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Postby Yogi » Fri May 05, 2006 8:01 pm

Do any of you have unusual crafts you can share with us? Here's a few I found interesting: http://craftster.org/blog/index.php?cat=2
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Postby StVandal » Fri May 05, 2006 9:44 pm

That pink knit gimp mask was priceless!
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Postby Rusty » Tue May 09, 2006 10:15 am

Blimey.I thought those cozy`s for a tampon were willy warmers.
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Postby pilvikki » Mon May 29, 2006 3:46 pm

you know, if i find any of my ex's ties, guess what i'll be making out of it...?

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Postby Claire » Mon May 29, 2006 4:04 pm

Hell's Bells!! Some people have waaay too much time on their hands and not enough of what's necessary between the ears. :roll:
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Postby Sarah » Thu Jun 08, 2006 8:33 pm

Haha. One of my great aunts makes crafts very similar to the soap dispenser clothing. Honestly, my soap dispensers LIKE to be naked!
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Postby pilvikki » Tue Jun 13, 2006 8:20 pm

yeah, can you imagine wearing that stuff after someone's had a shower and steamed up the whole place! ick.
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Postby icufodu2 » Wed Jun 28, 2006 8:22 pm

Tampon Cozies? it is just wrong on too many levels to comment on that one.

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Lace Making

Postby Makinamess » Sat Aug 12, 2006 9:52 am

Here's one of my mats - work in progress

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Postby Sarah » Sat Aug 12, 2006 2:01 pm

Wow, that looks awesome!
Is my sense of size warped, or are those safety pins ginormous?
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Postby Makinamess » Sat Aug 12, 2006 2:53 pm

:lol: - those "safety" pins are actually stitch holders, used by knitters and are, as you suspected, about 5" long. I can tell some sort of explanation is in order here:-

The type of lace I am making here is called "torchon" and it is an awful lot easier than it looks (honest - there's is one basic stitch and all other stitches are just a variation on that stitch). The pretty decorative wooden "sticks" are called bobbins (hence bobbin lace) and the pretty glass beads on the end of each bobbin are only there for weight - to stop the bobbins rolling across the "pillow". Thread is wound onto each bobbin and the stitches are worked using pairs of bobbins to weave through other pairs of bobbins. Half way through a stitch, a very fine lace pin is inserted into a hole in the pricking (the card pattern) and then the stitch is repeated around the pin. The large stitch holders are simply to hold the pairs of bobbins in position when not in use, otherwise the threads get a bit tangled.

Everyone says to me, how do you know where you are going next - well the markings on the cardboard pricking tell me the direction and movement of the bobbins. I am only using three different stiches here on this pattern (whole stitch or cloth stitch - that's the one that looks very dense and completely filled in, whole stitch twist for the outer fan shapes and roseground - the little diamond shapes). To put the whole mat in perspective, it is about 8" square.
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Postby lpg » Sun Aug 20, 2006 6:19 am

Wow! I love it! I'm into papercrafts myself.

I'm not too handy with needles - crochet or otherwise. Even if I were, I don't think a tampon cozy would be my first choice of project. :shame:
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Postby pilvikki » Sun Aug 20, 2006 7:58 pm

messy, my eyes crossed reading the 'directions'. that sure as hell doesn't look, nor sound easy.

pat's paper crafts are excellent!
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Postby Makinamess » Tue Aug 29, 2006 11:15 am

Here's another finished mat - mounted into a clip frame with a dark green felt background.

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And another piece - this time mounted behind a finger plate on a door (the door is 100 years old and has had many coats of paint !)

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Postby lpg » Sat Sep 02, 2006 1:58 am

Gorgeous! If that's what you consider Makinamess by all means, keep on makin that mess! I have always loved that type of lace. It's so light and beautiful!
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Postby Makinamess » Sat Sep 02, 2006 8:36 am

Thanks Pat ! The Makinamess name came about because I like making a mess in the kitchen :lol: The sort of lace I've shown here is actually not that fine at all - I shall try to photograph some of the really fine stuff I used to make (my eyesight's not what it was 20 years ago when I first started out on this lark !)
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Postby lpg » Sun Sep 03, 2006 5:39 am

I like making a mess in the kitchen

Isn't that what kitchens are for?

I know this lace really isn't fragile but, it just looks so airy. I'd love to see more when you get a chance.
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Postby StVandal » Tue Oct 31, 2006 6:19 pm

My, what a lovely doyley!
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Postby Makinamess » Sat Jan 13, 2007 3:35 pm

Well, here's some of a fellow lacemaker's work in progress - I bow to her awesome skills !

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Postby haysi » Sat Jan 13, 2007 3:49 pm

how on earth....I give up
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