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371  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / 1st finger knitting (weaving) projects using all ten fingers!! - scarves on: August 06, 2008 05:32:58 PM
Yesterday, my daughter and I saw a link on http://www.renaissancefestival.com/forums/index.php?topic=2524.0 by gypsylakat about finger weaving (actual tut is at http://www.wikihow.com/Finger-Weave), which I think should be called finger knitting.  We gave it a try on one hand, but thought the results were too narrow.  So, I tried all ten fingers!  Very easy and quick to make.  Here are a couple I just made last night:

plain white

red and gold - (I used 2 colors, one on each hand, at the same time and switched after several passes.)

Any questions on how we did it, just ask.  I'd love to hear what you think.

Here are some pics of my hands.  Forgive the quality.  My 5 year old had to take them.

372  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Can Tab Shoes on: July 28, 2008 06:28:26 AM
Thanks, everyone, for the replies.

I know it's hard to believe, but they are very comfortable, but we have discovered they can be very slippery on linoleum surfaces.  Smiley

The idea started as a joke as did pretty much all my other can tab projects.  To create the shoes, I looked at several websites with different style shoes 'til I found styles that would be easy to create and matched mom's personality.  Pointed shoes worked well because the weave pattern I use creates great triangular shapes.

Anyone who wants to try it, go ahead and make a pair based on my pattern and show us what you come up with.  Smiley  You could easily put a flat sole on the bottom instead of all tabs.
373  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: My big medieval brading adventure part one *IMG obese* on: July 12, 2008 08:42:11 PM
That is lovely.  Hopefully, I can find a worthy excuse to try more tablet weaving.  I love that you really don't need any special equipment.  But, it never hurts.  Smiley

Please post more of your braiding/weaving adventures.  Very inspiring.
374  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Vintage inspired Tie-On Slippers "The Elle" on: July 11, 2008 09:05:51 PM
Very cute, simple and practical!  Bravo!
375  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Gladiator sandals from bicycle inner tubes on: July 11, 2008 08:51:23 PM
These are pretty cool.  Superb craftiness!
376  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Can Tab Shoes on: July 11, 2008 08:32:07 PM
How about some shoes made out of can tabs?  That's right.  They are made from soda and beer can pull tabs.   Grin

Probably not the most practical thing.  Once lined, though, it is rather comfortable.  It took almost 300 tabs per shoe, and took 2 days to make the pair.  I hadn't added the lining or finished off the loose ends in the pic.  I'm looking for some jewels to hang in the ring in the fruit can tab at the tip of the toes.  The pic shows a couple bells in it.

More about these silly shoes, including a pattern, can be seen here:

377  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Soda Can Tab Bodices and other crazy stuff on: July 10, 2008 05:20:59 PM
I love your work, especially the bodice
 and the Pirate/Cavalier Hat, and that cute little crown.

any tips on how to do the crown?

The crown was made with 2 gold shoelaces, the square-style tabs (because they taper), several larger fruit/soup can tabs, a found clasp, and some rimmed jewels from the hobby store.

As tips go, not sure what you want to know.  I will just explain what I did, and, you can ask questions.

I weaved the square tabs back to back on the bottom holes (it takes twice the number of tabs that you see in the front).  And, repeated the same weave on the top holes adding in an row of square tabs and the soup/fruit ones into the back side of top holes.

The rimmed jewels I found have 2 spikey prongs on the back spaced exactly 1/2" which aligns perfectly with two tiny indentions on either side of the round hole on the square tabs.  I used an old steak knife and a rubber mallet to puncture the indentions and push the jewel prongs in the holes I made.  Then, I bent the prongs toward the center and pushed them into the hole on the tab so they dont catch on anything.  NOTE:  You must add the jewels to the tabs before weaving onto the crown.

I glued the ends of the shoelaces down to itself in the back with fabric glue.

For the clasp, which isn't necessary, I used one of those links from a metal western belt which is a bent flat piece of metal shaped like a number 3.  I closed one end around the last tab of one side of the crown and left the other slightly open like a hook.
378  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Soda Can Tab Bodices and other crazy stuff on: July 10, 2008 08:59:05 AM
I'm so happy!  I just scored a huge ziploc bag of tabs from the local recycler!  (Pathetic to be excited over, huh?)  They're starting to recognize me, I think.  I've been bugging them to let me remove the tabs off the cans before they crush them, but they wouldn't budge.  But, yesterday, someone brought in a bag of tabs, and they just gave it to me.  Yay!  Persistence pays off!

PuNkY*BrAtZtEr, just give me a month to be elligible for swapping.  I'm pretty stocked up on tabs, now.  I might be able to spare some tabs for use on something besides projects for me and my family. Smiley  You've got some really creative stuff, too.  Your Nintendo controller belt was great! 
379  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: My big medieval brading adventure part one *IMG obese* on: July 10, 2008 08:34:08 AM
Very nice braids.  I like the yellow/white spiral one.  Your last one is nice, too.  Those broad ones remind me of card (tablet) weaving.  (My attempt at a sample:  http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee2/thinnen/other%20projects/tablet_weave_1.jpg)  Very easy to do.  Have you tried it?  If you're interested, here is the link to the tute I used:  http://homepage.ntlworld.com/shelagh.lewins/shelagh/viking_textiles/TW01/TW01.htm

I humbly respect you patience learning all those braids.  I recently posted a 12 plait whip I created to practice my braiding skills.  On it I had to drop strands to get the taper.  Very fun but time-consuming.  I see now why whips can be so expensive.
380  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Soda Can Tab Bodices and other crazy stuff on: July 07, 2008 01:54:54 PM
Thanks again, everyone for the feedback. 

stelloun, though we contribute some of our own tabs, most come from places near us and friends.  No matter how many we get, we never seem to have enough, though.  Smiley

jezebel_1982 , yes, they are very cheap and eco-friendly.  We actually get money back when we take the cans in to be recycled.  So, technically, we get paid for making stuff.  Hehehe. 

We use mostly reclaimed fabric from old clothes or thrift store remnants, as well.  As for structure, not quite sure what you mean, but it can be as stiff or flexible as you want it depending on fabric choice and how tight the weave is.  My mom's bodice required paint stick boning.  Mine required none at all because of the style, and the fabric strips were not as stretchy.

I'd be happy to help anyone who wants to try to make something like these.  I've posted a few directions on my blog link above.  If I've missed anything, let me know.  It's pretty easy once you get the hang of it.  BTW, if any of you use the patterns I posted in the blog, I ask that you please show me the results.  I'd love to see what you come up with.  Smiley

The shoes were created on a whim just to see if I could do it.  Yep, you can create just about anything imaginable!  Next, we are going to try a pair of pirate boots.  My daugther also wants a pair of pink shoes, now.
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