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1  Re: Twilight Replica ::Bella's Mittens:: With Pattern in Knitting: Completed Projects by MissCara on: January 27, 2009 03:49:56 PM
Has anyone seen the photo of the originals on the creator's website (Ruth Cross)?  The palm and thumb look like they're a sideways moss stitch that morph into the ribs around the wrists.  I would love to figure out how to do this, but my knitwear designing skills are not up to par.  If anyone figures out how to do this, I'd be eternally grateful!  Of course, the pattern posted here is bea-utiful, but I think the texture of the originals really gives it an extra something (though I think the thumb looks funny textured).

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2  Construction Question- Making Beach Ball with Pockets in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by MissCara on: April 14, 2008 10:01:11 AM

I need a bit of advice in constructing this ball.  This is a photoshopped image of what it's supposed to look like.  It's a sort of beach ball shape, but it's small, about 5" high.  It has 12 hidden pockets, 2 in each seam of the ball where little toys are placed.  The buttons are attached to the toys (and the toys are attached to the pocket so that they don't actually come out) to help pull the toys out.  It's meant to be a surprise what's getting pulled out, which is why there are pockets and why everything has to be symmetrical. 

I've been using patterns for beach balls, and the patterns works out just fine, but I'm having technical problems with the pockets. The ball doesn't hold its shape because of the openings-- it can't hold the structure, plus the pockets get in the way of each other on the inside of the ball so that they bend and do funny things, making it hard to pull the toys out.  The ball will be made out of velvet in the end. Right now, the pockets are cotton, but I suppose that they need to be a thinner material (maybe nylon)-- maybe that will help with that issue...?

I've thought of putting boning near the seams, but that's complicated.  I don't think interfacing would help.  I've been thinking about making the pockets into tubes that connect to the other side.  Maybe that will give it more structure?

If anyone can think of any possible solutions, I'd appreciate it greatly.  I can't seem to wrap my head around this problem!  Thanks all!
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3  Zebra Storage Box in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by MissCara on: January 10, 2007 11:04:27 AM
Hey all.  This is the first time I'm actually sharing a project I made.  I made this yesterday out of some old cotton zebra I had kicking around for years, one of those wooden storage boxes from IKEA, some black acrylic, and these weird little plastic hearts that I've had for years.  I'm so glad that I finally mod podged this box.  I've been trying to do that for well.. years.

Let me know what you think.  I was thinking about adding some 3" wide red lace ribbon to it and maybe lining the inside of the boxes in felt.
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4  Re: photoshop help in Stenciling: Discussion and Questions by MissCara on: April 05, 2005 08:21:26 AM
ok, here's the image... sorry about that

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