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11  Re: Thread catcher, scraps bin, desk bin, whatever you want to call it. :-) in Completed Projects by chickybiker on: September 07, 2012 07:51:41 AM

Oh, and if you have a lot of scraps, you just leave the cuff turned up:

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12  Thread catcher, scraps bin, desk bin, whatever you want to call it. :-) in Completed Projects by chickybiker on: September 06, 2012 06:12:07 PM

I've been wanting one of these for a long time, so that I wasn't constantly having all the ends of the thread get all stuck to the other bits on the table, or struggling to get it all to the bin without dropping it!

If you want to know how to make one, I did a fairly comprehensive tutorial here: http://snottydog.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/how-to-make-a-thread-catcher-or-scraps-bin/

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13  Re: The lucet? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by chickybiker on: August 03, 2012 10:19:21 AM

You can re-braid lucet cord more than once.  For example, here, I've braided cotton string, and pink Double Knit yarn.  You can see - at least on the string one - the size of the yarn I started with (with a bobbin of cotton for scale) and then it moves into once-braided, before being twice braided.

Depending on the thickness of the yarn you start with, you can potentially rebraid as many times as your hands will cope with!  I shouldn't think you'd get more than three or four times unless you were using thread though, as it is a lot harder on your hands.

But both these are fairly chunky as they are!  And they are definitely more sturdy.

Does that help any?

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14  Blue star cape with buttons in Crochet: Completed Projects by chickybiker on: August 03, 2012 04:40:13 AM
I have a bit of a "thing" for five-pointed stars, and some time ago now I saw the star blanket that several people posted a tutorial for here and on YouTube and all over the web, and it got me thinking.......

......how about having a hole in the middle so it can go round your shoulders....??  Then I thought that you'd need to have a collar or your neck would get cold, so I decided to put a split in it and do it a bit like a cardigan with a collar and buttons, just because I wanted to be able to make it warmer or cooler, depending on how I was feeling - just undoing a neck button or two can be the difference between sweating and being "just right" for me, my body is odd like that.

So I experimented small scale, and then (when I was gifted some yarn by an awesome friend) I had enough to try it out for real.  Exciting times when you can get the ideas out yer head!!   Grin  Though I did have to undo this little blighter more times than I care to mention to get the start right, as you go from a round into points, which is a bit of a mathematical crochet nightmare!

And here it is - my "shoulder warmer" blue star cape.....

And being worn - do forgive the wrinkles and twists, I put the camera on timer, and hoped for the best, and I haven't washed or blocked it yet (still wondering if that's a good idea as I didn't have bands on the yarn, so I don't know how it will wash.)

I will probably make a pattern for this at some point, (when I've recovered from the agony of all the frogging) so I would appreciate it if you do decide to make your own that you don't use my idea to sell, because it could mean that you and I have a falling out at some point and I'd rather things stayed all friendly.   Smiley
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15  lucet braided rainbow star coasters in Weaving: Completed Projects by chickybiker on: December 24, 2011 04:24:52 AM
Hi guys, don't think I have posted in fibre arts before, only made my lucet a while back, and got it out to make these babies recently as it's easy enough to do while you're ill and stuck on the sofa.  Smiley

I found doing the lucet braiding easy enough to do while zoning out in front of the telly, but I had no idea how much longer it would take to sew these little blighters together, it took aaaaaaaaaaggggggggeeeeeeessssssss.........!!   Shocked

Hence the reason why there are only three of them at the moment.   Roll Eyes

The good thing about lucet braiding for coasters and stuff is that the cross section is square, so they sit nicely together in a spiral.  But you guys probably know that already.   Cheesy

So here they are.  I started off with the star that ended up as kind of a flower shape.

But then I wondered if I could do one that was a proper pointy star, and yup, tis possible too.   Grin

I sewed them together with standard white sewing thread, but that showed up on the outside edge so I looked for my sharpie pens, and couldn't believe my luck when I found that they were exactly the right colours!!   Grin

I still can't decide which shape I like best.  I might do like a hybrid next time so the points are in between the two.  Then again I might be too bored and want to do something else entirely, the sewing part is quite hard on your fingers, you definitely need a thimble!
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16  Skull & crossbones...! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by chickybiker on: March 13, 2011 06:56:20 AM
Hi guys, I don't normally post that much, but having rarely done any 3D crocheting and having finished the challenge I set myself I just had to share this.   Cheesy

Here he is hanging on the wall....

I didn't use a pattern, I just winged it.  I started with the bones, figuring that if I could make those, then I could make the skull too!  It's been one of those projects I just picked up when watching TV, which isn't often, so it took me a couple of weeks to complete. 
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17  I went to a workshop recently, and I made this... in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by chickybiker on: July 17, 2009 05:27:47 PM
I've not done any wire work before, so this is a first.  I'm glad my friend took me on this workshop, because now I don't feel at all daunted at throwing myself into doing more.

It's not a very detailed pic, but it shows just how much it sparkles!

Here's a couple that show the detail better, but the colour/sparkle is not true to life...

and close up...

It's definitely inspired by an existing work, but as that's from a workshop held in a bead shop, I'm not sure if I'm allowed to post a link to it?  Mod?? 

I've since made a pair of earrings to match, and a couple of tiaras!  I'm keeping the bracelet and earrings, for sure.  I've had a few nice compliments when I've worn them, which is nice.   Cheesy

Hope you like. 

I love it!   Grin
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18  first attempt at "proper" earrings... in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by chickybiker on: November 26, 2008 01:23:56 PM

Okay, so it's been a loooooong time since I started a topic, and never before in this category, so here goes....

These were the first ones I made.  Bear in mind that the top bead of each one is the same shape, kinda nuggety, just turned around differently - they also show different colours depending on which side you see! 

(You get a good idea of the range and brightness of the colours on these first two pictures.)

Then I made some smaller ones for a very petite friend!  Bearing in mind they seem to be appearing that bit larger than life here.

These others were taken at night, and though they were back AND front lit, as well as with a flash, they still came out a bit washed out and dark.  However, you get the general idea from the two above.  I just wanted to show you the different combinations of shapes that I made.

I think these are my favourite coz they're unusual.  They were supposed to have a smaller long bead (as below) hanging from the top, so they looked like cherries with a leaf, but the middle one hung straight down and they looked rude!:

A friend bought these off me already:

I have had to use the tools I already own as I couldn't afford to buy anything more.  Any comments or suggestions for improvement from you experienced jewellery makers is welcome. 

I guess they're a bit ordinary for Craftster, but I hope you like them.   Grin
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19  black and purple net skirt - petticoat style in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by chickybiker on: August 05, 2006 02:25:47 PM
This was one hell of a project that I completed some time ago, but have only just got pics together for.

I had an impending Cradle concert to attend and no outfit as such, so the heat was on.  Being plus size I had to make something that would be flattering and all-out gothy too!

It is made from net that drapes after washing, not the sort that stays stiff, like used for tutus.  There was no pattern, I merely took my hip measurement and designed it from there.  There are two identical layers, one purple, one black.

The top tier is 1.5 metres by about 8-9 inches.  (I'm of that generation where we were taught both imperial and metric, so I have a nasty habit of interchanging them depending which one suits best at the time.)  The bottom one is 24 metres by 8-9 inches and that was hell to gather and attach to the layer above!  Twice!

I wish it was a little longer, but it took two entire weeks to make from start to finish, so I'm not about to go faffing about with it again any time soon!  Oh, and it's hell to drive in!  You end up with a lap and a face full of net! lol  Plus you have to wear leggings as I didn't want a permanent lining.  Leggings and this is SO comfy and practical, yet kinda girly, it suits me really well.

I hope you like it. Grin

Spread out on the washing line...

Hanging loose  Wink...

Me in the skirt, not going to the concert, but a rock club.  (I hate this pic, but I'm not getting all dressed up for another one if I've got no night out to go on! lol)

Sorry the pics aren't better, but till I get something other than my 10 quid webcam/digicam (or scanned in film pics), to take piccies with, they will have to do.

Oh, and if anyone knows where I can get me some footless plus size tights or lycra leggings from in the UK I'd be eternally grateful.

Hope you like.
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20  Mental flowery cardigan! ;D in Crochet: Completed Projects by chickybiker on: June 28, 2006 03:49:08 PM

 Grin  Finally getting round to posting my second ever make.  I mean the second ever thing posted to craftster, not the second thing I've ever crocheted! lol

My mental flowery cardigan made with several dozen flowers made on a Ronco Flower Loom.  The flowers were then crocheted around into hexagons then crocheted together.  There was no pattern, I just made it up as I went with some help from Enfys (CwmEnfysCrochet) as she is a crochet genius!

The sleeves are tapered and purposely too long as that's how I like them!  The buttons (in black too, so you can't really see them) are loom/crocheted as well.

It took aaaaaages to make and I kept putting it away for months at a time coz I got bored.

If I had to charge for this it would cost hundreds with the time it took.  I just wish I'd had the money to use nice cotton in co-ordinated colours instead of the scraps of acrylic I had lying about.

and the back

sorry about the fuzziness, my friend had to snap and go and I don't have a digital camera, only a web cam.

I have ideas for a shrug next time, but it's still in the thinking through stage.

Hope you like.  comments, questions welcome.  (Though I already know I look a right idiot!) Wink  Tongue

(And if you use the idea, please link to me/credit it and send me a link so I can have a nosey!)

Edited to clarify first sentence!
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