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31  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / delores, the fuzzy fushia manatee on: February 08, 2006 05:48:33 PM
meet my very first needle-felting creation, delores!  she is named after an elephant in a very old goofy short, in which he sings "i'm a gonna bathe--DEEE-LORES! do-do-do, DO-DO" and it always gets stuck in my head.  manatees are close relatives of elephants, so it works.



she enjoys eating lettuce from tourists and long swims along the beach in no motor zones.  (just look at those ouches!)

but not to worry, she still likes to play and have her tummy rubbed.
32  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / is this possible? on: February 08, 2006 11:58:36 AM
today at lunch i was pondering how fast i could really do intarsia (i am a terribly slow perfectionist knitter) for a bag, when i had a brilliant thought: knit the bag in a solid color, felt it, and then use the other wool yarns and needle felt the design on!  i think this would look lovely because it's a curvy design...but can one do it?
33  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / convince me that punch embroidery is good on: February 06, 2006 09:59:03 AM
my mom got me a cameo ultra-punch kit for my birthday.  it  looks like a blue pen and it's not electronic.  now, i don't do embroidery.  it looks beautiful, but i'd much rather paint or sew on embellishments.  but, my mom got the kit at a quilt show, and apparently it was expensive because of the special fabric or whatever.  so, it's mine whether i want it or not and i don't want it to just sit there unused.  i've always thought punch embroidery looked tacky and garishly dated.  please convince me that i can do something with it that won't belong next to the macrame plant hangers.
34  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / multi-layer+freezer paper=ACK on: February 01, 2006 10:11:33 PM
i decided to kick it up a notch and try mutli-layer on a canvas tote bag. 

my stencil looks like this:

after i painted the first layer (white) i used a cut-out for a test.  it looks like this:

obviously, it bled.  the paper was stuck down well too.  what did i do wrong?
35  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / nerve.com--sex advice from knitters! on: January 18, 2006 09:51:30 PM
i just saw this and had to share.  maybe the world shall finally know that knitters are sexy!  it's not one of the best column's ever, but they do mention the boyfriend sweater curse and if knitters or crocheters are more loyal.
36  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / yes, it's a circle skirt--with flying octopodes!!! on: January 04, 2006 05:52:58 PM
so for some reason or another i got it into my head i needed to make clothes for myself, in particular a silly skirt, and after many hours and many fabric stores later, i procured this amazing print at joann's for $1.20 a yard.  yay!

a late night of crafting, and ta-da!

the waistband is even, but i have lopsided hips, so skirts tend to hang a little off on me.

fly, octopodes, fly!

the fabric was only 45" wide and i wanted a traditional waistband with a zipper, so i sorta made up my own circle-skirt method.  it was still really easy, even the hemming.


you will need:
--compass (the drawing type) or string and a pencil
--ruler or measuring tape
--large piece of paper.  i used butcher paper, which you can find at craft or teaching supply stores, or if you've got a kid in school they can probably procure some from the library.  taped newspaper will also work
--7"-9" invisible zipper
--fabric (3 yards will more than did it for me, but if you want exacts, take the length of the paper from step 5, double it, and that's how much fabric you'll need.)
--sewing stuff

1.  measure your hips/waist, depending where you want the skirt to sit.

2.  take your measurement and divide by 2, then by 3.14.  this gives you the radius of your measurement.

3.  subtract your seam allowance from the number you got in step 2.  you'll have a long decimal, but do your best in figuring out what fraction it's closest to.

4.  decide how long you want your skirt to be.  don't forget to add seam allowance at both ends and account for the waistband.

5.  this is the last math part, and then you can get on to drawing and sewing.  double the skirt length from step 4 and add it to the doubled radius from step 3.  this is how much butcher paper you need to roll out.

6.  find the center of your paper and mark a dot 5/8" (or whatever your seam allowance is) up from the long edge.

7.  using either your compass or the old pencil and string method and the dot you just marked as the center, draw an arc using the radius from step 3.  take your skirt length from step 4, add it to the radius from step 3, and use this measurement to make a larger arc the same way.  congrats, you now have your pattern!

8.  cut 2 of your pattern piece from your fabric, and pin them right sides together.

9.  sew one of the straight edges completely, and sew the other up about halfway from the bottom.

10. cut out your waistband.  this is just a rectangle the length of your waist/hips and double the width you want.  don't forget to add the seam allowance on all four edges!

11.  press the waistband in half, wrong sides together.

12.  pin the waistaband to the skirt, matching the halfway point to the fully sewn side seam in the skirt.

13.  sew the the waistband.

14.  you should now have an almost finished skirt with a slit on one side.  install the zipper like the package says in this slit.

15.  almost there!  the only thing left to do is hem.  i marked 5/8" all the way around the bottom of the skirt while it was flat on the table, then folded the bottom edge up to that line, then over again.  to sew, i just used a wide zig-zag and pulled the fabric straight as i went along.

16. sew a hook and eye above the zipper if desired, then put on your skirt and twirl like mad!

here's how to draw the pattern:

sorry if it's too tiny, but that's as big as photobucket or craftster images will let me make it.
37  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / argyle glittens! on: December 15, 2005 09:16:56 AM
i suppose their "real" name isn't glittens, but the friend i made them for calls them that, so glittens they are.  i used a pattern, but i can't remember what is was  Undecided  i'm making a couple more pairs over the weekend, so i'll update with the name of the pattern and resizing directions.  there's a lot more work and pieces in these than you would think.


38  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / meaningful present for best guy friend? on: November 17, 2005 07:51:14 PM
so he's been one of my best friends since 7th grade (we're in college now), is an amazing listener/supporter, and is in a very weird limbo between brother and boyfriend.  i want to make him something amazing for xmas, but i have no idea what.  i want it to be meaningful, but definately stressing the best friend/brother thing.  he likes dragons, swords, that kinda thing, but isn't a dork about them.  he just thinks they're neat looking.  we have a couple of inside jokes from back in the day, but they're more flirty than i want to go (we're both attached to other people.)  help please?
39  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / frog prince pincushion on: November 05, 2005 10:44:52 PM
my mom made this for me (she's so cute), and i just had to post it:

i can't remember where the pattern is from, but the name had something to do with frogs, and they make the cutest stuff.  wish i could remember.  Undecided  also, the pink bit is a flower, and it does look like one in real life.
40  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / cover for hideous head and footboards on: November 05, 2005 10:34:31 PM
as i've mentioned in several other posts, i live in the world's smallest dorm.  and despite being the newest (still about 30 years old) and nicest building, it's ugly. 
this is what the head and footboards look like:

notice the missing cover for the post, which people have cut their hands on.  lovely.
i've slept holding onto a bar of the headboard since i was tiny (i thought captian hook lived at the bottom of my bed and would hook me and pull me under if i didn't hold on... Roll Eyes) so i had my mommy make me these:

it's just fleece folded about a third of the way over and sewn up the sides.  easy, but it makes it sooo much prettier and protects my hands.
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