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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / BLANKET STITCH on: February 20, 2006 08:24:39 PM
This is probably in the wrong section, but I'm making some amigurumi & teaching myself to blanket stitch so I can attach felt things to my ami's better.

I'm fine when the piece of felt I'm attaching is straight or curved but am having troubles going around corners. If anyone can offer some pearls of wisdom, not only will you have done your good deed for the day but I'll be your best-friend.

12  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / KLF is gonna rock yah (+Ghostworld) on: February 06, 2006 04:13:52 AM
Hi all.

These are my first attempts at stencilling & I'm pretty darn pleased with the results. The first one is of Enid from Ghostworld the movie. When I did it there was some weird bleeding in the letters but I iron set it then washed it & they'd dissapeared, yippee!

The next is (ob(li)viously) KLF. I needed something to wear to work to spice up a 12 hr Monday shift so wipped this up in about 10 minutes, life's so much easier when you can guide your blade with a ruler. Excse the bad pics.


If'n anyone wants to praise me, feel free, or if you just want me to post the stencils say the word.
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Floats? on: January 18, 2006 06:36:51 PM
Hi all.

I'm currently working on an amigurumi mascot for my car & am wondering if you can have floats in crochet? I'm changing colours every 1-2 rows & really don't wanna weave all the ends in. I figured it might not work because your yarn is on the right side when you change colours but hopefully I's wrong.

14  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Flora the Amigurumi Elephant on: January 02, 2006 03:13:59 AM
I made this elephant for my lil sister while visiting my Mum over $$mas.

She wanted her made from this fluro pink 'disco' yarn I had, but I only had a small ball so she's a dainty elephant. I ran out of yarn just as I got to the ears so with the scraps from my (too generous) tails I managed to ring the ears with the bright pink. There's a flower detail on her tummy which you can't really see (had to finish her & snap pics the night before leaving hence crappy pic).

I also made her a mobile cozy for her phone from the rainbow wool in the BG but didn't get pics.

15  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / More amigurumi on: December 20, 2005 09:35:52 AM
I decided to make amigurumi toys for both my nieces as well as my nephew for christmas & finally got them finished tonight. JOY!

I made my eldest niece, who's 10 a rabbit & the youngest one, who's 3, a frog. I french knotted the tail on the rabbit & a friend sewed the ears on for me (Muchos gracias Christine  Grin). The frog was a whole bunch easier though I'm not too happy with the holiness of the bottom, I was decreasing by four each row, then eight & figure this might have been too much, either that or my tension's all off. They's both freehanded & I'm beginning to thing I like making big headed things.

Anyway, here's pics

& a (blurry) close-up of my first attempt at french knotting

It occurred to me while making the rabbit that the eyes could really hurt if you got hit with a plushie swung by the feet. Well, hopefully they don't fight as much as their Mum & me did when we were kids.
16  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi for u & by me (img heavy) pattern link on: December 05, 2005 07:56:50 AM
Yipee kieyay I've finished my first amigurumi project. Well technically it's my second as my first one is still waiting to have his eyes & nostrils glued on but...WHO CARES, I'M DONE!

My first full project from a pattern is the pig from this site:


here's pics:

I got a huge laugh when I first saw him stuffed into the takeaway container, he really doesn't look happy about maybe being dinner. Am thinking about a series of angry meat animals (cow, sheep, chook) all in those containers.

My second project is a mokey I freehanded & am giving to my nephew for his 2nd birthday on Christmas day.

I figured he was naturally a cold-climate monkey due to his colouring (hence photo location) so might make a bag of frozen amigurumi peas to go with him but I's a bit worried about how small I can make them without them being a choking hazard for my nephew.

& here's a pic of them together (sorry the pics are so dark).

17  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Sticky subject on: December 04, 2005 07:07:54 AM
Hey all.

In my craft buy-up today I forgot to get fabric glue to finish off an amigurumi project. I want to glue felt to acrylic yarn & am wondering if I can use a glue-gun instead?

18  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Duhhhh on: November 03, 2005 09:47:46 PM
So I've kinda taught myself to crochet over the last month but now have a question, the answer to which will probably be really blatantly obvious to everyone else here....Generally speaking should I be crocheting through the outside loop, the inside loop or both loops?Huh?  I'm basically only doing crochet in the round & single crochet (if that makes a difference), trying to learn Amigurumi. Have had a coupla contrasting reports.

19  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / iMonkeys tutorial on: October 31, 2005 03:53:14 PM

This is my first tutorial & being new to crochet there might be a few mistakes. Stick with me though & hopefully by the end you'll have yo'self a Monkey friend to protect your ipod (nano) from the evil scratchy things in your backpack/purse. If'n you notice any glaring stuff-ups on my behalf, pls send your tips my way, as said I am very green still.

Here goes.....
Body: Start with a foundation chain of 10 stiches, sc into 8th chain then sc into each stich until you get to the end. Ch 2 and continue to sc into each of the stiches on the othe side of your foundation chain. If you want you can join your rounds (i didn't know when I made them & it doesn't seem too important) or just continue sc-ing until you have a long enough sock to cover your ipod.

Ears: Ch 2, 4sc in 1st ch, ch1 turn, 2 sc in each sc (change colour) ch1 turn, 2 sc in each sc.

Muzzle: Ch6, sc in 5th chain, sc in each until end, ch 1, sc in each ch along other side of foundation chain (like for the body. 2sc in each sc, change colour, 2sc in each sc. (if you want a muzzlier (Huh) muzzle, on the last round do 1 sc in each sc).

Attach pieces to sock, add eyes & voila. Can't wait to see other peoples monkeys.
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Basketball rubber on: October 30, 2005 09:47:28 PM
I really want to make an ipod cover out of Basketball rubber & am wondering if anyone has any experience working with it. What I want to know is where I get it (do I just cut up an old B-ball?) & what would be the best way of joining pieces.
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