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Topic: Katamari/Amish Puzzle Ball Craftalong!  (Read 32295 times)
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« Reply #70 on: September 25, 2006 04:22:40 PM »

OH OH OH OH I think I want to get in on this!!!
it will be my 1st every craftster craft along  Grin
My good friend (and also a Craftster member) DollyDressUp is coming over tonight to watch movies with me so maybe we can watch and craft!!!!
I can't wait  Smiley
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« Reply #71 on: September 25, 2006 07:56:50 PM »

Oh well, no pics yet! I'm about halfway finished but I  may just start over with new fabric.

What fabric / stitches are you all using?

I have some fabulously patterned fabric I rescued from two old tablecloths a neighbor was going to toss out. (Cotton)

They look pretty groovy together, but the fabric is unravelling as I sew, and I can't sew any deeper into the pieces to prevent the fray or they'll disappear lol! I tried using a blanket stitch as well but I'm out of practice on that so it's pretty uneven and sloppy.

I might just go pick up some felt...

I want to make a bigger one eventually, but I REALLY want the small one for a pincushion Sad

I am handsewing, btw. I've never machine sewed such tiny pieces before and it wasn't working out well at all hah.
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« Reply #72 on: September 25, 2006 08:18:37 PM »

I too have been havin fraying issues, but have since used some stich witch on the edges, and all is good.  Smiley
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« Reply #73 on: September 25, 2006 10:24:35 PM »

I was avoiding running out and buying something else (and my husband will kill me, as I just got a new easel, some clay and some new scissors this week)

I might just have to though, as I am bound and determined to make this thing!
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« Reply #74 on: September 26, 2006 05:49:37 AM »

ScatteredZen, I hand sewed my first puzzle ball using just a running stitch.  The material I used was cotton seersucker and cotton oxford.  The only problems I had with them unraveling was when I was peeling the freezer paper off and that was remedied by peeling slowly.

To help with your situation, perhaps cut out the pieces using a large seam allowance, then sew the seams and trimmed the edges right before turning?

Good luck with it!
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« Reply #75 on: September 26, 2006 07:09:53 AM »

I know you can use the stuff that prevents fraying, that liquid stuff..I forget the name. But I was thinking...wouldn't stabilizer be a good thing to use on the fraying fabrics? Of course, you'd have to iron it on prior to cutting out all the pieces, but....it should help, right? (Yeah, I thought of this after I had already cut out all my pieces lol)
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« Reply #76 on: September 26, 2006 07:28:42 AM »

I am experimenting with iron on knitted interfacing, which is very lightweight yet flexible--I am trying a three piece group first to see how it goes before doing the rest--I am hoping that this will help with the fraying BEFORE hand.  I was also thinking of maybe doing a combo of fabric and felt--there are so many choices here and I seeing what everyone else is doing and the problems, etc. really helps out--thanks!

minltatte--gorgeous on both of the sizes!!
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« Reply #77 on: September 26, 2006 08:06:42 AM »

Well, it looks like back to the drawing board for me. I cut my pieces too long, and not wide enough. so I had large gaps. So I will be taking another try at this, cause even though my first is not right it is a fun itme to make.  Smiley
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« Reply #78 on: September 26, 2006 08:14:56 AM »

We are all learning together--right?  I figure my "mistakes" can go to the cats or dogs--they don't care as long as they have something fun to bat around!! ha ha
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« Reply #79 on: September 26, 2006 08:54:32 AM »

I think I am going to finish this first one, and just have a sloppy ball. If nothing else, it's getting me used to hand stitching again, so it'll just have a variety of hand stitching. Plus it's half done so I must finish it no matter how crappy it looks.

I'll use it as my working pincushion til it falls apart.

Once it's done I'll try leaving more space and machine sewing or something. I have some freezer paper anyway.

Or using felt. I love felt Cheesy
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