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1  Re: Anemoi Mittens anybody? in Knitalongs by catTM on: March 24, 2007 12:39:25 AM
I'm done! Just in time for warmer weather...  Grin

They turned out slightly too large for me,  so I'm gifting them to my mom (when I had one done, I had it with me when I met her, and she tried it on. It fit like a glove (har har Roll Eyes)).

Here is a pic:

Sorry 'bout the lack of proper daylight, but I forgot to take pics before it was time to give them away...

Rowan 4-ply in colors beet and soot, 2.5 mm needles.

This was my first stranded knitting, and a very pleasant experience. I need to practise a bit more on getting even tension. I really liked Eunnys pattern.
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2  Horse with detachable saddle and head thingy. in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by catTM on: June 06, 2006 12:40:20 PM
This is a gift for a little girl called Emmy.




It is made from foam (from an old mattress that was used as the backrest on my home-made sofa when I moved away from home), batting, and various fabrics. It's quite big, about 21-22 in tall and 25 in long. The saddle and head thing (bridle?) comes off, and attach with velcro. This is the 3rd horse I've made, and I changed the design somewhat, as well as the order of assembly, which meant I ended up sewing a lot of it by hand  Undecided.

Here it is with the saddle and head thing off:


The eyes are felt appliques (glued AND sewn, so hopefully they will endure a toddler...) and the hair parts (I don't know the proper words in English) are made from fringe.

And here you can see the gear:

The loops on the head thingy open and close with velcro. You only need to open and close one loop to put it on, but I made all of them in two parts so that the risk of choking is less (I'd really, really hate for something like that to happen). The saddle attaches with velcro as well. The fuzzy parts are on the horse and the scratchy parts are on the saddle, so that the horse is comfy to ride bareback as well Smiley. The saddle is made from thin fake leather, and contains batting to make it fuller. On the underside I have embroidered a message (in Swedish) saying "To Emmy, June 2006, Tove and Mattias" together with some hearts (Tove is me and Mattias is my boyfriend, we are the ones giving the horse to Emmy).
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3  Re: Anyone up for a duct-tape dummy-along? in Clothing Sewalongs by catTM on: May 18, 2006 10:17:03 AM
I made my dummy!  Grin
We never got around to taping me up when my parents were here, so my boyfriend did it. It took about 2.5 half hours to tape me up, and I think my boyfriend did a really good job. I used polyester filling from pillows bought at IKEA to stuff it, since that was much cheaper than buying polyfill (craft supplies seem to be so much cheaper in the US - it's much more expensive in Sweden). Since I read about other persons dummies breasts caving in, I used an old bra and some foam from an old mattress (leftovers from when I made large toy horses for my friends children) that I taped on the inside. I used a cardboard tube and a hanger. If you want to use a hanger - make sure the hook part is sturdy, and properly attatched to the hanger. My hook broke the first time I lifted the dummy, and I couldn't even superglue it back on. When I stuffed it at first, the dummy was too big. So I ended up moving stuffing around, and making long incisions on five places or so. And then I had to build up the breast part again, by taping batting over them. But now it has approximately the right proportions and is fit for use, I think, even if it looks a bit bustier than me. I put some of my clothes on it, and they behave the same way on the dummy as they do on me. I opted to cover the dummy in a brown stretchy fabric. I just pinned it on, and then basted all the seams to an approximate fit. Then I removed it and sewed all seams on my machine. Turned out pretty good, I think. It will be easier to pin into that fabric than into the duct tape below, I think.

Now I will finally be able to adjust things without twisting my whole body while doing it (and thereby distorting everything anyway  Roll Eyes). I want to learn how to drape now  Grin.

Here are (a lot of) pics:
First layer finished - front view

Second layer finished - back and side views


The dummy "spine"

The boob inserts


Covered with fabric


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4  Re: beaded wire bracelets - with tutorial!! in Beads: Completed Projects by catTM on: May 05, 2006 08:23:58 AM
I had to give this a shot! I don't have much experience with wire, but would love to learn, and this seemed like a good project to start out with. I used steel wire, 1.1 mm (galvanized) and 0.4 mm (stainless - is that the same as galvanized? It looks shinier, but that could be because they are different brands, perhaps) in diameter. The beads are an assortment of cheap (and thus not very high quality) glass luster beads from my local bead shop, and some beads I had lying around (leftovers from previous projects). I'm very pleased with the result, but I have to get some other thin wire to work with, this one was really hard to wrap tightly (either I need a softer one, or a lot more practise  Wink).

And here it is:




GREAT tutorial, thank you SO much! I will definitely make more of these, and I hope I'll get better at getting the wire to bend the way I want it to bend  Wink. It's comfortable to wear too, since there are no beads on the "underside" that get in the way, and yet it looks so massive...  Grin
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5  "Wavy" seed bead necklace *WITH TUTORIAL* (Image heavy) in Beads: Completed Projects by catTM on: May 03, 2006 01:32:56 PM
Hi,
Here is a necklace that was created when I was playing around with seed beads and thread a while ago. I was experimenting with making beaded fringes and similar stuff, and made this "ruffly" thing. I wasn't very pleased with it, and didn't really know what to do with it, but made it into a necklace anyway. Then I just happened to use it one night because the colors were right for my outfit, and got lots of compliments on it. I even got a request (the green one). Several members of my choir asked how it was made, so I created a tutorial, which I have now translated to English. Time to give something back to the Craftster community  Grin.

Here is the original necklace:


And here is the one I made for a friend:


TUTORIAL:

Material:

Seed beads in a size you like (I used 11/0). Two colors are used in the tutorial.
One larger bead for the closure
Thread, at least 5 times as long as the desired length of the necklace
Needle

These instructions assumes you will have 2 colors, called A and B.

OK, here we go:

1. Start by stringing 4 + 5 beads of color A on your thread, then the large bead that will be used to close the necklace and then one more bead. Run your thread through all the beads but the last one. Leave a 20 cm (8 in) tail.



2. String a multiple of 8 beads of color A on your necklace, to produce the desired length (I used 37 times 8 = 296 beads). This is hence called the "main string".

3. String 4+5 beads of color A, and then enough beads (color A) to form a loop that just fits around the large bead in the other end of the necklace (I used 21 beads).

4. Go through the loop beads once more, and then tighten the thread to form the loop. The thread now goes through each bead in the loop twice. Then go back through 5 + 4 beads.



5. Time to switch color. String on 7 beads of color B, one of color A, and then 7 more of color B. Skip 7 beads on the main string, and then go through the 8th bead. Tighten your thread. Now there is an arc of beads in color B.



6. Repeat this until you have 4 + 5 + the large bead left on the main string. If you chose 37 times 8 beads for the length of the necklace, you should now have 37 arcs in color B. Go through the next 4 beads on the main string, so that your thread exits between the 5th and 6th bead counted from the large bead.



7. String 3 beads in color B, one in color A, and 3 in color B. Go through the 4th bead in the closest arc, marked with purple color in the picture.



8. String 3 beads in color B, and go through the middle bead in the part of the main string that is enclosed by the arc (marked in purple). String 3 beads in color B and go through the 4th bead in the other side of the arc (green).



9. String 3 beads of color B, one of color A and 3 of color B. Go through the 4th bead in the next arc. Then 3 beads of color B, go through a bead on the main string, 3 beads of color B, go through the arc, and so on until you exit the last arc.



10. String 3 beads of color B, one of color A and 3 of color B and go through the 4th bead on the main string counted from the end of the last arc. Go through all the beads to the loop, then through the loop at least once (to reinforce it), and then back through the main string. Go through a few of the arcs to fasten the thread.

11. In the beginning, a tail of thread was left near the large bead. Go through a few arcs with this, go back to the large bead to reinforce, and then back through the main string. Go through a few arcs to fasten.

YOU'RE DONE!


I hope the tutorial made sense, sorry for any language errors. Feel free to ask if there is anything I need to explain better. If you don't feel like counting, you could always leave a random number of beads between the arcs and the closure and make as many arcs as there is room for. I like it even, though  Smiley. If you follow this description, I'd love to see the result!

Thanks for reading!

Tove
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6  My version of the cut out handle fish bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by catTM on: May 02, 2006 09:13:57 AM
My first post on Craftster, and my first bag ever  Cheesy. I'm so happy I found this site. The only problem: Now I'm suffering from acute inspiration-overload. So difficult to decide where to begin, what to make first. I decided to go with this, since I could use a new bag, and I had material at home.

So, here is my version of the cut out handle bag (GREAT tutorial, thank you so much, I couldn't have figured this out on my own):



Back side:

   

Close-up of the cat-embroidery (seed beads for eyes and a swarovski crystal on the collar/bow):



Inside:



It has one large pocket and pen holders on one side of the inside, and two smaller pockets on the opposite side. I also added some thingys where I can attach key rings and a strap, if I should want one later on (you can see one on the left of the photo).

I have supported the sides with cardboard (frozen pizza box covered in packing tape, actually), and taped together some thin skewers to support the handles, so the bag keeps its shape really well.

I'm really pleased with how it turned out, and it was a great project to test my new sewing machine  Grin.

Thanks again for the superb tutorial, and for all the inspiration in this thread! And thanks for looking. I appreciate any comments.
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