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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / I think I need an intervention... on: March 03, 2007 10:56:52 AM
Because I am OBSESSED with making arm warmers! This is my fourth pair since I started crocheting again! Shocked

I'd been hearing from people seeing my other pairs that I should make some longer ones, so... here they are. 14 inches long! THey are made of 4ply worsted weight black yarn and then trimmed with 3 ply white that has a kind of sparkly thread going through it. Acrylic yarn, unfortunately, because that's all I have (I know a lot of Craftsters hate acrylic yarn, but I've never had a problem with it)

Apologies for crappy cell phone pics.. I swear, next big purchase I make is a digital camera!



12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Would this work as an alternate to paying a small fortune for custom framing? on: February 22, 2007 01:58:57 AM
(Searched for an answer, couldn't find one.  Cry )

A few years ago my mom and I were in a thrift store and I found these incredibly beautiful dragon-themed prints (I believe they're wood block prints, although I'm not entirely sure. They're on a very thin rice paper type material and the design is actually slightly raised from the surface as though the paper has been embossed and then gone over with black ink). Anyway, I couldn't let them sit there, folded and smashed up into the little envelope they came in, so I bought them.

Unfortunately, not a single one of them is a standard size. two of them are roughly square, and the other one is a rather wide rectangle (kind of like a panoramic view photo). So, since I didn't have the money to get them professionally framed then, and I still don't now, they've been sitting unfolded on some thin cardboard that I had wrapped in plastic after I bought them.

Anyway, tonight (at 3 in the morning, when I was trying to get back to sleep) I was struck with inspration to try to make frames for them out of sheets of foam core. I'm thinking I could cut two pieces, maybe cover the back piece with some fabric or paint so the designs wouldn't get lost in the sea of white, then attach a front piece and maybe cover that with some slats of balsa wood.  (since I don't have access to any woodworking equipment at all, but I know from experinece in college that balsa wood cuts quite nicely with an Exacto)

What could I use for "glass" in these though? Obviously, I can't get actual glass, and I probably can't get access to equipment to cut plexi with. Should I just leave the picture hole uncovered? Obviously, the cheaper the idea, the better.

Thanks in advance for suggestions!
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Bad Girl Kimono (Img Heavy-- little bit of recon too!) on: February 20, 2007 10:39:33 AM
Okay, so I found a tutorial on here for a Kimono Hoodie and decided that I wanted to make one for myself since I miss the hoodie I used to wear all the time. So, I went to Wal-Mart and chose some pretty floral kinda-looks-vintage flannel fabric (that announced to me in very large letters on the end of the bolt that it was FLAMMABLE, which was kind of scary) and some purple cotton with a subtle white paisley print that I thought went well together. Flannel was $2.50 a yard, cotton was $1.00 a yard so I bought what was left of that. XD I get it home and start my project.

Well, I sewed just about all day yesterday-- measuring, cutting, ironing (stupid trim drove me CRAZY with all the ironing the raw edges under!) I got it pieced together and put it on... Hood was too short, so it was pulling the top of my kimono up if I put the hood up (and since I'd already made a mistake on the hood once, I was kind of ticked). Disappointed, I went to bed.

And was hit with inspiration on how to fix my hood problem in the middle of the night. So, this morning I got up and hacked two slits in my hood. I cut two diamond-shaped wedge of fabric and sewed them into the hood, tried it on and HUZZAH! It fit!

(The Front, as modeled by a coat hangar)

Well, after that bit of ridiculous design, who can stop? So, I added pockets and then pulled out an old shirt I'd been trying to figure out how to salvage for awhile. The sparkly raised letters on the shirt were actually making the fabric rip itself apart after so many years of wear. So, I made a patch for the back of my Kimono Hoodie, and transformed it into the "Bad Girl" Kimono.

The Back (you can see the largest of the diamond-shaped fabric pieces I used to adjust the hood)

Close up of my recon patch. I cut out the area of the shirt that had the letters, mutilated some more of the fabric to make it look like I wanted it to be all ripped, pinned it to a section of my purple fabric and sewed around the edge twice with a zig-zag stitch. Then I cut it out and sewed it to the back with the zig-zag stitch as well.

Me, hood down

Me, hood up (I look like some sort of very happy Ringwraith with the hood up. DEEP hood)

Back with hood up (don't mind my ugly bathroom wallpaper, I didn't choose it)

Back with hood down

The only thing left to do to it is put a few of those Chinese "frog" closures up the front (because the little tie I put on it doesn't hold it closed for beans), as a friend of mine suggested. Since my fiance has the car and won't get home until nearly 7, I decided to go ahead and share early.

By the way, this is only my second sewing project without having my mom's help-- and the second project I've ever not bled on. @_@ I'm so proud of myself!
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Grandizer... GO!! (The hat! -- 4 images) on: February 16, 2007 06:40:29 PM
Okay so, I really adore these hats that have been kind of popular lately-- you know the ones... They look like anime or cartoon characters, or have cat ears or something similar on them. I even have one I bought at a convention a few years ago that's made to look like Cthulu! So anyway, I've been wanting to make some for awhile now, but I'm terrified of sewing.

Finally, I got the perfect idea for one and just couldn't let the idea go. My fiance and I absolutely LOVE cheesy old 70's and 80's cartoons-- Centurions, Grandizer, Ninja Turtles, He-Man, Transformers, etc. Well, lately we've been obsessing over Grandizer since he found the tape of it he had when he was a kid. And since I've never SEEN a Grandizer hat... well, I made one for my fiance. XD Now I want one.

I'd like to note, before I show pictures, that this is the first sewing project I have EVER done where I have not completely screwed the whole thing up or bled all over the fabric because of pricking myself with something. It's also the first time that I've had no help from a more experienced sewer, so I think that for all it's faults, it's not bad at all for a complete amateur job.  Shocked

Please excuse the teddy bear model-- my fiance isn't home yet and the hat doesn't fit me.

Reference of the Grandizer Robot: http://www.collectiondx.com/node/1339

I will promise to post pictures of my fiance in the hat if anyone wants. It looks really creepy on my teddy bear. @_@ Oh, and that dark blue stripe is under BOTH eyes, but my camera phone didn't pick that up.
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Red Wrist/Arm Warmers on: February 08, 2007 07:18:45 AM
Hey there! New member to Crafster. My mom introduced me to the forum, and while surfing around I got inspired to make some arm warmers since my hands are always cold, and my leather fingerless gloves are too bulky to type with. I've been crocheting for a long time, so I decided to try without looking for a pattern, and I think I came up with something pretty cute!

(Early apologies for the bad pics, I only have a camera phone)


I used 4-ply worsted weight yarn I had lying around in red and a J size hook. Did all the measuring and figuring as I went, then decided they needed a little cuff and some decoration to make them a bit more "girly", so I added that ruffle-type thing. (been so long since I've crocheted that I don't remember what that's called) They're so warm that my hands haven't been cold for two days!

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