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1  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Where to start? Tapestry looms? on: January 15, 2013 08:40:13 AM
So, I recently inherited these weaving tools, which I know nothing about. I think through reading a couple of sites, that I have two tapestry looms and a warping board? Any particular sites or links anyone could offer on where to begin would be super helpful. I am a knitter and felter and general crafter, but I've never used any kind of loom ever before. Thanks for any help, even if it seems obvious, it's not. I know nothing. Thanks!

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fancy new wreath on: November 22, 2011 01:11:24 PM
Just finished hanging a new wreath. Used a grapevine form, made felt flowers, and collected pinecones from the neighborhood.

3  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / is it truuuue Dragon? on: January 04, 2011 11:28:43 AM
This was my first real flat needle felting experiment.

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / k into st below next st on left-handed needle... on: September 12, 2010 04:36:47 PM
I'm trying to follow a diamond chart for Robin Melanson's "Gothic" mittens. The pattern is for little wool mittens, which have a large cuff with a pretty channel island cast-on, then a little band of twisted stiches, then they decrease to a point over your hand with a pretty diamond shape in the middle and have a cute icord that slips over your middle finger to hold these fingerless beauties onto your hand.

So, the top is where I feel real dumb. The chart reads:

[email protected]?pp^k+pk        5
kpkkkk#pp#kkkpX     4
[email protected]?^kkk+pk      3
kpkkkkkk##kkkkkkpX  2
Vpkkkkkk#*kkkkkkpk  1

#  k1-tbl on RS, p1-tbl on WS
*  knit into st below next st on left hand needle
V  slip 1 st purlwise with yarn in back
X  slip 1 st purlwise with yarn in front
@  K2tog
?   purl into back of second st, but do not drop st from left hand needle, k2tog-tbl first 2 sts, slip both sts from left hand needle together
^   slip 1 st purlwise, slip 1 st knitwise, return slipped sts back to left needle in new orientations, k2tog these 2 sts, but do not drop sts from left needle, purl first st, slip both sts from left needle together
+   ssk

I'm having trouble with * which won't allow me to get any further than the first couple of rows before i pull it all out and try again. Do I knit into the 2nd stitch on my left needle and drop both stitches? Then it looks like I have dropped stitches. These are the first five rows of a 15 row decrease with a diamond pattern in the middle. (I'm knitting back and forth on straight needles.)
Any takers on maybe dumbing it down for me or something? It just looks terrible.

edit: I found a picture of them:
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / ugly chair re-done. on: October 10, 2008 02:23:38 PM
We had this ugly chair. The cushion fell down (slipped) all the time and it was stained and ugly. We're also getting ready to move, so I've been contemplating getting rid of the chair or fixing it. I fixed it!


I got this beautiful fabric... regular price $40/m on clearance for $3/m. I replaced the top cushion, it was in pretty rough shape. I also made some ties in the back to keep the cushion from slipping.

Close up of how pretty it is:

Turned out not bad, eh?
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / $0 cost quilt on: July 28, 2008 11:59:52 AM
I decided to make my first quilt for my queen sized bed without any experience or anyone to help, and also without spending a dime....eeeks!

For the top I used up most of my scraps of cotton material I had. I prewashed everything and started cutting. So far so good. Then the sewing began. It's all different fabric, so I didn't need to worry about patterns. Two days later I had the top of the quilt mostly done. I'm just cutting out some solid colors to sort of frame the multi-colored patchwork.

Now to make it a quilt. I have a king size white flannelette sheet that I'd like to use for the middle, and another solid flannelette sheet for the back. Here's where I need advice. Should I add my border to the top, the start laying the three pieces togther and start pinning or basting? Or should I put the top and middle together, then add my border, then attach the back? I'm going on NO experience at all here. But, i'm lucky....I haven't spent a cent!! And the top turned out beautiful.

Any help would be lovely. (pics will follow when I'm done.... whenever that will be!)
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / radiator covers? on: March 29, 2008 10:27:49 AM
Has anyone ever made fabric radiator covers? We have these long ugly radiators all through our apartment. A coupl eof them are in good spots with shelves on top of them. But there's one in my craft room that is about 2 feet long and 1.5 feet tall and is located right under the window. I don't have money to buy a metal cover for it, bt I have lots of fabric. I was going to make curatins for those windows today, but then i couldn't really figure out how I should do it....Any ideas? 
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