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1  Re: TUTORIAL: SUPER CUTE WALLET! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by maitreya on: December 24, 2005 07:20:07 PM
Adding mine to the gallery.  Thanks so much for the tutorial!

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2  Re: Fabric wall hanging in Completed Projects by maitreya on: November 17, 2005 07:06:03 PM
I just tried this too with some vintage napkins.  Such an easy way to redecorate!

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3  Re: Half-Zip (Say What?!) Grosgrain Pouch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by maitreya on: October 13, 2005 12:11:22 PM
Love the half-zip idea!  I made a little lined card-holder with it.  Thanks!

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4  Re: remember spool-knitted chains from when you were a kid? in Crochet: Completed Projects by maitreya on: July 03, 2005 11:02:22 AM
Here's one I did a while back.  I love the colors of yours.

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5  Re: Crochet cupcake and sushi holiday ornaments in Crochet: Completed Projects by maitreya on: July 03, 2005 10:50:14 AM
At the end of the dcs, your protocupcake looks like this, right?

Put your hook in the 3rd chain:

Yarn over and pull it through both loops on the hook to make a completed round:

I hope this helps.  Good luck!
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6  Re: My first crafty - Wee felted wool doggy in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by maitreya on: June 12, 2005 11:33:42 AM
I finally made a puppy from that Mame Wanko book.  He's about an inch and a half tall and made of velvet.

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7  Re: Crochet cupcake and sushi holiday ornaments in Crochet: Completed Projects by maitreya on: June 10, 2005 08:30:53 PM
FYI, here are the 2 different patterns side by side.  The little one is foufigirl's pattern, and the big one is the pincushion.  The frosting yarn was a bit hard to see the stitches, so it's not exactly from the pattern.

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8  Needle felted flower tutorial in Felting: Completed Projects by maitreya on: April 19, 2005 06:30:42 PM
I made another needle felted flower, and took some pictures along the way.  (Here's my first one.)  I tried to keep the scale the same in each of them so you can see the shrinkage.  The grid in the background is 1 inch squares.  The pictures were taken every commercial break for ~45 minutes, just to give you an impression of the time scale involved.

Wad of roving.  I got this at a neat toystore that had a bunch of Waldorf/Montessori-type toys.  You'll also need a barbed needle made for felting.

Pull the roving apart into little wisps and wad it up into a flattened oval.  Put it on a pillow or a piece of foam and have at it with the needle.  Push the barbed part of the tip all the way through the fiber and into the pillow.  It's the barbs that do the work.  It'll start to felt onto the pillow if you jab too much, so flip it over every few jabs.  If the edges seem irregular, just push them into shape and jab a few times to secure.

The oval should start to reduce in size and start to hold together.  Keep jabbing all over, flipping, and jabbing more, paying attention to the edges, until it starts to feel like felt.  I find this step the hardest because it doesn't seem like it's working at first.

Now you can start forming the petals.  Jab into the edge of the disk in a line where you want the petal divisions to be.  It should only take ~10 jabs to get an indentation.  If it takes much more than that, go back to jabbing all over and make the felt a little denser.  For now, just make a little indentation for each one.

Finish the petals by jabbing all around the petals and further felting the indentations.  I also jabbed in a line along the top to further define them.  The felt should really be firming up now.  You should feel some resistance when you put the needle through.

Once you're happy with the flower, you can embellish it however you want.  I used some felt beads I got in my Sampler from Lili la Malice.  She was kind enough to post a tutorial, too, if you'd like to make some yourself.  Just place the beads on the flower and jab until they're secure.

It all makes a lot more sense when you have the needle and roving in hand, I promise.

I'd like to thank the felted flower makers of the web for giving me inspiration to learn this great craft:  anatomy of a skirt, leslieduckie, Lili la Malice, Supermaggie, and dabblersupreme.  I hope they don't mind my ripoff too much.
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9  Re: plastic necklaces in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by maitreya on: March 28, 2005 05:17:56 PM
They're really easy to make with shrink plastic/shrinky dink.  You can get sheets of it at craft stores.  All you do is color your design on it with markers or whatever (or you can buy sheets you can print on from the computer), cut out the shape, punch a hole, and bake it for a few minutes.  It shrinks down to a nice plastic tile.  Here's one I made a while back:

(a couple others that didn't turn out as well are posted here)

Those images you posted are from 4square and Jewelry by Jessica, by the way.  Always nice to link to the pros, I think.  Smiley
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10  Re: Folded Fabric Flower pin/hair clip tutorial in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by maitreya on: February 06, 2005 09:44:09 PM
Thank you thank you!  I've wanted to try these ever since I saw pucchimaiko's first hairpin post.  For my petals I stopped at step 4 (i.e., I didn't fold up the wings) because I though it looked a little less crowded.  The fabric's vintage kimono silk scraps from Ah! Kimono.

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