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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Wooden cotton spools on: July 29, 2009 08:04:09 PM
Hi everyone!
Not sure if this is the right place for this post, but seemed appropriate, so....
I have a box of old wooden spools, most with labels and thread still on, and a couple of ones that have perfect labels, which is nice Smiley
I dont care what they're worth (judging from ebay, not much!), I just think they're pretty, so i keep them and show them off to people that dont really understand my obsession, lol. Hopefully one of you also collects them, Im sure I cant be the only one!

However, I dont know much about them, and I wish I knew how old they are - most I assume are from the 1950's and 60's, but thats just based on the fact that I heard they stopped making wooden ones in the 1960's.

Heres a pic of them all:


These ones are the ones Im most curious about... they dont seem to be as common as the others I have.
Lister - what in the world does "b.c of a" mean? From what I can gather, these must have been made at lister's mill (aka Manningham Mills).


Phoenix, Vera and an unknown brand, because as you can see the label is ripped.


Knight brand


This is my fav, its in good condition and is a nice shade of pink


If you know anything about them, please comment me! I can take better photos if needed.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Yay for my fabric scarf! on: July 23, 2009 08:05:48 PM
Hi everyone!
its freezzzzzzzzzzing here at the moment (south australia), and so Ive been wanting a scarf, but I have issues with wool - It makes me itch like crazy, unless its the expensive stuff. So I cant wear them unless I buy the pricey ones Sad which I cant do, because, you know, I need the money for fabric! Lol.
I saw this a while ago somewhere, and rediscovered it again the other day. Its strips of cotton stretchy fabric, which curls in on itself, then you tie them together like a scarf - soooo comfy!
Not sure if its my style yet tho.... does it look tacky? If it does Ill keep it at home...



Im wasting time making things whilst I wait for the sims3 to get delivered (should get it today, fingers crossed). Ridiculously excited for that game, it better be good!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Restoring a chess set? on: July 18, 2009 04:19:08 PM
Thanks for the tips, I ended up sanding it back, drawing a grid onto the board with pencil, then painting the black squares really really carefully, which worked ok, but left brush strokes, so I went over that with a little sponge.
I then sprayed it with clear spray paint.

I still havent restored the pieces though! But ill keep an eye out for that sculpey stuff, that sounds like a good idea.
Thanks again,
Dani
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Restoring a chess set? on: July 10, 2009 05:31:00 PM
Hi Guys, not sure if this is the right board for this but I hope so!
Last night we pulled out my grandads old chess set - Its quite battered, and so I want to restore it.
Its a wooden one, with wooden chess peices, one lot left wood colour and one lot painted black, its a case that opens up, the pieces live in the case, and the outside of the case opens into a board, which is painted on in green and white (which is ugly). Oh and some of the pieces have been chewed on by us kids when we were little (lol one of the horses is missing an ear). The case also has a chip in it





So with the board, i want to sand it back, put a new coat of polish over the wood, and re-line it with fabric (its currently lined with paper  Roll Eyes ) But Im not sure how to paint the grid back on... Its probably really easy but I cant get my head around how to paint it that straight.... I thought of masking it off... but how to get a grid? Its easy to get lines by masking.... but not a grid... and Im tired and not a painter so its all too difficult! I can sew but I cant paint  Cheesy Does any one have any insight into this grid issue? Oh and colour ideas? I was thinking light brown and black.... because the pieces are wood and black and I dont want to have to paint those if I can avoid it

With the pieces, I was going to clean them, but other than that I dont know what to do... I cant think how to fix the chewed off bits (lol how feral were we? i mean seriously, who chews on chess bits? lol we must have been hungry  Grin Also, does any one know what the stuff on the bottom of the pieces is? It looks like paper, I was thinking of using felt though.


So to summarise all my q's in my longwinded post (sorry):
How to paint a grid? (and any colour suggestions)
Fixing chewed off bits, and chip in side of board?
Green bits on the bottom of the pieces?
And any advice in general about restoring a chess set would be greatly appreceated  Smiley

Thanks so so much in advance to anyone that can help me! Like I said, I sew, I dont paint, so this is new territory for me
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Candy coloured apron on: July 02, 2009 12:19:41 AM
Hi everyone!
Ive been needing to make an apron for a while, and Ive also been watching Marie Antoinnette (the Sofia Coppola movie) wayyy to much. Which has resulted in my candy coloured (which is the Marie Antoinnette part. I think thats the main attraction I have to that movie - the colour pallete) apron. I found scraps of pink fabric, sewed them together, added a ruffle and a strap and viola!

Some of the patches are scraps from other projects, some are old clothes, theres a 'canteen' bandanna in there, a jay jays top 'flying monkeys stole it' 'aliens kidnapped me', and a random fairy, because hey, what frilly pink thing is complete without a mythical creature on it?


On Me


Close up of some numbers on the fabric, I left them on... thought they added some interest.

Now I can finally get started on dinner lol, been meaning too but had to make this first! It isnt lined yet, and I might add pockets, but ran out of time for today.
Dani
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: !! on: June 25, 2009 07:36:08 PM
Boys just dont understand things sometimes - my partner does the same thing - 'why do you want to make another dress? I havent seen you wear a dress in atleast a month! (um darling its like 5 degrees outside  Roll Eyes), why dont you make a jumper (because I dont have jumper fabric, duh)'

I just ignore it. Its really the only answer sometimes. And if they push it, find something annoyingly stupid that they do and hassle them about it. Fire with fire baby. Example a) my partner has like 4 golf club bags, each with diff types of clubs I assume, which take up lots of room, but all apparently need to be kept. so any time I get told off for hoarding crafty things, I start about the golf bags. shuts him up real quick  Wink

I completely see your point though, why make 1 when you can make 10? Makes sense to me. So tell him that ha, the crafty people on the interwebs agree with you and he should just hush up.

Good luck with the sale!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Why using antique irons is a bad idea. on: June 25, 2009 07:23:07 PM
Oh No! How annoying is that? I have a new fangled iron that my mum got me, and I constantly burn things with it, including my fingers  Roll Eyes My $20 iron that I had when I first moved out of home never did that too me. Although once it spat water at me, unfortunately that water landed on my leg and I had stockings on, and it managed to melt the stockings. They were stuck to my leg - much pain was involved!!!! I didnt even know that irons boiled water, but apparently they do. well that one did!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: thread burn...... grrrr on: June 25, 2009 07:16:18 PM
Oww  Cry that used to happen to me - now I hold it down with my scissors  Grin me = 1, sewing machine = 0. Although, at the moment my hands have random cuts, one from pulling out tacking threads (I thought pulling a thread out by wrapping it around my finger was a genious plan. It wasnt Cheesy),
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: A plethora of tutu's and cutie tops and leg warmers! (intense amount of pics) on: June 25, 2009 06:55:44 PM
That is by far the coolest thing I have ever seen! Im in love. Everythings so colourful! You've inspired me - my friend and I were talking about drawing up some crazy costumes the other day, never intending to actually make them because, really, where will we wear them? But now I think I have to make them, because yours just look so damn cool! Oh and how cute is the little girl in the pics! Awwww!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: lots of random things (pic heavy) on: June 25, 2009 02:46:39 AM
Thanks everyone!  Grin

The rara skirt is just three layers of skirt, each one shorter than the next, then gathered at the top. Then you sew on a waistband (I put elastic in the top of mine). Oh and because of the gathering, each layer has to be double the length you need (which is were my first one went wrong)

I didnt have enough fabric, so the two longest layers are made with the purple ruffle attached to a longer bit of (old pillowcase) fabric, which is hidden under the layer above. (If that makes any sense Huh lol. I can draw it out for you if you want, that would make it easier to explain!)

Oh and that purple fabric is the $3 a metre one from spotlight (poplin I think its called - its got heaps of vibrant colours) Smiley Yay for budget friendly fabric! And I only used a metre to make it.... so yay for $3 skirts!  Grin
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