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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / crochet halter bikini top, possibly slightly NSFW, 2 images on: June 04, 2009 09:24:00 PM
I think the crochet bikini is one of those projects that a lot of hookers (pardon the term if it offends) end up doing. Potholder, scarf, hat . . . bikini. Well, once I finished the top I realized I had no desire to make the bottom half so a lone halter it remains. I'm fairly pleased with it, though I doubt I'll be wearing it out of the house.

2  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / should I try to fix these, or salvage the material? on: May 13, 2009 07:58:42 PM
I bought a pair of black knee-high vegan "leather" boots with chunky heels awhile ago and I really don't want to give them up but I don't know how to fix them. Here are the problems:

- A half size too small, or possibly a bit less.
- Cause me agonizing pain to walk in, but not, I think, because of the size.
- I think the sole is too narrow, but the shoes aren't. Because when I try to walk in them my feet don't want to stay straight, they curve inward and down, like I'm trying to walk on my insteps not the whole foot. But the heels don't slope inward.

I know I could try gel pads and that sort of thing, but that would make them a bit tighter when they are already too small. I know I could stretch them out, but that wouldn't do anything for the sloping feet issue. Any ideas?
3  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Wonder Woman decoupage shoes, 5 pictures on: May 12, 2009 02:41:59 PM
I had this pair of chunky black Mudd shoes and while they weren't awful or anything, I thought they could be better. Sooo I cut up an issue of Wonder Woman (#29, April 2009) and did a decoupage collage thing, put on a few layers of glossy ModPodge, and now I'm very pleased with them. I went back and forth as to covering the heels, but ultimately I'm glad I did. It was all a bit more work than I expected but I certainly think it was worth the effort. I am sorely tempted to go thrift-store hunting for more shoes and make a whole collection, using different comics series' I love.

They are sans shoelaces right now. I've tried a few different combinations of red, blue, and yellow thread and/or yarn, but nothing has really looked right. I'm thinking of picking up some ribbon instead.

Right shoe, outside:

Right shoe, inside:

Left shoe, outside:

Left shoe, inside:
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / reproducing the Bayeux Tapestry on: April 30, 2009 02:09:01 PM
Has anyone here ever sewn one or more panels of the Bayeux Tapestry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayeux_Tapestry)?

I've been mildly obsessed with this tapestry from a very young age. My mother has been an avid genealogist for as long as I can remember, with a strong focus on medieval times. Other children got coloring books with cartoon characters; my mother gave us photocopies of blank coats of arms and stacked heraldry books in front of us for reference materials. Additionally, one of our ancestors is depicted on the tapestry, so that has been another big factor in my interest.

I've seen reproductions for sale online that are made in Belgian and French tapestry mills, but never in its entirety. I know Chantal James teaches classes at the Bayeux museum shop in Normandy on reproducing the tapestry, and the shop sells kits that include the materials for people to do their own reproductions of several panels. The kits are 49-134 euros ($65-$177) but include thread and cloth that are as close as you can get to the original ones used, which seems impressive.

This is pretty much my dream project, though my embroidery skills are rudimentary at this point and it would take many years to complete, I'm sure.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Eliza Dushku's stockings on Dollhouse on: April 04, 2009 06:20:21 PM
In the recent Dollhouse episode "Echoes" Eliza Dushku's character Echo is wearing a pair of white thigh-high stockings that look to be crocheted. I tried searching for something similar, but the closest match I found is a pointelle pattern. There are some close-ups of her stockings here:

I'm not a very experienced crocheter and I've never made a pattern before. Does anybody recognize the two main stitches used, the hexagons?
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