It's funny because the yellow zipper drove the decision of which part of the panel to cut- it was the only one they had that matched anything on the panel. And it still leaves me a lot of cool stuff to cut out. Plus, I have a whole intact panel still to play with!
And I taught crochet to several kids in my homeroom, including many boys (more boys working on it now than girls, I think- they'd rather crochet and chat instead of doing any silent reading). We're making Snuggle blankets for a local no-kill cat shelter.
And, I'll have to give a thought to bookbinding- maybe I can have them write out a "how-to" for something that they know how to do, and then I can make a bunch of copies of the pages, and then each kid can bind their own copy- each "how-to" will be its own chapter...hmmm...sounds like a plan...thanks for the idea!
But back to wallets! I whipped up 2- one with a page from an old frog calendar and one from a page from an old road atlas. And, after doing the frog one, I realized that if you want a cool picture on the outside, you need to plan how you are going to cut the paper. I think I need to fold one, label it, and unfold it and use it as a placement-planning template. My frog ended up inside the wallet where the bills go Good thing I picked my least favorite page as a practice one. My camera battery is still charging, so pics will have to wait until tomorrow...
yeah...i was...and then i thought about also putting colored poster board on the backs of them so the whole block was one color...i just havent gotten around to it...i tend to move onto the next project before i ever fully finish one.
I like the idea of painting them black and then putting color behind them! That would look very cool! I wish I had a spot in my house for something like this!
Well, I went and tried joining together two sections of woven paper strips, and was documenting the steps- it isn't hard, but it needs a bit of photo assistance- and I was essentially two steps away from completion when the battery on the camera died. And I was so close!!
I can't even pull off the pics that I have so far...Grrr...
So, as soon as the battery is charged, I'll take a break from whatever it is that I'm working on and I finish the pics and post them, unless someone else posts what you need...
I played the video for a small group of my 8th grade students ("Can you make something just by watching what someone is doing?") and more than half of them were able to get the wallets made. I had several, "This is stupid!" comments and "Why can't we have written directions?" (Answer: Because you guys never read directions, and that isn't the point of the exercise!), but those were from the kids who didn't pay enough attention.
I did pause it after each step to allow them all to carry it out and stay caught up (otherwise they would have been throwing paper, rulers and scissors at me ). We used plain paper (actually that greyish brown "math paper" that is pretty close to newsprint) and a few of the kids decorated theirs afterwards and were quite pleased with themselves.
I might make one out of an old magazine page, or the Sunday funnies and bring it in to show them to see if I can convince some of them to try again. Maybe if I tell them I'll post pics of their wallets on the site, they'll be happy!
I just got a Paper FX Dream Weaver, which contains a bunch of gadgets for weaving paper strips together (and are supposed to make the job easier). I got it on eBay because I couldn't find it in the US. But, it does have directions for how to make bigger sheets out of smaller sections. I haven't tried it yet, and I have so much on my plate for the next couple of days that I won't get to it until the weekend (unless I miraculously have a chance tonight).
If nobody has an answer posted by then, I can try it and take some pics as I go. I'd scan in the directions, but I don't know if that's allowed.
Hmmmm...the more I type, the more I want to try it now...couldn't hurt to go and test it out right now, I suppose...can you see why the ADD is in my username?
it looks like rows 6, 7, 8, and 9 are "short row" rows. Basically on row 6 you crochet 6 SC, (Row 7)then turn and crochet 6 SC, turn (row sc, SC Dec, then 4 sc turn (row 9) 5 SC. Row 10 starts working in rounds again. Somewhere on row 10 you need to add an extra stitch but I can't figure out where.
This makes sense to me- thanks christinacoghill! This will help when I finally have a chance to tackle some of the projects in the Japanese amigurumi books that I have.
Now if we could only figure out row 10 Maybe you could just increase on the second stitch... I'm tempted to try this out this afternoon...