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11  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / such a silly noob question - when can I ply? on: May 25, 2008 04:29:49 PM
So I am a bit mystified about plying two HS yarns.  I know to spin in the opposite direction as I spun them but (I am really embarrassed to ask this) do I do it before or after I set the twist in the first two yarns?  Oh and also - do you have to set the twist again after plying?

*sigh* sorry if these are the stupidest questions ever but I just know that you guys would be best to ask  Grin
12  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Clover, my new amigurumi bunny on: February 06, 2008 11:33:29 AM
I had to do jury duty last week and was about bored to tears.  I didn't realize that jury duty = sitting in a room for 8 hours every day until you *might* get picked for a panel.  Bleh.  But I did have time to putz around and I made this little guy

I have decided to name him Clover.  I used a hand-spun yarn that I received in a swap last year but I have no idea what it is.  It is soft and fuzzy like angora or mohair and with some wool mixed in?  I have no idea. 

And more shots of him (sorry the pics are HUGE):

Thanks for taking a look-e-loo, comments are always welcome  Grin
13  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / What's black, yelow and grey all over? My new shoes I painted! *LOTS-O-PICS* on: January 21, 2008 10:11:42 AM
Well it was cold this weekend.  I mean COOOOOOOOOLD 

So I holed myself up in the house and turned out these new puppies:

They started out just as regular black shoes which was fine but really too bland for my taste.  First, I used acetone (read on the internet that this works) to prepare the leather and take off any factory waxes and such.  I took some acrylics paints (blick brand) and thinned them way down so the layers of paint didn't get goopy and the natural leather creases would show through.  I also did an under layer of white so that the yellow wouldn't turn green.  Finally I topped them with a varnish I picked up in a local shoe repair place that prevents the paint from chipping, cracking, or wearing off.  It is specifically formulated for leather so I don't know if will work on vinyl but you can bet your betties I am going to try it out anyway Smiley

the "before" shot:

The under layer:

more shots of the finished shoes:

I still need to find the perfect shoelaces for them and cover up the "DIESEL" stitching on the tongue.  But I am really happy with how the turned out.  Yay shoes! Grin

14  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / I finally did it! I organized my craft area, hooray! on: January 15, 2008 12:39:52 PM
I have been meaning to do this for months and months but this past weekend I just sucked it up and got to it.  I was ruthless in tossing things I don't use (no worries though, they were taken by my local goodwill Wink ).  It just feel so good to have this done and that I can finally not be ashamed to show people it.  Now the next challenge comes in keeping it this way. 

15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / reconstructing old sweater - how to make sure it doesn't unravel? on: January 07, 2008 11:05:04 AM
So I have a too big, old cotton knit sweater that I have some big plans for.  But my question is how do I make sure that the the knit doesn't unravel when I cut it?  It is a pretty big gauge size (I am using that word correctly?  basically it is a looser knit style) 

Can I just sew along the place I plan to cut and cut right below that sewing?  Am I making any sense here?

I appreciate ANY help with this, thank you!!  Grin


okay nevermind, I think I found my answer here:


I love how I searched and searched on craftster and all I had to do was look at the hot topics at the top of the page Tongue
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My first attempt at embroidery (with some beads thrown in the mix!) on: October 08, 2007 08:34:33 AM
I have long admired people who could embroider and so finally tried it out for myself.  Granted, these are two very simple stitches but it has inspired me to try some more!

It is a leafy pin!  Here is the back too

Thanks for looking!
17  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / pink panda baby hoodie on: September 28, 2007 01:13:29 PM
So Target was having infant hoodies on sale this week and I couldn't resist!  (Sorry for the links, photobucket does not want to upload my pictures for any reason and I am not tech savvy enough to know how to use anything else for the craftster boards here  Huh)

Here it is hanging up, I used pink and black felt for the ears and the panda.  I had a heck-of-a time trying to get the ears to stand up but I won that battle in the end, victory was mine!

And here is the action shot of my daughter in it.  She didn't want to hold still and since the hoodie is a bit big on her for now, the ears look a bit wonky.

I really kinda like how it came out, even my hubby was impressed!  Smiley
18  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Built by Wendy 4110 - Pants/Capris on: June 13, 2007 11:07:10 AM
So this is my first time sewing pants and I was a bit overwhelmed with the idea.  I decided that I was going to attmpt the Built by Wendy capris as my first try

And here they are

I am in love with them!  I was a bit worried that the largest size (20) would not be big enough since I am a RTW 14 but they fit really well, they are even a little baggy and I could go down a size.  The only wonky part was the waistband.  First the waistband didn't quite line up with the top.  And when I tried sewing it, it kept bunching up.  Then at the end it was gaping pretty badly at the back.  But I found out others have had issues with the waistband as well so I didn't beat myself up over it.  I am just sure to wear tops to cover it up Smiley  Now I am going to attempt making jeans from the pattern and I am crossing my fingers it works!
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / what's black, blue, and yoked all over? on: June 11, 2007 09:32:21 AM
So here is the shirt I recon'ed out of two old shirts and some extra fabric for new sleeves (please excuse cheesy look from model - I am not good at getting my picture taken)

The basic shirt part is an old black tee shirt from target.  The patterned yoke part is also a shirt from target.  Both of these were just not working for me anymore so I married them into my new favorite top!  I also wasn't digging the cap sleeves on the tee so I made new ones by tracing out the old sleeve and gathering the bottom into a cuff.  Then I made the keyhole by the neck and closed it off with the red button.  I was looking to make something for a recent interview I had and the manager complimented my on it!  I had never attempted such a project so I happy it turned out all well as it did even if it isn't perfect.  Now I am going to raid my closet and arrange some more marriages between shirts!
20  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / May Etsy Goals! on: May 01, 2007 11:10:26 AM
Hooray for starting this one!

Mine are:
- Sell 15 items (three more than last month)
- list 20 items (five " ")
- Get logo done and get business cards!
- get another treasury
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