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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: group craft ideas? (one hour or less) on: February 03, 2008 10:51:03 AM
Great ideas! But what is a star book?
I like the idea of making sets and swapping. That would be really fun.
I was thinking along the lines of a collage, since I think it's something that anyone can really get into without being worried their work isn't "good enough." So I am playing with the idea of collaging about the person. Maybe I can combine the two ...
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / group craft ideas? (one hour or less) on: February 02, 2008 09:46:13 AM
Hi All,
I've been invited to lead a group (a dozen or two people, I guess) in a crafty activity for a party. It's a b-day party (for an adult) so it would be neat to do a project where all the guests can contribute bits of a thing to give as a gift. But I also think it'd be neat if everyone had a momento to bring home. Maybe a little swap type of thing?
Although I'll shell out some cash for basics, there won't be gobs of materials, or any complicated equipment. I have a month, so I'd like to collect reusables as material if possible. Also, I could arrange to have each person bring a basic item as a starting point, or as a contribution to the pool of supplies. The people will have mixed crafting experience, I assume, but I'm sure everyone will be enthusiastic and creative. I'm thinking paper crafts and collages are good ideas.
Please, tell me your ideas! I'd love to get some inspiration here!
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: TWO NEW T-SHIRTS--A little bit country, a little bit rock n' roll on: December 15, 2007 07:12:11 PM
great work! and both really clever!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Days of the Week Boxers [Tame Pics, Suggestive Fabrics] on: December 15, 2007 01:26:04 PM
Love the idea + your boxers look great!

ETA: Just got the rulers fabric, heh heh. Little slow here.  Roll Eyes
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: cutting a knit -- help! on: December 15, 2007 10:43:35 AM
you guys are all right. i gave it to him this morning and he loves it, and didn't even pay attention to the safety pins! he was happy to get a "real" stocking (even though i think the odd socks are kind of charming!) and it was cool to surprise him with it hanging there. success!  since i am a perfectionist, i still want to finish it, but i'm not stressed by a deadline so it's all good. yay! i think i will make it hang over a little, sort of like a big santa boot cuff, and then i'll have less bulk to deal with. good practice steeking i guess ... been too busy to look it up but i'm down for a challenge! thanks for the good ideas ... i'll post when i finish the whole thing off.
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Gift wrapping ideas? on: December 15, 2007 10:33:58 AM
Hmm, this isn't really a wrapping idea, more of a packaging idea, but I've been known to wrap a present and then put it inside a different box and then wrap that up.  For instance, last year I bought my boyfriend the videogame he was dying for, wrapped it up, then went out and bought a Candy Land board game (my fav)  I very carefully slit the shrink wrap, opened it up and put the wrapped game inside.  Then carefully put the shrinkwrap back on with a tiny sliver of tape and wrapped that up.  ha.  It took me a while to convince him to play Candy Land, but when he finally did, he got his game!  He was so surprised! 

that's awesome
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: cutting a knit -- help! on: December 14, 2007 01:57:57 PM
Thanks Miss Violaceous!

Here's a shot of the whole stocking (with old stocking, a.k.a. an orphaned sock my mom knit, in the background).



It's not so distorted yet ... it's once I fold the edge down and tuck in the excess couple of inches to finish the raw edge that it looks bad. But I'm encouraged by your ideas, so I'll look up steeking and hand-felting!

Maybe you're right though about being nitpicky. I know he won't care, but I don't want to look at this thing every year as is! I guess if the steeking is time consuming I could just do it after giving the original gift.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / cutting a knit -- help! on: December 14, 2007 12:53:20 PM
I'm making this stocking for my boyfriend for Christmas. This is the first year I think my handmade gift might actually utterly fail and I'll have to give it to him late (we're celebrating tomorrow).  Cry  Please Help!   Cry

Here's how the top looks now. The cuff is a couple of inches too wide, and since the yarn is bulky, folding it under distorts the whole shape of the stocking.



The cuff is already sewn on because I didn't really plan (I know, I know, but I am usually pretty good at improvising). It'll be hard to remove, and I have a ton of other stuff to do, so not much time.

What would happen if I cut the knit piece perpendicular to the rows of knit (so up and downwards in this photo)? Would the entire thing unravel, or would I have a little fringe? I could deal with sewing that under ... that's my hope.

I'm also thinking of throwing the whole thing in the wash and felting it. But that might come out really distorted!

I could give him this gift a little late ... But, does anyone have suggestions for rescuing this almost-finished thing? I feel like craftster advice could produce a better-than-planned item!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Gift wrapping ideas? on: December 12, 2007 06:48:16 PM
i love these ideas! anyone have pictures?
i put my mom's document duvets in a duvet-shaped envelope made from a holiday-themed grocery bag. i covered the name of the store using a scrap of red fabric and then glittered it to cover up the raw edges. then i glittered her name too, because, well, is there such a thing as too much glitter?



yeah, and some sequins and sparkly trim (reusable!) on there, too! i can't get enough sparkly!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Gift wrapping ideas? on: December 11, 2007 07:05:20 PM
not anything too brilliant but ive used those paint color samples you get from lowes/home depot paint department to decorate my gifts before... they turned out cute...

i like using these as the name tags!
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