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1  Porcelain Butterfly pendants in four colours in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by seampoints on: August 10, 2011 10:24:37 AM
Hello you crafty people! Well, well well its been a long time since I've posted aaanything but I haven't been resting on my laurels. I've completed my degree (and did very well!) in 3D Design: Ceramics and have made some crazy ceramic instalation (pics coming soon)

But also last week I made these porcelain butterfly pendants in three sizes










The jewelry depicts (sometimes abstracted) butterflies and is English in design, making light reference to traditional Wedgewood ceramics.
what do you think?
Abi X
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2  Keds "matchstick" canvas skimmer made good! in Shoes: Completed Projects by seampoints on: August 10, 2010 03:55:13 AM
I am extremely fussy with shoes. I loved my "For Pete Sake" wedges by BC footwear, and wore them to death. They were great because they were a mid wedge, low vamped, canvas skimmer. What more could you want in a summer shoe? This sort of shoe is near impossible to get in the U.K

..and BC don't make the shoe anymore, which means I can't get hold of it from America now anyway... but I am always on the prowl for a similar shoe.


When I saw the matchstick wedge by Keds for a tenner, I thought "nearly, but not quite" and was certain I could improve them to create my dream shoe.

If you want to make good your canvas wedges, heres how to do it. Take off the bow off, but retain this for later






Unpick the binding from the front edge of the shoe



Redraw the length of the vamp and carefully cut. Hoorah for toe cleavage!



Cut the binding on the edge which will be the outside of the shoe when you're wearing it.

re attatch binding carefully so it looks like it "never even happened" I sewed this back on by hand for a super neat finish.



here you can see ugly high vamp Vs. nice new shapely vamp. Look how much smaller my feet look!

Reattach bows to hide the gap you have where the binding doesn't meet.


 And Voila! Ugly high vamp cheapo pumps to gorgeus girly kicks instantly!



I just wish they weren't white...

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3  Tiny wooden carved chair in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by seampoints on: June 14, 2008 05:56:58 AM
I've been so busy with my new job I haven't done any crafting in a long time...

But I recently took part in a ladies only woodwork challenge and thought you might like to see my entry. The wood I was supplied with was a stupid shape 1/4" X 1/4" X 16" (a long square stick basically)

I didn't win.  Embarrassed   The writing on the chair reads "No chair is easy to the discontented man"



Its really tiny. So didn't photograph too well


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4  Re: Cheer-Up Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by seampoints on: October 11, 2007 09:13:07 AM
Yo yo yo you crafty peeps. This is what you've all been waiting for. I recieved the most amazing package from my super swap buddy Stina and here it is for you all to oooo and ahhhhh over.

Where to start!
First my new tote bag, this is so nicely made, its lined and has a little pocket inside. A girl can definately NEVER have enough of these, I'm still undecuded what I'm going to keep in it but I think come summer it will be great for the beach. Everything she sent was so thoughtful and useful.



Tea towels! This was funny because it was something I really needed


Four uber cool coasters. These were great because our hot drinks are really damaging my furnture and I can't tell you how fed up I'm getting of washing up a million saucers every day.


Postcards! And underwater themed non slip stickers for the bath.
I can't actually knit. So I really appreciated all the knitted items She also sent me a zine with instructions to get me started. I WILL definately try but it still looks so hard.

Great card

I really wanted a pair of earrings, so Stina sent me two in a little bag! I love them both but I think the baubles are fantastic. Plus a cute bought dangley skelly pair. They're so cheerful! Aww, look their holding hands.


A little baggy of bits and bobs to make jewelry


My armwarmers! Hoorah! Mine were stolen along with my moped and I love the stripes, so Tim Burton. Also my shoulder hugger one skein wonder


and...

Matching hair band. I forgot to get a picture outside because it was on my head. She also sent me a pretty little pot of MAC pigment which will be interesting to try out because everyone raves about it. (I'm still a die hard UrbanDecay girl)


Heres my super stuff all together minus the knitted stuff because I was wearing it.


Everything was so well made. Thankyou so much Stina for being such a great partner. I adore everything as you know already and would defnately love LOVE to personal swap sometime. X



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5  Day of the dead rubber stamp in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by seampoints on: September 28, 2007 01:50:38 PM
Once in a while you find something as a craftster that is a one off, you know you can make some amazing stuff from it and that you'll be lucky to find anything like it again.

That was how I felt when I found this in a skip outside a big office block. Who knows what it was? a part of an escalator/ lift perhaps:


Its just over a quater inch thick rubber. It had been cut into strips but there was loads of it, strips and strips some pieces a foot wide and a couple of meters long. My craft stash is getting silly I have too much stuff I'm hoarding so I thought I wont be greedy and go silly I'll take just a little bit and come back if I want more. Today I checked to see if it was still there and they had emptied the bins!

I've wanted to try making my own stamps for ages. Its Friday night and I'm home alone *gasp* so I thought I'd kill some time by carving a stamp. It is lovely rubber to carve, really easy.



I need to put a wooden block on the back, but it works. I am kicking myself so hard about not taking more.





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6  Re: Cheer-Up Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by seampoints on: September 26, 2007 07:58:36 AM
O.K so Stina has recieved and her stuff and I've been dying, dying, DYING to post pictures of everything I crafted for her so..



whole lot together


Washable pads with inserts and a lined pouch for her bag. This was something she had on her wists and I needed new ones too so made a ton of these in cute skully fabric.


Wrist cuff


Earrings based off those in her wists. I couldn't find bead leaves so used teardrop crystal.


Hair clips. The skulls are glow in the dark. How rad.


Coin purse, based off a bag she had in her wists. With swallow applique and faux piping. He has a crystal for an eye. I would have LOVED to of made you that bag in vinyl, but there was no way that would have fit in the envelope  Cheesy


My personal favorite. I'm going to definately make myself some of these when I have a chance. Just one problem! I forgot to give her blusher so shes not looking as much of a starlet as she should be.

Oh I also sent vegan gummy sweets and lollies because they're awesome and hard to get hold of in certain places.

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7  Bunny fur spinning in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by seampoints on: September 14, 2007 09:26:51 AM
Although not an angora our rabbit is extremely soft and when she molts the fur you can pluck from her is incredible. She is having a heavy molt now and as I was brushing her today I was thinking what a waste it is to throw it away, its so fine and delicate but quite long 1 1/2 - 2"

I've read the "do you have a pet you spin from" thread and what I'm wondering is. Is it worth me collecting it? I don't spin myself but if I didn't want to use it maybe I could donate it to someone who would appreciate it.

She's Agouti pattern and her coat fibre is white at the base, grey (almost blue) in the middle, then gold with a black flecks on top. This picture shows the fur. Would it be suitable to spin? How much would I need for it to be worth doing? I have no idea...


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8  Re: Hoodie Issues in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by seampoints on: September 14, 2007 02:17:44 AM
Sleeves are hard. Really, don't be too discouraged. It took me many tries at sewing in sleeves before I was confident that I could do it.

I think its really important to not be intimidated to try things that aren't always easy. Even if you make a complete botch of things it pushes you to learn new techniques and thats what will make you a better seamstress.

There could be a number of things going on here, its very difficult to see whats happening from your pictures. As already mentioned, your sleeve pattern could be wrong and thats why your having such a hard time. A sleeve should not be just a long rectangle shape. It will never work if you cut it out like that. If thats whats wrong this wont help and you will need to re-cut the pattern pieces.

What I think has happened is you have caught the sleeve fabric in the machine when you have sewn it on and or your seam allowance was not an even 3/8" all the way around. It could be this and a combination of the wrong pattern cut out, hopefully its just the first reasons and it can be fixed.

First off, carefully unpick your sleeve and and as much of the armhole seam as you can.


1.Ease stitch within the seam allowance along the curved edge of the sleeve pattern piece as shown above. Stop and start sewing before the curve of the edge of the pattern piece shape changes direction.

This means two rows of stitching 1/8 " or 3mm parallel to each other. You can later pull the bobbin thread to "ease" the shape of the sleeve so don't use an ultra small machine stitch.


2. Pin and sew up the armhole seam.

Sew from the point you unpicked it, in the direction of the blue arrow (A) Otherwise you might end up with (B)  Shocked Press the seam open with an iron






3. Insert the sleeve inside the garment so the fabric is right sides together as in (A) Pin the sleeve all the way round and ease up the fullness to get a good, even fit. (Pull the bobbin thread to ease) Tack/ baste the sleeve in by hand. This is important to check the fit and evenness of your ease, you don't want ruffles.



4. Take out the tacking and press the sleeve along the seamline taking out all the puckers. A is an iron B is the ironing board and C is the sleeve. hehehe Cheesy


5. Baste the sleeve back into place, fabric right sides together and underarm seams in line with each other as before.

The blue is the garment, the black is the sleeve. The big gray needle with the orange thread in pic A is how the machine needle should go in. I hope it kind of makes sense.

This bit is the trick/ skill to sleeves. Very carefully machine stitch an even 3/8" along the seamline. Sew all the way round. Use your free hand to smooth the fabric so it goes under the needle flat. ***Make sure you don't just have a smooth top fabric and the bottom fabric puckered and lumpy.***

You can stitch two parallel rows of stitching to be sure its not going to fall apart.

B. Cut off/ clip your excess seam allowance.

Finished Hoorah! Turn right side out and pimp around craftster. . Be sure to post the pics Vylent!

Just to quickly add. If it is that you've cut the wrong pattern shapes you might be able to still fix it rather than just starting again. You could recut the armhole and recut the top of the sleeve to the right shape. You could then just add a wider cuff on the bottom. Whatever you decide don't give up.

The pic ideas I stole from "Complete guide to sewing" Get a copy if you can, its a real must have book. Most people do a variation on the above and when you've done a few sleeves you'll find ways to cut the time down in putting them in.

Not wanting to hijack your thread but maybe we should edit the original post title to put something like **TUTORIAL ADDED- Sewing in sleeves** so anyone else who's stuck can find the pics.
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9  Re: Postcard Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by seampoints on: September 12, 2007 02:36:55 AM
Here's my last postcard from twizit.

For some reason the colours are a bit washed out. Its much more green.  Undecided Still getting to grips with the camera.



Thanks to for the great card. This has been a great swap. I'm already gathering cards for future rounds.
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10  Re: The Best Iron? Rowenta in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by seampoints on: September 04, 2007 12:17:18 PM
If your sewing I would say an iron is definitely one tool you can't really go without. I was surprised there aren't many threads on irons.

I've just replaced mine a little while ago a hand me down Rowenta, with another Rowenta. I umm'ed and ahh'ed about buying a new iron and decided to bite the bullet and do it. I didn't plan on buying from the same manufacturer it was a coincidence.

I've now got a posh Rowenta Focus and it feels so much nicer to iron with than my previous iron and I do really like it. The sole plate is shaped at the tip that was one of the main reasons I choose it. It means it can iron into really hard to reach places (so brilliant for craftsters) it irons very very crisp. I haven't had it long enough to say if it it will go the distance.

Heres a pic:

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