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  2. moreorlessnu

    Deco mesh wreaths

    Well, thank you for trying. I'm happy you've found a hobby that brings you joy.
  3. mollysmom

    Deco mesh wreaths

    Thank you @moreorlessnu! I tried but I'm gonna level with you....I don't even know how to take a picture with my laptop! I tried but the camera was facing me (like a selfie) and I could not for the life of me figure out how to turn it around so I could take a picture of the St. Patty's Day wreath.
  4. moreorlessnu

    Deco mesh wreaths

    They sound lovely. Can you post some pictures?
  5. mollysmom

    Deco mesh wreaths

    I've always wanted to have a hobby. I felt like it would be good for my anxiety, etc. Throughout the years I've tried several different things but none of them stuck. A few months ago I was watching some you tube videos on wreath making & I found a couple videos where the wreaths were made of deco mesh (and bonus, all the supplies were from the Dollar Tree!!!) So I decided to give it a try and ended up LOVING it! It's so fun and so relaxing! I made one for Christmas & one for Valentines Day. They were both very basic. Today I made my St. Patty's Day wreath & it is hands down the best one I've made yet! It has deco mesh plus St. Patty's Day themed ribbons & mesh tubes. It turned out so so good. Also my ex-husband had asked me if I would ever make him one. I said of course I would. He is a fire chief so he asked if I would make him a fireman themed wreath. I'm almost finished with that & so happy with how it turned out. I just reread what I wrote and it probably sounds so strange to be so excited about this but I'm just so happy that I finally found a hobby that I love (and I'm good at!)
  6. Leftitinmysnood

    Current knitting projects

    I'm drowning in PhDs, a neverending garter stitch sweater for my niece, a sweater for me, a scarf for a friend, another for my sister. And I have some samples to knit for my LYS where I will be teaching classes next year.
  7. EmiGirl

    Current knitting projects

    Finished these up a while back. Gave to my niece and nephew.
  8. WhatWouldJohnCrichtonDo?

    Current knitting projects

    Yay! I finished a couple more things! I started and finished a simple hat for my oldest. It's just a basic pattern, but the color matches her new winter coat. Side view: View from the top: Today I finished a scarf (for my new-ish winter coat) that I started last winter. My coat is gray and black on the outside, but the inner part is similar to the color of the scarf. I've decided that the coat has more of a robin's egg blue color, and the scarf is more of a light mint green color, but it still works. The stripes are actually gray, but I had a hard time getting the colors kind of right in the pic. My youngest wants a pair of orange and blue mittens next. I guess it's good to be in demand.
  9. Chickenbutt

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    Thank you. I think this is a new hobby but she may have learned it at her Grandmothers knee many, many, many years ago, like 50 years ago. I am really curious about the thread. Some sites say floss is a good substitute for the original thread used to make candle wicks. I will be spending time today researching that thread, I like to know stuff. Also I am thinking of just buying a prepared kit https://www.amazon.com/Janlynn-Kaleidoscope-Pillow-Candlewicking-Embroidery/dp/B003YU6OOY/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1540222118&sr=8-8&keywords=Candlewicking That way she can try it and decide if she really likes it.
  10. FecundFundieFundus

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    I've never tried my hand at whitework, but I do a little embroidery for fun. Does she already embroider or is this a brand new hobby? Looks like candlewicking is just a particular style of whitework that uses Colonial knots to create designs. She'd need an embroidery hoop, needles, unbleached/cream muslin, unbleached or white thread if doing a traditional design (some people do candlewick designs using colored thread according to Google), and a transfer pen. Hydrogen peroxide to lift off bloodstains from pricked fingers if she's anything like me haha. Depending on her eyesight, a magnifier and a good strong work light is invaluable. Hopefully someone who is experienced with that style will pop on and give you better advice!
  11. WhatWouldJohnCrichtonDo?

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    Sorrt, @Chickenbutt. I looked into learning to tat, once upon a time, but I know nothing about candlewicking. Hopefully someone else does.
  12. Chickenbutt

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    Does anyone know anything about Candlewicking? My friend is retiring at the end of this month and she mentioned that she wants to learn to candlewick like her mom and grandmother did. I would like to buy her a "starter kit". A book, some fabric and whatever the hell kind of thread you use. All the websites say there is some kind of special thread or you can just use embroidery floss. Seems tedious to me, but to each his own. Any help out there would be appreciated. Thanks.
  13. WhatWouldJohnCrichtonDo?

    Current knitting projects

    Hey y'all! Does anyone have any current or finished knitting projects to share? I was a pretty frequent knitter before we had kids, but I've never really consistently kept up with my projects since then. I have spurts of knitting, then I go dry again. I'm trying to get in the habit of knitting at least a bit each school day. Right now I'm working on a few dishcloths for a niece. The two white dishcloths are Sugar 'n' Cream cotton yarn and the blue one is Red Heart Scrubby yarn. It's the polyester version of the Scrubby. I have some cotton Scrubby, but I haven't tried it yet. I made 2 scrubby dishcloths for myself, and I like them so far. The yarn doesn't show any texture in the knit, so plain squares seem best for it. I also have a twin sized afghan and 3 or 4 baby afghans started, but I don't have any pictures. One of these days I need to get brave and knit a sweater.
  14. MarblesMom

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    Total tally is 518 potholders. WOW.
  15. MarblesMom

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    Ok, this pic doesn't do them justice - there are almost 300 potholders here, and more are still being made.
  16. FecundFundieFundus

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    Successfully sewed the B.A.B. outfit! Started with a 6 month baby dress shirt (DIY'd the granddad collar) and a 3-6 month infant trousers. He has ribbon and button suspenders to match the owner of Bear (leather suspenders with bronze clips). I don't have a picture of his bum handy, but there's a cutout for his tail.
  17. MarblesMom

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    I am remiss in taking the pic. I hope I remember to do so tomorrow.
  18. FecundFundieFundus

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    I'm packing up the apartment right now. I BARELY sew and vigorously restrain myself in fabric stores. I'm still drowning in boxes of fabric. Aaaah!
  19. WhatWouldJohnCrichtonDo?

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    Easy to do, in my experience. (Yarn, in my case. Same thing, different medium.)
  20. MarblesMom

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    I haven't really sewn since 1978, but agreed to make a few (LOL) potholders for a solar oven mission. I think I am up to 150, and can now actually sew in a straight line.... most of the time. I will take a pic Tues of the stacks and stacks of the creations. Niece took me to some quilting stores and I went a little... overboard... on fabric.
  21. FecundFundieFundus

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    Exactly! I tell them I'm not Jana but none of them know who the hell she is
  22. WhatWouldJohnCrichtonDo?

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    Except when it means everyone expects you to do everything, or perform miracles.
  23. FecundFundieFundus

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    Nice! I'm using this as an opportunity to try my hand at clothes modification. So far I've removed the sleeves on a $2 thrift store baby shirt, now I need to recut the shoulders, sew the new side seams, embroider the edges of the hole for his tail and reattach the shortened arms. Gulp! I hope my kids look back with gratitude someday because right now they're more like your seven year old, @WhatWouldJohnCrichtonDo?. It's nice to be looked upon as endlessly capable... Sometimes.
  24. WhatWouldJohnCrichtonDo?

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    @FecundFundieFundus, thanks for the ideas for using yarn with kids! So far, the only thing I've taught them with yarn is Cat's Cradle. My 9 year old is really nagging me to teach her to knit this summer, so I need to bite the bullet and start soon. She's a great kid, but it can be hard teaching her new things. I helped her learn how to use the looms she's gotten as gifts (one for potholders and one for rubber band bracelets), so I hope that's a good sign that we can work together. My 7 year old doesn't really care about making the same kind of crafty things as my "big" girl, they just care about getting some of the finished product! "I want a blue and orange bracelet for me, a pink and green one for my friend, and then one for every kid in my class." I agree. My kids have one Build a Bear each, but their clothes are baby clothes from thift stores. A dress or two and a few cute t-shirts, and they were pretty happy.
  25. FecundFundieFundus

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    @WhatWouldJohnCrichtonDo? I've given up on knitting, but depending on the ages of your kids/kids in your life, you can use up some of your scraps or stash doing yarn weaving or some of these projects. I ended up giving away a bag full of yarn to my local library for their craft projects. I think they've done friendship bracelets so far I need to dust my sewing machine off to sew up some doll clothes for the kids. Build a Bear clothes are such a ripoff.
  26. Jellybean

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    I love Pinterest! I have to be careful, though, because I can get sucked in for hours! I know what you mean about not being able to find the clubs again @Ais - I use mobile for FJ and get here by clicking on the three horizontal lines in the top right corner, then choosing browse, and clubs. I find it a bit clunky, which means I forget the clubs are even here. Oops! @WhatWouldJohnCrichtonDo? I lost my creating mojo for a long time. It’s frustrating but it will come back. Don’t fret. I love Craftsy for their courses (don’t ever pay for them at full price - they have good sales). I haven’t tried any of the knitting ones, but the sewing and pattern cutting ones I’ve tried have been absolutely excellent. ETA: just saw that I recommended them above too - oops! I’m not affiliated in any way, I promise!
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