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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Subversive cross stitch - **** Cancer (warning: adult language in pics!) on: September 21, 2007 11:00:31 AM
I found the subversive cross stitch website by clicking a link on craftster and I am so glad I came across it. Yes it's immature but the kits really made me smile. I decided to get the cancer one as I lost both my grandparents earlier this year to cancer, and my mum's currently in hospital for her second lot of treatment so I am trying to work out my frustrations in a creative way...






This is the first cross stitch project I've done since in about 17 years, and I really like how it turned out. The frame is one I decorated a few months back. It was all gold, so I added some brown paint and rubbed it down a bit, then hot glued the flowers on. I really enjoyed stitching this and I am planning to make some more things from the book soon.

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Hurry up cold weather! Extra long alpaca wool scarf and lattice shrug on: September 10, 2007 05:21:16 AM
I managed to get some alpaca/wool blend yarn on sale really cheap and it was begging to be made into a snuggly scarf for the winter. It's really really long, around 15-16' in total!





The shrug is made from a badly finished shawl that I frogged, much happier with how this turned out.





I've started wearing the shrug now as autumn weather is creeping in. Can't wait to wrap up in the huge scarf and a big coat when winter comes.
Let me know what you think, any comments are appreciated Smiley
3  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Cheap craft supplies on the high street on: August 31, 2007 01:47:46 AM
I'm always on the lookout for a good crafty bargain, so I thought we could share some tips here.

I popped into Wilkinsons yesterday to get some pet food and found that they stock some really gorgeous paper crafting supplies. The brand is called 'In 2 craft' and they had stickers, embellishments, paper punches, cards making kits, rubber stamps, ink pads loads and loads of quality stuff and it was sooo cheap, around 80p - 2. They also had knitting needles, stitch holders, sewing needles, yarn (cheap and nasty looking but still it's yarn!) all 1 or under.

There's also this great shop called Poundland where (guess what?) everything's 1 a piece. They have packs of scrapbook paper, paper craft supplies, sewing kits, sewing notions, scrapbooks, children's craft kits and lots of other nice cheap stuff as well.

It's nice to have cheap supplies available, I usually end up ordering what I want online but that can get pricey. Has anyone else found a great place for bargains?
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Wist swap? on: August 21, 2007 05:57:48 AM
I was wondering if there's be any interest in a swap where we would craft things based on items that your partner has in their wist? If the wist-ing phenomenon has passed you by, check out www.wists.com and prepare to get addicted!

I was browsing through some of the old swap galleries and saw that this used to be a monthly ongoing swap. I kind of like that idea but then again there's always the chance that someone will not get picked or they will end up crafting more or less than they are receiving.

So, how about a regular swap where we'd match up partners based on likes and crafting abilities? We could make it along the lines of one big, one medium, one small, or equivalent, or whatever you may decide between you and your partner.

If anyone's up for this I'd be happy to try my hand at organising and would start signups in the next week or two.

Let me know what you think!

original threads
MAY 2006 http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=92708
AUGUST 2006 http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=111487.0

galleries
MAY 2006 http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=92860.0.
JULY 2006 http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=106909.0
AUGUST 2006 http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=114261.0
5  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / A few FOs from the Happy Hooker on: July 05, 2007 05:45:50 AM
I've just recently learned how to crochet and this book has helped a lot. Here's what I've been up to lately Smiley

Scarf and hats:








Corset belt:

This one was for a swap so I hope my partner liked it Cheesy


I'm still a beginner so if anyone has any advice or criticism based on my pics please let me know Smiley

Thanks for looking!
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Scarf, hat & swatches, my first successful attempts at crochet on: May 09, 2007 09:54:43 AM
Thanks to many books, websites and helpful hints from other craftsters I have managed to begin my journey into the mysterious ways of crochet.



I started on a small swatch which ended up with a few unintentional increases and decreases, and then moved on to a SC scarf. Good old scarves, they are such a nice starting point.



I went back to the books again and learned DC and HDC. Now on to my first project from a pattern! I made the boy beanie from Happy Hooker, but I did it without the stripes.



I'm just about to go on to the In Bloom and Fit To Be Tied bags from HH. I love crochet!

7  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Russian winter bonnet from SnBN on: April 25, 2007 05:15:41 AM
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8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / First go at jewellery...lots of pics on: April 24, 2007 10:09:52 AM
I decided to play around with making jewellery over the weekend. Time off work = time to learn new crafts Cheesy
I started off simple and it was pretty satisfying to have finished so many things in such little time (I mainly knit and it takes me a long time to complete projects).

I had a little bangle-making frenzy based on this tutorial: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=123500.0

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I also made some button earrings

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and a beaded necklace.

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Then I made a couple of bow hair clips

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but I had to stop after that cause I burned my hand on the glue gun and got a blister on my finger Sad !


Not to worry, I was soon back in action and churned out a few multi-strand seed bead necklaces.

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9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Slouchy Mary Jane hat on: April 24, 2007 10:05:48 AM
I needed to make a last minute gift for my friend's birthday and decided on the Mary Jane hat from Little Turtle Knits. http://www.littleturtleknits.com/pithyhat.htm
After a slight problem with dropped stitches and having to rip out back to the ribbing (grr!) it all worked out well. I did purse stitch for the first inch or two, then just knit the rest in st st so I could get it finished in time.

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My friend totally loved the hat and after that success I think I will be making one for myself as well.
10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Hello Kitty! My first go at soap on: April 24, 2007 10:03:09 AM
This is my first try at making soap, I used the basic melt & pour technique. I am fairly pleased with how they turned out, but obviously I need to be mixing a lot better to stop all the ingredients from sinking!

I got the cool mould from ebay, I think it is actually a chocolate mould but the guy who was selling it said that it was fine to use for soaps as well.

The one on the left is citrus with poppy seeds to exfoliate. The one on the right is milk & honey with cinammon so it smells good and should be moisturising.

I was thinking about making these for a friend once I've had some more practice, any opinions on whether they look good enough to give as a gift? Also, any advice on how to package soap nicely?

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