[identity profile] ariadnescurse.livejournal.com
Hi all! I'm a new member, saw the comm on the spotlight page and couldn't resist :) I've always loved working with crafts, and would love to hone my still pretty newbie skills into something that actually produces worthwhile stuff ^_^

I'm currently in the process of teaching myself crochet, and picked up the chain, slip stitch, and single crochet last night. I'm learning the half double right now, and will hopefully move onto the other stitches tonight. My question is, does anyone have any tips? Any secrets of the trade? My biggest problem so far is learning to tell the chains apart, and my left hand gets cramped sometimes from holding the string. I know that last bit will get better with time though. Also, any favorite patterns that would be great for beginners to practice on?

The other question I had was on sewing machines. I happened to mention to the boyfriend last night that I almost bought the stuff to make a throw out of Green Bay material, but the size would have taken me forever to hand stitch. That resulted in a whole planning session on where best to put the machine, and would I actually use it, and you get the general idea :D I've worked with sewing machines when I was younger - my grandmother taught me sewing, knitting, and basic crafts, and I grew up on her antique sewing machine - but the new ones completely mystify me. Any recommendations for good brands, best prices, what kind of thread I need, should I buy a kit to go with the machine? Basically, what would you do, if you were going out to buy a sewing machine?

TIA, crafters, for any and all advice and suggestions! I'm very excited about the crochet, I've knitted for some time now but have always been drawn to crochet, and the idea of making my own blankets is beyond cool :)

ETA: THANK YOU so much to everyone for the incredibly helpful tips and suggestions, on both the sewing machines and crocheting. I've learned a ton from this post, and I'm just getting started. Y'all rock!! :)
[identity profile] tribhreagnu.livejournal.com

... and I was too excited not to share him! )

My Ravelry page for this project is here and I also posted it on my blog (with a bit more talking to myself because eeeh, Hobbes) here. Friends or followers on either are always lovely!

[identity profile] deriana.livejournal.com
I've only recently realized I had forgotten about the anniversary of my Tudor Project!
It was on February 6th, so I'm only 5 months late, no biggie. *facepalm into oblivion*

As a sort of celebration, I made a revision of the mega-post that signaled the original event over a year ago. Only this time you get to see new characters and new versions of the old ones thrown in the mix.

Word of caution: it's a BIG post.

Tudor History in 5 minutes - The 1 Year Anniversary Edition )

PS: The evil mistress of all that is cute, cuddly and historically accurate likes hugs. Just saying... =)
[identity profile] ethora.livejournal.com
So I finally did it; I finished my first (and probably only ever) solid 18k gold moon tree pendant!

I hope that the gold market falls drastically (and soon) because a) it will mean that our economy is doing well, and b) I will get to play with more yummy buttery 18k gold wire! There's really no other wire that feels like it. I've had this wire sitting around for a couple of years, feeling scared of it and looking for just the right stone/s to use with it. Then, on 7/7, this rainbow moonstone called out to me. Do you see the little 7 in the stone? I like the number 7.

Here is my favorite moon tree of all, though: Read more... )
[identity profile] memoryanddream.livejournal.com
I've been doing some more trees in my "Full Moon" series lately. Especially ones that are unique, or one-off versions in a variety of materials and colors.


more behind the cut! )

I'm working on a few more unique variations right now as well! Trees have always been my favorite and it's why I've made them for so many years.
[identity profile] webmyrcury.livejournal.com
Wanna make pretty "stained glass" butterflies for your windows, like this one:
...out of junk plastic?

Bonus! Requires little to no artistic talent! :D (Yanno, in case ya just don't got some! ;))

The kind of plastic I used was some I cut out from food containers, like the ones you can get donuts/cupcakes in at your local stores. As long as there's a flat piece of it, you can turn it into a butterfly! :D

Tutorial is this way!! )
[identity profile] lindapendant.livejournal.com

I made these quick and easy fabric flowers that can be used for many different things such as hair accessories, embellishments on t-shirts, scrapbooking pages, hang tags, and more.

Photo tutorial here. )
[identity profile] itrain.livejournal.com
I took up yoga several years ago. The one thing I didn't have was a yoga mat bag. I decided I should make one and designed this bag from one I saw on Pintrest using a pair of my dad's old denim jeans. It cost me very  little to make and most important I will  keep my dad's memory alive. For fun you can add embellishments using appliques, paint sequins, etc. tutorial here
Read more... )

tutorial here )


Tutorial is here )Read more... )
[identity profile] slavemistress.livejournal.com
I am pretty broke at the moment so buying fabric isn't the most convient. I have worked around this by aquiring old clothes from friends and families to make these little guys

Sweater Monsters )
[identity profile] memoryanddream.livejournal.com
I'm most known for my Tree of Life pendants and one of my most popular has been something a little different; my Halloween Moon tree. This bare-branches piece features an orange moon peaking out from behind black wire trunk and branches. Recently, I made two additional versions - one in silver with a white moon and one in silver with a blue moon. This rounds out a full moon "trilogy" if you will. I love how they look.

So, for the contest, I thought I'd share my tree trilogy with the group. :)

Once In A Blue Moon + Under A Full Moon + Under A Halloween Moon
(click image for larger version)

Thoughts welcome!

Edit to add: More info on them can be found on my blog HERE.
[identity profile] smeddley.livejournal.com
60 hours of work, 1,234 4" squares, 16,042 inches of seams sewn... They are completely lined (all white) and weight a TON (good thing the song is only 2 minutes long!). And I now know how to make a reversible 25-yard skirt!


Another pic and an older skirt here! )
[identity profile] poisons-sanity.livejournal.com
Good evening crafty laaadies, and to those of you who are gentleman! I made some more runesets this weekend, this time on different colored abalone shells. For those of you who don't know what runesets are: Elder Futhark runes are the oldest form of the runic system. Used between the 2nd and 8th century, they were widely used among traders as an alphabet. They were eventually adopted into a form of divination, and still widely used today in that way, especially among pagans.

Basically, they were tarot cards before tarot cards were tarot cards

This first set is my favorite so far, as it is a mix of different colors:

More pictures inside )
[identity profile] lindapendant.livejournal.com
Ruffle Tote Tutorial 034small

I had sewn a tote like this a few months ago, and I made a second today and prepared a tutoral for those who were interested. You can find the tutorial on my craft blog here
[identity profile] lindapendant.livejournal.com
I had a really old cabinet that I turned into a display shelf and I kept the door thinking I would find a use for it later. I transferred this image of an old cologne ad onto it and as you can see, it really blurred. I put it aside, thinking I would sand it off and start over but I didn't want to lose the patina. After looking at it awhile, I decided that I like the smudgy rough old look of it and I'm leaving it alone. Perfection is over-rated.


I'm linking up to a tutorial (again! some more!) on how to transfer images using solvent, and the only thing that's different, is that you have to rub harder if you're transferring onto wood. See it here.
[identity profile] lindapendant.livejournal.com
I framed this print today. I found this image I loved and printed it onto thin cotton fabric using my ink jet printer, and made a mat using fabric and ribbon. My father custom made the frame for me years ago and when I tired of the needle work that was in it, I decided to make up my own mat because they're expensive to have cut to size at the framing shop where I live.


I'm placing a tutorial on how to make the mat out of fabric and ribbon under the cut. )
[identity profile] madame-ugly.livejournal.com
Is the current theme still "recycling" (or using stuff from your stash)?

Either way, I've wanted to felt up a sweater and make something from it so I finally did.

One pic under the cut. )


May. 11th, 2012 07:05 pm
[identity profile] crimson-flygon.livejournal.com
You may have seen my last post about a new pattern I made for octopi plushies. Well... I didn't stop making them.


I have a problem.


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