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1  Re: Forest friends in The Swap Gallery by eakircher on: May 10, 2006 10:00:41 AM
I got my package from tenika yesterday.  What a great package!!! Full of owls just like I like!
The loot:
1. An awesome owl t-shirt that I've actaully had my eye on for some time now at her etsy store.  What serendipity that she turned out to be my swap partner and sent me one!!!!
2. A cool tan hat with a little red bobble on top and an owl pin. (did you sew that hat?  it looks like it was made from a sweater, but not a wool one, so where did the edges go? do you have a surger?)
3. a felt owl patch (did you gocco it?)
4. an owl magnet
5. a hummingbird charm (a shrinky dink one?)

Here's some pictures:

I can't believe how awesome everything is, a great first swap for me and I can't wait to do another one now!  

thank you thank you thank you tenika!!!!!
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2  Re: Washer Mosaic Frame in CHALLENGE 8 ENTRIES by eakircher on: December 09, 2005 07:01:00 PM
hi again!
thanks thanks thanks for all the new compliments!!!! i'm glad you guys like it.

irid3sc3nt, yep, the grouting part is pretty messy, i like to do it outside, but in winter i just lay down a bunch of brown paper bags to work over.

before the server meltdown, there was a request for a "before" picture.  Here it is while i was deciding how i was going to use the washers.  I used a lot less in the end, but, overall,I think it looks way better now!

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3  Washer Mosaic Frame in CHALLENGE 8 ENTRIES by eakircher on: December 05, 2005 10:23:29 AM
I'm so glad this challenge came around because I've been wanting to use washers in my mosaics for a long time.  This challenge was the perfect kick in the butt to get me started!

I got the washers at a yard sale for $1, the frame at a thrift store for $1, and the dark purple stained glass (which I picked because it looks black) are scraps from a stained glass studio.  This amount of glass probably cost about $1-2.  I had the grout at home already, but I got it at Home Depot if you want to make one yourself.  Okay, so under $10.

Without further ado. the Washer Mosaic Frame:

and some detail:

I'm really happy with the way it turned out.
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4  Sweater Scarf in Crochet: Completed Projects by eakircher on: December 05, 2005 10:14:53 AM
I made this new scarf by cutting rectangles from a green felted wool sweater and then crocheting fun fur (lion brand) around them.  First I held the panels together (2 at a time) and used a tiny steel hook (size 7 i think) to poke through both pieces and single crochet them together.  Once they were all hooked together, I single crocheted along both sides and added fringe on the ends.  It took longer than I thought it would, but I think I'll get faster with more practice.

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5  Orange Slice Rug **with detail pics and new fruits** in CHALLENGE 5 ENTRIES by eakircher on: August 23, 2005 06:58:54 PM
First off, I love all the different things people have used to crochet in this challenge.  Truly inspiring!

So, here's my contribution....

The Orange Slice Rug!  It is made from a bright orange sheet (full/double size), and some fabric from a white knit sheet and an old dormitory bedspread.  I cut all the fabric into strips, tied them together, and started to crochet.  First a little white circle in the middle, then all the fabric strips from the orange sheet, then a row of white, and finally, some 'rough' fabric strips from the bedspread for the rind.  After that was done, I went back and chain-stitched through the rug (embroidered?) to make the sections.  Looks good enough to eat!

So, there have been requests for a detail shot.  I hope this isn't illegal in the Craft Challenge but I'm sending in a ringer because the Orange Slice rug already has a new home.  Here's the alternate, the Lemon Slice Rug with my 5 month old kitty, Pimper, hanging out on it for a size reference.

and lemon detail:

And just for a little more Vitamin C, my Kiwi Slice Rug!

and detail:

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6  Cutie Jacket Pillows with tutorial in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by eakircher on: March 02, 2005 08:46:23 AM
I found these two kid's jackets at a thrift store and they looked like they should be worn by my brother and his girlfriend, except when they were much much smaller than they are now!  I made them into pillows and I'm going to give them away this weekend, so I thought I'd share before the Vinnie and Erika pillows go to live with the real Vinnie and Erika.

Here's what I did:
1. Machine wash and dry (I've found that despite what the tag in the clothing says, pretty much anything can be thrown in the wash)
2. Stitch the bottom and cuffs shut.  I did it by hand by just pinching together and stitching, pulling on iit after the stitches were into make sure they were tight and close enough.  A machine would have done a better job probably.
3.  Stuff!  I used fabric scraps because I have tons just laying around, but you could use that poly-fill stuff too.
4.  Stitch a piece of fabric in around the collar (rather than pinch the top together and stitich) to hold the stuffing in while keeping the body-like shape of the pillow.
5.  I didn't do this, but it would be a good idea to put some stitches under the zipper pull so that no one is tempted to pull it down and let the filling spill out.
Here are the finished pillows:

Houseguests have complimented me on them which made me think of other little clothing that could be stuffed:  sweatshirts, pants, top and bottom together to make a 'doll', pretty much anything. 
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7  Re: Old velour jumpsuit becomes cherry purse! in Crochet: Completed Projects by eakircher on: September 30, 2004 01:06:30 PM
I cut the strips about 3/4 inch wide and use a size J,K, or N hook depending on my mood and how thick the fabric is.  I just wing it mainly.

Thanks for the nice compliments!

Here are some more purses I've been working on too:

This one was made with a big muumuu and a velour dress.

I found a huge remnant at Savers and cut it to make this big bag.  The black was leftover from a cut up bathrobe and the buttons are from an old winter coat.
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8  Re: T-shirt yarn crocheted purse in Crochet: Completed Projects by eakircher on: May 06, 2004 04:53:16 PM
Thanks guys! I've been working on more bags, this time out of velour fabric!

I decorated them by "embroidering" over the top.

Please post the knit bag!!
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9  T-shirt yarn crocheted purse in Crochet: Completed Projects by eakircher on: March 16, 2004 08:56:04 AM
I've been making rugs by crocheting fabric for awhile, but last night i whipped up this little purse.  What do you think?  i cut up a t-shirt into strips and crocheted them together.  the thing i'm worried about is that it is pretty chunky, which makes it a little thick and heavy (but maybe not, i hardly ever carry a purse) but also very strong.  it is about 10 inches wide and 5 inches tall. it has a fold over loop to wrap around a button for a closure and it is unlined.
Like it?  Think people would use/buy them?  How much would you charge or pay for something like this?

thanks in advance!  

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10  Re:Rugmaking resources in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by eakircher on: February 16, 2004 02:33:48 PM
i've made a bunch of rugs crocheted from strips of fabric that i cut from old clothes and sheets and stuff.  here are a few examples:

but here is a really good website that describes a bunch of rugmaking techniques.


have fun! i think that collecting fabric is so fun - and addictive!

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