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31  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted Boots My Sister Made Me !!!!!!!! on: February 22, 2006 07:26:25 PM
Guys -- I can't believe these boots.  They arrived in the mail yesterday.  She knitted them then felted them.  I LOVE THEM.  The first picture is crappy but I wanted you to see how they look on.  The second pic is the true color.



I asked her where she got the pattern and she told me but I forgot, so I will ask again.

I love them so much!  

32  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / A board for Computer Graphic Programs on: February 14, 2006 02:36:50 PM
Hi All!

Since I've joined Craftster, I've needed to use Paint Shop Pro more times than in the entire four years I've owned it.  But I don't really know how to use it and I wish there were a board where craftsters could discuss how they tweak their photos, turn pics into stencils, use graphic editing devices to create embroidery templates, and anything else they do with their graphic program that's crafty related.  Also, people could ask questions and get answers from other craftsters (as opposed to answers from hard-core graphics people, who may be using a language unintelligble to the graphic program neophyte (like me!) and/or might not understand the question coming from a craftster angle).   Grin

Sound feasible?


***edited because I accidentally wrote "Pain Shop Pro" which actually might be a better title!  Cheesy  Cheesy  Cheesy
***edited because statements of desire take future tense not past tense (I wish there were, not I wish there was)
33  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Girly Girl Goth Girl Swap (Sign Up by Feb 28, Mail by March 24) on: February 14, 2006 02:25:10 PM
Swap name: Girly Girl Goth Girl Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Pudruff
Sign-up date range: Feb 14 - Feb 28
Date to send item by: March 24

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): Noooooo

Non-U.S. participants allowed? Certainly!

All ages allowed? Or 18+? All ages

Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders"   
list and will not allow those members to participate:   There is no suspended traders list any more (see!  I do know what I am doing!)

Organizer meets the 4 conditions for swapping and will make sure that every participant meets these conditions: YES

Details of swap:
The Girly Girl Meets Goth Girl Swap is straightforward.  PM me and tell me if you want to craft as a Girly Girl or as a Goth Girl.  I will pair Girlys with Goths.

The Girly Girly will craft some typically girly items, like personalized stationary or an embroidered alphabet sampler, but will craft it in Goth style.

The Goth Girl will craft some typically goth items, like a casket purse or a sword, but will craft it in Girly Girl style.

This swap requires each crafter to craft the following items at a minimum:  two small items and one big item.  I don't know about you, but for me, small takes an afternoon and big takes a day/weekend.

Because I need to have have an exact match, that is, one Girly to one Goth, people can sign up as either Girly or Goth, and can option to sign up as both or be paired with more than one partner.  If I need to double dip, I will notify the lucky swapper(s).

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap:
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?:
Do you want to be a Girly Girl or a Goth Girl?:
Do you want to swap as both?:
Would you be willing to have more than one partner if necessary?:
How's about a little paragraph describing your style:
Items you'd love to receive?:
Items you'd rather not receive?:


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.


Here's a list of the swaper partners:
Pudruff (girl) -- Minusxl3lindfold (goth)
PinkyK(girl) -- lilearthcreature (goth)
Topolino (girl) -- Miss_cute_boots (goth)
Emmycore (girl) -- Creativelies (goth)
PinkyK (girl) -- Brena80 (goth)
loves2experiment (girl) -- kircaldy (goth)

Let the swapping begin!

34  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I Just Made a Needle Roll! on: February 11, 2006 07:35:44 PM
Sounds kind of like sushi.

Ok, I know this is a sewing project, but I made it for my knitting needles.  I think next time I will knit a roll.


Ok, this is a picture of the inside, where my needles will go.


This is picture of the outside of the needle roll.


This is an action shot, needles in their little cubbyholes.


And of course, the needle roll actually rolled up.  I still need to make a tie.

The brocade I worked with is from Joann's and let me tell you, it's slippery.  From the start I had trouble -- it didn't cut evenly and it sheds like crazy.  But I got it all together and made sure any raw edges were double turned and topstitched so it shouldn't shed any more.

It weighs about five pounds.  The brocade is heavy!

The colors are more rose and beige with rose and pear.  The light isn't so great in my craft room.

Now I need to make a knitting bag to hold my yarn and my needle roll.

I am so delighted with this little project!  Now my needles will stay in one place and I won't have to go hunting for them!

Thanks for looking,


p.s.  I do believe this is my 200th post.  Woot!
35  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Michael's vs JoAnn's vs AC Moore on: February 10, 2006 07:08:58 AM
Hi all!

I've been hunting in all the Michael's and JoAnn's in my area for good ribbon, and can't find much selection.  Then I walked into AC Moore last night and they have ribbon as far as the eye can see.  And they have a much better selection of Sugar and Cream yarn than either Michael's or JoAnn's does.

But JoAnn's has the best (only?) fabric and sewing supplies.  And I like Michael's for their sticker supply, polymer clay sales, and craft products.

So I thought I'd start a thread where people could talk about which major chain they go to for which products.

Anyone else have the luxury of having all three stores in their area and use each one for different specific reasons?

36  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Buddy Holly Stencil on: February 03, 2006 11:34:22 AM
Just found this on someone's blog -- all ready to be used as a stencil!


37  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Accidentally felted my sweater - can I undo the damage? on: January 21, 2006 06:26:22 PM
 Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

A couple of weeks ago, I washed my lovely wool sweater in cold water and dried it in the drier and it fit just fine.  So I thought it must be made of the kind of wool that doesn't felt.  So I did washed it and dried it again last night, and it shrunk considerably.  I think the sweather might have been too big the first time and the original wash and dry shrunk it and I didn't realize it.   Now it's the size of an adult woman sized small, but I am an adult woman sized medium large!  It looks kind of sexy and tight, but I really want it back to baggy.

Can I undo the damage?

Any feedback would be MOST appreciated,

Accidentally a fellow felter,

38  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How do I make sure my final project equal my imagination? on: January 12, 2006 08:45:28 AM
Hi all crafty sewers!

I am reconning an ugly dress, and I am not sure how to make sure it's going to turn out the way I think it will in my head.

It's rayon.  Is there some fabric I can use to create a mock-up, the way I use muslin for cotton?


39  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Girly Girl Meets Goth swap on: January 12, 2006 07:45:43 AM
Well what the heck does that mean?

I'm a girly girl -- pink lipstick, pearls, Coach handbags, Chanel perfume.

But I'm totally attracted to the Goth chicks I see on Crafster -- black-rimmed eyes, ripped Lords of Acid reconned t-shirts, black grommet boots.

Anyone interested in a swap between the two?  I'm thinking people could sign up as either a Girly Girl or a Goth, then we'd pair a Girly with a Goth.

Then, each would choose an item indicative of her (his) style but dress it up in the other's style.  For instance, I would make my Goth parther personalized stationary, but with black cobwebs, red blood, and Emily Strange artwork.  My Goth partner would make me a casket purse but in pink with with pearls and ribbons.

Does this swap make sense to anyone besides me?


40  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Shoebox Craftalong on: December 31, 2005 06:55:37 AM
I keep my bills in a shoebox.  Here's a shot:


It's just a crappy shoebox.

Here's where I keep the shoebox, right in the middle of my food and other stuff:

Does anyone else keep their semi-important stuff in a shoebox?

This is the craftalong I propose -- recon your shoebox.  Add paint, glitter, buttons, decoupage, 3-d items, whatever.

I will post my results when done -- hopefully this afternoon!

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