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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Free People Diamond Crochet Beret. on: January 25, 2008 02:44:15 PM
i was browsing the free people site and came across this super cute hat.


maybe in 2 subtler colors.

do you have any ideas how to make it?
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / slouchy hat. on: January 09, 2008 06:28:46 PM
i really want to crochet a slouchy hat.  i really love the looks of these:

and the keri russel sundance hat.  especially lulu clyde's version here:

but these are both knit.  i've searched the internet tirelessly and can't seem to find anything similar.  i've already crocheted the pretty puff slouch hat, but i wasn't satisfied with it.

if anyone had any advice on how to achieve something similar, i'd love you forever.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / [ matryoshka sunglasses cozy ] +3pics. on: June 29, 2007 10:31:43 AM
i was out shopping and fell in love with these (ridiculously) huge sunglasses.
they remind me of ones my grandma wore, so i had to get them. 
they didn't come with any case, so i made a cozy.
here's the entire thing.  it's a simple sleeve.
i lined it in blue fabric and then it closes with a snap. 
it's embellished with an embroidered and appliqued matryoshka doll since i'm mostly russian.


closeup of the doll.
i also stuffed her a little bit so she's more 'plush'.


and here are the glasses with their cozy.

anyway, i hope you all like it.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / dying clothing. on: June 25, 2007 08:44:49 PM
hey all.

firstly, if this is in the wrong spot, please let me know or delete it.  i wasn't sure where else to put it.

anyway, i just got a somewhat casual retail job where i can wear any color denim but blue, so i figured i could just dye some of my jeans black and save some money instead of buying new ones.

i got some RIT dye and did the 'stovetop' method, but with hot water in a bucket.  they looked all right last night, but this morning (when dried), they weren't black at all.  they just looked dirty and gross. 

i also tried dying a white camisole.  just plain cottony fabric.  and that looked great, too.  until this morning!  it had these strange brown-y patches.  kind of like... if you bleach out some black t-shirt and it gets that coppery brown color. 

i have no idea what is happening.  i tried doing some research on the web, but every site is giving conflicting answers.

do i have to buy color remover?  or can i dye them again, but use salt?  are my dyed-ugly-blue jeans beyond fixing?

please help!
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / [ careers in craft. ] on: April 11, 2007 07:50:26 PM
so I don't know if this is really the best place for this or anything, but here goes...

I'm finishing up my first year in college and I'm still undeclared.  I don't know much about what I want to do with my life except that I want crafting to be a part of it, a big part of it.  I know I want to get a degree and all that, but that's pretty much it.  I'm in Philadelphia for school and there are so many opportunities that it's overwhelming!  (and a bit tempting to play it safe and go for a more conventional sort of internship or job.)

anyway!  that's just me.  I guess what I was really wondering is...

how did you all get to where you are now?  or how do you plan on getting to where you want to be?  what are your aspirations?  if I want to be crafty and make it a part of my career am I limited to just selling things?  can a person work their love of crafting into a more stable nine-to-five sort of job, without it being just something like crochet on your lunch hour?  (not that that's bad in any way.  in fact, I'd love to know about your jobs even if they aren't crafty!)   

so if any of you had any ideas or stories to share, I'd love to get a discussion started. 

I don't know how well this will go over, but I hope some people have things to say!


6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / [ miss golightly sleepmask. ] +4pics. on: April 09, 2007 04:14:30 PM
so I've been coveting the sleepmask that Audrey Hepburn wears in Breakfast at Tiffany's for ages and my interest was sparked again when my mom put some perfect supplies for it in my easter basket.  anyway, I'm sure this'll make more sense with pictures...

this thing took a bit of planning, just to get it looking well put-together.  blue satin and a soft pink fabric for the part laying against your eyes.  sandwiched between the two is a thicker fabric, plus a few other well-secured pieces to make the 'eyelids'.  braided gold thread for the eyebrows.  then the lashes, the elastic band and some trim around the edge and voila!


the back.  (pink lining.  you can see the elastic band here, too.)

details.  (and, yes, what you heard about working with metallic thread is TRUE!)

action shot.  as I was working on the eyelids, I was wondering if it was even worth it, but you can really notice them and I love how they ended up looking.  even the crease halfway down, like on a real eye.  I feel so cartoon-glamorous in this mask.

comments & critique appreciated as always. thanks.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / [ lindsay lohan sweater ] on: April 08, 2007 09:31:43 PM
All right, first off... by no means am I a knitter, but I was paging through People magazine and came across Lindsay Lohan in this blue cableknit sweater and thought... need to talk about this on craftster now.

I'm pretty sure making this is way out of my league, so I don't know exactly why I'm posting.  At the very least, anybody else like this?


(Also, I did a search to see if someone posted on this before, but didn't see anything.  If I missed it, I'm really sorry.)
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / [ earring holder. ] +3pics. on: January 10, 2007 02:19:42 PM
I made these button earrings today and because I hate leaving things plain, I spruced up the tag that I put them on.  I hope it's worthy of posting here.

anyway, here's the front.  I just found a picture of Richmond that I had and then glued on some things I cut out of the Free People catalogue.  pretty simple.


& the back.


closeup of the back.


(& I hope I posted this in the right place.  I wasn't sure.)
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / [ birdcage cover. ] +5pics. on: January 06, 2007 09:29:12 PM
my bird Maya has been being really naughty lately and she chewed through her plastic pet taxi that we used to transport her places.  so we got her a pretty sturdy dog crate, but she gets antsy in the car, so she needs to be covered.  to solve the problem, I headed out to buy fabric and supplies to make a cage cover. 
here's the entire thing.


closeup of the slit in the top for the handle to come through.

detail shot of the edging.  it's just some quilt binding, so pretty simple there.

here she is beside it and then there's a picture of us.

comments & critique appreciated. thanks
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / [ crocheted neckwarmer. ] on: January 03, 2007 02:04:41 PM
I know this isn't too terribly exciting, but I just learned to crochet and I'm happy.  I ran into a few problems, mainly running out of yarn, so I just finished off a rectangle.  I wear it folded over and use a pin to keep it around my neck.

comments & critique appreciated.
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