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1  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Faux leather/riveting tools/eyelets + studs on: February 26, 2007 07:17:40 AM
Phew that's a long title....
Anyway, I'm looking for some good quality faux leather to make bags with. All I can seem to find is the flimsy clothing grade stuff and I'd really like some reasonably heavy duty stuff - preferably with the grain and all...am I searching for the impossible here??
I'm also on the lookout for somewhere that supplies studs (not press studs/poppas - like riveting studs etc, the more punk studs haha) aaaand the tools for applying rivets/eyelets. Again I need it to be online and in the U.K...
I know I'm asking for a lot but if anyone knows where I could find any of these things, I'd be eternally grateful!
Thanks!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / merits of a vintage sewing machine? on: January 28, 2007 04:11:19 AM
Hello hello
I've decided to finally buy my own machine (having to go to my mums house to sew...not working!) and I've come across this great Singer 201k on ebay...but it only does a straight stitch (can reverse stitch too). I love the idea of owning a vintage machine and it's definitely one that's built to last, but I'm wondering if it's possible to make clothing with only a straight stitch?
I'm also going to buy a serger in a couple of weeks so that will obviously make things a touch easier. Anyone have any thoughts?
Would be muchly appreciated!
3  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / flocking on: May 30, 2006 09:13:21 AM
Gals and Guys, I'm looking for flocking...anyone happen to know where I might find some?
I've had a little browse of the web, but I can't seem to find any outside of the U.S...

any help would be very much appreciated!

thanks  Grin
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / making stuff from plastic on: March 15, 2006 06:20:00 AM
since no schools/colleges around me cater for crafty people, i've been teaching myself how to make jewellery. 

something i've become really interested in is crafting pendants out of acrylic - well any kind of plastic actually...but i can't seem to find a good book on this kind of jewellery work anywhere!  can anyone recommend one?

i also came across some laser-cut pendants yesterday, and obviously i don't own a laser cutting/etching machine so i was wondering if anyone knows how i'd go about getting some custom pieces made somewhere?
i'm a total novice in this area...so i hope you can bare with my questions (^_^)

thaaaanks!

edited the subject title in the hopes that someone might be able to answer me haha
5  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / come on guys...be my brighton tour guide! on: February 01, 2006 03:57:10 PM
i think i may abuse craftster with my questions...but hey, who better to ask about my crafty dilemmas than you guys?
basically i'm planning a little excursion to brighton soon,  i've had a look on google, and maybe it's just me, but i can never find the kind of references on cities/towns that i want  Undecided
what i'm interested in is the shopping situation primarily...which streets are good, where should i steer clear of, where are the crafty shops!
of course, feel free to throw in some websites or something that i've completely overlooked. 
this isn't a matter of urgency or anything, it's just nice to get some first-hand info from locals or people who've frequented the place a little.

oh, and the kind of places i'd like to take a look at are the more alternative, boutique-y type shops (not designer boutiques, more like hand-made stuff from people like us craftsters).

thanks for taking the time to read through my crap anyway  Wink
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / warning: lazy girl wants simple question answered on: November 17, 2005 07:38:43 AM
ok, i really hate trawling through sites for information on simple things so i thought i'd give good 'ol craftster a go with this one.

my question is about domain registration...
say i wanted my site to be www.domain.com, so i decide register it for 5 years.  if i have no intention of setting up an actual site for 3 months or a year (whatever amount of time it would take me to get down to it), will the domain still be mine after having left it stagnant for that long? i realise i would've paid for 5 years worth, but if i haven't used it could it somehow get snatched up by someone else? or will i come up against any other problems from not using it straightaway? i guess what i'm trying to ask is would www.domain.com be mine for that whole 5 years, ready for me whenever i decide to make use of it?
7  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / vegan/vegetarian shoes on: October 06, 2005 04:18:07 AM
ok, does anyone here know of anywhere to get some cool non-leather shoesies?

i've looked all over the internet and can't find anything even remotely pleasant looking, why is everything so damn ugly?!  my last pair of vegan dm's have finally worn through, and i refuse to buy from them now they've moved production to china.

i'm not into fashion, or trendiness, but i'd like some shoes/boots that aren't gonna be admired (and tried on  Shocked) by my nana! is that too much to ask?  Sad

i don't mind if we're talking american sites, british shops - anything's good right now (^_^) it's just that my converses are no good at this rainy time of year...
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / family guy felt toy, can anyone help me? on: July 02, 2005 07:24:15 AM
so here's the deal kids...my boyfriend has his birthday in 2 weeks and i'd like to make him a peter from family guy felt doll thingy....since it's his favourite show of all time.

picture for reference:-



(peter is the dad for those of you not familiar with family guy)

now i've never made a toy before and i don't think this will be too hard, but i don't want it to just be a flat outline, if that makes any sense.  i want to get the characters real shape down - does anyone have any tips on how i should go about this.

any help is greatly appreciated

thanks!
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / hot glue...fabric...opinions,experiences, etc! on: February 05, 2005 12:11:34 PM
well i'll make this short 'n sweet...ok that was a lie but please read anyway  Wink

i want to use my glue gun on fabric.  does anyone knows if this is a terrible idea - has prior experience doing so, and/or simply has more common sense than i do and knows how this may turn out?

i've read the box, but it's just useless really - it only explains how to use the gun.  *gah*

you guys are usually great on stuff like this so...live up to your high standards!

i just don't want to start a fire/melt the fabric/waste the glue or any manner of crappy things that could result (^_^)

thanks muchly!!
10  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / learning to sew *le sigh* so hard on: December 19, 2004 05:24:41 AM
ok well i suppose i should ask one of my endlessly stupid questions - but does anyone know of some kind of video or something that teaches the basics of using a sewing maching??
i'm one of those unfortunate people who doesn't have a mum/nanna who sews so they can't teach me, nowhere near here runs classes (i've checked every possible avenue on that one!) and the thing is....i really find it hard to learn from books. i'm quite a hands on/visual person and even the books with pictures have just confused me - i'd like to see someone do something and then try it out myself.
i apologise if this is making no sense but i'm so stuck on this one.

if anyone can help me - you'll have my eternal gratittude! ^_^

thanks in advance

xxxxXxxxx
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