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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help With Ribbon Hat? on: September 28, 2005 08:35:50 AM
I saw this woman once a while back with a hat made of ribbon. It was pretty pinks and oranges, mostly grosgrain ribbons. I never managed to catch her to ask where she got it.  A few months ago, there was a similar hat on display at the salon where I get my hair cut, but it was for kids.  Long story short, I never found the maker of those either. I've searched the internet. I've polled friends and trolled Craftster. Does anybody have a clue how to make/where to buy such a hat?

I want to make a hat of ribbon.  It would be shaped like this hat (which is a tweed mens hat from LL Bean, but this is the shape):


...and made of ribbon.

I've never made a hat before, either.

I turn to you, Craftster Goddesses and Gods. 

Any ideas?
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Pride and Prejudice - Or, Why Don't They Like Stuff We MADE? on: September 26, 2005 01:49:50 PM
Do you guys ever have problems with people turning their noses up at handmade stuff? Do you work hard, pour your blood, sweat, and tears into your carefully crafted birthday or holiday gift, only to get a lukewarm, "That's nice" followed by the recipient tossing your gift into the corner, never to see the light of day again?

When I make stuff for people, I really try to make things they'll like or use or get a kick out of.  I don't just give everybody lime green potholders for every occasion. I really try to do something they'll like and appreciate.

This has only been a problem with a couple of people. Most of the things I do are well-recieved. But some reactions still hurts my feelings. For example, I made this beautiful wool scarf for my father-in-law for Christmas 2 years ago. He went on and on about how great it was. Yet he's never worn it. For Mother's Day, my husband and I got my mother-in-law some kitchen things, and I made my her this big ol' flower arrangement made of origami flowers I folded myself - thinking that she could have flowers year round, instead of just a week or so like with fresh flowers. My brother-in-law and sister-in-law gave her a potted plant.  When she hugged me good bye, she goes, "Thanks for your...homemade present...." Like, didja HAVE to point out HOMEMADE like that? And I never saw the flowers again...I think she threw them away.

So what do you do? How do you handle it? Do you think handmade gifts are ok to give people? Have you been snubbed?

Tell me about it. 
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Flower scarf (w/ pics and tutorial) on: September 23, 2005 11:48:19 AM
Ok, here is my very first craftster project post!! Now - with a tutorial!!

I saw a scarf like this from Minette and they wanted $104 for it. *choke* (you can see it here: http://www.fashionvault.com/advanced_search_result.php?search_in_description=1&keywords=minette). For about $20, I made one myself.  My hope is to do them in many colors and give them as gifts. And sell them. And make more for all the seasons - I'm doing snowflakes now.

This is how I made it:

I looked all over for flower patterns and most of the ones I found I doctored up to make work for my purposes. If you know how to do pansies, they'd look nice. I can't do pansies to save my freakin' life. The come out ruffly! Anyway, flowers that work well for this don't have a lot of open work spaces. Fat, thick flowers work best.

#1 - for the round-petal flowers:

Crochet thread and hook size 5; whatever brand you like is fine, but get mercerized cotton.  You can make the middles a different color than the rest if you like.The directions below point you in the direction to do that. I didn't make the middles a different color on this particular scarf, but I will for the next one.

Starting with center color, ch 5.

Round 1: 15 tr in 5th ch from hook. Join to top of starting chain.

Round 2: Sc in same place as sl st, * 3 dc in next tr, sc in next tr. Repeat from * around. Join and fasten off if you are using a different color for the middle and petals. If you are using the same color for the whole thing, continue without fastening off.

Round 3:  Attach other color to any sc, ch 3, * 2 tr in next dc, 3 tr in next dc, 2 tr in next dc, dc in next sc. Repeat from * around.

Round 4: Sl st to 3rd tr of any tr group, ch 4, tr in same place, * 5 d tr in next tr, 2 tr in next tr, holding back on hook the last loop of each dc, make dc in each of the next 5 sts, thread over and draw through all loops on hook (cluster), 2 tr in next tr. Repeat from * around. Join and fasten off.

for the round flowers, I simply made your basic crochet round

Chain 2.
rnd 1:  6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sl st in first sc, to join.
rnd 2:  ch 1, 2 sc in ea sc around. Sl st in first sc, to join.
rnd 3:  ch 1, (sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) around. Sl st in first sc, to join.
rnd 4:  ch 1, (sc in ea of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around. Sl st in first sc, to join.

if you want to make a larger circle, follow the instructions below, for additional rounds.
Additional Rnds: For each new round, add 1 extra sc stitch to the number of sc stitches between increases (an increase is done by making 2 sc in one stitch). For example, round 5 would have 3 sc between increases then round 6 would have 4 sc between increases and so on.

For the pointy-petal flowers

Begin with the basic circle from above.

first petal:
row 1: ch 1, hdc in same st as joining; 2 hdc in next st; turn

row 2: ch 1, 2 hdc in each hdc, turn

(For hdc dec, [yo, draw up lp in st indicated] twice, yo, and draw through all 5 lps on hook

row 3: ch 1, hdc dec over first 2 hdc, hdc in next hdc, hdc dec over last 2 hdc, turn

row 4: ch 1, hdc dec twice, turn

row 5: ch 1, hdc dec, fasten off

Some of the flowers are happy accidents, but went something like this:

Start with basic round

row 1: [ch 5, sk 1 st, sc in next st] around

row 2: [ch 7, sc in 3rd ch of the 5-ch sp] around, fasten off

After I made all the flowers, I took a tapestry needle threaded with a complimentary color to the flower and made simple in and out stitches in whatever pattern I thought looked nice.

When I made about 30 flowers, I overlapped them slightly and hand-sewed together with matching thread. Viola! Scarf is done.

Next time I will:
- use a different color for the center
- be more careful working stitches and ends in because the way I made it, the back of the flower has to look as nice as the front

Happy hooking!
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / What to do with Fingertip Towels? on: August 25, 2005 10:26:26 AM
I was given a package of really beautifully embroidered vintage fingertip towels. The ones I have are very thin, more like handkerchief material.  I hate to use them to wipe anything dirty on, but I'd like to do *something* with them.  They're white, about 6 1/2 by 11 inches long, with embroidered flowers and a green hem along the bottom. (Sorry - ye olde digitale camera is on the fritz or I'd show you a pic.)

I saw a few bags and things on this site, and the post about vintage towel patterns. But like I said, these towels are quite a bit flimsier than those projects seem to require. My question is...does anybody have a good idea for what to do with these little towels?  There are about 6 in the package.
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crochet flower patterns? on: August 19, 2005 12:34:01 PM
Hi -

I need some flower power!

I'm looking for very specific crochet flower patterns.  I need the flowers to be about palm-sized, flat, and not have much (if any) open work. Solid little flat flowers, basically. I've looked through the internet, and I've found a couple good ones. Most have roundy petals so I'm now also searching particularly for a flower with pointy petals instead of roundy ones.

I also cannot find a pansy pattern that I can make work. It's like the pansy is my personal crochet Holy Grail... Whenever I make one it turns out all bunchy, despite my close attention to the pattern.

If you have any suggestions or info, it would be much appreciated!

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