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71  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Incoming Chopper--Now with a Pattern of sorts on: May 25, 2009 01:01:47 PM
Meet Helen (Hellie) Copter.

Retired M*A*S*H medical helicopter.



She is crocheted with a 4.25 mm hook and Lamb's Pride Bulky.  I made it all up as I went along, so there are probably ample mistakes and things that could be improved upon.

Here's a better profile shot.  The main parts of her tail are knit icord, and the cross pieces are single crochet.  I wove wire into her propeller and the end of her tail (I should have used the wire as I went but I bought it after felting didn't produce the desired stiffness).  



Her eyes and medical crosses are needle felted on.



Any and all comments, questions, criticisms, and sarcastic remarks are most welcome.  

**Update**
Here's the pattern of sorts (some parts are totally improvised and I couldn't sort it our this morning)
Hellie Pattern

Supplies:
Lambs Pride Bulky (or other bulky wool)
4.25mm crochet hook
4.00 mm double point knitting needles
craft wire
some roving and a felting needle or other means of adding eyes and other features
crochet stitch marker

Main Body
Worked in a spiral
Start with a magic loop
6 sc stitches into the loop, place marker at beginning of round
1st round: 2 sc in each st
2nd round: sc in first st, 2 sc in next stitch, continue like this around
3rd round: sc in first 2 sts, 2 sc in next stitch, continue like this around
4th round: sc in first 3 sts, 2 sc in next stitch, continue like this around
5th round: sc in first 4 sts, 2 sc in next stitch, continue like this around
6th round: sc in first 5 sts, 2 sc in next stitch, continue like this around
Next 5 rounds work even
12th round: sc in first 5 sts, dec in next st (2 sts become 1), continue like this around
13th round: sc in first 4 sts, dec in next st (2 sts become 1), continue like this around
14th round: sc in first 3 sts, dec in next st (2 sts become 1), continue like this around

Continue like this until you have 3 sts left. 
Work even for 2 rounds.

Propellers are worked from these 3 sts. (I dont remember exactly how I worked this part, but this is mostly correct)
From each stitch work a chain of sc sts (ch 1 sc in st, ch 1 sc in st) for about 14 sts (I hope this makes sense)
When I was finished, I wove wire through the propellers but it might work better to work it through as you crochet.

Landing skids (make 4) (these are a little longer than the propellers)
Ch 3
Skip 1st ch and sc in each remaining ch st
Ch 1 sc in each st
Continue like this until they are desired length (these fulled pretty well so I cant really count rows)
When desired length has been reached dc to 1 sc in final row, break yarn.

My landing skids do not have wire in them, but it would probably be a good idea to include some. So if desired sandwich some wire inside the 2 layers before crocheted them together.

Each landing skid is 2 layers, sc around the outside to attach the two layers.

Landing skids are attached to the body by a short length of scs the width of the skid (2 sts) and about 3 rows tall.  Start the sts right in the landing skid, and once you reach desired length break yarn and sew to the main body.

Tail (knit and crocheted)
The main parts of the tail are knit I-cord

Make 2
Using the dp needles cast on 3 sts.
Work in I-cord until it reaches a length of about 9-10 in (or twice the desired length of the tail).

Once 2 are made attach ends to the main body.  Each tailpiece should be attached about an in apart on the back of the body and the distance between the top and bottom is about in.

Now the tricky improvised part.  For the cross pieces in the tail I used sc sts to create the angled crosspieces.  I just improvised it and dont think I can really decipher what I did in a coherent fashion. 

Tail rotor
Make 1 (or 2 if you want it to be double sided (but that might make it too thick))
I added wire at the end, if you are so talented you might want to work the wire in as you go.
Ch 11 (or so)
Sk 1st ch and sc in the rest of the sts
Do 2 rows
Break yarn
Sew on end of tail 

Finishing
I tried to full my helicopter, but it didnt work super well, so she is half fulled (lots of time trying to hand felt and a trip to the Laundromat).  Since she didnt stiffen up much, I added craft wire to the propeller and tail as that was all I could manage to weave the wire through.  I say add it to wherever you want your helicopter to be stiff (or posable).
 
I needle felted nice big eyes and hospital crosses but any sort or adornment would work.   

I think thats everything, but if Ive missed anything, or its too confusing just let me know. 

  
72  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Epic Book Project for My Mom--Peace on: May 12, 2009 02:09:56 PM
So first a bit of background is necessary.  My Dad died on March 4th after a long battle with prostate cancer.  All treatment was stopped in the summer, and his health steadily declined right to the end.  This was all really hard on my Mom, and I wanted to do something special for her, but like all special things it would take time.  I started in January, inspired by alteredmommy's Book of Hope, and started planning what would turn into an epic project.  First I decided that more was necessary to get through this than hope, so I settled on Faith, Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.  After batting around a few ideas, and some emails, I enlisted the help of a family friend who passed out book pages and instructions, collected finished pages, recruited more people, and even reminded people who forgot.  

All in all almost forty of my Mom's friends contributed sheets for use in the books (some sheets even travelled to Florida to be completed), and even though many complained that they were not crafty, the results suggest otherwise.  I will admit, that I was nervous about how my Mom would react to this, but the tear filled message on my answering machine when she received them, tells me that the months of effort were worth it.

So without further ado: Peace.

My husband made all of the components for this cover, and I put it together.  


Inside Cover


Page 1 (Front and Back)


Page 2 (Front and Back)


Page 3 (Front and Back) (those are real shells and sand)


Page 4 (Front and Back)


Page 5 (Front and Back)  


Construction Details: Pages are made from cardboard boxes (like for cereal), and are covered with scrapbook paper on one side, and handmade paper from Ten Thousand Villages on the other.  I punched the holes and bound the books using strips of scrapbook paper and hemp cord from Ten Thousand Villages.

Thanks for looking at this monster post.  I must say that I am eternally indebted to alteredmommy for all her help and ideas, and all the people involved in making this project so special.
73  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Epic Book Project for My Mom--Love on: May 12, 2009 02:05:18 PM
So first a bit of background is necessary.  My Dad died on March 4th after a long battle with prostate cancer.  All treatment was stopped in the summer, and his health steadily declined right to the end.  This was all really hard on my Mom, and I wanted to do something special for her, but like all special things it would take time.  I started in January, inspired by alteredmommy's Book of Hope, and started planning what would turn into an epic project.  First I decided that more was necessary to get through this than hope, so I settled on Faith, Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.  After batting around a few ideas, and some emails, I enlisted the help of a family friend who passed out book pages and instructions, collected finished pages, recruited more people, and even reminded people who forgot. 

All in all almost forty of my Mom's friends contributed sheets for use in the books (some sheets even travelled to Florida to be completed), and even though many complained that they were not crafty, the results suggest otherwise.  I will admit, that I was nervous about how my Mom would react to this, but the tear filled message on my answering machine when she received them, tells me that the months of effort were worth it.

So without further ado: Love.

I completed the cover (a homage to How the Grinch Stole Christmas--with a needle felted heart and a coat hanger heart viewing device). 


Inside Cover


Page 1 (Front and Back) (the card on the back opens and is signed)


Page 2 (Front and Back)


Page 3 (Front and Back)


Page 4 (Front and Back)


Page 5 (Front and Back) 


Page 6 (Front and Back) (the picture on the front is of my Mom and the little girl who made this page)


Page 7 (Front and Back) (this is my sister's page; the book on the front is filled with stamped quotes about love)


Page 8 (Front and Back) (this page folded out in all sorts of intricate ways--I tried to represent it as best I could)

 
Construction Details: Pages are made from cardboard boxes (like for cereal), and are covered with scrapbook paper on one side, and handmade paper from Ten Thousand Villages on the other.  I punched the holes and bound the books using strips of scrapbook paper and hemp cord from Ten Thousand Villages.

Thanks for looking at this monster post.  I must say that I am eternally indebted to alteredmommy for all her help and ideas, and all the people involved in making this project so special.
74  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Epic Book Project for My Mom--Joy on: May 12, 2009 01:56:51 PM
So first a bit of background is necessary.  My Dad died on March 4th after a long battle with prostate cancer.  All treatment was stopped in the summer, and his health steadily declined right to the end.  This was all really hard on my Mom, and I wanted to do something special for her, but like all special things it would take time.  I started in January, inspired by alteredmommy's Book of Hope, and started planning what would turn into an epic project.  First I decided that more was necessary to get through this than hope, so I settled on Faith, Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.  After batting around a few ideas, and some emails, I enlisted the help of a family friend who passed out book pages and instructions, collected finished pages, recruited more people, and even reminded people who forgot. 

All in all almost forty of my Mom's friends contributed sheets for use in the books (some sheets even travelled to Florida to be completed), and even though many complained that they were not crafty, the results suggest otherwise.  I will admit, that I was nervous about how my Mom would react to this, but the tear filled message on my answering machine when she received them, tells me that the months of effort were worth it.

So without further ado: Joy.

I completed the cover (the batik was taken from a Ten Thousand Villages Card). 


Inside Cover (Decorated with a Non Sequitur comic)


Page 1 (Front and Back)


Page 2 (Front and Back) (I love the ribbon on this page)


Page 3 (Front and Back)


Page 4 (Front and Back)


Page 5 (Front and Back) (this page focuses on something my Dad used to do: greet all the kids before VBS (that's me looking very sleepy beside him))


Page 6 (Front and Back) (the front of this one is hand painted)


Page 7 (Front and Back)


Page 8 (Front and Back)

 
Construction Details: Pages are made from cardboard boxes (like for cereal), and are covered with scrapbook paper on one side, and handmade paper from Ten Thousand Villages on the other.  I punched the holes and bound the books using strips of scrapbook paper and hemp cord from Ten Thousand Villages.

Thanks for looking at this monster post.  I must say that I am eternally indebted to alteredmommy for all her help and ideas, and all the people involved in making this project so special.   
75  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Epic Book Project for My Mom--Hope on: May 12, 2009 01:46:18 PM
So first a bit of background is necessary.  My Dad died on March 4th after a long battle with prostate cancer.  All treatment was stopped in the summer, and his health steadily declined right to the end.  This was all really hard on my Mom, and I wanted to do something special for her, but like all special things it would take time.  I started in January, inspired by alteredmommy's Book of Hope, and started planning what would turn into an epic project.  First I decided that more was necessary to get through this than hope, so I settled on Faith, Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.  After batting around a few ideas, and some emails, I enlisted the help of a family friend who passed out book pages and instructions, collected finished pages, recruited more people, and even reminded people who forgot. 

All in all almost forty of my Mom's friends contributed sheets for use in the books (some sheets even travelled to Florida to be completed), and even though many complained that they were not crafty, the results suggest otherwise.  I will admit, that I was nervous about how my Mom would react to this, but the tear filled message on my answering machine when she received them, tells me that the months of effort were worth it.

So without further ado: Hope.

I completed the cover (With yarn dandelions). 


Page 1 (Front and Back) (the little card on the back opened and was signed on the inside)


Page 2 (Front and Back)


Page 3 (Front and Back)


Page 4 (Front and Back)


Page 5 (Front and Back) (and yes that is a quilt block on the front of this one)


Page 6 (Front and Back) (The front of this one was cross stitched)


Page 7 (Front and Back)


An Image to show how thick the books were when bound.

 
Construction Details: Pages are made from cardboard boxes (like for cereal), and are covered with scrapbook paper on one side, and handmade paper from Ten Thousand Villages on the other.  I punched the holes and bound the books using strips of scrapbook paper and hemp cord from Ten Thousand Villages.

Thanks for looking at this monster post.  I must say that I am eternally indebted to alteredmommy for all her help and ideas, and all the people involved in making this project so special.   
     
76  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Epic Book Project for My Mom--Faith on: May 12, 2009 01:38:36 PM
So first a bit of background is necessary.  My Dad died on March 4th after a long battle with prostate cancer.  All treatment was stopped in the summer, and his health steadily declined right to the end.  This was all really hard on my Mom, and I wanted to do something special for her, but like all special things it would take time.  I started in January, inspired by alteredmommy's Book of Hope, and started planning what would turn into an epic project.  First I decided that more was necessary to get through this than hope, so I settled on Faith, Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.  After batting around a few ideas, and some emails, I enlisted the help of a family friend who passed out book pages and instructions, collected finished pages, recruited more people, and even reminded people who forgot. 

All in all almost forty of my Mom's friends contributed sheets for use in the books (some sheets even travelled to Florida to be completed), and even though many complained that they were not crafty, the results suggest otherwise.  I will admit, that I was nervous about how my Mom would react to this, but the tear filled message on my answering machine when she received them, tells me that the months of effort were worth it.

So without further ado: Faith.

I completed the cover (needle felted cross, polymer clay footprints (my 1st time using glaze)). 


The inside of the cover.


Page 1 (Front and Back)


Page 2 (Front and Back)


Page 3 (Front and Back)


Page 4 (Front and Back)


Page 5 (Front and Back)


Page 6 (Front and Back)


Construction Details: Pages are made from cardboard boxes (like for cereal), and are covered with scrapbook paper on one side, and handmade paper from Ten Thousand Villages on the other.  I punched the holes and bound the books using strips of scrapbook paper and hemp cord from Ten Thousand Villages.

Thanks for looking at this monster post.  I must say that I am eternally indebted to alteredmommy for all her help and ideas, and all the people involved in making this project so special.   
     
77  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Warner Brother's cartoon Swap? on: March 30, 2009 06:26:19 AM
So, I'm wondering about the possibility of a Warner Brother's Cartoon Swap.  Whether you're a fan of Bug Bunny and the Classic gang, Animaniacs, Tiny Toons, or any other great cartoons that I am missing (please add to the list), I think this could be a lot of fun. 

We could return to our childhood (or in my case last Saturday) roots the crafty way, by crafting up some spectacular cartoon goodness. 

If there's interest I guess the other question would be what size of items would people be interested in?
78  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Attaching something needlefelted to paper on: March 16, 2009 07:48:31 AM
Does anyone have any suggestions for attaching something needlefelted to paper (more specifically card stock).

I figure glue would work but I am looking for suggestions so that I don't just make a mess of everything.

Thanks.
79  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Inspiration Book Title Ideas Needed on: February 03, 2009 11:11:09 AM
So, I'm about to embark on a crazy project for my Mom.  Currently my Dad is dying of prostate cancer, so as you can imagine things are tough for my Mom (and the rest of us but especially her), and since I don't live close enough to visit frequently, I'm always trying to figure out creative ways to offer my support (when I was home last I left a stuffie to keep my Mom company), so on to the point of this topic.  I was really inspired by alteredmommy's A Book of Hope , and I am planning on doing something similar but I will be getting people close to my Mom to make chunky book pages along the themes of Faith, Hope, Peace, Joy, Love and maybe Strength (let me know if I'm missing anything important). 

What I'm unsure of though is what to title the book.  Some of the ideas floating around in my head are "All You Need" or "A Little Book of Love" or "A Little Help from Your Friends" or something like that.  I'm sure you all have great ideas that can help me out. 

Oh and I must thank alteredmommy for her help so far on this project.  It's getting closer and closer to getting off the ground.   
80  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Sweater for my Dad--Son of a SnB--Smokin' on: January 12, 2009 07:24:35 PM
For Christmas this year I wanted to do something special and appropriate for my Dad.  He has terminal prostate cancer and is always cold so a sweater seemed like a great option.

I used the Smokin' pattern from Son of a Stitch n Bitch.  I knit it in the smallest size.  I changed the pattern so that I could use thicker yarn (Wool Ease Thick and Quick) and bigger needles (10mm).  To change it I just made a swatch and did a lot of math.  This part of the process worked out really well.

On Christmas Eve as I was finishing the sweater I managed to run out of yarn (the button band/collar took more than 1 ball, and that was all I had brought with me), so panic ensued (and by panic I mean real true panic attack panic... and resizing the collar about 10 times until I could squeak it out).  I managed to make do by making the collar narrower, which actually worked out well, and my Mom found some old grey yarn in her stash for me to sew the button band/collar on to the sweater with.  Oh and due to the yarn shortage I did not make pockets for the sweater. 

All in all I think it was a success, according to my Mom my Dad hasn't taken the sweater off since Christmas except to sleep, and to wash it once (to get some renegade maple syrup out).  So I have officially replaced Mr Rogers (as my Dad's previous cardigan was known.

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