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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / This is how I jump into a craft... (1st block done!) on: June 06, 2007 07:30:36 PM
Headlong without checking how deep the water is first!  Cheesy Roll Eyes

This is what I want to do:

The center blocks I believe are called 'amish diamond in squares' or somesuch and it's from one of my mom's patchwork books from the 70's. The border is Ribbons from Quilterscache.com, with a modified triangular corner block.

Each block is 16" - 6x6 layout = 36 blocks; 96x96 inches.

I've already figured out the fabric yardage (hopefully correctly!) and bought it. I actually just went out and bought a bit more for shams.  The border is 4" squares, but the amish blocks have a bit of variety with 3" and 1" squares and a center of  approx. 4 1/2" square.-- I have similar diagrams of each block style.

I'm wondering if anyone has advice on how to keep organized during the project; how to keep it neat (no wrinkles, etc) so I don't have to iron 70% of the time. And any other advice, of course, for a newbie, is always welcome. Please advise on binding a jagged edge! I can easily just insert pieces to smooth out the edges, but I don't really want to do that.

And for a side note, I won't get started on this until next week -- we're in the middle of moving, and my sewing machine is packed up  Cry

Oh yeah... Stop me now if you think I'm going to burn up with this task I've set myself!  Cheesy
12  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Amigurumi - half dozen questions on: May 06, 2007 08:56:35 PM
I've made very few amigurumi because I don't like the patterns, so I decided to start designing my own. I've been practicing my amigurumi while trying to answer questions through trial and error, but here are some questions anyway:

1.) Is there a 'guideline' for increasing/decreasing for each row, or is it just WYSIWYG when designing amigurumi?

2.) Is there a way to begin or end to create a (blunted) point?

3.) What are the pros and cons of working in spirals or rounds?

4.) If planning embellishment (embroidery, etc) is it better to work from embellished end of the shape first or end there?

I haven't tested these questions yet (tomorrow's work) so I'm throwing these in too:

5.) Any special techniques or tips for changing colors, and planning color changes?

6.) Is there a structural or visual difference between working in both loops of a stitch, or only the back/front loop?
13  UNITED STATES / Missouri / Fiber Arts Festival, Defiance on: April 26, 2007 09:50:04 PM
A bit on the late side, there's an American Music and Fiber Arts Festival at the Daniel Boone Homestead this Saturday that might be of interest.

The day's activities will include:

    * spinning
    * weaving
    * dyeing with plants
    * Sheep shearing
    * making corn husk dolls
    * bobbin lace demonstration
    * flax harvesting to produce linen
    * Basket making
    * rug hooking

Folk Music Entertainment:

    * Peat Fire Flame will play Scottish Music and the Highland Mist Dancers
    * The Booneslick Strings
    * The Tea Totallers
    * No Strings Attached, featuring Pat Frank and Paul Oviatt
    * Miss Crystall and The Codgers
    * IdaBelles Old Time String Band
    * Greg Krone will demonstrate violin making and playing

The Buckhannan Brothers will keep everyone in stitches - telling stories and Kathy Bommarito will  portray an 1812 washer woman.
When:  Saturday, April 28, 2007 9am-6pm
Where:  Daniel Boone Home & Boonesfield Village, 1868 Hwy F,  Defiance, MO
Cost:  Adults  $12  Seniors (55+)  $10  Children (4-11) $6
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Wrap me up and send me to Wales on: April 26, 2007 12:47:04 PM
The story behind it: I have a dress form, but it is for the modern figure, not a corseted one. I wanted to have a dress form so I could start draping my patterns, especially for my next project. So on a spur of the moment I called Holly up and asked her if she wanted to wrap me in packing tape. I bought gummed brown paper tape from Dick Blick, put my chemise and corset on, and donned a trash-bag to protect my corset from the water and adhesive.


We had no experience with this and it took about an hour just to do one layer, so we called it quits.


I let the stuff dry for about 10 minutes (it never got soaking wet, just enough to activate the glue) and Holly cut me out of it. We used more tape to patch the slits and smooth it out, which added considerable strength.


And here is a good comparison between my dress form, my double and my corseted self.


The only thing left to do is stuff it, make a base and stick it on a stand. "Hey, stepdad!"
15  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Civil War dress - from a fashion plate! on: April 17, 2007 10:17:16 PM
Here's the fashion plate I worked from:

And here's my finished dress:

And artsy:

There are a lot of differences between the fashion plate and my dress, but it was a great source of inspiration all the same.

Read more about it at my website!
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / I'm rediculously excited about this. on: April 16, 2007 07:42:41 PM

My very first embroidery. ever. This is a collar for a civil war dress, and there's one design on each side. It's all stem stitch.

Why, you ask, am I so excited about this? Because when I start new crafts, I usually get in over my head. If I had not restrained myself, I would have had some elaborate whitework with eyelets and cutouts and god knows what. I would've gotten frustrated and ever embroidered again. SO! This is good. Start small, excell later.

*skips off to keep working on her dress*
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Help... fancy letters in illuminated manuscripts on: March 28, 2007 07:12:22 PM
something like this:

Is there a name for this big, fancy letters before the rest of the text?
18  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / new Civil War camp dress a.k.a. costume on: March 07, 2007 08:39:23 PM
My old camp dress was falling apart at the seams and was too big, and didn't fit at ALL:


At Last! I made a new dress.

The similarities:
same pattern for the sleeves.
same buttons
(will use) the same apron

The differences:
New bodice pattern
I know how to fit bodices now
New skirt pleating/gathering

 Oh, that and the fact I'm wearing a newer/better corset.

See the Project Diary
19  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Not so Franken teddy.. on: February 10, 2007 08:55:38 PM
I saw the frankenteddy swap, and decided I had to have a big teddy bear!

He's made of a dark purple floral fabric that has (what I guess are) partridges on it. Of course, he's mostly floral design, but I made sure he had a partridge "tattoo"  Grin .


size reference:

20  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Gauge - 2 does not equal 1 on: February 07, 2007 08:48:00 PM
Okay, so I've made a lot of things using patterns, but they're things where I don't care what the finished size is, so I ignored the gauge completely. Now I've backed myself into a corner with wanting this jacket I saw, and the gauge is confusing me.

It says 8 sc x 10 rows = 4"

1. 4" square? 4" long? 4" wide?

2. I've made several swatches using different hooks and different tension. Nothing ever turns out square -- very rectangular. The 8 sc simply does not get as wide as 10 rows is long.

Therefore, I'm royally confused. Help would be much appreciated!
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