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21  CANADA / British Columbia / Beads in Vancouver on: November 23, 2006 12:08:38 PM
I just came across a new bead source in Vancouer - a lady who sells every weekend at the Vancouver flea market and seems to have really good prices (even better if you buy bulk).

Here's the website: www.beadsbeadsbeads.biz
22  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / old pattern question on: November 06, 2006 05:42:55 PM
I'm trying to follow an old pattern I found online (looks like circa 1970s) but there seems to be some ambiguity I'm hoping more experienced people can clear up!

It's for a hat - here are the first few rounds of the pattern exactly as I have them.   

The question I have is what to do at the end of each round.... turn?  join with slip stitch?

Starting at crown - ch 4, join with sl st to form ring.

Rnd1 6sc in ring

Rnd2 and 3: 2 sc in each sc

Rnd4: ch3 (to count as dc), dc in same place as sc just made, dc in next sc, repeat from around.

rnd5: sc in each dc, making an increase in every 3rd dc (to increase, make 2 sc in 1 st).  Join with sl st in 1st sc and break off.
Also - rnd4 is confusing since it says to dc in the sc just made except an sc wasn't just made, a ch3 was made.  ?  And, it seems to be missing the indication of what should be repeated.  I'm guessing I just dc in each sc all the way around?

If someone could clear up how I go from one round to the next, that would be great.  I'm just not sure what to do - is joining with a slip stich assumed - but then on rnd 5 it says explicitly to join so?

Help!?   Thanks!
23  CANADA / British Columbia / New Vancouver yarn store! on: August 18, 2006 12:42:16 PM
Saw an ad for a new yarn store opening up in Vancouver : Three Bags Full on 4458 Main St.  Grand opening August 26th.    Yay yarn!

24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My take on the book purse on: January 26, 2006 07:39:38 PM
Another project inspired by crafster, I took a stab at the book purse (and the fabric flower, also from a crafster tutorial).  This was my prototype, I have a bigger book that I hope to do really nicely with what I learned on this one.   

(I'm particularly happy with the handles on this - $0.50 plastic hairbands wrapped in blue ribbon - way better than the $10 plastic handles the craft store had on offer!)

Thanks again for all the inspiration crafster-folk!

25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / craftster inspired ribbon bag on: January 03, 2006 09:19:22 PM
I've been poking into the purses, bags, wallets board for a while and I've been inspired by a lot of the craftster genius.   In particular, the woven ribbon bags enchanted me.... so I've taken a dive into sewing and here's the result:  my small wrist wallet/bag dealie version of the ribbon bag; I love it!  

Thanks wonderful craftster folks!
26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / beaded brooch and more on: November 11, 2005 11:40:28 PM
I love poking around to see what beady things craftsters have come up with!  here's what I've been up to....

Based on easy instructions in Bead and Button Magazine Feb 2005 issue, a beaded brooch:

And a simple spiral necklace:

(there are a few other items posted on my blog, but these are the most sparkly  http://www.accesswave.ca/~yellowwood/lblog/burrito.html )
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Caterpillar bracelet on: August 08, 2005 06:39:17 PM
After seeing a lot of people in the bead forums (delphi and about.com) post pictures of their caterpiller bracelets last year, I was inspired to try one myself.  I used the instructions in an old issue of Bead and Button (Oct 02) I had.... pawed through my beads to find the goodies and worked at this off and on for quite a while.  It's finally done!  Maybe these pics will inspire someone else to try out the caterpiller.... if you like to fondle beads, you'll love this - it feels so great.

[Semi-tutorial and link to real instructions are on page 3 of the comments/replies!]
28  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Duvet cover alteration on: July 17, 2005 06:46:29 PM
Hey sewing folk.  I just got a  light cotton duvet cover that's too big in both directions and I'm wondering - if I found someone with a sewing machine and sewing skills, would it be a fairly straightforward job to resize it?   Ballpark how much would a job like that cost me?  Is it time intensive or pretty simple?

Any opinions are appreciated!   Also tips on where I might connect with someone in my city with sewing skills (I'm a poor student so I'm looking for someone with skills but not charging professional tailor rates)?
29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Beaded box on: May 12, 2005 11:44:47 PM
I've been working on this project off and on for ages - as a present for my mom... finallly finished it in time for Mother's Day, now I get to share it with you guys.  It's all beads and thread, woven together in peyote stitch using instructions from a book by Dark Hare Beadwork.

Thanks for all the kind compliments guys - here are some answers to questions that popped up...

The book is called "Little Boxes" - it's available here: http://www.beadcave.com/julia/littleboxes/index.html  You can buy a pdf version for $25US and it includes patterns and instructions for different box types (triangular, 4 sided, 5 sided, etc).

Also - it's possible to make much smaller boxes that require much less time - so anyone who is thinking of trying the project, go for it - it doesn't have to be the mega project I made mine into!

My mom was wow'ed, I think.  She's seen my other beadwork projects (which tend to be large and very time involved) so she knows it's typical for me.  Mostly I think she marveled at how small and uniform the beads were (I used delicas).

Theres no frame under the beads - it's just beads and thread.  The tension holds it all together.  Each half was made as one piece.  The bead on top - it stands up just through tension and several passes with the thread. 

(Thanks for setting me straight on the stitch name, didn't realize there was badness associated with what I called it.)

As a beginner project - if you've done gourd stitch before, then you can figure this out (with the instructions) for sure.  I'd suggest getting pretty familiar with gourd stitch first though.  Wink   

I think the only thing that keeps me going on large projects like this is NOT knowing how many hours I've put in!!   I started this easily a year ago, got interrupted by grad school and finally finished in May... easily hundreds of hours (usually in front of the tv).

In a way it does require patience, but I really enjoy it and it gives me something to do with my hands while I watch movies or tv.
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