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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting Rant on: January 23, 2010 03:01:00 PM
I think there's something wrong with me. Every time I get maybe 3/4 of the way through a large knitting project things start to wrong. I've finished the body of a jumper and I'm halfway through the first sleeve...suddenly I seem to have forgotten how to knit, I drop stitches and have to unpick and randomly start knitting in the middle of a purl row etc. It's so frustrating being close to the end and not able to get any further. Anyone else have the same problem? Would it be best to walk away for a while or work through it?
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Art of Crochet Magazine on: January 11, 2010 10:12:33 AM
Hey hey,

There's a new magazine out in the UK, information here:

http://www.theartofcrochet.com/

It's one of those partworks things where each week you get some wool/a hook and end up with an afghan. There's other crochet patterns in the magazine too and it'll teach you a new stitch each week. I know 2.99 a week is a bit pricey and it'd probably be useless to all you experienced folk but I'm just starting out and I thought it might give me some incentive to keep up the learning.

Any else bought it/thinking of buying it? What do you think?
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Beginner Sewing Machine - UK on: May 21, 2009 12:18:30 PM
I'm sure these threads must get on everyone's nerves but I could really do with some help choosing my first sewing machine - sorry in advance!

I'm looking to spend less than 200. I don't have a local sewing repair shop so I need something relatively durable - this also means I don't want to risk a second hand machine. I've heard John Lewis have very good after sale help and advice - does anyone have any experience of this?

I will be mainly using the machine for simple clothing and bags, I don't think I'll be sewing anything heavier than a couple of layers of thin fleece. I'd also really like to get into quilting so a machine that could also cope with very simple quilts would be great. I'm in love with all the custom machine embroidery I've seen on here though I understand that would be out of my price range - I'd be overjoyed if I could get one with a few stock embroidery fonts though.

So the question is, any recommendations?

At the minute I'm leaning towards the Janone J1024. I know that's a good brand I'm not sure if it'll have everything I need/a bunch of stuff I could do without. I've looked through the how to choose a sewing machine thread but most of it tends towards buying vintage and I'd prefer to buy new.

Thanks for your help!
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Blur Milk Carton on: May 14, 2009 03:06:52 PM
I've meaning to post this for ages - I made this for the boyfriend's birthday a few months ago. Milky is based on the dancing, adventuring milk carton on the music video for Blur's 'Coffee and TV'. If you'd like to see the video it's on Youtube here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXRVX1AKAew.

Milky is made from felt and handsewn from my own pattern. His arms and legs have pipecleaners to make them posable though his legs aren't quite strong enough to hold him up, hopefully I'll get that right next time I make a toy. I hope you like him!

5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Discworld Death of Rats on: May 14, 2009 02:47:54 PM
Made for the Discworld Swap (a long time ago now, I'm so bad at posting). This is my version of the Death of Rats from Terry Pratchett's Discworld novel made for Ruby Copperhead who took all these pictures for me. I was really pleased with how the skull and the cloak came out but less pleased with the scythe, is there anyway of making very small pieces like that more sturdy without making it thicker?

On to the pictures







Thanks for the great pictures Ruby!
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Discworld Librarian Sockape on: March 25, 2009 03:17:43 PM
Made for the recent Discworld Swap, pictures taken by my lovely swap partner.

This is my first sockmonkey - all handsewn. The Librarian is an orangutan, I added a shaped body and omitted the tail to make him seem more ape like. I also made his face a different colour and added a nose (I'm quite proud of the nose). I think I was lucky that the socks I chose were super fluffy and stretchy so they were pretty forgiving.



And a close up of the face



Let me know what you think - any advice is appreciated!
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Discworld Guild of Seamstresses Needlebook on: March 24, 2009 09:13:46 AM
I made a needlebook for my partner in the recent Discworld Swap, I posted it here because the embroidery was the part that took the longest time but let me know if you think it would be better of in sewing. All pictures taken by my lovely swap partner.

In the Discworld novels a seamstress is a bit of a euphemism for a lady of ill repute. A survey of the Guild of Merchants in the docks area of Ankh-Morpork found 987 women who gave their profession as "seamstress" and two needles. The logo for the guild plus more information about it can be found here http://wiki.lspace.org/wiki/Seamstresses%27_Guild.

I made a simple needlebook out of felt and embroidered a patch with the guild shield. This was done pretty much free hand - I tacked the rough shape on in white thread and then stitched over it. I'm not very good at stitch names but I think I used chain, satin and back stitch.



The tag reads 'Guild issue - everything a good jobbing seamstress needs'. In order to include EVERYthing a seamstress may need I added a secret pocket in the back containing one of Sonky's special preventatives.



And another shot showing exactly what Sonky's preventatives are



Let me know what you think. Any critisms welcome!

8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Fimo Christmas Ornaments - including Futurama Santa on: November 30, 2008 11:52:21 AM
I'm still VERY new at polymer clay so any feedback is welcome. These need threading and they'll be ready to put on the tree. For scale they're leaning against a dvd box (edge on).

A penguin



Robot santa from Futurama



His belt buckle is a bit humongous.

Hopefully more to come. Let me know what you think.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Mooby's shirt - help please on: October 29, 2008 02:04:36 AM
I really want to make my OH a Mooby's shirt from the Kevin Smith movies. They look like this:

http://a7.vox.com/6a00b8ea074bfd1bc000bfbe21e707e670-500pi

So I was thinking, get a white shirt, dye it purple add the yellow buttons and embroider a mooby patch. I'm just not sure how would be best to do the collar (detach and dye it seperately? yellow fabric over the top?) And also the yellow piping around the sleeves and pocket. This is particularly difficult because if I don't want him to know I really need to avoid using the sewing machine. Any ideas?
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / First try at polymer clay--Dinko Birds on: October 08, 2008 06:39:27 AM
I decided to buy so Fimo recently (it's all craftster's fault) and give it a go. I used a lesson which I found here

http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/castle/lesdinkobird.html

and modified it a bit to come up with my trio of evil genius'...though the pink one came out a bit drunk looking.



For scale the white bits on the left are dvd cases, I'd say the middle bird is about two dvd box thickness high...if you see what I mean. Let me know what you think.
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