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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Tea staining question on: May 13, 2010 12:21:13 PM
I'm helping a friend with some wedding reception crafts. She wants the table cards to look like treasure maps ( Caribbean theme). So I got some nice paper that we can tea stain. My question is should we draw the maps before or after staining?  We'll be using Stabilo fine tipped felt pens. I wish I had time to test, but of course we're in a time crunch. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help me with my pattern, PLEASE! Winsome Cardigan, Knitscene Spring 2009 on: September 08, 2009 07:49:26 AM
Hi, my name is Beth, and I need help.  This is my very first adult sized garment, and everything was going well until I got to shaping the cap of the first sleeve.  It's a cardigan with raglan sleeves, I've got the fronts and the back done, but the shaping for the sleeve does seem to make sense.  If you have this magazine and you can just look, that would be awesome, if not, I'll relay the directions here.  But basically the sleeve cap decreases to 18 stitches, the instead of binding them off all at once the directions say to bind of 6 in the first row, then 7 the next row the 5 the last row, so the result is a sleeve with a weird tab on the top.  So I did this, but can't figure out what the hell the tab is for, it doesn't line up with the top of the front or back and after I attach the sleeves I'm supposed to pick up stitches around the entire top to knit the neckband.  Anyone have any ideas?  I already checked for errata and there was none.  I'm thinking just frog it and bind off all 18 stitches in the same row. 

Seriously any ideas would be so much appreciated!.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help! My jeans are too big in the hips on: August 06, 2009 07:28:41 AM
Ever since I've had kids my waist is proportionally larger than my hips and finding jeans to fit me has been difficult, either I get a 14 and the waist is too tight or I get a 16 and the hips are too big. I have found that some brands fit off the rack, but those brands are very expensive and hard to find in a 14 or 16 anyway.  Oh, and also I'm like 6 feet tall, so I also need a 33"-34" inseam.  So I bought three pairs of Calvin Klein jeans yesterday because I found them in size 16 tall at Ross for $20 a pair and I want to do the alterations myself. The waist fits well, the hips are too wide and the butt sags, so the question is:  Do I need to only take in the outside leg seam or the inside leg seam as well?  Initially I thought I should do both places, but then reconsidered because if I take them in at the inside seam will that lower the rise, maybe?  I could do trial and error, but if anyone has tips, I'd really appreciate it!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / NOW THREE! wallets and a purse, and vegan too! on: April 13, 2009 11:38:49 AM
I've been doing some sewing with vinyl lately.  It took me a little bit to get the hang of it, but I think I'm getting there.  Most of the vinyl in these projects are remnants and all the cotton is from my stash.  The cotton in the wallets is interfaced with a medium weight fusible interfacing, the cotton in the purse is an upholstery weight fabric, also a remnant, so I didn't interface it.  I'd love to hear any feedback you may have. 

This checkbook folio was based off of this tutorial: http://elily00.wordpress.com/tutorials/wallet/

I modified the pattern for the billfold style wallet after making the checkbook folio:

And the pattern for the bag is my own, it's lined and closes with a magnetic snap.  I wish I'd thought to put pockets in, but maybe next time:

UPDATE: I made a third wallet last night.  This one holds a 5.5"x3.5" Moleskine notebook on one side and cash money on the other side.  Also with the change pocket and 4 card slots. 

I'd love to know what you all think about this.  Am I the only one who carries a Moleskine around all the time?

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Spats!! (lots of pics) on: March 07, 2009 03:36:24 PM
Mostly I just lurk around here, but I thought I'd put these up because I haven't seen spats lately. 

I get terribly obsessed about things, and a few months back I became convinced that I needed to make a pair of spats.  Convinced! I say.  After thinking about it for a few days, I drew up some rough sketches, and then started digging through my stash of fabric.  Luckily I had some brown vinyl and a suitable coordinating lining fabric!  Then I went to work making the pattern.  I basically traced the outline of some tight fitting mid-calf boots and then made about three muslins.  After I sewed them all up, I stenciled some cute little birds on the outside of each leg.  I wish I could take credit for the stencil, but I can't.  It came from a book called "Stencil Me In".  My initial idea was to make eyelets to thread a lace through, but once the spats were complete I realized it needed something massier, eyelets would have been too dainty.  So I set in grommets.  This was my first time using grommets and I LOVE the way it looks, but it was way louder than I thought it would be.   The "laces" are a vintage ribbon I had in my stash. 

I'd LOVE to hear what you all think!  It's really hard to take pictures of your own legs.

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Loop d'Loop Variation on: March 07, 2009 03:20:58 PM
I really liked the look of the loop d'loop, but was worried about it getting tangled, and I also had all these awesome vintage buttons, so I did a variation.  First I crocheted the first end piece, and attached two buttons, then I made the second end piece with the button holes, and then I started chaining.  The width between the two sides was about 80 chains, so I made some a few shorter and some a few longer so it would hang in a neat way.  I also chained about a third of the height in a plain brown yarn that coordinated with ther varigated yarn, which I believe is Lion Wool, but I'm not 100% sure on that. 

PS. sorry the pictures aren't great.  I'd just woken up and I let my 3 year old take the pics. 

7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Birthday Crown on: November 10, 2008 06:53:29 AM
My son's third birthday party was this Saturday and true to form, I started this project ONE HOUR before the party.  Good thing it was really quick.  I thought he should have a special crown to wear when he opened his presents, so I whipped this up. 

The outside is made of chalkboard vinyl, which is amazingly awesome stuff.  I was a little wary when I saw it in the store.  I thought that the chalk wouldn't write on it well or show up well, or that it would get that cloudy look, so I just bought a remnant for $2. But after using it, I was pleasantly surprised, and I'll def go back and get more.  The inside is a part of a FQ, and I used some fusible interfacing just to bulk it up a little.  Since I used the interfacing I just top stitched the two pieces together, I don't think the cotton will fray much.  I did some velcro on the back so that its adjustable.  I'd love to hear what you all think.

The little guy at his party:


8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Denim Skirt with Pleated Edge on: November 06, 2008 10:46:06 AM
My beautiful daughter requested "a skirt made from jeans with funny kicky things on the bottom". It took me a little while to get her to clarify "funny kicky things", and I think what she really wanted was fringe, but that just didn't sound practical, so we settled on pleats.  More specifically pieces of pleats and the asymetrical hem was totally her idea.  I dug in my stash to find some very oddly shaped pieces of fabric left over from making myself a skirt, and I set to work.  It is a very simple design, basically a tube with asymterical hem and pleats on the bottom.  I didn't have one piece of fabric that was long enough to go all the way around, so I cobbled together the pleats with pieces of fabric, they aren't sewn together so it has more of a fringey look.  I also didn't hem the edges, I just went around them with a straight stitch so it won't fray too badly.  I used the decorative leaf stitch on my machine (for I think the first time ever).  The bright pink thread was also my DDs idea.  She loves the finished product and proudly wore it to school the very next day.

I'd love you hear what you all think!
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / November Waves Capelet on: November 03, 2008 11:43:40 AM
I will freely admit that I did not design this myself.  I didn't use a pattern, but I saw something I liked and was at least HEAVILY influenced by that design when I sat down to make this.  So, yeah. 

I wanted a capelet, but couldn't afford one, and I had a lot of yarn already.  This was made with 6 different yarns held together.  Since the resulting yarn was very chunky it only took a few hours to make.  I'd love to hear what you think, comments, questions, etc.... More info on my new blog, if you're interested.

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Bulky Ribbed NeckWarmer in Slate and Chocolate on: October 09, 2008 06:36:49 AM
I've had to put myself on a yarn diet until I make considerable dent in my stash.  So I've been trying to make as much as I can just so I can get new yarn!!

I lost the ball band for this yarn, and I can't remeber who made it, but it's a DK weight superwash wool.  I had three balls of the slate blue color, so I held three strands together while I knitted and used a really big needle, either 13 or 15, I can't remember. It's a 2x3 rib and because I was too lazy to do a swatch I just loaded up my needles and knitted to the desired width.  When I cast off I realized it wasn't long enough, so I picked up stiches on the short end and knitted the rib in the other direction until it was long enough.  Something awesome happened then because that vertical knit piece is exactly the right length to fit under my chin and the vertical rib smooshes down for a very comfy fit, while the horizontal rib stands up and just looks awesome. 

Then I crocheted a border in a contrasting chocolate yarn.  The top is just single crochet, but the bottom and side are some super frilly double lace thing.  It has a victorian look about it, which I absolutely love right now.  The buttons I also had in my stash, which was amazing.  I don't think I could've found a better button if I tried. 

I'll shut up now and put up the pictures.  I'd LOVE to hear what you all think. 

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