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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Backing a flat beaded piece on: June 10, 2010 11:06:44 PM
I saw a couple of questions related to this, but I need some specific pointers. I made this guy in square stitch, and I want to attach a backing to make it into a keychain. Should I glue it? Do I need a specific glue (I have hot glue)? Or should I stitch it, and if so what would be the best way to do that?

2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Grad presents: Zelda, FF and Mario on: May 22, 2010 09:09:59 PM
I crocheted some video game enemies for friends who graduated last week. I'm missing pictures of the fourth one, a Poe. I didn't have time to take any before graduation. But here's the first three! They're all about fist-sized, and I didn't use any pattern.

A Deku scrub from Zelda

The hardest part about this one was sewing on the leaves...they're all separate pieces. It ended up looking pretty cool.

A Tonberry from Final Fantasy, with a lantern and a knife

I was proud of the hood and the head shape. Tongue Making the accessories was fun. The lantern and knife each have a paperclip inside, so they can hook into the hands.

and a Bob-omb.

I made this first because it was the easiest shape. I didn't get a good shot of the key at the back, but I made it by crocheting around a pop tab, which turned out to be a great size.

Hope you like them! Thanks for looking. Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Fitting: Broad back/full bust adjustments on: May 30, 2009 01:21:44 PM

I'm still a beginner at sewing and I'd like to understand how to combine pattern adjustments.  I know that you can mix and match pattern sizes at the bust, waist, hip and so on.  For fitted things, I don't think that's enough to work for me.  I have a swimmer's back and a large bust.  My measurements are high bust 34, full bust 37, underbust 28, waist 27, hip 35.  If I go by the majority of instructions for calculating bra size, upper bust and under bust measurements are usually equal or very close...I never realized that they were considered to be the same before, but it makes me think I might need a broad back adjustment when I use commercial patterns.

1) Prevailing advice seems to be to go by the high bust measurement when choosing a pattern size, then do a full bust adjustment.  In my case I think my back is broader than most, so do I still use high bust measurement?

2) I've seen a lot of great tutorials for full bust adjustments, but I'm less clear on how to do the back adjustment.  Should I be using one?  My front and back measurements are more or less the same (ignoring the bust).  And how do I apply a broad back and a full bust adjustment together?

Thank you sewers!  In case you couldn't tell, I'm pretty lost in the pattern alteration forest.  If you can shed some light on this for me, I'll be grateful!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Measuring elastic (on a shirt from a pattern) on: November 23, 2008 09:34:17 PM
Hi craftsters,

I made Simplicity 2850 with short sleeves for Halloween, but I've been putting off finishing it because I have to add the sleeve elastic.  (In the first place I bought 1/2" elastic because I was making the torso from one view and forgot that I was doing sleeves from a different view...but that's a different problem.)  The pattern says to cut 2 pieces of elastic using a guide that's a couple inches longer than the circumference of my arm.  I'm supposed to thread the elastic through the hem and handstitch it into a loop.  Do I take the elastic guide at face value?  Should I cut it too long, adjust for a snug fit to my arm just before I stitch it closed, then cut off the extra elastic?

Thanks!  As you can see, elastic intimidates me.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A pair of drawstring bags on: January 20, 2008 12:52:41 AM
Just made these to safeguard my electronics while I'm traveling.  Sure they're quite simple, but I wanted to show off my work (I'm no advanced sewer) since I think they're pretty cute!

For a headset:

Used to be a nightshirt.

For a webcam (which itself is very small, but I'm keeping it in the molded plastic packaging):

The pink one is from a corduroy shirt with a stripe from a pair of kids' houndstooth pants.  I like the buttons.  In case the webcam case gets stuck in there, I guess. =)
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Long Open Shawl help? on: December 18, 2007 12:47:50 PM
Hi lovely craftsters,

I'm starting the Long Open Shawl (http://www.knitting-crochet.com/crochet/lonopesha.html) that seems to be popular here recently...well, I'm swatching it anyway.  I'm confused about the beginning of row 4.  Here's what the pattern says:

Row 3: Ch 6, turn, 1 s c in each of next 7 d c, * ch 5, 1 s c in each of next 7 d c, repeat from * across Row, ending 1 s c in ch 4 space.

Row 4: Ch 4, turn, 1 d c in 2nd st of turning ch (V st made), * ch 3, skip next 2 s c, 1 s c in each of next 3 s c, ch 3, 1V st in 3rd st of ch 5, repeat from * across Row, ending ch 3, skip next 2 s c, 1 s c in each of next 3 s c, ch 3, 1 V st in ch 6 space.

So row 3 ended with a sc and now I have a 4-long chain.  The pattern says to double crochet in the second stitch of the turning chain.  This turning chain of which they speak is the 4-chain that's on the hook right now?  If I double crochet into it, how is that making a V stitch?  I hope someone can clear this up for me.

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Help me solve the puzzle of larval Gohma legs on: August 09, 2007 11:14:35 PM
I'm making one of these babies (the three little ones in the picture). 


I've got the eyeball and upper legs, and I'm pondering how to construct the lower legs.  The thing is, they're really thin so I can't stuff them, but they need to be stiff.  'Cause it's a monster, right?  I think it would look odd sitting docilely on a desk with floppy noodle legs.  It should be more of a leaning--fiercely, of course--against some other object.  Its role in life is to bounce around on its spindly pins and sort of kick you in the face...with its eye.  Not sure how that attack works, actually.  I have a lot of trouble damaging things with my eye, but it's probably just my technique.

So any suggestions for stiffening the legs?  Crocheting around skewers, perhaps?

8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Link from Zelda! on: October 18, 2006 10:29:50 PM
My first post of a thing! I'm so excited.  I finally finished my first...er, stuffed object, Link as seen in Wind Waker, just in time for my boyfriend's birthday!  The body is based on Crochet Me's Amigurumi Dude pattern. (There was a gap of about a month and a half between making most of the body and adding the embellishments, during which I crocheted a triceratops from http://members.optusnet.com.au/we2/tric.html and approximately doubled my level of experience.) Oh, and he has a nose that's obscured by the glare from the flash.

The shield is two layers with cardboard in the middle. It attaches to Link's hand with a snap--one of the recipient's requests, as are many of the facial features.  Link would probably have been less detailed, but he became very demanding as I was finishing it...

Lastly, here is Link with the triceratops. Which, as my boyfriend pointed out, could be easily turned into a mid-level Dodongo.

In conclusion: That was fun. My next item will be better. "Parasitic Armored Arachnid Gohma" is going somewhere in the queue of future projects. Thanks for looking!
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crocheting a second layer (like hair...) on: October 10, 2006 11:23:23 AM
Hi, I'm new to this forum.  I'm trying to figure out how to make hair or fur.  I've seen amigurumi with hair crocheted onto the head as a second layer, and I have a sheep my friend made with the same sort of thing done for its wool.  But when I try single-crocheting on top of a previous layer, it looks thin and disconnected instead of hair-like.

Does anybody know how to fix this?  Maybe there's even a different stitch I should use.  Sorry, I don't know what I'm searching for, so my searches haven't turned up anything.  Right now my solution is to make a separate layer of hair and stitch it onto the head in one piece.  Thanks!
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