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Crochet resources for the baffled beginner?

What's a great book or website for teaching yourself to crochet? [more inside]
posted by sculpin on Sep 21, 2010 - 16 answers

Help me push my buttons.

I have 20 lbs of beautiful antique and vintage buttons of every size, shape, material and form. I recuperating from surgery for the next 4 weeks. Can you suggest projects to utilize my time and materials? [more inside]
posted by kimdog on Sep 16, 2010 - 22 answers

Please help me create a list of themes and related activities for children.

I work with kids in an afterschool program ranging in age from 3-10. I'm contemplating having themes for a week where we do a lot of creative activities revolving around the theme. So, one week the theme might be "jungle animals" and we could make animal masks from paper plates, draw animals, make jungle animal puppets and do a puppet show, play a game outside involving jungle animals, read a picture book about jungle animals, etc. [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Sep 3, 2010 - 11 answers

Crewel Cartoons

Please suggest images I could convert into crewel which are cartoon modern in style, but not depictions of characters. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Sep 2, 2010 - 9 answers

Know some good lamps?

I am an artist. I broke an old lamp that I used as my main light when drawing and coloring. Can you please suggest some cool lamps you know? [more inside]
posted by fantodstic on Aug 31, 2010 - 8 answers

The Wires

What can I do, aside from the obvious, with fifteen gray, six-foot PC power cables? [more inside]
posted by valkyryn on Aug 27, 2010 - 6 answers

Interesting pinback button crafts

What creative or interesting things can I do with a collection of buttons and pins? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on Aug 24, 2010 - 11 answers

Too Much Cornmeal

I've recently found myself in possession of 7.5 pounds (five full cartons) of corn meal. What can I do with this great corny bounty? Bonus points for being able to use as much as possible in a single batch of *something.* Projects, crafts, household tips, or recipe suggestions needed. Difficulty: Please NO corn bread or polenta recipes. [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy on Aug 10, 2010 - 26 answers

A good glue can stave of entropy and fill you with a warm glow.

I want to take Casio watches (or the equivalent) and/or old cell phones and glue stuff to them--beads, bits of circuit board, Lego minifig heads, etc. What would be the best glue for this purpose? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Aug 10, 2010 - 6 answers

Go To Hell, Moths!

What would YOU want to say to a clothes moth? (to keep those dang clothes moths away from my wool and my fur.) [more inside]
posted by custard heart on Aug 7, 2010 - 28 answers

Hello You Crafty MeFi Bastards!

Hello dearest Hive: Any of you by chance crafty bastards? Here's what I want to do. I have the proofs from my first book, and would like to cut out and make a collage of all the pictures, glue them to an old hunk of countertop that i can stick some IKEA legs on and make into a coffee table. I guess what I need is best practice as far as glue, and what to cover it in. I understand there is some sort of stuff you can spray/paint on to seal it...or I could go with the stick a hunk of glass/plastic across the top. any info will be greatly appreciated.
posted by timsteil on Jul 30, 2010 - 21 answers

box building for cheap dummies

I sort of have a box addiction. I collect cardboard boxes for shipping boardgames, or that's what I tell myself, but sometimes I just collect them. I am not a meth user, but probably have a hoarding gene. So I want to make some simple wooden boxes using simple tools to rebox a few favorite games. I have a jig saw, hand saw, drill, circular saw and a few other cheap tools, like a plastic mitre box. The boxes don't have to be examples of fine wordworking, just functional and not too crude. I'm looking for resources on how to do this without dropping hundreds of dollars on antique planes or tools.
posted by mecran01 on Jul 24, 2010 - 11 answers

What do you get for the Viking who has everything?

What would be an appropriate gift for a medieval warrior headed into battle for the next two weeks? [more inside]
posted by JimmyJames on Jul 24, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me, you crafty foxes.

What can I do with a few hundred ornament hooks? [more inside]
posted by SassHat on Jul 20, 2010 - 4 answers

I'm a dude. I have an opal. Now what?

So I'm a manly man, sort of, and many years ago I was given a small opal (1cm top to bottom) - I don't think it has any real monetary value, but it's pretty, and I'm tired of it living in my drawer. Any ideas for what I can do with it? My first thought was tie pin, but that seems pedestrian. Suggestions that include sources for necessary supplies or services would be especially helpful.
posted by symbebekos on Jul 19, 2010 - 9 answers

Ms. Vegetable is looking for some string to make bracelets.

Ms. Vegetable is looking for some string to make bracelets. [more inside]
posted by a robot made out of meat on Jul 8, 2010 - 6 answers

dc shares

Does DC have cool collectives/sharing groups? [more inside]
posted by theflash on Jul 7, 2010 - 2 answers

Bobbin Along

I need a sewing machine; how much should I budget, where should I look, and what features should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by Secret Life of Gravy on Jul 3, 2010 - 19 answers

Cheap Arts & Craft supplies in the Vancouver BC area?

Looking for cheap/free art supplies, or suggestions on good camp crafts to do with kids on a budget. [more inside]
posted by sarastro on Jun 22, 2010 - 11 answers

Who can fix my knitting (well, seaming) mistake?

[NYC filter] I accidentally sewed two pieces of a sweater together incorrectly. I can't undo it because of my skill level and physical problems. Help me find someone in NYC who will take out the seam for me without destroying the knit pieces? [more inside]
posted by mccn on Jun 19, 2010 - 6 answers

Quirky fun for adults and kids to have together

Analog Amusement Filter: Looking for creative quirky artsy ideas for indoor amusement with/and without kids. But I'm looking for something new, for ideas that cannot be found in any of those "one billion kids craft/fun/game/activity" type books. Further specs inside. [more inside]
posted by cross_impact on Jun 17, 2010 - 14 answers

Need creative ideas for my son's graduation cards.

Need creative ideas for my son's graduation cards. [more inside]
posted by caroljean63 on Jun 16, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me hack my wardrobe

How do I convert a skirt into shorts? [more inside]
posted by Eumachia L F on Jun 7, 2010 - 3 answers

I rather like this person, let's not accidentally curse her..

Help me not bungle up some esoteric part of this dreamcatcher crafting project! [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on May 26, 2010 - 3 answers

CraftFilter: How to attach applique with embroidery, for dummies.

Crafters, please help. What I'm trying to do is apparently called "applique" and "embroidering," as part of a quilt project. I'm totally clueless and kinda need to finish today. [more inside]
posted by slidell on May 22, 2010 - 10 answers

Mother of arts and crafts

I need arts and crafts ideas to do at home with young children. [more inside]
posted by sammyabdu on May 9, 2010 - 18 answers

If you won't let me pay you, you better like cookies...

Help me think of some simple gestures of appreciation for a friend who is giving me free music lessons. [more inside]
posted by messica on Apr 22, 2010 - 9 answers

Where can I buy velcro or stretchy straps of varying widths in New York City?

I'm looking for a velcro or a stretchy strap that's about as wide as a ski goggle strap, and I live in New York City. [more inside]
posted by hoobichu on Apr 8, 2010 - 3 answers

How best to sew this to that?

[sewingfilter] What is the best way to applique a piece of one t-shirt to another t-shirt? [more inside]
posted by luazinha on Mar 25, 2010 - 5 answers

making the aesthetic useful again

Turning faux pockets into real pockets on a jacket. Can it be done? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Mar 24, 2010 - 6 answers

Help give my third grade son ideas for a fun school project!

My son's third grade class is going to be doing a fun project called "Mini-Society." Each student has to come up with a product that they will market to other students within the society. Help me come up with a fun, easy product for my son to "sell!" [more inside]
posted by meggie78 on Mar 18, 2010 - 21 answers

Oopsie. I broke my hearts.

I ruined a perfectly good silicone hearts mold by melting crayons for my daughter's Pre-K class. What can I do with it now? [more inside]
posted by czechmate on Feb 8, 2010 - 14 answers

Can I make this sweater at home, and if so how?

How can I knock off this super cute cardigan by hand? Is it worth trying? [more inside]
posted by telegraph on Feb 1, 2010 - 12 answers

My parents' souvenir spoons; let me show you them.

I have inherited a collection of souvenir spoons. Can you suggest funky or creative ways to display these? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan on Jan 23, 2010 - 14 answers

What can I do with a buttload of wine corks?

What can I do with a buttload of wine corks? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Jan 13, 2010 - 28 answers

Not only do I "do more," I don't really even do my hair.

Where can I buy more cute 1" pins like these? [more inside]
posted by tantivy on Jan 11, 2010 - 14 answers

What can I do with half-drilled gems?

What do I do with these amethysts? [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg on Jan 5, 2010 - 2 answers

Where can I get Quilt Magic Foam Boards in Toronto?

Toronto Craft Filter: Where can I buy Quilt Magic kits, preferably the foam boards only, in Toronto (on the subway line)? [more inside]
posted by pick_the_flowers on Dec 30, 2009 - 1 answer

Photos + mats = holiday cheer

Where can I buy mats for 13 x 19" photos in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by asuprenant on Dec 18, 2009 - 4 answers

New Things for the New Year

My goal for the year 2010 is to try one new thing every week. I'm compiling a list of new things to try, and would love input! Looking for ideas in all different areas -- new skills to learn, new hobbies to try out, fix-it projects, tech/computer projects, new recipes to try, magic tricks, you name it. [more inside]
posted by stennieville on Dec 11, 2009 - 33 answers

Seeking clicking mechanism or design...

What kind of small toys or devices click when you rotate them forwards and backwards? Seeking mechanism or design... [more inside]
posted by pallen123 on Nov 21, 2009 - 13 answers

What malleable substance can be shaped like clay for craft projects but turns out lighter like styrofoam once hardened and dried?

Does this substance exist? Arts & crafts people or hardware store people: for a craft project, I want a material that is malleable like clay but winds up lighter-weight like styrofoam/polystyrene once it has set and hardened. Maybe it it's dispensed from a tube or can? [more inside]
posted by kookoobirdz on Nov 13, 2009 - 19 answers

Knit one, purl one, turn the plastic handle?

My grandmother just gave me some of her old knitting and sewing supplies, including what appears to be some sort of plastic knitting machine. Tell me more about it and how to use it! [more inside]
posted by sabotagerabbit on Nov 8, 2009 - 2 answers

I wove you, metafilter

Does anyone remember a website a few years back that would post scans of crafts and recipe books from the 50's-70's for the sole purpose of making fun of them for being horrible? I think it had "Lavender" in the name somewhere? It might be still going. It was a huge site with a lot of different sections of content and all of it was really funny. [more inside]
posted by amethysts on Nov 2, 2009 - 9 answers

Help me make a Christmas tablecloth

I have been taken over by an urge to embroider a Xmas tablecloth. Trouble is, I know nothing about embroidery or cross-stitching and I need a little (a lot of) help getting started, if you would be so kind. [more inside]
posted by widdershins on Oct 29, 2009 - 23 answers

What halloween crafts / art activities do the 5-7 year olds in your life enjoy doing?

What Halloween crafts / art activities do the 5-8 year olds in your life enjoy doing? [more inside]
posted by nothingsconstant on Oct 24, 2009 - 5 answers

Eco-friendly waste paper? Well, more neighbor-friendly ...

I'm working on reproducing an old childhood amusement with less messy waste or just dealing with ignoring the debris .... eggs to throw at each other. [more inside]
posted by tilde on Oct 23, 2009 - 13 answers

cross stitch stores in nyc or online?

what are the best places to buy cross stitch supplies in nyc? manhattan or near-ish brooklyn preferable; happy to take online suggestions if that is, as usual, where the best options are. [more inside]
posted by lia on Oct 9, 2009 - 7 answers

Scrabble, home decorating edition.

What can I make with these decorative letters that I bought at a gift shop clearance sale? [more inside]
posted by cabingirl on Oct 8, 2009 - 11 answers

Tunisian crochet hook sources?

Where do I buy aluminum or bamboo Tunisian (afghan) crochet hooks in Los Angeles? Alternatively, is there a reputable online source for them? I'm looking for something in the smaller sizes-- it's for a scarf, so no size-Q monster hooks. I've seen plastic ones here and there, but I'm tough on plastic hooks and would prefer to avoid them. Thanks!
posted by fairytale of los angeles on Oct 4, 2009 - 10 answers

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