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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 47 ENTRIES / Paper Shopping Bag (img heavy) on: February 02, 2010 10:22:49 AM
I've seen the previous entries and I'm amazed!

This is the first challenge where I participate because I had immediately an idea about how I want to make it and in some ways it worked ;-))

I made my bag from paper (magazine pages) and a plastic bag and it is amazingly robust - even better than I've hoped for ;-))

That's how the paper shopping bag looks or should have looked, respectively, because I haven't finished the handles (more on this topic where I describe the problems I encountered making this bag ;-))
I added the handles on this photo digitally to show how I planned it.

These are both sides of my bag.
I used clippings from a travel brochure on the outside which made the bag more colourful and gives me even wanderlust ;-)

The bag is just a large rectangle of
  • 1 layer (inside) of cut open plastic bag,
  • 3 layers (strengthening) layers of pages from a TV guide and
  • 1 layer (outside) of clippings from a travel brochure
sewn crosswise (the black lines) and where I've sewn the sideseams.

This is the inside of the bag, I 'lined' it with a cut open plastic bag to make it possible to wipe the bag with a damp cloth.

These are the items I can put into my bag, 1 l juice, half a kilo of bread, 2 appels, an orange and 5 tangerines in short a little shopping ;-)
I wasn't sure whether I could carry them, too...

...but the bag is robust enough to hold them without problem ;-)
(The notes about the handles are still further below ;-))

And here you can see the problems I encountered (partly because I'm completely unexperienced in sewing ;-))
Next time I will make a better bag because I know now where the problems lie, but this first bag is so scruffy that I will not run around with it.
I planned to make the handles as an I-cord filled with plastic bags which are knotted together (instructions for a filled I-cord here on craftster) but the making of the handles takes a lot of time and so I didn't make any for a bag that I won't carry around ;-)

I wanted to sew (and have somehow sewn ;-)) lines but it was much more difficult than I thought.
Therefore I made a mental note of some points for the next bag:
  • The paper for the outside should be better joined (1).
    I think it even best to lay and sew on a layer of transparent (non-adhesive!) foil or plastic bag, then it is also possible to wipe it on the outside with a damp cloth.
  • Practise sewing before, so that 1st my thread doesnt tear (2) and Ill be 2nd hopefully able to sew straight lines ;-)
  • The crinkling (3) happened when I rolled up my large paper rectangle several times this way and the other to be able to sew it.
    Paper that is crinkled often get fabric-liker, so I didnt find it bad.
  • I laid the clippings from the travel brochure so that they all meet on the underside of the bag (4) with the effect that it looks untidy.
    Next time Id put a broad stripe of coloured paper over the folding line of the bag.
  • Ive sewn the side seams on the wrong side because I wanted to turn it after just like a fabric bag.
    Next time I will sew them from the right side because the turning was incredibly difficult and I simply couldnt turn the corners completely.
    Thats why it has these chic rounded corners ;-))

Well, in principle I like it and perhaps I will start another one later Smiley)
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Entrelac Sampler on: November 16, 2009 03:25:58 AM

I really love entrelac patterns, but when working them I get bored much too fast to be able to knit an item in entrelac pattern (usually after the first two rows ;-)).
Then I thought: ‘Who says that I have to knit stockinette or garter stitch only?’ and designed an entrelac pattern with 12 different, mostly traditional knit-purl patterns.

I’ve even been able to knit a whole scarf in this pattern which never happened before ;-))

entrelac 2.0 knit-purl looks beautiful from both sides, and because most of the proposed patterns don’t curl it works wonderfully ;-)

I created a PDf file to describe what I have done exactly.
You can get the file from my blog.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Clothesline Knitting or Filled I-cord on: July 23, 2009 02:34:17 AM

Recently I thought about how to make low-priced purse handles. I wanted to make them from the same yarn that I will use for my purse but I didnt want to have a simple I-cord because Im always knitting very loose and the cord gets much to flexible for a purse handle.

Then I thought about 'Clothesline Crochet' (see my blog entry) and thought that this must be possible with knitting, too.
It is ;-))

Thats what you do:
I choose a thick ready-made cord to cover with knitting.
The number of stitches to cast-on depends on the size of the cord, the yarn and the needles (try it!), in this case I used five stitches.

So, cast-on the stitches, lay the inner cord in (see photo) and knit the first stitch over the inner cord.
The inner cord will be trapped in the stitch.

Then knit simply the rest of the stitches, lay the inner cord a little beside (see photo).

In the next row lay the inner cord again over the left needle to the right of the thread just as in the first photo, knit the first stitch over the inner cord and knit then the other stitches.
Knit in the same way until you reach the desired length.

Somewhere (and I really dont remember, where) I saw a tutorial where they glued on hairbands to make the purse handles.
I thought that I should be able to knit around the hairbands just as I knitted the inner cord, but it didnt work.
What however worked was knitting an I-cord and threading the hairband into, so that the hairband is covered and I even have threads to sew the handles onto the purse.

This is a copy of my blog entry 'Clothesline Knitting or Filled I-cord'
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hand Knit-Weave on: July 23, 2009 01:55:02 AM
I discovered recently knit weave (see photos of machine knit woven pieces at flickr, ie.) - and I like it ;-)

Knit weave is mostly worked on knitting machines by laying a thread on the stitches. This thread is then trapped in the stitches and can be seen sometimes on the front side, sometimes on the back side of the item.
I found this interesting and thought that it should be possible to do this by hand.
I didnt find very much (see links at the end of this thread), therefore Im reporting my own experience here.
Just a note: knit weave can be translated in German by Webstricken, but when googling Webstricken you get quite different results: there are knitting needles where you can thread in an extra thread that will be worked in your item when knitting. But it looks different from my knit weave.

Thats what you do:
In principle you carry an extra thread with you that will be laid on the front side and the back side of your work, alternately. Thats like weaving: the weft will be brought over and under.
I suggest not to let the extra thread lay on one side longer than four stitches. The float will get too long and your fingers can get caught.
Always check the extra thread tension to prevent it from hanging or contracting the knitted stitches.
You can see best what Im talking about when checking the following examples:

My first item.
I knitted the yellow item in a rib pattern two knit-two purl to prevent it from curling.
While knitting I carried a red thread that I always laid two stitches on the front side and two stitches on the back side of my work.
The back side looks similar.

These are both patterns I used for my first item.
A filled square means: lay the thread on the front side of your work, an empty square means therefore lay the thread on the back side of your work.

My second item: This time I used kitchener stitch and I was pleasantly surprised to see that the item nearly dont curl when knit woven.
Note: Ive been told that this is not the kitchener stitch but the stockinette stitch.
In the end it doesnt matter which stitch you use (to a certain point ;-)), but I see that I have still lots to learn about the English knitting vocabulary ;-)).

Here the back side: just as with multi-coloured knitting.

That is the diamond pattern I used for my second item.

Then I wanted to know whether it works with two colours, too.
I think it does ;-))

The item gets however quite thick because of the many yarns.
Besides Im sure that you can make the whole thing much neater ;-)

So, that is the two-colour pattern.
A square filled with a filled square (eehm) means: dark blue thread on the front side of the item, a square filled with an empty square means: light blue thread on the front side of the item, an empty square means: all extra threads on the back side of the item.

In the end I just played around with an extra: I knitted the (hmpf!) square from outside to inside in kitchener stitch by knitting three stitches together in the corners in every second row.
I carried the gray extra thread that I laid on the front side every second row shifted for one stitch.

Unfortunately I blocked the square made from acrylic yarn too hot, that s why I cant get it square anymore ;-(

Here you can see the back side of the square.
The pattern is inverted and look also nice.

What I want to try next:
  • In the links you can find photos combining knit weave and lace knitting, I like this.
  • I want to carry a funky yarn once to see if one can still recognize the patterns.
  • I havent tried yet whether you can carry more than two extra threads.

Short Description Knit-woven Effects

Photos of machine knit woven pieces (with lace knitting)
Photos of machine knit woven pieces at flickr

Knit-Weave Patterns

A short movie about the technique that she uses there to weave in fur yarn => look there for Hand knit-weave technique

Meine kleine Buchkritik My little book review: Kathleen Kinder, The technique of Knitweave) (German and English): actually I refer to the pictures because the reviewed book is about machine knit weave

This is a copy of my blog entry 'Hand Knit-Weave'

5  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Same cord with fingerloop and Kumihimo on: July 23, 2009 01:14:44 AM
These two cords are made with Kumihimo (inner cord) and fingerloop (outer cord) and show both the same pattern Smiley

Recently somebody showed me a simple yet beautiful finger loop pattern.
At home I tried it directly again, it is the outer cord (above and below), I braided it first to the left and then to the right.

Then I thought that I worked such a pattern in Kumihimo already, but the one I made worked a little different.
Therefore I transcribed the new finger loop pattern to a Kumihimo pattern (the middle cord on the photo).
The Kumihimo cord became much sturdier because I used quite a heavy weight.

Both are braidung techniques and I reckon that every finger loop pattern can be translated to a Kumihimo pattern but surely not the other way round.

Afterwards I did some research and found that my finger loop pattern has been described on the pattern page of the Fingerloop Braids Website as A lace bend rounde of 8 bowes c. 1475′ (viz. it is done with 8 loops in place of 6 loops in my case) but I never understood the notation ;-))

If you are interested in seeing how both techniques work take a look at my blog entry where I published several photos to show how to make the fingerloop cord (for all those who had problems with the notation on the Fingerloop Braids Website, too ;-)) and diagrams showing the steps for the Kumihimo cord.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Unexpected Sashiko Embroidery Template on: July 23, 2009 12:58:14 AM
This little Sashiko embroidery is worked on paper to be glued on a greeting card.

I like how it turned out and the template for it is our toilet paper ;-)
It has such a nice imprint made of pressure points that can easily be used for Sashiko embroidery by using alternately the left and the right side of the points as needle entry points.

Therefore I trace-pricked the pattern of the toilet paper (top left on the picture) on paper (bottom right on the picture) and embroidered it in two colours.

Here a look at the backside.
I will glue it on a card and send as a greeting card.
To people who use different toilet paper ;-))

(You can find this entry on my blog unikatissima's)
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Paper Crazy Quilt Card on: July 02, 2008 12:49:55 AM
I love Crazy Quilts, because it is a kind of Freeform work, but I dont like sewing. So I began to make my quilts on and with paper.

I didnt only embroider the seams but I also used some fancy stitches like French Knots e.g. (the red dots on the photo) onto the surfaces.

To make your own Paper Crazy Quilt, find matching papers and cut them into pieces. On the photo I used rectangles, but the typical Crazy Quilt distribution is also beautiful.
Glue the collage on thin paper and then begin embroidering (carefully!) as if it was a real Crazy Quilt (here is an online class for Crazy Quilts).
To finish you glue or embroider your Paper Crazy Quilt on cardboard.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Kumihimo Beads on: July 02, 2008 12:41:29 AM
I always wanted to make beads from Kumihimo and now I figured out, how to.

See photo of my first Kumihimo beads, made from cotton thread

See photo of my second Kumihimo beads ;-), made from acrylic yarn

See a freeform peyote pendant worked around one of my Kumihimo first beads

What to do:
Make your Kumihimo cord. I worked about 20 rounds.
When finished, pull all threads into the bead.
(If you don't know how to make a Kumihimo cord, search here at craftster or take a look at my blog)

And that’s where the problem lies:
If you make the Kumihimo cord ‘the normal way’ you won’t have enough place into the bead to pull all 16 threads in (8 threads at each side of the bead in my case).
I tried different techniques to ‘reserve’ a place for the thick bunch of threads. The best one I found was making a bundle of 8 threads of the same gauge and using it as ‘filler’, that means, working around them.

See photo of the braiding process with 'filler'

The technique is far from perfect and I hope that you will give suggestions to enhance it.

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Lacy Scarves on: June 28, 2008 12:25:40 AM
Hey everybody,

If you like lacy scarves too and don't have 'enough' patterns, try to use crochet edgings and sew or crochet both back-to-back together.

You can see two more photos and get some links to free crochet patterns on my blog.

Happy scarf-crocheting ;-)
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