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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Help? Stiffen Stuff on my iron on: March 25, 2011 11:08:56 AM
So I have happily ventured into the world of fabric wall decals and covered tacks in prep for a new set of stuff to come out in my etsy shop.

I love my new project but I made the mistake of ironing a piece of fabric that had already been stiffened. While there isn't a mess the problem I have is that the now the iron doesn't slide over regular things (i.e. shirts - what? who irons clothes anymore?) it grabs as you go. I tried a few different Google searches but all i could find was how to stiffen fabric links.

So my question is has anyone else done this? or do you know how to get it off?
Looking at the bottom of the iron just as it is it doesn't look like there is anything on it, i already tried wiping the iron hot with a wet cloth and that didn't seem to change anything. Help?
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / NO-SEW KIDS CRAFT PILLOW on: July 08, 2008 10:28:49 AM
I don't remember where i had seen it but i had this project in mind for a while and finally got around to making it happen. I actually took pictures for a tutorial when i made it which i will gladly share if there is interest. It's a quick project you can do with your kids (they should be old enough to use scissors) or even for your kids if you prefer, within a half hour.

Here is my baby girl enjoying hers...

3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / what to do about smelly roving?? on: June 02, 2008 07:53:54 PM
I bought some beautifully colored roving about a year ago and still have it. However it actually smells really strongly, like they just sheared the sheep and threw it in the bag. But that seems odd because it is dyed, it would have had to be in some liquid at some point which would at least rinse it enough to reduce or eliminate the smell, right? Or is this totally normal? I don't just mean its smelly... i mean i can smell it through the plastic bag it's in without even bringing it close to my face. If this isn't normal how can i get rid of the smell? Should i wash it and if i am going to wash it should i do it before or after i spin it? How or what can i do to fix this?   Embarrassed
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Pics of my first hat! on: February 09, 2007 06:18:07 PM
I first picked up knitting about a year ago but didn't do it much until about 3 months ago i really got serious about it. and this afternoon i finished my first hat, woot! lol it's waaaaay big because i didn't really follow a pattern... well i did use the number of stitches from another pattern for a fair isle hat (which i obviously didn't use) and the size of the yarn was pretty close but not really close enough.

so if i weave some black elastic cording through the ribbing to make it snugger will it end up weird. because i have a big head to begin with and this is big on my head, it would swallow someone else

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/129/385080144_1cf6f3a936_m.jpg
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/123/385080140_7d4d27b954_m.jpg

(the second is a pic of mom with it on lol and she looks completely different with that thing on hahaha)
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Learn that craft swap? on: December 15, 2006 05:41:55 AM
Ok, so we all know at least one craft really well, right? Well how about a swap where we make a 'learn to' kit for a fellow craftster who wants to learn our craft.
Obviously we can't do hugely involved crafts that require large or specialized equipment but there are plenty of  things that use common kitchen items or the like.
i know knitting is popular but lets get a good mix, other needle crafts, quilting, cross-stich, felting, spinning, card making, polymer clay, beading, book binding... the list goes on.

What do you all think?
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / new knitter... help! on: December 12, 2006 09:54:58 PM
ok so i've been teaching myself to knit and it's gone pretty well so far but i have run into one problem that really bothers me and i have no idea how to work it out. (i haven't done any knitting in the round yet) so when i am working on something such as a scarf, when i get to the end of the row i have a big loop there... i've seen something about this in a few places, about the last loop being a little bigger and sometime it works to twist and slip stich it, then stitch it the next time to make the edge look better. and i would totally do that
except that when i say big loop at the end i mean BIG like big enough to put a finger or two through and i'll be working with like size 10 needles. so all the rest of the work looks good then there is this huge wonky side. what the heck? how or why does this happen? am i doing something wrong? how can i fix or avoid this?
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / How to wind yarn into a skein/ball/hank on: December 09, 2006 10:39:01 AM
I tried to look through the board for info on this but i don't technically know what it's called so i could have seen it and not known it. If this is a repeat, i'm sorry.

I was wondering if anyone could tell me how to wrap yarn or how you twist it. Not spinning but how you put the yarn all neat for it to be sold. That sounds really confusing so here are a couple pictures i found to show you what i mean. I've seen it done two ways, one being like a ball one being long and twisted. Can anyone tell me how this is done??

http://www.ahandmadegift.com/yarnpics/chocolate_surprise_sm.jpg
http://www.ahandmadegift.com/yarnpics/chocolate_surprise_view3.jpg
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / chunky cable sweater bag! on: September 08, 2006 09:20:38 PM
I found a pattern for a bag with cables on it and i thought it was really cute. the pattern confused me a bit when i was following it and i didn't really like the way it looked so i altered it a little.
it was super fast.

http://static.flickr.com/87/237223002_7f4056f4e6_o.jpg
this is the finished bag. the handles i used are about 8" diameter. they actually came from an old vintage bag i had gotten from a thrift shop a few years ago but i couldn't get rid of the 'old grandma's attic' smell so i cut the bag off and kept the handles.

tell me what you all think. i know it's big but i love it. i want to line it but i've never lined a crocheted bag... is there a secret or some tips i can follow?
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Grrrr handles... help?! on: September 05, 2006 09:40:01 AM
Ok so i feel really blonde, i've looked around and haven't found anything about it... i am working on this bag and i have round bamboo handles i am going to attach... but i've never attached handles before, some place said to slip stich and i tried that but i get all disoriented and confused. i can do it with single crochet but then you have the ridge across the top.

is there some special way to attach handles?? it seems like i've attached handles before but i just can't figure it without getting frustrated. can anyone help me out? or better yet show me?
10  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / DORMANT: Brimmed Hat Crochetalong (w/pattern links) on: August 26, 2006 03:40:13 PM
hey ladies, it may be just me but i LOVE brimmed hats. I'm not talking about baseball caps (which aren't bad either) I'm talking about newsboy, cabbie, beret, applejack (the list could probebly go on) hats. They all vary at least a little in design. Also a few full brimmed hats (that go all the way around)

So i was going to suggest a crochetalong for these cute and loveable hats! Below i listed links to a few fun patterns, perhaps we could make one hat a month and then show it off here? That sounds good to me, If you have or find another good hat pattern send it to me so i can add it to the list.
(Perhaps should we expand it to include any kind of hat?)

September: http://members.aol.com/sbaycgoa/patberet.htm
October: http://members.aol.com/JSchlossma/lbfunkh.html
November: http://mycrochetstuff.blogspot.com/2006/01/beret-cap-with-brim.html
December: http://www.bhg.com/bhg/story.jhtml?storyid=/templatedata/bhg/story/data/1130943050452.xml
January: http://www.hometown.aol.com/tepperleen/page2.html
February: http://www.hometown.aol.com/tepperleen/page4.html
March: http://www.interweavecrochet.com/projects.asp (pistachio hat - middle of the page)

What do you think ladies??
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