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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Behold: Cabled Booties! on: July 30, 2007 10:04:44 PM
   So, I have a new cousin coming at the end of August and since this is the first related baby to be born since I learned to knit, I wanted to make a special hand knit gift.

   It's a boy, and the family's pretty traditional (Dad would flip if I knit up something lilac!  Cheesy) hence, the blue. Also, I learned cables for this project (woot!) Details on the pattern (it's free, and not by me) as well as the yarn can be found on the blog.

Now, the fun part:

Far Away Shot (Look at how tiny they are!)

Up Close  (Ooo... Cables!)

On HundHilda (From the BF, just for fun; plus, I don't have any babies around for modeling)

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / You Can't Knit All Day? on: August 19, 2006 07:49:11 AM
So my bf, some friends and I went to a lake for a long weekend. Silly me forgot my swimsuit but I brought plenty of knitting (a hat and some socks) so I figured "No big deal, I've got plenty to keep myself occupied while they splash about." So I'm knitting on the shore and the boys are out canoing and the one guy's sister kayaks up to my beau and says to him, "Don't forget about your girlfriend. You can't just knit all day, you know."

The bf comes back to shore and relays this story and I look at him puzzled and reply, "You can't knit all day?"  Huh Which made the boy laugh hysterically  Cheesy

Anyone else have a non-knitter shocked by the amount of entertainment knitting can give the knitter, do share!  Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Nice Lining Fabric... But Where?! on: August 03, 2006 06:32:34 AM
I want to re-line my winter coat before the snow starts to fly. Because it's a bit of an undertaking, I want lining I'll be really happy with and will be worth the effort. The coat is a simple knee-length black wool peacoat and the original lining is a pretty slate-blue satin; I loved having a flash of color inside my coat! Unfortunately, the lining didn't wear so well.

So I want to make a new lining but I can't seem to find quite what I'm looking for. I googled and browsed but everything seems to be too boring or too cheapy or not right for a coat. What I am looking for is a lining that feels luxurious (ideally, satiny... I'm going to be wearing this a lot and if I'm going to do this much hand sewing I want to feel like I'm treating myself), is suitable for the wear a winter coat would get and is pretty (ideally a print, but I'd be reasonable happy with a nice bright color).

Sooo... anyone have any sources for something like this? I can't seem to find anything like this anywhere.  Huh

I'd be so super grateful I'd... umm... jump around in your honor for several minutes! Imagine!  Cheesy
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Hedera Size Question on: July 21, 2006 10:58:58 AM
Okay, this is going to sound really dumb, but I'm all set to start these awesome socks (Hedera from Knitty, http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/PATThedera.html) and I know I need the larger size for my size 9 feet. No big deal. But where exactly does that start on the pattern?

I see in the beginning it seems to be the same for either size, and at the end there are special directions for the larger size, but where is it that I actually have more stitches (in other words, where does the "switch" from same for both to more stitches for large take place)? I've looked and I'm baffled!

I would just go for it, but I'm planning on these to be beach weekend knitting and I really don't want to figure out that they're small near the end of the sock  Tongue

Help would be super appreciated  Cheesy
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Fashion Drawing Business Idea (Image Heavy) on: July 10, 2006 10:43:21 AM
I've been throwing around the idea of selling the things I make for a while and this idea hit me. I would like some advice from you fine people who know more about Etsy (and selling in general) than I do.

I attended the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in NYC and got a degree in Fashion Design, but have since changed my path to focus on cognitive psychology. But I still love doing little fashion sketches and making clothes. It occurred to me that it could be nice to put my sketches on tee shirts, and later zippered pouches.

Here are some prototypes I have made:

Lady in a vintage hat coin purse:

Zipper Pull:


Pirate Girl Coin Purse:

Zipper Pull:


Girl In Cloche Long Zippered Pouch:

Girl Close-Up:

Zipper Pull:

The lining for that last one is the same floral as the first.

Tee Shirt With Fashion Figure:

Fashion Figure Close-Up:

These are the types of things I'm thinking about selling. All of the girls are hand-painted in silkscreen ink, which is then heat-set. The plan would be each girl would be totally unique, so every item would be one-of-a-kind. The zipper pulls are all made with glass beads and the tee is 100% cotton.

So I have a few questions I'd really appreciate you all answering:
1. Would you buy these? (As in, would you buy it or say, "I'd rather make it myself and save my pennies!")
2. Do you think Etsy would be a good place to sell these?
3. What do you think is a reasonable price for the coin purses? Long zippered pouch? Tee shirt?

Thank you so much in advance! I bow to your crafty business sense!  Smiley
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Let Them Eat Cake! Just Not This One... *Now With Tutorial* on: June 01, 2006 08:25:44 AM
I was inspired by all the cake-themed crafts around here and whipped this up. I made it out of ultrasuede intending it to be a pincushion, but when I tried to stick in the inaugural pin, it bent!  Shocked

So it isn't a pincushion, just a stuffed slice of cake. The bf thinks it's kind of silly, but I think it's kind of cute  Cheesy If I make another, I might use high-density foam instead of polyfill to give it a sharper look.

Okay, so here's a simple tutorial:

These are my pattern pieces, to give you an idea of how they should look. Below are the measurements for each piece. ***NOTE: These are measurements before seam allowance!! I added 1/4" seam allowance to each piece, but add whatever is comfortable/ fabric appropriate for you.

A: 6" along each side of the wedge and a free-handed curve. To make it, I drew a straight line with another line perpendicular to it. Mark on the perpendicular line 1" away from the intersection on either side. Place you ruler on that new mark and carefully swing it until it is touching both the mark and the original line, creating a line 6" in length. Mark that new line and repeat on the other side. I then carefully free-handed the curve, approximating how big it should be my calculating the circumference of a circle this size and dividing based on how many slices I imagined there to be. This probably is not necessary. Best to just free-hand a nice curve.

B: 2" x 1.5" This piece will be the back of the cake. In other words, if the cake were whole this would be the side of the cake.

C: .5" x 6" This is the yummy filling of your cake.

D: 1.25" x 6" This is the cake part itself.

So, in your "icing" color, cut out 1 A, 1 B, and 2 Cs.

In your "cake" color, cut out 1 A and 4 Ds.

You can really sew this up any way you want to. I sewed my cake "layers" together first. So that's one icing (C) sandwiched between 2 cake layers (D) for each side. Once each panel is done, carefully line up the panels, right sides together, making sure your icing and cake layers are perfectly lined up and sew along one short side.

Next, I sewed my B piece to my 2 A pieces, one on each side. You end up with a long strip of A B A.

Now the tricky part! Sew your layers to the strip you just sewed. The point is definitely the hardest part. I marked the corners on mine with a dot on each piece and carefully lined up the dots. It's tough, but you really just have to dive in and work on it. ***NOTE: Leave a bit of one side open to stuff it later! I left about 3" in the middle of one of the lower sides open.

Clip your corners and turn the piece right-side out. I used a knitting needle or something to make my corners crisp. Stuff to your liking. I found going a bit lighter on the stuffing helped the piece keep it's angular appearance, but you can make it a cutesy-overstuffed if you like. Hand sew up your open seam.

The strawberry, I'm sad to say, has no pattern. I just messed around until I had one that was short and rotund like I wanted. If I recall, I made it more like a semi-circle than a quarter circle.

So that's it! If you have any questions, feel free to ask! I'm new at tutorials so please ask if things need to be cleared up! And enjoy your cake  Wink
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Painted Trillium Pin on: June 01, 2006 08:02:32 AM
I had a lot of ultrasuede swatches (still do!) and a wildflower book, which came together to make this pin:

The petals and leaves are ultrasuede and the center is beaded wire. It's hard to see, but I painted the petals with that pink color and sewed "veins" in the leaves. To make the petals and leaves "posable" there is floral wire glued on the underside.

Next up: Spiderwort!  Cheesy
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Orange Crate Pincushion *TUTORIAL ADDED* on: June 01, 2006 07:51:51 AM
I came across this challenge http://www.boogaj.com/pincushion_challenge/2006/04/first_pincushio.html and felt inspired. (Definitely check out the gallery, everyone's pincushions look great!)
I modeled my pincushion after an orange crate. The base is foam with a green fabric cover with little cups to hold each orange. My Dad helped me make the crate itself, which is just scrap molding. Each orange can be lifted out for doing little projects away from the machine.
The whole project was a great excuse to finally use all that geometry I learned in ninth grade.  Cheesy

Side view:

Oranges out!

That's right. Geometry is useful sometimes.

The orange stands alone.

As requested, I'm posting the following tutorial. This is my first tutorial, so please bear with me  Wink

Pattern piece "A", the large pointy oval is the piece I used to make all of the oranges. They were really simple spheres divided into fourths, but I wanted each orange to be 2" in diameter. This will be important later. So piece "A" is 1.57" across and 3.14" tall with a .25" seam allowance all around. You sew 4 of these together to make your oranges, don't forget to leave room to turn it rightside out and stuff it! I added a little ultrasuede stem bit on top, as well.

Because the oranges are squishy, and I wanted them to fit snugly, I based the "cup" pattern on piece "A". So piece "B" is the cup pattern, you make four for each orange. It is piece "A" cut exactly in half with a .25" seam allowance added.

I'll get to "C" and "D" in a bit. On to the grid!

So this is my grid. This is the piece for the very top of the crate where you fit your cups into. I wanted them spaced evenly, hence the crazy grid. So I said before that I wanted my oranges to be 2" in diameter, and this is why. I wanted the crate (without the wood) to measure 5" x 8" and each orange .5" from the next. You can see where I sketched in one circle for reference. The holes mark the center of each orange as well as where each seam is for both the cups and the orange. I marked these holes on the fabric for reference. This piece also has .25" seam allowance on each side.

As you may have guessed, piece "C" is like a "bird's eye view" of the oranges. It's just a circle with a 2" diameter which I laid on my fabric and traced, using the holes from the grid to line it up. This gave me a sew line when I went to sew in the cups. "D" is another circle but with a 1.5" diameter to allow for seam allowance which I also traced onto the fabric inside of where I traced "C". Then I cut out the fabric from that area, along the "D" line. When you look at your fabric now, you should have six small evenly spaced circles cut out with a circle around those holes (where you had traced "C" before). DO NOT cut along the "C" line! That would leave you with zero seam allowance!

So then you have your six little cups you've made from piece "B" plus this rectangular piece of fabric with holes and markings. Carefully pin each cup into a hole, lining up your seam allowances and the dots (from the grid) with each seam on the cups, right sides together. Sew the cups in. This part is tricky and (for me) slightly scary but it's 100% worth it when you see all your little cups sewn in  Smiley Clip the edge of the circle that you just sewed to make the cups lie flat. Pat yourself on the back and be happy you only have to do that once  Wink

The cups should look like this when sewn together:

In this picture you can see the grid again, plus the pattern pieces for the sides of the foam part that sits inside of the wood. These pieces are 5"x2" and 8"x2" plus .25" seam allowances. Cut out two of each of these plus one more "grid" piece (but don't bother with all of the holes this time, this is for the bottom) out of your fabric. Sew them up to make a nifty fabric box shape with little fabric cups on top  Cheesy Leaving one side open to slip in your foam later.

On to the foam! I used high-density foam, which they sell at Jo-Ann's and other places for upholstery and stuff. Using and electric knife (like you carve a turkey with) cut out a block that is 2" tall, 8" long and 5" wide, like your fabric box. Using your trusty grid, map out all of the holes again and trace on pattern piece "C" again, but DON'T trace "D" this time. Your tracing is done!. Using a combination of the electric knife and a steak knife I carefully carved out those circles into half-spheres that were 1" deep. Don't get too crazy with perfection here. The outer circle is what's important, not a perfect hemisphere. Just make sure the perimeter of the circle is where it should be and it is 1" deep so exactly half your orange will fit in.

Now slip your foam in the hole you left, holes meeting cups, and stitch it up. Stick in your oranges and marvel at the power of math to make things uniform. After your oranges and fabric-covered-block-of-foam-with-cups are done, you need only make a little wooden crate. Mine is scrap wood glued together (to avoid splitting the small wood pieces) with the inside perimeter measuring 5"x8" to fit the foam. I also made it a little taller than 2" because I wanted the fabric-covered-foam to sit down in a bit. Hooray! You're done! Go stick pins in it and show it to everyone you know! Cheesy
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Ultrasuede Swatches on: May 09, 2006 07:41:57 AM
So, when I inherited my Grandma's (ie my crafting mentor) craft stash among other things I received a LOT of ultrasuede swatches. Like a large shoebox full and two gallon-size bags. The swatches range from 3"x3" to maybe 6"x6" or so and every size in between. Just about every color is there, but there seem to be a lot of neutrals (tans, grays, black and whites), reds and blues along with a few houndstooth swatches, some animal print and a very interesting aqua perforated swatch (like athletic mesh, but ultrasuede.)

I was incredibly excited when I found them, but I'm having a little trouble figuring out what to do with them. They're like felt in that they're soft and they don't unravel, so I've thought about flower pins, appliques and perhaps a pincushion, but I'd really like to do something more.

Any ideas crafters?  There's so many swatches, few projects would be too large, except maybe a bedspread  Cheesy Please help, I'm itching to craft!   Grin
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / A Kiss To Build A Dream On on: August 31, 2005 02:32:01 PM
My boyfriend had his birthday a few weeks ago (near our 1.5 year anniversary) so I embroidered him a pillowcase. The theme is "our song," "A Kiss To Build A Dream On". If you haven't heard this song, go find it now! It's great, but I'm biased  Cheesy I photoshopped a headphone graphic I found online, used the sublime stitching banner and free-handed the cord. I thought it only fitting to add a picture of us smooching, which I also photoshopped and transfered with goof off. Woot.   Smiley Comments/Criticisms/Discussions on Rhode Island, Neither A Road Nor An Island



Song Title (All too fitting in a long-distance relationship!):

Gratuitous Smooch Picture (I messed up a bit with the transfer, oops!  Undecided):

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