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7581  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Kumihimo cords or braids - new photos added pg 2 May 27 on: June 03, 2007 08:03:37 PM
Yay! I'm definitely trying this when school gets out. Only 11 1/2 more school days left! I'm going to have to dig around this place to see what else I can use to make some cool braids & cords with...
7582  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Kumihimo cords or braids - new photos added pg 2 May 27 on: June 03, 2007 02:32:26 PM
You're welcome! Now, if I could just make some great cords!

Just a quick question- I have some "rattail" silk cord, that came in spools (the cardboard kind) and I got on sale. If I put them on better spools (like film can ones) can I use that to make some cords, or do I need to use a whole bunch of threads as a warp?
7583  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Kumihimo cords or braids - new photos added pg 2 May 27 on: June 03, 2007 11:09:36 AM
He is almost done with all the design suggestions on the sheets and is already making up some designs on his own.  CraftADDchick, it will be great to get your review of those books.

Well, I got both of my books, but haven't had a chance to play yet. I did pick up some thick fun foam, but it isn't as thick as the foam pictured above. So I bought 2 and I'll try to glue them together...

But, just a bit of info on the books...
200 Braids to Twist, Knot, Loop, or Weave by Jacqui Carey: It has a good introduction with a lot of techniques shown with full color photos. "The Braid and Trim Collection" makes up the second half of the book and they are grouped as: twisting, knotting, loopwork, weaving, braiding, and ply-split darning.

There isn't much mention of Kumihimo- she makes a reference to it in the introduction, and has pictures of Kumihimo bobbins, but it doesn't look like there are any patterns for Kumihimo...Since I don't know enough about it yet, I can't say whether or not some of the patterns in this book could be used/adapted for Kumihimo.

Beginner's Guide to Braiding-The Craft of Kumihimo by Jacqui Carey: The introduction contains a small bit of information on making your own marudai and bobbins and also shows how to wind a warp. The first project is for a square braid, and extensive color photos show you how to set everything up correctly. The technique for making the braid is also shown with several full color photos. There is also a small set of diagrams to show the sequence of moves (along with a chant to help you remember them). She then shows how to finish the braid off.
Then, there is a section on developing patterns by using different start positions, numbers of threads and threads of different textures.

This pattern (set-up, making the braid, developing patterns) is repeated for a round braid, a flat braid, a honeycomb braid, a hollow braid and a rounded flat braid.

So, based on that information, I'd recommend the Beginner's Guide for Kumihimo, especially if you are starting, or don't want to spend a lot (at $15.95 US, it is a little more than half the price of the 200 Braids). And, if you're interested in expanding your repertoire, you could try 200 Braids.

Hope this helps!

Now, I need to figure out how the best way to glue some fun foam together...

7584  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Frankenteddy on: June 03, 2007 07:06:45 AM
Mine is a small bear- he's between 9 and 10 inches tall when he is sitting down. I think a large one was posted earlier (dragonslair, I think) and it looks enormous!

This small one didn't take as much stuffing as my first one (of gray flleece). I think that because the fabric was all cotton, it didn't have as much give to it, so I didn't have to worry about over-stuffing. My grey fleece one looks much "beefier" than this one.  Cheesy

Thanks and I can't wait to see your finished bear!
7585  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: I <3 Tea/Coffee/Cocoa Swap Round 4 Gallery on: June 02, 2007 09:30:49 AM
bethiej78- The coffee sleeves are great, and I can't wait to see what you make with your coffee themed fabrics! And PS: I like the photo collage- how do you do that?

Using Microsoft PowerPoint.  I will try to explain, but sometimes I suck at explaining.  Here it goes anyway:

First I click and drag the pics I want to use from their folder into powerpoint (or sometimes use the command "insert picture from file").  Then I arrange them however I want them to look, and then select them all at once (either by clicking and dragging over to highlight them all, or holding down CTRL and clicking each one individually.)   While they're all selected, you right click on any one of them, and in the menu that pops up there's an option called "Grouping", under which, the first command is "Group" - click this.  This will group all the pictures together as one item.  Then you right click on them again (as the one item), and when the menu appears select the command that says "Save as Picture."  This will default to the file type "enhanced windows metafile" but if you use the dropdown you'll see that jpg and gif are also both options.  then just save it onto your computer to be uploaded later!

hope that was clear!  if not feel free to ask any Qs.

Clear as day! And, I had to give myself a head slap for not thinking of that! I group things all of the time- I just never thought to save a group of photos! Thanks!
7586  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: My foot... on: June 02, 2007 06:10:56 AM
Grin thank you!
So cute! And Pyogazel- if you turn it over for the other foot, can you push the bobbles through to make the toes bump up? I saw on a purse pattern that you had to "push the bobbles through to the right side" so that they were all on one side. Hmmm...I might have to dig out some yarn to give this a whirl...
I did push the bobbles to have them bumping on the other side, it works, but you see the wrong side of the stitch, not really the same texture...

Ah-ha! Thanks for letting me know!

I actually got out the yarn to try it and then got side-tracked by something else. Wink When I finally started, it was 10 pm and I lost a stitch right away and was too tired to figure it out/start over.

7587  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Owl Swap Round 4 Gallery! on: June 01, 2007 05:49:00 PM
daiconharuko- The bag you made is fantastic. And, I totally love the painting! I just love barn owls! And the pin is adorable!

Man, I have to get cracking on my large object...
7588  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tutorial: Jordy Bag - Square Bottomed Lined Bag on: June 01, 2007 04:45:16 PM
Torrance, maybe a pin? Or embroidery?

Can you find a way to make a pin out of little plastic toy Army soldiers?

You could make a "flower" shape out of them...a bit of glue...with a fabric backing...glue to a pin back...
7589  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: My foot... on: June 01, 2007 02:44:05 PM
So cute! And Pyogazel- if you turn it over for the other foot, can you push the bobbles through to make the toes bump up? I saw on a purse pattern that you had to "push the bobbles through to the right side" so that they were all on one side. Hmmm...I might have to dig out some yarn to give this a whirl...
7590  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: I <3 Tea/Coffee/Cocoa Swap Round 4 Gallery on: June 01, 2007 02:15:25 PM
Wow! Miss a day or two and miss a lot!

hardyswanton01- I so want that bag! My friend's brother used to work for a coffee roasting company. I wonder if he still has connections...hmmm...must investigate this...

bekahzz- What an awesome package! I love the fabric on the wristlet, the magnets are great, the drawing is wonderful, the caffeine shirt is funny and the cappuccino cozy is fantastic!

ViolinRomance- I'm jealous about the Butterfinger cocoa that you also got. I have to look for this in the stores. The amigurumi are adorable (I think I have those patterns- I need to make some!). The tea mixes sound yummy and the cup cozy is such a good idea!

Fluxity- I love the giraffe canisters and those mugs are the perfect mugs for holding with both hands while sitting curled up on the couch!

smashergirl- The monster cup cozy is a riot! The tea bag stuffie is pretty cute, too. And the dragon tea pot is very cool!

thewench- I love the knitted dishcloth! It's subtle, which makes it that much cooler!

bethiej78- The coffee sleeves are great, and I can't wait to see what you make with your coffee themed fabrics! And PS: I like the photo collage- how do you do that?

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