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What kind of arch?
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Progcraft
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2004 2:40 am    Post subject: Crazy Eddy Reply with quote

No, I'm not opening a used car dealership Cool

I've offically begun on my Crazy Eddy Kite Arch.
The template is made and includes the 1/2 hem allowance on all sides.
Each Eddy will be 50 cm X 50 cm with the cross 12 cm below the top.
And each Eddy will be made completely from scraps of fabric sewn together.
My goal here is to get 50 - 60 Eddys in the arch and then debut it at Pincher Creeks 'Children of the Wind' kite festival in July.

Please, if any of you would like to contribute to the Crazy Eddy Arch, feel free to pm me or email me and we can work out the details. I've already recieved an offer from one forum member and I hope to recieve his scraps within the next few weeks. But more is always welcome. It be great if I could make a stacked Crazy Eddy Arch.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2004 4:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eddy #1 is now cut out and ready for hemming.
6 pieces, 6 different colors make up this first Crazy Eddy.

Boy, this is actually a bit nerve racking. Making sure each piece is perfectly flat when hot tacked and sewn together. Whew.

I figure I'll do 'em in batches of 5 and in two steps.
Step 1: Piece, sew and cut out
Step 2: Attach pockets and sew the double folded hem.

I need more colors though.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2004 2:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spence has been generous to me and made a printable template for the Eddy's.
http://kites.icelands.ca/CrazyEddy/CrazyEddy_Template.jpg

Basically, it's all there.

I've been asked about pockets on the Eddys. Well, I haven't gotten that far yet. I'll be using 6mm (1/4") dowels for the spines. And I was going to use 4 oz dacron for the pockets. The dacron would be cut on an angles to fit the top and bottom of the skin.



Sorta like that.
Tails will be made from surveyors tape sewn between the pocket and skin (sewn to pocket first, then pocket to skin). Three tails, each 150 cm long.
Give me another day or two to come up with the final size of the pocket and I'll post that.

Thanks to everyone who has responded so far. I think I might actually be able to do this (if I get a few more contributers Smile )

I was also thinking that I might do something special for the kites that will be across the peak of the arch. Appliquing the names of all the people who contributed to the project onto them. We'll see what happens there when I get to the end. Wink

Cheers all.
Progcraft.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2004 2:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Crazy Eddy Reply with quote

Progcraft wrote:
And each Eddy will be made completely from scraps of fabric sewn together.


Do you care what 'type' of fabric we use?

Or if we mix fabrics? Shocked

Or if we don't line up the scrim? Embarassed

I've got a drawer full of small and large scraps, and I was trying to think of the best approach to creating a 'skin' for you. I would asume it would be to sew the pieces together (bigger than the template) and THEN lay the template over it and cut it out...

Any better ways?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2004 2:28 pm    Post subject: ReThink Reply with quote

Hi Prog ,

You said :Tails will be made from surveyors tape sewn between the pocket and skin (sewn to pocket first, then pocket to skin).

A loop might be better , tail replacement would be easy that way !
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2004 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or just punch a hole at the end in the surveyors tape. Then you just need to stick the spar through the hole before inserting it into the spar pocket. That worked for me. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2004 4:35 am    Post subject: Re: Crazy Eddy Reply with quote

Quote:

Do you care what 'type' of fabric we use?

Nope
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Or if we mix fabrics? Shocked

Go ahead. I am Smile
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Or if we don't line up the scrim? Embarassed

Any direction is fine
Quote:

I would asume it would be to sew the pieces together (bigger than the template) and THEN lay the template over it and cut it out...

That's how I'm doin it
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Any better ways?


None

As for the tails, I like the sewn procedure. I'm expecting this to fly is some strong winds and I'd hate to lose a tail. I thinking sewing them will be fine. Might make it a bit more challenging to pack up, but it should still be ok.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2004 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Something like this Prog?I threw some pieces together last night. It went pretty fast. Was fun just doing something quick and simple. I'm wondering though, the 1/4" dowel sounds like it might be a bit heavy.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2004 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, 3/16 is fine. For a longlasting spar, 1/8 inch fiberglass works ok. Wooden dowel is cheaper and lighter, though. Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2004 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And easier to replace in the field... I can score the 3/16 or 1/4 inch with my thumbnail and then break them apart for a fairly clean break. I have had to do this a few times on my square flake... Very Happy

Prog, Since I am snowed in I think I will make a few of these off tonight!!

Cheers,
Bill
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2004 1:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Progcraft,

Here is my first crack at this crazy quilt eddy idea.. Cool




Let the fun begin.... Cmon' who is next Exclamation !!

Hey knotronda recognize that light blue..! (thanks)

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2004 1:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Four more ready to hem.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2004 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love you all!!!

Those are beautifull kites!!! Absolutly fantastic. It's a lot of fun building them too isn't it. I actually quite like putting together all those scraps just to see what the finished skin will look like

I can't wait to to get the arch up. It's going to be awesome!!!!

Thank you so much.
Smile Smile

Progcraft.

ps. I've been putting in alot of overtime these last few days (16.5 hours today alone) so I haven't had a chance to do the pockets yet. I will tommorrow night and will post the size of them.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2004 2:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pockets and Tails

Do this AFTER hemming.

Cut two pieces of 4 oz dacron to 4.5 cm X 2.5 cm.
Fold over at 2 cm lengthwise. This leaves one side 0.5 cm longer. This is the side you sew to the kite.
Top pocket: Mark the middle of the width at the folded edge. Use the Eddy template to angle cut the dacron by putting the point of the top on the mark. Keep the pocket square to the template and just hot cut the two edges.
Now, put the pocket onto the kite skin (back side of course) and sew around the entire pocket (even the angle cut edges). Be sure to sew on the extended bottom edge of the pocket and not to sew the pocket closed Brick wall

The bottom pocket can not be angle cut!!!

Bottom pocket. Fold over as above and mark the fold with a visible line.
Cut three lengths of surveyors tape to 150 cm long. Stack them and line up the edges. Sew these to the long side of the pocket witha zig-zag stitch (all over, doesn't have to be neat because it'll be hidden. Stop just before your fold line.
Now, re-fold it over so the tails are on the outside of the pocket. Center it at the bottom of the Eddy skin with the tails next to the skin and the pocket on top. Sew around the edges like any other pocket.

Your done.

Don't make the pockets longer otherwise I won't be able to get the spine in. This type of pocket will allow either 1/4" or 3/16" dowel to be used for the spine. As it turns out, I'll likely use the 3/16" inch dowel (cause it's really hard to get the 1/4" dowel into the pocket and still get a tight sail. The shortness of the dowel means there isn't a lot of flex)

Again, thank you all for your generosity in contributing to my Crazy Eddy Kite Arch. It's going to be soooo cool.

On another note. Please, oh please sign your skins!! And, please, oh please write your location on it too. It'll be cool showing off the arch and saying, 'This skin was made here, and this one here, and so ....'. Smile Smile

BTW, I now have one complete Eddy. Tails and spine and all Dancing

Cheers,
Crazy Progcraft.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2004 2:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi all.
Crazy Eddie here. I've got one Eddy complete, and 6 more already hemmed and ready for pockets and tails.
Plus, I know of at least 13 or more skins are on the way (or will be soon) plus a whole shwack of scrap is comeing. I figure I can have the trial arch of 20 kites flying within a couple of weeks. And with a bit of sewing madness, I shall sew a big batch of scrap into funky flying things.

Too cool Applause Applause Dancing

Thanks all.
And please, share some skin baby Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2004 6:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Progcraft wrote:
And please, share some skin baby Very Happy


I've got 5 for you - ready to go.
And I'll throw in some more scraps for you.

Any particular color(s) you need?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2004 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And I have a couple more, and probably more scraps.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2004 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a picture of Crazy Eddy #1




Well, I just recieved a rather large, and surprisingly heavy box. It is so totaly packed with scraps (and other things) that a flee wouldn't have room to breathe in it Exclamation Exclamation
Thank you Dave (Kiteguy). I'm going to be able to make a lot of Crazy Eddy kites with the fabric in that box!!!

Oh, and is that a Circoflex???

Thanks bud!!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2004 1:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Woo-hoo!
When I got home today, there was a nice package in the mailbox for me.
Spence602 has sent me 5 complete Eddy skins and a bunch of good sized scrap pieces.
Thank you Spence!!!!
One of the Eddy skins though isn't done in Crazy pattern. But, it's ok this time. Actually, it has a rather nice cross on it. What makes it so nice is the fabric he used.
Check it out:



So, I'm well on my way now. This is great. You people are the best. Keep 'em comeing. The more skins and scrap, the bigger the arch. Or maybe multiple stacked archs Laughing

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2004 4:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All right. It's sewing time.

Anxious

Check this out. That tall box is still half full Smile Smile Smile Smile. That's the one that came from Kiteguy. Smile




The complete kites so far. The first six are my own. The next five are from Spence602 Smile



Spence also gave me a very nice variety of colors in large pieces. If this is what he throughs away, he must build some BIG kites Laughing

Ok, the mini Della Porta train is complete and ready to fly. Tommorrow evening, I'm picking up a big piece of plywood and some small molding. I'll make a framed table for my new glass. Rather looking forward to working on that glass.
I'm also getting a few yards of 3" dacron tommorrow. Then, is Crazy time Twisted Evil

He he he he
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