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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Now what??? *NOW WITH LINK TO FINSHED PROJECT* on: September 13, 2007 07:27:50 AM
Okay, I was stupid.  I bought a ball of yarn on sale thinking it would be enough to make a hat for my monster, but nope.  It's no longer at JoAnn's anymore, and I don't really want to hunt it down.  So here's my question, now what???
I was thinking a black band (to fold up) and do the tassels on the top in black also.  Any suggestions/comments?

front view- This is not my monster, he didn't want to pose.  I sit this little girl during the day.

top view

The yarn is Sensations Artic in Multi. The pattern is http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/ccusa-childHatScarf.html?noImages=.

Here's a picture so you don't have to click over if you don't want.  Obviously, I made some changes with the yarn choice.[/center]

Finished project posted here!
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first (and crooked) sweater. on: September 12, 2007 08:47:43 AM
I'm ready for winter. It's been 97 degrees outside with 250% humidity, and I'm done! I started going through my kid's sweaters (for the one week a year they need them), and I found the very first sweater I made. It's a year old and covered in mulch, but I still love it. My darling monster is modeling it (ignore the black eye- he's table height now).

I used a pattern in Candi Jensen's book, Total Baby Knits. It's made with my favorite yarn, Caron's Simply Soft, in colors Iris, Off White, and Berry Blue in their Brights line.
How do I keep my seams from twisting like that?
I did make a matching hat, but his head grew faster than the rest of him! Oh, and that's his artwork on the door behind him (in permanent marker!)

I forgot to list the Rubine Red -oopsy!
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My first honest to goodness doily! on: September 06, 2007 09:13:48 PM
I found this pattern in Crochet Today magazine.  They showed a few in different sizes attached to a denim skirt.  It looked really cute, and I haven't made any doilies before, so...

I haven't blocked it yet, I HATE blocking!  I haven't woven in the tail either, guess what, yup, I HATE weaving in tails, too!  Grin

Excuse the yucky ruler, I just grabbed the first one I could find.

I may attach it to a pair of denim short-alls my princess has, but I'm definitely going to make some more in different sizes to attach also.
I'm sorry, I don't remember the size thread I used.  It's Aunt Lydia's.  I used a size 4/2mm hook.
Comments are always welcome, but please be gentle- I'm a doily virgin, and I've only been crocheting a few months (self-taught).
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Fuzzy Paisley on: September 06, 2007 09:02:59 PM
I finished another bag for my Mother-in-Law.  She wanted three of these for Christmas, two with red ribbon, one with silver.  She takes my sister-in-law to the Nutcracker every year, and they like dressing up.

Excuse my messy table, I wanted to post ASAP!

The old gift card shows the scale.  You should also be able to see the pattern pretty well.  Only the pattern is fuzzy, the rest feels like canvas.  I'm not sure what you would call it, she gave it to me.

The inside has a long pocket split into two that can hold credit cards or driver's licenses.  The bow is sewn on the top flap, and the magnetic snap holds it closed.  I've tried using the ribbon to keep it closed, but that's too hard to open and close.

Thanks for looking, and comments/questions are always welcome!
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My Pile O' Bags on: September 04, 2007 08:05:43 PM
I've been very busy, and somewhat bored.  My Mother-in-law wanted me to make her 8 identical bags for a Tuscan themed luncheon she's co-hosting.  She's going to put some goodies in them, and give them to each lady at her table.

The outside is a slightly shiny olive stripe, and the inside is a light lemon yellow linen.  Gotta love the Jordy bag!!!

A closeup of the fabric:

Like I said, very busy, but how many times can you do the same thing over and over?  I need something not stripey to look at!
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / It's raining totes! (5 pics) on: August 14, 2007 01:20:38 PM
I've been cranking out the totes before school starts tomorrow!!!  I finished the two for my boys, and two more for another set of brothers.  I still have one more order to fill before the weekend, but that requires a trip to JoAnn's (oh bummer  Wink ).

Two totes fully loaded with supplies for school!  I just realized that the camo is on sideways-oh well.

The inside pocket is holding hand sanitizer- I know what it looks like, but I'm not sending my 3rd grade son to school with KY.

Shrek and Spidie!

And the inside... no KY here either!

And just because I love Shrek...

I need more Shrek Fabric, but someone gave me that fabric so I don't know where it came from.  JoAnn's didn't have any.  Does anyone know where I can find it in the Orlando area?  I'd rather not order it, but I will if I have to.

Thanks for checking it out!
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ahhh, school starts when? on: August 11, 2007 07:01:33 PM
At the school my kids go to (and I work), the elementary kids aren't allowed to carry backpacks (due to space).  A few of my friends have asked me to make totes for their girls to carry.  I got an old uniform that was unusable, and made this!  I actually made two, but they look the same except for the name.

It's not really crooked, it's just the photo.  The name was done by hand- never again!  I'm putting a letter limit on the next one!

Inside pocket shot.

Here's the uniform pre-hacking up.

I still have to make my two boys totes, but they don't wear plaid like the girls.  They want camo!  I'll post pictures when they're done, which probably won't be until the night before school starts!
Procrastinators rock! tomorrow.
18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / A blast from the past! on: August 11, 2007 06:52:30 PM
I made this belt years and years ago (sizes and sizes ago).  I found it recently in a box of old shoes, and I thought someone might enjoy it.

Here's a view of the whole thing.  Please ignore my toes.

Here's a closeup on the pattern I repeated.  This also shows the true colors.

Here's a closeup of the flower.

I used some silk ribbon from a frame embroidery kit I had, and the leather is from an old riding coat that I hated to cut up (not really, it didn't fit and I got it secondhand).  Yes, one day I will fit into it again...
19  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Tutorial for Coffee Dye/Paint on: August 08, 2007 08:11:10 AM
Thanks Vanillaxlight for directing me on where to put this!  Sometimes, my blond roots show.  Grin  PS- This is the technique I used to make my challenge bag!

Coffee Dye/Painting

This process was done on 100% unbleached muslin. I have not tried it on any other fabrics, but I imagine any blend of cotton would work. As far as the rest of the materials, youll need coffee and some sort of thickener such as cornstarch or arrowroot. I do not recommend flour for this process. If you can get organic, I strongly recommend that you use it so it adds to the earth friendliness. Fairly traded coffee is also a great idea.

This first thing you need to do is brew a strong, strong pot of coffee. For those of you that have a French Press, this would be the time to use it. While it is still piping hot, you can dunk the fabric into it to get a tea stained look. I stained the lining of my bag, but I only left it in for a minute because I didnt want it too dark. Rinse the fabric well in a vinegar-water mixture (one part vinegar to three parts water). Once the excess coffee stain is rinsed out, rinse the fabric in plain water, ring out well, hang to dry or iron the fabric with an iron set on cotton until its dry.

With the leftover coffee, put it into a pan and boil it over medium heat until it has evaporated into a syrup about the consistency of milk, this may take an hour; be patient and stir every 10 to 15 minutes so the bottom doesnt burn.

The smell of coffee reducing is strong and lingering, so you may want to turn on your exhaust fans or open a window. Once it has reduced stir in about a tablespoon of thickener according to your package directions; most will tell you to dissolve the thickener first in a small amount of cold water. Using a whisk, whip the mixture to remove all lumps, and if necessary add water in small amounts until the stain is the consistency of poster paint or the fabric paints in squeeze bottles. Once its cooled, you may want to put it in a squeeze bottle, the thinner the nozzle the better.

Apply the stain in whatever way is easiest for you, either the squeeze bottle or a paintbrush. Do not put the stain on too thickly, or it will bleed.

This is obviously too thickly applied, but your paint should be this consistency.  I applied this with a hair dye squeeze bottle.  You can find those at beauty supply stores.

Leave it to dry completely, preferably overnight. Once it has dried, heat set the design with an iron set on cotton setting with a press cloth for about a minute keeping the iron moving so you dont burn anything.

before washing

after washing

I tried several different ways of setting and rinsing the design, but decided this way gives the best result, dark and with very little bleeding.

After you have heat set it, rinse the fabric in the same way as described above with the vinegar-water scrubbing to remove any thick blobs of paint sitting on the fabric. Rinse again in plain water, and either hang to dry or dry with the iron (I recommend drying the design with an iron, there is less bleeding of the design.)

You can wash the fabric with a mild detergent in the washing machine, and your design should stay intact. Of course, do not bleach or use stain remover, this is a stain you want to stay. Store any leftover stain in the refrigerator.

What's really great about this process is it gives an antique, old-world kind of look.  I made a clutch with a French inspired design, and it turned out perfect!

I have also made dye/paint with other spices. Curry powder turns things a yellowish brown, and turmeric turns things a bright yellow. I have several others that I would like to try but havent had the time!

If anyone can think of a way to shorten the name of the process, I'm open to suggestions.  It's not really a paint, because you rinse it out; and it's not really a dye, because it's thick enough to paint on.  And, once again, I would LOVE to see what you crafties do with this process!
20  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 20 ENTRIES / Organic Coffee Dyed Shopping Bag- WAY image heavy! ***link to tutorial*** on: August 01, 2007 12:43:47 PM
I had SO much fun with this one.  I went with the whole ocean theme, because plastic shopping bags are a huge danger to sea life.  And I just had to do something different, so I made my own organic (and fair traded) coffee dye.  I wanted to do a design, though, so I had to do a little experimenting.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it!

I used 100% unbleached cotton muslin.  I couldn't find organic, though.   Sad Following queenofdiy's tutorial, I made a pattern on Christmas wrapping paper.  That was what I had available, okay!

I started by dip dyeing the lining, using the coffee that was boiling.  Then I hung it up to dry.

Then, I made the coffee dye/paint.  It's kind of involved, so I won't get into all the steps here.  Please ignore the cruddy pot and spatula, it's my craft pot and spatula.

Then, I painted the images on.  The whale went on the front.

The shell was for the pocket.

There's a whole process for setting the dye, but once again, it's involoved.  I also won't bore you with more pictures of the assembling process, because queenofdiy has plenty of pictures of that on her tutorial.

Here's a closeup of the lining after I assembled the bag.  You can also see the pocket design.

Here's the whale design on the front.

The finished project!

And finally the action shot!  My lovely monkey was helping.  It's either let him model or let him take the pictures, and I love my camera too much for that!

Once again, I'm so happy!  This was my first contest, and I'm in love with the bag.  The ladies at JoAnn's were laughing when I brought it in and told them if it didn't fit in the bag, I couldn't bring it home!  Good thing it holds a lot!

*** I've moved the tutorial here with pics!!!
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