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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Baby shoes on: February 13, 2012 10:15:15 AM
I'm trying to crochet these beautiful baby shoes, but I am stuck. I hope someone can help me out, because I really want to get them finished...

Instructions: Chain 20
Row 1: Sc in 2nd chain from hook; sc in remaining; chain 1, turn. (19 sc)
Row 2 7: Sc across; ch 1, turn. Place markers at each end of row 7.
Row 8: Sc across; ch 1, turn.
Row 9: Dec 1 sc each side of row; ch 1, turn. (17 sc)
Row 10 -13: Sc across; chain 1, turn. (17 sc)
Row 14: Dec 1 sc each side of row (15 sc)
Turn. Do NOT yo. Draw up a loop in each of the next 15 sc; yo, draw through all 16 loops on hook; pull snugly; chain 1. Drop your yarn.
Fold bootie wrong sides together. Join length of yarn at base of heal, making sure wrong sides of piece are together. Sc up back of bootie to ankle. Fasten off, weave in ends.
Pick up dropped yarn at toe. Sc up to marked rows, then sc around ankle opening. Slipstitch into 1st sc at ankle opening. Chain 3; DO NOT TURN; dc at base of same stitch. Dc around to front center of ankle opening; chain 3; TURN; dc around*. Fasten off and weave in ends. Fold down cuffs at ankles and attach optional 9mm jingle balls securely with yarn at their corners or * incorporate the jingle balls into the stitches at the corners as you crochet them for maximum safety.

This is the pattern. I was able to get to row 14, and draw up all the loops required. But then... Drop your yarn? What is that suppossed to mean? I'm just a bit tempted to really drop my ball of yarn on the floor, but I guess it's not going to help. I mean, do I have to leave my yarn attached, or do I cut it off?

And then this line: Fold bootie wrong sides together. Join length of yarn at base of heal, making sure wrong sides of piece are together. Sc up back of bootie to ankle. Fasten off, weave in ends.
Do I have to work with the yarn that is sticking out there from the beginning?

I realise now this is a bit unclear without pictures. I'll try to upload some as soon as possible, but if someone has a brilliant idea...

EDIT: This is where I got the pattern: http://diymaven.com/2008/12/17/elfin-baby-booties/
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Just another baby blankie ;) on: February 12, 2012 02:36:17 AM
I still have to work hard to get to the skill that some Craftsters have, but I'm slowly getting there. This was a blanket for a friend of mine, who had a boy. Yep, a boy. But het favourite colour is purple, so I had to go with that. Credit to my sis though, for het colour choice. I sort of knew what I wanted, but she really helped me out.

Oh, and yes, I made a crucial mistake, that's why the blanket refuses to lay flat. The problem with colour changes is that you cannot go back once you've changed colour (at least, I cant't). So I tried to correct it in the bigger rounds, but to no avail. Oh well, as long as they'll use it to lay on top of the baby, it won't show  Tongue.

C&C appreciated.
13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Simple monograms on: February 09, 2012 04:38:18 AM
We did a Secret Santa swap on our HP forum, and originally, I wanted to embroider the Slytherin crest. The cross-stitch one, from The Leaky Cauldron. I started really early, got on really well, and then discovered an unforgivable mistake at the very beginning. At first, I wanted to tear it out, gently, and start over. Then, when I realised time was ticking away, I tried to tear the thread out, ruining the fabric in the process. *sigh* I have not looked at it since then, too afraid that I have properly ruined it...

So, I needed a replacement, and noticed the Circus Alphabet on Urban Threads. I bought the entire alphabet, and used the A (for her name) and the K (for his name). My sister helped me with the colours, because she is a genius. It was my first time doing a regular embroidery work, I mainly cross stitch. But I like it, and I hope you do too...

Together with the other gifts...

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y255/ideliesje/Handwerken/Januari-februari2012005.jpg --> I just need to learn to make my lines more straight, I guess...  Undecided

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y255/ideliesje/Handwerken/Januari-februari2012003.jpg --> yep, same story  Tongue

Thank you for looking!
14  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / How to get the smell out? on: February 08, 2012 04:05:42 AM
I think people will get sick of me, but here it goes, again!

My sister and I are Irish dancers, and we practically have our own Troupe (long story). The 25th of February, we have our first big show coming up, and we are rushing to get everything done. To make sure that we won't spend too much money on clothes, my sister decided to dye some of the fabric using what nature supplies. Being the season, we decided on red cabbage for our purple/blue dresses for the nymphs.
It was tricky, as we used old curtain fabric. The kind of see-through fabric, synthetic all the way. Anyway, it turned out okay. It didn't colour evenly, but that wasn't our goal. It's also not a solid colour, but slightly faint. Also okay.

Biggest problem? It smells. No, let me re-phrase that, it just stinks! My sis is currently cutting the fabric, and she using paper tissues to block her nose, to prevent her from gagging. We have to DANCE in that... Sis tried to wash it today, but even ordinary water, no soap, takes the colour away. No help there... Do you have some ideas? We really want to make it work, and I'm a bit afraid that we might end up as bad-smelling nymphs.
15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Addresses... on: February 05, 2012 04:43:09 AM
Maybe it's only my problem, but I'm pretty sure that I'm not the only non-American here, and maybe others have encountered this as well. Would it not be possible to make it a general rule that all addresses should be typed as they should be written on the envelope? I have swapped a couple of times now, and often, when I received my partner(s) from my organiser, I just receive one line with the entire address on it. I live in Belgium, so American, Canadian, Australian,... addresses are sort of a mystery to me. I mean, I know what it says, but putting it in the correct order is sometimes a real struggle, as I cannot distinguish between street and state/city, with all those numbers in your addresses  Tongue.
It's just... I'm terrified that I might copy the address incorrectly and I would be considered a flaker or something like it. In the LV swap it was asked to type your address as it should be on the envelope. With all the correct spaces and lines.

Or would it make swapping too complicated?
16  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / I want to talk about eReaders with fellow Craftsters... on: January 31, 2012 05:34:59 AM
I am an avid reader, and for over two years, I have been looking into buying a possible eReader. It's not a popular medium and Belgium, and although I have asked many people what they think, I haven't heard anything that really helped me.
THis is why I turn to Craftster. I have seen so many people here make eReader covers and bags... I really want to talk with those people, and hear what they have to say. It's much better to talk with real people about this stuff than reading reviews on the web. There is a lot that I want this eReader to have and do, and I do not want to spend an awful lot on money on something that just sounds good.

So, my question here is... Where can I post my question? Even better, am I allowed to discuss this on Craftster?
17  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Selling my pictures, how to? on: June 08, 2011 06:57:45 AM
Hello everyone... I would love to get your advice. This might belong in the Etsy board as well, so mods, feel free to move if I step the boundaries Wink.

I love photography, always have. Ever since my secondary school, I had some kind of camera. Yupz, I'm 24 now, so I grew up with the simple analog photography. My father's ancestors had access to a camera from the beginning, so I have a lot of old pictures as well. Last year, around november, I bought my first digital camera, a Canon D1000, SLR. Body, two lenses, ready to go... My camera is always by my side, and so far, I have managed to make some great pictures. Mmm, I should rephrase that, I made some pictures that I really really love, and that are genuinly appreciated by other people. Yep, muuuuch better.

I am an Irish dancer, and I love to photograph the feet of our dancers. Browsing Etsy and other websites, I came across nothing similar, and the idea grew to start my own 'shop'. *I think that's too much of a name for what I want, but hey* I have figured out how Etsy works and I know what online service I am going to use to print my material (Pixum, for those who are interested). I'm still waiting to purchase Photoshop, so I can 'clean' my images and change certain things.

But I'm entirely lost as to how I'm going to order and stock them. So, I guess I'll offer a certain array of sizes people can chose from, right? Do I have them at home, all the time, or do I wait for someone to order, then upload on Pixum, and then ship them off? I guess that a bit cumbersome and time consuming, bot for me and the customer. But what about having all those pictures in all different sizes in stock? Do I keep them in tubes? Or flat? And heck, Pixum offers canvas service as well, should I include in my shop as well, or just on demand? I'm just a bit lost as to what sizes people prefer and what I should offer. There is so much! *even mugs, shirts, you name it*

Any ideas?
18  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Keira's carrier sling *picture heavy!* on: April 24, 2011 01:28:46 AM
A friend of mine recently had a baby girl, and with our entire Harry Potter forum, we decided to buy her a bunch of gifts, some of them hand-made. I have stenciled before, and so the entire forum decided that I had to stencil the carrier sling. I thought it would be a piece of cake... Just one giant Pooh drawing (her favourite of all times), and that was it. Boy, was I wrong...
When the sling eventually arrived, very late (I was so busy I could barely go to the loo and dear Keira decided to arrive sooner than expected) I found out that you can fold and knot a sling in so many ways that I could not just do one big painting. I took too much of time, pondering what to do, when, browsing for Pooh drawings, I just choose to use the tiny animals and flowers that are so typical for Winnie The Pooh. I enlarged them (better, I blew them u big time), and got to work.

I finished this carrier sling without a single break... I think, can't remember properly, that it took me three hours, no less. My back was so sore afterwards, but it was worth it. I loved every minute of the process, and the happy mum and dad are also very happy with the result! Yay, mission acomplished! Picture overload now?

I never knew that slings had that much fabric in them. Yikes! This is only the middle part, I could not possibly get the other metres in the picture as well. They were nicely draped over our kitchen chairs. This is a picture of all the stencils. And I couldn't be happier with the lack of freezer paper for this task. I LOVE sticky paper for sand art Tongue.

I fell in love with that little bee... So cute! The butterfly on the other hand was a pain to cut out.

Not to mention, keeping track of those petal leaves while I was cutting... *sigh* I just gave them a number.

All done! This picture was made quite early in the morning, as I had to go to school (Teacher), and we would go ice skating. Dad draped it unto mum's laundry rack, and helped me peel the paper off. He was surprised and I was so happy that the colours stood out so well. They always look so vague when the white paper is still glued on.

And a couple of close-ups!

Yellow is a pain. It just doens't cover up so well...

19  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Winnie The Pooh on: March 30, 2011 04:56:26 AM
Hi there!

A friend of mine is pregnant, and as a part of biiiig baby package, we want to give her a carrier sling as well. The mum to be is crazy about Winnie The Pooh. The nursery is accordingly in the same time, with a cute mural of Tiger to finish it off. Now, we don't know the baby's gender, so we tr to keep everything so neutral as possible, without going for the obvious pink or blue.
Our group of friends (we got together because of her neverending love for Harry Potter) has asked me to stencil the sling. I'm more than happy to do this for her, but little did I know that it would be such a disaster to find decent Pooh stencils.

So I'm turning to Craftster, to find out if there is anyone out there who can help... As to how I can make a stencil myself (maybe, I cannot draw, really), of maybe you have got something that I can use.

Thank you in advance!
20  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Pimped ballet shoes! on: January 30, 2011 03:14:23 AM
In September, for my birthday, my sister pimped some plain black ballet shoes. We use the shoes (in a sturdy black fabric) for warming-up, and sometimes dancing in our Irish dance lessons. We easily go through three to four pairs every year... My sister pimped mine, by stitching my name (Lies) on the tips. To letters on each toe.
Everyone loved, so I decided I could do the same. Dadly, my sister's name has five letters, and that makes it a bit long to stitch unto the shoes. Plus, the perfectionist in me wouldn't be able to deal with the fact that there are two letters on one toe, and three on the other *the utter horror*
Stencilling it was! Irish dance and all that, I used a plain stencil of a tiny shamrock, copied that 12 times, cut them all out (booooring!) and used emerald green and flashy silver to paint. I loved it, and so does my sister and the other dancers. Sis told me she would never throw them away, but I'd rather make them over and over again, because worn out ballet shoes, those ain't pretty.

Unto some pictures!

After a long time of cutting, and holding my breath! I still have to practise on making nice curvy cuts.

All stencils stickied unto the shoes (I don't have freezer paper, so I had to experiment), ready for some paint.


Silver! I loved working with this one! It covered up so nicely.

The result!

C&C welcome!
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