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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / no-sew blouse for hospital use. Or vacation! on: May 24, 2014 09:05:59 AM

-Here is a quick (once you adjust the pattern to yourself), super comfy, no-sew jersey blouse that has two good uses:

1) If you've ever been in the hospital with an IV or PICC line in your arm, you know that they never want to detach you ever, and those hospital gowns that display your posterior to the world are not God's gift to your self-esteem. Wouldn't you rather be wearing this?

2) One of the nurses told me she was planning to make one to wear on vacation. Really, the possibilities are endless.

Tute is available on my blog at http://cherisheach.com/2014/02/22/iv-blouse/ , but here are some photos to give you the general idea. The overall pattern is kind of a cross shape (with the sleeve sides narrower than the front-and-back sides), and a small neck hole (see top of post).

Don't worry, your back will not be exposed as in this pic--I just pulled up the back flap of the cross to illustrate how to tie the front flap in back.

Fabrics that work great: Fine jersey knit (a bit thinner than a standard t-shirt) with good stretch, good springback from stretch, and the color sort of showing on both sides. Of course, a fun print never hurts!

Fabrics that work ok (and would be good for a trial garment to fit to your body): knits that are about as thick as a t-shirt and are only printed on one side (with the other side white).

Fabrics that won't work at all: woven (vs. knit), rib knits, or slouchy sweatery fabrics.

I wash the shirts in lingerie bags to keep them from getting all tangled.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Eyeball badges on: October 05, 2013 11:29:18 AM
Badges? We don't need no blinkin' badges!  Wink
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Yes We Cane -- Glorious bulletproof walking cane decoupage! on: January 02, 2012 12:58:01 PM
Yes, actually I am hoping the fun factor will help encourage a certain spry-yet-nonagenarian grandma to use them more often...
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Yes We Cane -- Glorious bulletproof walking cane decoupage! (tute) on: January 02, 2012 12:31:47 PM
Yes! We! Cane!

Should not tripping require a boring, stainless-steel, hospitally, soulless contraption?

No it should NOT, and with this bulletproof decoupage, my grandmas and my walking canes are fun, loud, and (figuratively) in your face!

More cane beauty shots, including closeups of the bendy parts and the orange paper rings on the red paper background:

Basic formula: fun paper glued on with Elmers, dried overnight, and sealed with half a tube of Loctite Stikn Seal Outdoor Adhesive (applied with cut up pieces of the clear plastic from the adhesive package). Easy and cheap! Might work on crutches/walkers too.

Detailed instructions if you want them:

1) Get a cane (mine was $25 online) and adjust it to suit the recipient (she or he has to try it out to see when it is the right lengthinstructions come with the cane). I wasnt completely sure on the canes pictured, so I had to leave room to expand or contract one notch, which was a pain and left a naked part on the cane. If you are sure you have the cane the right length, put a little glue under the screw-tight ring near the bottom of the cane, and screw it tight to help hold the cane the right length, and so it wont rattle. (Im not sure why this ring is necessary as the main way to make the cane the right length is the little metal bump that comes out one of the holes, but whatever).

2) Get some paper that is gorgeous, and not too thin (banana paper works, tissue might be iffy) or too too thick (the batik paper I used for the cobalt polka dot was a bit hard to glue down). The color will get a little deeper later on when you coat it, but wont change terribly much. Go for patterns that will look good on a canei.e., stripes that form rings, or small repeating patterns. You can also get rings by putting strips of one paper on top of another (as I did on the orange and red cane, using papers which each had a little visual texture).

3) Cut a strip a little wider than the circumference of the cane. (If you are going to apply stripes of a different paper, dont apply the stripes yet).

4) Using Elmers, glue the middle of your paper strip down the back of the cane (around the outer curve of the top bend in the cane).


5) On the bendy parts of the cane (A and B), cut the strip into a or so fringe on the sides.

6) Fold the top edge of the paper around the caneit will fall on the diagonal with two triangles of extra paper on each side. Dent where you should cut the paper with your fingernail, then cut the paper there.

7) On the top bend (A), apply Elmers to the inside of the flaps & smudge with your finger to distribute. Starting near handle, wrap flaps from alternate sides around the cane, keeping the paper hugging the cane as tightly and non-wrinkly-y as possible.

8 ) On the second bend down of the cane (B), glue some paper on the convex side of the cane so there will not be gaps when you glue the main strips paper fringe around the bend.

9) [If you had to leave room for adjustment (C), then fold the dry sides of the strips around the holes where the metal cane-length-holding bump comes out.

Indent with your finger, then cut little circles out there so that you can leave the holes clear. Then glue the paper down around the holey bit. Dont forget to leave some of the cane naked above and below the ring-that-tightens-your-cane.]

10) If you want to glue on rings of a different paper, as in the orange-and-red cane pictured, do that now.

11) After youve glued all your paper on, let dry overnight.

12) OUTSIDE, with a fan blowing gently from behind you to carry away all the fumes, and in a situation where you have good light, apply a sealing coat of Loctite Stikn Seal (Outdoor version). First, take the clear plastic that held the tube of Stikn Seal to the cardboard package; cut that up into 1 strips. Put on crafting gloves. Put glue onto the cane, a pea-sized glob at a time, and use plastic to spread over surface. Change bits of plastic when one gets too full of glue barnacles. Be sure to get a good coat or two over the outside of the top bend (A), as this is a high impact area for canes. Be sure not to miss any spots, as paper alone will not wear well. You may have to get your head fairly close to the cane sometimes to see; hence, the fan to keep the fumes from hurting your brain, liver, God-given ability to distinguish between Kardashian gossip and real news, etc.

14) Let dry overnight outdoors. If you spot a small bit you missed later, i.e. at the very bottom of the cane above the rubber tip (which is a part that gets splashed by puddles, etc.) you can patch it with Superglue.

ViolaYes! We! Cane!

P.S. Glue choice note: The Loctite looks sturdier than the Varathane I used on my earlier In-Your-Face Cane of Orangey-Red Glory https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=314630.0, and Im pretty sure it left the color clearer. The Varathane got a bit dingy after a few months, and was not durable enough to be washed repeatedly.

I also tried e6000 glue one time, which was more durable than the Varathane, but also dulled/yellowed the paper color more than the Loctite, took days to dry and stop outgassing fumes, and has a slightly glutinous/tacky surface.

I want to try Duco Cement in the future, as that looks as if it might have good durability, little color distortion, and a smooth matte finishbut it comes in smaller tubes, which might mean more time dealing with fume-y things.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / It's a Klein bottle AND a hat! Tute on: August 30, 2009 06:47:21 PM
A Klein bottle is like a Mobius strip, only with one more dimension. Just as a Mobius strip has only one side, a Klein bottle has only one surface - there is no inside!

I made this small Polarfleece version as a gift for a mathematically inclined friend, and then realized it would make a good hat (modeled here by Boc, my living room tyranosaurus):

I actually made a human-size version, but it is in darker fleece and so wouldn't photograph as well.

Here is a tute. I do not have a very steady hand at Paint, so pretend that all the wiggly lines are smooth curves outlining shapes with top/bottom symmetry. The basic pattern piece looks like an hourglass that has been stretched out so that one lobe is taller than the other:

Maybe the width doesn't actually have to be a whole 36". If each lobe has 6" or so of wide space for the head to fit into, that seems to be enough.

Because of the topographical properties of the Klein bottle, it needs only two seams (plus the optional dart, which makes the hat a nicer shaped cone). Don't make the narrow neck too narrow to yank the rest of it through in the unfolding process.

Also, because there is no inside, you should use a fabric that looks good on both sides. The raw edge will show on the neck, so best to use fleece or some other fabric such that a raw edge doesn't look too bad. I guess you could make it a fringy edge...

To accentuate the no-inside-or-outside part, I ran a ribbon along the length of it and tied it to itself as a kind of road map.

Come winter, I may start cranking out Klein bottle polarfleece hats with matching Mobius strip scarves. Thank you, Polarfleece!

P.S. The prototype in the photo doesn't have a raw edge showing on the neck because I messed up and had to cut, twist, and re-sew its neck (I hid the extra seam within the bottle). But for the larger version I did it the way the tute describes, and it works, honest!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: In-your-face cane of orangey-red glory! on: July 27, 2009 06:25:47 PM
Oh, I forgot to mention, before I started I sanded the stainless steel cane lightly to scuff the surface. I was worried that maybe metal dust is bad to breathe, so I did it in the sink under running water - although the sandpaper was not designed for wet use and got a little sodden, it stayed together plenty well to do the job.

I probably should have rubbed it with rubbing alcohol or Simplegreen too, but I forgot.

After the mod podge dried I was sick of being stuck in the house, so I wrapped it all in plastic wrap and went to the National Cathedral and then to get pizza, before coming home for the Varathane. I don't think this step is necessary, but if you want to be on the safe side you might consider exposing your craft to the proximity of stained glass and/or high-quality salami.

The most time consuming part is that you're supposed to wait 4 hours between coats of Varathane, so I needed to wait until it was not rainy so I could do this outdoors and not stink up my house.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: bulletproof decoupage coating? on: July 26, 2009 04:35:00 PM
Hey, I finally finished this project! See it here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=314630.0.

Thanks again for the advice!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / In-your-face cane of orangey-red glory! on: July 26, 2009 04:33:56 PM
The treatments that cured my cancer left me with a bit of a limp, so I use a cane outside to avoid tripping over my feet. Is this any reason why I should lug around a soulless stainless steel accessory with me for at least a mile a day? NO, it is not! Now I have this instead.

Muchas gracias, Rainee and other craftsters who answered my bulletproof decoupage question! Now I am ready to go flirt with the menfolk.

Here is my cane and my test object:

Here are multiple loving closeups demonstrating my love of orangey-redness:


My test object was a pie cover I got at the thrift store (now I need to get invited to picnics, and bring pie!). My materials were some great papers, some off-brand mod podge (under the paper), and two layers of brush-on Varathane Diamond Finish (over the paper). The test object made it clear that pieces of paper need to be cut, not torn, or the stray fibers will stick out in the air like little strands of Varathane-stiffened, dust-attracting coral.

I also put some rubber bands on the boring grey cane handle, but as the ones at the ends keep popping off, I will probably replace them with rubber bands over bicycle handlebar wrap.

There's just one problem I fell in love with the paper I started with, and love made me stupid.  I rashly used only two thin layers of Varathane on it, which is probably not enough to protect it from mud splashes. (On my test object, the third layer of Varathane made the paper darker than I wanted).

Should I put another layer on? Can I even do this without sanding it, which didnt work well at all on my test object? Is there some super-durable, super-clear tape I can wrap it with for mudproofing? Or should I just live in the moment and make another one when this one gets icky?

Thanks for looking!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: bulletproof decoupage coating? on: June 21, 2009 08:37:19 PM
Thanks, guys, I appreciate the advice!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / bulletproof decoupage coating? on: June 18, 2009 09:31:41 PM
The cane I am walking with is BORING stainless steel, so I bought some great orange and red paper to decoupage it with. But it needs to be pretty resistant to nicks and to light water exposure - I am walking a mile a day outside with this thing, and sometimes it rains.

Along with the paper I got some PaperSource brand PVA, which I guess is sort of like the famed mod podge, and some Liquitex gloss medium and varnish. Neither of them says they're waterproof. Should I use one of them to attach the paper to the cane, then finish off with some clear Rustoleum varnish? I am happy to pay a bit more for quality materials, as I'd like this to last a while.

If anyone has ever decorated a bicycle (with paint or decoupage), that would be an ideal level of durability! Although I don't need to get quite that strong. Originally I tried to decorate it by applying a pattern with resist and spraying the rest with gold Rustoleum, but unless you look at it up close it still sort of yells "soulless hospital appliance." Of course I will sand it a bit before starting the decoupage.
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