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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Misalignment of Rows? on: June 20, 2008 07:38:48 PM
I'm starting my first real garment project, and I've been knitting on it for a few hours, then I notice that my rows don't line up! I took a picture. The blue line is to try and show how the row of purls doesn't match up.

This has happened to me before, and I thought I was just doing it backward or something, and on those projects, it didn't really matter. I didn't notice it on this until I changed stitches, then it was horribly obvious.

I'm sure I'll have to start over, but can someone tell me how to avoid this in the future?
2  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / In Powder and Crinoline - Painted Faux-Vans on: April 17, 2008 11:49:47 AM

Errr....Half of the 12 Dancing Princesses, I guess. I didn't know what I was going to do with these when I started, so I feel like they look unplanned. The Princesses are all holding hands and following the eldest through the forest with the golden fruit. (When you put the shoes flush next to each other, it looks like the brunette in blue and the brunette in yellow reach across to hold hands, too.) The backs of the shoes say "In Powder and Crinoline" with some little flowers and golden apples.

 I'm really not very happy with them. But then again, I liked them enough to wear them thoughout San Diego and blister my feet up when I could have just worn FlipFlops and been much more comfortable.

When trying to decide what to paint, I thought of my favorite illustration for one of my favorite fairytales, pictured below. The words on the back come from the title of the book in which this illustration was pictured. I thought it was cute. ; D

It's obviously not a copy, but I drew my inspiration from it. But I didn't plan (like I said), so I couldn't fit 12 princesses on my canvas, so I settled with half.

Oh, and I didn't put enough textile meduim in the paint, so it's already cracking. C'est la vie!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Is that a Pupa!? (Pic Chunky Felting Disaster) on: February 20, 2008 02:27:44 PM
Okay, guys. So, my dear mother picked out some really gorgeous felting wool and told me to make a purse out of it. No problem, right?

So, I knit up this purse without a pattern, and I'm like, "Dang this purse is bomb! It'll be so fab when it comes out of the washer!"

Yeah... It wasn't. It got all curly and weird, and I showed it to my mom (all sniffly. ALL THAT WORK!) and she was like, "What is that, a pupa?"

So, then I figured, I could cut the pupa into pieces and sew that together. Well. Unfortunately, the peices won't even match up for me to do that.

So now I have six peices of of former pupa. Two rounded...sorta rainbow-shaped pieces:

and four flat pieces that are about half the size of the curvies:

This is how thick they are, compared to a Razr:

and here they are all together, demonstrating my current use for one of the flat ones (a coaster):

Anyway, the point of me even posting this mess is, I was wondering if any of you SuperCraftsters have any ideas of what to do with this mess? It doesn't have to be a purse, I just don't want 6 peices of felt sitting around my desk.



4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / iLovett on: January 13, 2008 05:55:45 PM
Okay. I know, 'iWhatever' titles are way overdone, but I can't resist a good pun.

I made this for my super-close, Mrs. Lovett-Lovin' cousin for her birthday to hold her ipod/earphones. I was wayyyyyyy late starting, though, so I had to finish it on the way to her house in the car. That's why it looks like....butt. The painting part (Mrs. Lovett) came out really well, though, I think. The stitches are messy as part of its design, but my 'neat' hand-stitches aren't much better. ; D


The back/flap underside are old jeans that were bleached white, with lyrics to "The Worst Pies in London" iron-oned to them. Disaster. They flaked soooo bad. I was able to distress the underside enough to make it look like it was on purpose, the back though...I don't know. Still looks like a mistake to me.


I'm really displeased with the outcome (aside from the image itself), but Dear Cousin lovvvves it, so, I guess-- Success! I was ruthlessly criticizing it (as per usual), and she said "Katie, if you can't stop being mean to your work, I'm going to hide it."

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / ou la MORT! on: November 29, 2007 09:10:15 PM
Im beginning to feel like a one-trick pony.

Headless ladies,
Headless ladies,
Headless ladies.

BUT! I like this anyhoo.

There are three rhinestones on the guillotine side, one on the sparkle, one on her barette, and one on the exlcamation point. The purse was darkdarkdark denim, but I bleached it white/natural-y. Acrylic craft paint and textile medium!


PS: The words are the general slogan of the French Revolution, just incase not everyone is a 1700s nerd.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bloom Where You are Planted - Barrettes on: September 16, 2007 11:20:42 AM
I've taken to wearing flowers in my hair as of late. I decided to make one, and then I couldn't stop. I just bought a TON more flowers to do more. I'm going to have to start giving them away! ; D


New York Minute (My FAV!)



"Against the Grain"

Also, I forgot to take a picture of the pointsetta with the black lace bow before I gave it away. But you can kinda see it in the first pic.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Alligator Scarf Questions! on: September 10, 2007 09:56:30 PM
Okay, I saw an ad for this:


and nearly died. I MUST have one. HOWEVER, I'm not able to buy the kit.

So, I said to myself, "Self. We can do this, all you need to figure out is how to do those bumpies on his back... and his nose...and his eyeball sockets." And then I realized, a) I was talking to myself in the middle of the magazine aisle at walmart, and b) I have no idea what to do for this gator.

Anyone have any ideas?
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Help! I've lost my sheep and I need a crook. on: August 21, 2007 10:24:22 PM
I WANT TO BE LITTLE BO PEEP (for Halloween, of course). I have all the underpinnings (corset and hoopskirt-- UH-HUH.) And, I mean, I want the WHOLE shebang. Big frilly dress, fluffy peasant top under pink gingham bodice, bonnet with lace, blonde wig, shepherdess crook..

AND A SHEEP. I'll find a nice, stuffed sheep and attatch him to my back, and be like "HAVE YOU SEEN MY SHEEP?", then turn around like I'm looking, and IT'LL TOTALLY BE ON MY BACK.

Little kids will love me.

I'm probably going to visit my brother who will be dressing as a werewolf, and we're trying to get his roomate to dress as little red riding hood. How awesome would that be? Little Bo Peep, Red Riding Hood, and the Big Bad Wolf!

I think I know how to make/obtain everything else, but I'm at a huge loss for the Shepherd's crook (staff). The only thing I could think of is one of those garden ones which are metal and heavy. And I'm lazy.

Would any of you oh-so-lovely craftsters be able to devulge unto me some drippings of your wisdom?
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Stop acting silly this instant!, Dead Boys Tell No Tales, & more! (+++imgs) on: August 03, 2007 01:11:35 PM
After I made my Anne Boleyn pendant, I couldn't stop! These are just the ones that are finished, I have some more wips waiting for me.

I covered a huge "Mighty Joe Young" Pin I had gotten in a grab-bag at Goodwill with some magazine clippings and words from this 'are you an artist' college book handout thing my art teacher gave me.

This one is a sequin-covered bottlecap for my preteen cousin. I thought the colors were sort of Limited Too-ish.

"Stop Acting Silly This Instant!" This is blue nailpolish on a flattened bottlecap base. My personal favorite, I think.

"Thanks, but no thanks, Mr. Roboto." Same method as above.

"Dead boys tell no tales". Same thing as above, but with other charms and stuff. <:

And, while flattening the bottlecaps for those last three pendants, I smashed my left index finger with the hammer. I am such a weakling when it comes to pain, so I totally blacked out. I like, stumbled over to my couch and laid there for a second, then, when I deemed myself able to walk again, I went back out and continued hammering.

I have a REALLY ugly blood blister/bruise on my finger now.
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Harry Clarke Illustration Tote on: August 02, 2007 10:19:06 PM
I finally got some freezer paper, so I whipped out a totebag I use for school alot, and cut out a stencil. Unfortunately, I guess I was overly ambitious and maybe didn't iron it on enough(?) even though I checked several times and it seemed all good. I think the pockets threw it off, too.

IN ANY CASE; I ended up with two ugly white blobs, vaguely shaped like a couple. So, Wanting to salvage the stencil, I freehanded black over it. Then, it looked rather empty (and I had to hide some white smudges) so I freehanded all the floraly designs.

Here's the original image (I only used a peice) It's an illustration by my favorite artist, Harry Clarke:

Action shot!

A couple of ladies at the farmers market commented on it. C: It made me rather happy.
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