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11  I'm making a pattern for Lace Gloves - - Opinions? in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by BeppyCat on: July 01, 2004 07:36:55 PM
Hi all!
I'm working on some fingerless gloves, and I'm at a point where I think I'm done, but I just don't know if I like the way they look.  I'm posting a picture so you all can tell me if you think they're cool or not.  I'm interested if anyone thinks it would be worth writing the pattern down, or should I start again and try to make them look cooler next time?  lol

What do you think?  Is there anyone who would like this pattern or thinks these are something they'd wear?
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12  Double Sided Stockinette Stitch Tutorial in Knitting: Completed Projects by BeppyCat on: July 01, 2004 04:30:59 PM
I put together a little pictorial of me doing this stitch.  You can find it here:

Here's a picture of the little swatch I made taken off the needle.  You can see that it makes two separate layers here in this pic.

Hope it helps!
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13  Re: Doily from Vintage Pattern in Crochet: Completed Projects by BeppyCat on: July 01, 2004 03:11:49 PM
Thanks guys, you're all so sweet!

Here's the pattern I used.  It was published in 1953, and I couldn't find it in the copyright registry, so I'm pretty sure it's in the public domain.

I got my thread at a needlework store that carries that sort of specialized thing here in Grand Rapids, but if you can't find anything like that near you, you could order online.  Here it is at Herrschner's: http://www.herrschners.com/products/sku-700169__id-567.html  That's how much I paid for it in the store too, but the doily didn't really use all that much of it.  I'd say there's enough for two or three of them.  But I'm not the best estimator of things like that, so don't hold me to it.   Wink
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14  Flapperish or 1930's Cloche Hat with Flower - - Pattern Too! in Crochet: Completed Projects by BeppyCat on: June 28, 2004 11:23:26 AM
Hi everyone!
I designed this hat to send to sarahfroggy for a trade she and I are doing.  I thought you all might like to see it, and I wrote the pattern out in case anyone wants to make one.  Also (I'm not sure if this is inappropriate to mention, but I'll take it out if it's against the rules), if anyone wants one but you don't want to make it yourself, I have them for sale on my site in the fashion section.  Hope that's not too blatant a plug.   Cheesy

Here's the pattern:

1930s Inspired Crocheted Cloche with Flower
Bethany James
Please do not copy or distribute.  If youd like to share with a friend please send them the link to come here.  You may print for your own use.
Finished size:
Adult one size fits all
Worsted Weight Yarn (model is done in Bucilla wonder-knit 4-ply knitting worsted weight 100% acrylic)
Size H crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
   Rnds 1-3 = 2in. Diameter
Pattern notes:
   Join with a slip stitch at the end of every round.
   Back Post Single Crochet (bpsc): insert hook from the back around the stitch indicated.
   Rnd 1: ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join to 1st sc.
   Rnd 2: ch 1, 2 sc in every sc around, join to 1st sc.
   Rnd 3: ch 3 (counts as 1st dc, here and throughout), dc in same sp, 2 dc in each sc around.  Join to 3rd ch in beginning ch 3
   Rnd 4: ch 3, 2 dc in next double crochet, *dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join to 3rd ch in beginning ch 3
   Rnd 5: ch 3, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, *dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join to 3rd ch in beginning ch 3
   Rnd 6: ch 4 (counts as first dc, ch 1, here and throughout), dc in same space, *skip next dc, dc in next dc, ch 1, dc in same dc.  Repeat from * around.  Skip last dc and join in 3rd ch of the beginning ch.
   Rnd 7: ch 4, dc in same space, *dc in next ch 1 space, ch 1, dc in same space.  Repeat from * around.  Join in 3rd ch of beginning ch.
   Rnd 8-18: Repeat rnd 7
   Rnd 19: ch 1, *2 sc in next ch1 space, sc between next 2 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join to 1st sc.
   Rnd 20: ch 1, sc in each sc around, join to 1st sc.  Fasten off and weave in end.
   Rnd 1: leaving a 10 inch tail of yarn, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join to 1st sc
   Rnd 2: ch 1, sc in same space, ch 5, *sc in next sc, ch 5.  Repeat from * around.  Join in 1st sc.
   Rnd 3: sl st into first ch 5, (sc, 5 hdc, sc) in each ch 5 sp.  Join around the back of the 1st sc in Rnd 2.
   Rnd 4: ch 6, *bpsc around next sc from rnd 2, ch 6.  Repeat from * around.  Join to the ending sl st from rnd 3.
   Rnd 5: sl st into 1st ch 6, (sc, 6 dc, sc) in each ch 6 sp.  Join to 1st sc.  Fasten off and weave in end.
Using the tail of yarn on the flower, sew the flower securely onto the side of the hat near the bottom.

I'd love to hear feedback about the design and pattern.  Whatever helpful hints you might have would be great.  I'm hoping to learn to do more crochet designing and pattern writing and want to make sure I'm using good habits early on.  Thanks everyone!  Hope you like the pattern!
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15  Re: Newbie embroidery questions???? in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by BeppyCat on: June 17, 2004 06:39:25 AM
When I'm filling in spaces with satin stitching, I like to outline the whole shape first, and then stich just over that outline stitching.  Another thing that might help hide it if your satin stitching isn't perfectly smooth on the edge is to ouline it when you finish.  That's what I did here after satin stitching the j:

I did a better job the second time on the bottom pillowcase obviously.  I padded the whole area with chain stitching before I did the satin stiching too.  That makes it look nice and covered and filled out.

They do sell transfer pens that write in white so they can be transfered to dark fabric.  I've seen them most everywhere, like walmart and joanns and michaels.

Good luck!   Grin
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16  Re: "Hotdogs Fear Me" Barbeque Apron in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by BeppyCat on: June 16, 2004 05:22:39 PM
Thanks guys, glad you like it.

Pixelpusher, I used pe-design to digitize it.  My machine is a 4x4 inch sewing area.  The multiposition hoop has three postitions, but they overlap so it does a design that about 4x6.  The whole thing is one multiposition file with another one underneath it.  So it's like two files on the computer, but on the sewing machine it shows as four.  There's a file for each postion and two positions used in each hooping.

And, as promised:  A picture of it being an apron!

Notice the lovely aim'n'flame holster.  It says "Packin' Heat".  That's my husband's favorite part.  He wants me to make him one and we don't even have a grill.   Grin
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17  pink pink pink dress with a kitty in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by BeppyCat on: June 16, 2004 01:35:56 PM

I made this dress for my three old old niece who is going through a pink stage at the moment.  When she and I discussed this dress, her answer to all my questions was pink.  She's so cute that I figured I'd give her what she wanted.   Grin

I added an underskirt so my sister wouldn't always have to put a slip on her when she wears it, the pink fabric is cotton/poly two dollar stuff from joann's and is kinda thin.  Here's a picture with the underskirt showing.


The edges are all finished with bias tape.  I used my bias binder foot, which I highly recomend getting.  They're awesome.  Using bias tape made the hem really easy.  I'd usually hesitate to make a pattern with a circular skirt, but not having to hem it traditionally was a super awesome timesaver.  The underskirt was hemmed with a rolled edge on the serger.


The embroidery is just backstitch with three strands of dmc cotton embroidery floss.  I got the design from a coloring page I found through google, and used my heat transfer pencil to trace it, then ironed it on.  I did the embroidery after I cut out the bodice, but before I starting construction.  That way the lining of the bodice will protect the back side of the stitching.

Well, that's about all, hope you enjoyed looking!  Grin
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18  Re: Hand painted frames...what is a fair price? in Crafty Business Discussion by BeppyCat on: June 13, 2004 04:22:21 PM
I just thought I'd post a picture of the frames you made me and what I did to hang them so everyone can see how cool looking they are!

I hot glued 1/4 inch wide grosgrain ribbon to the sides of them leaving a loop at the top and spacing them about an inch apart.  I have them hanging opposite the entrance so the kitties and the cool frames will be the first thing everyone sees.  I just have to take a better picture of Smudge sometime.
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19  Re: ruffler foot.. HELP! in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by BeppyCat on: May 22, 2004 07:02:34 AM
Dude, I love my ruffler foot!  Let's see, tips....

-Make sure your needle is going to line up with the hole everytime you stitch.  I've thrown my machine into shock so many times when it's tried to sew through the plate thing.

-Do lots of experimenting to see what kind of ruffle/pleat effect all the different combinations will give you.

-I'm sure there's some sort of complicated math thing (okay, maybe not so complicated, and I could probably even do it, but why bother?) that you can use to figure out how much unruffled fabric you'll need to make a ruffle the length you want, but I usually just use the rule of three times as much and call it good enough.

Is there anything specific you're trying to do with it?  Maybe that'll help me think of more tips.

Here are some examples of things I've made using my ruffler:

I made the ruffles on the sleeves with the ruffler and bound all the edges of the jumper with my binder foot.

Here you can see the ruffle slightly better, even though it's not what I was taking the picture of.  Smiley

I used the ruffler to gather the fabric for the bedskirt in this pic.  The plaid fabric isn't supposed to show, it's just an old sheet that I used for the deck of the skirt.

Anyway, hope that all helps a little, let me know if you'd like to know more.  Grin
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20  Re:Wedding Cake in Dessert by BeppyCat on: April 22, 2004 01:18:31 PM
I made my own wedding cake when I got married a couple of years ago.  I didn't have any lessons, but I did use the wilton class books as a guide.  It was easier than you'd think it would be, and lots of fun.  I'd say, do lots of practicing and don't let anyone discourage you from trying lots of new things.  (I throw that in because no one believed I could do my own wedding cake and thought I'd regret it.)  Here's a pic:

I'd be glad to write down the instructions for what I did if you'd like.   Grin
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