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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crocheting with unconventional materials on: July 08, 2010 06:45:11 PM
Hi! I have two questions that I thought might make for interesting discussion:

1. I want to crochet a translucent ball for an amigurumi project, and I'm having trouble figuring out a good material to use. I tried fishing line and it was way too difficult to work with. I also tried cutting a clear plastic produce bags into strips -- it was much easier to work with, but it loses its transparency when squished up and stitched. Has anyone here ever crocheted with clear elastic-y jewelry/beading cord? Or something like this?

I would consider something that gives a feeling of translucency, like a very sheer, shiny ribbon if you think that might work well. I'm also open to any other suggestions anyone has!

2. What's the weirdest, non-yarn material you've ever crocheted with? I've heard of "plarn" made from plastic grocery bags, or making jewelry by crocheting wire... but I'm curious to know about what other unconventional things are crochetable.  Grin

As I mentioned, I've tried fishing line and plastic bag strips... Also: wire, pipe cleaners, Xmas garlands, various kinds of cording and string, fabric strips, plant stems... Sometimes I'm trying to get a particular effect, and sometimes I just want to see if it can be done.  Wink
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / The Adventures of Lolo - Lolo and Snakey (slightly pic heavy) on: August 12, 2009 06:28:39 PM
From the Nintendo NES series, "The Adventures of Lolo", I am proud to present: Lolo and Snakey!

In case you're not familiar with the games, here are links to the sprites I used for reference: http://tsgk.captainn.net/sheets/nes/adventuresoflolo_enemy_sheet.png (Snakey is the top left character)
http://tsgk.captainn.net/sheets/nes/adventuresoflolo_lolo_sheet.png (Lolo)

Lolo was pretty simple to make, since he's basically just a ball with a tail, arms, and feet. Snakey was more of a challenge, being kind of U-shaped... But I'm really happy with how both of them turned out, especially Snakey.  Grin I plan to eventually do the other characters and some of the important objects in the game, too!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bubble Bobble Clock on: July 11, 2009 01:58:33 AM
Hello everyone. Here is my latest completed stitchy project: a Bubble Bobble clock!

I started with a cheap plastic clock from Ikea, disassembled it, traced the paper face onto black aida fabric, made a few reference marks, and just began stitching. I chose the sprites as I went (they're all from the Nintendo/NES version of the game), and had to capture the "Hurry!" sprite directly from the game myself since I couldn't find it on the internet. I also stitched little 2x2 squares for the 12 hour markers, and painted the black hands white so they'd show up against the background.

Bubble Bobble is quite possibly my favorite game ever, so it was really hard for me to narrow it down to only 6 characters to put on the clock, but I didn't want it to look too cluttered. And I just had to include "Hurry!" because I'm always running late. Cheesy
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / eat your veggies -- super mario bros. 2 on: January 06, 2009 05:41:32 PM
Here's my most recently finished piece. It was inspired by my recent transition to vegetarianism (and of course, my love of video games and crafting Wink). I designed it using sprites from Super Mario Bros. 2. The font is from the game, also.

If you are a fan of the game, you might notice I played with the colors a little bit, just to make it a little more interesting. I felt Wart especially needed a little embellishment, since the original game sprite was only green, white, and black:

Don't you just love the look of horror on his face?  Cheesy
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Michael Jackson purse for sister on: December 26, 2008 12:34:22 PM
This is my first purse/bag (and my first real, completed sewing project) and I know it's not perfect, so please be kind. Smiley It was a gift for my sister, who is a life-long Michael Jackson fan.

I used the famous Jordy bag tutorial and the zippered-pocket tutorial https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=11808.0, and made a few small modifications. I made it to be roughly the same dimensions as my own purse, which is about 8"x12"x3".

First I completed the most important feature of the bag: I cross-stitched a sprite of Michael Jackson from the Sega Genesis game, Michael Jackson's Moonwalker, on a piece of fabric for the front of the bag using some waste canvas. I outlined him with some metallic floss to make him really stand out. Smiley He's about 4" tall.

I lined the bag with a fabric to match Michael's blue shirt, added the zippered pocket, and a magnetic clasp.

I also added a big, deep pocket across the back, lined with the same fabric as the inside.

It was way more work than I realized it would be, but she seemed to really like it. Smiley
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / my ambitious first cross-stitch: obscure video game monster on: November 15, 2008 07:39:18 PM
Silly me, I thought this would be a good beginner project (though compared to what I'd wanted to do first, it is!). Then I saw the stitch count after I printed the chart - almost 4200 stitches!  Shocked It took about 2 1/2 months to complete, but only because I sort of lost momentum after the first two weeks. I chose the red cloth so the brownish-green would really stand out. I used 12 colors and it measures about 6" by 5 1/2" on 14-count.

So here it is, a Lavos Spawn from Chrono Trigger!  I plan to stitch more characters from the game to go along with it.

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / New to sewing, confused about fabric choices... Please help! on: April 29, 2008 05:45:01 PM
I'm sure this has been discussed before, but the advanced search function isn't working and I'm feeling impatient. Tongue

I'm pretty new to sewing. I've messed around a bit, done some little alterations and some craft projects, but I want to try making myself some clothes from scratch. I bought a sewing machine and a few "easy" patterns to start with (McCalls M5380, M5138, M5633, and M5431)... but I'm pretty clueless about what type of fabric I should use. I've walked through some fabric stores recently, and am always drawn toward the quilting section because of all the pretty prints. I feel like this is probably a silly question, but: Is using quilter's cotton for clothing (e.g., the skirt and dress patterns I bought) a horrible idea? If so, what should I be using? I want something that will be relatively easy to work with for a newbie, AND turn out nice-looking and wearable if at all possible.  Smiley
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