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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Accordion Straps?? on: July 22, 2008 10:34:47 AM
I recently acquired an awesome accordion that hadn't been touched for 32 years... and in that time, the leather straps were stricken with dry rot. One finally gave way yesterday  Cry and I am having a hell of a time finding replacement straps without having to order them online.

My question is this: do you think that if I were to crochet straps, would that be a suitable substitute for leather straps? My accordion weighs (I estimate) at least twenty pounds. I have already started making a strap two inches wide in a pretty dense sc and I want to make them pretty long (46 in or so). My main concern is how I will get the ends secured and strong enough to hold that kind of weight. What would be the best method for that? I was thinking adding large buttons on either side and sewing like hell, but maybe someone else has a better idea. Thanks!  Kiss
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Bead bracelet on: September 23, 2007 12:26:21 PM
Kind of a tribute to the first scarf I made for myself. It's lost forever now and the yarn I used doesn't exist anymore either. :'[ So I made this bracelet with the same colors.



I am thinking the colors will look better once it has a shiny glaze on it. What do you think?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Hoodie Issues **TUTORIAL ADDED- Sewing in sleeves** on: September 13, 2007 11:19:57 PM
I'm attempting my first ever hoodie from this tut http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=177602.0 and I am only on the sleeve attachments. It looked fine until I sewed the first sleeve on. I took pics but the pattern on the fabric is so busy that you can't really see what I mean.

Soooo, I drew an illustration... (4.23 hours in MS Paint, btw.)

How should I attach the sleeves to avoid these bulges and dents?! Do I need to trim certain areas?
It's probably hard to understand what I'm talking about but I thought maybe someone has had the same problem.
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Amigurumi doll hair? on: July 17, 2007 07:53:43 PM
I've crocheted a doll and I am going to use embroidery floss for the hair. I have no idea how to attach it though. It's supposed to be a guy with short hair, and this is surprisingly tricky to me. I have tied it on in knots and it looks like that would be good all over, but one tug on it and comes off. I've also tried it the way you would embroider things, but it doesn't look right flat. Soooo, any suggestions? I would be eternally grateful!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / The age old question on: February 26, 2007 07:02:16 AM
Okay, I know this subject has been run into the ground a million times, but I didn't see anyone ask this particular question yet.

My favorite jeans are about to have a patch worn away by my murderous thighs.

I know there is not much you can do to fix it once it happens, except ripping them apart and putting them together again.

My question is, is there anything I can do to the spot to stop it from happening?
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / My First Amigurumi! (Bat) on: February 19, 2007 06:41:50 PM
After 34,656,546 attempts at teaching myself crochet (I'm a knitter), I finally got it. I looove the Amigurumi Kingdom baby bat and I decided to figure out how to make one for myself.
Heeeere's Wingy!



He's my 2 year anniversary present for my boyfriend (we have a thing about bats). I haven't gotten around to mailing it cuz I'm a bad girlfriend, but I showed him these pics and he's in love with it! I'm making another one to match, that I'll be keeping. ;]

Now I can't stop making amigurumi  Lips sealed Helllllllp.
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Non-gender typed baby boy stuff on: January 09, 2007 08:00:19 AM
I posted this same message in the wrong area before, oops!


My sister is due in May with her first baby and she just found out yesterday for sure that it's a boy. She's really upset about this because knowing her husband and his family, they'll be bombarded with sports paraphernalia and she's looked in catalogs for boy room themes and they're all so... stereotypical. Ships, trains, baseball, etc. There's all this gorgeous stuff that's available for girls and hardly anything attractive for boys.
It doesn't help her situation that she's super hormonal as well.  Roll Eyes

Getting to the point, I really want to make her some stuff to cheer her up. Any suggestions? Also, any suggestions of places she could buy from?
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Non-gender typed baby boy stuff on: January 08, 2007 08:16:15 PM
Hey everyone :]

My sister is due in May and she just found out today for sure that it's a boy. She's really upset about this because knowing her husband and his family, they'll be bombarded with sports paraphernalia and she's looked in catalogs for boy room themes and they're all so... stereotypical. Ships, trains, baseball, etc. There's all this gorgeous stuff that's available for girls and hardly anything attractive for boys.
It doesn't help her situation that she's super hormonal as well. Roll Eyes

Getting to the point, I really want to make her some stuff to cheer her up. Any suggestions? Also, any suggestions of places she could buy from?
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Peyote Ring on: November 09, 2006 11:31:51 AM
I just finished my peyote stitch ring last night and it turned out just as I'd hoped. :]



What do you guys think?
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / ...Just a bat shirt. on: November 08, 2006 05:48:37 PM
I bought some Halloween stencils at Michael's, and I really wanted to make a shirt with bats (I have a bat fixation Kiss). I wanted to make it look like they were flying up from the bottom so I decided it needed different sized bats. I used wax paper and eyeballed the shape of the stencil that I bought. Result:


There's one or 2 more small ones under my hand, btw.

You can only see part of it, but I also modified the neckline of the shirt since I look horrible in a high neck. I cut off the top, made it a v-neck, and stitched pink Xs to keep it from curling and also to look cute :]
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