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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Origami bag making? on: December 20, 2005 08:04:52 AM
I've searched this site and googled a bit, but with no luck.  I'd like to make a bag that would resemble one of those paper lunch or grocery sacks (in those approximate proportions) out of flat paper. 
Any help (links, instructions, etc) greatly appreciated.
22  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / [ACCEPTED] Sock Monkeys on parade! Challenge Idea on: December 20, 2005 05:40:11 AM
Aw, c'mon...craftsters love sock monkeys.  Isn't it time to take them to a new, craftster-ific level?
A few ways we could do this:
Sock Monkey Self Portrait - Post pic of your creation, along with pic of yourself (any age)
This is Not My Beautiful Monkey - High-end looking Monkeys in Haute Couture...or made with super-fancy materials
The Adoration of the Sock Monkey - Altars (pocket or otherwise) to Sock Monkey of your choice.
Accessories for Sock Monkeys - Bling, musical instruments, vehicles, dwellings, tools
Sock Monkey meets X - Incorporate a Sock Monkey into a craft of a different medium (actual monkey or monkey image) Woven tapestry of Sock Monkey, Paper Doll Sock Monkeys, jewelry resembling Sock Monkeys, Sock Monkey Origami, Soap Sock Monkeys.
Holiday Sock Monkeys - decked out for the holiday of your choice
X in a Sock Monkey - Sock Monkeys as vessels/containers. Sock Monkey backpacks, vases, canisters, sleeping bags.
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Brioche Panta...Dontchya Wanta Wanta? on: December 13, 2005 01:15:01 PM
So with a big thank you to this thread for inspiration:


I present my panta-like item, rendered in brioche stitch. Check out it's two-tone goodness:

Here I am wearing it...see craftster on my ancient 'puter monitor!

24  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 8 ENTRIES / Screen Mesh Espadrilles (img heavy) on: December 12, 2005 10:11:07 AM
First off, I have to say what a delight it's been to see all of the entries.  Such variety & creativity! Now, here's mine...SHOES!!!!

I have been wanting to make rope-soled shoes for a couple of years now, so this hardware store challenge was a good opportunity to give it a try. I'm  especially happy with the way the soles turned out, after a few false starts.  Once I got the right thread, laying out and stitching up the soles was that meditative kind of fun that knitting usually is for me.  Then there were the tops  Roll Eyes  ....using Screen mesh was really interesting, but my next pair will have woven or knitted tops.

Lots of work-in-progress pics for your viewing pleasure:
The screen and rope cost about $8 US total, because I had to buy a huge package of the screen mesh.

This is actually the 2nd sole - I had the first sole T-pinned onto a bench. Once I knew where the first bends were for the toe and heel areas, I was able to remove the rope from the bench, then stitching the soles together was quite a bit easier.

Here's the first sole, pinned down, and me struggling to find a thread-like substance that would work with the rope. I first tried stripping off thinner pieces of the rope, then I tried fishing line, and at one point even dental floss.  I finally settled on some green stuff i found in my beading supplies. Having a contrasting color really helped me see what I was doing.


A finished sole!


Sides and toecap have been pinned in place and just need to be sewed on. 


I usually wear my espadrilles sock-less...these look weird (can't decide if it's in a good or bad way) because of their see-thru-ness, I think. 

Right foot 


Left foot.

 Enough left over rope-wise for a few more pair... I think I will do other things with the screen mesh, though.
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Flute Warmer on: December 10, 2005 04:49:33 PM
I play in a community band, and this morning we played before and after the holiday parade (sitting in front of the firehouse before and the town hall after - we left the marching to the school kids) in the town that sponsors us. I knit this out of Moda DEA Cheerio - sparkley red for holiday cheer & it kept the headjoint of the flute warm, so I had fewer tuning issues.

26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Super Smelly Pinecones? on: December 06, 2005 07:08:31 AM
So, living in North Carolina, I've got a ready supply of pinecones for crafting.  The other day I was in a craft/decor store and they were selling sacks of SUPER SMELLY (in a good way) pinecones. I'm wondering if any of you have scented your own pinecones & if I do this, will thy be as potent as the ones retailers hawk at this time of the year....I'm hoping to match the scent potency, but I'm wondering which of these methods (or others) will produce the strongest scent:
1) Coating with glue/water and covering with ground spices
2) Coating with wax that's had scented oil dumped in it
3) applying essential oil directly to dried pinecones (proponents of this method advise sealing pinecones in air-tightish sacks and letting the scent develop...it's supposed to get stronger the longer it's in the bag, but there's also the suggestion to seal them up when not on display to preserve the scent....
4) Huh?
Especially interested in hearing from those of you who may have tried more than one way of scenting pinecones.
ntial oil directly to dried pinecones (proponents of this method advise sealling pinecones in air-tightis sacks and letting the scent develop...it's supposed to get strongr the longer it's in the bag, but there's also the suggestion to seal them up when not on display to preserrve the scent....
4) Huh?
especially interested in hearing from those of you who may have tried more than one way of scenting pinecones.
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Balene #2 circa 1992, R.I.P. on: November 24, 2005 10:13:19 AM
A moment of silence please for one half of my only pair of Boye brand Balene needles.  The poor little sucker snapped like a dried wishbone last night while I was happily cabling away.

Do you think Boye will still honor their lifetime guarantee on these suckers?  I think I personally was one of the main reasons these needles went out of production back in the 90's...They replaced LOTS of them for me....
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Non Standard Holiday Wreath & Intro-ish on: November 06, 2005 08:19:09 AM
Hiya Craftsters!

I have been loving reading and seeing all your crafty goodness on this board. I knit, crochet, make jewelry, do nautical & decorative knotting, and lots of other stuff.
I wanted to share something, so here's my favorite Christmassy (but also Valentiney) completed project:
Hope ya like it!
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