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1  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Pinwheels for Child Abuse Prevention- Ideas? on: August 26, 2010 08:09:08 AM
Hi Guys!
I work with a non-profit organization that's looking to get involved with Prevent Child Abuse America's campaign called "Pinwheels for Prevention"  The idea is that the pinwheel is a symbol of child abuse prevention and we want to give our constituents ideas for how to use these pinwheels in creative and visible ways.
Here's a picture of what the pinwheel looks like:

Now, a lot of people nationwide have used them in Pinwheel gardens- here are some really great examples from their website:
http://www.pinwheelsforprevention.org/gallery/1.html
-and also Pinwheel flower boxes, etc.

I'm trying to think of other creative uses and would love some help! Here's what I've come up with so far:
-Pinwheel Bouquets, either made up entirely of Pinwheels or by adding Pinwheels to an actual flower bouquet
-Pinwheel wreath (like the kind that goes on people's front doors)
-If you take of the 'stem' they could be used a Christmas ornaments

Any other ideas? Any and all help is appreciated!

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Belated Razor Cami on: July 17, 2008 02:05:03 PM
I made this a while ago and I'm just now posting it- oops.

Anyway, I made this out of Hempathy which is a bamboo and hemp and something else mix.  It feels really good but i noticed it does leave little fuzzies.

Flaws that I see: I'm not thrilled about where the straps ended up attaching- in the future I would divide the front and back differently (I think I just divided it in half, I'd prefer it if the straps attached an inch or two further in over my shoulders) I do like straps crossed though, so that was serindipidous.  The purple ribbon on the back is there because I was running out of yarn at that point and the ribbon on the front is there to keep the top from sagging/cowling in the middle.
I plan on altering the brown shirt I'm wearing here and essentially building it into the razor cami so in the future I don't have to worry about the weird strap thing I have going on in these pictures.

Otherwise- very happy with how it came out, and plan on wearing it out and about once I alter the under-cami.  (oh- also, the under-cami is tucked in in this pic, but in the future it won't be)

Oh also it feels quite soft and smooth and quite sturdy for such a lacy top.
Thanks for looking!

Full body view:


Close up of front:


View of back:
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Shortened Skirt on: July 17, 2008 01:49:26 PM
Hi all! First of all, Thanks for looking!

Well have you ever found some item that had such potential, so you bought it and start altering it... and find the simplest alteration makes it look so much better? Well that's essentially what happened here. 

This skirt is a wrap (it actually overlaps in the back so you cant see it) and it has deep pockets and with 2 pleats right next to them.  It's made of a mid-weight cotton and I love the pattern on it- somewhere between safari-print and those old blue/white porcelain plates I like. Well, it Also used to be mid-calf length and super frumpy looking. 
My original intent was to shorten it and reconstruct it into a basic a-line-esque wrap but upon shortening it, (about a food mind,) I decided I liked it's poofiness and got a petticoat (the white skirt you see at the bottom) to make sure my point wasn't missed.
Now- depending on where you wrap it on your waist- it's about knee length, above the knee if you wear it as a high-waisted skirt as you see here.

That's enough talking: here we are!

Full body view


Close up: (you can actually see the high-waisted-ness peeking out through the shirt)
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Basic Bag, lattice pattern on: March 10, 2008 07:45:07 AM
I essentially made this bag up as I went along, and I didn't have any experience sewing them (successfully).
The outside is an upholstery pattern and I added padding and interfacing so it's very solid, which I like. 
One thing that I did not realize about the pattern when I bought the (small and oddly sized) bolt of fabric was that the lattice pattern was not at 90degree angles.  The vertical ones are perpendicular to the selvages, but the horizontal ones are actually slightly angled.
On to the pics I guess!
Bag Front


Bag Side


Bag Inside


For Scale

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / cheveron knitting? on: March 05, 2008 01:32:38 PM
I was poking around free people looking at all the nifty things that they have and I saw this pattern:
http://www.freepeople.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/products.detail/productID/8aab4a01-a0ef-4838-bc1d-19a7527b8b6e/categoryID/eb344a5e-2eb4-44f2-9bd1-39502a8fe6d1
and it occured to me that I have no idea how the bottom section is worked. I was wondering if anybody who has seen/ done that before could help me to understand what's going on here!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Need help with a specific knotted closure! on: February 06, 2008 07:31:41 PM
Hi, I don't usually post in this section but I am dying to figure out a closure technique that I have seen in jewelery (necklaces and bracelets) before but have never learned how to do. 
Its for jewelery items that are made with smooth thick/ woven string (again, my vocab is failing me here) and what ends up happening is where the necklace is going to close, the two ends overlap slightly and there are two knots made in such a way that you can pull them apart or closer together, lengthening or shortening the necklace/bracelet. 
Unfortunately I have no idea what its called or I'd have pictures to show you! I'm really hoping someone knows what I mean and will be able to help me out!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Liesel Scarf on: January 07, 2008 02:07:09 PM
For a christmas gift for my mother I knitted up the Liesel scarf that I found on this site and it turned out super good!

Lets see.. I used one skein of Misti Alpaca, in the kelly green color I believe.  Also I used the lace weight but I held the yarn double throughout.  The pattern was a fun knit, my first actual lace knitting project. 

One issue (?) that I had was that the beginning end of the scarf was really pretty, almost a "w" shape which you can see in the picture but when I bound off the other end didn't match, it was just straight across, which unfortunately you can't see in the picture.  Its not really a big deal but it does bug me a little.  I'm wondering if it might be a better idea to knit two half scarves and then graft them together, then a) the branches would always be climbing up and b) the ends would match.  Anyway its just a thought, it's entirely possible that I just did it wrong (countdown to x-mas and all that). 

So- the pictures:

My wonderful Mother modeling it for me (also my equally wonderful Father was the photographer for this photoshoot)


And finally, a detail shot of the scarf.  (Actually now that I think about it the thing that it's resting on I also made, It's recycling wrapping paper, which I also learned to made from this site)
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Blue JerseyKnit Dress (Burda- Lydia) on: December 16, 2007 08:34:06 PM
I got the pattern for this dress from Burdastyle.com, it's named Lydia, it's made of this really nice heavy royal blue Jersey.  I look goofy in my pictures as usual but its a super nice, super casual dress.  Simple but pretty, etc.  Here are the pictures [hopefully]:







Comments? Questions? Critiques? Obscure facts that you'd like to share?
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Experiment in Doleman sleeves on: September 20, 2007 02:40:52 PM
Lately i've kinda been feeling the look of doleman(sp?) sleeves so I tried it out on one of my bf's old shirts.  It's nothing spectacular but I'm happy w/ how it came out.  Unfortunately the pictures are not great but its pretty simple, I just sewed up the sides in the shape I wanted according to my measurements and cut the sleeves to 3/4 length, adding a little elastic to the hem/cuff so it has a slightly puffy look. (I also wanted to give it a more polished look, I think it worked out well)
Front at angle


Front head on

10  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / Thrifting in Boston Area on: September 17, 2007 05:38:38 PM
So I live in the midst of Northeastern's campus (not far from the Prue) and while I was going out on the B line I noticed that one of the few thrift stores that I know of, that sold clothes/fabric was going out of business (Packard's Corner stop, I don't know the name of the store though)
Which brings me to my questions, where are there good thrift places in boston?
My total list is 2
1. The Garment District/ Dollar per pound (technically in Cambridge)
2. Cheap Chic (technically in Allston)
Can anyone help me out here?
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