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1  Re: fun painted poster project in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by kayray on: July 04, 2004 02:05:56 PM
quarkiegirl -- the rasterbator link is awesome!!  Thanks!

Hey, I made another poster from my fabulous book "The Mode in Costume".  The photo is kind of dark, but it looks really pretty in real life:

Fun fun fun!

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2  fun painted poster project in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by kayray on: June 27, 2004 04:12:27 PM
Today I decided to try to make a nice colorful poster to hang in my boring bathroom. Here's the result:

(I made a small one as a test, then a larger one)

Here's the original image:

A drawing out of "The Saturdays" by Elizabeth Enright.

Here's what I did:

I scanned the original drawing at 2400 dpi -- the highest dpi my scanner would do.  This was not necessary -- the resulting image file was so huge that my computer had trouble handling it.  I eventually scaled it down in photoshop to 600 pixels/inch (in the "image size" window), so do yourself and your computer a favor, if you try this, and scan at a reasonable dpi Smiley

Then, in photoshop, I resized the image to 18" x 27",  and set the image mode to "duotone", and then did image > adjustments > posterize (levels either 2 or 4, can't remember) to make it true black lines on a white background. Fiddle around 'til it looks good Smiley

Then, to print it, I had to do something kind of lame and I'll bet a PS guru out there can tell me a better way to go about it but I did this:

Select a section of the image -- since mine was 18 x 27 I chose to do sections of about 6 x 9, and print on 9 separate pieces of paper.  So select the upper left corner (for instance), copy the selection, do "new document", paste the selection into the new document, and then print the new document.  Then close the new document (no neeed to save it) and repeat for the next section. Make sure your selections overlap each other a bit, so you can align the sections later for gluing.  When I was about halfway through, I thought of using ruler guides to mark out my areas for selection -- to do this make photoshop show you the rulers, then click and drag from the ruler into your image to make nice guidelines.

So then eventually I had nine pieces of paper, each with a different chunk of my poster on it.  Then I layed them all out and decided which pieces would overlap which other pieces --- sounds confusing but just try it and you'll see what I mean.  Then I trimmed the edges of the topmost overlapping pieces and used a glue stick (ooo high tech) to glue the whole puzzley thing together.

Whew, a big black-and-white poster!

But I wanted colorful, so I got out my watercolors and painted the whole thing as if it were a giant coloring book.  I don't know when I've had so much fun!


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3  Re: tyvek - credit card wallet thingy in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by kayray on: May 17, 2004 05:12:07 PM
OMG!  My nasty plastic card-holder thingy died a long time ago and I never managed to find a replacement.  Thought about making one out of vinyl but it's no fun to sew.  I'm making a tyvek one right now! (If I can find an old envelope).  Thanks so much for the inspiration! 

(Sherrily -- Tyvek is the tough yet papery material that Priority Mail envelopes are made of.  You know? :)


hey I finished mine!  here's a pic:

I added a clear vinyl window on the outside to hold a photo of my son :)

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4  gingham purse tutorlal link in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kayray on: April 18, 2004 12:23:11 PM
Hi all,

I've finally finished my tutorial! It's tremendously long and it took FOREVER to write it up.  I don't want to take up space here and I also don't want to re-write all the html into yabbc code, so i'm just going to link you to my own site.  Hope that's not aganst the rules!

Here ya go:


And here are photos of the original green gingham purse and the red one I made for the tutorial:

Have fun!  I want to see some photos of adorable bags here pretty soon :)

I'm about to make one in a tasteful solid mossy-green for my sophisticated sister.

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5  Re:I finished my BPT sweater! in Knitting: Completed Projects by kayray on: April 16, 2004 11:44:55 AM
emling -- adding a zipper is easy-as-pie.  You hand-sew it in, first pinning carefully to make sure the edges of the sweater butt together just right. I had to do some fiddling to make sure the cables lines up with each other as neatly as possible.  Then you just sew it in from the wrong side with some doubled, waxed thread, skimming lightly through the sweater so the stitches don't show on the right side.   If you make a mistake or it doesn't end up looking right it's easy to cut the thread and start over, so there's nothing to fear :)

Cables are also nothing to fear -- they look so much more complicated than they really are.   And in this pattern, the tricky-looking double cables are really just two single cables, mirroring each other.  Make yourself a graph-paper chart and try them out on a swatch and you'll see how it works.

Here's a photo of the page of charts and notes I made for this project -- it links to a HUGE image, in case you want to see it close up :)

Have fun!

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6  I finished my BPT sweater! in Knitting: Completed Projects by kayray on: April 15, 2004 05:38:50 PM
Wooohooo!  I made knitty.com's bpt sweater!!

I used lamb's pride worsted instead of whatever the pattern called for, and I made a few minor changes to the pattern.  My gauge was different, of course, so that presented a challenge.  I figured it all out, though, and I'm mighty pleased!  On to the photos:

(gotta re-block the tip of the hood)

Oh, I used the two-circular-needle magic loop method for the sleeves, since I didn't have dps in the right size.  I think I got that idea from someone here -- it worked like a charm!

Have fun,

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7  Happy springtime gingham purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kayray on: April 10, 2004 12:52:16 PM
Hi y'all,
I spent the last two days designing and making a super-cute little bag and I've got to show it off!  The shape was inspired by a bag I saw at Target, and the fabric is some 1970s gingham that my Grandma wanted to get rid of.    The bag has an exterior fitted cell-phone pocket, two interior pockets, and a key-strap. I stiffened the whole thing with two layers of interfacing, and the bottom is stiffened extra-much with a rectangle of plastic needlepoint canvas.  The bag sagged a bit with I filled it with my stuff, so I cut a dowel to fit inside the blue casings at the top.  No more sag.  Ok, on to the pictures! The thumbnails are clickable if you want to see bigger pics.

I got the flower buttons at Value Craft -- the only ones they had, and they just happened to match perfectly!

You can see the cellphone pocket here.

Key strap!

edit: tutorial is here: http://kayray.org/crafts/red_tutorial/

Have fun,

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8  Re:HANDBAG SWAP (sign up closed ; mail your craft by: 3/31/04) in The Swap Gallery by kayray on: March 29, 2004 09:47:59 AM
its always nice to get something and then say, "how the hell did she do this?"  


You're welcome, KOhlthemule! I had a blast making it.  I can do a tutorial if anyone's interested.

And I got my bag on Saturday!  Thank you SO MUCH photogirl! I love love love it.  Here it is:

Isn't it a pretty thing? I love plaid, and I needed a good big bag for my knitting! She did a super job on it, too.  It's lined with a nice padded cream-colored cotton and it will hold a TON of stuff.

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9  Re:square bottomed lined bag tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kayray on: February 15, 2004 12:27:05 PM
Hey here's my new bag!

I made my bag out of the left-over legs from a big-jeans-to-little-skirt project
 and some parts from a worn-out backpack .  Here's a photo of my materials:

You can see the great pocket I cut out of my backpack, and the padded straps that I sewed
together.  The white stuff is plastic needlepoint canvas, which I used to stiffen the bottom of the bag.

Here's  the pattern in case you want to make one just like it ;-)

The grid is in inches, but there is NO SEAM ALLOWANCE.  Add some if you
copy the pattern.

I sewed the backpack pocket to the lining, plus another interior pocket, plus another
pocket on the back of the bag (for my appointment book).  I put a 10" x 6" piece
of needlepoint canvas in the bottom to keep it stiff, and I covered the padded straps
with the lining fabric.  Here are some more photos :)

 Thanks for the inspirational tutorial, Jordy :)
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10  hot-water bottle cover in Knitting: Completed Projects by kayray on: January 24, 2004 11:58:42 PM
Hey all,

Here's my knitted hot-water bottle cover!

It's knitted of Lion Brand Wool Ease (haven't been to  _good_ yarn store in far too long) in the round, on 66 stitches at a gauge of 4 stiches to the inch.

I started at the bottom, leaving it open for a drawstring, and knitted up to where the shoulders begin to curve.  Then I did K2tog, K2, SSK on each side, switching to dp needles when things began to get unmanageable. My largest dps were about 4 sizes too small so I knitted ridiculously loosely.

When I had 30 stitches remaining, I switched to k2, p2 ribbing for the neck.  I knitted up past the top of the bottle and bound off, then made a twisted cord and threaded it through the bottom every inch or so (wish I'd thought to leave eyelets but oh well).

Easy-peasy!  Oh, I got the chart from "The Complete Book of Traditional Fair Isle Knitting" by Sheila McGregor.

Have fun!

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