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  1. I just had to add thanks for reminding me of Crochetroo. Thought I'd just check out her latest creations and wound up ordering her set of flower patterns, including a hibiscus. I've made 40 of the 42 different flowers for my current flower block sampler, and for whatever reason got a case of crocheter's block (so to speak!) and couldn't decide which ones to make for the last two. So I'm hoping her hibiscus and frangipani will fill the gaps. I had a hibiscus pattern, but with a little tweaking it turned out better as a poppy. Go figger. And, serendipitously, as a bonus, our Aussie frie
  2. Very cute. I really like crochetroo's appliqués, and you used them well. I have her lizard in my powder room, and I'm very fond of him.
  3. Well, I have no patience for "regular" sewing. Any skills I had in that area began and ended with making maternity pants with elasticized patches -- fitted pants -- fuggedaboutit. Then there was the set-in sleeve fiasco. Back in the day, I had at least two or three dresses in my closet with one set-in sleeve apiece. Sewing yarn pieces is a piece of cake next to all that stuff. Have you tried join-as-you-go motifs? I've done some, though sometimes the pattern instructions for JAYG are kind of confusing to me.
  4. Point well taken! However, I'm the seemingly rare bird who doesn't mind sewing motifs together. Motif afghans are my faves, since I get really, really bored making the same stitch back and forth, over and over. In another thread, I've posted a pic of the first afghan cobbled together from mostly blue bits. Now a little bogged down on a second effort, am back to an actual pattern for a Field of Flowers sampler afghan that somebody else designed. I think I'll eventually use some of those odd motifs, but will unwind others for scrap yarn.
  5. Always trying to destash yarn, have recently destashed patterns, now I'm trying to destash motifs. The picture doesn't really give an accurate idea of how many motifs I've accumulated over the past 15 or so years. Several are simply cases of having made more than I needed for a pattern, some are motifs I tried and didn't work outthe way I wanted for the project at hand, and some I made just for the heckuvit 'cause I felt like it. Today is the day of reckoning. I gathered all of them in one place and first thought I'd try to make two freeform afghans, one with brights and one with softs. B
  6. Ignore my previous answer. On viewing them together in the same light, they do look the same. And they magically turned into stiff little wafers. Cool.
  7. That makes sense. It's probably the same as the stuff they sell as Stiffy and maybe charge more for!
  8. Well, that's certainly something I never would have thought of. Do you brush it on or soak the items in it?
  9. They're dry today -- to an ecru color not quite white, but not the dark ecru of the original lace that I was striving for.
  10. Thanks for the idea. Which kind of Elmer's Glue do you use? There's such a variety of glues these days.
  11. Thank you! Good to know. I guess I'll just have to be patient and wait.The label says it takes 24 hours, so I guess I'll wait, since the motifs are so small, they're liable to blow away. They do look ecru in the photo, but not in person.
  12. Not sure where to post this question, but I thought maybe some of you threadies have cause to use fabric stiffener and could answer my question. In continuing to recycle a discarded lace top (used part of it for painting chargers), I got some Stiffy at Michael's and saturated some of the lace motifs in it to make earrings. Well, the lovely vintage aged color of the lace turned to a milky white. Does anybody know of an alternative method for stiffening without affecting color? P.S. I do need some summer white earrings, but these weren't intended to be those! My only -- faint -- hope is that
  13. Hope your weather clears up and no damage. Pinterest should clear up, too!
  14. That should have worked, but I have noticed that -- although it's getting better -- Pinterest has the hiccups every so often. So maybe that's what happened. I just tried keying in "crochet afghans" and lots of them came up.
  15. Reni, are you trying to search on a particular board? I'm not sure that's possible. I just key my search terms into the search box at the upper left to get stuff from all of pinterest. Or were you trying to be more specific? My crochet board is so large now that I wish I could search on it and not have to scroll through everything to find something. I should have broken it down into more subcategories!
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