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191  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Baseball Scarecrow on: October 04, 2006 06:26:48 PM
I made this scarecrow out of a baseball (not one that belonged to my sons, no way! Mom had to buy her own!)

It's resting on a cardboard ring which I covered in fabric so it looks like a plaid shirt, complete with bow tie.  Then I topped it off with some straw, a straw hat and flowers.


192  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Swan (amigurumi?) on: September 29, 2006 07:42:14 AM
I'm not sure if this really qualifies as an amigurumi since it's so large but that's what I am calling it.

In one of the Ongoing Wish Swaps, I chose to make someone a large amigurumi thinking it would be easy to find patterns.  Well, I quickly learned that was not true.  In my mind, an amigurumi should be made totally of single crochet and most large animals I found, weren't.  So when I saw this swan and realized it was totally single crochet, that's the pattern I chose.

It's a little different that the original since I could not get the whole mouth section to look proper according to the pattern.  So, I modified the pattern to what I thought looked best.

Any comments or suggestions are welcome!

http://www3.telus.net/public/rcesau1/swan.jpg
193  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / DORMANT: 12" Crochet Square of the Month Craftalong (w/pattern links) on: August 27, 2006 09:31:17 PM
I will choose 2 patterns for 12" crochet squares each month, post the links here and then participants can choose to make one or both of them.  By the end of 12 months, you should have enough squares for either a lap afghan (if you make 1 per month) or larger (if you make both per month)

I will try to pick squares of differing difficulties so that newbies and experienced crocheters can participate.

Since this is a craftalong, there is no need to sign up or send me anything saying you're going to participate, however, I would love to see pictures of the squares you have made (post them in this thread.)

Most important is to HAVE FUN! and, if you have any questions or need assistance, either post your question here or PM me and I'll see what I can do to help.

October Squares

Easy     Experienced

November Squares

Easy    Experienced

December Squares

Easy     Experienced

January Squares

Easy     Experienced
(see page 20 of this thread for the correction to the easy square)

February Squares

Easy     Experienced

March Squares

Easy      Experienced

April Squares

Easy     Experienced

May Squares
Easy     Experienced

June Squares
Easy     Experienced
(See Page 37 for a correction to the experienced square)

July Squares
Easy     Experienced

August Squares
Easy     Experienced

September Squares
Easy     Experienced

194  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 14 ENTRIES / The Golden Doily on: August 03, 2006 06:39:00 PM
Wow, after seeing all the other entries, I almost chickened out to enter mine but decided to go ahead anyway.  This is my first challenge.

I don't have any action shots of the 'making' process so decided to show the items I used in the making instead.  I crocheted this with a size 1 steel crochet hook and used 3 strands of regular sewing thread (the picture has been enlarged so the items show up)

http://www3.telus.net/public/rcesau1/ch14.2.jpg


Now, the GOLDEN DOILY (it has a 1 3/4" diameter)

http://www3.telus.net/public/rcesau1/ch14.jpg


and action shots:

                      with a Canadian quarter:
             http://www3.telus.net/public/rcesau1/ch14.1.jpg

                and with a lantern designed for a doll house
                http://www3.telus.net/public/rcesau1/ch14.3.jpg

195  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Our very first stenciled shirt on: July 15, 2006 09:03:42 PM
A few months ago my son asked me if I had ever stenciled, to which I had to reply no.  He asked me if I could find out how to do it and could we stencil a shirt together.  I told him to go ahead and work on a stencil and I would ask this group for advice.  I received wonderful advice and we were able to get on with the project.  I found out after we started that I should have mixed my acrylic paint with a fabric medium but didn't this time so the lettering is a little hard.  My son wants to make more shirts so we will know for next time.

This is what we created and he has received many wonderful comments on it:

http://www3.telus.net/public/rcesau1/orrin.jpg

Any comments or suggestions are very welcome!
196  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Looking for a 34"+ doily pattern on: July 09, 2006 09:11:15 PM
My sister-in-law is looking for a round doily pattern that is at least 34" in diameter and made with size 10 thread.  We tried tonight to do web searches but had little success.  She suggested that I ask my friends on my craft group (that's all of you!) and see if anyone could find something for her.

So, if you know of a pattern on the web that fits this description, please post the address here.

THANKS!!!!!!
197  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Caterpillar on: June 20, 2006 07:04:37 AM
I made this for a swap but was so proud of it I decided to post it here too!

It's about 6 inches long and maybe 1 1/2" around.  It's the first time I've made a crochet critter and I plan to make another one of these but with a few changes that I think would make it even better.

http://www3.telus.net/public/rcesau1/catter.jpg
198  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Daisy Doily on: June 07, 2006 09:35:27 PM
Last summer I made myself a doily and then decided to frame it in a metal ring so I could hang it on my kitchen wall.

http://www3.telus.net/public/rcesau1/daisy.jpg
199  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / 12" Quilt Block Swap on: May 30, 2006 06:00:45 PM
I'm interested in doing a swap for 12" quilt blocks and I want to see if there's any interest from others.

If there was enough interest, I would start signups the middle of August and then have the mailing date close to the end of September.

Here's what I'm thinking:

When you joined you would have to give 3 color preferences or you could say 'any color' if you don't care what colors you receive.

You would be asked to make 3 squares for your partner, following their color preferences.

The choice of design would be up to you (there's lots of free patterns on the net if you don't have pattern books.)


So, anyone interested?  Any comments on my ideas?
200  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My t-shirt quilt made by my Mom on: May 23, 2006 12:31:03 PM
I've been looking at everyone else's t-shirt quilts and thinking about posting a picture of the one my Mom made for me many years ago and am finally getting around to it.

She collected up t-shirts during my growing up years and made this.  I LOVE it and the quality is so excellent.  It has been used and used and washed and washed and yet it still looks fantastic.

As you can see in the pictures, for many of them she used the whole front rather than cutting them apart - I like this and am planning to do the same with t-shirts I have been collecting of my sons.  She tied it together rather than quilting it.



Here's a close up of the center of the quilt:

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