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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Day of the Dead/Beautiful Lady on: January 26, 2013 06:35:28 PM
One of the things I love about Craftster are the swaps, and one of the things I love about the swaps is that I can make things I would never make for myself.  I made this beautiful lady for redstar13 in the OPS.  While she wouldn't exactly fit my decor, it was hard to let her go.  The more I worked on her, the more I loved her.  In addition to several embroidery stitches; I used fabric paint, crayon tinting, and of course the rosary. 

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Owls Altered Matchbook on: June 08, 2010 07:48:54 PM
This is my first altered matchbook and I'm totally hooked.  I am just watching and waiting for an excuse to make another.  I didn't make the very best glue choices, but hopefully I'll get better with time.




I'd love to hear what you all think Smiley

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Felt book with a difference... on: June 08, 2010 03:15:33 PM
I made this felt book for a swap recently.  The little girl's name was so short, so I decided to do a counting book rather than a name book.  It's the first one I've made and I couldn't believe how much fun it was. 

I'm sure I'll make more of these, so I would love any C & C you may have.  Thanks!

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Creepy Rag Doll...with a twist on: May 01, 2010 02:40:46 PM
I made this doll for a swap recently and just loved her.  I had always wanted to make an
awake/asleep doll but making her as a kind of gloomy gal was even more fun.

In her daywear:

And in her nightgown and nightcap:

And one of her mid-turn:

I wish I had better photography skills so that I could do her justice.  I learned a lot about doll making while I worked on her and can't wait for the chance to improve my skills.  For my first one, I think she turned out okay.  Hope you like her.  Any suggestions are welcome.

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Need help... again on: January 22, 2010 05:54:03 PM
When I make something from a pattern, like a dishcloth, my knitting has a definite "similar" pattern to the one shown, but something is always a bit off.  I'm knitting a dishcloth now that is called stacked barrels.  I like what I'm making, but it does look different from the picture. 

I was taught to always have the knitted piece on my left needle with the already knitted portion facing the inside (or right).  That of course means that when I finish the row, the knitting is on the right needle so that switches hands and becomes my left needle ( which I position so that once again the knitted portion of the piece is facing right or inside)  Make sense?  Does it sound like I'm knitting correctly?

I hope I explained that well enough.  You don't know how much I appreciate being able to get advice from the people on this thread.  I have absolutely no knitters in my life so I'm just trying to get this right without a lot of help or support.  I've wanted to knit all my life and I'm determined to stick with it this time.  Thanks!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / knitted granny squares? on: January 09, 2010 07:00:39 PM
I love granny square blankets but I only see them in crochet.  Can you make a granny square blanket with knitted squares?  If so, do you know of a tutorial or pattern?  Thanks!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Brand new at knitting and I need to know... on: July 30, 2009 06:05:50 AM
I just took a knitting class (really a short workshop) on Sunday.  I've got the knit, purl, cast on, cast off.  I'm still having a terrible time getting my tension right and getting wonky stitches but I guess that will improve with practice. 

My actual question is about the way I hold my needles.  I've noticed that I tend to prop the end of my needle (the left one of course) on my lap or stomach so that it is kind of standing up.  I have tried to just hold my needles like a normal person, but I can't seem to control everything properly when I do.  Should I just hold the needles the way it feels right to me, or is it important that I stop propping and try to hold it in the air?  It doesn't seem to matter now, but of course I haven't actually tried to make anything yet.

Thanks for your help.  I'm so excited about knitting and I'm so glad that you guys are here.  I'm sure as I get into it, I'll be visiting this board (and it's archives) quite often.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / I Spy Swap on: January 31, 2009 01:14:22 PM
I don't know if it's been done, but what about an I Spy swap?  The medium could be I Spy bags, tubes, even stitchery or painting.  Everyone seems to enjoy the whole "I Spy" thing. 

I would never try to organize a swap; I'm not computer savvy enough, but I would definitely join a swap like this.
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / why is this happening? on: January 24, 2009 01:01:05 PM
I used something like Wonder Under to attach an applique that I made to my fabric.  Now when I go to machine applique it, you can see the needle holes in the fabric and they don't go away.  I assume it's because of the thickness/stiffness of the backing, but what is my alternative?  Everyone has told me that the fusible materials make machine applique so easy, but I'm tempted just to go back to the old way. 

I would really love any tips and advice that you can give.  Thanks!
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / buttonhole on a narrow cuff... help please ! on: December 07, 2008 05:32:38 PM
I am sewing... trying to sew... a narrow fabric cuff bracelet for my daughter.  She found a cute button that she loves and wants the cuff really just to showcase the single button.   She wants the cuff a little less than an inch wide (no problem there).  The trouble is that when I try to center the buttonhole on that thin strip of fabric, I lose the center line.  I can't see the cuff under the buttonhole attachment.  Any ideas?  Thanks in advance...  its so nice to have an army of experts a click of the mouse away!
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