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1  Help needed drafting a pattern for lace wrist cuff in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by medli on: March 27, 2010 09:57:08 AM
I'm looking to make something like this:

I'm having difficulty drafting a pattern, though. At first I thought I need to use crochet thread, but now I feel like that would be too small, so I'm thinking of moving up to a baby yarn. I've figured out that they used a shell stitch, what I think is a double crochet for the "mesh" looking part, and single crocheted around the entire thing. Any other ideas? Any help would be appreciated.
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2  Image difficulties in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by medli on: January 11, 2009 09:19:22 PM
A long time ago I bought my then-boyfriend a Scarlet Begonias t-shirt (Grateful Dead ftw!). After we broke up we lost touch, and in recent conversations I found out that he wore the shirt to tatters and eventually framed it and hung it up. I'd like him to have something a little nicer than a grody old shirt to display in his new place, so I decided that an embroidery based on the shirt would be a cute idea.

The problem? This is the largest image of the shirt I can find:

Do you think I should keep rabidly googling until I find something better? Or should I attempt to redraw the girl? (The girl and the text are all that I'm doing.) That seems to be a simple solution, but I have the art skills of a 5 year old that can't hold a crayon.

Unrelated question: how do you separate strands of floss without making a huge tangled mess? I'm so terrible at this that I always end up using six strands.

Thanks in advance!
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3  Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along in Craftalongs by medli on: January 07, 2009 06:26:14 PM
Hey poppeteers!

I decided recently at my first available moment, I'm going to make some Princess Bride poppets, mainly Westley and Buttercup.

As you can see, Buttercup has a square face shape. How can I alter the poppet pattern without making her look like a man?

Also: poppet mustaches. I'm psyched.
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4  Dumbledore Gnome in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by medli on: December 31, 2008 01:06:54 PM
I decided that I was going to make a gnome! Yay gnomes!

Sadly, he came out looking like Dumbledore. I love Dumbles, but that wasn't what I was going for. How can I make him less Dumble and more gnome?

Sorry for the shoddy webcam pic.

Happy New Years Eve!
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5  To Fill or Not to Fill... in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by medli on: November 10, 2008 03:09:20 PM
I've been working on an embroidery piece for the last month based on this stencil:

(I have a thing for stencils, I guess.)

My original intention was to simply follow the outlines and not fill it in, but I've started filling a leaf or two with a dark green color.

Question: Should I use a different color on the flowers? They've already been outlined in dark green.
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6  They'll Steal Your Vote Right Off Your Ballot in Completed Projects by medli on: October 19, 2008 12:55:11 PM

Sorry about that. I made this for my dad's birthday present. I doubt he'll see it here, since he's slightly Internet retarded (most parents are), but sometimes he surprises me with his lurking skills.

Anyways, my dad is a hippy. Long haired, jam band loving, loves nature. He's also an attorney, and I feel like sometimes those two elements creep in on each other. Such as, his entire CD and record collection is kept in the library of his office. Such as, the nice Tumi bag he takes to concerts.

I feel like his Tumi bag doesn't give him proper credit amongst the other Deadheads, so I decided for his birthday I would make him a rucksack with a neat patch on it. This thread is just for the patch. I didn't really know where to put it, so feel free to move this, mods!

My father is an Obama supporter and loves the Grateful Dead so I combined the two elements for this patch. It's made entirely of felt, but all of the facial designs (except for the eyes) were hand embroidered. It was my first shot at embroidering anything like this, so go easy, pleasy.

And the inspiration:

I love constructive criticism! Thank you for looking! (Unless it's you, Dad. Then I'm pissed.)
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7  Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along in Craftalongs by medli on: October 12, 2008 06:23:37 PM
Howl hair!
Well, it's all just tacked on now, but tell me what you think.

I'm wondering how to cover up where all the fleece meets at the top of his head. More bangs?
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8  50s Style Bathing Suit in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by medli on: October 06, 2008 08:55:14 PM
Yes, I realize that it is fall, but could anyone recommend a pattern for this sort of bathing suit?

I'm in loooooove.
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9  Plush Pocket Watch in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by medli on: October 06, 2008 04:42:16 PM
I will be dressing up as the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland for Halloween, and I wanted to make a plush pocket watch to save on money.

I want to use an iron on transfer to give the clock this face:

Other than that, I'm drawing a blank. Any cool ideas?
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10  Re: White Rabbit Costume (Help please!) in Halloween Costumes by medli on: October 06, 2008 04:32:18 PM
With my teacher's permission, I raided our costume closet and found a couple of vests!

This is vest Number 1. It has a satin inside and a wool(?) outside. To make this vest work, I would have to take it in and change the buttons.

This is vest Number 2. It's polyester, and has a more modern feel than vest Number 1. This vest is pretty cool, but it has no back.

I have no idea about what to do about the lack of back. I don't want to wear a jacket over it.



I took in vest Number 1.

Sorry about shoddy picture quality. That's webcams for you.
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