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11  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sewing machine reccomendations for a total n00b ;) on: September 12, 2007 07:57:31 AM
I am a total sewing newbie.  I am still working on sewing in a straight line.  My boyfriend's mom is an extremely talented quilter, and is helping me to get into sewing.  My birthday and Christmas are approaching, and I want to ask for a sewing machine.  However, I am utterly ignorant and in all ways bereft of knowledge about sewing machines.  Here is what I want:
1) Something that will sew forwards.
2) Something that will sew backwards.
3) Something that I cannot easily break or discombobulate.
4) Something that does not cost a lot of money.
That's about it when it comes to qualifications.  I want an extremely basic machine upon which I can sew straight (ish) lines and which will help me get more comfortable with sewing.  The aforementioned mother of my boyfriend is giving me guidance (thank goodness!  Cheesy) but I thought I would ask you all as well.  I live in a small town in Virginia, if that helps or hinders.  Thank you so much in advance!  Cheesy
12  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Wisting etiquette on: September 04, 2007 05:44:51 AM
Sorry, I'm just giving this board a workout today!
I just signed up for a wist, and I was wondering how people feel about others adding their projects to a wist.  Is it polite to comment and let the other person know, or is it seen as asking the other person to make the wister a copy of the desired project?  Is it considered a compliment?  I know if someone wisted something that I made, I would get really excited and ask them if they wanted to swap for it or something.  So how do ya'll feel about it?  And if this is redundant or answered elsewhere, please feel free to mod the bejeebez out of it.  Wink
13  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Marjorie's snow dragon on: August 21, 2007 06:39:37 PM

Oh my gosh, all of this schoolwork SUCKS!  Woe is me!

Wait, what's that?

The dice have made me their KING!

This guy's name is Errol Flynn-Flann, and he's my character in my boyfriend's D&D dragons campaign.  He is a swashbuckler and a reckless adventurer!  I modified the eyes somewhat because I didn't want to go out and buy animal eyes, but I had plenty of buttons.  I have since smooshed them down a bit so they don't look so bug-like.  Pattern is here: http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?p=612565#post612565
14  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Crocheted Black Mage on: May 18, 2007 03:25:10 PM


If you don't recognize the character, look here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Mage#Black_Mage  

This guy stands about 8 1/2 inches tall with his hat on, and is made from a thin cotton yarn (head and body), Wool-Ease (robe) and Red Heart (hat).  All the yarn came from my stash.  The hat and robe are removable.  He is stuffed with beans in his hands and bottom part, and polyfil everywhere else.  I can post more pictures and some semblance of a pattern if anyone wants, but I would recommend using a thicker yarn for the body, because you can see the polyfil through the gaps.  This thin cotton was the only black I had, and I was trying to use up my stash.  Wink  Also, his eyes should technically be yellow, but I didn't have any yellow buttons and I kind of like the white better.  He is a present for my boyfriend, who has seen these pictures and is v. excited.  Next: LED fireballs for him to lob at enemies.  I don't know how on earth to rig these, but they are necessary!  Grin
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / More ceramics! on: May 01, 2007 05:48:26 AM

I keep my crochet hooks in this, because I couldn't figure out what else to do with it! The protrusions have holes behind them, so it can't hold water.  Sometimes I have some hooks going through the protruding loops, but then I need a rubber band around the container to keep them from slipping down, which looks tacky.  I need to come up with a better idea!

Completed interwoven diamond tea-set.  There are actually two different colors inlaid in the design on the teapot, you just can't see them very well.  Also, my glazing skills need some work.  Also also, our class clear glaze tends to look like frosting, but THAT'S OKAY, it still looks nice.  Grin

Ocean bowl!  I like how this one came out.  I might keep it, but I really shouldn't keep everything!  Undecided

I call this vase The Noble Gourd.  This is The Noble Gourd's good side.  There are some bare spots on one of the vines on it's other side.

Like so.  Its fate is yet to be determined.  As I said before, I really shouldn't keep everything!  I don't have places to put it all!

16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Ceramic pieces...didn't quite know where to put these on: April 25, 2007 07:56:52 AM
This is my first Craftster post!  Whee!

This is a...um...pen-holder?  Sculpture?  Thing?

The 3x5 index card is for scale.  This one is up for grabs, if anyone wants to swap for it!  It's stoneware, slab construction, with white glaze and cobalt and copper oxides, fired to cone 6 in oxidation.

This is a teapot that can actually function as a teapot, though because of where the spout is it can't hold much liquid.  It is meant to look melted and distorted.  It's stoneware with the same white glaze as the thing above it with copper oxide, coil and slab construction, fired to cone 6 in oxidation.

Another view from the top.  This one is up for grabs, if anyone wants to swap for it!

This teapot is much more of a functional teapot. Smiley  My boyfriend drew the design.  There is also a creamer and sugar bowl to match that have not been fired yet.  It's stoneware, slab construction, with our class clear glaze (yeah, I know...not so clear, is it? Tongue) with blue and grey engobe in the design, fired to cone 6 in oxidation.

I LOVE THIS BOWL!  I can't wait to find the perfect place for it!  The 3x5 index card is for scale.  It's stoneware, with texture kiwi commercial glaze, coil construction, fired to cone 6 in oxidation.

This lantern is my mom's birthday present.  All four components are separate pieces and the bottom is hollow such that extra tea-lights can fit in it.  I really, really hope tea-lights actually fit in this thing, I didn't have any handy when I was making it.  Lolz.  It's stoneware, slab and coil construction with turquoise ash, texture autumn, and scraped-off wood ash glaze, fired to cone 6 in oxidation.

Stacky boxes!  They stack!  The words on them are "tea" in different languages.  They are stoneware, with grey, white, and blue engobe, clear glaze rubbed off in places, slab construction, fired to cone 6 in oxidation.

This piece is called Some Assembly Required.  It's a maze that you are meant to put together.  It's stoneware, slab construction, a bazillion velvets and low-fire commercial clear glaze, fired to cone 05 or so in oxidation.

Hope you like!
17  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Fleece backing for granny square blanket on: February 01, 2007 08:30:54 PM
I am in the process of making a granny square blanket out of Simply Soft, and I'd like to give it a fleece backing.  I have been told that this can be done on a sewing machine.  Can anyone give me any advice on specific settings for the machine, etc?  I am sewing machine ignorant  Huh  Thanks a lot!
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