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1  Crochet Beginner, Several Projects (Image Heavy) in Crochet: Completed Projects by vraedwulf on: January 14, 2010 11:10:30 AM
Hi all!

I just learned to crochet recently (at a christmas cookie baking party) and I wanted to post the fruits of my labor! It's pretty basic, but I feel like I've done well.

Granny Square

Cotton Variegated Yarn, "H" hook
Used Double Crochet (dc) and Chain Stitch (cs)

Washcloth

Cotton Variegated Yar, "H" hook
Note: I made a mistake and started adding more loops to each row, which is why the pattern changes throughout the washcloth. Oops!
Used Chain Stitch  (cs) and Single Crochet (sc)

Washcloth

Cotton Variegated Yarn, "H" hook
Used Chain Stitch (cs) and Double Crochet (dc)

Hat

Cotton Variegated Yarn, "H" hook
Used a pattern I found online

Lace Square

Cotton "Sugar 'n Cream" Variegated Yarn in Renegade
Pattern found in "Encyclopedia of Crochet"

Leaf

Cotton "Sugar 'n Cream" Variegated Yarn in Renegade
Pattern found in "Encyclopedia of Crochet"

Washcloth

Cotton "Sugar 'n Cream" Variegated Yarn in Renegade
Pattern found in "Encyclopedia of Crochet"

Washcloth

Cotton "Sugar 'n Cream" Variegated Yarn in Renegade
Pattern I made up

Crochet Hook Case


Acrylic "Vanna's Choice" Yarn in Olive, Medium Weight (more than one skein)
Pattern Here: http://www.crochetspot.com/free-crochet-pattern-crochet-hook-case/

Fuzzy Scarf
(No Picture)
Fun Fur Yarn (Fun Fur is Evil!)

Breezy Ripples Beanie

Acrylic "Red Heart Collage" Yarn in Rust, Worsted (Medium) Weight, "G" hook
Note: In real life it really does look rust colored, not so orange
Pattern Here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=333533.0

Breezy Ripples Scarf

Acrylic "Red Heart Collage" Yarn in Rust, Worsted (Medium) Weight, "G" hook
Note: A little closer to the real color
Pattern Link Here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=304221.0

Matching Set


Rose Blossom

Acrylic "Red Heart Collage" Yarn in Rust, Worsted (Medium) Weight, "E" hook
Note: In real life it really does look rust colored, not so red
Pattern Here: http://www.crochetspot.com/crochet-flower-pattern-rose/

Rose Leaves

Acrylic "Vanna's Choice" Yarn in Olive, Medium Weight, "E" hook
Pattern Here: http://www.crochetspot.com/crochet-flower-pattern-rose/

Whew! wow, it didn't seem like much as I was doing it, but now that I've had to type it all up, that was a lot! Hahaha, anyway, tell me what you think!!!

Thanks!
vraedwulf


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2  Homemade Sun Jars as Christmas Gifts w/ Tutorial (Picture Heavy) in Winter Holidays by vraedwulf on: December 27, 2009 03:54:31 PM
In my family, all the women over the age of 18 do a Christmas Present Swap. In the swap, instead of trying to think up a unique idea for each person, you come up with a single idea and create a bunch of that one idea.

See last years gifts here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=288564

See my mom's gifts for this year here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=332071.0

This year I remembered how hard it was to come up with a unique idea for each journal and I wanted to do something that would end up being a little easier. So as I was cruising the internet looking for ideas, I stumbled across several DIY sites that talk about creating a homemade "Sun Jar".  This just seemed so cool and very impressive so I decided to make this my project this year! (Please forgive the poor quality pictures. I only had my phone to take them with as my camera is dead)

Lit and Unlit


The idea of Sunjars is that they have a solar panel to collect energy during the day and then they turn on and glow all night.

-------Begin Tutorial---------

I started by looking at what would be needed. Since I planned to make about 20 Sun Jars, I worked up this list of materials:
Solar Garden Lights (x20)
Glass Jars (x20)
Hot Glue gun and sticks
Glass Frosting Spray
Decorative Ribbon

I started by ordering the Solar Garden Lights online. I looked in several places trying to find the cheapest lights I could because I had to be able to afford to buy 20 of them. Eventually I found these at Amazon.com for about $3.00ea.


A closer view of what the individual units looked like:


To disassemble the units, I had to twist the clear plastic piece off the top of the black top piece. At this point the bottom looked like this:


And the top looked like this:


I opened the battery door and removed the rechargeable battery to use later, and removed the three screws to open the unit up. The inside looked like this on the top:

(You can see the housing for the battery above and the simple circuit board in the center)

and this on the bottom:

(You can see the back of the Solar panel and the light sensor to the right of it)

Each of the four pieces had to be removed from the black plastic. I carefully pried the circuit board out of the pieces holding it, I used a razor knife to cut the plastic around the battery housing, I used a knife to score the glue around the solar panel so I could press it out from the otherside and I used a flathead screwdriver to pry the light sensor out of the hot glue. After all the pieces were liberated, I used a Hot Glue Gun to attach them to each other, the battery housing to the back of the solar panel, and the circuit board and light sensor onto the battery housing. When assembled, it looked like this:

(You can see the LED sticking off the top of the circuit board, which is glued on top of the battery housing, which is glued on top of the back of the solar panel. The sensor is not pictured.)

Repeat until they are all assembled:

(I used a charged battery to test each assembly at this point to ensure that nothing had been damaged)

The next step was to frost the jars, which I got from Ikea. I got the "Slom" jar in the 17oz size for $3.00ea. These jars are made from glass and have a water-tight seal, which means my completed sun jars can live outside on a porch safely. I used Valspar Glass Frosting spray to coat the inside of the jars after rubber banding a garbage bag around the jars to protect the outside of the jars from the spray. (I thought about simply spraying the outside of the jars, but the spray can states that the frosting effect can be scraped off with a thumbnail, so I sprayed the inside of the jars for the sake of longevity). When the frosting spray was applied in three coats and allowed to dry, the jars looked like this:


Once all the jars were sprayed, it was time to glue the assembled guts into the jars. I used Hot glue to accomplish this by gluing the four corners of the solar panel onto the inner flange of the jar lid. When completed, it looked like this:

(The LED easily clears the lip on the far edge as the lid is closed.)

I was concerned about how well the hot glue would be able to hold the assembly into the jar, so I took a completed jar and dropped it onto a carpeted floor from about chest height. The assembly didn't move in the jar, so I feel confident that the jars could be accidentally kicked or pushed off the rail of a porch onto the grass below without breaking the jar.

To add the finishing touches, I tied a ribbon around the outside of the jar with a cute little bow. I also included a tag that explained what the jar does. I charged the batteries and installed them on Christmas morning so they would be at full power when they were presented.
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3  Re: Christmas Bauble--Now with pic heavy tutorial. in Winter Holidays by vraedwulf on: December 27, 2009 03:05:51 PM
Thank you so much for your help and advise and, of course, for your wonderful tutorial! We used your advise and were able to create the ornaments we needed for the gift exchange. Again thanks so much!



Full Post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=332071.0
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4  Handmade Christmas Ornaments in Winter Holidays by vraedwulf on: December 27, 2009 02:35:31 PM
In my family, all the women over the age of 18 do a Christmas Present Swap. In the swap, instead of trying to think up a unique idea for each person, you come up with a single idea and create a bunch of that one idea using different colors for each rendition. Here's my craft from last year: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=288564

This year my mom decided to join in the crafting mayhem too! She was trying to come up with an idea for this year, and I gave her a link to this board for the to look at. After looking around some of the boards, she found the Christmas Bauble Tutorial (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=324730.0) and decided that project was the one she wanted to do. After a lot of planning and a little customizing (we couldn't get the sizes listed in the tutorial, so we had to improvise!) we sat down to make them! A few thousand pins later, they turned out beautifully!

Mine


My Mom's


Group Shot of all 14 that we made


I'm very proud of her. It was a lot of hard work to do all these and have them done for christmas morning, but she was able to do it.
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5  Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along in Craftalongs by vraedwulf on: January 23, 2009 12:33:52 PM
I made Azura a while back but finally decided to post her.

Azura


You can find the rest of her pictures and a description of what I did at http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=288701.0
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6  Azura the Poppet (Picture Heavy) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by vraedwulf on: January 23, 2009 12:31:29 PM
I made Azura a while back, but while I was on today I got inspired to actually post the pictures of her.

I made her for my best friend. Eventually I plan on making Viola, Azura's twin sister, for myself, but right now life is a little hectic.

Azura was made using Ghile's Poppet Pattern, using the suggested moleskin fabric. I sewed the pieces and turned. I stuffed (and stuffed and stuffed) and button jointed (holy cow, i needed a huge needle...).   I gave her some beautiful blue 15mm safety eyes purchased from http://www.suncatchereyes.net/. She has eyelids and eye lashes glued onto the safety eyes. Her hair was wefted and applied according to this tutorial http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=195129.msg2102625#msg2102625.  Her ears have little wrinkles on them.  Her tail is poseable. Her hair is made of this wonderful soft fluffy yarn, but the ends had to be tied in knots to keep them from unraveling. I kinda liked the effect. Her dress is made using this the patterns sent to the Poppet List. She can stand on her own.

Azura


Azura's cute wrinkled ears


Azura's Hand


Azura sitting (you can see her feet and tail)


Azura's long hair (she can stand on her own)
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7  2008 Christmas Journals (Very Picture Heavy) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by vraedwulf on: January 22, 2009 05:22:18 PM
In my family, all the women over the age of 18 do a Christmas Present Swap. In the swap, instead of trying to think up a unique idea for each person, you come up with a single idea and create a bunch of that one idea using different colors for each rendition. Since I've done a few journals before I thought that would be a fun and easy thing to make a bunch of different colors of the same sort of thing.

Boy was I wrong! There are currently about 12 people participating in the swap and it was a struggle to come up with that many unique cover decorations. I worked until Christmas morning (cutting it a little close...) but i was successful!!

They are all made with the Coptic Binding Stitch, using book binding needles (which have dull points) and waxed cord. I used an awl to punch the holes for the binding.  I created the pages in a program called Freehand MX and printed them on computer paper and cut them in half "hamburger" style.  The fabrics were remnants of other projects and the decorations were mostly purchased at Michael's. The inner covers were all cut out from scrapbooking supply books. I stiched them with 6 signatures (sections) of 6 sheets of paper each, this gave them the desired "balanced" look. Each one was signed and stamped.

The first journal: The Denim Heart Journal


The Japanese Blossom Journal


The Leather Journal


The Purple Flower Journal (for an Aunt who loves purple)


The White Journal


The Orchid Journal


The Holly Berries Journal


The Skull & Crossbones Journal (for a younger cousin who just got into the swap)


The Elegant Grey Journal


The Elegant Black Journal


The Blue & Brown Hearts Journal


The Owl Journal


Group Photo!


Each one was signed and stamped
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8  2008 Spring Flavored Journal (Picture Heavy) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by vraedwulf on: December 15, 2007 09:10:24 AM
I made this journal yesterday to replace my Winter Journal when the time comes http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=214063.0

It is made with the Coptic Binding Stich, using a curved needle and waxed cord.  I created the lines and icons on the pages in a program called freehand mx and printed them on computer paper. I picked up the fabric from the remnants bin at my local walmart and the inner cover paper is cut out from a scrapbooking supplies book. I stitched it with 8 signatures (sections) of 6 sheets paper each, this helped to keep the spine thin as compared to the rest of the pages.

Cover


Cover detail (to show gold veining)


Inner Front Cover


Pages and Bookmark


Page Icon


Inner Back Cover


Back Cover


Feedback Welcome!
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9  2007-08 Winter Flavored Journal (Picture Heavy) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by vraedwulf on: December 15, 2007 08:59:59 AM
I made this journal yesterday to replace my Fall Journal http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=214061.0

It is made with the Coptic Binding Stich, using a curved needle and waxed cord.  I created the lines and icons on the pages in a program called freehand mx and printed them on computer paper. I picked up the fabric from the remnants bin at my local walmart and the inner cover paper is cut out from a scrapbooking supplies book. I stitched it with 8 signatures (sections) of 6 sheets paper each, this helped to keep the spine thin as compared to the rest of the pages.

Cover


Inner Front Cover


Pages and Bookmark


Page Icon


Inner Back Cover


Back Cover


Feedback Welcome!
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10  2007 Fall Flavored Journal (Picture Heavy) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by vraedwulf on: December 15, 2007 08:46:35 AM
Here is a journal I made a while back and have been using.  It is made with the Coptic Binding Stich, using a curved needle and waxed cord.  I created the lines and icons on the pages in a program called freehand mx and printed them on computer paper. I picked up the fabric from the remnants bin at my local walmart and the inner cover paper is cut out from a scrapbooking supplies book.  I stitched it with 12 signatures (sections) of 4 sheets paper each, but this caused the spine to be very thick as compared to the pages. I changed this in future designs.

Cover


Inside of Front Cover


Pages and Bookmark


Page Icon


"Made By"


Back Cover


Feedback is Welcome!
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