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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / i couldn't make this up... on: June 22, 2009 06:20:05 PM
i'm attending a theatre conservatory intensive this summer and my teachers are phenomenal. the bag i've been carrying is one i crocheted out of kroger bag yarn and once they figured out that that's what it was they were incredibly excited about the prospect of selling them- remember, these are actors, and that's not a lucrative profession on the whole Smiley. several of them have put in orders for me to make them bags, bless them, and are offering to advertise for me in their hometowns (which are all across the country); they're basically helping to put me through college.

that was the backstory. thanks for sticking with me.

the day after we talked about it, my stage combat teacher (who was especially taken with the idea of making things out of bags) came in with an enormous trash bag of bags for me to use. of course, being the tough, wiry, stuntman type, he doesn't particularly want a purse but has been teasing me about making him a pair of shoes, a wife, a motorcycle, etc. out of kroger bags. so now the dilemma- i desperately want to make him a motorcycle out of kroger bag yarn. it's the power of suggestion, totally the craftster blessing/curse. you've been through this, i feel sure.

all that to ask, do any of you have a pattern or know of one? i see everyone do all this amazing crocheting fried eggs and little animals and god knows what else so i kind of figured, there has to be some sort of motorcycle pattern out there. i'd wing it but really, i'm a knitter. i can crochet, obviously, as i made that first bag, but i'm not secure enough to just go with it. if you could help me i'd appreciate it so much!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / STAINS!!!! on: July 20, 2008 06:47:35 PM
My great aunt, shortly before she hit ninety, was cleaning out her home and gave me a lot of her old crafts that she never got around to doing. Great stuff- little kid aprons shaped like dolls for my mom when she was about three--- stuff that people are calling vintage nowadays and selling on eBay, and I LOVE it. Problem- age stains. Case in point- a beautiful piece of white cotton pillow tubing, still not cut apart, with a design of flowers stamped on it and the label for the store a piece of paper pinned to the fabric. The store, incidentally, hadn't existed for about fifteen years. My mom's eyes popped when she saw it; it was great. Anyway, in a time-honored tradition of procrastination and craft ADHD (YARN BOUTIQUE! *raids*) mixed with a healthy dash of the kind of ADHD inherent in 12 year olds, they sat for about four years and I've just now finished them. Long story short, I need something that will treat the stains but not ruin the embroidery. Any ideas? I did have to embroider them before I tried to clean them because the pattern would have washed out and all would have been lost. Help would be greatly appreciated.
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