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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / snap tape? help! on: November 07, 2004 06:15:27 PM
okay everyone, i need your help! i am making a duvet cover and have done everything but putting some kind of closure on the 4th side. i bought some snap tape and even pinned it in place. but when i went to sew it, i realized the snaps themselves get in the way of the presser foot (the "tape" part is only about an inch wide). i thought about using my zipper foot, but it looks like they will still get in the way. what the heck am i supposed to do? please help, i'm so close to finishing, and totally stuck!
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / new twist on a pillowcase skirt on: August 10, 2004 10:39:04 AM
hey everbody,

i had what i thought was a cool idea while attempting a pillowcase skirt: make it reversible! this came about because i had a fabric remnant that was pretty thin and a pillowcase that was white. either one by itself was probably going to be seethrough. so i put them both together, added a drawstring and some decorative trim, and came up with my new reversible skirt!

one side is gray:


and the other is white:


so what do you think?
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / short zipper for a wallet? on: July 21, 2004 08:13:53 PM
does anyone know of a place that sells zippers that are shorter than the common 7"? i want to make a wallet with zippered change pouch, and i only need a 2 or 3" zipper. i know i can shorten a longer one, but it seems like overkill. also, i thought if it was shorter to begin with, it might be proportionally narrower as well. thanks!
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / yay for summer! - tutorial added on: May 01, 2004 02:36:11 PM
okay, so i know it's really only spring and not yet summer, but in florida, it's pretty damn hot and humid already. so i thought i'd show you guys and gals this skirt that i just finished:



sorry for the crap picture. i've yet to figure out how to take pictures of myself in the mirror without the flash being too bright.

anyways, this skirt was inspired by GoombaLoveDisaster's tutorial, here. but i didn't put it in that folder because A) mine isn't "reconstructed" - i got the fabric from the discount bin at walmart, and B) i'm hoping that having started a brand new thread will help keep me motivated to finish my other summer-y clothing projects so i can post them here too.
15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / some hand embroidery and some "cheating" on: April 19, 2004 07:00:27 PM
hey gals and guys,

just thought i'd share a cute project i just finished with you all. it's a pillow that i made of a really soft knit (think t-shirt material) for my brand new niece.

i did her name by hand. (if the pic looks funny, it's because i airbrushed out the last name in photoshop. call me paranoid, but keeping at least a little anonymity on the net seems like a good idea.)



and the other designs were done on my machine:




and here's a pic of the whole thing together:


so what do you think?
16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / beading help needed! on: March 15, 2004 02:25:15 PM
hi everybody! i'm hoping someone can give me a bit of instruction. i am trying out a beading project using the ladder stitch. (i was inspired by artzyfartzy's recent beaded ring to give this a try!) the problem is that i want to make something longer than a ring, and i'm running out of thread. oops! is there a technique for adding on a new thread? or do i just have to start with a ridiculously long thread? thanks all!

p.s. here's the thread to artzyfartzy's ring, in case anyone missed it: http://www.craftster.org/yabbse/index.php?board=14;action=display;threadid=3143;start=msg22878#msg22878
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / double-pointed vs. circulars? on: February 28, 2004 01:21:38 PM
hey everybody, i have a question for all the veteran knitters! i haven't tried knitting in the round yet, but i want to get to it soon. i know that working with dpns is supposed to be a bit more complicated than using circulars, but it seems like the dpns are more versatile. what i mean is, you can just buy a set for a particular size and have it covered, instead of buying several sets of circulars in the same size to get each length.

can anyone weigh in on their preferences? are there other advantages to circulars over dpns? thanks for any info/advice you can offer!
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / yarn questions from a beginning knitter on: February 18, 2004 06:15:00 PM
hey all you crafty ladies (and gents!),

i hoping you can help enlighten me about choosing yarns for knitting projects. i recently started learning to knit. then i heard so much about stitch n' bitch, i had to buy that. now i'm really excited to start making some of the patterns in that book! it seems like all of the patterns suggest using Brown Sheep brand Lamb's Pride yarn. I promptly went to my local craft store, Michael's (i live in NE florida, i don't have a lot of choices like you new yorkers do!) and found almost exclusively acrylic yarns. boo! so here are two questions:

1) if i buy my yarn online, does anyone know if www.kaleidoscopeyarns.com is a good place to use? they seem to have the cheapest prices on Brown Sheep yarns, but i want to make sure i'm not overlooking anything.

2) living in NE florida as i do, if i were to decide to make some of the projects in cotton or acrylic instead of wool blends, are there any guidelines you can offer for choosing an "equivalent" yarn to the one suggested? i'm guessing that if i choose something that is about the same thickness/same guage, that pattern should work up about the same. (except i won't be able to block or felt it.) am i right?

sorry for the rambling post! (i feel like i've done nothing but blather on since i just this board, but i can't help myself; you all have such great ideas!) thanks for your help!
19  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / help with crochet project on: February 07, 2004 07:40:01 PM
hi all,

i'm new here, but have been enjoying browsing through everyone's creative ideas!

i'm hoping someone will have a suggestion to fix a problem i have with a crochet purse/messenger bag i've made. i lined the bag part and put in a zipper. the problem is, i didn't line the strap part, nor did i make it shorter than needed in order to account for the yarn stretching. so now the strap is too long. i can't pull the stitches out without unraveling the whole purse because i crocheted the strap and purse all as one piece.

anyone have any ideas for how i can shorten the strap? (and please don't say tie a knot at the shoulder, 80s style, because i think that's a style that should remain firmly in the 80s!)

thanks!
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