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« Reply #150 on: November 07, 2010 09:21:59 AM »

it's been winter coat weather here, but definitely no snow yet!

for xmas i'm going to send my SIL a bunch of beading stuff cause she's learning to do seed beads on a loom and was wondering if any of you awesome beaders out there (atsuko, LL) can recommend a really good book for her? ideally something simple to read with pictures (not that she's stupid, english isn't her first language).

I don't do much beading on a loom, but if there are other types of beading she wants to learn, I can probably help. What is her native language? There may be an even better book available that's not in English. My favorite beading book at the moment is in German (It's a wired beading book, though).  

Psuedo- I wonder how it would have worked out with an invisible zipper, if she felt she needed a long opening. Of course, I've never tried to set a zipper in anything super stretchy...
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« Reply #151 on: November 07, 2010 10:19:29 AM »

A zipper would probably also be too heavy for the jersey she picked and an invisible zipper would have been a bitch sewing in. The only way, as I see it, would be to make a steek (is that the right word? I'm not quit sure) and then some light buttons. There might be more options but non that I can think of right now. It mostly frustrates me as she asked me for advice on several other things for it, but not that which was the most severe >_<

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« Reply #152 on: November 07, 2010 11:39:47 AM »

she's cambodian, but she speaks and reads english fluently. i just figure something with lots of pics! any kind of beading (wire too), she's a fast learner.
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« Reply #153 on: November 07, 2010 11:55:10 AM »

I've always been a fan of the Teach Yourself Visually books. Smiley

I haven't done wired beading in forever. Must resist the temptation...no new projects before the New Year...no new projects....
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« Reply #154 on: November 07, 2010 11:55:44 AM »

for those wondering about what I'm planning to do with the yarn scraps you're saving/sent me/sending me, here's what I plan to do with them:

Those in the pictures were made by another craftster member but it got me thinking about those little ends and the though just wouldn't go away. I think that the other person uses larger ends but I like knots and the way they look so it will be super scrappy in some areas. Smiley

That idea just would not go away and kept eating at me till I finally did something about it. Smiley

cc- try not your mama's beading. Has great pictures (though most are in black and white) but it's a soft back and I got mine for super cheap on amazon. (less than 10.00) I bet you could find a used one for cheaper if you hunt. There's plenty of time between now and Christmas. Smiley

For those of you with boys I'm wanting to put together a crafting fun box for some cousins 3 of which are boys(though there is one girl too). I'm thinking some washable crayons and lots of paper, perhaps some washable markers too. some sticky felt, and coloring books. But would love some other suggestions. The family just moved out of town and are related to the hubby. I'd like to fill a big flat rate box since they are in the states.
Ideas for things I can get form the dollar store are welcome! I'd like to get the most bang for my buck. Smiley

Also thanks for the suggestions for christmas. The hubs and I decided we'd try baking again. So long as we don't loose power in a freak ice storm again. lol
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« Reply #155 on: November 07, 2010 01:04:17 PM »

the lazy daisy leafy pattern in various purples and green
These are delphiniums I think. They didn't quite come out right. I had to unpick them once already.

 I like the blend of stitches over seams added to embroidered pieces.  Lots of work!
Thanks. The piecing looked, sort of "not pulled together" if you know what I mean, so I embroidered over the seams where it was particularly jarring in an effort to blend it in. I am wondering if I need more of the darker purple rather than the light purple, though. Dark purple beads might give it a lift though.

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« Reply #156 on: November 07, 2010 01:13:53 PM »

Sansa- The crazy patch bad looks wonderful! Great job.

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« Reply #157 on: November 07, 2010 01:27:58 PM »

she's cambodian, but she speaks and reads english fluently. i just figure something with lots of pics! any kind of beading (wire too), she's a fast learner.
Hmm, why not put together your own book from sites on the web?  LL is the master of searching for great beading sites via Google.  I think she even has a thread on Craftsters somewhere telling you what words to use.

Eliea, your box of goodies sounds fun.  Maybe they'd like your sock monkeys...maybe make it a kit so they can have fun putting it together.  Smiley

Great bag Sansa!  It's wonderful how you keep pushing to learn new things.  Despite all the talk I haven't tried spinning yet.  Sad

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« Reply #158 on: November 07, 2010 02:00:19 PM »

Wonderful crazy quilting and embroidery, Sansa! I love it! Maybe that corner would be a good spot for a little shisha/sequin embroidered element, or a spiral?

Oh, and I posed as a "face painter" yesterday at a fundraiser/festival for the animal rescue group I volunteer with, since the scheduled face painter canceled at the last minute. Never mind that I've never done face painting or used that kind of paint in my life.  Cheesy I guess it was better than nothing; fortunately only a couple people requested my shoddy services.  Smiley
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« Reply #159 on: November 07, 2010 02:38:30 PM »

Sansa - I love the crazy quilt style and the embroidery you did makes it so beautiful and really adds another layer to the overall effect!

I've taken a break from crafting for swaps this weekend to do some work in my sketchbook for my life drawing class. I surprise myself with how much I've accomplished in the first half of the semester, and even though the teacher is still rather intimidating I am excited (when not exhausted) to finish with a bang.  Smiley

Trying to think of some fun things to offer in my shop...anyone have any requests?

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