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301  Illinois / Illinois: North / Re: Crafty persons in Chicago and Western Suburbs? on: March 12, 2006 10:14:03 AM
I'm in west Aurora, and I'd love to make new crafty friends!

Espressopunk - what about knitting did you find tough? My sis taught me how, but it wasn't til I quit smoking that I really took it up (and then kind of self-taught myself as I was 500 miles from sis). If you'd like, I can try and help, although I only consider myself a novice - I am bored with the millionth scarf I've done though LOL! I'll be moving on to small toys and simple garments (shrug sweater & sleeveless) next... I find it's all about the courage to try something new, I was so intimidated by dropped stitches (maybe the name!), but they're super simple... and I love the complexity they lend to the look of the finished piece. Anyhoo, pm me if you want, & we'll get something figured out! Smiley I love Craftster... & all the cool people on it! You guys rock!
302  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Monty Python Swap! on: March 12, 2006 09:12:05 AM
I wish I'd found Craftster earlier!!! I've only been registered for 9 days with 3 posts - and I wish I was "old" enough to do this swap! My sister's been on here for a year and never told me about it! I just wish I knew why... Sad

I can already picture the pull-apart Black Knight toy I'd make..."You've got no arms left..." LOL

I'll just hafta wait, and hope there might be another round for this one... Sad Gods of swapness...why do you taunt me so?
303  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Felt Cakes! Now With Tutorial!!! on: March 10, 2006 11:03:25 AM
Roxybadoxy & Giavirgo - Thank you both so much! Your words are so kind! I'm so happy to have found such a wonderful place as this to share my ideas & get new ones! (I can't wait til I get to do a swap!)

As far as the construction goes, some of the details are in my blog http://craftyginger.blogspot.com/, but I'll go into more detail here. I didn't start with a box, but you could if you wanted to. I started with my fabric pieces - the top I cut 4" square (the finished size is 3", and I used a 1/2" seam allowance), the "lid" lip was 3" wide by 13" long, then folded in half; and the main body started as a 9 1/2" wide by 13" long, with the top 3" folded over. (I know it's hard to picture, I'll try and post a diagram soon! The body piece includes the bottom, so I didn't bother cutting 2 "tops" FYI.)

The boxy shape came from the woven paper tape I added to the inside. I think it's also called buckram, but it's basically just a stiff paper you can iron & sew. I cut the paper tape into two 3" squares,  a 3" by 12" strip, and a 1" by 12" strip. The longer strips I put inside the folds (I pressed most of the fabric folds before I started hand sewing, I wanted the edges to be stiff & box-like. You don't need to iron the paper tape, just crease with fingers when you're all done!) I also cut out most the lower third portion of the body piece, leaving a 4" square attached to the folded over body (again, I know it's tough to picture, I'll make a diagram soon!) After that it was mostly hand sewing, the "lid" I stitched from the inside & then turned right side out; the body I stitched-in-the-ditch (meaning I sewed from the right side, trying to be discreet about the stitches showing). Having most of my edges ironed really helped! For both pieces I sewed all the way around the square first, and then did the corner seam (I hid these in the pics I posted, but I can take one of my wavy seams!) To finish, I just mashed the top & bottom paper tape pieces into place, I didn't sew a perfect square; and then stuffed with craft batting, closed the lid on top and tied my Tiffany bow on top. The bow did take a couple of tries, but I think the end product was well worth the effort!

I just hafta say it - Craftster Rocks!
304  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Felt Cakes! Now With Tutorial!!! on: March 09, 2006 08:16:28 PM
OMG!!! This is such a great idea!!! Although I do love cakes & pies, I knew when I saw this thread I had to make a Tiffany box pincushion! Mine's not felt, but some aqua wool scraps I had around.

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