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1  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / re-intro on: June 12, 2010 03:30:19 PM
Hello Crafsterers!  Cheesy

I've been a member for a while but I don't post very often, so I thought I would re-introduce myself, since I'm back now, and looking for crochet tips.  Wink

In my spare time I enjoy knitting, wreath-making, bellydancing, collage/making vision boards, and I'm trying to teach myself to crochet.

I also love reading, and audio books (especially while crafting), and I am trying to learn a little web design, and pick up some blogging skills.

I'm on a self-help kick and I also started my own self help classic ebooks web page. I'm currently discovering the works of Florence Scovel Shinn and am blown away by her writings. I am also participating in the Self Help Gifts Giveaway as a contributor, with a brand new web page. I'm trying to improve my web page design skills -- so far not so good, lol, but I guess imperfect is better than nothing.

Vicki


2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / UGG "Classic Cardy Boots" on: November 27, 2009 09:35:32 AM
Does anyone know where I could find a knitting pattern to make these? Dillards featured them on the front page of their Thanksgiving ad insert in my local newspaper. In the flyer photo they are taller, almost knee length, on the model. They look kind of slouchy in this photo ontheir web site:

http://www.dillards.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=301&langId=-1&storeId=301&productId=501632902&Ntk=all&Nty=1&N=1000301&Ntt=ugg+australia&searchUrl=%2Fendeca%2FEndecaStartServlet%3FNtk%3Dall%26Nty%3D1%26N%3D1000301%26Ntt%3Dugg%2Baustralia&R=02892317&IN_MERCH=true

Also are there any shoemaker suppliers on the internet that sell the Ugg style soles like these?

thanks.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / how to sew this wrap? on: October 28, 2009 10:47:53 AM
Does anyone know where I could find a sewing pattern for a wrap front cardigan similar to this one shown on Victoria's Secret:

http://www2.victoriassecret.com/commerce/onlineProductDisplay.vs?namespace=productDisplay&origin=onlineProductDisplay.jsp&event=display&prnbr=EF-250823&cgname=OSKEYCLOZZZ&rfnbr=6542

thank you!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Kentucky Derby projects anyone?? on: April 30, 2009 07:12:36 AM
I was wondering how to make a hat like the one on the official Kentucky Derby Barbie:

http://www.barbiecollector.com/news/news.aspx?news_id=173

Also, if anyone can suggest an easy to sew dress pattern to make a similar styled dress, that would be great (preferably a pattern that is already sized for petites - I have zilch drafting skills and learned the hard way I can't wear anything made from a regular misses' size pattern!)

For your Derby enjoyment this coming Saturday:

1. Become a fan of the Kentucky Derby on Facebook and I *hear* (via their twitter site derbyoaks) that they will give you a free $10 wager on the derby

2. Search "Party Up at the Downs" on iTunes and there are 16 official Derby mp3s available

3. The Kentucky Derby channel on Youtube has an instructional video for how to make a mint julep

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Request: tutorial for re-collaring and re-cuffing men's shirts on: January 07, 2009 06:34:22 AM
Does anyone know where I might find instructions for how to re-collar and re-cuff a man's shirt?

thank you!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Have you found these free workshops yet? on: May 23, 2008 12:54:21 PM
If you go to:

http://www.gerlofsmit.com

Click on English or Dutch, and then click on the link to the Workshops to sign up and download the free booklets.

You will find videos (in Dutch) and PDF downloadable workshops that teach papercutting techniques, easy enough for beginners, and then progresses to more difficult projects.

Although the videos were in Dutch (without subtitles) I didn't have any trouble following them.

The printable workshops are gorgeous! And the even the really easy beginner projects look really cool...

Includes paper flowers, paper necklaces, silhouette landscapes and more...

Oh, and it's all free!

Enjoy...


Vicki

(knitter, papercutter, newly-inducted crocheter, and sometime-frustrated-sewer...)
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / I want to kick my sewing machine out of the window!!! on: May 19, 2008 02:19:03 PM
I bought a sewing machine about 18 years ago. Granted, i haven't used it much, but it's in very good shape, and it's a Husqvarna Viking, which is a good brand. At the time I purchased the machine, Singer's reputation was hitting the skids b/c they were making the internal sewing machine parts from plastic then, and their machines weren't very sturdy at the time (I don't know if they have changed this since...)

I got my machine out the other day to try to make a very simple challis skirt.

No matter which stitch type or stitch length option I choose, the threads on the bottom of the fabric I am sewing get very bunched up and loopy, all the way down the seam, and the seam is too loose. I've tried every stitch length from .8 to 3, and still the same problem.

I spent only about $250 on this machine.  I bought it from a dealership and the machine is in very good condition, I just can't do a darn thing with it!!!!

I believe the store still has a trade-up policy, &  I *do* still have my receipt, and the option of trading in the machine to use as a credit against another, new machine.

Can anyone recommend an inexpensive, beginner-model sewing machine (preferably Husqvarna so I can trade up, but at this point, I just want a machine I can USE!!)?

I need one that is so dead-easy a three year old could sew a seam, no problem.

Maybe the problem is my bobbin winder? I never liked it; the thread on the bobbin always looks very messy, like the machine doesn't keep an even tension in the thread while it's winding.

I don't have the machine specs on me at the moment, so I can't give you the model number, but does anyone know about this type of sewing machine problem?

I know that probably a more expert sewer could make adjustments to get the machine to work right, but I am NOT expert, and every time I sit down to work with a different type or weight of fabric than I was using with the last project, I get this problem and I cannot fix it - & I can't just keep driving my machine across town every time I have a problem, to get the store owner to show me how to do this again? I'm tired of it, and I am not enjoying my sewing machine at all.

I really need:

THE EASIEST SEWING MACHINE ON THE PLANET!!!


Recommendations please!!

thank you!
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / "cheater" panels (yes, I'm lazy!) on: October 07, 2007 03:19:37 PM
I want to find some neat baby-oriented cheater panels (preprinted panels that have the instructions printed on the fabric) for soft toys, fabric books, baby quilt tops, etc. Unfortunately, the local fabric stores have a very limited selection of these. I don't really want to go with Disney princesses or Winnie the Pooh.

Can anyone recommend a good source online for a wide variety of cheater panels? I wish there were a whole store of nothing but cheater panels.... *sigh*....
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / sew a zipper to make a pouch (no fabric) on: October 03, 2007 01:44:27 PM
I attended a "sewing gifts for the holidays" program at my local public library. The instructor is a Husqvarna Viking sewing machine dealer and holds quilting and sewing classes in her store. In the program she demonstrated several neat ways to sew easy gifts for the holidays. I took notes, but I couldn't figure out from looking at the sample of the zipper pouch how to make it. Does anyone know where I could find a tutorial with photos of the following:

It is a zippered pouch made out of only a zipper (no fabric), that you sew up itself in a spiral, and it can completely unzip on itself.

Has anyone else seen or heard of this? It is one of the projects the lady said she did with kids at the summer sewing camp classes she holds each year and teens really like these (she said).

I typed up my "class" notes from the workshop/demo and I will add the word doc to my sewing yahoo group files, located here:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sewingbooks/

So, just grab and go if you want a copy. There are 20+ easy sewing ideas there. The name of the doc is Sewing_Gifts.  She didn't show us how to do them, as most were pretty straightforward, but I wasn't sure how far to unzip my zipper before I started sewing or when/where to tuck the ends.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Long Wrap Skirt on: April 04, 2007 01:40:42 PM
I need a free or commercial pattern for a long, corduroy wrap skirt, like the one pictured here:

http://www.tznius.com/cgi-bin/product.pl?productid=114

It looks so comfortable! and I have so much cord fabric at home, I really should just make one (if only I can find a pattern...)

thanks,

Vicki
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