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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Id this stitch: braided? on: December 12, 2011 02:26:35 PM

I love the stitch that is used in this hat; can someone tell me what it is?

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What stitch is this? on: December 14, 2008 12:33:18 PM

I love the scarf she's wearing, and want to try to knit my own. I can't really tell what stitch, though, since it seems really textured and not just a plain knit or something?

So, can someone explain what the stitch to get something similar would be? I'm sure going to feel stupid if it's just a garter stitch!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help me find this fabric? Black, sheer. on: December 01, 2008 04:52:05 PM
I LOVE this skirt : http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_21&listing_id=15415758

However, the price is way too much for me, and I know that I can make something similar for way less.

I imagine I would only need a yard or a yard and half at most?

Does anyone know where I could find some similar fabric? I don't think I've ever seen anything similar at Joann's...
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Getting a bag to hold its shape on: September 10, 2008 05:53:32 PM
I'm making myself a bag for school. I want it to have a hobo-ish shape (of course, now that shape is coming into style!).

I cut out two sort of half circles, with a slight curve at the top and a long rectangle for the bottom.. Made the lining, etc. I have not sewn the lining to the outside or sewn straps, but when pinning it all together, it looks great and is the shape that I want.

However, once I add my text books and binder, it sort of molds to the shape of those and looks AWFUL.

What can I do to help it keep it's shape? Neither fabric is very stretchy. I wonder if I just made in the wrong shape, but I tried bring the sides in a bit and I don't think it really helped.

I'm thinking some thick interfacing would be good, but maybe it would end up being too stiff and look ever worse?

I have tons of the fabric, it's an old curtain and sheet, so I can start all the way over. If worst comes to worst I'll just go with a rectangular shaped bag.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I'm going to knit a sweater! (Needle question) on: September 02, 2008 11:51:01 AM
I'm finally going to try to knit myself a sweater. I'm going to attempt the top down raglan https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=152316.0 with a boatneck, purple and black stripes, no cables.

I have two skeins/balls of Vanna White's yarn, which is the purple I'll be using, and one skein/ball of "I Love This Yarn!" in black.

I know I'll need more then that, and plan to go to the craft store in the next few days, I've just been sick and don't want to go out today.

The problem is, I also need to pick up a pair of size 8 or 9 circulars. But I want my boatneck to have a slit in it, with buttons and loops keeping it shut. Because of that, can I at least start the collar on straight needles and switch over once I get the circulars and am finished with the collar part?
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / A snap on darning foot? on: August 10, 2008 04:37:30 PM
So, I got a darning foot at Jo-ann's today, but instead of being the kind you screw on, it just snaps on. There's the hoop on the bottom, then a curved arm of sorts on the right side, with a small hole that lines up with a hole on the machine part of the foot (I don't know the proper name), however, there is no pin or screw to put in.

When I tried to use it, the foot was rattling up and down, so obviously something's wrong.

Did I make a mistake getting a snap on foot or am I just using it incorrectly? Should I return it and get a "proper" one?
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Serger Stitch Finger: Now it doesn't work! on: July 05, 2008 10:43:22 AM
A few weeks ago, I was going to attempt a rolled hem for a gift I was giving someone. I took the stitch finger off my Brother Serger (I forget the model, it's the most popular kind I guess) and when I went back to just normal serging, forgot to put the stitch finger back on.

I've been using the serger for a while now without the stitch finger, but remembered today that I had taken it off. I couldn't really figure out how it was supposed to go in, so I just pressed the release lever and popped it back in.

I've rethreaded the machine twice, and it still won't work! I don't know what I did wrong, but the stitched won't lock together, even though it was working fine up until now.

Hopefully this is enough info. Help!!
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / A bunch of oak branches? on: June 28, 2008 06:00:32 PM
So, I lugged a bunch of oak branches home with me from a trip to visit family, thinking I would build another bird gym. But, stupid me, oak wood is NOT SAFE for birds. Why, oh why didn't I take the maple wood instead?

Anyways, now I have tons of oak branches, I think they're all about two feet long, some have twists or multiple branches. I want to do -something- with them, but I don't know what I can do!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Ruching: before or after sewing? How much fabric? on: June 12, 2008 05:41:03 PM
I'm making a dress, based off a sketch I saw in a book. Basically, there's a torso, which starts right under the chest, and I want to it be really ruched (I'm using super thin jersey). Should I ruche the fabric before I sew it into the torso, or make an extra long torso and ruch it to the right length?

How do you even know how much fabric to use before to get a desired effect? 1.5 times as much? 2 times? Help!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How to make this skirt... on: March 13, 2008 09:32:15 PM
I LOVE the skirt here : http://www.newyorkcouture.net/Photoshoots/21306shoot

It's the black one in the second row, farthest to the right. I don't think it's for sale or anything, so I hope it's okay for me to be asking.

Does anyone have any ideas how to make it? Would I want to buy lace fabric and cut out circle skirts getting progressively bigger or make a skirt out of plain knit and sew strips of wide lace trim around it so that they overlapped each other a bit? Should the lace be gathered?

Any ideas would be great!
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