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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Meet Bobina! 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!
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Selling PDF files-scans of vintage knitting and crochet patterns on: June 19, 2012 01:38:19 AM
 I just came across a shop on Etsy that is full of vintage 40's to 80s knitting and crochet PDF files.
They are claiming to own the "copyright" from these, but are labeled with names like Vogue, etc. I believe this is completely illegal- I have posted a knitting pattern photo here on craftster, just as a project, but never the entire pattern- let alone selling it! It is my understanding a work needs to be 82 years old to be public domain.
  Is is not true that one must sell the Original pattern and mail it- not send an electronic copy?
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 71 ENTRIES / Art Deco Lamp " Flower Garden" Beaded Crocheted Shade With Mini Tutorial 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

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / A batch of Mini Thank-You cards 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
5  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Please tell me How to Shorten the links in my threads! on: January 22, 2012 01:24:57 AM
I see so many people using a single word or two instead of a huge URL in their threads and signature lines. Would someone PLEASE give me the formula? Huh
Thanks!  Cheesy
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help! Measurements worked out, but there's a possible flaw in the decreases on: January 06, 2012 10:58:32 AM
Help! I'm knitting my Uncle a sweater out of this pattern. He is 6ft.tall, and his sleeve length is 33.5" Inches. I think that means from the edge of neck, to wrist(over a bent elbow) He does not want the sweater too short. The pattern I have does not tell me the height of the man the pattern is for, but I'm guessing he is about 5-9".
  I need someone with a guy of my Uncle's proportions to measure and give me these important numbers!  He lives 2 hours away, and this will be mailed.  I am at the stage where I really need to know where the armhole starts!
Here's the pattern:

Plus Enlargements so you can read it~ Body:

(Sleeves and Finishing)

Finally, here's the  1960'S book it came from:

Last bit of info: I am knitting in the correct gauge, but using two strands of Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool, and a size 10 needle. This is a thick cold country sweater.
I will be extending the neck edges up into a turtleneck as well. This is a boat neck.
I plan to use circulars or DPN's then.
Anyone out there can help??? Thanks so much! K
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / 100 Flowers To Knit & Crochet Craftalong on: December 26, 2011 12:25:40 AM
   Cheesy  I just purchased a copy of this book. It is entitled 100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet by Lesley Stanfield.  It is priced at US. $21.95. I found several on ETSY, even a Japanese version.
  I am posting it here, since it includes BOTH knitting and crochet.
  I am also making beaded COVERED BUTTONS and beading some of my flowers.
  I am excited about making these flowers!  The book is arranged by difficulty, and has very good instructions and photos. I just made 2 of the Number 94, the Ruffled Rose, and an Ivy Leaf. I find it easier to work out a pattern for the first time in a
heavier yarn,like a worsted, before going to a fine crochet cotton.
  Since reading and interpreting patterns like this can be challenging, I am hoping we can help each other with them.
There will be no particular order, my only request is that you make a few notes in your posts to help each other, or be willing to ask and answer questions.
  One rule, is that we cannot post the actual patterns scanned from the book, for reasons of copyrights laws.  The other rule, is that you cannot post your flowers as an advertisement, or refer to selling in any way.(Except for your siggie)
  I would love to see the different projects your flowers are used on, regardless of medium.
  Anyone Game?
P.S. I tried to find reference to this book being done as a CAL previously, and did not find it. If there is an old thread, please let me know.

The Ruffled Rose (#94) is pictured in the lower right corner of second photo. I'll get my first photos up Monday.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / PC STITCH USERS: WARNING!!! Beware of version 10 upgrade! on: November 12, 2011 09:22:21 PM
I was SO excited to get the e-mail that there is an upgrade to a new version of PC Stitch. I couldn't wait to get the cash in the bank for it.... Then I downloaded it and installed it tonight.
The program has lots of bugs in it. I think it's so new, that they have to work it out on us test bunnies. in the fonts, as I was testing them, the program started crashing.
At one point, just before I uninstalled it, 2 text boxes opened up for the same task.
It was incredibly slow, and another user was having trouble, as seen on the user forum.
I wrote PayPal for a refund.
Having all those fonts and libraries would be great, but you can't post or convert the files to share.(or Print in Publisher) Since they are still private property, it really is not a pro version at all. You would need to re-create all the images manually block by block to own the designs.
Just thought I'd let people know!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Spooky Hanging Upside Down Bats on: September 04, 2011 12:00:59 PM
This is my rendition of the seasonal favorite... BATS! I decided to give mine a tree to hang in with the moonlight behind them. They are done in a deep purple, on a golden orange moon.  The stones are intended to make the bats appear as if they are going to ZAP YOU with some kind of Super Powers! The bats are hanging in a tree done with a bit of lace to represent the shadowy leaves, and the branch is done with long and short bugle beads.  They are completely hand stitched, with no glue. The acrylic stones are set with three layers of stitching, and finished with a circle of beads. I gave the backs 2 kinds of attachments. They could also get a magnet instead, or stitched onto something. 
  **** Bats are  truly incredible... They have a built-in a radar, they nurse their young, they keep the population of insects down... they even really come in many colors other than black. They are not just a Halloween icon; they are a fascinating part of nature!

 Thanks for looking! 
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Rainbow Swirls ~Cabuchon Stitching Practice Collage on: August 29, 2011 09:41:12 PM
  Here's a piece I just finished.  It took several hours over each of the past 3 days.
The whole intent of making this was just to practice setting the stones. Plus, I had a chance to break out my ever-growing bead stash!
  This is a 4-inch hoop. I didn't plan to fill it in solid with beads, but once I got started ; I couldn't help myself!  It was really fun just to see how the beads looked next to the acrylic stones. Besides the 3 small rounds, there are 6 other shapes present. Several measure up to an inch in length or width.
   I left some of the bezel stitching showing on purpose, as I was experimenting with several stitching methods.  There was no glue used in this sampler.
   I am happy with the lack of any real design, my purpose was simply to fill in space; but I pulled the beads over to swirl towards the next color. The stitched bezel methods will be detailed in a tutorial I am writing presently.
Comments and questions welcome!

Thanks for looking!
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