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11  Washington / Washington: West / Western Wa Craftster Meet Up Round 2!!!! on: May 26, 2010 03:21:49 PM
Seems like it's time to really get to the planning of our second Western Washington Craftster Meet Up!

Newbies, welcome! Please, come play with us!

The venue last time that worked so perfectly is less available as our gracious host is busy for much of the month of June. SuperTink is going to look into the availability of her church (in Tacoma) as well as LimeRiot looking into a meeting room available at a fabric store located in Seattle. Anyone else who has an idea of a possible location is welcome to present the option. We'd be curious to know about policies on kids & food. Policies against either don't necessarily exclude a location but may affect the interest of some attendees.

Are there particular dates that don't work well for anyone in particular? I'm going to say Sunday June 20th for sure as it's Father's Day as well as assuming that most would prefer not a Sunday, or at least not early on a Sunday due to religious observations.


I feel like I'm forgetting something....shoot... Okay, technically I'm supposed to be working now so I'm going to get back to doing that.
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I'm stuck, can you explain these directions? on: April 13, 2010 06:33:37 PM
So I'm making these wristwarmers...

http://scarlettknits.livejournal.com/1315.html

And I'm currently working on the thumb gusset. Looking at what comes later...I'm confused.

I don't understand how to "finish the thumb".
if I put the stitches on "waste yarn" (Which I'm assuming is a scrap acting as a stitch holder), then how do I go back to those stitches & start knitting again?

I don't know if I even explained my confusion well....Thanks for looking & any help you can offer!
13  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Life size witch & spider victim decorations on: March 05, 2010 07:01:27 PM
For the past few years I've been living in condo with a closed hallway entrance. There's no where to decorate & no trick or treaters to appreciate it. So I decorate at work. Wish I had more pictures but...

Here's a couple of items as part of key focal points:



A life size, free standing witch.



I created a simple frame from PVC pipe. Leggings & a turtleneck. LOTS of duct tape. Helps if someone loves you enough to indulge your craftiness & help. (I had to do my top on my dress form. Very sad for me.)

The top and bottom are separate. Easier for transportation. I stuffed the duct tape body shell with newspaper around the pieces of the frame.

The head...foam wig head. I took a cheap rubber witch nose. Glued that on. Used puffy (aka fabric) paint around the edge of the nose to create a smoother transition from rubber nose to foam head. Painted the whole thing in cheap, clear, acrylic gloss. Then spray painted. (Spray paint will each the foam.) Took a couple layers of each. Painted a face. Cheap wig (sewing pins with black tops holding it on when in use, otherwise wig is off for storage to keep it "nice".)

Thrift store clothes. Cheap black gloves, lightly stuffed & pinned to the arms under the sleeves.

Very statisfying. She doesn't look life size but she technically is (since I'm 5'0" and she's a smidge taller....)

Other notes: If I had someone to help me, the arms would be better & I'd had done her more hunch-backed. Maybe I'll remake the top part... This is actually not a cheap project. I spent something like $30 on duct tape alone. PVC pipe, paint, foam head, wig, thrifted clothes...some stuff I already had but it wasn't as cheap as I thought it'd be. Still, I like it better than the $60 witch I saw at a store.



Spider Victim: (Blurry picture...sorry. Everything's cover in webbing anyway so...)



This was much easier. Tights & turtleneck stuffed with newspaper. Thicker turtleneck (to disguise lumpy newspaper), jeans & socks. Another foam head. Again, if you spray paint, use an acrylic paint between the layers of spray paint as it'll eat the foam head. Paint a face, cheap wig. I wrapped the body in cheesecloth & some thread to bind it then wrapped some faux webbing around it. (Because I worked in a call center, she's also wearing one of our headsets.) We hung her from the ceiling close to the wall. I "trapped" her against the wall with fishing line & more faux web. Then hung the large spider from the ceiling & posed it over the body.

So, those were my big projects this past Halloween. They ended taking so long, I ran out of time to make a new costume. I wore a costume for the second time for the first time in my life. *Shudders* Never again...never again...
14  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Columbia RHPS costume on: March 22, 2009 02:04:52 PM
Cheap & easy costume for a Columbia, not a whole lot of skills required.

Bought & didn't alter: Hat & bow tie (though I need to figure out how to make it stay up). Socks (blue bobby socks, though you can't see them), fishnets.

Jacket: Black blazer bought at thrift store ($1!), gold paint. (Forgot to hem the sleeves.)
Bodice: Black tube top, lots of sequins glued on with glitter fabric paint.
Shorts: Black knit pants cut off, glitter fabric paint for stripes. (spread wide with finger.)
Shoes (aren't pictured because I can't find my cord: Mary Jane style, black. Covered with blue & silver glitter fabric paint. Then lots of blue & silver sequins glued on with more glitter fabric paint.

Well, I guess maybe it would have cost me a bit if I hadn't already had most of the supplies. I actually probably spent more on the makeup. 



Anyway, I had fun with it. Hope you enjoy it.
15  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / simple steampunk costume on: March 22, 2009 01:48:13 PM
My first steampunk costume & I didn't really give myself enough time to do what I wanted how I wanted.

I used Burda 7880 for the skirt. If I'd had more time, I'd have added something to make the "bustle" puff things fuller.  And have some lengths of antique-looking chains I wanted to add to make it look like it's holding up the bunched front part.
Bought the shirt. Would have liked to tea dye it, make it a little dirty/worn looking.
Faux corset, I'm pretty proud of that, actually. Bought a leather skirt at the thrift store for $1.29. Ripped it apart. Used an old waist cincher pattern as a guide for making the pieces. The pieces aren't lined or anything. raw edges placed over each other & simple straight stitch. Bais tape to make channels for boning. Used some steel spring boning I had lying around, used some cheapo boning from the craft store. And some zip ties. Whatever I had lying around that day. And a separating zipper in the back to close it. Turned out really great.
Googles. Bought them at a costume shop & painted them (they were silver).
Chain around the waist, some copper wire to attach the funky little bottle. (It's just full of hot cocoa because I couldn't think of anything more interesting at the last minute.)
Also had some pieces of chain in my hair looking like it was holding my bun in place. (didn't get a pic)
The shoes I've had, picked up at a thrift store years ago. Love 'em.

Oh, the jacket was borrowed from a friend. It's freakin' sweet.

Also had a leather messenger style bag (also thrift store) and a few other things I never finished.









Anyway, it's not much but it was fun.
16  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Sorry, wrong board! on: March 22, 2009 01:45:12 PM
Reposting to "completed costumes"

Sorry!
17  Washington / Washington: West / "Stitch-n-Pitch" fiber arts at Mariners game tonight! on: August 07, 2008 08:28:39 AM
Man, I wish I'd found out about this a while ago instead of just yesterday. I so would have gone. Knitting & watching baseball with other people who are knitting (or doing whatever their fiber art is) would be pretty freaking cool.

If anyone sees this & is free tonight... http://seattle.mariners.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=sea&y=2008
Would be a blast!
18  Washington / Washington: West / sewing expo? on: February 28, 2008 08:48:59 AM
I'm going tomorrow...with my grandma, her sister and all my aunts. I love the sewing expo. Next year, I'm either going on my own or with someone else my age. The things the older ladies want to look at....they bore me! The fashion shows of stuff for grandma's....boring! I hate it. With cell phones, though, it's not too bad. If I wander off I don't get lectured because "we have to stick together, this place is huge & I don't want to spend all day looking for you...blah blah blah..." And this year I have money (thanks to filing my tax return early)! I'm planning on picking up a fast turn system thing. And lots of fabric. And who knows what else. Well, if I get anything good, I'll post a pic or something.


So, anyone else going? What are you looking forward to?

Toodles!
19  Washington / Washington: West / Knitting to protest dolphins being used for guards @ Bangor. on: February 28, 2007 12:04:54 PM
Have you heard about the military trying to get some dolphins up here near Bangor for security purposes? Well, there are quite a few people upset by this because the dolphins aren't meant to live in such cold waters. So they want to knit them sweaters! As non-violent protest. They are calling it "tragic irony". There are a number of good points being made about why it's not a good idea use dolphins here. I think I may go because I agree & well, it's an opportunity to be social & meet people.

The group organizing.....
http://knittingfordolphins.com/
Some articles.....
http://www.kitsapsun.com/bsun/local/article/0,2403,BSUN_19088_5384007,00.html
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/304027_dolphins18.html
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003569390_dolphins13m.html

Hee hee....
20  Washington / Washington: West / Sewing Expo is coming! on: February 24, 2007 07:20:44 AM
Who's going? What are you looking forward to?
I don't know if I'll be able to go....I'm pretty freakin' broke. Maybe I can get my grandma to take...tell her I miss her...miss going to the sewing expo with her.....hm.....
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