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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / felted cherry blossom bead embroidery clutch on: September 27, 2007 06:54:53 PM
How is that for a title!? My very first felting project, which I adapted from a non-felting project that I basically doubled in size- since it is a clutch, it didn't matter. I had read that half double crochet is great for felting...I have nothing to compare it to, but it worked great.  And made a great foundation for a little bead embroidery- no thread shows on the reverse.  I used 50%llama 50%merino, and it felted great- this is two trips through the washing machine.  The llama makes it kind of furry, but not too much, either.  In the photo it is easier to tell it is crocheted than in person- in person, it looks like...felt.

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / cherry blossom pendant- finally getting the hang of shrinky dinks on: September 27, 2007 06:42:20 PM
After a few mis-steps and experiments, I am finally getting the hang of shrinky dinks. I am on the bandwagon!

I stamped the image, then traced it with sharpie on the clear (not frosted) side, because I prefer the hand-drawn look.  I colored with pencil on the frosted part, including coloring a white background.  After punching, cutting, and baking, I used Krylon Triple...a couple of very fine, thin coats to prevent smearing, and then some thick coats for the glossy coat (which doesn't show up too well).  Then some pearls and wire wrap, and voila!  After some melting, smearing, and other boo-boos along the way, I am pleased!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / cracking wrists when crocheting? ick! on: July 11, 2007 11:42:56 AM
Does anyone else have cracking from the wrists when crocheting? Any idea what causes it? It isn't painful, just a little strange feeling, and the noise itself is nauseating.  If I don't crochet for a while it goes away, and knitting doesn't do it. But I would much rather crochet.  And I don't want to do any long term damage to myself.
Anyone dealt with this?
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / 6.5 yards of ultrasude? any no-sew patterns out there? on: May 06, 2007 08:16:12 AM
So I picked up 6.5 yards of brown ultrasude at Joanne's for, get this, $5 per yard. Normally, I use it as the backing for bead embroidery. But a yard would serve me for years since pieces tend to be small.  I bought all of it because it is increasingly hard to find, sooo- I have surplus. I can't sew with a machine, but are there any neat handsewn projects out there? What would you do with it?
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / washi paper switchplate and deco ornaments with Lazertran silk on: January 07, 2007 09:14:45 AM
I have been playing with Lazertran transfers, after being less than thrilled with other transfer methods. Here is a switchplate cover detail, made with Japanese washi paper.

And some ornaments (still needing edge sanding) with some art deco prints.

It works very well, although is still vulnerable to fingerprints and tears- just not nearly as much as other color transfer techniques I have used. And mica powders go a long way in covering little boo boos. The only downside is having to so carefully plan out your photocopies- Lazertran is pricey so you don't want to waste it. But a little planning never hurt anyone, did it?
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / craft area reorganization- with BEFORE and AFTER photos (caution-graphic!) on: December 31, 2006 06:35:31 PM
So, with the holiday rush and entropy in general, it was time to declutter the craft area...here it is disgorged on the floor...

And after! I can find things! I can invite people into the room without lengthy explanations! My books are even organized by craft! Maybe this comes naturally to many of you, but I do find us crafty types can be a wee bit messy. Who wants to interrupt creative flow for mundane things like...sorting? It wasn't fun, but it was needed, and I found a few great things I am sorry to say I had totally forgotten I even owned. May this inspire you for a New Year's resolution...
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / First (decent) project- holiday scarf on: December 31, 2006 06:20:02 PM
After a few items now designated "cat toys" and a scarf that was twice as big at one end as the other, I made a decent scarf for my husband for Christmas.  The black was to make it a touch more masculine. The yarn is baby alpaca...ohhhh.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / this may just make me change my mind on: November 16, 2006 01:58:29 PM
about knitting. I want to make this so badly:

But I don't know how to knit. I think I will take a stab at learning, just to see if I could ever really do this...I can't believe it is "easy".
'Course, looking like the model would be nice too, but maybe I could at least have the cape?
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / beads don't travel well- other options on: November 16, 2006 12:29:14 PM
I make all kinds of jewelry, 'specially beaded, but also plenty of wire. It is about the only thing I have ever had any skill with.
I find myself traveling a lot, and have had too many frustrations hitting the road/plane with beads, so I want to find something else (besides reading!) that scratches that same crafty part of my brain. What do other jewelry-types do as a "secondary" and maybe more portable craft? Or, any ideas for revolutionary travel cases/strategies?
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