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1  Re: carved erasers as rubber stamps? in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions by pipu on: August 30, 2004 02:11:48 PM
I've carved stamps from erasers using lino cutting tools.  It works really well.  Also, Speedball makes a sheet of soft pink rubber carving medium that is basically the same stuff, just bigger.  Here's one of the stamps I carved from the rubber medium (the red "grunions"):

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2  Re: Shrinky-dinks charm bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by pipu on: July 15, 2004 11:34:06 AM
Here's another one of the bracelets.  My mom commissioned it!

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3  Lemon Drop Baby Hat - picture and pattern in Knitting: Completed Projects by pipu on: July 02, 2004 08:40:55 AM
My ex-housemates just had their second child, so I improvised a hat for the little sweetie.


I made it using cotton yarn with a little polyester 'fur' for the bottom edge and the ball on top.
gauge = 5 sts per inch
size 6 dpns

Cast on 77 sts with both yarns, divide between 3 needles (22, 22, 33).
Join and knit in garter stitch (knit one row, purl one row) until it is 1" long.
Break fur yarn and switch to stockinette stitch (knit all rows) until it is 4" long total.
Place markers to divide sts into 7 groups (after every 11th st, and using the needle divisions as markers).

Decrease as follows:
Round 1: *knit until 2 sts before marker, k2tog* repeat around
Round 2: knit even
Round 3: repeat round 1
Round 4: repeat round 2
Round 5: repeat round 1
Round 6: repeat round 2
Repeat round 1 until 7 sts remain.

Knit even for 3 rounds, then join the fur yarn and make ball as follows:
Round 1: knit into front and back of each st (ending with 14 sts)
Round 2: *k1, knit into front and back of next st* repeat around (ending with 21 sts)
Rounds 3-5: knit even
Round 6: *k1, k2tog* repeat around (14 sts)
Round 7: k2tog all the way around (7 sts)
Break yarns, thread through 7 sts, pull tight and thread to inside.
Stuff ends of yarn into ball (plus some extra to make it firm), and tie off yarn under the ball so that the stuffing doesn't come out.
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4  Re: Skull, Jellyfish, Dachshund & Now a SUSHI BAG too! (More Pictures) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by pipu on: June 30, 2004 08:58:38 AM
Loving the bags, sewingstars! 

Great minds must think alike, since I've also made sushi bags (and used the same sushi fabric as lining)!

And I LOVE the jellyfish one!
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5  Re: help! i'm a mess. in Discussion and Questions by pipu on: June 24, 2004 08:56:45 PM
My studio is a corner of the living room (we have a very small apartment):

I keep my fabric and yarn in the large tubs under the table.  The basket is also full of yarn.  The two vintage train cases on the floor are beading/wireworking things and sewing things.  The small things I use all the time are on the back edge of the table top, organized into various containers (and that's a 50s vase full of knitting needles).  I strung a piece of twine on the wall at eye level, and use that to organize smaller materials I want to be able to see (I've got small bags of feathers hanging there now).  I hung the shelves (which are just unfinished planks) on hardware store shelf brackets, and used one of the shelves to hang a dowel full of ribbon spools.  Up on the shelves, I have the books I use most often (all the other books are in the bedroom), and the rest of the space is supplies that I've separated out into 'kits' -- all the rubberstamps and stamp pads are in one box, all the decorative paper bits are in another, etc.  The idea being, if I want to work on a certain type of project, I just grab the right bin.  Everything else is in a little cabinet I got at IKEA (at the left side of the picture, blocked by my chair).  It has lots of little drawers, so I keep the smaller things organized by what they're used for.
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6  Re: Stuffed felt monsters - Now with tutorial and pictures in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by pipu on: June 24, 2004 09:14:13 AM
Wow, how did I miss this thread until now? Tongue

Great tutorial, nina!  I've been making felt monsters for about a year and a half now, and I am totally addicted! 

A few of my creations:

And there are a bunch more here.
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7  Re: mario inspired xstitch in Needlework: Completed Projects by pipu on: June 20, 2004 11:54:51 AM
Here are the patterns I used...

(sorry, I couldn't find the file I used for the pipe)

It's really easy to chart out any videogame character... just find a picture of them (do an image search for 'sprite'), take it into photoshop and blow it up large enough so you can see the individual pixels.  Then make a guideline grid if you like (makes it easier to see the individual pixels), do a screen capture, and then crop that to the size you want to use (otherwise the pic will still show at 72 pixels/inch) and print!
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8  felt appliqued merit badges in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by pipu on: June 20, 2004 12:31:18 AM
I always use felt applique and embroidery to make pictures for bags and the faces for my monsters, so I thought I would use the same technique to make little fabric badges.  And so, the merit badges were born!

The backs all look the same:

The blue ones are denim and the black ones are canvas.  I cut out 3.5" squares and then appliqued my designs in acrylic felt, embroidered the details and added beads for eyes (and sprinkles on the cupcake).  Then I sewed the backs to the fronts and added a pin back.
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9  Re: mario inspired xstitch in Needlework: Completed Projects by pipu on: June 18, 2004 12:06:00 PM
Me too, me too!

Hooray for Mario cross-stitch!
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10  Shrinky-dinks charm bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by pipu on: June 17, 2004 11:14:35 AM

I made this charm bracelet using shrinky dinks, jump rings and a plain bracelet*.

How to do it:
Trace designs for charms onto shrinky dink paper using sharpie (I used some of my grunion designs for the faces) remember that they shrink a lot (they started out 1.25" x 1.75" and ended up 0.5" x 0.75").  Color the backs of the designs with colored pencil.  Cut out around the edge and punch a hole in the top using a regular hole punch (not too close to the edge, or they will break).  Cook shrinky dinks per instructions (325 degrees for 1 minute 45 seconds worked for me), allow to cool, and seal with a clear coat (I used spray matte varnish).  Attach charms to bracelet with jump rings, and voila!

*Alternatively, you could use chain and attach your own clasp; I just happened to have a bracelet lying around.
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