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1  Meet Bobina! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by KLKing on: August 28, 2012 04:50:52 PM
Bobina is a spin-off work from Bobo- "the knitted clown doll pattern."
I followed the basic instructions, and made her instead of him.
She's made with 100% wool yarn, and is about 23 inches tall.
I'm working on the original clown doll right now... Bobo. Grin

Here's the original pattern photo:
Thanks for looking!
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2  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by KLKing on: June 19, 2012 02:34:29 AM
 I Love your monkey, katara! That reminds me-
I made a digital Christmas card from a photo of the original sock monkey pattern! My Publisher file was laid out like this, and fits perfectly to cut apart. I may go back and insert a light background behind the text to get the text to pop up.
 Here it is:

I also finished a tallit bag. It is gold metallic embroidery on royal blue velvet. Haven't photographed the finished bag yet, but I'll get it done before sending off.
There are 3 layers of stitching. I took photos of the process too.

Thanks to an old craft book scan on etsy, I found a secret! They use 2 layers of organdy to stitch on velvet. The top layer is stitched on with the design drawn on. I used metallic gold ink on black chiffon, then basted another layer on the back. All 3 layers go in the hoop. The organza layer on top is cut away and the threads pulled out after the first  layer of trace stitching  and a layer of fill in cotton is done.
First do a trace stitch, to keep drawing in place.Then, go over the work with gold cotton floss, filling in design. Cut away and remove top chiffon or organza, leaving layer on back of velvet. This stays in permanently. You can trim away excess later.  Finally, a layer of chain and satin stitches is used. I used DMC floss in the chunky hank. The fine floss was too thin. I split the floss in half- into 3-strand sections. Do not cut any longer than 14 inch pieces, and use thread wax. It is very important to wax metallic floss. It will not dull it. Try it! You will find stitching with metallic floss so much easier!
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3  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by KLKing on: May 26, 2012 08:41:56 PM
 I have an important question.... Are we allowed to talk about selling now???
Because if we are.... I have been crafting a bunch of SOLD items!
Windsocks, buntings, banners. Bridal alterations are slowing down!
I also got a 40's how-to book for string/yarn winding dolls. I thought they could be fun to make for stocking stuffers- if I ever get time to make them!
I also made a banner for my congregation for Shavuot-the Messianic form of Pentecost. Still need pics of them! But here's part of the package I just shipped off:
  Buntings and windsocks for 2 Golf Carts for a church conference:(You are seeing a fitting photo on a borrowed golf cart... I then added length to be 30 ft. long on the buntings)

They also bought 3 of these red ones in the 4 ft. size, and then I translated the design into a banner, ( for my own congregation) switching out the cross for a Star of David, and putting gold trim on the edges.
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4  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by KLKing on: April 18, 2012 12:54:36 PM
 Oh, Kookie! I'll be sending up prayers for you!
  I have been a bit invisible lately, because I've been at the sewing machine for the last month or so!  I just participated in the local Art Walk show in Phoenix last weekend.  I made lots of windsocks, and even fitted table and chair covers. The chair covers were last minute, ans so was the spray painting job! The show was a great success, if you don't talk sales! I spent a lot on my fixtures and stuff. So, there's loads of projects to add and cross off my list. I'll get to that soon!
Here's a couple of pics for everyone:

If you notice the chair covers, they are just wrapped around the seat and secured with velcro underneath, and gro- grain ties. The table covers are pleated in the corners, have an opening for legs at the back, (Plus aids in reaching storage) and they are secured to the table with ties underneath.
Thanks for looking!
Get well, Kookie!
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5  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by KLKing on: February 22, 2012 02:07:43 PM
 I don't watch t.v.  Just old movies. We collect them by the bag full at thrift stores.   So, I', a little In the Dark regarding a lot of the modern Character Crafting!   
But, I am always one to encourage creativity, learning and being cleaver with your hands!    Wink  
    Cry As for my hands, they are aching and sore from a week of working over hard, rocky ground. We live in a mobile home community for seniors(I'm allowed to live with Mom, as a helper) and we are right against a mountain called "Stony Mountain" Let's say I've been sifting rocks out of the garden area about a week!  The sun is out, and the time is perfect here.  Cheesy
   Grin I just got my seeds in the ground. LOT's of herbs, two squashes, eggplant, two kinds of tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, pansys, lettuce, and even a baby Desert Willow Tree.  Next will be some red bell peppers, then flowers around the borders for mom.   Pictures will come!
   Also, recently I saw my dad in California. I had sent him a pair of watercolors showing this mountain in spring. It was painted in 2005. I Confiscated it, because he had it laying on a shelf collecting dust.  Sad Here is a scan... The size is larger, a lot of detail lost by the scanner. But, You will get the idea:And, my colors were a bit animated, deliberately. There are two paintings, showing the panoramic  view. This is one of them.
I'll get some garden photos, now that most of the dirty work is done!

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6  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by KLKing on: February 09, 2012 04:38:01 PM
  Wink I just edited my main list. I added stuff that wasn't in the original list. Here's a link to my blog: Go see the new layout, Plus it matches my E-Shop. (Please-it's 2 items)http://www.http://needlesandpinsbyklking.blogspot.com
Next, is the lamp in the bead contest... You already know where that is.
Then, the Valentine's Pillows:(I'll just post a group shot)  
Oh, some of  the pillows have a blank Aida Cloth heart , even as a pocket on the big one. I just edited in text to suggest stitched in lettering.  I made hang tags for them with paper sewn to fabric. The tags aren't shown, and I'm counting them as a separate project.I need a close up of them still.

Then, the 2 banners for a religious theme- Large (23"x45") and Small. (11"x18") Large one is for someone else, small one is for us.

The banners are machine applique. I used rubber cement to hold the gold design in place, to avoid too many pins. It is made in a heavy weight rip-stop nylon.(1.9oz. weight) The gold is also the same nylon, with a metallic coating. I have a lot of gold  from a job that went wrong a few years ago! The white is gro- grain ribbon.I just drew a white pencil line, and stitched it with only a few pins. You want to always sew lines like that in only one direction, or it will pucker funny.  I lined it with cotton duck, and the dowel is enclosed. There is no top-stitching on the edges. And, there is a middle layer which the applique was sewn thru. That also helped with puckering from sewing. You cannot see the stitching on the back. It was sewn and turned inside out.
  Tonight I am playing around with a Raggedy Ann pattern.  The instructions are missing, so I decided to make one to write an info sheet. The pattern is being sent to a student in the U.K. I'm making myself a copy.  It was from 1958, and seems to have a lot of popularity lately.
Thanks for checking out my latest!

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7  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by KLKing on: February 07, 2012 02:13:54 AM


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8  Art Deco Lamp " Flower Garden" Beaded Crocheted Shade With Mini Tutorial in CHALLENGE 71 ENTRIES by KLKing on: February 07, 2012 02:00:01 AM
Here's my Finished lamp!!! I LOVE the way it turned out. I am going to really enjoy this next to my PC!
   The "sock" was crocheted. then I added 2 metal rings, also crocheted- with #10 Dark Green cotton-and a 2.75 steel hook.
   THEN, came all the beading! I used up a lot of precious beads, most people would save for jewelry. I don't really think the photos do it justice. Well, Here it is....

  These are all glass beads,( A lot of them came from swaps!) except for the large flowers and shapes used on the fringe. Those are acrylic. I made everything, even the butterfly! The butterfly is x-stitch, and beaded. This lamp is about 18 inches tall, and lives on my desk.
  Thanks for checking it out! Karen
This was my Teaser Pic... showing the BEFORE and CROCHET Stages:

   I first crocheted a tight covering row around a 2 inch Brass Ring salvaged from a purse. Then, I worked a loose pattern in a circle, increasing until it was the size of the glass across the top. At that point, I just worked Double Crochets evenly until I had the length I needed, and finished the last row in a CH. 5 scallop, all around.
   Then, I made a long, attached chained crochet cord to pull it tight & wove it thru the scallops for a drawstring. I stitched a bead as a button to tie it with, since the shade needed to be removable.
   Next, I used a 5.25 inch metal ring and crocheted over it in Single Crochet, pulling stitches close together.
   I cut lots of even lengths of the same cotton yarn, by wrapping over a file folder longways. I left the pieces double length. Using 2 strands at a time, I anchored them in the crocheted open spaces below the top ring in 12 places, all around; and a second set in another 12 spaces. One set was loosely tied around the large ring to hold it in place, and adjusted to the level I wanted the shade to end. The other set of long threads were left hanging, and later beaded.  
   The actual beading was done with a Split-Wire needle, and a sharp craft needle to sew in place on the lower wire ring. I separated the strings and beaded in a somewhat even pattern, mixing it up as I felt the need. I later cut the extra strings that were first used to hold the lower ring in place, since they were not needed any more, and I saw no need to bead it any heavier. It was a little hard getting the "spokes even", and I had to adjust them as I went.
   Then, I stitched a row of large beads around the top of  the shade- (Mostly hidden now under the flowers, but a little color still shows through.) and made the lower fringe. I used a lot of large #5 or 6 seed beads, and everything larger I could. Around the top, I sewed some strands of beads in loops to get a little layering.
   The  acrylic flower shaped beads and dangles are from Hobby Lobby, sold in bulk. They are the kind with 2 holes on the edges. On the fringe, I glued them back-to back, since they were turning backwards facing out. That solved the problem!  Then, with wire, I attached a few glass leaves to the bottoms of the largest dangles. The wire helps keep them from coming apart later, too.
   Finally, I sewed some crocheted/beaded flowers and a butterfly I made on top. The butterfly is a patch I designed for cross-stitching, and it is finished with felt on the other side. There are stitched on acrylic stones, and small seed beads on it. You really can't see the detail very well in these photos.
And I BARELY FINISHED with 2 hours to spare!
Here's a photo of the top of the crocheted part before it was beaded:

   Sorry the pic is a bit blurry! But, I think you get the idea!
 *This lamp does get hot, but so far it has not caught on fire! I will be buying a slightly lesser watt bulb next time I go shopping.
  Thanks so much for looking! Karen

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9  A batch of Mini Thank-You cards in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by KLKing on: January 22, 2012 12:01:05 PM
 This is a case of " One-Thing-Leads-to Another"!   Roll Eyes  
 I was trimming a large stack of 12x12 scrap booking paper to use as  scanner backgrounds, and had a 3.5" slice left over from the sides. The finished size is 2.5" x 3.5".
  Realizing these scraps needed to be note cards, I quickly shifted into card-making mode. Then next day ( which was sometime in the wee hours last night) I completed about 45 cards.
  They are quite simple, but I used my printer to print some stickers I had purchased in digital format, created another sticker with my info for the insides, trimmed the corners with my scalloped scissors, edged the bottoms with a gold metallic pen, and used an OLD gold ink pad and stamps to put a quick extra touch on the outsides.
  I placed the inside sticker on the upper portion to allow the proper place for a personal touch... The recipient's name and my signature.
  The info sticker was created in MS Publisher. I used an oval shape, a digital paper, and text. Since I am still just learning all these PC skills, It is a VERY big accomplishment!   Grin You can glue them but a neighbor gave me a huge box of sticker paper, which he said he didn't like. Works for me!   Wink

Thanks for looking! K
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10  Re: 100 Flowers To Knit & Crochet Craftalong in Craftalongs by KLKing on: January 13, 2012 10:50:24 PM
 My tiny size O (2.mm) DPN's came today! I knit up a test swatch using one 10 yd. skein of that craft thread. ( It is equal to size 10 cotton, only softer) The gauge results are:
a 2.5x2.25" square
25 stitches = 2.50 inches (6.5mm)
12 rows =1 inch (2.5mm)
It worked up to a nice even knit, not too tight, not too loose. I think a bit of crewel embroidery wool -a single strand only of the 3-ply type- is next up for testing!

Now for the blunders... Last night gave it a go on the #8 Double Daisy, and failed!
I was using regular size 2 needles, and some wool sport yarn. The problem seems to be in the pattern. If you follow the directions exactly, the petals do not come out on the same side of the strip. I figured out that if you Purl your increases instead of Knit them, you can keep everything on one side. Unless the petals are supposed to twist back, but the info does not say to twist it in making up.
So I made a mental note of it and decided to move on!
BTW- this background is just a piece of paper taped to the lid of my scanner!
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