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
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 http://sewchristine.blogspot.com/2010/01/absolute-rubbish.html
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.
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 :-)
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.
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!