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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Ideas for guitar strap???? Crafting for husband's hobby! on: June 26, 2008 03:12:57 PM
I don't know if you still want an answer to this one, but there is a crocheted guitar strap pattern in Debbie Stoller's Happy Hooker. (Full disclosure: its my pattern.)  Wink
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Seahorses, the new giraffes ;) on: January 08, 2008 10:42:46 AM
That seahorse print is fan-freakin-tastic, I am clicking this rocks!

I am new to the idea of stamping on fabric... Did you just use regular fabric paint and a roller? In my mind that would be too gloppy, so I am intrigued.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Golden yellow faux fur double breasted vintage winter coat on: January 04, 2008 09:38:06 AM

Love it so much, I signed up for a sewing class. And the shoes? excellent touch!
4  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Has anyone tried making the guitar strap? on: November 28, 2007 01:18:39 PM
OK... I finished the strap and he has used it live and everything. Smiley

I haven't used craftster to host pics before, so I hope this works...

Here you can (not quite) see the leather ends are sewn on. I just hemmed the edge of the strap, then looped it thru the leather bit and sewed it shut (using very heavy duty thread and a manual "serger" like seam.

I also made it adjustable with the little slider piece, since even hemp will stretch a *little*.

Here it is in action... He's in the black t, behind the lead singer. The strap held up well... his only complaint was that I was so careful to not make the last row too tight, that it ended up a little loose. This made the foundation chain row seem too tight. We slipped a shoulder pad onto the strap to keep the edge from digging in to his skin too much. I could have reworked the last row, but he wanted to wear it the next night. A *slightly* tighter last row would have prevented that. (But it didn't SEEM too tight until the full weight of the guitar was on it, so you might want to use some heavy duty safety pins to try out the feel before you do all of your hemming.

Hope that helps!
5  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: Skull Isle-hat DONE! on: November 27, 2007 12:44:56 PM
I am so happy to see my lil pattern up here already! I know I told you already, but it bears repeating... The hat looks GREAT!
6  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Stripes & Stripes Scarf - 1st crochet project on: October 11, 2007 12:44:18 PM
Yes, quite fabulous... beautiful colors and the stitches look GREAT for your first project  Cheesy
7  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: My short n sweet on: October 11, 2007 12:41:00 PM
thank you both! it was a pretty quick project and the red was from a swap, so glad it found a good home in this lil cardi.
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Have I ruined my wool? on: October 10, 2007 01:21:40 PM
I have also used Johnson & Johnson's baby shampoo to wash my stuff... Whatever it is that makes for "no more tangles" does something to smooth the fibers down.  Bonus: it also comes in a Lavender scent now!
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: yarn ball winder question on: October 10, 2007 01:18:36 PM
The main issue is attaching it, My first end table was too thick for the clamp. It really needs a "ledge"... Also, if you are using a swift with a clamp to feed the ball winder, you may have to get creative with the way you set them both up, since you can only clamp the winder from the front. (That may not make sense, sorry... its hard to explain!) It has never prevented me from being able to use it, just sometimes required some extra creativity.

Also, if you are forcing it (trying to wind yarn that is caught on something or in a knot at the other end), the spindle piece can come loose.

Overall, I have been VERY happy with it, and at least two friends have purchased (or plan to) the same model after using mine.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Using a stitch holder (please help!) on: October 10, 2007 11:36:02 AM
Also, those stitches will probably be used again during the neckband or finishing sections. Most likely, you will put those stitches on a needle and pick up along the edging to get the rest of the neckband going... read ahead and see where the pattern tells you to get back to them.
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