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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / My first wearable FO - a Turkey Day skirt! on: November 21, 2006 02:06:41 PM
I started this thread http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=134442.10
to get help making a skirt out of some dogs playing poker fabric I found on clearance.  It's done!  Hooray!

I realize it's not very flattering because of all the fullness near the waistband, but I love it anyway and will be wearing it to the family dinner on Thursday Smiley




2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Dogs playing poker fabric - It's finished! on: November 20, 2006 12:15:41 PM


Ok so I'm at Walmart the other day and I come across this fabric on the clearance rack.  It's Coolidge's poker playing canines.  Immediately I think, "Self, this MUST become a skirt!"  Myself replies, "Not just any skirt, oh hell no, this'll be a THANKSGIVING skirt."

I'm full of brilliant ideas, but running a little behind schedule.

So I have this fabric.  What would be the best way to go about making myself a skirt?  The panels are wide enough that a little over two of them would make a great skirt for me.  They're about 4" shorter than I want.

What, O' Great and Terrible Crafsters, would be the best way for me to turn this into a skirt?  I'm thinking adding 4" of fabric at the top, would take care of the length issue and drop the image down enough so that I don't have to lift my shirt to show it off.  But what about the width?  I just need another 2" total to give it just enough ease and swing, how should I approach that?

Many thanks in advance Smiley
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Boobies! Tits! The biggest pair you ever did see! on: November 03, 2006 01:13:51 PM
So my best friend and I had this idea.  I wanted to carry squirt guns of milk around, but the party was at our most anal friend's house and she would've had a litter of deformed puppies if we'd shot milk around.

They were made of chicken wire and thin foam spray painted the right colors.  The nipple rings were made of fishing bobbers and coat hanger wire.  They were really heavy after the first hour, but man, they were a hit.  We'll never, ever top it. 

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Dog Sling! on: October 25, 2006 08:41:36 PM
Isobel (my avatar) loves to be held.  I love to hold her.  Unfortunately for us both I have a lot of crap I have to get done and most of it requires the use of both arms.  So I sewed her up a sling.  It took me about half an hour from start to finish and I'm a VERY novice sewer.  I used some sheer, gold embroidered fabric I found in the remnant bin at Hobby Lobby and some dark green microfleece to line it with.  I wish I had better pics but the bathroom lighting leaves much to be desired.






5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Bias Tape - File this one under 'Stupid Newbie Questions' on: October 23, 2006 05:43:38 PM
How the hell do you sew this on?  I bought some black single fold 1/2" bias tape to run around the raw edges of a shirt I made for my chihuahua.  It's pinned in place and looks really cute, but sewing this?  Ha!  Ha, I say, ha!

I folded the tape over the edge and pinned it in place and then began sewing slowly.  Is that wrong?  Because even with a million pins it wouldn't stay put.   I fully admit I have no freakin' idea what I'm doing here.  I'm looking for sewing lessons this week.  Obviously, I need them.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / I did a dumb thing on: October 17, 2006 06:49:40 PM
So I bought patterns based on the RTW sizes.  Bad, bad, bad idea.  I'm fairly immune to the pressure of societal beauty, but damn, did those sizes make me feel like a big fat ass or what?  Jeeze.  Screw the pattern makers with their inability to be more inline with RTW sizing.  Good grief, a 22 isn't a 44" bust, guys!  At least it's not on me!

So.  Now that I've screwed up and have these gorgeous shirt patterns that I was DYING to sew up for myself and now can't because I'm apparently incapable of looking at the actual measurements when purchasing patterns.  Can I fix it?  Is it possible to 'add' inches on to the pattern?

Also, the bust measurements on the envelope?  Is that with or without ease?

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Temari! on: October 12, 2006 05:41:16 AM
Ahhh!  I discovered this about a month ago and have spent time since starting, undoing, starting, throwing away and starting again trying to figure it out.  I finally did!  It's so easy once you get the basics down.



8  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Windchimes from harddrive parts! on: September 30, 2006 07:36:43 AM
My DH is a computer geek.  His office?  Packed to the rafters with old systems, parts and all sorts of 'crap'.  (I call it crap, he calls it stuff.)  Anyway, he derives great pleasure from disassembling harddrives that have died.  He like the magnets.  Upon my request he delivered a stack of platters and rings to me because I just KNEW there had to be a crafty use for them.

So I took a couple platters, a seperater ring, some pipe, some cut crystal chandelier prisms and some beadalon and made some windchimes out of them.  They sound amazing.  I think it's because the clapper (small platter) is also made of metal, so the tone is really resonant and rich.

The crystals fill my porch with millions of tiny, spinning rainbows and if I open my blinds my livingroom gets its fair share too.  The super cool thing is that the platters are highly reflective so they reflect the rainbows too.  I love these and they weren't hard to make or expensive.  The hardest part was drilling the holes in the platters.  Those things are TOUGH.

Hopefully the super extra special crimping job I did and the fact that I used beadalon wire instead of string will mean that these will hold up for a good long while.  I can't tell you how many windchimes I've bought that've fallen apart in less than a year due to cheap string rotting away.


9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / I can draw! on: September 26, 2006 07:36:19 AM
I didn't say well Wink  I started art school as a freshman back in April (I'm 32, better late than never, right?) and dreaded my drawing classes.  I've had exactly 3.  This is my final from the last class.  I know it's not perfect, but I'm so impressed because it actually looks like me and my dogs. 



Crtiques are most welcome.  I'm always looking to improve and please don't worry about hurting my feelings.  I've been through pro-writing peer group crits before.  Talk about BRUTAL Wink  My skin, it is thick (much like my ass) Smiley
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Designing patterns on: September 20, 2006 05:31:02 PM
I have a square motif that I found online eons ago.  I can't remember what site or who had posted it, we're talking many, many years.  All I had was the chart.  I worked up one and blocked it and created the image below to see this stunning pattern emerge when they were placed together.  I've designed a triangular shawl from this motif that uses the original motif, a self-designed triangular motif that is essentially half the square motif and a beaded border.

I am currently in the process of crocheting up the first one.  I am most assuredly not a designer (just an art student) and I have a few questions:

When and how do I advertise for test crocheters to give my pattern a go? Most of my blog readers are knitters, so I don't think that'd work.

and

Can someone tell me how to submit patterns to Knit Picks or tell me who I should submit to?

I should be done with the first one in the next couple of weeks (finals are coming due so I'm a bit busy).

Here's a rough image of how the motifs look singularly and the pattern they form when placed together.  I think it'll make a spectacular triangle shaped shawl.


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