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11  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Work Uniforms on: April 05, 2006 07:19:07 AM
I have about half a dozen old work uniforms lying around.  What about a challenge that uses old work uniforms - hats, shoes, aprons, whatever.  If you don't have one around you could always get one from a friend or family member and god knows there's about a million at the thrift store.

Sound good?
12  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 10 ENTRIES / Howdy Y'all Timekeeper on: April 04, 2006 09:56:29 AM
I haven't participated in a craft challenge before so I was all excited I'd finally decided to try.  I had a bunch of shoes in my closet I could work with, but first I decided to try a pair of white sneakers.  I spent almost a month batiking them and waiting for them to dry only to discover that the method I'd used wouldn't work on sneakers like it does on t-shirts - the fabric was too think and the dye just snuck in behind the areas I'd tried to block off.  So no batiked shoes. 

Then Saturday morning it came to me in a dream - literally.  I ran out to the thrift store yesterday searching for orange rain boots I'd seen there a few weeks ago.  Of course, as luck would have it, someone had bought the things that I thought would be terrible to wear.  How dare someone wear my craft challenge!  I did however find another pair of boots that, with a little alteration, would fit the idea perfectly.

I came home with a pair of children's cowboy boots and a clock.

I destroyed the clock (which was not easy - most of the screws were stripped) and the boots.  I cut a hole in the boots the size of the clock face, slipped the face into the space between the outside material and lining and screwed it in.  Then, I did a crochet chain stitch around the outside of the face to make a "lasso."  The clock works fine, but you can't really get to the alarm, so no alarm anymore, but that's okay.  You can get to the battery to change that.

If you want to see my failed attempt at the blue shoes, head over to http://yarn-tart.livejournal.com/ and see pretty much this post all over again, plus the other shoes.  Yay!
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