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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: 2006 Completed Costumes Scrapbook! (completed project pictures & links go here!) on: October 30, 2006 09:44:36 AM
The Mad Hatter and Alice:

And because I loved my butterflies:

A little bit on how I made the top hat is here:
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: The Mad Hatter's Top Hat on: October 25, 2006 10:08:44 PM
The hat is great! The rosette is great too! I think that I would like to wear the hat around here and there....say the post office , the grocery store. Bring back the top hat!

Quick question...how did you make the rosette? They would make rockin' awards for a Hallowen party!


For the rosette, I just kind of gathered the ribbon together and sewed it up as I went along.  I didn't really care how funky looking it got, since I knew I was going to sew the button on top of it.

And yes!  We totally need to bring back the top hat!  And spats.
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: The Mad Hatter's Top Hat on: October 24, 2006 11:20:58 AM
i was thinking of that but i need the ball blown up to keep its shape

I think that regular stuffing/batting should work, although you'd probably need a fair amount to get a good shape.
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: The Mad Hatter's Top Hat on: October 24, 2006 11:07:45 AM
Any ideas for making a beach ball into a hat? I am making the top part of toad and toadette. And im stuck on how to make the covered beach ball stay on my head. hehe

What if you cut out a hole that would fit your head and then sewed in a band of elastic?
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / The Mad Hatter's Top Hat EDITED to add pics of whole costume on: October 24, 2006 10:36:28 AM
My husband wants to be the Mad Hatter for Halloween, so we're making his entire costume pretty much from scrap.  We went to a costume shop downtown and found a cheap top hat that fit him.  Here's the before

I took some of those sheets of craft foam and made the crown taller and wider, then glued it onto the base of the hat.  I covered the whole thing with three by three squares of the same plaid we're using to make the pants, and added the ribbon band and card.

I really like this part.

Ok, so here's the whole costume:

The only thing we didn't make on his were the shirt and the shoes.  On mine we bought the shirt, but stenciled a skull and flowers on the shoulder with freezer paper.

And because I really liked my butterflies:

Happy Halloween, everyone!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Metamorphose Caplet on: September 23, 2006 11:55:50 AM
I agree with snowsculpture about the bottom.  The top looks knitted in a simple diamond lattice pattern, I would think you could google a pattern for that or something.  It also looks like they seamed the back, and not well at that.  If I were making one, I wouldn't do that.  Good luck!
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing through paper? on: July 20, 2006 03:27:51 PM
You could also just simply be having tension problems. Ive got a teeny weeny Kenmore mini ultra, and I made over 100 snap cuffs (paper, vinyl, felt) with no issues... Your machine sounds much more beefy than mine, so your tension may be off.

I'm going to play with that, too.  Especially since it only seems to be the top thread.

And as an aside, the Kenmores effing rock.  My grandmother has one that's well over 30 years old, but I used it last week, and it just glides.
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing through paper? on: July 17, 2006 05:12:22 PM
Thanks!  I'll try that.
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Sewing through paper? on: July 17, 2006 04:48:52 PM
Hey all,

I wasn't sure where to post this, so I'm putting it here. 

My sewing machine is supposed to be kind of heavy duty (as in, the box claimed it could sew through 8 layers of denim), but I'm having problems sewing through paper.  It's just two layers, one vellum, and one cardstock.  It works for a little while, but the thread coming from the spool always breaks.  I tried using 100% polyester and 100% rayon instead of a cotton blend, thinking that might be too weak, but the same thing started happening. 

I know it can be done, but I am really having some trouble with this.  Any suggestions?
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Q about yarn over symbols in lace knitting on: May 19, 2006 12:27:25 PM
are you making the new shawl from interweave?

remember that the YO wraps the opposite direction when you purl after it (most times)

I love that shawl!  But I'm making the Print O' the Wave shawl from See Eunny Knit. 

When you say purl after it do you mean that the next stitch is a purl, or the next row?
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