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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Hanging corset tidy bag thingy now with added tutorial. on: March 22, 2013 12:26:51 PM
Not sure if this belongs here...
It is for storing odds and ends in a pretty way. I have one for my hairdryer and one for tights and socks.
I took photos while making, so could do a tutorial if anyone is interested.  Shocked
The fabric is an old chair cover and leftover coat lining, with odds and ends of lace and ribbon.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Looking for houndstooth pattern in crochet - help! on: September 09, 2010 03:35:23 AM
All I need is a stitch pattern for a houndstooth effect to crochet. 

A blanket, scarf or whatever is fine as long as the stitch pattern is there.

I have seen a lovely houndstooth coat which is done in crochet mesh and then the vertical rows are woven in to give the houndstooth effect.

While I LOVE the coat, I wonder if there is some way to make the houndstooth effect in crochet without all that weaving afterwards.   Roll Eyes

Any suggestions would be helpful.
I know one of you out there can help!   Grin
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lacy baby blanket - pics! on: May 01, 2009 07:51:39 AM
I have just finished this baby blanket. It was done in 3ply (fine worsted) and is based on a traditional Shetland lace pattern.


Here is a close up of the corner and the lace edging and border.


Not great photos, I know!

The middle garter stitch square was knitted flat and then I picked up all round and knit on the lace edging with mitred corners.  The final border was knitted on sideways - it took 10 rows of border pattern to use up 5 stitches from the lace edge.

I'm pleased with it but I can see ways in which it can still be improved so I am now working on another one.  You'll see it here soon!

I just want to say that if you want to try somethiong like this it is well worth the effort as although it is a little slow going, it is not difficult at all!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wedding cake tiara on: July 13, 2007 08:53:19 AM
I made these two weddding cake tiaras from wire and crystal beads for my son's wedding that took place on 07.07.07. (lucky date!)
It looked good as it was very sparkly under the lights.
Anyway, my DIL was delighted with it, and that's the main thing.  Cheesy

5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Is Etsy useful for sellers in the UK? on: May 02, 2007 04:28:02 AM
I am thinking of starting an Etsy shop. 

I am just a bit concerned that it mainly attracts US customers who would be put off by the extra shipping costs from the UK.   Undecided

Has anyone found this to be a problem? 

Have any UK craftsters got an Etsy shop?  Would you recommend it?

Is there a Europe-based Etsy or Etsy-like site?

Sorry about the bunch of questions - if you can help out with any of them I would be grateful!  Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Making a man's cravat for a wedding - how? on: February 10, 2007 07:14:29 AM
I have agreed to make cravats for the groom and best man for my son's wedding.  I plan to use the same blue satin that I am making the bridesmaids dresses from.
While I am an experienced dressmaker, the problem is simple...I just don't know what a cravat is supposed to look like.   Huh
1. Is it square or rectangle? 
2. What size? 
3. Should it be double thickness and then turned or single thickness with a tiny neat little hemmed edge?
I would be so grateful if anyone could answer any of these questions.  Maybe your man has a cravat you could look at (or measure) and tell me what you think.
Why do I say "yes" before I think it through?  Wink
7  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / How can I add a crafster logo to my blog? on: December 09, 2006 02:18:38 PM
I would like to make a craftster logo link on my blogs but I don't know how.

I have managed to make a link for people just to click on and it works fine but I wanted the actual logo.

I found the "link to craftster" page.  Fine.  After that, I just didn't know what to do.  I simply didn't understand the instructions.

Can someone help me?   Huh
8  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / froufrou, fat bottom, seija, finally posted. on: November 19, 2006 01:09:36 PM
Yes, I finished these over the last couple of weeks but have only just got round to posting.
The froufrou was most difficult, as the instructions had some errors in but turned out nice.  It looks good on and gets many compliments.  I made the largest size and it took about a month with an hour or so most evenings.
The others were all done in one or two evenings.  I did the garden scarf, too, but the photo did not come out at all.  I made it in all different colours and it looks great.  The seija set is for my grand-daugher, my DIL chose the colours and they look good together.  They are not quite as bright as in the picture.
The fat bottom bag is mine, all mine!  You may recognise the flower from the spring in winter set, I just love it.



My next happy hooker project?  Short and sweet - after I finish the star blanket crochetalong!
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / baby jacket and hat (my own design) on: November 19, 2006 01:01:26 PM
I saw something similar in a baby boutique at 25.  Shocked
The yarn cost me less than 2.50.   Cheesy

It's just a straightforward plain jacket and hat with little flowers sewn on after.  The flower patterns were on the internet - there are loads of free flowers to choose from!



It is actually nicer in real life - I'm just rubbish at photos.  Also, I haven't blocked it or put on buttons, so that explains the rather droopy appearance a bit!   Wink
10  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Spring in Winter - unexpected colour choice on: October 29, 2006 01:05:33 PM
My DIL saw this in SnB and chose the yarn herrself.  Definitely not what I would have chosen, but now that it is finished, it works!

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/65702taraset.JPG

I had a hard time finding buttons big enough not to fall through the scarf and hat to hold the flowers.
I made a tiny change by doing the first row of sc edging in the same colour as the has or scarf so that the contrast colour was neater because I just couldn't get a neat finish otherwise.
I recommend this project, a good result in a short time and not very difficult.
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