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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Strawberry lolita skirt on: July 11, 2006 01:40:13 PM
I made a cute skirt yesterday. I think I'm going to try to sell it, but I like it a lot. Maybe I'll make another one for myself.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / teeny tiny knitting needles on: July 06, 2006 07:17:32 PM
So, I'm looking for advice for how to make tiny knitting needles, like ridiculous tiny, I don't know if size 000 is small enough, but I don't really want to spend much money on this. DPN's. Not too sharp, because earlier today I tried some sewing needles and then realized that I sort of press the end of the needle on my finger as I knit (ouch!).
Do you think that a bent-out paper clip might work? It wouldnt be pointed, but maybe it would work.
Any good ideas? This is for the craftster contest, so I can't really say what I'm going to do.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / making fabric more opaque: interfacing? on: May 30, 2006 07:38:22 PM
I bought some fabric to make an embroidered pillow. When I brought it home I noticed that it is pretty see-through. I'm afraid the threads will show through from the wrong side (I'm pretty new to embroidery, so the wrong side might be pretty bad).
It's some kind of cheap satin, it would be horrible for clothes, but I think it would be good as a throw pillow.
Can I use some fusible interfacing on it before I start stitching o make it more opaque, and also less slippery? Or is there a reason that would be bad?
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Outdoor clay on: May 04, 2006 06:42:55 AM
I'm going to try to make my mom a garden gnome for mother's day. But I don't really know what to make it out of. I went to Micheal's yesterday, but none of the clays there said whether or not they could be used outside, except for the kind you pour into a mold.
I know that I could use just the regular kind of clay that you fire in a kiln, but those sometimes shatter when you fire them.
Would sculpey be okay for outside? or is it too brittle?
What would be the best thing to use?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / t-shirt peter pan collar question (now it makes sense and has pics) on: April 11, 2006 12:14:46 PM
Hi, I'm new around here, and sort of new to sewing. I'm trying to make a t-shirt reconstruction, kind of in a lolita style. I've got it all figured out, and most of it put together, except the sleeves and collar.

Here is a picture of the shirt I want to make. Except obviously not as crappy looking.

I have a problem with the collar. I want it to be a peter-pan type collar with lace around it. I have a pattern from a pattern drafting book. Pretty much what I do is put the lace between 2 layers of fabric, (one having interfacing on it), like this:

I am very careful to pin the lace in the right place, but every time instead of looking like this:

it ends up having the lace all caught up in the seam. Here is an x-ray image of what it looks like, well pretty much.

It does this no matter how careful I am with the pinning and sewing. Is there a trick to doing this? Would it look messy if I just sewed the lace onto the underside of the collar?

Um, the shirt will be white in reality.
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Floral whale on: April 08, 2006 11:30:05 PM
I found these awesome stuffed animal patterns from the 70's at a thrift store. This is the only one I've made so far.

Here he is in his natural habitat, (the plush ocean).

(Or maybe he's just wrapped in a blanket ^_^)
I think it would look a lot better if I used a different fabric.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Strawberry purse on: April 08, 2006 11:24:54 PM
I've been making crochet purses with cute shapes on the front. This one is my favorite so far. I didn't use any kind of pattern, just freestyle.
One question: how much would you pay for something like this, if it was lined and had a zipper, (it does, I didn't get a good pic of the inside)? It's about 7in by 9in, and the strap is long enough to go across your chest if you're short, or over your shoulder if you're not.
The reason I ask is that a couple people have asked me about making them one for them.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Goomba Pillow on: April 08, 2006 11:18:48 PM
I'm in the middle of making a set of mario bad-guy throw pillows. Here's the goomba dude. I have the koopa troopa knit, I just need to sew it up.

I did this with intarsia, the first time I ever tried it. I have some advise for people who have never tried it before: It's not hard, but pick a design that is either perfectly symmetrical, or not at all, so you don't get confused. And get some bobbins, little yarn balls just roll away and get tangled.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / free yarn on: April 06, 2006 01:42:34 PM
I don't know if this is allowed here or not. I apologise in advance if it's not.
Like many knitters and crocheters, I have way too much yarn. Most of it is bright-colored acrylic that I bought for making toys, or that people gave me.
So here's the deal: You guys comment here saying what colors you want, and you give me money for shipping (it shouldn't be a whole lot, yarn is pretty light), and I'll mail it out 3 days from now. Please specify if you want all I have, or a small amount (like 20 yd).
This is first-come first-serve. I don't have infinity yarn. Most is worsted weight acrylic.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Please answer a survey for my research paper! on: March 14, 2006 08:23:07 PM
Hello, I am writing a research paper for my English 101 class. My topic is why people still do crafts, when almost everything you would want can be bought in a store. I need some answers from other people, and if you know of a specific article in a magazine, or if you know of a self-published zine, please let me know.

The question is: why do you do crafts?

Here are the reasons I have thought of:
  • The things you want cannot be bought in a store.
  • It is more gratifying to make something yourself than to just buy it.
  • It is cheaper to make some things.
  • You are against consumerism.
  • It is fun.

Feel free to comment further about the reasons, or to add any.

Thank you for your time!
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