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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / identify presser feet on: February 27, 2011 11:18:20 AM
here are five pieces i got in a pack of presser feet. i use the roller foot and there was a buttonhole foot too. but i don't -really- know what these pieces are supposed to be. help please? i will call them presser feet a-b-c-d-e


here are a-e from left to right.

close ups:

a-c



and d-e



please help!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / psilocybin mushies on: July 08, 2010 12:44:53 PM
My first embroidery in earnest... it's a little patch of magical shroomies... it took me a few hours last night. I used split stitch, back stitch, satin stitch and threw in a few french knots. I would like to get more info on doing fill/shading. I know I didn't do it exactly right here but it still looks pretty good for a first try if ya ask me!

I didn't use a pattern I just sketched it out with a pencil on muslin and went to town.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What is the hoop made of?? on: July 03, 2010 12:02:05 PM
I am really fascinated by these skirts that my friend found on etsy.

http://ny-image1.etsy.com/il_430xN.126270473.jpg

I am really tempted to email the woman who makes them to see if she'll tell me what she uses for the bottom hoop. She says in the description that "The hoop is made of a very flexible material that won't kink and bounces right back into shape - allowing you to maneuver in crowded rooms or small spaces." Before I try to get someone to give out their trade secrets...

Any clues as to what it might be made of??

Here's a link to her shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/poofskirts she's got some cool ones!
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / "Mad Hatter" hat... on: July 01, 2010 08:22:41 PM
In the weeks after graduating from college and before going to a weekend long festival/costume-worthy camping event I found this crazy lamp shade at the Goodwill Bins thrift store and thought that it would be just a way silly hat! So I gathered other items from the bins to decorate with (leaves and flowers and such)... Somewhere along the line we realized that since my roomies were dressing up Alice in Wonderland themed, this would make a fun "Mad Hatter" costume... I just hot glued everything on, it worked great, the damn thing fell off my head a few times and it survived fantastically!


Me in the lamp shade @ the bins.


front


back


side

I also made a tutu type skirt to wear with it...


and the costume as I wore it...

5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / furry "raver" boot covers on: July 01, 2010 09:51:57 AM
Recently getting acquainted with the rave/dj/festival scene. A friend of mine had some white furry boot covers that are adorable and I said to myself "that's GOTTA be easy!" Well. It wasn't too tough, but the cost of the fur is CRAZY. like $20/yard, and I thought I would be able to make several pairs with a yard... maybe it was just the fur I bought, but the way the fur lies I'm not sure if I'm even going to be able to make 2 pairs out of 1 yard.

i combined info from a few different sources online, i spent a whole day trying to find a tutorial and then i still had to do trial and error to get them the way i wanted them to look.

here they are. not the greatest pic ever. next time i make a pair I am going to make them bell out bigger so they cover my whole shoe. they have an elastic/drawstring in the top cuff to keep them on tight. next time i want to get colorful fur and do ribbons for the drawstring so i can make pretty bows



6  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / salem city street youth start crafting on: July 25, 2008 01:11:02 PM
I see that there are a lot of people from the Salem area on craftster... awesome! I've been a member of craftster for years and live in Salem now.
I just wanted to take a minute to tell people about what my boyfriend, myself and a few friends are doing in town.
You see... it's really really really hard o get a job in this town. Especially if you look kinda funny, but even if you don't - it doesn't even matter how qualified you are (I'm going to be a junior at Willamette University in the fall and have like 3 past jobs).
So why do you encounter so many little punk/dirty/street kids around asking you for spare change? There's the reason... why do you see able bodied, quick witted kids holding a cardboard sign? You get the picture...
WE HAVE DECIDED TO TAKE AN INITIATIVE. Especially my boyfriend and I, sick of trying to get help with rent blah blah blah we want to earn our money and pay our bills like adults and without jobs we've decided we can apply our crafty skills to do so. Thus we have created Crusty Crafters: Urban Camping Gear... this is a somewhat consignment operation meant to revolve around our friends and fellow travelin' and/or street kids. Useful pouches, hobo rolls, bags etc. with the travelin' theme (and if you've been to portland in the summer you know who i'm talking about - the dirty kids with backpacks, maybe a dog...) Of course these items can be used by everyone! Tobacco pouches, coin purses, and even an array of jewelry - all items made with scrap leather, hardware, and other materials we already had or came by easily. We're turnin' trash into treasure people and we have big plans!
The point is, whether we're traveling or settled down in a city, we're nice kids and good people. We might not want to work in cubicles and wear suits but we're down to make an honest dollar. This is the launch of our attempt.

http://www.myspace.com/crustycrafters
http://www.crustycrafters.com
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / tank girl belt on: July 29, 2007 02:13:39 PM
So the other day I saw a bunch of nitrous oxide canisters, the kind used to make whipped cream at home (the kind I found were by a brand called ISI but looking on ebay there are other brands that yield the same basic shape and are different colors like silver or blue) ... I thought they looked really neat and that they would make a great belt. I had a cloth belt that I had detached from an old military trench coat I found at a thrift store a few years ago and then hot glued all the empty canisters to the belt in that bullet belt style... this took all of an hour or so. I play to run fabric loops across the canisters at some point as well.

I'm calling it my tank girl belt because it reminds me of her... I kind of like the violet on olive green but if I make more I think I'll experiment with spray painting the canisters or something. This only took like half an hour



8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / animuffs on: February 22, 2007 02:02:18 PM
I used the knitty earmuff pattern and loads of fun (and soft) yarn to make some big furry earmuffs!!

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Un atbas. Yes, that's French. on: June 28, 2006 06:40:04 AM
So, it was actually a friend of mine who did this one for me, but I figured that after all, it is kind of a craft of a sort... just one that you wear and you don't take out and put back in all the time. It's called an atbas. I never really saw this in the United States, but it's pretty popular here in France with the reggae/hippy/rock crowd... It is essentially a braid wrapped extremely tightly with embroidery thread (yarn can be used too)

I just think they are pretty and fun. So here are some pictures of my new atbas.













Here's a site for any Francophones, http://lagrima.free.fr/atebas/ for English speakers, I would be happy to help or explain anything you don't understand.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / joining rounds? on: February 16, 2005 09:14:56 PM
Okay. I don't know what it means to "join a round"
one pattern I have says to do it, and another says explicitly not to. But I don't know what it is!!!
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