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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Bead Box Bracelet - Picture heavy on: September 04, 2005 08:06:15 AM
I haven't posted any of my works lately.  I have made a lot of these bracelets, but usually sell them.  Here is one I've kept for myself:

Thanks for looking!
12  UNITED STATES / Iowa / Des Moines Sn'B Meeting on: August 06, 2005 08:06:46 PM
I recently found that there's a SnB meeting in Des Moines on the 3rd Sunday of the month from 1-4 pm at Ritual Cafe (between Grand & Locust), near the new DSM public library. 

Here's a link to learn more:

13  UNITED STATES / Iowa / State Fair Entries? on: August 06, 2005 07:53:19 PM
Did anyone enter anything crafty into the Iowa State Fair?  I just dropped off a couple of ceramic pieces, today.  Sadly, I didn't make anything to enter into the beading competition.
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Shawl help needed (badly) on: July 29, 2005 09:16:14 PM
Wonderful craftsters, can you please help me?  I've just spend the past 2 hours knitting a shawl, only to frog it twice...grrrrr.  This has been the first time I've felt like throwing my needles across the room.   Tongue

In my pattern, I knit several rows, then knit one row,wrapping the yarn round the needle twice for each stitch.  The next step is knitting one loop/stitch and letting the 2nd drop, (still leaving me with the original number of stitches.) 

I'm fine,until I get to the knit one row, picking up one stitch and letting the other stitch drop. Once I think I've completed the entire row, somehow I'm magically in the middle of the row I just knitted.  What's going on? Am I just having problems with my circulars?  (I've never had a problem before, but the cord is a little difficult to work with.) Help please!  Could moving to straights  Tongue  help my problem?

15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Tweet Li'l Birdie Gallery on: June 17, 2005 06:44:16 AM
I just received all sorts of birdie cuteness from kat_penguino (extra early, too, I might add!!)

The contents of my package included:
a cute tote bag with birdie applique and embroidery
A bird stuffie (when ever I see a bird stuffie I think of the one's my great-grandmother used to make years ago to put on her Christmas tree)
A knitted purple wristband with cute bluebird buttons on it
A fun bird button
and a cute journal made from an old record cover that just happens to have birds on it!

Thanks so much, Kat.  Everything is great!  I'll post pics soon.

16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Can I iron on a felted object? on: June 13, 2005 06:17:05 AM
Hello.  I just finished knitting and machine felting a purse.  I would like to add a little design on the outside and am wondering if it is ok/will it work to add an iron on patch to felt or if its better off to sew it on?


17  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Needle felting a purse question on: June 02, 2005 05:01:31 PM
I've played around with roving, made pictures, little ducks, and such, but completed my first "real" needle felting project today, a purse.  Is it better to wet felt the purse to ensure stability?  Its pretty strong (I put 4-5 layers of roving total over my form), but I'd rather be safe than sorry.
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Interesting crafty quote on: May 14, 2005 08:56:01 PM

"The most difficult thing in the world is to reveal yourself, to express what you have to. As an artist, I feel that we must try many things -- but above all we must dare to fail. You must have the courage to be bad -- to be willing to risk everything to really express it all."
- John Cassavetes

I recently found this quote.  Hopefully its inspiring to others.
19  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / What to do with blank nesting dolls on: April 23, 2005 10:38:07 AM
Hello.  I found these the other day at the store and couldn't pass them up:


I thought they were so cute but have no idea how to paint/decorate them.  Any suggestions welcomed!
20  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Shocking orange & green beaded daisy ring-Tutorial added on: April 23, 2005 10:26:36 AM
Hello.  I came up with a pattern to make a "daisy" beaded ring.  Here's one that I made last night:




Here is my first go at a tutorial:


Delica seed beads (they lay flatter, highly recommended)
Silamide beading thread (you can use Nymo, but you must pre-condition it before use)
Beading needle (I use size 10, but size 12 will work)
8 mm accent bead (I used facetted cat's eye)
20 dagger beads
1 stopper bead (this bead will not be used in the design, only to stop your beads from falling of the thread)


Cut 2 arm lengths of string and thread through the needle.  String on the stopper bead and pass through it twice, leaving an 8 inch tail. 

String on as many beads that will fit around your finger.  When sizing, beware that the ring will have a tiny bit of stretch.

Pass your needle through your first 4 beads (not the stopper bead) to make a ring shape.  Make 2 half hitch knots.

At this point you will start the peyote stitch.  Add one bead and skip one bead.  For better instructions regarding peyote stitch, go to beadwork.about.com

Continue your peyote stitch until you get to the desired thickness of ring.  I have 7 rows .

Tie off your ring by completing 2 more half hitch knots.

At this point you can cut off the extra thread, tie 2 more half hitch knots in your ring and add your accent bead (the stronger way), or simply add your accent bead.  You add the accent bead by weaving the thread through the delica beads and through the accent bead several times.

String on a dagger bead and weave it very close to your accent bead.  Weave each dagger bead in a circular fashion around the dagger bead.  After you have completed one layer of dagger beads, sew the additional dagger beads on top.  Tie off your project by doing 2 additional half hitch knots and weaving extra thread through beads and trim off.  Trim off your stopper bead and any additional thread sticking out.

Ta dah!  Completed project:

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