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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / New to jewellery making on: March 01, 2010 02:18:49 AM
I've just started making my own jewellery.  I've been learning from books - no proper lessons.  I could really do with some.  I've made a number of earrings and a bracelet I am pleased with. 

I'd like to know if there is a knack to getting the final knot really tight so the beads don't move and show a little length of beading string.  I found that the hardest part to do.  I used cullotes (end covers) to finish the stringing and hide the knots but it took me forever to get the knot right.  If you've got any suggestions I'd love to hear them.
Also how to close the prongs over the stone more neatly.  I used pliers but I couldn't get them to match up.  You can see what I mean in the photo.
Thanks, Christine
22  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Bin (Trash can) Cover on: January 30, 2010 12:35:44 AM
This is my first post in this section of Craftster.  I normally post in Bags and Purses.  However I have made a pretty bin cover for a bathroom ( or any other room) bucket-type bin (which I believe is called a trash can in the US)  This was quick and easy and I will be making some more for my other bins.   It only requires one side seam and two elastic casings (top and bottom) and you can match any bin to your decor and make it nicer to use as you can't see into it anymore.  If you need a tutorial there is one on my blog

23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Woollen embroidered bag on: January 22, 2010 08:24:30 AM
It's actually a giveaway on my blog.
24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Woollen embroidered bag on: January 22, 2010 06:24:07 AM
This bag is made from upholstery weight woollen fabric with wool embroidery on it.  It is great weight for bags which take a bit of punishing!  it is lined in cotton with interior pockets and has a zippered closure.  I also interfaced it with quilters fleece.

More on my blog: www.sewchristine.blogspot.com
25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Carpet bag on: January 22, 2010 06:17:02 AM
I didn't use a pattern as such, but there is one available on U Handbag.  iIt's also where I got my frame from.   Basically you make a basket style bag ( oblong bottom and straight top) and add a casing to the top which is where the frame goes.  It goes in last so you don't have to do any sewing after you've added the frame :-)
26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Carpet bag on: January 20, 2010 02:06:12 PM
Feet are easy to do and give two advantages.  One, they stop your bag from wearing out on the bottom, and two, they keep your base stiffening in place without having to do anything else.   You just push a hole through the bottom of your bag (before you finish the lining) put the foot into the hole and separate the prongs so they lay flat.  If you use that plastic base stuff that is like a grid it is easy to get the feet through.
27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Carpet bag on: January 20, 2010 04:36:11 AM
I have just finished one of those carpet bags using a curved frame.  I am really happy with it.  It was pretty easy to do and the frame is inserted after you've done everything else.  It looks compact when it is closed but opens up really wide (8 x 8 ins) It holds a lot of stuff.  There is a bit more info on my blog:

28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Wristlet or clutch on: December 15, 2009 08:58:11 AM
I have just finished this wristlet (or clutch) for a friend for Christmas.  I hope she likes it.  I lined it in pink and white gingham. and I made this matching purse(wallet) I made the brooch on the top of the clutch and it was really easy.  There are details about this on my blog:
29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: New Everyday Bag on: November 26, 2009 04:14:35 AM
Apparently when people downloaded the PDF tutorial for the Everyday bag it came with a huge message across the page saying the PDF trial had expired!!! It wasn't a trial programme so I have had to reinstall it and then resave the PDF file. If you download it again it will be message-free, I promise!
30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / New Everyday Bag on: November 25, 2009 11:36:59 AM
I have just finished my new everyday bag.  Made from furnishing fabric and lined in satin with an interior pocket and zippered closure. 

There is a tutorial for this bag here:
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