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11  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / sepia photos need historic looking labels - ideas? on: August 18, 2013 08:58:45 AM
I have looked at dozens of heritage albums.
They are beautiful, but way too busy for me.
I want something clean and classic.  

I have a lot of very old family photos I need to preserve.  
They have been stored in acid free envelopes, but nothing else has been done.
I have wanted to put them in scrapbooks for over ten years.  
The photos are both sepia tones and black and white.

I finally realized why I had so much problem choosing scrapbook paper for my old photos.
Anything other than the classic black, looked wrong to me.
I gave in and purchased one package of mat black card stock.
95% of the photos look great with the black background.
I have also purchased several muted papers to try out a few ideas.
They all have a Victorian look with old keys, stamps, postcards, etc.
I really wanted the look of old newspaper, but there was none at the craft store.
I still have a few details to work out, but I am finally on track.


12  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / photo placement to resemble a classic photo album - how do I avoid gridlock on: May 14, 2013 11:12:08 AM

The goal is to save my travel photos from future damage and label them.

I have several albums to do, and wanted to keep the classic album look.

Q:  I have four 3.5" x 5" photos that are all horizontal.   
     I want at least three different layouts that will fit with my style in this album.
     Do you have a clever layout, so I can keep the classic album look?

I have no problem putting photographs at an angle, but can't seem to get a decent layout with four identical rectangles.

Let me show you the simple style that works for me-most of the time.

13  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / wanting to add short sleeves to my tank tops. on: April 12, 2013 07:48:42 AM
I have lots of beaded and fancy tank tops, but I am unable to wear these right now.  
I would love to add short or 3/4 sleeves to the tops.  
I am open to various sleeve patterns and long as they are shorter sleeves.
Not sure how to go about this.  
Do I crochet the sleeves and then sew them to the top?
I don't know how to compensate for the curved armholes.
I have also considered cutting the shoulder seam and removing part of the "strap".
Maybe a handkerchief sleeve would be easier.  
I have some experience with both knitting and crochet, but just the basics.

Rina's yoke might solve the problem on a few shirts.

14  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / "No SWEAT" double-sided coasters with variegated yarn on: January 21, 2013 09:57:26 AM
These are so simple to make and so very thick.  Perfect for those oversized drinks that "sweat" all over your tables.

Front side made with basic continental stitch using variegated yarn.
I used two pieces of 4" canvas for each coaster.
Worked side to side on one design and from the outside spiraling inward on the other.

Back side made with simple straight stitch.

Wrong sides together and use the loop edge stitch to join.
It didn't even make a dent in my skeins of yarn.

Color choices went with my denim blue sofa I recovered and the khaki table topper and throw pillows I made.
15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / seeking basic instructions for a double-sided mug rug on: November 10, 2012 07:23:09 AM
I was at the thrift store and found a plastic canvas "mug rug" for just $.05. It looks like many of the yarn mug rugs with the coffee cup, except it does not have fringe. I can tell it's two pieces of square canvas.  The front has the vintage mug rug design (gray and white) and the back is a solid (gray) color.  It looks like they did the front and back separately then bound the two together.  It's nice, thick and very absorbent.

How do you estimate how much yarn is needed to complete one solid coaster?

ANSWER:  approx 7 yds per side without the edge.

just wondering if I have enough yarn for a set of coasters.
The plastic canvas looks to be about 4" square.
If I understand it correctly, it has 7 stitches to the inch.

I thought for sure I would find this pattern on the net, but no luck.
In fact, I haven't found any coasters that are double-sided on the web.
Every design I found is felt backed, but this coaster looks a lot better.

I would appreciate some info on double-sided coasters.  

16  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / choosing the right size hook for tarn (t-shirt yarn) - Is there a tarn guide? on: August 19, 2012 06:22:28 PM
There are tons of tutorials for cutting t-shirt yarn.  

Which hook to use for 1/2" wide strips of tarn.

What is the standard width of tarn?  

Does one t-shirt make one ball of tarn?

Shirts come in different thickness and will affect the outcome.

I plan to stitch a gauge swatch, but need a starting place.  

I saw a place on the web with this info, but lost my bookmark.

17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / determining approximate yarn weight without a label on: March 17, 2012 06:31:20 AM
I was given tons of yarn, most without labels. I have pulled out all the worsted weight yarn, but don't know what size the rest is.

Is there a width measurement for yarn weight or pictures to compare for approx weight?

Most of these are novelty yarns and I don't even know where to begin.

For example:  I have six ball of this fun blue/yellow ribbon yarn.  It's slighter thicker than a shoelace, but the same width. Defintely heaver than a worsted weight, but ?

I have about 12 balls of yarn in various colors.  It reminds me of a silk/rayon sweater I used to own. It's smaller the the size 4 worsted, but is it a 3?

I don't have any yarn in other weights to compare it too?

Once I figure out the approx weight, is there a way to estimate how much yarn is on each ball.  


exactly what I wanted to know.  I am off to test and and label some of my yarn.

18  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Oh what a tangled yarn we weave- (how do you store balls of yarn?) on: December 07, 2011 03:51:18 AM
I have at least 30 balls of yarn.  It turns out it's closer to 80.  Most of it was given to me and already wound in balls. I was also given a large fabric tote to store them in.  How do you keep the balls of yarn from getting tangled? I tried tying the end to the ball, but it still came undone.  I have seen some ideas on the web, but they are for just a few balls of yarn.  Not really feasible for larger quantities.  What about storing the tiny balls of yarn, leftover from projects.  I also have dozens of those than are no more than 2" in size.  

I am currently organizing them. I am also on the lookout for the giant plastic ice cream tubs with lids for my smaller balls of yarn.   I may have to give in and buy ice cream.  Too bad.  I am using the oversized ziploc bags to sort the skeins and balls out.  The XL bags are big even to hold about a dozen skeins. I also have several 2 gallon size bags. It's really nice to see the similar yarns and colors grouped together.  One bag has nothing, but metallic yarn.  Another bag has this silk type yarn in it.  I feel inspiration coming on. Thanks again for everyones suggestions. 
19  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / newbie questions : crocheting in rounds, versus joining or turning -bad idea? on: September 10, 2011 05:41:16 AM
This is only the second item I have ever crocheted, so my terminology might not make any sense. Anyway...

I am making very simple chemo hats and have a basic question.  The hat is made in rounds using single crochet stitch.  I don't like turning, so I chose to use the joining method after each row. Once I finished the crown of the hat (60 sc) it repeats until the hat is long enough, roughly 8" from the top of head.  When the hat is done, I should still have 60 sc around the brim.

If I work the last section in a continuous round, what will happen?  
I realize I will have to join the last stitch, so the edge will be even.
Will the hat stretch out of shape?
Will a dc or taller stitch worked in a continuous round, be very noticable on the last row?
I have theories on how to resolve the problem, but I thought I would ask the experts.

I did the very first one that way and like how easy it was.
(I didn't read the instructions correctly, but I do like the results)
No ugly seam (except on top)
No turning.
I joined the 2nd to last row with a slip stitch, then turned and sc around the hat.
I just want a tiny edge decoration.

20  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Vintage inspired chemo hat with a sheer ribbon rosette - hdc stitch on: August 20, 2011 10:52:46 AM
I have never crocheted before, but easily made this hat. 

inspiration:  Crochet Chemo Cap With Scarf Tie by Barbara at Headhuggers.
I did make a few adjustments to it, but overall it's the same pattern
Almost the whole hat is made in the same stitch (half double crochet) 
It took me less than 24 hours to complete.
I would have finished in one afternoon, but I kept ripping out stitches. 

I replaced the scarf with a 1" wide sheer ribbon and sewed a rosette out of the ends of the ribbon. 
It has a cute scallop around the face (more half double crochet). 

If I can do it, anyone can.

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