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Friday, August 29th, 2008
1:11 pm
[doc_cathode]
What's Everybody Doing For Halloween?
I had plans for an elaborate costume involving four mannequins connected to me with rods. I had to abandon these plans due to lack of funds. Instead, I'm wearing a white and black outfit with a tuxedo coat. What are all you crafty folk making for Halloween?
Saturday, March 8th, 2008
1:51 pm
[bead_spinner]
SALE - Seed Bead Spinners - Bead Stringing Tool
This is a very easy to use bead stringing tool! No special skills, batteries or electricity required.
  Based on a very simple scientific principle, the beads are "forced" onto your needle by the 100's - in a matter of seconds!
  Simply place seed beads into the bowl, insert the wire needle and spin!
  The BeadSpinner bead stringing tool easily strings ALL sizes of seed beads.
  The Bead Spinner stringing tool comes complete - with illustrated instructions and needles.
  Please visit us at: www.beadspinner.net
  
  Be sure to use the coupon code: INDIE at checkout for an additional discount on our already reduced prices.
  
Friday, November 23rd, 2007
9:43 pm
[ryl]
When last we saw the Floral Harmony piece, Stage Two was in its beginning stages. Remember the parts that desperately needed satin stitch in the previous update?
Filling in the blank placesCollapse )
Thursday, November 15th, 2007
10:53 am
[bead_spinner]
SALE - Seed Bead Spinner - Seed Beading Tool
 

...for gifts and stocking stuffers...!

Please visit us at: www.beadspinner.net

This is a very easy to use bead stringing tool! No special skills, batteries or electricity required.

Based on a very simple scientific principle, the beads are "forced" onto your needle by the 100's - in a matter of seconds!

Simply place seed beads into the bowl, insert the wire needle and spin! The BeadSpinner bead stringing tool easily strings ALL sizes of seed beads.

The Bead Spinner stringing tool comes complete - with illustrated instructions and needles.

Please visit us at: www.beadspinner.net

Be sure to use the coupon code: INDIE at checkout for an additional discount on our already reduced prices.

Saturday, October 27th, 2007
12:17 pm
[ryl]
Triumph!
Many, many moons ago I got a "Floral Harmony" kit from zyada. I've been working on it ever since I finished The Infamous Hello Cthulhu Petit-Point, taking breaks to make bibs for my baby-having friends. Why do I bring this up? Because last night, two years after I started it, I've finished the cross-stitch portion of the design.

Of course I took pictures. This was an accomplishment!Collapse )

This is officially the longest I've ever worked on the same pattern.

(x-post to ryl and craftydopers

Current Mood: accomplished
Friday, April 27th, 2007
6:43 pm
[doc_cathode]
Need Dorothy Pattern
I need a pattern for Dorothy's dress. I also need to know how to use a pattern. I also need to know what dress size I am.
Monday, February 26th, 2007
12:55 am
[msmcknittington]
19th century bonnet
It's been crickets around here lately, guys, so I decided to, um, revive the community by posting for the first time ever.

I also posted a link to this picture in the current Doper pic thread in MPSIMS.

Front o' the bonnet:


What: Mid-nineteenth century bonnet
Inspiring images: CDV 64, CDV 67, CDV 60, CDV 83
Pattern: Butterick 4210 Historical Hats
Materials: Buckram and milliner's wire from Judith M Millinery, black cotton velvet from the stash, pink silk chiffon from Fashion Fabrics Club, blue cotton muslin from the stash, fabric/plastic flowers from Wal-Mart, polyester satin ribbon from Wal-Mart, lots and lots and lots of craft glue, 1/4" black velvet ribbon, buttonhole twist

Bigger version of above picture and one of the backCollapse )

Would I use the pattern again? I don't know. I like this hat, but there features of the pattern I don't like. Like the way the brim attaches to the body of the hat. It makes for a very ugly connection, and you need to have it trimmed there or people will make faces at you behind your back. I'd like to use another view in the same pattern (the dinner table sized Edwardian hat), but I'm sure I'll modify it as highly as I did this one. The jury remains out.

There's a more detailed write-up and more pictures in my journal here.
Wednesday, December 6th, 2006
1:56 pm
[zyada]
Cross-posted from my journal:

I put this tutorial together - could y'all read through it and tell me where it makes no sense or any other edits that it needs?

Penny wrap - finished.

Thanks!
Sunday, September 17th, 2006
7:48 pm
[ryl]
Non-Colorfast Thread
I recently finished a rainbow-themed project. When I washed it, the red started to bleed. Unfortunately I didn't realize this until I had already started to iron it. First of all, will the dye come out if I rip out the red threads and rewash it? Also, how can I make my red embroidery threads colorfast? The skein I used is pretty old, I got it from my mom's collection.
Sunday, July 30th, 2006
5:34 pm
[alicepsychedia]
Corset Handbag (for sale)


FOR SALE. If you're interested, email me at m0lok0vell0cet@yahoo.com and/or leave a comment. ($40, *free shipping)
... will soon be on Ebay ...
Product Info:
Previously a large, plain black Liz Claibourne purse. Three pockets altogether on outside, one a perfect cell phone pocket. Inside is VERY roomy, divided into two sections by a third zip up section, (doesn't zip, pull-tab's broken off). Plenty of pockets inside as well, "hidden pocket", card pockets, pen holders, etc. Black with mostly light pink accents/trim. $40, *free shipping.
*(unless outside the United States)
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This is my pride and joy. It's one of the first major things I ever sewed, besides a quilt or two when I was younger at a quilting class.

I found one of my mom's old Liz Claibourne purses and I thought it was cool and thought I'd pimp it out. I basically just sewed on a bunch of odds and ends that I found around my room.

Let's see... the black X strapped across the both sides are garter straps, the corset-laced sides were cut off my old black sneakers and laced with ribbon, the pink shoe string laces up a cell phone pocket that was previously the front of an old skirt, the pink and black lace pocket I sewed from fabrics from shirts that didn't fit... mostly it's from old clothes. Oh and the back that's mostly pink, with the shirt pocket, was a pink button-up shirt that I sewed and painted on.

My favorite part is the cell phone pocket, it just happened to fit my phone perfectly!

Current Mood: working
Tuesday, June 27th, 2006
9:15 pm
[doc_cathode]
Broken Sewing Machine Motor
I found out that a friend does have a machine, but the motor seems to be shot.

She says she was sewing denim when the machine quit. The motor now does not turn enough to move the rubber belts in the machine.

Assuming that the motor needs to be replaced, how much will it cost? Second, do I really need a store to do this for me? Could I take ,say, a vacuum cleaner motor, adjust and tweak as necessary and install?
Wednesday, June 7th, 2006
10:45 pm
[doc_cathode]
Teach Me About Shoulder Pads
I thought they would be simple. I just had to find the right size. But, there are many different kinds. I finally decided to take the felt and cotton batting pads from an old jacket. They're uneven, intentionally. One corner is longer than the other. By the time I'd noticed, I'd taken too much material out of the jacket to know which pad was which and whether the long side faces front or back.

I'm also disappointed in that I signed up for the Jo Ann's mailing list several weeks ago, and have yet to recieve a mailing.
Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006
8:25 pm
[doc_cathode]
Buckram
Many of you have recommended it. I finally have some. I wish I had gotten it a year ago. It was cheap. It weighs almost nothing. It is machine washable. I can easily use it to make my clown tophat stay up, and to make the brim stiff, and still be able to smush the hat up and stuff it in my backpack without damaging it. I may open up the lapel seams to insert additional buckram in order to keep the crease stiff. I may also use it top keep the pleat in the back of the jacket.

Now that the jacket is more than half done, I have finally found a jacket to copy. A marine mess dress jacket lacks tails, but is otherwise exactly what I want. I think I can still make a decent copy.

ETA

Link to marine mess dress jackets http://www.leathernecklane.com/marine/uniforms/uniform6.htm
Saturday, March 25th, 2006
11:09 am
[dielaydbugdie]
ACK! help me, help me, help me.
I am brand new to crochet for the most part I have done a few things before but always under extreme supervision incase I had any issues (which were always inevitable). Well I went out and bought the new Happy Hooker book and fell horibly in love with the Yeehaw Lady hat on page 115. I did fine til I got to the middle of Rnd 1 when it says "working on opposite side of the foundation ch, sc in each of next 4 ch, 4 sc in next ch -3 space, sl st in next sc to join - 15 sc"

what does that mean? Do I work on the butt side of the foundation chain or do I simply go into the v's backwards? And what is the -3 space?

Any help is gratefully appreciated.
Hopelessly confused,

Heidi
Sunday, February 5th, 2006
2:49 pm
[ryl]
Two more bibs
Another friend had a baby recently, so that means I made more bibs. I thought she was having twins (she wasn't) so I made two. That's okay though. As one mother told me, "Babies always need bibs."

This time I used the barley pattern from Blackwork Embroidery Archives. That is a good site to get patterns if you're in a hurry to get something done.
On to the pictures!Collapse )
Tuesday, January 31st, 2006
9:34 pm
[stringy]
Berkshire Pullover is finally finished!


From Weekend Knitting by Melanie Falick, using Austermann Marco Stretch, a wool/acrylic blend I got on sale. More details in my journal.

Crossposted to ghettoknit and craftydopers.
Tuesday, January 24th, 2006
5:05 pm
[stringy]
Pachuko gift-bag
Here's what I've been working on lately: the gift-bag from Last Minute Knitted Gifts, made from Pachuko organic cotton.



What's everyone else been doing lately?

Cross-posted to craftydopers and ghettoknit
Wednesday, November 30th, 2005
9:53 pm
[jimmycarter]
I'm knitting myself a blanket out of Wool Ease Thick and Quick. I've got the colors (Wheat, a nice off-white and Claret, a deep wine red) but I'm at a loss as to how to use them together. I'm thinking large checks like this pattern. Stripes would be okay, but maybe a little too candy-cane-ish for me. I just want something pretty, you know?

What would you do?
Monday, November 28th, 2005
3:26 pm
[zyada]
Does anyone have ideas on how I could transfer a pattern onto a mottled medium blue knitted afghan panel (Homespun yarn - Colonial color)? Note that I am not a terribly patient person.
Monday, November 21st, 2005
2:25 pm
[zyada]
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