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  1. You can sign up for your own Tagboard here: http://www.tag-board.com/ It will generate the Tagboard HTML code for you to post into your blog's HTML code.
  2. When dyeing yarn, how do you prevent or minimize "muddiness"? (When the colors bleed into one another) It seems like the less muddiness there is, the more vibrant the colors are.
  3. Well, one thing that I do is to find a favorite shirt/sweater/jacket of mine and compare the crocheted piece to that. It is similar to the previous suggestion about comparing your crocheted piece to a sewing pattern. This way, I can base the crocheted piece/measurements on clothing that I really like wearing. You have to take into account a little bit of room for seams, though. That's something to keep in mind, because the clothing you are comparing it to is already sewn up.
  4. I get my Phildars from Knit n Tyme ... It's a Canadian store. It's been pretty good, except when they don't tell you that something is backordered. I ordered a Phildar that was backordered, and they held the rest of my order until it came in. They didn't tell me until I called them to see why my order was taking so long. But other than that, my transactions with that store were ok. You can just Google the store name, I'm sure it'll come up. (I don't have the link right now.) I think Phildar is mostly knit though. They do have some special crochet issues, but the regular mags are mostly knit. If you go to the Phildar home page, there's a section that lets you look through all the pages in their magazines. So you could see before buying them if you like any of the patterns in it. When a friend went to Europe, she also brought back some magazines called "Katia" that were all crochet projects inside. Very beautiful elegant pieces. I think that magazine is Spanish or Italian.
  5. Hi Elissa - I looked at your body piece and my best guess is that you fold the two side pieces in, and you seam along the top. See where the middle of the "back" is straight, and where there are two dips on each side? You would probably seam the tops of the two front pieces to the two side dips in the body piece. (Side dips NOT to be confused with the arm holes, of course.) That would leave you with a short vest-like garment (except it is open in the front). Then you attach the sleeves to the armholes that were created when you assembled the body piece.
  6. Well, for non-crocheted, fabric purses, you would fuse the interfacing to the fabric pieces before sewing the purse together with your sewing machine. For your felted crocheted bags, I'd suggest turning the bag inside out and fusing the fabric to it inside out. Then you flip it right side out again. When ironing it, because it is a round shape, you'd probably stick it around that part of the ironing board that is tapered so you could iron one side at a time instead of trying to go through ALL the layers at once... Of course, I've never fused anything to crocheted pieces, so I don't know if that is the best method, but that is what I would do for purses made of fabric.
  7. Elissa, yup, you are correct. If your crochet is fairly solid (i.e. no holes or lacey stuff), then you can fuse the lining to the crochet. (Otherwise, it would be a little unsightly to be able to see the interfacing through the crochetwork if you had a lacy design going on. I mean, you could still DO it, I just wouldn't recommend it because it might not look too nice.) Also, if you try to fuse through lacey stuff, the "glue" might melt through the holes, and you might end up glueing your crochet piece to the ironing board. You might also want to sew along the top of the bag to make sure the lining stays "glued" to the crochet. I've noticed the edges do sometimes become unglued with a lot of use. The middle of the fused piece will be fine, but you probably want to hide the seam/sew along top just to avoid unsightly edges. And Elissa has a good point. Heat-resistant material only!!! You are supposed to use a very high heat setting in order to "melt" the "glue," so make sure your crochet would be able to stand up to that before you try fusing it. It'd be terrible to ruin all that hard work.
  8. I agree. I think it would be done with fusible interfacing. I sew things at home, and that is the stuff you put in your purses when you want them to be "stiff" or to be a little more substantial. You can buy interfacing of different weights; just depends on how stiff you want your project to be. P.S. There is a difference between fusible interfacing and "sew-in" interfacing. The fusible kind is the kind that you can iron onto your project; it has glue that melts into the project when the heat of the iron is applied. The sew-in kind, is just that, it's sew-in. If you can only find sew-in but want to make it fusible, you buy the interfacing plus a sheet of Stitch-Witchery. (A SHEET of it, mind you, not like the hem tape size... they also sell Stitch-Witchery on rolls like fabric, so you can buy it by the yard.) Then you make a sandwich of your project, then the stitch witchery, then the interfacing and iron it all together ... and voila, you've got interfacing fused to your project!
  9. For me, it is not so much that the yarn at Joann's is "better" than at other places ... I like Joann's because they send me so many coupons to use (I'm a poor college student )... They are also cheaper than Michaels where I live. My local Joanns has a bad yarn selection, though, so I usually buy from their website.
  10. I agree! Seems a little out of character as well, IMO.
  11. The only place I have been able to find it is Walmart. But I live in a different state than Missouri, so I'm not sure if that information helps or not.
  12. Oh, oh! I have seen that type of shawl! The one I saw was a rectangular shape. One of the "short" ends of the rectangle was the location of the sleeve. The wearer put her arm into the sleeve, and then the shawl draped over her back and around to the front. She wore the loose end of the shawl flipped over her shoulder (like flipping the end of a scarf over your shoulder).
  13. Hi Amie! If it's not too late ... How about something on sewing together/joining crochet pieces? (Like for clothing? Or granny squares?) Not sure if that is what you meant by "joining motifs," but I just thought I'd throw that out there. Jenny
  14. Thanks, Robyn! Your pattern looks beautiful! UPDATE: Robyn, I just went through it again, and this time I noticed under the part where it says "Ship to:," there is an option for "No shipping address required." Just thought you'd like to know!
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