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91  Re: Poster Boy Bag in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by queenofdiy on: February 20, 2006 05:39:59 PM
How's this one?



Here is the chart.  In between of those heavy lines is 10 stitches.  From memory I think it's 60 wide by 74 down:



I can send you a larger pic of the chart if you like - it's just that craftster's board only allows up to 150k so I had to shrink it and then modify the properties to make the file size small.  Roll Eyes
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92  Re: Poster Boy Bag in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by queenofdiy on: February 17, 2006 02:36:27 PM
brightlights:  I have software which makes patterns (cross stitch) and I assume from looking at previous knitting pics that it's kinda the same principal.  Anyway, here are some really quick patterns (ie. minimal effort)  I have come up with (Clark Gable is Gomez Adams, is that right??  I love him).



Let me know if you want more effort put in and whether another picture might suit better??  Wink
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93  Mouse Pouch/Rat Bag in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by queenofdiy on: February 17, 2006 02:10:19 PM
My son is getting a mouse for his 7th birthday.  We both wanted to make something for it!!  Roll Eyes  I found this on Ebay http://stores.ebay.com.au/Mon-Ami-Petstuff_Mouse-Pouches_W0QQcolZ4QQdirZ1QQftidZ2QQtZkm and thought this would be the perfect thing to make.  It's called a Mouse Pouch.  There was also another one called a Rat Bag (which its dimensions were 30cm x 30cm [ie. 12in x 12in]) - cool names, I thought!!

Soooooo..... here is my version (complete with pink raw silk - cuz I wanna girl mouse.  Apparently they don't stink as much).  My dimensions were 8 inch square.  I used pink raw silk, blue polar fleece (cut from my other son's dressing gown which doesn't fit anymore) and a layer of wadding.



and opened....

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94  Jewellry Sets for Teacher (Img Heavy) in Beads: Completed Projects by queenofdiy on: February 17, 2006 12:38:27 PM
Here are a few sets of jewellry I made for my son's Kindy teacher.  This first set I made for her birthday:





....and I still have beads left  Roll Eyes

These other sets, I made with beads the teacher gave me which she had but never got into beading and asked me to make something for her.  Sad  Do you think she likes pink???!!??



If you want to know anything further - I'm more than happy to share  Grin
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95  Re: Leather Journal in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by queenofdiy on: February 13, 2006 09:36:51 PM
eemoody:  I cut the leather using a rotary cutter and quilters ruler.  Went through really easy.  You can also cut leather with ordinary scissors.  Here is one I did with the front decorated.  I used a leather punch (obviously with the letter "S") then used leather dye to paint the indented "S" then coated the square with a leather top coat then glued on the square of leather to the front cover using good ol' Diamond Glaze.



I also did another journal using an exercise book as the pages (rather than the handmade pages).  I cut the exercise book to 7.5cm wide then in half to get two "signatures".  I then used an ordinary drill and drilled holes in the "spine" of the exercise books.  Here's what it looks like - and as you can see from this pic, that the leather is not thin and the rotary cutter had no problem cutting through it:



If you want more info, let me know!! Grin
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96  Fabric Wrap Around Album/Journal in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by queenofdiy on: February 08, 2006 06:47:54 PM
Here is a journal I made today with the help of a friend who did a scrapbooking class.  The green doesn't show up too well  Sad but it is made from green raw silk and black faux suede fabric.







Here is a better view of the colour:




 Grin


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97  Re: Wallet/Organizer Holder **TUTORIAL ADDED** in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by queenofdiy on: February 06, 2006 11:32:01 PM
Thanks sewpixie!!  Here is my version.  I covered the elastic with the fabric.  Works great!!  I also extended the cards section to the top of the organizer as I didn't need an ID card on show and I have WAY too many cards.  I also handstitched the binding closed after sewing with the machine on the outside. 

My life is now organized!!!  Yippeee!!









I had a friend who saw mine and immediately wanted one ..... IN PINK  preg_replace('/(.{19})/', '$1 ', 'AAAAAAARRRRRRGGGGGHHHHH')!!!  Pink is so not my colour.  Anyway, here's what I started with.....



and here's the result.....





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98  Woven necklace - with TUTORIAL in Beads: Completed Projects by queenofdiy on: February 06, 2006 09:20:35 PM
Here is a necklace I made a few weeks ago.  I get loads of comments when I wear it so I thought I'd share with my fellow craftsters.....



The necklace has five strands of beads (more if you want!!) varying in size from seed beads (I chose the square tube beads cause they tended to "shine" or reflect the light better than seed beads) to 10mm beads.  Select a colour palette of either one, two or three colours with a variety of shapes, finishes and sizes.  I realised after finishing my necklace, that my necklace would have looked better if I had chosen a similar shade of beads - ie. chosen a dark coloured green rather than the light coloured green.  The necklace can be made either collarbone length, about 18 or 19 inches - which is the length I did or mid-chest length, about 26 inches.

Template
Firstly, you need to make a template.  For the collarbone length (18 inches), you need to cut a 5 1/2 inch diametre circle from foam board (if you have it.  If not, I just cut two from fairly thick cardboard and sandwiched two together with mounting tape).  You could also use a thick cardboard box.  This is then glued to a larger piece of cardboard.  Mark the top centre and bottom centre.  For the longer length cut a teardrop shape 9 3/4 inches long x 5 inches wide.  Here is a picture of my template:



Clasp
Tape a clasp to the top centre.  I used a toggle clasp but any clasp would work.  I also put a jump ring onto the clasp as the clasp hole was only quite small and two or three strands will need to pass through the hole of either the clasp or jump ring.  I used plain old fishing line but I guess you could use beading thread or Nymo.  If you choose to use thread, you would need to use a beading needle.  I used enough line to go round the template 5 times plus I would guess about another 18 inches.  Yes, I know that's long but I personally don't like having to attach thread in the middle of a project, but you can do so.  Start with a lark's head knot.  A lark's head knot is where you fold the end of the thread to form a loop.  Pass the loop through the clasp or jump ring, then thread the ends of the thread back through the loop and pull tight. 

Stringing
The first strand will lay the closest to the edge of the template.  String on a bead a little larger than a seed bead (just a nice way to end a strand) then string about 1 to 1 1/2 inches of seed beads.  String on a small contrasting bead.  Continue in this fashion (ie. 1 to 1 1/2 inches of sead bead then contrasting bead) but with the contrasting beads getting larger as you get towards the front of the necklace and getting smaller as you continue from the front to the back of the necklace.  When you get to the other side of the necklace, thread a small bead (like the bead on the other end), then thread through the other clasp end (or jump ring as the case may be) then thread back through the end bead.  Continue with the next strand.  String on about 1/2 inch of seed beads, a small contrasting bead, and 1/2 inch of seed beads (approx.) or enough to reach the first small bead on the first strand and take your thread through this first small bead on the first strand.  Continue doing strands and connecting them to the contrasting bead, again, gradually increasing the size of the "shared" or contrasting beads.  Make sure your most important beads are at the front.  Below is a close up of the back of the necklace:



There are 5 strands in total but below is a close up of where I threaded the 5th strand into the 4th strand to reduce bulk at the clasp:



Below is a closeup of the front.  You can do the front however you like but I liked the look of this:



And here is a picture of the finished necklace on the template:



It is a lot of work but trust me, it is easy and looks stunning.  If you have any questions, please ask!!!
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99  Leather Journal in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by queenofdiy on: February 02, 2006 12:47:30 PM
After being inspired by cassette tape cover journals http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=6883.0 and not having any cassette tape covers  Cry, I came up with my own version. 

I made these from scraps of leather.  I bought the scraps from a tannery in Sydney (Australia) for $2 a piece and I have enough from each scrap to make about 4 of these suckers.  Anyway, here they are:





I also handmade the paper inside the journals.  I made the paper using the A5 paper maker then "wet tore" the A5 in half then folded each half in half to make each of the pages (hope this makes sense!!)  They are 5 inches high by about 3 3/4 inches wide when closed.  Each "magazine" inside the book (there are two) consists of only 4 pages folded in half (making a total of 8 pages).  The next ones I make I will use Chux over the paper maker to give a smoother finish to one side of the page.  The darker side of the paper is quite rough as I used tulle over the paper maker.

Enjoy!!!
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100  Re: need instructions for multi-strand, "woven" necklace - TUTORIAL in Beads: Discussion and Questions by queenofdiy on: January 26, 2006 02:56:45 PM
OK.... so, here we go with instructions...

The necklace has five strands of beads (more if you want!!) varying in size from seed beads (I chose the square tube beads cause they tended to "shine" or reflect the light better than seed beads) to 10mm beads.  Select a colour palette of either one, two or three colours with a variety of shapes, finishes and sizes.  I realised after finishing my necklace, that my necklace would have looked better if I had chosen a similar shade of beads - ie. chosen a dark coloured green rather than the light coloured green.  The necklace can be made either collarbone length, about 18 or 19 inches - which is the length I did or mid-chest length, about 26 inches.

Template
Firstly, you need to make a template.  For the collarbone length (18 inches), you need to cut a 5 1/2 inch diametre circle from foam board (if you have it.  If not, I just cut two from fairly thick cardboard and sandwiched two together with mounting tape).  You could also use a thick cardboard box.  This is then glued to a larger piece of cardboard.  Mark the top centre and bottom centre.  For the longer length cut a teardrop shape 9 3/4 inches long x 5 inches wide.  Here is a picture of my template:



Clasp
Tape a clasp to the top centre.  I used a toggle clasp but any clasp would work.  I also put a jump ring onto the clasp as the clasp hole was only quite small and two or three strands will need to pass through the hole of either the clasp or jump ring.  I used plain old fishing line but I guess you could use beading thread or Nymo.  If you choose to use thread, you would need to use a beading needle.  I used enough line to go round the template 5 times plus I would guess about another 18 inches.  Yes, I know that's long but I personally don't like having to attach thread in the middle of a project, but you can do so.  Start with a lark's head knot.  A lark's head knot is where you fold the end of the thread to form a loop.  Pass the loop through the clasp or jump ring, then thread the ends of the thread back through the loop and pull tight. 

Stringing
The first strand will lay the closest to the edge of the template.  String on a bead a little larger than a seed bead (just a nice way to end a strand) then string about 1 to 1 1/2 inches of seed beads.  String on a small contrasting bead.  Continue in this fashion (ie. 1 to 1 1/2 inches of sead bead then contrasting bead) but with the contrasting beads getting larger as you get towards the front of the necklace and getting smaller as you continue from the front to the back of the necklace.  When you get to the other side of the necklace, thread a small bead (like the bead on the other end), then thread through the other clasp end (or jump ring as the case may be) then thread back through the end bead.  Continue with the next strand.  String on about 1/2 inch of seed beads, a small contrasting bead, and 1/2 inch of seed beads (approx.) or enough to reach the first small bead on the first strand and take your thread through this first small bead on the first strand.  Continue doing strands and connecting them to the contrasting bead, again, gradually increasing the size of the "shared" or contrasting beads.  Make sure your most important beads are at the front.  Below is a close up of the back of the necklace:



There are 5 strands in total but below is a close up of where I threaded the 5th strand into the 4th strand to reduce bulk at the clasp:



Below is a closeup of the front.  You can do the front however you like but I liked the look of this:



And here is a picture of the finished necklace on the template:



It is a lot of work but trust me, it is easy and looks stunning.  I get lots of comments and looks when I wear it.  If you have any questions, please ask!!!
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