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361  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Painting words on walls? on: October 15, 2005 03:17:09 PM
I printed my quote from Dante's Inferno out on regular paper in the size and font I wanted then used carbon paper (old fashioned cheapo and available just about everywhere) to trace them onto the wall. And when i started I didn't have any so i just covered it with pencil and it traces fairly well...very faint but it worked. Then i painted over it and outlined it with a metallic silver paint pen...worked lovely...its right by our front door and everyone sees it even the UPS guy Tongue. For the curious, Dante is sort of responsible for my marriage...and so the quote is doubly meaningful to us. it is: "If thou follow thy star, thou canst fail of a glorious Heaven". And then I freehanded a vaguely Gorey-ish pseudo frame around it, but that is getting replaced by a decoupaged frame.
362  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: pug in a shrug on: October 13, 2005 07:29:35 AM
OMG that is so adorable...is it me or does the other pug look slightly jealous [EDIT: well heck you even noticed it lol...thats what i get for just glancing at the text and staring longingly at the pic until my eyes dry out lol] ?? Great job!
363  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: When did you learn to crochet? on: October 11, 2005 06:31:55 PM
Howdy craftsters!!

I learned to crochet when i was 7, I spent my wicked youth hanging around the library and found a book that taught crocheting, knitting and tatting. That was almost 30 (OMG!  Shocked *whimper* ) years ago and I'm still doing all three and have added embroidery, bead embroidery, bead looming, bead stringing, sewing, hairpin lace, polymer clay and just general crafting to my repertoire since. But that one book gave me hours and days and years of pleasure, long after the book was returned...I wonder how many other people it has taught since then....
364  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: different crochet stiches... how do you do them? on: October 11, 2005 06:24:25 PM
Seems to me you have a really good handle on the double and treble crochet! Good job...(I couldn't do a treble forever until a friend helped me, I had read poorly worded directions LOL).

As for the chains...usually in a pattern it will say, ch 3 (counts as first double) so I always count it unless they say not to and this is the way i understand (even though i have been crocheting since i was 9, I am still 95% self taught and if I am wrong we will both learn something Cheesy) for double you start on the fourth ch and for treble its the fifth. Sometimes in patterns it will give you different directions, and if its a book or a mag they generally have an over view of the basic stitches and you can see how they generally expect you to do it in their patterns. I had a baby cardi pattern a friend passed along to me in which the directions were different then the way i generally hooked, and my stitch pattern never worked out number wise until i checked this very exact issue...after that my texture came out perfect and made an adorable sweater that made a great gift. Hope this helps you out Cheesy

Welcome to the gentle art of hooking Tongue
365  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Textured purse on: October 11, 2005 01:42:42 PM

Oh my....it does...doesn't ...gee...its actually a tweedy gray... I actually picked it because i thought it would be a great way to learn bobbles Cheesy. I have been crocheting since I was nine but in the past few years I have gotten really lazy so recently all my projects have represented some sort of challenge or learning process....btw the big ugly gray door the purse is hanging on is my next project...gonna paint it copper and cover it with polymer clay "studs" very dungeony. Also i don't like the strap on the purse... can't find a buckle i like so i put a magnetic clasp on it and covered it with bobble patch....will probably change it once i find  something i like...it is way to monochromatic atm Cheesy thanks for the comment Cheesy So so so glad i found Craftster Cheesy
366  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Textured purse on: October 11, 2005 01:06:07 PM
Howdy!! Just discovered Craftster...I love you all...more creative, fun people all in the same place is just not possible!! Here is my first post and first FO in ages!


Bought the Interweave Crochet Mag Thursday and fell in love with the tweed textured purse. Finished it on Monday. One of my very few completely finished projects! But I just wanted to cheer you all on for you fabulous work...you are all very inspiring...maybe i will dig out that one half finished wrist warmer I started last winter and get to work. Might be hearing from me again Cheesy
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