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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / group craft ideas? (one hour or less) on: February 02, 2008 09:46:13 AM
Hi All,
I've been invited to lead a group (a dozen or two people, I guess) in a crafty activity for a party. It's a b-day party (for an adult) so it would be neat to do a project where all the guests can contribute bits of a thing to give as a gift. But I also think it'd be neat if everyone had a momento to bring home. Maybe a little swap type of thing?
Although I'll shell out some cash for basics, there won't be gobs of materials, or any complicated equipment. I have a month, so I'd like to collect reusables as material if possible. Also, I could arrange to have each person bring a basic item as a starting point, or as a contribution to the pool of supplies. The people will have mixed crafting experience, I assume, but I'm sure everyone will be enthusiastic and creative. I'm thinking paper crafts and collages are good ideas.
Please, tell me your ideas! I'd love to get some inspiration here!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / cutting a knit -- help! on: December 14, 2007 12:53:20 PM
I'm making this stocking for my boyfriend for Christmas. This is the first year I think my handmade gift might actually utterly fail and I'll have to give it to him late (we're celebrating tomorrow).  Cry  Please Help!   Cry

Here's how the top looks now. The cuff is a couple of inches too wide, and since the yarn is bulky, folding it under distorts the whole shape of the stocking.

The cuff is already sewn on because I didn't really plan (I know, I know, but I am usually pretty good at improvising). It'll be hard to remove, and I have a ton of other stuff to do, so not much time.

What would happen if I cut the knit piece perpendicular to the rows of knit (so up and downwards in this photo)? Would the entire thing unravel, or would I have a little fringe? I could deal with sewing that under ... that's my hope.

I'm also thinking of throwing the whole thing in the wash and felting it. But that might come out really distorted!

I could give him this gift a little late ... But, does anyone have suggestions for rescuing this almost-finished thing? I feel like craftster advice could produce a better-than-planned item!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / little gal's apron and chef hat on: December 09, 2007 02:31:01 PM
I made these for my niece for Chanukah. She loves playing in the kitchen and dressing up.

No close-ups, because I was messy with the stitching, truth be told! (I don't think she'll mind!) But the outline of the top is piped, and the middle sash is made of extra-wide bias tape with interfacing on the back to stiffen it up, and that's piped as well. The neck is adjustable. Quite by accident, the body is too ... the measurements I was given produced an absurdly long apron, so I picked up the bottom and basted it in place. So if the kid is really that tall, I can let it down. Or when she's older if she's not sick of cooking. Wink

Close-up of the hat:

Yep, her name's Leah! The hat was made using these instructions, which were surprisingly good! I made the circle a little smaller since she's little. It's adjustable with velcro in the back.

Fun! I'm excited, because we were having a tough time finding her a good gift until her mom suggested this, and it came out well! Plus, I've been waiting to put this fabric to good use, because I think it's super cute.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Document Duvet from Amy Butler's "In Stitches" on: December 09, 2007 02:11:56 PM
I love how these came out ... They were easy and quick, especially the second one! They're the first thing I made from the book.
They're for my Mom for Christmas, because she always seems to be working, and it makes her grumpy.  Tongue
I still need to add ribbon, but besides that, everything else was from my stash. Nice!

They're matching:

The whole things:
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / ideas for an empty (gift) page? help! on: July 29, 2007 06:49:39 PM
my cousin is getting married and as a gift i'm going to make her a scrapbook-style picture frame. there will be two 4x6 spaces (and i'm going to be sure to take lots of snapshots in the right orientation to give to her later to go in the frame!), but of course there are no photos yet.

does anyone have ideas about how to decorate the empty boxes for when i give it to her? i think it will be fairly obvious what the point of the gift is, but i want to do it in a way that makes the objective jump out at her.  ... ideas? thanks!

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / messenger bag w. adjustable strap tute on: July 28, 2007 02:57:01 PM
hey all,

my boyfriend not-so-recently lost his man-purse, and i've been planning a replacement for a while. i recently found some ultra-cheap landscape fabric (my new love ... yum!) and it motivated me to get moving.

here's the finished bag, with landscape lining:

it's about the size of a folded newspaper, with an outside pocket for pens and inside pockets for stuff. (i'm thinking of adding an elastic strap for almost-empty coffee sippy mugs, because they always seem to leak everywhere when they run loose.) there are two buttons so it can be closed empty or full.

i looked on craftster for a while for info on how to make adjustable straps, and didn't find much, so i'm attempting a photo-less tutorial here. this is not going to be a fantastic how-to, but you might pull it off! my advice ... use a bra strap as a model. it seems mysterious, but becomes immediately apparent once you see it.

you need a D-ring (or plain old circular jumpring) and a square ring with a middle bar (like a buckle). the size of the square ring depends on the size of the strap. you need two widths of strap to fit through the square snugly, yet allow some movement.

one end of the strap should be fixed to the bag. (i prefer this end in the front.) attach the D-ring on the other side. grab the loose end of the strap and thread the square ring onto the strap, with the strap going over the middle bar. next, thread the strap over and through the D-ring. (in other words, past the body of the bag and back through toward the inside of the bag). pull the strap up toward the D-ring. fold the loose end of strap over the middle bar, and pin in place. now's a great time to play with the strap length. decide on the maximum/minimum distance you want the bag to hang, and pull through the correct amount of loose strap before trimming and sewing.

adjustable strap detail (front):

adjustable strap detail (back):
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / food lover's restaurant journal (vegetarians be warned!) on: July 28, 2007 02:19:15 PM
Hey all!

My boyfriend likes food, and we live in a city of a million restaurants, so he uses a notebook to store reviews and addresses and stuff. Whenever we go out and about, he brings it and we find great places to eat. Fun! He lost his old book a while back, and he seems at a loss to start anything new, so I made him a journal! We love to joke about how he loves pork, so it's pork-themed.

I started with a plain, white book that I rescued from the trash at my office.

I found this picture of pork cuts, printed it, and used a pin to poke guide dots through it onto the book cover. Then I drilled holes with the smallest bit I could find (1/16"). Then I embroidered (like a lace-up board!) and wrote P*I*G in iron-on letters. (gah! I never get iron-on letters straight!!!!)

I trimmed an old manila envelope as a folder to cover up the back of the stitching, sewed the cut side of it in red thread, and double-side-taped it to the back side of the front cover. (I put a thin layer of glue over it to prevent tearing and it's still wet; that's why it looks discolored in the photo.)

In the pictures the front looks a little sad and lonely, so I'm tempted to embellish it. In real life it's not so bad, but I still might. Maybe rick-rack or something picnic-y? Any ideas?

*edit* PS: I forgot its tail! How sad! I had forgotten to drill the holes because the clip art's tail was too complicated, and now I'm so bummed! I might tear off the folder and add in the tail, because I was actually pretty excited about it!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Pattern Q- starting a granny square on: December 08, 2006 01:34:00 PM
Anybody know what the last part of this means?

Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 4, (dc, ch 1) 7 times in ring, join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch 8 ch-1 sp.

Here's the next step, in case it helps:
Rnd 2: Ch 3, 2 dc in beg ch-1 sp, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 3, * 3 dc in each of next 2 ch-1 sp, ch 3, rep from
* around, join with sl st in top of beg ch 4 corner ch-3 sp.

Matter of fact, I'm not sure about the end of that one either.

I get that the sp. is space, and ch-1 sp. probably means the ... ... ...  Huh
Are they just telling me what I'm meant to have at this point?

It's the start of a granny square (from a Lion Brand pattern--not free, otherwise I'd attach the link!). I've never done a granny square.

It's the first step, so any help is much appreciated so I can get going! This does not bode well for the project ...   Undecided
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / sewing with paper ... tips? on: April 01, 2005 07:42:36 AM
sorry if this has been discussed ... i didn't find the thread so any links would be appreciated!

i want to make some notecards by machine sewing fabric scraps onto cardstock. i have seen this type of effect before, but i have never understood how it doesn't just perforate the paper so the whole thing pops off.

any suggestions? recommendations? experiences? tips? 

10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / robots in spring! on: March 30, 2005 02:03:33 PM
post photos here when you receive your stuff! Kiss
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