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31  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / stupid stupid denim! broken needles and frustration :( on: April 07, 2008 10:37:29 AM
ok - I'm trying to sew some denim (I have a ton of one specific type) I'm using polyester thread (which normally is very cranky to begin with for me) and a denim needle for my sewing machine (singer size 2020). 

what I'm making are some camera bag inserts for my hubbies camera bag. I get most of the bag completed and I'm just adding some seams up the sides essentially pinching the corner and sewing along the side (1/8th inch) to force them to stand up.

Reference for the camera bag insert - (http://www.tiffen.com/displayproduct.html?tablename=domke&itemnum=720-211)

here's the kicker - I've bent or broken 6 needles!!!!!!

Am I going to fast?
Am I using the wrong needles?
Do I just need to clean the machine?
Is it the polyester thread (I haver to keep the tension pretty high to keep the bobbin thread from piling up)?

for reference I have a basic singer (about 5 years old) I bought at target for about $150 - it has 32 stitches. Not of sure the model number.

any ideas?
32  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / circular shrug - help? on: March 31, 2008 10:41:33 AM
ok - I have coveted the circular shrug here: http://momcast.blogspot.com/2006/01/craftster-circular-shrug.html

for ages and ages. BUT I'm also the SLOWEST KNITTER ON EARTH! so I decide to try the same "recipe" with a few simple crochet stitches. It came out HUGE! even though I did the swatch and measured and everything (well - I made the section that's supposed to be 5 inches only 4 inches. but still...)

I also appear to be trying to wear the seams down my side, but all the pictures I'm seeing have the seams worn across the chest. I'm not sure that is much of an option for me, since I'm rather large in that area.

I think I'm going to frog it and start over, but wanted to see if anyone had some suggestions first.

Will post photos pre-ripping the thing apart.
33  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / teaching crochet - what should I teach them next? on: March 26, 2008 05:44:55 PM
All right a few of the peeps at work have decided that they want to learn to crochet. I've taught a few and next they want to learn knitting (will post that on the knitting board).

Any way - I've gotten them through the foundation chain and single crochet, but what would you wonderfully crafty ladies and gents suggest I go with next?

and just for fun, here are my crocheting buddies:

Jeremiah and Li-An...

Li-An (again) and Susana...

Thanks for your help in advance.
34  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / newbie noob noob question (textile medium) on: March 19, 2008 05:49:37 PM
ok - this textile medium stuff.... where can I get it. all the craft stores I go to look at me like I'm a space cadet when I ask about it. Any one have links to online stores handy?
35  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Scarflette (Neck Warmer) - WITH PATTERN! on: January 24, 2008 12:44:23 PM
Hello Hello, fellow craftsters!!

I've been absent from Craftster for awhile, but since the last time I posted re-learned how to crochet officially!! and I made up a pattern for neck warmer while I was practicing that has become rather popular at my office since I started handing the extras around.

Here's a pretty picture:

These take me about 1.5 to 3 hours depending on yarn weight and gauge (the smaller/lighter the yarn, the longer it takes)

And here's the pattern...

Stuff you need:

•   ¾ a skein of yarn
•   One bead with a large hole drilled in it (can be pre-bought or bored out yourself)
•   1 large button
•   1 crochet hook
•   1 tapestry needle

Important things to remember:
1.   Gauge is not important
2.   Hook and yarn choice determine width of scarf

You will crochet  3 sections, do not FO at end of each section

Section 1

Chain 9, sc into 2nd stitch from the hook , sc in all remaining ch, ch1 and turn

Repeat  until section 1 is 2 inches tall

Section 2

Chain 4 and turn, tr into 2nd stitch from end of row, tr until end of row until all sc are stitched into.

Chain 4 and turn, tr into the second tr in the row below, tr into all tr in the row below. Repeat until  desired length

Section 3

Chain 1 and turn, Sc into all stitches in the row

Repeat until the section is 3 inches tall (4” if you are using a heavier weight yarn), FO and weave in tails


Follow Stitch Diva’s Free flower pattern here:

Instead of spreading out the spiral as much as in the instructions, I piled the resulting rows together to make a fluffy flower. Stitch flower together with 1 tail end as instructed by stitch diva. DO NOT CUT TAIL OFF, you will still need it to complete the flower attachment on the scarf.


Attach flower to 3” side of the scarflette by threading the bead onto one of the tails of your flower and threading it through the center of the flower to the back, all the way through the scarf. Add your button at this point and secure with the remaining tail end. Use the 2nd tail to more securely fashion the flower to the larger side of the  scarf.

PM me if you have any questions - and please post a picture if you make one!

36  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / cards galore!! (pic heavy) on: December 30, 2006 08:08:30 PM
well - since delving into the land of ATC's with tthe HO Down - I've since joined swaps trading them around. Here are a few I've made:

ongoing atc round 3:

Geisha ATC swap:

Pirate ATC swap:

what the closed one looked like inside:

"What do you look like?" ATC thread:

this is now my avatar - my freind at work saw it and said she thought it was me dressed up old timey

a couple I made for fun:

thansk for looking!!

37  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Birthday Present fit for a Techno-Princess on: September 04, 2006 11:20:49 AM
So my fiancee, the awesome guy that he is, decided that this year for my birthday he would do what I've been asking for for years - paint my Blackberry pink.

He's been doing plastic models since loooong before he ever met me, so knew that regular model paint wouldn't cut it - it would ding up too easy. He finally found car paint that was mixed down for use on small scale - for model cars and for artists that airbrush details on cars from House of Color - a car paint manufacturer.

I'm so proud of him - it looks totally awesome and will withstand the beating I put my phones through.

It took 2 tries to get it right - and the paint was crazy expensive, but here you go:

Front -

Front again -

Back -

left side -

Top side -

Right side -

Isn't it beautiful!!??!!

He started with black Blackberry shell, sanded it down and primered it with Bulldog Adhesion Primer (car primer). Next he airbrushed it with silver metallic house of color paint, then did 2 different pearlescent pinks over the top of the silver. Neither pink was opaque so the silver showed through nicely and made it look very sparkly.

Again - -this is the work of my fiancee - he's the master airbrusher in this family. I just had to show it off where crafty people would see it - he's posting it on his Blackberry forum.
38  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / I hate to admit it but.... on: August 28, 2006 09:04:59 AM
I need help with my split stitch...

I do mostly back stitch in my embroidery for lines and satin or basket stitch for filling areas in.

here's the problem, when I try doing split stitch it ends up looking like chain stitch with a big hole in the stitch. I have looked at multiple sites with stitch diagram how to's and I can never get it to look the same. I've tried using 4-6 strands of floss and varying needle sizes, but no good.

Here's a the fun part - I was working on a piece for a swap partner going along in back stitch around the design and flipped the piece over and guess what? the back of my back stitch looks like a perfect little braid like the slip stitch.   

Here is a link to the sublime stitching site with all the stich diagrams and names I'm talking about:

Anyone have any ideas about what I'm doing wrong?Huh? I can post pictures of some of the stuff I've done if that would help.
39  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / what's fuzzy and full of holes? on: August 19, 2006 04:58:00 PM
my scarf of course!!

check it out:

Full length -

close up -

I knitted this up a few weeks ago and gifted it to the lady who hired me at my current company - as a "thank you" gift. August 1st was my one year anniversary at the company.

It's knitted out of a mohair yarn with big bally chunks of other colors randomlly strewn about - orange, purple and tan mostly. I have no idea what the chunky bits are "officially" called, but I like them. I believe the needles are a size 16 or 17 and the yarn is really skinny.

I got the yarn from another craftster in the ongoing wishlist swaps. (i think it was either raindrops or cotneyroo -really can't remember now)   
40  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Newbies Only Swap! on: July 26, 2006 11:54:49 AM
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