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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / fabric flowers (NOT felt or crochet or ribbon or...) on: November 15, 2004 07:55:30 AM
If I wanted to make flowers out of fabric without having it fray all to pieces, would it work to iron interfacing to the fabric before cutting out the petals?  I know I could use fray-check,but I was trying to think of something more "polished" looking.  Would interfacing work, or would the fabric still fray anyway?

22  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / unbelievably easy crocheted purse on: November 14, 2004 06:24:57 AM
I bought some super-bulky yarn to make a hat for my husband (Lion Wool-Ease Thick N Quick) but it was just too bulky and I couldn't get it to work how I wanted.  So, since my mom's birthday was coming, I decided to see if I could use the yarn to make her a purse.  I made this purse, seriously, in one evening while watching a couple of movies.  I tried to line it, but couldn't get that to work right -- but the yarn is so heavy-duty, I'm not sure it even needs a lining. 

All I did was make a starting chain the width I wanted the purse to end up, then just did single crochet with an N hook until it was long enough to fold in half and have a foldover flap.  I used the yarn to sew up the sides.  I made the strap by just making one long row of half-double, and sewed it on with yarn.  Then I used a smaller needle to single crochet the fun fur around the flap edge, and sewed the button on with embroidery thread.  The button came from my mom's antique button stash.  And my mom LOVES that lime-green color in all things  Smiley

The only other advice I would give for making a purse like this is to make it just slightly bigger than you think you want it.  Since it's flat and doesn't have a gusset, you need a little bit of fabric leeway to have enough room inside once you start actually putting stuff in it.  I just kept folding it over and putting my hand inside to see if it was long enough yet.

23  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / nylon yarn for bath pouf? on: November 12, 2004 02:39:51 PM
I was thinking about making bath poufs -- the "Bonbon" pattern from Knitty -- for people for xmas, and it calls for a bulky nylon yarn.  I was wondering if you could just use a bulky acrylic yarn, or is something that specifically says "nylon" going to be even more "plastic-y" than acrylic?  Like, with a bath pouf, you want it to be a little bit scratchy and you want it to dry quickly.  Any opinions?

24  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / SNB Nation Semi-Gripe on: November 10, 2004 01:31:25 PM
Okay, I don't have the book yet, but I was just hearing from our local SNB group that the blurb they sent in about the group was radically altered before going into the book.  I know that frequently stuff gets edited for print, but apparently, the publishers asked for 500 words, got about 400, and cut it down to just above 200.  They also (allegedly) changed the wording and writing style so that the person who wrote it (and whose name is on it) is embarrassed to have anyone think she wrote it!

Again, I haven't seen it, so I don't have much right to complain, I was mostly just curious if any other SNB groups had the same experience?

25  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / needles for Hot Head? on: November 08, 2004 07:58:08 AM
I was going to try to make Hot Head for my husband, and I bought some yarn which, as it happens, is bulkier than the bulky weight called for.  So now I've learned how to read the ounces on the label  Roll Eyes  Anyway...

I was going to try to either use smaller needles or make the "small" directions to end up with a "large" size hat, since my bulky yarn knitted up much larger than gauge.  I tried #6 needles (really a PITA for super-bulky yarn) and the "small" directions.  Knitted a few rows, pulled it off to measure, and it was slightly too-tight.  So back to drawing board, except (and here's my real question)...

I had some relatively long needles, but even so, I had great difficulty fitting that many stitches on there.  I know part of it is my super-bulky yarn, but the pattern calls for bulky yarn anyway.  Did y'all make this on straight needles?  Seems like it would be easier on circular?

And will it work to just use the yarn I already bought, using the smaller needles and smaller-size directions?  Even if I get it to be about the right length, I'm wondering if the decreases will still come out right?   Should I just start over with the right weight yarn?

26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / fabric alternative to fleece? on: November 05, 2004 09:52:51 AM
I want to make a poncho for my niece.  I'm not very good at sewing, and my crochet and knitting skills are WAY too slow.  I thought about making a fleece poncho, but I'm not sure if it would be too warm -- they live in Northern California (Chico), and while it's not as warm as southern California, it doesn't get all that cold in the winter.  Is there some fabric that, like fleece, doesn't need to be hemmed, but is not quite as warm as fleece? 

27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Beyond ReadyMade? on: October 28, 2004 11:43:40 AM
Anyone else notice that a lot of the content of the current issue of ReadyMade is stuff that we've already talked about here on Craftster?  It's almost like the ReadyMade folks are trawling Craftster for ideas.  Not that I don't still love the mag, but I definitely noticed it...

Melinda Cool
28  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Deco & ATC? on: October 26, 2004 06:40:06 AM
I've been reading around about deco swaps and ATC swaps.  I figured out what an ATC is, but what's a deco?   What's the difference between deco and ATC?

29  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Game Pieces Swap (SIGN UP CLOSED, MAIL BY 11/29) on: October 25, 2004 01:07:46 PM
Swap name:  Game Pieces Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  xmelinda
Sign-up date range:  10/25 -- 11/7
Date to send item by:  11/29

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

Non-U.S. participants allowed? Yes

All ages allowed? Or 18+?  All ages

Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders"
list and will not allow those members to participate: YES

Organizer has been a member for at least 1 month and will
make sure that every participant has been a member for
at least 1 month: YES

Details of swap:

I love games and all the bits they're made of, so I really love cute things made out of game pieces.  You've all probably seen here on Craftster the Scrabble tile bracelets, boxes made of dice, curtains made of cards, clocks made of dominoes, journals made of game boards, and all kinds of other things.  I'm also sure that you creative folks can think of even more wonderful ideas to make from bits of games.

Anything goes, pretty much -- let your imagination run wild -- with one caveat:  PLEASE DO NOT PILLAGE A GAME WITHOUT MAKING SURE PEOPLE WON'T WANT TO PLAY IT!!!  I love games, and it would pain me to think someone would take pieces out of a game and then when someone wanted to play it, they couldn't.  Ideally, you would get pieces from thrift shops, garage sales, and the like, or if it's something around the house, you'd make sure it was okay before you started taking a game apart.  When I read about people taking bits from games on the shelf in the family room, it PAINS me!  OWW!!!   Cry

So, that said -- LET'S PLAY!   Cool

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap:
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?

Is there anything you'd rather not receive? Perhaps you make Scrabble bracelets all day long and you don't need someone to send you one, or perhaps you have very short hair, so barrettes are not practical.  This is not meant to become a "Dear Santa, I want..." sort of list, but will just help me in pairing up partners:


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

30  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / helpful hints for making "rectangles" type poncho on: October 24, 2004 06:41:42 AM
Here is a poncho I just finished, for a friend's 2-yr-old.  I had some trouble while making it, but I did finally figure it out, so I thought I'd share what I did, in case it might be helpful to anyone.  It seems the "join two rectangles" style of poncho pattern is pretty common.

I started off by taking measurements from Lothruin's post about the poncho she made, where she said she made rectangles 7 inches by 14 inches for a size 2T (the size I wanted).  I made two rectangles in double crochet, carefully measuring with a tape measure.  When I tried to join the pieces, I couldn't get it to come out evenly, with the neckline even and straight.

So, I took it all apart again and tried to think about it.  While I was trying to figure out how to even the neck, I realized that I'd made an odd number of rows (21) and that was never going to make it come out right when I was folding.  So, I tore out the final row on both rectangles so I'd have an even number.   Then I figured out that I had 20 rows of dc and 10 chains across, so when joining the chain end to the side piece, I'd have to make sure I made 2 sc in each row.  Doing this, the whole thing came together exactly right, in no time at all.

Before, I'd been worried about the gappy bits from the sides of the rectangles, now around the neck (the gaps you get between the turning ch-3 and the dc on every row).  I'd tried to make sc around the neck, but it was too bulky and wouldn't lay flat.  I decided instead to leave it as-is, and use the gaps as a channel to thread a drawstring, just a string of chain stitch.  I thought about adding pom-poms to the ends, but decided it might be too much, so I added little flowers instead.

Hope this helps anyone else trying to make one like this  Smiley

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