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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / A-line Hello Kitty Birthday Dress on: March 21, 2010 03:31:12 PM
My niece is turning 4 next weekend and wants to have a Hello Kitty birthday party. Naturally she asked me to make her a dress.

The dress itself is from a book I bought. I believe its called Absolutely A-line. All the dresses in the book are based off the same 4 pattern pieces. I must say the directions were kind of vague, luckily I had made other dresses and kind of fudged my way through it.

I found a picture of Hello Kitty online and made the applique myself by cutting out the pieces and ironing and sewing them on. Then I outlined them with black fabric paint on the same outline of the original desing using my Yudu as a light box.

I can't wait for her to try it on!!!

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Blue/Brown Right Angle Weave Bracelet on: December 03, 2009 01:47:13 PM
This is my first post on the jewelry category! I saw some really awesome beaded pieces online made by using a stitch called the right angle weave (raw) and thought...hey, I can do that! So I got some beads and a pattern and went to town. I made this in a about 2 hours this morning. Its going to be a Christmas present for my sister. The RAW was easy to do and the result is stunning, I think people will be very impressed by the results especially for such a quick project!

The pattern is from www.aroundthebeadingtable.com (which I stumbled on by accident and was so happy I did), its called the Ribbon Bracelet. The patterns were super cheap and easy to follow. Plus, you can get so many different results by using different beads. The original pattern was made with swarovski crystal in 3 and 4 mm with size 11 seed beads, but I did mine with 6mm ceramic beads and size 10 seed beads for a totally different look that suits my sister.

I would reccommend ANYONE interested in beading check out this website and try the RAW.

Okay, on with the pics! (I swear I am not a paid employee of this website even though it sounds like I'm selling something!!!, I'm just SO excited with this and can't wait to make another one!)

3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Photoshop Question on: November 25, 2009 04:52:42 AM
I'm working on my usual home made Christmas cards, and I think I've come up with this years idea. I have a little 7lb chihuahua maltese mix, with CRAZY white hair. If she was a male her name would be Einstein. My mom has been jokingly calling her 'the grinch' for the past 3 years. I'm thinking an awesome card for this year would be to dress her up as the grinch, complete with santa suit and green fur. Ideally I would prefer not to dye her white fur green, but I would if I had to. (I've colored her tail, or ears pink in the past). Since I really am not familiar with photoshop, I'm wondering if its possible to take her picture, and then photoshop her fur to be green. Is this even possible? How would I go about it???
Any advice would be great!!!!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Tracking International Packages-Help on: October 16, 2009 11:44:50 AM
I sent a package to the UK for the first time. I know there is no DC out of the US, but the post office woman told me I could track the package through customs with the number on the barcode of the form I filled out. I didn't see any web address or anthing.

Has anyone ever done this? Is it even possible to track an international item?!?
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Sock Pattern Help-Interp on: October 13, 2009 08:39:22 AM
I would consider myself a beginner at crochet. I have made several things before including amigurumi, scarfs, hats, mittens, etc. I bought some thick and quick at Joanns because it had a pattern for some slipper socks on it, and based on the few stitches I know I think it is totally do-able.

However, I am seriously non functional when I read this pattern. I've done patterns before, but I'm having a hard time with this one I dont know if its just cause its a sock and its tricky?

Can someone out there simplify/idiot proof/explain it like a child to me?!? Any help would be SO appreciated!


Cottage Slipper Socks
Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick

6.4 sc and 8 rows = 4 inches. BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

SOCKS (make 2)
Cuff Beg at top of sock, ch 8.

Row 1 Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across-7 sc. Ch 1, turn.

Row 2 Working through back loops only, 1 sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn. Work even as est for cuff rib for 12", stretched. Sew short ends of cuff tog.

Next rnd Work 20 sc evenly spaced across long edge of cuff. Ch 1, turn. Mark beg or rnd with a colored strand of yarn. Work even in sc until 7" from beg.

Next (dec) rnd Work 4 sc, dec 1 sc, place plastic marker, work 8 sc, dec 1 sc, place plastic marker, work 4 sc. Cont in sc rep dec rnd every other rnd once more dec 1 sc before each marker-16 sts rem. Work even in sc until 12" from beg, ending at beg of rnd.

Heel flap: Next row Sc to within 4 sts of beg marker. Work back and forth over the next 8 sc for 3". Remove dec markers. (Note: The rem 8 sc are for instep.)

Heel turning: Row 1 Work 3 sc, dec 1 sc, work 3 sc-7 sc.

Row 2 Work 2 sc, dec 1 sc, work 2 sc, turn.

Row 3 Work 2 sc, dec 1 sc, work 1 sc, turn.

Row 4 Work 1 sc, dec 1 sc, work 1 sc.

Gusset and foot: Next row Sc across the 3 sts of heel turning, work 6 sc along heel flap for heel gusset, place pastic marker, sc across 8 sts for instep, place plastic marker, work 6 sc along heel flap, place color strand of yarn for beg of rnd-23 sts.

Next rnd Sc to 2 sts before plastic marker, dec 1 sc, work 8 sc of instep, dec 1 sc, sc across rem sts.

Next rnd Work 1 rnd even in sc. Rep these 2 rnds 3 times more-15 sts. Work even in sc until foot meas 2" less than final length required.

Shape toe: Rnd 1 Sc to 2 sts before first marker, dec 1 sc, sc to next marker, dec 1 sc, complete rnd.

Rnd 2 Work 1 rnd even in sc. Rep Rnd 1-11 sts. Remove plastic markers.

Last (dec) rnd Work 1 sc, (dec 1 sc) 5 times-6 sts rem. Turn sock to wrong side. Draw yarn through rem sts and tighten. Fasten off.

Click for explanation and illustration
beg = begin(s)(ning) ch(s) = chain(s)
cont = continu(e)(s)(ing) dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
est = establish(ed) rem = remain(s)(ing)
rep = repeat(s)(ing) rnd(s) = round(s)
sc = single crochet st(s) = stitch(es)
tog = together  
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Fall Scarf Swap~ Sign Ups OPEN! on: September 16, 2009 04:15:06 PM
I participated in a Fall Scarf swap last year and hadn't seen one come up yet. Any plans for one or did I miss it? Would like to participate again!

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Sighthound Martingale Collars on: May 13, 2009 10:40:05 AM
After spending tons of money buying martingale collars for my borzoi I finally decided to make my own. I've made several already by taking apart and old one I had, and using it as a template for the new one. I think the hardest part was getting the bulk under the machine and stitching next to the hardware even with my zipperfoot.

These are two I made for my friends borzoi, Boris and Natasha!

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Six Panel Fairy Applique Skirt on: May 13, 2009 10:32:48 AM
I've had this batik fabric for about 7 years. I bought way too much yardage for it, and it used to cover my couches in my first apartment.
So, instead of keeping it laying around, I took apart the covers I had pinned together and made a 6 panel skirt for a friend of mine.
I finally had practiced doing enough satin stitch to attempt an applique, and she loves faries. So, after googling fairy applique, I borrowed this idea. My friend was SO happy with the suprise.
This skirt ties in the back so the extra fabric forms a bustle.
I didn't take pictures of the finished applique, but this was taken after it was ironed into place.
Now if I could just get her to wear this with the suprise apron top I made her for Christmas and photograph it, I'd be all set.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Patchwork Scarves (Quick Gifts) on: May 13, 2009 10:26:22 AM
I made these scarves as Christmas gifts, but never got around to posting them until now when I got the photos off my camera.

I had a hard time trying to figure out how to make a sewn scarf and so I came up with these. They aren't too thin, but they aren't too thick either. They're most just to wear out and not so much to keep you warm

I cut a bunch of fabric scraps and sewed them together in a long strip about 60 inches long. I backed that with corderoy of the same length and sewed them together with right sides facing. I left a 3 inch opening on one of the short ends for turning. After I turned them I top stitched all along the edges.

One is for a hippie friend of mine, the other for my punk sister, and the last for a friend who loves Ugly Dolls.

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pleated Clutches from Craftster Tute on: May 13, 2009 09:56:25 AM
I'm posting like crazy today! I finally uploaded all the projects from my camera that have piled up!

Anyways, I love the pleated clutch tute that I found here on craftster. It has rapidly become one of my favorite gifts items to make, especially since clucthes have been to popular recently.

Here two that I made, one for my sister with a skull theme, and one for my brothers gf who really likes black and red and something more classy.

I changed the dimensions of both to suit their tastes.

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