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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / How-to make J.Crew necklace on: January 11, 2009 09:00:45 AM

I don't bead much, so I don't know if this is a simple project or not (but it looks like it might just involve some knots):http://www.jcrew.com/AST/Browse/WomenBrowse/Women_Shop_By_Category/jewelry/necklaces/PRDOVR~11488/11488.jsp.  Does anyone know how I might make this (I have the ribbon and end pieces figured out, just not the necklace part)? What makes the beads turn in different directions? Are there extra knots or is it more complicated than that? Also, what kind of string might be appropriate to use?

Thanks for all your help!
2  Florida / Florida: Central / Sugar Skulls? Tampa? on: October 17, 2006 08:30:20 AM

I wanted to make sugar skulls for Dia de los muertos, but I really don't want to buy the molds online (even though I may have to resort to this if I can't find them locally). Does anyone know of anywhere in the greater-Tampa area where I could purchase some molds?

3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Help! It's growing and I don't know how to fix it.... on: December 14, 2005 06:18:30 AM
So I thought I'd make my sister a blanket, but I'm having some trouble.  Just for the record, this is only my third or fourth crocheted thing ever...
So the pattern is http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/cja-cray.html and it is a beginner pattern, but for some reason I can't follow it. As far as I can tell, I am following the instructions, but what's happening is the increases are taking over so that I am now crocheting way more stitches than I originally chained.


As you can see from the pictures, instead of the edge being straight, it is getting wider. You can also see that the original 10 stitches leading up to the three dc/sc in one stitch are now something like 15 or 17 stitches. What have I done wrong? How can I fix this? Should I start over? GAARRR!!! (sound of me ripping my hair out)
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Notebook from cereal box on: August 26, 2005 06:26:25 PM
I am wondering if anyone knows how to make notebooks using cereal boxes for the covers.  When I was in college, I know that the campus environmental club made them (but was too busy with other things to try to figure it out). When I searched on craftster, I found something that looked like what I'm talking about, but when I clicked on the link, it said the thread had been deleted, so here is an example of what I'm talking about: www.umich.edu/~enact/notebooks.html.   I also have seen them spiral bound, but that probably is beyond me.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Don't feed him after midnight! on: July 05, 2005 03:07:48 PM
My boyfriend's favorite childhood movie is Gremlins.  I decided to make him a Gizmo t-shirt to go along with his movie/stuffed animal collection.  I made the Gizmo picture out of felt and embroidered his name underneath it.

This is the shirt:

A closer shot of Gizmo:

6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Macgyver and REO Speedwagon shirts on: July 03, 2005 06:09:13 PM
Here are some pictures of shirts that my fiancee and I made.  He did the Macgyver shirt for his brother's birthday gift (which he'll be getting along with season 2 of Macgyver on DVD).  I made the REO Speedwagon shirt because I thought it would be fun.
This is Macgyver (sideways):

Here is a very wrinkled and sideways shot of the front of the shirt:

A close up of the stenciling:

And a fun little (and crooked) message on the back:

Please excuse the weird wavy lines on the photos.  The program I used to resize them is apparently not the best...
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help! Too much fabric, not enough boobage! on: June 23, 2005 07:57:43 AM
I am currently making Vogue Easy Options 2429 (a strapless dress), and have already cut out the pattern pieces and started sewing them together.  Everything was going well until I pinned the bodice onto my body and noticed that there is way too much extra fabric in the boob area.  I made a very quick mock up with a sheet, and it seemed to fit fine.  But now there is just too much fabric that looks very bunchy and it's obvious that I'm not filling it out enough.  I've already bought a padded bra to wear under the dress (the mock-up was too big until I did this), so I really can't do anything more in that area.  Every book I look in and every search I do on the internet suggests that I slash the pattern (too late for that!) to make the darts smaller.  I'm trying to get this dress made before my cousin's wedding in two weeks and am out of fabric (I ordered it and it took a while to get here).  Is there anything I can do to fix it?  I've thought about taking the darts out and trying to make them smaller, but will that fix it? HELP!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Lemonade apron on: June 09, 2005 03:39:12 PM
Here are two different views of an apron that I made as a birthday present for a friend.  This apron was made from a Butterick pattern (4087).  I'm just learning how to sew and this pattern had fairly clear instructions.  I was really excited when I learned that my friend didn't even know that I had made it!
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