.

Simply soft double stranded, with DMC embroidery floss for the branch and flowers
Back:


Detail:


Front:


detail:




(dont know why the bottom right flower looks wonky, but it isnt really. I think its just the angle)

I added a snap closure, but its on the inside and isnt visible, anyway


FLOWER PATTERN:

If this doesn't make sense, please let me know!

Chain 10, join to 10th chain from hook with a slip stitch to form a ring.

Working around the chain, *chain 1, dc, (tr, picot) rep from ( to ) once, tr, dc, chain 1, ss around ring. Rep from * to * four times (5 petals). ss into first chain 1 and fasten off.

(switched the order of my pics so I can milk "hot new topics" for all its worth Wink)
24  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Wedding garter with quasi pattern on: July 04, 2007 10:29:29 AM
Global moderator Sweets4ever is getting married in August and I was in charge of making her garter. I've never made one before, but now I think I'm hooked (oh Im so punny)!

Her accent color is this deep, rich red. I think her shoes will be red, and I figured.. sexy red garter! It's a nice pop of color for her fiance Wink







(ignore the string on the right hand side of that last one. I havent woven in the ends yet)

Its elastic so the ribbon (which is velvet!) is just decorative.

Im thinking of adding small black and crystal seed beads in the space on top of the scallops so they dangle in the center. not sure, though. That might be "too much." I have more beads left over from when I made a red/black/crystal crocheted bracelet for her. Opinions on beads or no beads? I think I love it the way it is, but I dont know!


Hope y'all like it! Cheesy
25  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday June 29, 2007 on: June 28, 2007 09:19:41 PM
Because it's Friday somewhere in the world... Wink


"Superman Ice Cream." this is about 200 yards of jacob/merino dyed with kool aid and plied with pink thread. Its got random coils throughout.


http://www.roman-a-clef.net/yarn7-2.jpg



"Kentucky Blue Grass." About 150 yards of merino dyed with wilton's icing dyes. My boyfriends friend was over the other night when the roving was drying and he said it reminded him of Kentucky, where he used to live. He wanted me to spin it up for him and make him a tam. I made the hat, but I think I'll frog it because the bill just doesn't look right. I really love how it looks worked up, though. A single, sort of thick and thin.

http://www.roman-a-clef.net/yarn8.jpg
26  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / A slew of dyed roving on: June 25, 2007 01:54:45 PM
1.5 ounces of a 50/50 jacob and merino blend dyed with koolaid:



2 ounces of jacob dyed with kool aid. I'll likely card it with something else because I don't like how it dyed unevenly and, honestly, I hate spinning the jacob straight. I've been carding all my jacob with merino (50/50) to make it all a littl easier to work with.



2.5 ounces of merino dyed with blue/green and brown wiltons. the blue separated from the mixed green and it looks wonderful. It's destined to be a hat for my boyfriends friend who said: "it looks like kentucky bluegrass in the Spring." Anyone who takes interest in my crafting deserves a special hat Wink



2 ounces of merino dyed with.. kool aid? I think. haha I spent nearly 12 hours straight dying and carding so I really dont remember what was what anymore, but Im pretty sure this batch was kool aid.



1.5 ounces of jacob dyed with wilton's:



A little over 2 ounces of merino dyed with wilton's:



4 ounces of jacob/merino blend dyed with kool aid. the white is actually yellow, but it doesnt show well. I carded it into a sandwhich of yellow/orange/yellow/orange

27  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Do you have a spinning blog? on: June 20, 2007 09:39:49 AM
The knitters have one, the crocheters have one, and now its about time the spinners got one: A complete spinning blog list. Do you have a blog where you post your dyed roving, your spun yarn, you frustrations about spinning? post it here!

This is not for etsy shops or stores, just blogs. If you post anything else, it will be deleted. Please don't abuse this opportunity.

Please post only the link here. Any other chatter will be deleted. Do not post saying that the link is in your signature: post the actual link, and only the link. I reserve the right to delete any post at any time if it does not adhere to the rules as outlined.

Thanks!
28  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Louet s15 flier issue on: June 14, 2007 06:43:47 PM
I've got to say that I am simply devestated. I learned to spin on a louet s15 but had to give it up because I was just borrowing it from an art institute for a class. Then by some miracle, a woman from the weaving guild I belong to went out of towmn and loaned me her wheel (ashford traditional). I tried spinning on it and had so many issues with tension and the drive band coming off that I just gave up on trying to spin on it and contacted the weavers guild about a rental. It took a month for the woman who houses the rentals to get back to me and I finally got to pick up a wheel a few hours ago...

.. I had a choice between a louet s15 and an ashford traditional. Obviously I went with the Louet.

It looks like someone oiled the flyer (the spindle under the break strap). Yeah. Pretty sure you're not supposed to do that with a Louet. It totally gummed up the strap so the flyer doesn't spin freely when its just laying across the flier but not screwed down. when I take the break off completely, it spins "freely" but obviously not well considering its sort of unruly without the break.

I called the woman I got the rental from but I doubt she'll get ahold of me very quickly, and I paid good money to rent this thing! I want to SPIN! Its been too long since i was able to spin.. Sad

The plus side...? I also rented a drum carder and ball winder... yay.... at least I can use those. But what I'm going to spin the batts on, I have no idea.

*sigh*.. so, since I dont think Ill be able to get a better wheel, does anyone know how I can go about fixing this? its a rental, so I cant really do anything drastic. but.. anything? please? Im pretty desperate.
29  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / CROCHET CHALLENGE 5: Eco Crochet - ENDED on: June 12, 2007 11:59:40 AM
The theme of the fifth crochet challenge is Eco Crochet! Anything submitted under this theme must meet one of the following conditions:

- made from 'earth friendly' objects or materials, such as organic, recycled, or unbleached materials. Peaches n cream, sugar n cream, and lion brand yarns would not fall under this category.
- made from free trade materials
- made from found objects
- made to reduce waste, such as a crocheted market bag or tampon.

The object can be anything you with, as long as it is either made out of earth friendly materials or helps to reduce waste in every day life. The central item MUST be crocheted, but you can have accents in other materials (beads, craft felt, crayons?). If these accent materials are recycled, even better!


The format:

When posting your challenge entry, please post it under Crochet Challenge Entries. In the message body, post the title of your entry and clear pictures.

The Deadline:

The crafting period will last just under two weeks for this challenge. Enter now until June 25th at 11:59 pm EST in order to be considered for the challenge!

The Prizes (the best part!):

The winner of this challenge will recieve:




Any item priced under $35US from Random World Order, a shop run by craftster member fun4bambi.





A big ball of yarn replaces the traditional skull in this Modern Jolly Roger by Random World Order; some pirates just love to crochet after the pillaging's done.


All prizes donated by the people mentioned. If you would like to donate a prize for the crochet challenge, please PM me.


Have fun!



Rules:

- Members do not need to have a certain post count or have been a member for so long to participate. Everyone is welcome!
- All items must be handmade by the poster.
- The central item must be crocheted.
- Only one entry per poster, though you may incorporate multiple things into your one entry (such as with a set)
- Items can be as big or as small as you want, unless otherwise stated in the theme.
- You must use the theme provided.
- If using a pattern that is not your own, please alter the pattern at least 25% in order to maintain creativity in challenge entries (that does not mean changing the color!)
- this is an important one: Make sure all pictures are visible through the time of voting. During voting, I will be posting the actual picture int he voting slot, so make sure people can view them! Craftster offers reliable picture hosting to registered members and also incorporates photobucket software into the code to make photobucket accounts easier to use. Take advantage of these features!

The Themes:

All themes are suggested and voted on by Craftster members. To suggest a theme to be considered in the next crochet challenge, see this thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=132209.0
30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Fish pasties on: June 10, 2007 11:17:17 AM
I made these for the pastie swap, but I figured I would post them out in the "real world" as well Wink

I used one of the tutorials around here somewhere... I cant remember the link off hand. Just search "pasties" and I'm sure its one of the first couple.

http://www.roman-a-clef.net/fishie/fishie8.jpg



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