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11  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Polar fleece for cloth pads? on: January 06, 2012 09:19:21 AM
I'm going off the once every 3 month birth control, so I figured I'd make some cloth pads to not triple my pad use. Plus the glue from store-bought ones stick to my legs and are generally lame.
I'm trying to use up fabric that I have and I have some (black so it won't stain) polar fleece. I tried looking up whether or not this is good for a top layer and found conflicting information. All I could find is that it isn't good for the summer because it'll get too warm.
Has anyone here used it?
I have other fabrics, but I want to try this one at least if it's worth doing.
12  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Simple/Easy Crafts Swap (signup 1/2/12-1/24/12 send by 2/24/12) on: January 03, 2012 07:26:32 AM

Swap name: Simple/Easy Crafts Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Cloudsnapper
Sign-up date range: 1/3/2012 to 1/24/2012
Date to send item by: 2/24/2012

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Additional Age requirement? No

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

Sometimes people get very elaborate with their swaps, very tricksy and elaborate. That's really awesome! But in this swap, we're sticking to the simple things. No fancy techniques here! This is for simple and easy items, something you could make while watching TV (if that's your thing.)
Things like garter stitch scarves in a cuddly yarn, granny square items, soft crochet hats, simple sewn items. The easy stuff.
That doesn't mean that you don't need to craft to your best ability on everything you make. Make sure you try the best even though it's simple and use nice materials, not specifically expensive materials, but nice ones you'd like to use for projects for yourself.
This is a 3-point swap, so either one large item, a medium and a small, or 3 small items.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
What crafts can you do?
What would you like to make for this swap?
What would you like to receive?
What would you not like to receive?
Do you have a Pinterest or Wist, and if so, where is it?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

1. gotgrey
2. HolaKitty
3. gerbilgal
4. cloudsnapper
5. littlebluegirl
6. astrangeone
7. bunny1kenobi
8. starfish1211
9. amazing_784
10. Lady Orizas
11. professionalpineapple
12. texscrapper
13. normashelleyjean
14. flygirl88
15. Mod35tBabe
16. Thimbles71
17. Hellzapopper
18. karwash
19. Koreena

We have partners! My apologies if I spell your name wrong here. I'll forward the questionnaires as fast as I can after posting this.
professionalpineapple <---> Hellzapopper
normashellyjean <---> gerbilgal
cloudsnapper <---> starfish1211
bunny1kenobi <---> Mod35tBabe
flygirl88 <--->Koreena
texscrapper <---> astrangeone
Lady Orizas <--->Thimbles71
littlebluegirl <---> HolaKitty
gotgrey ---->amazing_784 ---> Karwash ---> gotgrey

If I made any mistake, please let me know in a message.
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Fabric selection help for Japanese pattern on: January 01, 2012 11:21:03 AM
I have a skirt I want to make, but I'm afraid the fabric I picked for it is inappropriate. It's this skirt:

It's a cute simple skirt. I thought it would be good to get a wool blend for it to be a natural looking skirt. I ended up picking up this fabric.

But the more I look at it, the more I think it wouldn't work. It looks more like some kind of suit fabric to me than a natural cute look. It's pretty loosely woven so I don't know if I could sew it properly in the shape it needs to be, it needs elastic channels.
It's pretty much made of 2 sets of rectangles one tube gathered into a short tube that's gathered with elastic.

I really want this to work because I've already failed at one of the patterns in this book, the one on the cover. Or it could be that it was a bad pattern. Idk. I have a little more bust than the model for the one I made that was terrible:

But do you think the fabric will work for the pattern, and also for the look I'm going for? Thanks for the help!
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Picture of a garter-stitch scarf on: December 27, 2011 06:51:37 PM
I was wondering if anyone had a picture of a garter-stitch scarf I can use for the picture on my "simple crafts swap" swap page. I didn't want to just go on Google image search and use one without permission.
15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Easy/simple crafts swap? on: December 11, 2011 05:51:43 PM
I was thinking that with all the trickiness and fiddliness we put into most swaps, a swap with straightforward "easy" crafts might be welcome and fun! I was thinking things to swap would be something like a garter-stitch scarf made with cuddly yarn, a very simple stuffed animal, a granny square lapghan, or simple earrings.
The idea would be to make items that were easy to make, but nice.
Does that idea appeal to anyone? Anyone have ideas of examples of other crafts that would count in this category?
I'd start the sign-ups after Christmas, so a lot of people would have more free time. Probably a 3pt swap.
16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Another lolita swap? on: December 03, 2011 12:02:47 AM

Would anyone want to do another lolita swap? I didn't get the chance to join the last one. That one had big clothing items, but this one could just have accessories or medium items. One Tiny Thing?
Anyone interested?
17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Round Lolita Headdress or Fascinator on: December 02, 2011 07:24:32 PM
I just got finished making this headdress for my friend, as thanks for making something for me. We're both into lolita fashion and she needed some cream accessories.

Here's the back. It's a bit big, and I wanted it to be able to go on either side of the head, so I put 2 clips on it.

Here's an idea of the size. A little bigger than I meant it to be but that's all good Cheesy

I really want one for myself now. This is the second one I've made, but I gave them both away. I think I need a pink one and a white one.

If anyone wants a tutorial, I'll write one up and can probably take pictures because I think I'm going to get the lace to make another one tomorrow. It's pretty straightforward, though.
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Autumn Pinecones, or are they artichokes? on: November 22, 2011 04:37:08 PM
I've been making these the past couple days to make a centerpiece for Thanksgiving. I wish I had discovered the directions on how to make them at the beginning of fall so I could enjoy them for longer!

Here's an idea of the scale. The styrofoam balls were 2.5 inches before I decorated them.

The fabric on the brown one is gilded pinecone print, a Christmas fabric. The lighter orange is a medium-scale pumpkin print with green stems. The multicolored orange one is different colored ears of corn.
I'm going to make some for Christmas next. I'll make another of the brown ones, and I have some red, green, and white large Christmas paisleys that I think will give me interesting results.

The tutorial is here: http://knittygrittythoughts.typepad.com/knitty_gritty_thoughts/2009/11/my-entry.html
Very easy to follow. A tip: when you're folding the squares, make creases with your thumbnails to make them crisp without having to iron a zillion squares.
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Swapping things you didn't make yourself? on: November 12, 2011 09:30:32 PM
I joined a swap recently where my partner really wanted something that was polymer clay. Since I'm pretty bad at that one, I made an irl swap with a friend of mine. I made her a hairpiece and she made the clay thing. I didn't tell the person I sent it to, and she already has it.
Do I need to tell her? Is doing that allowable? I made the other 2 items in the swap.
20  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Pink and blue doll dress on: September 26, 2011 11:12:51 AM
I think this is where this goes, not sure though.
I made a dress for one of my dolls and finished yesterday. It's made out of a scrap of a skirt I had altered.

I like it very much, but I think the colors might be too bright for this particular doll. What do you think?
I didn't use a pattern for it. I just kind of looked at the dress that came with her and made up a pattern.
Here are some other pictures:
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