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1  Re: cheap variation on crepe paper roses. in Valentine's Day by ecinue88 on: January 30, 2005 08:05:06 PM
Open up the cut so that you get a flat rectangular end. Start at one corner and fold/roll it at a 45 degree angle to the length of the straw.
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2  cheap variation on crepe paper roses. in Valentine's Day by ecinue88 on: January 08, 2005 11:00:21 PM
These are just ordinary crepe paper strip/foam strip roses done on a smaller scale with straws. Cheap because you can get a whole box for a dollar or just accumulate them from the fast food place a month or so in advance. The softer (cheaper) and longer the straw, the better it works. Don't use bendy straws, though.

Insert the scissors into the straw, cut one end of your straw about 2 inches.

Open up the cut

Start at one corner of the open flap, roll diagonally

Keep rolling all the way up to the end of the cut.

Keep rolling, the end of the cut will create a little bump, this forms the bud/center of the rose.

The angle of the roll will make the straw rise above the top of the rose. When this happens, fold the straw under and keep on a-rollin'

Rol,l roll, roll, fold, roll some more

Until the end of the straw

End of straw sticking out

Fold the end under till it overlaps the stem

Tape the end with some tape (masking, floral, electrical or just magic tape) and wrap the stem in a downward spiral. Color with a magic marker if you're using masking.
I did a pretty crappy job on this one, but you get the picture.

I shouldn't have used a clear straw, since it made photographing much harder, but it's the only kind I have on hand.
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3  Re: Double Knot Stitch Help in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by ecinue88 on: December 13, 2004 01:11:25 PM
A double knot stitch is simple 2 knot stitches in a row. Here are some pictures although I'm not sure how much it will help.

1. start with your chain

2. sc into 2nd ch from hook

-sc done and waiting on hook

3. pull loop on hook to get a long hoop. (1/2 inch in your link)

4.Ch1 through long loop

5. ch 1 done

6. Here's the tricky part. Slip your hook under the yarn directly connected to the hook.

Here's a clearer picture of the yarn in question

7. Work a normal sc. Knot done.

8. Repeat steps 3-7 to make a double knot

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4  Re: Crochet "ugly" doll. . .please help! in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by ecinue88 on: July 02, 2004 03:46:19 PM

Here's my attempt at it. The pattern is deliberately vague, with no gauge since you should be able to personalize your ugly doll. The doll is crocheted in a spiral, with no ss at the beginning of each row, so stitch markers are recommended.

*Make a chain about 1/4" or 1/2" (this will be the width of one foot).
Turn, sc in the outside loops of each st (don't skip any from hook), 2sc in end of row. Turn so that the outside loops become the inside loops and continue sc in each st back down the line , again with 2 sc in the st at the end of the row.

sc in each st to form a tube, until it measures about 1" in height.* Cut off. This is one foot.
Repeat from * to * to make the second foot. Do not cut off. Join to the first foot with an sc, and continue sc in each stitch to form the body. Continue making the tube until you are ready to add a tail.

-Tail- (optional)
When you reach the spot you want to attach a tail, make a ch the length of the tail. sc in st back down the chain until you reach the body of the doll. **Cont sc in each st of the body until you get to the tail again.** sc in each stitch along one side of the tail until you reach the end. turn, then ss both sides of the tail together until it reaches the body. Tail finished, do not add stitches to the tail-chain when crocheting the rest of the body. To make a thicker tail, repeat ** to ** more times. To make a curved tail, skip a stitch or make two sc in one stitch on one side.

-Arms- sc in st to make the tube body until you want to add arms. Add arms using the tail method. Remember that both arms need to be added at opposite sides of the same row if you want them to be the same height up the body. Add as many arms as you like, or none at all.

when arms are done, cont. sc in st to form a neck. To make a tapered neck or head, skip sts when you turn your work to go back down the line.

If you don't want ears, skip ahead to finishing off the head. Crochet until you get to the midpoint of the head (center of the forehead). Turn and sc in st back down the half of the head. Dec at the end of the row will give you triangular or curved ears, inc will give you wider ears etc. Cont crocheting in the round until you get the shape and length of ear that you want. Cut off yarn and hide end. Stuff the doll through the hole at the base of the other ear. Attach yarn at the edge of the hole, and crochet another ear.

-finishing off the head-
Stuff the doll, then press both sides of the tube together. SS both sides together. Doing this from side to side will make a flat looking doll. Doing this with the seam running down the middle of the forehead will give the doll a misshapen, mohawkish look.

Hope you have fun with your freeform crochet.
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5  Re:Yarn suggestions for crochet shawl in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by ecinue88 on: April 13, 2004 07:19:03 PM
I just packed away my camera for moving so I won't be able to get pictures up till next month. It sounds like you have to skip the yo when you work the petals. (see highlighted bit).  

-chain a multiple of 6
-ch 6 more, dtr x2 in 6th ch from hook (3 loops)
//skip this line-yo, draw through the 3 loops[/b]
-skip 5 ch, in 6th ch dtr x3 (6 loops[/b])
-yo, draw through the 6 loops[/b]

-ch 6 dtr x2 in 6th ch (3 loops)
-dtr x3 in base of last cluster (6 loops)
-skip 5 ch, in 6th ch dtr x3 (9 loops)
-yo, draw through the 9 loops

-repeat red instructions until end of row

when starting new row begin from blue instructions

The other thing that might be throwing you is that the white shawl was worked from the top down (hence the long chain for the top edge.) The blue shawl was worked from the bottom point up.

Beginning at point 1, ch 6 (or 9 for the blue shawl). dtr x2 in the first chain(still point 1) ending with 3 loops on hook.

YO, pull through all 3 loops to form point 2.
Ch 6, dtr x2 in 6th ch from hook (point 2) for 3 loops on hook.  Keeping the 3 loops on hook, dtrx3 into point 1. (6 loops on hook.)
Yo, draw through all 6 loops to form point 3.  This is a 6 stitch cluster.


Ch 6 , dtr x2 into point 3 (3 loops on hook) yo, draw through all three loops to form point 4.
This is the 3 stitch cluster

ch6, dtr x2 into point 4. (3 loops on hook)
Keeping the 3 loops on the hook, dtr x3 into point 3. (6 loops on hook)
Keeping the 6 loops on hook, dtr x3 into point 2 (9 loops.
Yo, through all 9 loops for a 9 stitch cluster. that forms point 5.

Repeat ad nauseum.
I hope this clears things up.

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6  Easy beaded bookmark in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by ecinue88 on: March 24, 2004 11:57:03 AM
I saw these bookmarks in the mall under the name book thongs and thought they were cute. They're easy to make, just knot the thread and slip it under a bead when you're done. DMC cotton thread and beading floss were used to make these.

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7  Free patchwork panel in Discussion and Questions by ecinue88 on: March 24, 2004 11:53:02 AM
Order 10 free swatches here (sorry, US only) or get them from your local upholstery store.

Sew together (or fabric glue for no-sewers; I used herringbone stitch and gold thread)

And one free crazy patchwork panel ready to be turned into a pillow or a bag.
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8  Re:Kritter pillow in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by ecinue88 on: March 19, 2004 08:31:12 PM
** edit **

Here's better pictures. This one is done in plush felt.

Here is my fabric folded into thirds. The arrow shows the grain of the fur.

Cut through all three layers with the pattern.

Here is what it looks like unfolded. I decided that the fox would lie straight instead of curved, so he only has one v-shaped cutout on each side.

Sewed up the v cuts. The fabric will fold in the middle, this is what makes the body stand up.

Folded it back into thirds.

Tack your tail into place between the legs, or you can sew it into place later, depending on if you want the tail low or high.
Sew around the open ends. (left and right ends) Turn right side out through the flap in the middle.

The head and tail are done the same way, just cut two shapes out and sew around the edges. Then cut a hole in one side and turn right side out.

After embroidering a face, gather the open edges and tack to the head.

One fox pillow

A view of the tummy opening
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9  Re:semi-completed little clutch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by ecinue88 on: March 18, 2004 10:59:41 AM
I ended up using a zipper because the bag was too wide and soft to stay closed with just a frog.  

Here are the steps involved in lining my clutch:

Step 1: Measuring. For a cuboid bag like mine, follow the steps in jordy's tutorial to make a box shaped lining.

For an envelope bag, just fold a piece of fabric in half and sew up 2 sides to get a flat lining.

Once you have sewn up the lining, fold over the extra one inch and press to get a cuff. The seams should be on the outside at this point.

** Yes, I know I didn't cut out my pattern pieces as in step one, however, do as I say and not as I do because I'm a lazy person. Wink Your results will be much neater and easier to work with.

With the zipper closed, line up the side seams of the lining with the center of the zipper and the side of the bag.

Repeat on the other side

Then, pin the lining to the zipper and the purse, taking care to line up the distance between the zipper, lining and purse.

Sew along both the long edges of the zipper first, catching only the inner loops of the crochet. Accuracy is not really a big deal here, as long as the stitches do not show through on the other side.
Lastly, tuck your zipper ends in and sew tight. Escape your thread by passing the needle through the crocheted part of the purse. A light tug should transfer the knot to the inside of the crochet. Then, pulling the thread taut, cut it close to the bag and the thread should snap right into the space between crochet and lining.

Stringed musical instrument! You're done.
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10  Re:hand felting in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by ecinue88 on: March 17, 2004 01:52:17 PM
A wire brush for spot felting embroidery??  What would that do, exactly?  I love to embroider - would the felting help to fuse the design and make it stronger?  Thanks!

It creates a soft fuzzy texture, great for sheep and other critter embroideries. Maybe dandelions, too. Basically, you work an area in cut turkey work, then felt away. The tail on my scissor fob bunny is done this way with wool yarn.
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