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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / I want to make this. I need to learn how to crochet first. Where to start??? on: April 12, 2012 08:36:25 AM
I pinned this the other day and a friend said if I ever made it, he'd buy it. Well, said friend is expecting a baby in July, so I thought BINGO! perfect reason to finally learn how to crochet. It would be a rocking baby gift!  Go me for picking something simple, right?  Wink

I don't expect to have it finish in July, but am making Christmas my goal.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=373468.0

It says it is Tunisian crochet.  Is that where I should start or do I need to learn a different stitch first?

At this point I have zero experience with crochet. Smiley My mom gave me a hook and a ball of yarn, but I can't even tell you what size the hook is...
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Using fabric "book panels" in adult clothing? on: March 01, 2012 10:27:05 AM
I L-O-V-E these Lorax panels (and coordinated fabrics).  Love.  I want them.  I want to make them into clothing.  Any ideas?

I'm a grownup (sorta) and work at a very big tech company.  The atmosphere is really laid back and most of the men come to work in jeans and tees.  Some of the ladies try to class it up a bit, but it's still very casual.  Grin  So I pretty much have free reign to wear fun and quirky clothes, should I so desire.

Looking for items that aren't going to be impossible to make, as I'm very new to sewing clothes, and would look good on a "real" figured woman, lol.   Roll Eyes


3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Help with mug rug specifics? on: November 15, 2011 04:59:26 PM
I know these are pretty straightforward (or seem to be, lol) but looking for some tips anyway.  I'm a very novice machine sewer and have never quilted.  DH works with 3 very nice ladies, but we're on a pretty tight budget this year, so I was thinking I would make them mug rugs and felt tea wallets as gifts. I know they will all get him a little something and they're all just great, so I don't want to skip giving them anything!!

The problem is, I don't have any cute fabric! I'm going to need to buy some and I was wondering how much do you think I'd need? Sadly, my only option is Joanns, so I'm going to have to hit the sales!

I saw little bundles of pre made squares with the quilting cottons, do you think that would work at least for the top pattern-y bit for all 3?  I know I will also need some batting, backing material and that stuff that goes along the edge (sorry, I've had a headache all day, real words are escaping me).

I thought a 5 x 9 mat might be a reasonable size? Paired with a little tea wallet and maybe a mug from the $1 store, I thought it would make a nice little set.  I'm a tea fiend, so finding tea bags is no problem.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Tips on resizing this apron for plus size? on: September 11, 2011 05:35:33 PM
I would like to make this apron as a wedding gift for DHs cousin.  Before anyone scolds me on the no-no message that giving a bride an apron sends, trust me, she'll LOVE it. She is begging everyone for baking stuff, recipes, etc, as she has recently discovered cooking.  I've gotten some eyebrows acting like I'm trying to throw women back to the 50's housewife era... Undecided I'm not, promise! I just want to surprise the bride with a super duper apron! I'm also going to make one for the groom in a manlier fashion.

Both are nerdy, so I'm theming them for Star Wars. Grin

Anyhoo, for the bride I would like to use this pattern: http://www.michaelmillerfabrics.com/Blog/Classic_Apron.pdf

Can anyone give me tips for how to size it? I am a novice at sewing, but think I can manage this. I am a 10/12 myself, so I'm not sure if I can measure it for me and wing it.  I haven't seen the bride in a number of years, but she is a bit curvier than me.

Maybe I'm just over thinking this and the size in the pattern would be ok for her? I just don't want to make it awkward and get the size too small/big.

I'm starting to freak out, can you tell? The wedding is in October!!

Attached a photo of the bride.


5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / I've got a friend thinking about joining Etsy...need your opinions! on: June 04, 2011 06:58:33 AM
I've recently reconnected with a friend after a 10 year hiatus (random fight no one remembers). Well, she's starting doing art again, yah!  Grin In fact, she's a bit on overdrive.

Since she enjoys the process and has extra pieces, I asked if maybe Etsy would be an option of her. She told me she didn't think anyone would have for her stuff, but I said "don't be so sure".

Right now her "thing" is recycling cardboard (she works in retail, endless supply), covering it in aluminum foil and then paints on it. She's given me a few pieces as gifts and it's pretty neat. She uses various things for texture, etc. She also does work on canvas sometimes, but right now the board/foil is where she wants to be.

I would really like advice on pricing. What would be appropriate for these types of things? I've never purchased art in my life and she just wants "enough to cover shipping." I think it would be terrible for her to undersell herself. It would at least be nice for her to get some extra cash so she can fund her next project (or tattoo! ha).

Right now I only have pics from her deviantart as an example and a few from facebook, to kind of give a feel of what she does.

Thoughts appreciated.

http://phuzphreak.deviantart.com/

I've uploaded some pictures through Craftster, hope I did it properly so you can see those. The phoenix is one of my favs.










6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Joel Mchale/The Soup --Need some assistance on: May 04, 2009 01:49:14 PM
If someone could help me with this I will love, love, love you forever! Wink

I would like to find a design similar to these: http://fresh-pressed.com/site2008/freshboutique/product_info.php?products_id=67

I'm awful at making my own stencils, so I'm like Blanche Dubois and depend on the kindess of stangers...

I checked Stencilry and couldn't find anything. I have a sis who would get a kick out of anything Joel related, but I'm not about to spend $25 plus shipping on a tshirt.

Thanks all!
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / For those with experience with Diy cloth pads... on: June 18, 2008 01:11:41 PM
I'm thinking about making some of the reuseable cloth menstrual pads and have read in many tutorials that they require a waterproofed layer. I can't get PUL or anything in this area was wondering if the "fabric" that can be made from ironing plastic bags would work?

I won't be using these personally (preggers), but want to make sure to make them properly.

Advice would be appreciated.

Thanks.
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / How to make "tear bears" and paper pieced items? on: March 31, 2008 01:23:21 PM
I tried a search and didn't find anything. Could be I used the wrong terms, if so, sorry and feel free to point me to the right links.

I've been looking at scrapbooking stuff and noticed that piecing and "tear bears" seem to be pretty popular. It's a little too "cute" for my taste, but know lots of family who would like it.

I'm wondering, how are these things made and with what materials?

This gal on ebay is a good example of the sort of stuff I'm interested in: http://cgi.ebay.com/Nite-B4-X-mas-girl-premade-scrapbook-pages-TPHH-Jenn_W0QQitemZ300211145586QQihZ020QQcategoryZ11792QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

I'm wondering how she made stuff like the furniture, trees, etc. The little girl and puppy are really cute. Are these things sold in kits or is it all handmade?

Sorry, I've got a lot of questions!

TIA.
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Any Cricut owners out there? on: February 14, 2008 09:49:06 AM
Alright, so I just saw an infomercial for the Cricut on TV and I'm drooling now.  Roll Eyes I guess there are two models, one that's about $200 and one that's retailed at $500 (but seems to sell for $350). I have to admit that I'm a gadget whore and have a horrible habit of buying neat things and then not using them.

So, before I tell my husband I finally want to spend money on myself, I want to know user opinions and if you think it's worth it. My cheap ass instinct tells me to go for the smaller unit, but the fact that the other can cut 12x12 sheets is appealing.

I want to do a lot of scrapboooking and would like to also get into card making, so I think those would be the primary uses. Although, at least from the commercial, it seems like it has a lot of possibilities.

Thoughts/Opinions would be appreciated.

**And Leah, these heart faces are TOO cute!! I like this one best:  Lips sealed
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Urg...What would you want in a wedding album?? on: February 07, 2008 02:16:10 PM
I'm making an album for my sister. I thought I had an idea of what direction I wanted to go in, but the more I look at papers/albums/etc the more confused I get. My sis is offering no input and is 1200 miles away, so I can't exactly drag her off shopping.

The only wedding scrapbook I've seen is one I was given as a gift. It's ultra traditional white with pastels and "lovey" designed papers. It's nice and I appreciate it, but really, not very "me" so I'm not sure I want to use it as an example to follow. It's very "cute" I think my sis and I both are more into "classic".

I want this to be an album my sister and her husband can both enjoy. I was contemplating darker colors, but not sure what to go for. I really like browns and grays. My sister will love anything I do, so much of this pressure is self induced.  Roll Eyes

Some albums I'm consider, opinions are very much appreciated!!
http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat2765&PRODID=prd48586
http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat2765&PRODID=xprd356802
http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat2765&PRODID=xprd160715
http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat2765&PRODID=prd60367 (in chocolate brown)

I also really like this paper, but not so much the price:
http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat2771&PRODID=prd55726
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