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6671  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Crochet Motif Swap on: January 27, 2009 04:04:16 PM
Between the two, do you have a preference if you were only going to get one?

Hmmmm... I'll try to be objective here...and list my thoughts on each... for what it's worth Wink

Beyond the Square: Spiral bound so it lays flat; great introductory paragraph with how-to's, tips & tricks; motifs grouped by shape (circles, hexagons, triangles, squares, unusual shapes (but not too many...); symbol charts (with stitch key inn back of book) and written instructions; graphs to help you design your own motifs; no projects for what to do with the motifs when you finish them

201 Crochet Motifs, etc.: not much for an introduction; motifs arranged by type (flowers, lace, alphabet{a to z}, shapes {like paisley, star leaf, etc.},  pictures {squares and rectangles with pictures, like animals, crocheted into and onto them}, geometric (triangles, squares, hexagons, diamonds, etc.); a whole bunch of projects, with instructions, that can be made using the motifs; symbol charts (stitch key w/each chart) for many of the motifs and written instructions

So, I guess it depends on what you want. If you want a variety of motifs in basic shapes, go with Beyond the Square. If you're looking beyond the basic shapes, go with 201 Crochet Motifs, etc. I really love the unique shapes (like the paisley and spirals, plus the alphabet) in 201 Crochet motifs. Beyond the Square has 144 motifs and, not counting the projects, 201 Crochet Motifs has 125 motifs & blocks, plus the 26 letters of the alphabet.

So, I don't know if that helps with your decision. I think that 201 Crochet Motifs might edge out Beyond the Square in terms of patterns, but I really like the introductory chapter of Beyond the Square, so they're about even, in my mind Wink
6672  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hanging Mail Holder on: January 26, 2009 07:45:20 PM
I love this! And I desperately need one, so I'll be giving it a go as soon as I clear a few things off my plate.

As for labels, is it too late for you to stitch a piece of clear vinyl onto the front of each pocket? Then you could hand write (or computer print) labels and slip them into the clear vinyl pocket.  You could even put binding around the vinyl before you stitch it on so it would frame it nicely... And, if you put the binding on, you could use fabric glue to attach it if it's too late to sew it...

And, if you do try that, let me know how it works so I can try it on mine Wink
6673  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Crochet Motif Swap on: January 26, 2009 04:15:05 PM
My copy of Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs, by Edie Eckman, just landed on the porch, and it's fabulous! It makes a wonderful complement to my Melody Griffiths book (201 Crochet Motifs, Blocks, Projects and Ideas). Now, I want to sit and crochet instead of doing laundry and dishes...
6674  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Granny's Daughters Swap Round 2- Signups Closed: Sendouts February 21, 2009 on: January 26, 2009 03:51:29 PM
I'm slammed with stuff this week... I totally forgot Math Night was on Thursday! And, I'm tutoring, so I get home late, and once I have my "down time," it's almost too late to start working on anything. Grrr...

And, just as a reminder, please make sure to PM me when you send and receive!
6675  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 2009 12" Squares- January on: January 26, 2009 03:44:18 PM
Wow, more wonderful squares!

Eliea, I think that, somehow, random colors totally work with crochet! Your squares look great, and if you hadn't said that one was bigger on one side, I wouldn't have noticed!

Mienna, your square came out lovely (no surprise, there Wink ). I also like the colors!

Beccahacom, your lapghan came out fantastic! I have no idea what colors you should use for the next one... maybe you could choose a variegated that you like, and pick colors to match?

Slingmomma, yay! I knew you could catch up... and 2 of them even Smiley

I'm almost done with the February square, but I have a feeling I'll be finishing the last bits Saturday night... so another just after midnight posting is highly possible Wink Unless we have a snow day on Wednesday... and with a foot of snow predicted, it's possible...
6676  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 2009 12" Squares- January on: January 25, 2009 05:58:56 PM
Slingmomma, it's definitely not too late! And, I think you'll find that the January square isn't too difficult, so you should be caught up in no time Wink

The Donna, your squares came out great (as did your Labor of Love afghan!)!
6677  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap R4 FOCR R4 (Signups CLOSED, Send 2/7/09) on: January 25, 2009 05:55:41 PM
I'm so bummed! I went to a workshop today and was hoping to come out of it with my item. I didn't make one item because I didn't like it, one item went horribly wrong, the other wasn't going to be part of the package, so it leaves me with only one item... which isn't enough. So, I have to figure out something else to add, if I can... and I have a crazy busy week ahead of me...

Grrr...
6678  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Crochet Motif Swap on: January 25, 2009 11:21:46 AM
And, free is good...
6679  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Crochet Motif Swap on: January 25, 2009 11:04:36 AM
I added some links to my post above... And, I'm finding that if I change my search terms, I get better/more results... which is obvious, but I didn't try it earlier Tongue
6680  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Crochet Motif Swap on: January 25, 2009 10:39:14 AM
Someone mentioned earlier about the table runner and had pictures included.

Bedspread would be another one.

I added them to the list! Now, I'll look back to find the links...
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