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« on: April 13, 2006 06:24:52 PM »

We have all done it before- attempted a craft without reading the directions fully or just wing it. Maybe you have misused a tool while trying to craft. Possibly made a stupid mistake that ruined your entire project. Post them here!


felting-uses wool to create a masterpiece or cover a ball of some sort

my felting- get felt, rip it up, put in warm water around a ball whie inside a stocking and cut off stocking when dry. yea, didnt exactly read HOW to felt, just saw what it looked like and guessed. stupid of me, but shouldnt it be called wooling?
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« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2006 06:36:21 PM »

haha, the first time I tried to knit, I knit two needles together, my mother was amazed! Cheesy

I tell myself that I know how to sew, but the amount of times I sew things INSDE OUT is just amazing, I am such a moron, especially late at night when it really is time I should go to bed...when I've sewn the bag straps the wrong way round for the tenth time I know it's time to stop Tongue
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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2006 06:45:19 PM »

haha, the first time I tried to knit, I knit two needles together, my mother was amazed! Cheesy

I tell myself that I know how to sew, but the amount of times I sew things INSDE OUT is just amazing, I am such a moron, especially late at night when it really is time I should go to bed...when I've sewn the bag straps the wrong way round for the tenth time I know it's time to stop Tongue

I did that 4 times last night. I ruined a clock I was making out of polymer clay. I never really read through the directions of how to use my "tattoo" sheet when you transfer images. I soaked it for 4 minutes instead of 2 and the whole thing just washed away, and all my measurements and preparation went down the drain. My poor swap partner never knew what he could have gotten.  Cry
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« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2006 06:48:34 PM »

one time, i tried to superglue a whole bunch of pretty broken glass pieces to a terracota pot for my friend. they fell off in a matter of minutes and the pot had icky glue all over it... i wound up dribbling paint on it instead. it turned out ok, but i wish i hadnt wasted all those glass pieces. my idea was so pretty!!
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« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2006 10:35:18 PM »

Right now I'm trying to make a totebag. There are two ways I can conceive of having a simply constructed totebag: with bottom and side panels, or merely a peice of fabric doubled over and sealed on the sides.

So what did I do but wrap the fabric around the bottom, and add side panels. AND use stretchy fabric, so the bag is very short and wide, and everything stretches out.

But I'm still hopeing to save it. I will be persistant!
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« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2006 07:45:44 PM »

My excitement after completing a stencil has, more than once, resulted in me stenciling backwards.  Letters, in particular.  I could pretend it was on purpose and I was trying to be ironic, but we all know the truth...
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« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2006 08:04:35 PM »

The packet of inkjet iron-on transfer paper had a lot of instructions.  So I skimmed.  Iron temp - check.  Hard surface - check.  Fabric & transfer - check.

Assembled everything, and ironed away, counting slowly ... one-one-thousand, two-one-thousand ...

If I'd read the instructions more closely, I would have realized that the 1/4-inch iron on does not get ironed on for the same amount of time you would use for a full sheet.

The iron-on image looks good with a brown overlay.  Like tea-dye or something.
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« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2006 09:31:15 PM »

That reminds me! I did an iron on with the dark transfer and the light transfer. I read far enough to know that you flip the image for the light transfer, not the light. The light has backing not the dark. I put my iron on the dark, and immediately melted the transfer to my iron, which is still on there.  Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2006 01:14:50 AM »

I am always screwing up things.  I put zippers on the outside of dresses, attach facings wrong sides together (that's how OTHER fabric is attached, what's up with facings?!?!  Oh yeah, they TURN INSIDE!), and I am forever flubbing french seams.  Like facings, they go wrong sides together and THEN right sides together!

Tonight I was reconning a shirt and I had to sew a curved seam, so I clipped into it.  Before I sewed the seam.  Bye-bye, seam. 

The worst part about these screw-ups is that if they are catastrophic, that's the end of my garment!  Muslins may take ten times as long, but if ya miss something, only your ugly sheet-dress suffers.  Wink
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« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2006 06:33:35 PM »

how to fabric cover a lampshade. I didnt have instructions. I wasnt smart enough to look them up. well i go and cut the fabric, guessing and roll it in glue. ITs totally the wrong size. So i rip the shade apart, trace and cut again, now the metal peices wont stay on. Measure, cut a extra inch around it. Metal stays on, burned every finger on hot glue and still had fabric hanging over (SIGH)
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