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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Looking for a six inch 'skull' square on: May 02, 2009 05:08:53 PM
Hi all!

So after doing numerous searches here, ravelry, google, everywhere I could think of... I've come up blank. I'm making a blanket for my sister's 16th birthday in June (because I'm just that cool) and I'm doing it in six and twelve inch squares.... And she loves skulls, so I thought I'd like to stick one on there. Problem? I cannot find one ANYWHERE. ><:; Tried to make one myself, and I"m just not that good. Anyone have any tips? Even just like... A solid square I could potentially do one ON? I'm at a total loss, and any help anyone would offer would make me love you forever... Smiley

Thanks in advance!!

2  COOKING / Dessert / A rhapsody in Bacon! on: February 21, 2009 09:13:56 PM
So, it was my friend's birthday party. We have a tradition with my friends, and we have pie instead of cake. Well, this particular friend is a bacon-freak... So what did we do? We had BLTs... and I found this AMAZING recipe for... Wait for it... BACON. APPLE. PIE.

I used the recipe from "Not Exactly Rocket Science"

The pie was SO fab. We used granny smith apples, and almost an entire pound of bacon (I think we kept out like, two slices, which were consumed in the BLTs). There were five girls at the party... Between the five of us, we consumed two and a half POUNDS of bacon. It was... RIDUCULOUS.

Anyway. Here's the pie. Smiley

What do you think?
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Repo! The Genetic Opera! (The SWAP!) Signups Feb 17-March 7 sendouts March 31 on: February 17, 2009 08:21:05 AM
The swap organizer will check your Profile to see that you meet all of these conditions:

•1• You have been a Craftster member for at least 1 month.

•2• You have posted at least 15 times on Craftster.

•3• If you are a first time swapper, you will only be signed up for one swap.

•4• You are in no more than five swaps if you are not a first time swapper.

•5• You have no negative feedback.

•6• You are at least thirteen years old.

•1• You must read and understand all of the information above about participating in a swap before you organize one.

•2• You cannot organize a swap if you have any NEGATIVE feedback.

•3• You cannot organize a swap unless you've successfully completed at least two swaps at some point in the past and you have POSITIVE feedback recorded for those two swaps. (It's important that you understand how they work from the vantage point of a participant before you can organize one.)

•4• You can only be the organizer of THREE swaps at once. We've found that more than that is too much for many people to handle. As always, do not take on more than you can handle. People are often surprised at how much work it is to organize a swap.

•5• If the number of participants exceeds 25 members, either recruit a second organizer or PM your completed swap spreadsheet to a mod.

•6• You must be at least 13 in order to sign up for Craftster and therefore you must be at least 13 to organize in a swap.

At the opera tonight!

Repo! We’ve all seen it, we’ve all joined the army… Now let’s show it off!

This swap is going to be a point based swap. All participants will be expected to swap a minimum of 8 points.

Large= 3 points
Medium= 2 points
Small=1 point

If you and your partner want to discuss different requirements, let that be between the two of you. We just don’t want disappointment if you send an awesome package and get the minimum from your partner (even though, obviously, everything sent is going to be amazing.  Grin )

Some ideas:
Tee shirts, pendents, bags, Amigurimi... The possibilities are endless!

Also, if you spot something in here I'm missing... please let me know. First time organizer and all. Let's have fun!!

Remember to PM the entire questionnaire to Elensule, with subject line Repo! Swap. Our CoOrganizer is Acidtrix.


Name of Swap:
Craftster Username:
Email Address:
Real Name:
Address (including country):
Confirm you are 13: (Y/N)
Are you willing to ship outside of your own country:

Favorite Repo! Character(s):

Favorite Song:

Favorite Quote:

Tee shirt size:

Favorite colors/patterns:

What sorts of crafts can you do (i.e. knitting, crocheting, polymer clay, etc):

Any crafts you would prefer to receive:

Any crafts you would prefer NOT to receive:

Do you have any allergies (cats, dogs, peanuts, etc):

Do you have any allergens in your house (cats, dogs, peanuts, etc):

Fabulous CoOrganizer Acidtrix has made us a gallery!!!


Everyone go check out the Repo-y goodness!!!

Approved swappers:
1. Elensule
2. Kinky - 1st time swapper!
3. Kaishabackwards
4. Smashu
5. Totallyradmom0f3
6. Jeannebaby1
7. Williar13
8.Dukemanistan - 1st time swapper!
9. Jiasaykea
10. Tattooedcrafter
11. Scaramouche
12. Acidtrix
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Quasi mass production... MAybe with stretchy cord? on: January 21, 2009 12:15:53 PM
Hi all!

So my sorority has the pledges wear bracelets during pledge period (because we are a local sorority and there is no way we could afford custom pins). When I pledged, a year ago, the bracelets were AWFUL... They were navy blue and clear/silver flecked pony beads... People kept asking if we taught at kindergartens or something. Anyway, this last semester we tried braided/knotted bracelets in navy and silver cord. They were pretty, but impractical (time wise, since they take like half an hour each).

Being that I bead a lot, and I had an order to place for FMG anyway, I bought some czech glass and some silverplated round beads, in 8mm, 6mm and 4mm respectively. I am at college, however, and I don't have all my tools. This means crimping is out (and with that, pretty clasps,etc). Since we have a range of girls expected to pledge,  I used stretchy cord because I could make one size bracelet that fits a range of people.

To make a long story even longer, I don't trust stretch cord. I'm always scared my beads will cut it, or that theknot will come undone. (ESPECIALLY scared of that.) SO. I was wondering if anyone had any tips on how to make my stretchy cord... not break?

Here is my prototype bracelet, done on stretchy cord. I have put it on/taken it off several times (as have several of my friends), and I have been (GENTLY) tugging the knot as well, to check for any slippage. It's knotted like, four times, around one of the silver beads. My cord is too thick to thread through a bead again, but I'm worried about getting thinner cord, because I don't want MORE risk that it will snap... GAH. I should always remember to sleep before I post one of these. hehe. They look a little more navy (our 'main' color) in person.

Anyway, any tips?
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A spritely poppet (pic heavy!!) on: January 12, 2009 01:08:21 PM
Hello everyone! This is my sixth poppet, but the first one I have good pictures of.

She is a sprite, made of a sparkly alova suede from Joanns, hand painted green/gold eyes and some really soft sparkly yarn from my local pat catans.

She is made for my Big sister in my sorority, for our Christmas gift exchange. Smiley She has a pierced ear, a necklace made of czech pressed glass (left over from rosaries I made for Christmas presents), and a 'pierced ear' (to match me and my Big!)

Anyway, enough rambling, here she is!

Here she is naked (you can see all her sparklies!)

Here she is fully clothed

Her accidental smirk (I nicked the fabric in my sewing machine... It was perfect, couldn't do it again if I tried!) Also, a shot of her necklace and her eyes.

Naked! (Slightly crooked bits photo... My first time doing the sculpting EVER since I skipped it with the others...)

Her lovely, layered hair.

So there's my girl. I'll be sad to see her go, but I KNOW (since I kept making my Big give me 'advice') that she will be well loved... And she'll be just across the hall for the rest of the semester!

Pax et bonum,

6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Formal dress for someone who sucks at patterns? on: January 09, 2009 10:06:10 PM
Hi Craftsters!

So my sorority formal is in March, and in the past I have just gone to the thrift store and purchased a used formal dress. Unfortunately they haven't really had good selection lately, and I don't have a TON of money. I also don't much like shopping in the regular stores.

I'd like to make my dress, but after a search of craftster I haven't seen any patterns that just 'jump' for me. 

I sort of have a fabric in mind (it's a hot pink... chiffon, maybe? It's kinda stiff, frays on the edges but not massively, sort of crinkly? I'm not sure. The end of the bolt doesn't say.) Anyway, I'd like to pair that with black (I love hot pink and black together. Smiley ) I'm thinking something with a little bit of a v-line neck, maybe, and it should fall somewhere below the knee. I am fairly pear shaped, and I don't dress up often, so something I could wear again would be nice; doesn't need to be SUPER formal, just... nice.

Any ideas? I'm... really open, and I have about three weeks to start planning.

I think that my measurements are like... 40 bust, 48 waist... and I don't remember the rest off the top of my head. I'm 5'4 and fairly pear shaped. I am a fairly experienced seamstress, but I don't much LIKE patterns, so something fairly simple in the pattern would be good. Smiley

Thanks in advance!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Repo! The Genetic Opera! on: November 16, 2008 07:08:52 PM
Hey guys! So I saw Repo! The Genetic Opera this weekend, and I am still totally pumped (I've been looking forward to it for MONTHS. Literally). Anyway, I was wondering if anyone was interested in a swap based around this AMAZING movie?

It's a rock opera and it's set in a steampunky-ish dystopic future. It's amazing. You can find out more at repo-opera.com. I am in LOVE with this movie!

I was thinking December sign ups and January send outs? It is a FABULOUS movie, and I really think people should check it out... It's got some big names, and they all sing really well. For a (completely legal clip) you can look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otdH3SLNx-s. Beware, it's addictive (and probably not quite a good idea for people under 16, or the squeamish).

Still, I'm thinking Zydrate guns, double-edged scalpels... Geneco labels, Blind Mag propaganda? Anyone?
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Beginning Reupholsterer with tricksy first project on: August 23, 2008 10:39:59 AM
Hi everyone!

So my dad has this chair, this stupendous chair. He's had it FOREVER. It's just an arm chair, the solid wooden kind (I'm betting it's gonna be about 11-15 yards of fabric; it's pretty big.) Anyway, I'm pretty clear on the CONCEPT (staple gun, cardboard, take everything off so you can use it as a pattern, etc, etc), BUT. He has cats. He's had about 15 cats over the years, and they all have CLAWS. Not nice claws, in fact. I know at least one, if not both of the tops of the armrest are just... gone. (Between four kids and fifteen cats, the chair's taken a beating.)

SO., when I go home over... whenever I go home, I'll get pics, but what I want to know is, how much trouble is it going to be to try and freehand the armrests, since they won't have full 'pattern' pieces? Anyone have any ideas/tips for me? I've looked through the search and couldn't find anything... Hehe. Maybe I'm just blind?

Thanks Crafsters!!
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Mothers day... Or, my Magnum Opus. on: June 04, 2008 07:19:59 PM
Well howdy craftsters!
I finished my mom's mother's day present actually two days after Mother's day, but since I was at school she didn't get it until Memorial day.

A little back story. Two years ago (freshman year of college) I was at Walmart and saw this great yarn (Red Heart Bright and Lofty, SOO soft, even if it is an acrylic. xD I loves it). Anyway, I am a sucker for bright colors, and it was really cheap on clearance (seriously, fifty cents a skein or something ridiculous). I didn't buy any, because I didn't know what to do with it. Well, a few weeks later my mom comes up on campus and sees it and talks me into buying some, and a crochet hook. I'd tried to learn when I was younger (my mom's fiance taught me. I got as far as a chain. Sound familiar,anyone? xD) Anyway, I took a book and I taught myself using this wicked yarn. It ended up being a king size blanket worked in double crochet, just going in stripes. When I ran out of one skein I started another. I bought skeins one at a time, on clearance whenever I could. I think it was like... 16 or 17 skeins of a super bulky yarn. xD Anyway. That blanket went to my dad for Christmas. Since then my mother has been bugging me for a blanket. She wanted one 'big. In lots of colors'.

Well, I just so happened to come into a stash (yet another long story) of yarn in all sorts of color, but worsted weight. What's a girl to do? Make a big blanket, of course!

I worked it sort of in the pattern of the 'Big Bulkie Bikkie' from pumamouse.com (I've got another pattern I've used from her, too. Great stuff!). I say sort of because it's a pretty straight forward blanket. I didn't really count stitches except every few rows, to make sure I hadn't added or dropped too many. I worked it with two colors held together, and when I ran out of a color I just added another one. It ended up with a TON of ends to work in (they wouldn't all cooperate when I tried to work over them), but it is HUGE. I think the finished product weighed about 8 lbs and it is about 7.5 or 8 feet long and almost 6 feet wide. Don't believe me? xD

There it is in all its glory. Still don't believe how big it is?

That's me, there in the middle of the blanket. I'm not touching any of the edges. I'm 5'4. Yeah. It's pretty impressive. Can't see the striping (the multicolor effect is really cool IRL).

Couple more pics, because damn, I'm proud! It took me a month. xD I am very excited for it. Hehe.

You can see some more of the coloring there... My little brother decided I needed to be a blanket burrito.

There is on the pool table in my dorm lounge. See how it hangs off the edges?

xD Okay, I'm done showing off now. Thanks for looking!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Lining Question on: May 19, 2008 11:25:30 AM
Hello Craftsters!

Okay, moderately novice seamstress here. I have a project in the works (and probably will be in the works for at least a year, because I have to buy things in steps, as I have money).

ANYWAY. I'm making a cloak (YAY), because I live on the top of a COLD mountain in Pennsylvania (boo.) The pattern I am following is a Kinsale cloak pattern, and I already have the wool suiting that I am going to use as the outside (I checked with a seamstress friend; she said it would work.)

Anyway. I want to double line it, because it really DOES get cold up here, and even though I'm not replacing my coat with it, I still want to be able to wear it when it is uuber chilly. Smiley Anyway. I have been told that I can use Thinsulate to line the inside for warmth (even though it's expensive, I think it'll be worth it if it works). What I want to know is, what kind of lining fabric can I get that will be a) static resistant (my current cloak is a PAIN when it's all staticky, and I know that wool can be bad about that), b) pretty, c) not going to stick to the thinsulate, since I assume that there is a not- smooth and a smooth side and the smooth side will have to go to the wool-side, and d) able to hold up to rain, sleet, some mud etc with minimal washing, since I think that dry cleaning will probably get expensive, so I'll launder as infrequently as possible. Heh.

I know that was long winded, etc, but I will clarify if anyone needs it. Smiley



The lining I was recommended by...someone, on another forum about a year ago, is Bemberg Rayon.

Supposedly it "combines the best of both worlds: it has the soft, luxurious feeling of silk and the carefree ease and absorbency of cotton. And that's not all! Bemberg is an absolute breeze to work with, from your first cutting to the final finish. It resists heat and irons smoothly. Holds its color and doesn't shrink! " It is also supposed to be anti-static, anti-cling and machine washable and dryable (which, though I won't be doing, suggests that maybe it doesn't spot with water?)

Anyone used this?
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