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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / The Mad Hatter's Top Hat EDITED to add pics of whole costume on: October 24, 2006 10:36:28 AM
My husband wants to be the Mad Hatter for Halloween, so we're making his entire costume pretty much from scrap.  We went to a costume shop downtown and found a cheap top hat that fit him.  Here's the before



I took some of those sheets of craft foam and made the crown taller and wider, then glued it onto the base of the hat.  I covered the whole thing with three by three squares of the same plaid we're using to make the pants, and added the ribbon band and card.



I really like this part.



Ok, so here's the whole costume:



The only thing we didn't make on his were the shirt and the shoes.  On mine we bought the shirt, but stenciled a skull and flowers on the shoulder with freezer paper.

And because I really liked my butterflies:



Happy Halloween, everyone!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Sewing through paper? on: July 17, 2006 04:48:52 PM
Hey all,

I wasn't sure where to post this, so I'm putting it here. 

My sewing machine is supposed to be kind of heavy duty (as in, the box claimed it could sew through 8 layers of denim), but I'm having problems sewing through paper.  It's just two layers, one vellum, and one cardstock.  It works for a little while, but the thread coming from the spool always breaks.  I tried using 100% polyester and 100% rayon instead of a cotton blend, thinking that might be too weak, but the same thing started happening. 

I know it can be done, but I am really having some trouble with this.  Any suggestions?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Q about yarn over symbols in lace knitting on: May 18, 2006 07:33:42 PM
So I'm fairly new to lace, and I'm a little confused by this chart for the lace headband in the new Interweave Knits.  Normally when I come across the yarn over symbol, I do a yarn over and knit the stitch immediately knit after that.  I consider that fufilling what the pattern wants me to do, and in this other chart I'm working, all the numbers work out. 

But this new pattern tells me to make a three stitch I-cord, then begin working the chart -- and the chart starts with five blocks!  Row one pretty much says "knit one, yarn over, knit one, yarn over, knit one." 

Now that I've written it out, it seems self explanatory, but does this now mean that I've been doing the other chart wrong?

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted color theory project on: May 13, 2006 06:38:59 PM
This last semester I took a color theory class.  From the beginning of the semester, I knew I wanted to knit a project, so I decided to knit the Four Elements.

From top to bottom, its air (crochet and knit), fire (knit in short rows), earth (started from one block and stitches were picked up at different angles, knit and crochet), and water (feather and fan).  I'm really happy with the way it turned out, but I do need to fix the structure, I know it could be better.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Help me find this book! on: April 24, 2006 10:02:58 PM
A week ago I was in the Barnes & Noble by my house and I saw a great book in the crafts section on decorating your house/apartment.  Two of the projects I really remember are covering walls with fabric thats been soaked with liquid starch, and using colored post it notes to make wall decorations.  Of course I didn't buy it or make note of the title/author, and of course when I went today it was gone.

Has anyone heard of this book before?
Thanks!
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