I was experimenting with vinyl records to see what I could make other than a bowl....The vinyl is so easy to cut when heated, so I thought I'd try making buttons, or some kinda jewelry pendant....I even tried using a cookie cutter (?) shaped like an elephant, but that didn't work (although it did make a neat pattern on the record).
Finally, I ended up with a bracelet. It's made by heating the record till it's soft, then cut out the first track on the record, and bend it into shape. I had to reheat it a few times to get it the shape I wanted.
Heat in oven, cut out the first track (dotted line).
Shape the cut-out into a spiral that fits your wrist.
Burn! But you see the vinyl better.
The bracelet is made from the first track on the record. I tried repeating it with the next track, but wasn't as lucky.
I found this book full of pictures of different dresses in a thrift store. I'm not sure when they're from, guessing 50-60's. Anyway. There's lots of pictures of various models, and then at the back there are sheets with a pattern for each model.
Here's an example:
Is there anybody out there able to understand and use these patterns? Some of the models look really great, but I'm not good enough at sewing to make any of them, so I figured I could share.
Even if these supersmall patterns aren't usable, I guess the pics could be of inspiration. Just look at these awesome creations:
Pic added for Craft Addict and anyone else interested...the pattern for the dress with the contrasting skirt panels, it's pattern #3, at the bottom.
I found this in a Norwegian family magazine from 1970, and thought I'd share. It was on the children's activity page, so it's pretty easy to do. The idea is so obvious, but really cute too!
Basically, all you do is cut out two A pieces and one B. You can fasten some pearls or whatnot for eyes. The lines between the x and y show where to connect the two A pieces. The x on A and B marks where the body and bottom connect. Sew the A parts together inside-out, then turn it...heh...inside-in, and sew it to the B part, leave a little hole to stuff the cushion, and sew the little hole shut. The text says to use felt, but I used some non-felt scraps and it works just fine.
I made myself a pair of mittons, who would've thought it would be so easy!
This was kind of a trial and error type of thing, I made one mitten that looked bad, and then made the next two by not doing the same mistakes again... I used a #7 hook, chain stichet 28 and made a circle. Then, single crochet around and around for the wrist, increased with abt 6 when I reached the hand. When I came to the thumb, I chain stitched 5 and skipped 5 'loops' on the hand part before I fastened it again and continued until the mitten was long enough. Deacreased by skipping every other 'loop', did one round, decreased again and tied it all together. For the thumb part, I crocheted around the hole that was left there, untill it was long enough, decreased by skipping every other 'loop' and tied it all together. So easy! And the result was great!
They match my purse, which matches my winter coat! Yay!