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11  Can I use knit with a pattern for woven fabric? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Longelegantlegs on: November 05, 2010 07:55:13 AM
So, the title says it all...If I make the back one piece instead of using a zipper and adjusted the neckline a bit, do you think I could use a knit fabric to make this top from Butterick 5419?

Or, if anyone could point me towards a fitted, narrow-sleeved knit top pattern, I'd be grateful. :-)
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12  Dratted Darts! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Longelegantlegs on: May 16, 2010 10:06:08 AM
Can someone help me? Here's the problem:

The skirt is made of a light cotton twill. After this photo I pressed them out and the back darts are nice and flat, but the two in front continue to look like a bad case of crotch dimples; Are they too short? I sewed all the way to the end and a little past the fabric. I folded the inside of the dart to one side and pressed the heck out of it. Do I need to cut the little triangle open and press down the seams? I appreciate any suggestions!
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13  Giant Metal Fan, Window on Interior Wall in What the heck can I do with THIS? by Longelegantlegs on: April 02, 2010 01:16:56 PM
Okay, clever ones! Can I do anything with this:

It's three or four feet tall, and HEAVY. I'm not sure what it's made out of, but it's solid. The motor still works fine; it was in the ceiling of our home, and it was like a prehistoric cooling/circulation system. I kinda don't want to get rid of it because it looks like a giant boat screw, but I can't put it back in the ceiling. The motor could probably be removed to make it decorative, but I can't exactly hang it on the wall.

Second is the Window to Nowhere:

For awhile it had been sealed up with drywall and paneling, but I pulled it all off this week and I'm wondering how I can use it. It's kind of cool, but right now the kids and dogs are using it as a primary door bypass! Should I keep it or seal it up?

Thanks for looking!
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14  Decoupage Skull Display Cabinet in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Longelegantlegs on: February 07, 2010 04:43:31 PM

I was inspired by Thelastkodama's spiffy clementine box here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=334413.0

The cabinet is actually just a display box from World market; the pages are from on old book called Billiards at 9:00] that were yellowing.

I'd like to backlight it eventually, maybe a Christmas light in each corner.

I'm going for a sort of turn-of-the-century, Natural History thing. If any of y'all who are good at this stuff could suggest a way to fill out the display and make it look like more than just a box with skulls in it, I'd be very grateful! I don't have much of an eye for this stuff myself, but I think it looks a little too empty.
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15  Glittens in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Longelegantlegs on: October 12, 2009 11:03:56 PM
I saw the tutorial here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=276577.0 and I loved them so much! I didn't mess with the little finger-covers, though.
I made several pair for various younger siblings, but I only have pictures of two.

I put a partial thumb on these, but nobody else wanted one; It bothered me a little to leave them looking so unfinished.

It took me about 40 minutes per pair...The hardest part was the fitting.
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16  knitted hat band in Knitting: Completed Projects by Longelegantlegs on: June 30, 2009 08:57:24 PM

I found this wierd, Amish-looking golf hat:

And I needed a hat to keep the sun from turning my into a krispy kritter, so I took it home. But it was ugly, so I took a skein of some yarn that's been sitting in my stash for about a year now and made a hatband.
Modeled by my signifigant other...

It's not a hugely creative project, but I like it.
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17  Taking apart an old armchair, need help removing the frame(with pics) in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by Longelegantlegs on: June 18, 2009 02:14:49 PM
Here's the chair:

I need to remove that lighter colored wood frame to attach the new upholstery. I unscrewed it from the top, now the only things holding it in place are two wooden dowls on each lower corner:

I can get to them from the side:

But I can't pound them in far enough to remove the frame. Am I supposed to just cut them, and replace them with new? Help!
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18  Re: Need help covering a large window in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by Longelegantlegs on: June 17, 2009 08:34:37 PM
This is easy to do, and if you can't find a pressure rod long enough, you could hang it up on some PVC pipe, since the rods don't show at all.

Just make sure you cut it long enough, then add panels till it looks right. You don't even have to hem it unless you want too.
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19  refurbing an old bentwood rocker, need some advice w/pics in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by Longelegantlegs on: June 14, 2009 08:57:32 PM
I picked this up off the street, and I really, really like it.

I'd like to put in a sold, padded seat instead of replacing the caning, but I'm not sure how to secure it. I hate the thought of screwing or nailing into the old wood, but I'm not sure if wood glue would do the trick.
There's no little shelf to secure the cushion, just a thin channel that held the splining reed.

Any thoughts? If I need to screw the seat down, how can I do it without damaging the frame?
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20  The Dark Tower...Of Fun! in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by Longelegantlegs on: April 20, 2009 09:30:19 AM
My husband just finished this play tower. He kinda winged the whole thing, no plans, no help, and very little measuring.

We had been looking into a commercial playset but with five kids, we needed something big and sturdy.
It's cemented into the ground and the slide, ladder, and some of the wood is recycled.
The bottom will become a sand box in June, right now it's just the dog's favorite hangout.

And here's some shots of it in the daylight.

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