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11  UNITED STATES / New Hampshire / I'm Moving to New Hampshire...!!! on: July 13, 2005 11:32:51 AM
So give me the scoop crafters, I'm 30, I'm crafty, I'm moving to Concord, I'm vegetarian, and I do have a car so I can drive to wherever interesting things might be happening--what do I need to know?!


12  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Anyone Vegan AND hypoglycemic? on: July 05, 2005 05:44:54 PM
So I'm hypoglycemic, which basically means I have chronically low blood sugar--sort of the opposite of being diabetic but with some very similar dietary needs.  (I can't really eat a lot of carbs,  gotta eat about every 2 hours--and that's when eating nototriously slow burning meat-- protein is really important just to keep me on a even keel and I burn through veggies like nobody's business.)  But IDEALLY I would like to be vegetarian if not vegan.  I was veggie for 7 years but it wreaked extreme havoc on my body and sanity.

Any suggestions from those who may have been there?  I really love tofu and other meat substitutes but it is difficult finding ones that keep me from having to eat every darn 20 minutes Wink

There's gotta be a way!!!

13  California / California: North / Crafting Meetup in Oakland, CA Update: other days added? on: June 20, 2005 07:31:32 PM
Hey there, we've got a regular crafting meeting happening every Sunday at 2pm in or near Oakland, CA.  If you're interested in getting together with our knitting, sewing, hat-making, embroidering, swap-joining, crafting-freestyling craft-gang, check out the link below to add yourself to our grouplist.  All crafter-types welcome Wink :

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ebcraftgang/

Or for more info you can PM me.

(We use the list generally to send out meetup info, not spam each other with ridiculous internet drama so if you sign up, don't worry about getting bombarded with a billion emails every day!)

Come on out and get crafty!

--muchachaK (Katy)
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Think Springy Floral Purses--in Black and White! on: May 01, 2005 11:36:04 PM
Two new purses in two days, both based on craftster tutorials:

(See the Jordy Bag, the Rounder Roomy Bag, and the Zipper Pocket tutorials...and thank you to their creators...)

"Pixelated Flower Purse":






"Ghost Flower Bag":


15  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Organic fabrics online...? on: April 18, 2005 01:02:01 PM
I am in search of organic and "fair-trade" fabrics retailers, either in a store (Bay Area) or online...I found one online at www.cameronclothworks.com.

I haven't tried them out yet though I do plan to...but I am wondering if there are any others that anyone knows of...?  And has anyone bought from these guys before?

Thanks much!!!
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tidy floral zipper pouch...with onion... on: April 04, 2005 08:52:02 PM
Made this to coordinate with a messenger I already made...apologies for a little photo fuzziness...

Wrapped and sewed the fabric around a shoelace to make the handle 3D...



It doesn't show very well in this photo but the lining is actually silky, and brighter red than my camera will allow...


The mother bag...


I feel so coordinated now Wink 
17  California / California: North / Anyone sewing/crafting in Oakland, CA? on: March 25, 2005 11:36:12 PM
None of my friends are handy with the ol' sewing machine, but like to say things like "oh, I should learn to sew!".  Yes, they should...until then, is there anyone out there already doing it in Oaktown???!  One of the things I miss most about not living near my sister or grandmother anymore is not having sewing buddies!  ****or other crafting buddies..."  Didn't mean to be "sew" exclusive the first time around Wink
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / TUTORIAL ADDED: Clever Japanese Pattern=Sweet Little Purses on: March 09, 2005 10:00:26 PM
Okay, here's the tutorial at last, I apologize ahead of time for the fact that my photos are a little fuzzy.  This is for the bag I posted previously that was based on a Japanese bag my coworker showed me.  It is basically a lined zipper pouch with a lapped zipper pocket added on one side, and a "handwarmer" pocket on the other side...here are the pieces you start with:

 
The pieces are grouped together...the top right hand side is the main zipper and bag lining, the lower right side is the handwarmer pocket pieces, and the left side ones are for the lapped zipper pocket(that's just the zipper laying across it!).  Start with the bag lining and main zipper...

The first step is to attach the right side of the fabric to the wrong side of the zipper:



This is how it should look...zipper wrong side up and fabric right side showing.

Then you begin piecing together the pockets.  Handwarmer pocket first.  Take the outside and inside of the outer part of the pocket...face the wrong sides together so the "good" side of the fab. shows out on both sides.  Topstitch along the diagonal edge to attach them to each other.  Then attach this piece to the pocket lining by stitching along the top, within the seam allowance:



Next, work on the lapped zipper pocket.  Cut room for the zipper in the outside piece and the backing for the outside piece--and iron the seams back:



Attach the zipper...you can do this with or without lapping the zipper, just make sure to leave enough fabric for lapping if you go that route....  The outside of the pocket will attach to the front of the zipper and the backing will attach to the back of the zipper.  Sew that zipper on.  


Place this piece on top of the pocket back and sew across the top as with the previous pocket, within the seam allowance, to hold them together.

You now have three pieces:


Iron seams across the tops of the pocket pieces.  Pin the tops of the pocket pieces onto the zipper:


Then fold the pocket pieces back on each other, so that they lay inside out on one side of the zipper, and the lining of the bag lays on the other side:
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/14890Sew_around_the_outside.jpg

Sew around the outside of the pocket pieces.  Sew down the sides of the lining also...but DO NOT SEW THE BOTTOM OF THE LINING YET!!!  

Turn it all right side out.  You should have something resembling a purse at this point, with pins going around the top.  Stick the handle in under the pins (I had this handle left from another project, sorry no construction photo!):



Sew around the top!  Ironing or hammering the seam all the way around may help if your machine doesn't want to sew through all those layers (take it from someone who broke a machine by not doing that...) .

Then you gotta pull the lining out and close it.  I like to iron the seams under and just sew along the bottom, as close as I can get it to the edge:



Finished product:
19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Death Metal X-mas Stocking on: February 24, 2005 09:54:52 PM
My boyfriend loves death metal...you know, bands with names like Carcass, Nunslaughter, and Deicide?  And he hates cutesy holiday stuff.  Hence the death metal Christmas stocking. 





What can't you do with felt and a bedazzler...I actually don't have a bedazzler, I put all the metal studs in by hand--ouch, I don't recommend it--but if I do it again, I'll be getting the proper tools.  I didn't put a loop in it to hang it, but it would be an easy addition...I sewed the edges, but glued on the white felt parts...
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / messenger type bag... on: February 19, 2005 03:20:30 PM
Tho' mine is without pocket, I am happy with the result...I took care to line it, in honor of my grandmother, a woman obsessed with lining as a sign of quality Smiley  And it's sturdy, let's hear it for twill.  I'd never sewed with it before but it was an easy, forgiving fabric to work with...

                       

Now I'm going to go pore back over that messenger with gusset tutuorial by "gloriana"...which rocks...
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