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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Home Sweet Home Swap on: August 08, 2011 07:57:44 AM


I, like many of my friends, am moving off-campus this year into a beautiful house in my downtown area.  I know there are a ton of domestic divas here in Craftster land, as well as people who just like to have a little prettiness in their homes.

I was thinking that it would be nice to do some sort of swap that involves household goodies.  Whether it be a set of napkins, a tablecloth, an embroidered wall hanging, a rug, a spoon rest, curtains, or what have you, I think this would be a nice thing to set up.

It seems that this month is packed with swaps, but I did not have a particular month in mind.  I've only participated in one swap so far, so I can't organize it unfortunately.

Is there anyone that would be interested in organizing this, and is there anyone that can see themselves participating in it?
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Pageantry Arts--Colorguard/Marching Band/Drumline/Winter Guard & Drumline on: November 30, 2010 10:12:37 PM
Are there any others that would be interested in a pageantry arts themed swap?  I don't know if there's enough interest for a good-sized swap for each individual subcategory, but perhaps the whole one would have better luck.

It would involve all things colorguard, winterguard, drumline, indoor drumline, and marching band.  Crafts could include jewelry, stenciled items, knitted items (for those cold games and parades), bags for the various needs of the performer, and, of course, anything else you could think of or ask for.

What do you think?

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lace Twist Mitts on: February 14, 2010 05:19:49 PM
Shortly after finishing my lacy scarf, I found the pattern for these Lace Twist Mitts in the Fall '09 knitscene.

I finished both in three days. The first one was the most tedious; the second whipped right up.

Mine doesn't look like the picture, since I used the wrong weight yarn, but it's cool with me, 'cause I love them in all their imperfection. Smiley



Single Front:

Sorry for my zombie looking-ness Tongue
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Hand Quilting on: February 10, 2010 06:10:46 AM
I decided (after much back-and-forth) that I want to quilt by hand, but I've looked around on Craftster and a few other places and have not been able to really find too much. 

I thought I'd post what I have found for anyone who's interested and leave it open for anyone else to add suggestions and/or sources they've found helpful.


-This was entitled Basic questions about hand quilting, and has some suggestions in the comments.


-This is a series of blog posts from The Purl Bee.
*Thread basting: http://www.purlbee.com/hand-vs-machine-3-quilting/2006/10/8/thread-basting-for-hand-quilting.html
*Quilter's Knot: http://www.purlbee.com/hand-vs-machine-3-quilting/2006/10/8/quilters-knot.html
*Hand Quilting: http://www.purlbee.com/hand-vs-machine-3-quilting/2006/10/8/hand-quilting.html


-On making the knot, burying the knot, and the rocking stitch from julieree.

-Supplies, making and burying the knot and stitching from nancyellenquilts.

-A series on hand quilting from amyalamode.
*"Getting Started": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgNuRW9ycK8&feature=related
*"Threading and Making the Knot": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fHJVcbTrfM&NR=1
*"Burying the Knot": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZ2F931qgrk&NR=1
*"Thimbles": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fku9z1R2T0&feature=related
*"Stitching": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_lZRvsq53c&feature=related
*"Skipping over to a new section": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSdMvShlA04&feature=related
*"Tying off (The End Knot)": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVhJVKeTkwY&feature=related
*All in one place: http://www.amyalamode.com/blog/2009/06/21/hand-quilting-videos-at-last/

-From the Sharon Schamber Network.
*"Pinless Painless Basting" http://sharonschambernetwork.com/free_area/videos/pinless_bast/index.html
*"Basting" (same technique) http://sharonschambernetwork.com/free_area/videos/basting/index.html
*"Hoopless Handquilting" (Part Two): http://sharonschambernetwork.com/free_area/videos/hoopless/2.html
*"Hoopless Handquilting" (Part Three): http://sharonschambernetwork.com/free_area/videos/hoopless/3.html

-From Esteemarlu (I skimmed these a bit, so I couldn't tell you exactly what each video was about. They're long and wordy.).
*"Esteemarlu's Hand Quilting Tutorial #1": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgg7Hhssw1Q&feature=related
*"Esteemarlu's Hand Quilting Tutorial #2": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXg11ukKojY&feature=related
*"Esteemarlu's Hand Quilting Tutorial #3": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tISwQ3e9avw&feature=player_embedded

Technique by Jean Brown (Didn't exactly watch, but it's supposed to be a slightly different technique):

Whew! I can't believe this short little list took so much time. Please feel free to offer up suggestions, tips, and tricks, as this is my first quilt.

Hope this helps many people!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Undeterminable Quilt Top Layout. Please Help! on: February 08, 2010 08:41:13 AM
We've had no school for most of the past week, so I got started on putting together this quilt (the pieces were cut two years agoish).

Unfortunately, when I whipped this pattern of the walmart thing, I didn't notice the lack of a picture and my grandmother didn't ask me if there was one. She just told me I'd be able to do it.

I've taken an hour our two to kind of lay out some different ideas for it.  The block layouts originally put the green triangles in the four-part blocks on the right side, but after a while, I just started messing with it.

Please tell me which one you think is best/how I should change it.

Sorry for making you look at this crazy-busy amalgamation of pattern (and the pictures that my computer managed to screw up when pulling them from my phone).





6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lace Scarf on: February 08, 2010 05:52:57 AM
I made this over Christmas break (aka a while ago), but never posted it.

It started out as a pattern from some website, but it wasn't working out for me, so then I just kind of winged it.

Hope you like it!


Full Shot

Just for fun

It's kind of short (because I thought I was going to run out of yarn), but it's cozy, and I like it.
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Open House School Spirit Shirt! on: February 08, 2010 04:25:00 AM
I've looked at stuff on this site for forever, only recently gotten an account, and, this is my first project post!

The college I'm going to is having an open house for admitted students, so a bunch of us on facebook decided to have a little fun. The guys are wearing purple pants and the girls are wearing decorated yellow shirts. It's going to be a lot of fun!

So here's the back of my shirt. (JMU Dream Team/Class of 2014--I did not come up with the words, just the stencil.)

Here's the little design I chose to add to the front.

Here it is hanging between my two dressers.

I know it's not perfect, but everyone loves it and I was able to make a little tutorial and stencil for everyone that wanted to try.

Thanks for checking it out!

C&C welcome!

P.S. I'm wondering if anyone has a good link to some business with freezer paper stenciling, because I've sort of picked up that it cuts back on the bleeding a bit? I'm not a regular stenciler, but now I have a whole bottle of fabric medium and it's pretty easy, so I might as well.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Side tying a t-shirt on: January 26, 2010 07:08:40 PM
Well I've painted onto a $3 shirt I got from Joann's for an open house, but it's looking a little bland as I'm waiting for it to dry.  I figured adding some side ties would make it more feminine and interesting (besides the wonderful purple paint and squiggles), but I haven't been able to really find any advice on it.

Do you just cut up the side seams, cut sideways like you're making fringe, and then tie knots? Any suggestions/tips/things I should look out for?

Thanks in advance!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Hat Question on: December 12, 2009 03:10:47 PM
Hey, Everybody!

I have a friend whom I'm going to teach to knit in a few weeks.  She wants to learn because she's allergic to acrylic and most warm wintery stuff is made out of it, so she either has to go specialty mail-order or homemade.

We were planning on doing hats. I know how to knit on dpns and I can teach her the basic stitches on my regular needles first, but I'm looking for a hat pattern that is fairly simple so that I can teach it.

It'll be my first hat, and I have never done colorwork.  Does anyone have a user-friendly first-time hat pattern?
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