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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: August 21, 2014 11:01:34 PM
I use only sturdier ones starting from 40 deniers I think. Anything thinner than that and I tear them when putting on Cheesy So that might be the explanation for being able to darn them (I don't patch pantyhose, just socks).

Here's what I do to get everything out of my pantyhose:
- I wear them until there's a small hole somewhere (near the toes or near the crotch seam).
- I darn the hole using double yarn so that I can insert the needle through the loop in the beginning and avoid one knot. I can do this up to three or four times when new holes appear. The technique is relly simple. I just start from one end and go through the fabric alternatingly on both sides of the hole. From above through the fabric and from beneath the needle comes through the hole. This pulls the sides together and there's no need for overlap. It even streches some.
- I keep on using the pantyhose until the soles wear through. At this point I cut  to feet part of and declare the garment leggins and continue wearing them with matching socks. And darn any holes that appear.
- When the crotch area is full of seams and has lost it's stretch I might cut the leg part of and use them as leg warmers in the winter. I don't always do this, but if the colour is hard to replace this way I can have a bit more time to find a replacement while having something to match a skirt.
And then I suppose I'll start filling my bean bag with them Cheesy I hadn't thought about that option before! Thanks for the idea Smiley
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: August 21, 2014 08:06:01 AM
Thanks Smiley Since then I've darned and patched (yes, really) a huge pile of socks and pantyhose. Lets see when I run out of these. I just noticed that the socks I'm wearing have a hole in them Cheesy
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: August 18, 2014 10:40:40 PM
So here are some of the patches I made.

I really like sewing by hand so this kind of work is very meditative for me and I enjoy doing it. Also my stash of clothes that need mending and repairs is smaller now Smiley
24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: More spoon pendants.. This time galaxy themed! on: August 18, 2014 10:26:29 PM
Oh these are so pretty!
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: August 14, 2014 04:52:01 AM
J_Kieviet that's a good decision. I've been slowly donating craft supplies. I figured, my home is not a landfill, it's better someone else has a chance to use those materials.

I've been patching my sons pants lately. I'm not sure if that counts as proper destaching, but I'll post you a picture later. I use a pair of pants to cut patches for others, so maybe it counts Smiley
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: August 09, 2014 10:09:14 PM
Cute star beads! Like the hole placement especially. Looks like the beads will hang so much better than the commercial ones. How did you get them so precise?

Actually I hardly remember making these, it was such a long time ago But I think I had some kind of stamp or cutter that made the stars (I needed star shaped holes in a flat piece of clay). Then I poked through them with a wooden skewer. That's the only place the hole could be, because when the stars were still wet they would have lost their shape complitely if I'd tried to place the hole symmetrically (like I wanted). And the rest is just me being me I have high standards Cheesy some call it OCD. If I'm making something small and precise, then that's exactly what I make. Other times I just throw stuff together and declare it a finished product (like the handmade papers).
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for a name for a knitting technique on: August 09, 2014 10:01:07 PM
SUch simple solutions Cheesy I need to try these at some point.
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: August 09, 2014 11:47:49 AM
Just long enough to comfortably reach around my neck, so they might work on a child too Smiley There's a fourth one too, but I ran out of dark coloured clasps. I'll need to make a list and wait a while before I dare go into the bead store again Cheesy They sell clasps individually, but somehow I end up spending 40 euros every time I go there.
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for a name for a knitting technique on: August 09, 2014 09:50:12 AM
Thanks for the tip Smiley This sounds interesting! I don't want holes, but maybe there's a way to use this to develop something for my needs.
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: August 09, 2014 06:45:52 AM
I'm back with yet another decade long project Cheesy

Years ago I dabbled at pottery and made some project that resulted with tiny clay stars. I fell in love with those and decided to try to make beads from them. It was a risk, but they worked! The holes I'd made stayed open. I painted the stars and did nothing with them. Fast forward ten years (at least) and here they are Smiley

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