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21  Do you think I could make this shirt? in Stenciling: Discussion and Questions by Jatoha on: December 02, 2009 12:46:32 PM
Hi all!

Like many people, Christmas is going to be tight for us money-wise.  My 13 year old son wants a Marc Ecko star wars hoodie very much.   But they cost $70 at the cheapest.

I was searching on ebay and came across a different design that I know he'd love.

It's only available in the UK, so even if I could afford it, I doubt it'd get here in time if I ordered.

So, then, I wondered if I could make something similar for him instead.

Here is the photo of it: 

How would I approach re-creating this?

I've done an occasional freezer paper stencil, but that seems daunting for this, I'd have to cut out so many!

Then I wondered about making a stamp?  But I'm not sure how I'd do that.

Plus I don't want it to look like something his mom made for him-- very uncool in 8th grade!!!

I'd appreciate any thoughts or advice!! 

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22  Bell to skinny jean re-con in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Jatoha on: September 14, 2009 09:53:35 AM
I love Readymade magazine!  This month they have an issue on Fashion DIY.

My daughter loved the "Jean Therapy" project in there and we had to give it a try.

You rip open the side seams and then sew down strips of denim.  Then, you sew up the sides again.  She wanted to make them into skinny jeans while we were at it.

Here's the result:

She still wants to sandpaper some of the patches to make them a bit more worn.

As a funny aside, the magazine said this project would take about 5 hours and I scoffed!  "why we could get those done in an hour or two at the most!!"

Well, they took every bit of five hours, let me tell you!!  Cheesy

Here's a link to the article about making them: http://www.readymade.com/projects/patchworked_jeans

(edited to add link)
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23  Placemat Backpack purse (5pics) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Jatoha on: July 01, 2009 05:57:06 AM
Don't you love the buzz you get when you have an idea and it ACTUALLY Works!!  Cheesy

We always take a big family vacation in the summer and guess who ends up toting everyone else's stuff around?  That's right, ME!   "Mom, can you hold this?"

So, this year, instead of carrying one of my kids' school backpacks, I wanted a more stylish one.

I found two Crate and Barrel placemats I liked at Goodwill.  They were missing something, tho.  On my next trip to GW, I found an embroidered handkerchief.

The straps can pull up, so I can carrying it like a tote bag.

I even added a zippered pocket! with contrasting fabric (this fabric has sentimental value for me, it was a pair of pants when my daughter was a toddler).

Lastly, the action shot!

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24  WOOT! My First Amigurumi! w/ encouragement for beginners in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Jatoha on: May 01, 2009 05:28:07 AM
I did it, I did it, doing a happy dance!!

My first amigurumi!  He's not perfect, I think his eyes are too close together.  If you have suggestions on how to get the eyes place right, I'd appreciate it.  I put them in before I stuffed him and after I stuffed him, his head was bigger than I pictured.  Roll Eyes

I thought about embroidering eyelashes or eyebrows-- but I don't know....

Still, I'm very happy with how this turned out!  Grin

Now my encouragement for beginners:

I have been so envious of all the adorable amigurumi I've seen on this site forever!
However, I didn't know how to crochet.  So, I figured there was no chance for me to ever make these. *sniff* *sniff*

Well, then, my nine year old daughter learned to crochet (read more here)

That's when I decided that I must learn to crochet.  I watched A LOT of YouTube videos.  I can't recommend these enough, there are so many great ones and watching it while I tried to crochet really helped me.

I could finally make a halfway decent single crochet, so then I set about doing it in the round.

My first efforts were laughable, but I kept at it! Many evenings, I would try to make a decent round while watching TV, I crocheted and ripped it out, crocheted and ripped it out.

here is one of my last practice rounds, you can see that this one is still not so great-- just think how bad my earlier ones were!!   Cheesy  Cheesy

So, there's my encouragement,  if I can learn to crochet YOU CAN TOO! 

This pattern came from the above book.  I found that book cheap online.  I can't say that I love it, but it's not bad.

anyway thank for reading!!

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25  Re: My nine year old's Amigurumi!! :) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Jatoha on: January 23, 2009 05:29:34 AM
Gosh, everyone, thank you so much for your kind comments.  I'm glad no one minded me bragging a bit about my girl.

The fact that she can crochet is so good for her.  I never realized, until I was a mom, the hard part about being the youngest.  She often feels left behind because her big sister and brother can do so many more things than she can. 

Well, now she has one thing that she can do that they can't and you can see how proud she is of it.

My Grandma used to re write the patterns for me in one color ink and the abbreviation next to it in a different color so I would get used to seeing it. Before long I could read patterns. Just some suggestions

Thanks for this suggestion!  I don't mind reading the pattern to her, but eventually she should learn how to read it herself.


The second one has videos and the first has pictures with directions. (and the second one is the website of one of our very own craftster members.)
Please tell her she did fabulous! I'm so impressed!

Eliea-- thanks for the website recommendations!  I'll definitely book mark those.

Your daughter did a great job, maybe now she can make her friends bday presents instead of buying, just think how proud she'll be to say "I made that."

Yesterday she took her penguin to school to show her crochet teacher.  All of the kids were asking her to make one for them.   I had to laugh-- I told her, "you're  a true crafter when you get people begging you to make them one!!"

This penguin is very cute. Now he needs a friend of some kind!

She's started the next one already!  Grin

thanks again, everyone!!   If it wasn't for Craftster, we would have never discovered amigurumi in the first the place. 

Yay for Craftster!!
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26  My nine year old's Amigurumi!! :) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Jatoha on: January 22, 2009 07:14:19 AM
Warning:   Proud Mama Post

First Some Background:

My youngest daughter has always lamented the fact that I can't crochet.  She's seen the adorable amigurumi animals online and wished that I could make them.

I wish I could, too.  I can kind-of knit, but I'm hopeless with a crochet hook!

Well, a group of ladies at her school decided to teach a crochet class for the students.  They called it the Close-knit Club.  The students had to be willing to give up their recess and the plan was to make scarves for the local homeless shelter.

The club was a huge success!! Over 50 kids learned to crochet and they made over a hundred scarves!

My daughter was among them.  She really loved doing crochet and she wanted to make something other than a scarf.

Well, how does a non-crocheter teach her daughter to crochet??

I posted a thread in the discussion forum and received some great advice from the ladies there.

First stop was the Lion Brand website where I found an amigurumi penguin pattern.  I could read most of it, until I got to this:

sc2tog (sc decrease) Insert hook into st and draw up a loop. Insert hook into next st and draw up a loop. Yarn over, draw through all 3 loops on hook.


Honestly, I couldn't make heads or tails of that.  So, I figured we'd have to put off that pattern until I got a good book.

I told my daughter and she had me read it to her.  It was so cute.  She had this blank look on her face and then her face just lit up.  "I know what that means!  I can do that" she said.   Grin

So, we forged ahead.

My job was to read the pattern to her and her job was to do the stitching.

So, here it is, her first amigurumi!  Lion Brand pattern:   81012AD http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/81012AD.html?noImages=

She did everything except weave in the ends.

I'm one proud mama!
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27  Re: Knifty Knitters! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Jatoha on: December 10, 2008 06:51:18 PM
I've made a couple.  I made one that was black and then I did several rows on the top edge in a matching pom-pom type yarn, it's really pretty.  Sadly, I don't have a picture of that one.

Then I made one for my daughter who likes cutes things, it's  a crazy octopus/squid neck warmer, she loves it:

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28  Re: Knifty Knitters! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Jatoha on: November 03, 2008 05:57:28 AM
Here's my latest hat--- can you tell what it's supposed to be?  Scroll down to get the answer.

*jeopardy music playing*

It's supposed to be bacon and eggs!  Cheesy  Can you tell?
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29  Re: Am I overreacting? (about a purse someone made for me) in Stitch And BOTCH by Jatoha on: September 26, 2008 06:37:52 AM
Oh and since I can't give you back your time or money, maybe I can give you a chuckle.

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30  All my embroidery thus far (almost) now with pattern! in Needlework: Completed Projects by Jatoha on: September 18, 2008 06:18:38 AM
Hi all!

I have really caught the embroidery bug from you all.  I never thought I would enjoy making tiny little stitches, but now I find it to be the ultimate relaxation.

So here are pretty much all of my projects thus far.  I would love to get some critiques on things I could do better or different stitches, etc.  I don't mind constructive feedback at all.

This chipmunk is the first thing I tried to see if I would like to do embroidery.  I used some scrap fabric and it's very wrinkly.  I'm not sure what I'll do with this now.

Next, I went geeky and did this tea towel.  The picture is from the boardgame Power Grid.  Boardgames and crafting are my two big hobbies.

This is Slab the Killer from the game Bang!  Bang! is an awesome card game, everyone has a secret identity--sheriff, deputy, outlaw, renegade.  they are all trying to shoot each other.  It's similar to Mafia if you've ever played that.

here is the card that I used as my pattern:

  Next is the tea towel for my BFF who is a coffee queen.  Please note my very first successful french knot dotting the i's.  Yippee!!

  This is from the game Say Anything!  The designer of the game said he'd give me a free copy if I made him a towel-- YIPPEE!!  So I did one of the game pieces.

Say Anything is an awesome party game, if you want something fun for the holidays, they have it at most Targets.

Lastly I'm going to show you the backs because I've really tried to improve how my backs look:

Thanks for looking!!  Have a great day!!


here is the link to my picasa album where I uploaded a couple photos of my sketch of the chipmunk. 

It's not the best, sadly I couldn't figure out how to make the beautiful line drawings that I see other folks make.  there are two photos in this album, one is the original sketch.  the other is my sad attempt to photoshop it.  Sorry I couldn't do better, but hopefully it's usable.

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