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21  Hat stand in progress (long post!) in Completed Projects by vanillaxlight on: July 25, 2007 09:02:07 AM
I'm posting this here because, eventually, it will be a finished project. I need some help first, though! I'm making a hat stand and I think I've got it all figured out, but I'm unsure about attaching my hat form.

First, I started with the basic idea that I wanted something sturdy: PVC. I was going to make right angles for my "arms" to hold the hats on because I didn't want the spokes to interfere with how my hats would sit on them. I couldn't figure out how to make the joints, though, so I went with angled pieces. I measured the PVC where I wanted holes and drilled them. Then I had to drill them on an angle so the arms would come out correctly. I cut some dowels for the arms and put them in. I thought I would need some liquid nails to keep the arms in place, but they really stay in the stand quite snugly.

It was plain and  ugly, so I decided I needed some spray paint.  I went with black. Believe it or not, I've never spraypainted before (and I also dont own a glue gun. I know, I'm a heretical crafter) so this wasn't easy. My feet ended up with black splotches on them (as well as my legs and hands) but in the end it all worked out.

I dont have a picture of the "finished" spray painted stands, though, sorry. The paint is sort of drippy in spots and theres one smaaaall strip of splotchy paint on one of the pipes, but honestly.. don't care.

The base of the stand was another difficulty. I looked around a bit, and I finally decided on a toilet flange screwed to a plywood base. Turns out, the toilet flange in the size I needed was $21. For one. And I needed two. No. Way. So I went a different route when someone suggested I use pots/vases/etc. I picked up these two vases at Hobby Lobby for $2 each on clearance. They weren't my first choice, and the other one I bought is actually chipped on one of the flower petals, but they're okay. I really wanted this awesome drippy glaze red one, but they only had one left in stock. I could have gone with mismatched pots, but the only others that were around weren't really matchy, even for mismatched. I've also got a couple piece of fabric in the picture, but you can ignore those Wink

Now... how do you fit a 1.5 inch PVC pipe into a 6 inch hole without it moving around? I needed something to keep it in place, and the same person who suggested a pot, also suggested sand or some such to weight it down (I love my friends, so useful and helpful and good looking). Well, I bought some sand at Lowes (funny story about that, I went in and had to get some tiiiiny nails, some temporary pvc caps for the other end of this thing, and some sand, but the power had gone out! they were slowly coming back up, but their computers were still down so they were writing all their receipts by hand. I was honest about prices to the best of my ability because, ya know, as my 9th grade english teacher said, the guilt will eat you up inside and then you die. buuuut, I wasnt sure exactly on a couple things so she just gave me the lowest price I said. Sweet deal/) to put in the bottom of the vase, but I knew it wasn't going to hold it steady enough, so I made some frames.

 It actually worked! It holds up my hat stand! its actually starting to look like it could hold hats! I was very excited, and the boyfriend thought I was crazynuts. And not in the fun loving, cute way, either. eh.

Next step, possibly the most difficult? Making and attaching the "hat form" part of the hat stand. you know.. the little circley part that hats sit on to keep their shape and be supported. Yeah. I found some plastic mesh shapes ( http://www.darice.com/ecom/ProductDetails.aspx?it=33005&oid=12800 ) at Hobby Lobby on the cheap and they were almost the perfect size. I decided after a day or two that they were too flimsy and pitched 'em, but not before tracing the shape onto some foam board. I found some wine-ish red faux leather (only about a yard, got it cheapcheapcheap as a remnant a few years ago) and attached it
 to the foam board (via my ever wonderful Swingline stapler. i swear I use that thing more to craft with than to staple papers with... don't take my stapler. You knows what happens when you steal the Swingline stapler). The underside is very messy and I need to come up with a way to cover it to make it less messy, but right now thats the least of my problems.

Now, FINALLY, heres my issue: how the hell do I attach these things?! My first thought was a little hole, some liquid nails, and a lot of balance. I dont think that'll hold up to the weight of some of my hats, though. Then I thought, sculpey. Make some sculpey forms and glue them to the base with liquid nails (gawd, have I mentioned how much I love liquid nails?!), then glue them to the stick with it, as well. But that would use a lot of sculpey as I need 16 (8 bases per stand, two stands) forms. Now Im thinking foam.. glue the foam to the base, and stick the foam onto the dowel to get the correct angle, then take it off, glue the dowel, stick the foam back on. but foam isnt very durable. I just basically need it to stay on the dowel without coming off. Obviously the dowels come out at an angle, and I need the form to lay horizontally, so the form won't be making a right angle with the dowel. ugh!

Suggestions? Maybe I could wire wrap something... not a bad idea, actually. then I would be able to continue the wire wrapping around the hatstand itself. I plan on decorating it as it is, but I dont know!


I used little wooden blocks (drilled into them on an angle) and glued then with liquid nails to the dowels. I also already glued the forms to the blocks and I think Im going to wrap bulky black yarn along the bottom (the idea in my head looks good, but I think it loses something iin translation...)

Still not done! it needs decoration
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22  Cherry Blossom clutch *PATTERN for cherry blossoms added* in Crochet: Completed Projects by vanillaxlight on: July 23, 2007 05:44:03 PM
I was in the middle of making a present for a great great friend of mine when I saw this post from the knit/crochet goodie bag swap and was instantly inspired to make something else! It's a bit on the girlie side, and a bit on the small side, but I like it.

Simply soft double stranded, with DMC embroidery floss for the branch and flowers




(dont know why the bottom right flower looks wonky, but it isnt really. I think its just the angle)

I added a snap closure, but its on the inside and isnt visible, anyway


If this doesn't make sense, please let me know!

Chain 10, join to 10th chain from hook with a slip stitch to form a ring.

Working around the chain, *chain 1, dc, (tr, picot) rep from ( to ) once, tr, dc, chain 1, ss around ring. Rep from * to * four times (5 petals). ss into first chain 1 and fasten off.

(switched the order of my pics so I can milk "hot new topics" for all its worth Wink)
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23  Re: Do you own a fiber animal? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by vanillaxlight on: July 13, 2007 09:19:41 AM
When you go to post a photo you would do this code:


But since you don't have 10 posts yet, you cant insert the IMG part of that. Therefore, you'll post just the http://www.mywebsite/myphoto.jpg part and I'll add the IMG to it for you.
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24  Wedding garter with quasi pattern in Crochet: Completed Projects by vanillaxlight on: July 04, 2007 10:29:29 AM
Global moderator Sweets4ever is getting married in August and I was in charge of making her garter. I've never made one before, but now I think I'm hooked (oh Im so punny)!

Her accent color is this deep, rich red. I think her shoes will be red, and I figured.. sexy red garter! It's a nice pop of color for her fiance Wink

(ignore the string on the right hand side of that last one. I havent woven in the ends yet)

Its elastic so the ribbon (which is velvet!) is just decorative.

Im thinking of adding small black and crystal seed beads in the space on top of the scallops so they dangle in the center. not sure, though. That might be "too much." I have more beads left over from when I made a red/black/crystal crocheted bracelet for her. Opinions on beads or no beads? I think I love it the way it is, but I dont know!

Hope y'all like it! Cheesy
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25  Re: Confessions in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by vanillaxlight on: July 03, 2007 07:04:49 PM
h'okay! Sorry this took me so long. I've had a loooong couple of days. Hopefully this makes sense!

This tutorial assumes you know how to back post and front post double crochet.

Obviously, start with a couple of rows of front post and back post double crochet. I generally do two or three rows before I do my cable turn.

I have three posts here. These are all DOUBLE CROCHET.

To start the cable, you'll TRIPLE CROCHET around the second dc. skip the first one! A triple crochet will make sure you have enough "give" in the cable so it doesnt distort it.

The second tr:

Now triple crochet around the third post:

The third tr:

Now this is what confused you, I think. You're going to go BACK to the first post and triple crochet around it. It'll essentially reverse the order of the first and third posts. When you go around the posts from the back you have to remember this because itll look backward.. You want to make sure you preserve the twist!

see? itll look like this:

The view from the back: the stitch directly in front of the hook is the last post you did, which was the "first" stitch that you skipped.

double crochet around all the stitches as usual, in order (remember to make sure you do it in the correct order!) and this is what it should look like when you're done Cheesy

I hope that helped!
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26  Fiber Friday June 29, 2007 in Spinning: Completed Projects by vanillaxlight on: June 28, 2007 09:19:41 PM
Because it's Friday somewhere in the world... Wink

"Superman Ice Cream." this is about 200 yards of jacob/merino dyed with kool aid and plied with pink thread. Its got random coils throughout.


"Kentucky Blue Grass." About 150 yards of merino dyed with wilton's icing dyes. My boyfriends friend was over the other night when the roving was drying and he said it reminded him of Kentucky, where he used to live. He wanted me to spin it up for him and make him a tam. I made the hat, but I think I'll frog it because the bill just doesn't look right. I really love how it looks worked up, though. A single, sort of thick and thin.

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27  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 6 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by vanillaxlight on: June 20, 2007 08:57:29 AM
So my camera is sadly out of commission. I seem to have lost the compact flash card. I bet its at the store (used it when I printed my pictures for treetree), but Im afraid they say they dont have it. Sad

But I took pictures of the stuff treetree sent home with francine just now at work! Dont tell my boss, mk?

Everything as a whole. I got some pretty sweet pamphlets that I'll be using next time I go to connecticut (sadly, last time i was there was very brief and only lasted long enough to see the capitol and visit krazigal72 for a couple hours).

Francine has a new friend! Cora the jellyfish. She'll be hanging up in my car accompanying Francine and Mr. Whaley Dude.

Nutmeg, some seashells in a lovely mesh bag and a nutmeg grater! mmm nutmeg Grin

(little did treetree know, I collect "nature" from different areas. I have sand or dirt from several states, as well as two different parts of Mexico, Grand Cayman, and soon a couple different Bahaman islands. Now I have seashells from connecticut!)

The front of the scrapbook! The pictures are all very awesome and the scrapbook is hilarious, seriously. treetree has an awesome sense of humor

My favorite pages in the scrapbook Grin

THis was an awesome swap! Leon will be making his way home very soon, I just have to put the finishing touches on a couple things and then I'm done.

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28  CROCHET CHALLENGE 5: Eco Crochet - ENDED in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by vanillaxlight on: June 12, 2007 11:59:40 AM
The theme of the fifth crochet challenge is Eco Crochet! Anything submitted under this theme must meet one of the following conditions:

- made from 'earth friendly' objects or materials, such as organic, recycled, or unbleached materials. Peaches n cream, sugar n cream, and lion brand yarns would not fall under this category.
- made from free trade materials
- made from found objects
- made to reduce waste, such as a crocheted market bag or tampon.

The object can be anything you with, as long as it is either made out of earth friendly materials or helps to reduce waste in every day life. The central item MUST be crocheted, but you can have accents in other materials (beads, craft felt, crayons?). If these accent materials are recycled, even better!

The format:

When posting your challenge entry, please post it under Crochet Challenge Entries. In the message body, post the title of your entry and clear pictures.

The Deadline:

The crafting period will last just under two weeks for this challenge. Enter now until June 25th at 11:59 pm EST in order to be considered for the challenge!

The Prizes (the best part!):

The winner of this challenge will recieve:

Any item priced under $35US from Random World Order, a shop run by craftster member fun4bambi.

A big ball of yarn replaces the traditional skull in this Modern Jolly Roger by Random World Order; some pirates just love to crochet after the pillaging's done.

All prizes donated by the people mentioned. If you would like to donate a prize for the crochet challenge, please PM me.

Have fun!


- Members do not need to have a certain post count or have been a member for so long to participate. Everyone is welcome!
- All items must be handmade by the poster.
- The central item must be crocheted.
- Only one entry per poster, though you may incorporate multiple things into your one entry (such as with a set)
- Items can be as big or as small as you want, unless otherwise stated in the theme.
- You must use the theme provided.
- If using a pattern that is not your own, please alter the pattern at least 25% in order to maintain creativity in challenge entries (that does not mean changing the color!)
- this is an important one: Make sure all pictures are visible through the time of voting. During voting, I will be posting the actual picture int he voting slot, so make sure people can view them! Craftster offers reliable picture hosting to registered members and also incorporates photobucket software into the code to make photobucket accounts easier to use. Take advantage of these features!

The Themes:

All themes are suggested and voted on by Craftster members. To suggest a theme to be considered in the next crochet challenge, see this thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=132209.0
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29  A couple of necklaces - edited to add another pic in Crochet: Completed Projects by vanillaxlight on: June 08, 2007 09:12:19 AM
I made this necklace for sevsonlygirl for the ongoing wish swap (round 19?) and I dont think I ever posted it. It's debbie bliss cashmerino with gold seed beads:

I made another collar/necklace today for my mothers birthday. I realized last night that today was her birthday and that I didn't have a gift for her (such a horrible daughter) so I grabbed a skein of angora yarn and a hook to take to work with me this morning and went to town. It took about 2 hours, one to make the motifs and one to sew it all together.

Right now it's nothing too special... I want to add some chains connecting the two circles on the bottom (sort of like a chandelier effect, if you can visualize it) and I think I'm going to add some silver seed beads like the one above just to give it a little something else. it seems too plain right now. I doubt she'll ever wear it, especially since angora is sooo warm, but she'll at least like it.

(these two pics can be viewed larger for a bit more detail)

I added seed beads to this becklace and... I really don't like it. I think I also want to take the circles on the bottom off. I'm going to give it to my mom without touching it, though, and see what she thinks of it. She may like the circles. they just seem out of place, though, like they need something to connect them. I just cant find something nice enough. I thought about stringing some beads horizontally from circle to circle, or maybe vertically from the flower, or maybe the same two methods except sc and picots, but nothing looks right.

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30  Crochet FEATURED PROJECTS - June in Crochet: Completed Projects by vanillaxlight on: June 03, 2007 11:44:08 AM
These are the featured projects for JUNE! I decided on a "pop culture" crochet theme. To narrow down the field, I decided on only plushies/amigurumi/stuffed animals. Congratulations to the featured projects, and enjoy!

If you don't want your project featured, or if you have a theme or project in mind for a future installment of Crochet Featured projects, please PM me.

mythbusters by i am sapho

Sailor Moon by DragonRhapsody

R2D2 by mplsdeanna

Aqua teen Hunger force by Tamara_C

Conan OBrien by red_pen

Spiderman by lizstaley
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