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calicocarolann

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About calicocarolann

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  • Birthday 04/29/1955

A Few Things About Me

  • Short bio
    I am married (33 yrs.), have 2 sons, 3 grandsons, 1 granddaughter. I live on the Grand Lake in OK.
  • Location
    Oklahoma
  • Hobbies
    Crochet, reading, fishing
  • Occupation
    Homemaker
  • Favorite projects
    My favorite projects are crinoline ladies, doilies, and 3-D objects.
  • Crocheting since...
    I have been crocheting for over 40 years.
  1. I use foam covers on my steel hooks and I like them very much. Here is a link where you can see them and order them. http://www.herrschners.com/products/product.aspx?sku=012900-0001&id=2378 You might also check with some of the other retailers online and Hobby Lobby carries them too if you have a store near by.
  2. This is what I love about these boards, I learn something new all the time. Addey, I have not heard about PVA solutions. Do you know where I can get one or learn more about them? I would like to try something like this.
  3. I have done a lot of crochet framing on my own and I have learned a lot since the first piece I framed over 15 years ago. First, never starch the crochet piece, the starch will eventually eat the cotton thread, just wash the piece and block it to dry. Make sure the piece is completely dry before framing. Second, don't use adhesives on your piece, I sew my crochet to the backing board. I use a T-pin to punch the holes in the board and then use color matching quilting thread to sew the piece on. Third, use an acid free matting board for your backing board, you can get these at frame shops and hobby lobby. Fourth, use spacers or a mat between your crochet piece and the glass. You don't want your crochet touching the glass. As for the frames, I have bought frames from Wal-Mart and I have bought frames from frame shops when my pieces were odd sized. You can buy spacers or just make them from scrap acid free matting board. The most important steps to do is the above first thru fourth, these will protect your crochet art. I hope this helps.
  4. You did beautifully on this piece, it is absolutely wonderful! I like doing filet, I think it is much simpler than other patterns and I enjoy working up the filet pattern too. I made my bil and sil a name doily for their homewarming and my sil loves it. I also designed a name doily for myself and some day I will get around to making it, just as soon as I get my to-do list cropped down, lol.
  5. Kathy, It's beautiful. I like seeing all of your pattern designs, you are very talented and do wonderful work.
  6. I thought it would be interesting to see how others use their thread crochet pieces and also a way to share new ideas for projects. So, how do you use your thread crochet pieces? Since I am asking the question I will put my answer here: 1. As doilies for tables and backs of furniture 2. I have framed some pieces that my dh's grandmother and our mothers have made. Now that they are all gone it will preserve them. I have also framed some filet pieces that I made. 3. I make crinoline girl doilies and use them in shadowboxes with posters for the background and I add tiny butterflies, birds, and flowers. 4. I use some pieces as ornaments for Christmas and Easter 5. I made angels without the wings for dolls and have them on display 6. I have Barbies with dresses for the different holidays and seasons for display 7. I make pieces for gifts and Christmas ornaments for family members 8. and my latest project: I made 3 crinoline girls and sewed them onto 14" pillows that I made and 2 square doilies, sewing them now onto a king size pillow sham that I made for my bed. 9. I also make thread dishclothes and use them 10. Motifs that I sew to t-shirts to dress them up 11. Jewelry I also change out my doilies around the house each season. I have a round table in my entry room that I decorate for each holiday/season. I am very interested to know how you all use your pieces too.
  7. Well, I have about my normal amount going. 1. I am making 5 christmas ornaments each month for a total of 25 for family and friends. I still have this month's 5 to make. 2. I have made 2 dolls from Aly's Delicate Crochet site to put into shadowboxes and am making some butterflies now to go with them. They still need shaping. 3. I have a 3 foot angel I am making into a doll to display in my livingroom. She is about 1/3 done. I am leaving off wings and adding a hat and parasol. I also have a few other projects that I want to make as soon as I get #2 done.
  8. I generally use a size 7 with 10 thread, unless pattern calls for a different size hook. When making doilies from old patterns I will use a 7 or 8 depending on what size I want it to be.
  9. I just checked out the pattern and there is no typo that I could see. How they are making the cluster is 2 triples, holding the last loop of each triple on your hook and then yo over and pull thru the 3 loops on your hook. I hope this helps.
  10. I always starch and block my doilies, weather I give them as gifts or keep them for myself. When giving as gifts, they look nicer when already starched and blocked, especially if the person receiving them does not know how to do it themselves. I also perfer liquid starch over spray starch as the liquid doesn't leave the white flakes that spray starch seems to leave when I try using it. When I give the doily as a gift, I put it in a box. I put tissue paper on both sides of the doily and lightly fold it to fit the box. The tissue paper helps to keep creases out of the doily. I hope this helps.
  11. Beautiful!!!! I especially like the red and white one, I like how the skirt fans out at the bottom.
  12. It is beautiful and I like that shade of blue.
  13. Beautiful bag and hankie. What a wonderful keepsake and heirloom for your neice to remember her special day.
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