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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Tinkerbell on: July 22, 2012 08:39:29 PM
I was searching for a Tinkerbell ami for the best friend's birthday present, but I could not find a pattern I was happy with....so of course I came up with my own. It took about two weeks of crocheting and thinking and ripping out before I was finally happy. She did however turn out to be like 10xs larger than I expected....she's literally like 2-3 feet tall.









And yes her hair was stitched in strand by strand....yeah I'm THAT anal-retentive and OCD. But it gave her such a more polished look than just crochet.

Thanks for looking!
xo Lauren
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Washing Fabric Question on: January 10, 2011 10:21:27 AM
I've been going back and forth with this so I thought I would get some expert opinions. I never washed my fabrics before making purses...mostly because they were just for personal use. But I want to start selling them and figured I needed to wash them just in case the customer wants to as well, so it would avoid problems. I work at a fabric store and have asked some customers who make bags and...to my surprise...they don't wash their fabrics. The issue I had when I washed my fabrics was that even with a ton of ironing, they still had a bit of faint wrinkle that drove me insane. Which is why I wanted to go back to not washing.

Any suggestions? What do you all do when you make bags to sell? To wash or not?

Thanks so much.
Lauren
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Hello Kitty Santa hat on: December 16, 2010 08:38:53 PM
Being the obsessive Hello Kitty fanatic I am I re-purposed a dollar store santa hat to fit my liking and wanted to share with everyone.




Sorry for the craptastic cell phone picture
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Seam allowance...does size matter? on: December 03, 2010 01:03:45 PM
I usually use 1/4 inch seam allowances in my purses (I draft my own patterns) but this time I'm using a Simplicity and they use a half inch. Does the size of the seam allowance really matter? I never really thought about it before (my mom is a quilter so I've always just followed with the 1/4" on everything) because it was always stuff for myself. I want to start selling some of my purses so I wanted to know if the seam allowance makes a difference in the sturdiness or anything. Sad to say I never use my purses long so I don't know about longevity, but if I'm making these for others I want to make sure they can stand up.

Any suggestions?

Thanks so much!!
Lauren
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / A Tutorial -- Changing Color in Tunisian Crochet on: October 12, 2010 05:48:59 PM
I've had a few questions about changing colors in Tunisian crochet and since I'm not the greatest at explaining things I decided to make a little picture tutorial...I hope this helps everyone!!

Begin your crochet as usual and pull up a loop. I have done three stitches in my first row and am starting my fourth stitch here:


Pull the yarn through and you now have another stitch (I now have 4):


When you're ready to change your color, insert your hook into the next stitch and instead of pulling up a loop in the same yarn, grab your new color


And pull it through:

There are now 4 loops of one color and 1 new color loop (5 total) on the hook.

Again, insert your hook and pull up a loop in the new color:


Now there are 6 total loops, 4 in the old color and two in the new color:


Continue your stitches until you are ready to change color again (if you choose, if not just finish the row) Once you're ready to change color again repeat the process again of inserting the hook, pulling up a loop in the new color:


New color loop on the hook


Finish your row to the end and begin your return row. When you reach your color change you will have one loop of each color on the hook.


Draw the color you are changing to through both of the loops


Work until you need to change again and repeat the process--one loop of each color is on the hook, pickup color you are changing to and pull through the loops



I found that when I change color in the row I get this hole between the two colors on the return row


To close it all you need to do is take the previous color yarn and pull it, but not too tight


On the back you are going to need bobbins if you want to carry your colors up through the work.


It really depends on what you're working on whether you will want to carry your colors through or if you'll want to cut them and weave them in.


Your row is finished



I really hope this helped you all with questions or anyone wanting to know how this works. This may not be perfect and it is definitely not the only way I'm sure to do it but its what works for me. If you have more questions just let me know!!

PS: Sorry I did thumbnails but I didn't want to make the post like extremely long.

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Super Mario 3 Afghan on: October 01, 2010 10:42:55 PM
Last Christmas I decided I wanted to be an awesome sister and make my brother the coolest afghan ever--Mario from SMB 3 (only the best SMB game ever). Well that didn't quite go as planned. I waited too long and had never done the tunisian stitch...so this is what I ended up with. Took me about two weeks or so I guess? Don't really remember...Don't get me wrong I love it...kinda wanted to keep it...but it could have been better. Its pretty small so I guess it could be considered more of a lap blanket than an afghan.


The back (which of course I forgot to photo) is covered with black fleece because there was NO way in heck I was weaving all of those ends in (another missed Kodak moment). The edges are a bit wonky I washed and blocked it but there was no way it was gonna straighten out. Any ideas on what I could have done different to make them straight? I bet its because I did it too tight...try as I might not to be I'm a tight crochet-er.

One more photo with the pup to show size....average sized Yorkie so you can tell how small it was...

oh well guess I should have thought it out more considering my brother is about 6'5. Meh I still think I'm the coolest sister for this  Wink It would look great on the back of the couch too...or a chair lol

Thanks for looking and listening!

*EDIT*
I found this picture of the back of the afghan (in progress). Like all those tails? haha which is why I put fleece on the back. Excuse the crappy cell phone picture but I had to share what a nightmare can develop when you change colors!
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Raku Ware: Ferguson Blue & White Crackle Pottery on: November 19, 2008 09:33:33 AM
Even though I nearly choked to death a few times on the smoke I love love love Raku! I'm taking ceramics II and until now I haven't really had anything I've thrown that is decent to show anyone at all (yeah the wheel is NOT as easy as it looks!) Monday night we did some Raku and I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out!


The one on the left is Ferguson Blue (yeah and it didn't come out blue at all!) and on the left is White Crackle (I've done white crackle before but my mom claimed it so these are all mine)



This one came out mostly copper colored but over night it changed to green...I was shocked how fast the color changed




Thanks for looking!!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Amy Butler Crochet Supply Tote *lotsa pretty pics!* on: August 15, 2008 09:43:42 PM
I needed a bag to carry all my crochet junk so it was all in one place. I was reluctant to use my gorgeous Amy Butler fabric ...but I did and as I suspected I screwed up a lot....this bag was torture from the word go! But with all its issues I think it turned out great.

I got the idea from a few purses I've seen and added my own touches

the front

I used 8 different fabrics with colors in the same range

Side all tied up


Side untied


Bottom

I added some rivets to keep the cardboard on the bottom in place

Inside

there are pockets on both sides of the inside: one side is for pens or hooks and the other side has wider pockets...i put my needle box in one

Inside Filled

with all my lovely junk in it. I made it big so I can put my binder of patterns, books and skeins of yarn as well as WIPs etc.

As much as I hated making this thing I love it so much! Thanks for looking!

Lauren

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Palmetto Tree wall art on: April 05, 2008 04:53:19 PM
If you haven't been to South Carolina, we love our state tree, the Palmetto, a bit too much..we put it on EVERYTHING....clothing, cars, shoes, flags, purses, mailboxes, etc. Our malls have stores dedicated to selling anything with the tree on it. Well this year in my room at school I had a huge blank wall because I was tired of the cheesy posters. So what else would I put there? I couldn't afford the flag (if you've been in college you know..) so I improvised...



Its made up of scrapbook paper on plain white poster board, and sealed with modgepodge. It took about a day off and on and I love it! I get many requests from friends to make them one.

Here is its size in relation to my stuff (don't mind my junk Wink).


Thanks for looking!!
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Kawaii Fortune Cookie! on: February 16, 2008 10:05:27 AM
I made one of these for my kawaii swap partner and they just got so addicting! How cute are they?




Thanks for looking!
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