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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Order of assembly for sew-in interfacing? on: February 05, 2006 10:08:58 PM
I did do a search, I swear!  there were topics that came close, but I couldn't find this exact question answered.

Quick question - does it matter if I sew the sew-in interfacing to the lining or to the outer fabric?  and do I *really* need to baste it first or can I just sew it all together?

thanks!
12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Is this vintage-cute-grandma, or just grandma? fabric advice needed please! on: February 04, 2006 10:15:49 AM
I am thinking about using this fabric to make the vintage clutch, but I can't tell if I like this fabric or not... what do you think?  honest opinions please!  I can always use it for a gift bag if it's not purse-worthy.
btw, the groups of flowers are about 2 inches squared.
thanks!

13  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / my husband crocheted a super cute baby hat! on: February 03, 2006 03:13:01 PM
I taught my husband to crochet over christmas, and and this was either his 2nd or 3rd project.  sorry it's a bit hard to see the hat, but we don't have a better picture. and I know he looks a bit shaggy in this picture but I swear he's gorgeous in real life!  and a great crocheter!  this hat is inspired by/modified from the "anthropologie inspired baby hat" which is posted here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=60928.0  I don't remember if he used the pattern or just did a basic increasing thing, adding stitches and taking away as necessary to give it the proper shape.

give him lots of good feedback so I can get him to be a craftster regular!  then he'll understand why I spend so many hours on here!  Smiley


p.s. the baby belongs to best friends of ours, but my husband wants her all to himself.  (because we don't have any kids)
14  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / "motivational" apron - my first embroidery post! on: January 31, 2006 08:53:20 PM
I did this apron for a swap, it's supposed to motivate her to cook something healthy for herself.  I am a super-beginner at embroidery and I think it shows on this project (the words are a bit wonky) but nonetheless, I'm kind of proud because hey - I embroidered something!  (and I made the apron too!)  

here is the "action shot" of me wearing it in the kitchen:


and here is a closeup of the embroidery:  (hopefully no one looks at it this closely!)
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / What size crochet hook do you use the most? on: July 14, 2005 12:31:08 PM
I'm having a problem putting down my Boye G (4.25mm)!   I want to get into using larger hooks more, but have a fear they're only for afghans or something.

what size hooks do you use the most, and for what projects?
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My panties were on a little too tight. But not anymore! on: June 12, 2005 06:06:30 PM
(my first post on the Clothing board!)

You know how when the elastic of your panties is too tight it kinda squishes your hips and waist out onto either side of the waistband?  yeah, not a good look.  So I had this low waisted victoria's secret panties that did that, and after a long time of hating them I decided to cut the elastic, add in a new piece of fabric, and then they'd fit better.  I don't actually know how to sew (nor do I have a sewing machine) but I wasn't going to let that stand in the way of good-fitting panties!  So I sewed some star sequins (because I love stars) onto a piece of material I had laying around, then cut the elastic and sewed it back together with the material in the middle.   One side is longer than the other because at first I was too lazy to pin and measure and estimated incorrectly.  For the other side I measured first.  ah, lessons learned.

    

and here is a closeup of the stars:

    
17  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / yellow fleuri wristlet (from crochetme.com) on: May 23, 2005 06:40:12 AM
edited to say:  this is the fleuri purse pattern from crochetme.com, see a couple posts down for pattern.

I only had a G hook and some super low quality super lightweight yarn, so it's *very* stretchy. I will probably line it one of these days, but I've never lined a crocheted item before so I'm hesitating.  I should have used two strands of yarn together but at first I thought "oh I'll just try it with one" and then by time I realized I should be using two, I felt like I was halfway there already.  laziness ruins all my potentially good handmade items.

here it is with my lip balm, key and money inside... all I really need.  I know it looks kind of jacked up in the picture, but actually it is round.

     

this pattern is very easy and I totally recommend it to beginners.  um, and if anyone is going to do it, don't think you're too cool to use a stitch marker - it is very hard to find your beginning stitch because you crochet in a spiral.  I lost count thinking about food and then had a hell of a time figuring out where I was, but by some miracle I managed to, but from then on, yeah, I used a "stitch marker" (well all I had was a piece of yarn, so that's what I used)


18  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Pocket Fold Accordion Book with Matching Notepad on: November 05, 2004 10:59:31 AM
hi!  I'm still new to craftster and to bookbinding.  here is my latest book project.

I made this little "book" with pockets for my mom as a place to keep receipts (she has a small business) and jot notes.  I originally intended it to have more pockets but this mulberry paper wasn't so easy to fold.  The covers are mat board (bought a stack of ugly colors cheap on ebay) and the cover papers are... I don't know because I myself didn't buy them.  The inside is handmade thai mulberry paper.  the notepad is board from a cereal box covered in the same paper, the inside paper is cardstock, and it's sewn together with embroidery thread and my accidental variation on japanese stab binding.

next I am going to try tackling the coptic!

thanks for looking.





19  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My first post!! Picture frame from a recycled cereal box and CD jewel case on: October 31, 2004 08:27:07 AM
Hi!  I just found out about this website and I've spent all my free time the past few days reading all the back posts.  I am so impressed (intimidated!) and very inspired by all of the great projects on this site.  I'm hooked - such great art and such nice people!

This frame isn't my finest work but it was a picture I had available.  I hope this image-posting and linking works...



http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=401

I cut the frame, the back, and a stand from an empty box of Cheerios.  The "glass" I cut (using my scalpel) from a CD jewel case.  It had some scratches in it but you can't tell once it's in the frame.  I covered the frame in handmade mulberry/saa paper from Thailand and glued it all together using some multipurpose glue.  I left the frame undecorated mostly because I wanted the focus to be on the picture inside, and also because I couldn't think of anything I really wanted to decorate it with.

thanks for reading/looking!  I'll be posting lots of questions and hopefully new projects soon!
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