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1  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / What kind of loom is this? on: July 13, 2013 03:42:14 PM

Far too long ago, a friend and I adopted a loom. However, we were both busy and were never able to determine what kind of loom it was. I've looked through a number of books and online tutorials, but never saw anything exactly the same as it.  Huh The closest I can come is a rigid heddle loom, but in that case, I think it is missing a few parts. I'm hoping that my fellow craftsters can help me with identification so that I can began learning to use it. Any advice would be appreciated! Thank you!  Grin

As you can see, all of the dowels are stationary except for that one dowel in the slot with the pins. By removing the pins, its position in the slot can be changed.

Thank you again for any assistance you can provide!
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sock Monkey and Monster for a Class on: November 20, 2008 07:11:32 PM
First off, I apologize for the boring pictures. Embarrassed

This semester, I foolishly made a comment about sock animals and, long story short, am now teaching a class on making sock monsters next Monday. Well, what's a class without examples for the teacher to pass around?


Sir Charles (no last name yet)

(he's from this tutorial)

Sir Charles likes Monday walks and afternoon tea. His favorite days are when there are both clouds and clear skies and he would like to be a scholar, if only to wear the red velvet house jacket and smoke the bubble pipe. (Sir Charles is sadly influenced by childhood television.)

He was made from an absolutely heinous pair of socks. Red toes and heels, that weird not-quite-mint-green with lavender spot fabric on the tops of the feet and backs of the ankles and red and white stripes on the bottom of the feet and fronts of the ankles. Happily for him, the heinous socks turned into quite a handsome monkey.

Now, Sir Charles is a sock monkey, and the course I'm teaching is on sock monsters. (He's mostly used for advertising, as seen here.) So, of course, I needed to make him a monster friend.

And so, I introduce Miss Kitty Emile.

Miss Kitty Emile likes to dress up for afternoon tea with Sir Charles, as evidenced by her necklace. Unlike Sir Charles, she has her (metaphorical) feet on the ground. Miss Kitty is a high powered executive and during the week mostly survives off of mochas and coffee rolls. However, when evenings and the weekends come, she likes to spend her time with her dear friend Sir Charles, discussing topics such as string theory and Reese Witherspoon's derriere over tea and cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches.

She is made from a single black sock with a night scene and the world "Angel" on it. Now both her ears bear the legend, and none of her friends are allowed to tell the full story about the night she got horribly drunk and decided to tattoo them on as a teenager.

(Please do not let Miss Kitty Emile know that she is, in fact, a rabbit. Otherwise, she might feel awkward about their bonding time.)
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Owl night mask (a little bit cute, a little bit country) on: November 06, 2008 06:54:40 PM
A present for a soldier so that she can sleep no matter the conditions. Grin

Doesn't that look comfy? Modeled by one of my friends on her fantastic bed.

The mask is made from felt, ribbon, a corduroy or twill fabric (not sure which is is) and embroidery thread. Six threads for satin stitched eyes and blanket stitching around mask, three threads for blanket stitching around eyes and nose, two threads for satin and split stitch details on nose.

I did everything in this mask from scratch, even to the point of cutting my own patterns from catalogue pages. However, the idea was not my own! I wanted to recreate Roman Sock's lovely owl eye mask but didn't want to crochet it. Since I'd forgotten how to blanket stitch, I used Futuregirl's blanket stitching tutorial to help me remember. And when I couldn't remember how to start an embroidered blanket stitch, I used Angie's tutorial to remind me. I haven't embroidered or worked with felt for ages, so this was quite a fun time for me. Wink

I did make one big oopsie, though. When I sewed the cloth to the piece of felt I used for batting, I used a decorative running stitch (picture here to keep the thread more dial-up friendly) to hold the fabric down. It didn't even occur to me that it might not look that awesome when I blanket stitched on top of it.  Embarrassed Oops. In the future, I'll just use a basting stitch so I can rip it out after.

Thanks for looking!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pencil Roll on: September 16, 2008 10:09:10 PM
I'm guessing this is the right topic since this was definitely made to "hold stuff." Wink Made to hold the pencils for an artist friend who tends to bring her art with her to work. Based off of bits and pieces of a number of various pencil/knitting needle/crochet hook roll tutorials.

She really likes fish. Grin

This fabric is pretty unique as every fish and plant on it is an actual species, but it still looks artistic. I never would have thought to combine it with the red bamboo if I hadn't tossed the two on top of each other while organizing fabrics. Turned upside down, it looks a bit like coral, doesn't it?

The slots are sized to hold pencils and two pens. The upper flap is sewn down along the top edge so it can fold down to protect the pencil leads during transportation and storage.

All rolled up and secured. She doesn't like loud colors to be visible, so the outside is a neutral blue... completely belying the roll's extremely bright interior. Grin
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Miniature cactus garden on: September 16, 2008 09:45:34 PM
Made during the summer as a present for a friend who just can't keep real cacti alive. Wink

The cacti tend to flop to the sides, just like real cacti do when you cram too many of them in too small a pot.

One cacti's beaded...

One cacti's brushed.

One of the cacti (maybe the brushed one?) was made following the instructions for Ana Paula's Little Cactus with the rest and the soil and container freehanded. (Yes, I was silly enough to crochet the soil around each cactus and then crochet them all together rather than crochet one circle of soil and sew the cacti on.) The idea for brushing the old man's beard cacti came from the wonderful work of Wiibit.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Yet another Divine hats thread. on: January 30, 2008 07:41:57 AM
I've fallen hopelessly in love with the Divine hat pattern made by Rheatheylia. It's quick, easy, and comes out so beautiful! It's also the perfect size for my head, and doesn't stick up in the back like most fitted caps do. I crocheted these in Lion Brand Wool Ease yarn on size H and J hooks. They came out absolutely beautiful, if I do say so myself.

The hats:

A close-up of the blue hat (I'm in love with this yarn... it has purples, greens and yellows spun into it, so it has the most gorgeous sheen under the light.):

Sorry I have no modeling pictures, but they were both presents and have been shipped off to their prospective recipients.

EDIT: Thank you to WIPs for pointing out that this somehow posted under Discussions and Questions rather than completed projects. Huh I have no idea how that happened and have now reposted it.
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Emma's Garden Quilt on: January 26, 2008 09:14:48 PM
First of all, let me say this is my first completed quilt ever! Grin I have three quilts in various stages of completion, but needed a quilt for tomorrow, so yesterday I threw together an entirely new quilt. I used the streak of sunshine pattern from quiltville and took every shortcut possible. Lines? Who needs those? Pins? Pssh. Since I used flannel (flannelette?) I didn't even use batting. The only thing I never shortcutted on was ironing. I did lots and lots of ironing. Wink I wound up cutting, piecing, quilting and making the binding yesterday and sewing the binding on today.

Emma's Garden (or Emma's Rose Garden) is made for baby Emma Rose, whose mother decorated for her in pink butterflies with yellow, purple and green accents. I cheated slightly on the colors (blue was never even mentioned), but I think that she'll like it.

The quilt:

The colors are washed out. While my stitching was all over the place (super-wobbly), I am proud to say that my edges are straight, and the waviness in the picture was just from the quilt moving.

The backing:

This is more true-to-life. I bound the same way kaolin did in her big zig quilt but my sewing was so sloppy that I needed to blindstitch a number of areas anyway.

All rolled up and ready to go:

The ribbon is actually satin baby quilt binding.

My question to all quilters: How exactly do you machine quilt? I backstitch at the beginning and end of every thread break, but I feel that it looks unprofessional. Is it just me, or is quilting typically done in running stitch without backstitching?
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Trifold wallet w/money pocket (**pic morbidly obese!**) on: January 23, 2008 08:59:44 PM
Okay, I'm really proud of this one. Wink I saw the babyangel tutorial (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=212483.0) and thought that her wallet was the cutest thing ever... but I wanted a wallet with a money pocket and I needed many, many credit card pockets. I'm also in love with expandable change pockets at the moment, so I decided I wanted that instead of the change pocket she's made on the inside. I made this as a prototype, so the stitching's messy and there are lots of things I want to change for the final version. Thanks for the tute, babyangel!

(PS--beware the thousands of pictures!)

This looks like a normal babyangel wallet...

But wait, what's this on the other side?!

It opens and expands!

And eats my coins...

Oh, wait, this opens.

Let's see what's on the other side...

Wow, those are a lot of pockets! They fill up nicely, too.

But what's hiding under that snap?

It's cash! Does that mean there's a money pocket?

That's it for now. Grin

Some things I plan on changing: I want to use thinner interfacing on at least one side. No joke, the main interfacing (not the card pocket interfacing) I used is at least an eight of an inch thick. Maybe add triangular flaps of exterior fabric to the money pocket so that the interior fabric doesn't show and I don't need to sew through as much interfacing. (I broke my machine topstitching.) Topstitch the upper edges of the wallet before sewing closed if I don't use the flaps. Change the inner snap so it shows on top (easier to open that way). And finally, I'll try to make the interfacing on the change pocket smaller so that it can expand/contract more easily.
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Crazy Quilt Cards (first paper project) on: August 27, 2007 02:00:20 PM
Hey, all. I'd never scrapbooked or anything before, so when I was told that I would need to make almost a dozen cards for a group of first years I was mentoring at my college, I was stumped! However, after thinking about what I liked, I looked at the quilting machine for the quilt I'm making and had an idea!

The results (taken at one in the morning, so not of the best quality):

I loved quilting, so I made crazy quilt cards! Grin The cards were actually a lot easier than they appeared: I drew a pattern on an index card, laid it over eleven sheets of paper, and cut all of the layers at once with scissors. (I should have used a rotary cutter or something similar, as some pieces were off, so random patches of white show. Or at least made two stencils and cut in two batches.) After that, I glued them onto more index cards, then glued on lengths of ribbon, stitched through the card with embroidery thread (three strands), and stuck on brads for buttons. By then, it was getting really late, so instead of adding a border (to hide any bare patches around the edges of the card) and using a cream colored backing paper as I'd planned (it would have required more cutting), I just used sequins and brads from a nice sequin/brad pack and some ribbon that matched to make loops to hang them from the first years' bulletin boards before gluing an index card onto the back to hide the wrong side of the card.

Not as pretty, but simpler. I think that they liked them, and I greatly enjoyed making this. Smiley Maybe I'll try scrapbooking sometime. It was fun and relatively quick.
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Melting thread? on: June 21, 2007 04:49:19 PM
Has this happened to anybody before? I went to iron a strip I was piecing together when one strand of thread just melted. It didn't melt in any of the other places I used it, just at that one point. Has this happened to anybody before?
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