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October 1, 2010
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Helen
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Has anyone ever noticed how when men decide to do the kinds of crafts, etc. that women usually do, that they tend to do them very, very well?

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October 1, 2010
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Yes actually, I knew a couple that quilted and the wife always laughed at how he was such a total perfectionist.  They rarely worked together on the same project, though they did help each other a lot along the way.  It was pretty nice really.

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October 1, 2010
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Helen said:

Has anyone ever noticed how when men decide to do the kinds of crafts, etc. that women usually do, that they tend to do them very, very well?


 

One of the "winning"-est long arm quilters is a man. His work is gorgeous. I saw him do a demonstration on a Quilting show once, and it looked effortless on his part. Amazing!

October 2, 2010
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The  Crochet Dude (Drew Emborsky) is another example. Innovative designs, too!

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October 3, 2010
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mamawolf said:

I have wanted to do chicken scratch for a long time, never had the time while working and haven't thought of it recently.  Now I am excited to see that you are teaching this.  Gotta go get some gingham and floss and make an apron.  Thanks WVHC.


If you look up the chicken scratch online, be sure and figure out your pattern pieces and where you'll do the design and set it all up first. Looks purtier that way. I've got a couple old timer books -- been long enough that the copyright should be done -- hope to neaten them up (crappy print!!) and put them on the website. Pictures may be better than even scanning with the poor quality the older books and patterns are.  The nicest that I've seen are geometric shaped. It truly takes on the lace look and is droolworthy. You'll see what I mean if you google images of cross-stitch on gingham apron.
October 9, 2010
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Vicki in So. CA
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Here's a cute crochet pattern for an *acorn hat*:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/thecookiejar

I've been meaning to learn to crochet!

December 2, 2010
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January 14, 2011
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Found this handwarmer for putting inside your gloves!  A rice pack, just like you'd put around your neck!

http://www.craftstylish.com/item/38336/how-to-make-hand-warming-gloves

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January 14, 2011
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I'm a quilter, so my blog has ideas and quilts I designed.  I share the patterns for free :-)

a few to get you started http://7and7.wordpress.com/eq-designs/eq-goodies/

http://7and7.wordpress.com/eq-designs/uneven-9-patches-snowballs/

 

Patchkat ~ Susan in TX

March 7, 2011
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DarleneS
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365 Days of Crafts -- FREE

http://www.365-crafts.com/index.html

I just saw this site on another forum. Hope you can find something you like.hug

March 27, 2011
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I started up a crafts blog where I do a lot of tutorials.  I try to incorporate non-perishable trash (i.e., cardboard) in a lot of my projects.

 

http://allthumbscrafts.blogspot.com/

 

The woodless burlap frames, faux stained glass, and braided yarn wreath seem to be the most popular right now.

Celebrating creativity at http://screamingsardine.net/

April 19, 2011
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I found this and started one!  It's so fun and easy! It's called hyperbolic crochet… I found some on like with a tighter twist, where the maker was trying to make them look like different kinds of coral and such.  Pretty wild!  Just do a google search on hybperbolic crochet if you want to see the real crazy ones, mine is more like the one in this Lion Brand yarn post. 

http://cache.lionbrand.com/cgi.....tKey=93108

Here's a few pictures of the one I started, one with 4 rows done, one with 5 rows, and the other with what I think is 7 rows… still working on it!

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Sorry that last one is so blurry… gonna be a wild dish cloth!  … maybe I'll crochet the last border with strips of netting which would make it a bit scrubby.  Just playing for now, but it's fast and fun!!

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April 20, 2011
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BEG: By mesh do you mean those plastic mesh bags stores used to package 4 oranges or 4 tomatoes or whatever? I've been saving them for months now. I can see they would be good to incorporate n a dishcloth/scrubbie, but I haven't figured out how. You have suggestions?

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April 20, 2011
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Well, I meant buying netting at the fabric store, but that netting from onion/potato bags should work too I bet!

My mother used to crochet scrubbies using the store bought netting by cutting it in 2 inch wide strips with a rotary cutter (that part was my Pop's job) then knotting it together as she went and crocheting away.  When you pull it gently as you crochet, it sort of stretches into almost a cord that crochets quite well.  She would make coordinating colors to go with her washcloths and sell them as sets at local craft shows.  People just about knocked each other down when the doors opened to get to her table for the best colors.  She would take special orders for less normal combinations like black and white sets, and one lady had her kitchen in red and white with some black trim, so she wanted that combo.  She always had such great color selections! 

With storage bag netting, we might have to play with the width a little bit, but why not?  Hmmmm….

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April 20, 2011
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I wonder if you could tie it like you would plarn? Where you use the loops not strips. Sorry just saw this and had to comment!

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September 14, 2011
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Just spotted this easy way to make reuseable tea bags and coffee filters, via frugalvillage.com:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-Reusable-Teabags-and-Coffee-Filters/#step1

These look about as easy as folding a Kleenex! 

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October 1, 2011
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OK, I found these and had to share it... I'm not sure whether I think they're cute and quirky or creepy and quirky!  I certainly can't imagine carrying on as an actual purse!

Felted Chicken Bag pattern on ETSY

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October 2, 2011
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Cute but I personally could not carry it. I would like to turn it in to a stuffed animal for my daughter though!

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October 2, 2011
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I know!  The legs are super cute, especially the 'knees' but to carry it?  I don't think so!  At first I thought maybe for a tote to carry knitting or crochet project, but even for that it's just too weird... maybe if you made the legs and feet really short.  They're a big part of what makes it cute, but even so it's a lot!

hehe, still very cute to see which is why had to share it!

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