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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / How to make a clock face? (think Harry Potter visiting the Burrow) on: July 27, 2009 01:19:16 PM
I can't find a forum on this, though I thought we'd have one.

I've seen fun clock faces that I recognized as old golden book covers, but obviously scanned and reprinted on ... something.

I want to make a clock for my sister that looks kind of like the one in the Weasley House (The Burrow, Harry Potter), except it would have pictures of her different cats on the hands instead of pictures of each of the weasleys, and instead of "time to feed the chickens" it would say "time to feed the cats".

So I can imagine using photos (or drawings)... but what kind of material would you print/put them on? I've seen clock faces at Michaels and it might even be cheapest (and cuter) to buy a clock at Ikea and just add extra pretend hands.

Any ideas? Books? Links I haven't found?

Thanks!

MegRose
22  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Any place to (pay to) send fabric and get back tennis /other covered shoes? on: July 24, 2009 09:45:57 PM
Does anybody know if such a service exists?

Back in the late 60's my mother used to take a half a yard or a yard of fabric of something cute she sewed for us, to a factory in southern california (where we lived at the time), drop it off and for $5 (yes prices were lower then) we got back a pair of tennis type shoes covered in that fabric. I loved my matching flower power orange coulotte dress with matching shoes and several other cute outfits.

Anybody ever seen this on the web? I've been scanning some of my mothers artwork and having it printed at spoonflower.com. Would love to send her a pair of tennies in her artwork to match the purse I'm about  to make as soon as the mirrored print of her charcoal ballerina sketch come back printed on fabric.

Thanks!

MegRose
23  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 40 ENTRIES / Turkey in the Straw on: July 04, 2009 10:22:30 PM
The handsome fellow now embellishing this music, is Juice of Atascadero. He brought back memories of my daughter at age four. Turkey in the Straw was her favorite song and we enlivened one long drive to our favorite camping spot singing this song over and over.

Here is the original photo. I have used it a couple of times now for personalized cards and scrapbooking type cards because I think he is so darling. (thanks for Nataluna encouraging me to add this)



I borrowed a piece of this fine old tune from a free download at www.sheetmusicdigital.com

MegRose
24  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Vintage Paper Look? Your favorite method? (also adding photo) on: June 21, 2009 09:54:31 AM
Hi

I'm planning a project for the current crafster challenge involving using a favorite personal photo. I plan to make something with a photo appliqued down over a piece of piano sheet music, since I play piano.

I have a pice of downloaded sheet music that ties into my fun photo. I have the lyrics. I thought I would write the lyrics in by hand for one portion of the music.

What is your favorite way to make paper look old? It's an old time tune.

For starters, I thought I'd print it on a piece of paper that's sort of light brown with a fair amount of texture to  it. I have some paper intended for business and resume printing that I bought some sheets of from the local photocopy store, though I could try other paper.

The only way to add age is lemon juice then hold over a flame on the stove without burning it.

Do you know a better way?

....

I saw a web page about using gel medium to apply photos. I will try seeing where I get with that idea. Am guessing I will be printing several of the photo (on paper again I imagine) and making several paper attempts before I get it right.

Thanks for all ideas!

MegRose



25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Japanese Knot Bag pattern m.i.a. Leads to similar free download pattern? on: June 14, 2009 05:21:03 AM
I saw that leopordstripes had posted a new Japanese Knot Bag creation recently (link below). It looked so great that I followed her leads to the tutorial (link also below). The tutorial refers to pdfs for the pattern that don't seem to exist anymore. I double/triple checked searching the tutorial web page and also found that other people had replied to that post asking for them. I think maybe they existed in the ancient past (like a few weeks ago probably!)

I've searched the crafster.org site looking for tutorials on similar bags but no luck. I may be able to recreate from eyeballing pictures, but thought I'd just check. Does anybody know of a similar loop-over, reversible, bag?

Thanks!

MegRose

Leopardstripes most recent knot bag posting is http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=309111.0

The original instructions (but no actual pdfs I can find) are at

http://showyourworkings.wordpress.com/tutorials/japanese-knot-bag-instructions/
26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A purse MAKES the mini-wardrobe on: June 13, 2009 12:18:22 AM
Having a great matching or complementary purse really makes a daily wardrobe work.

I made this black and white toile purse/bag over a month ago but have waited to post it because I wanted to post it along with the tops it goes with. One or the other always seemed to be in the wash bag or else needing ironing. This shows the success anyway! I like spending my sewing time making things I use and wear a lot.

I don't have a pattern. It's just a basic flat bottom bag  (a wider version of my recently posted "green grocery bag") with an added flap. I used a big paper bag to get the flap the right size before I cut it out. I can fit sheet music and books into this bag which I do a lot.


The purse uses fabrics from both  these tops. It's been successful with other stuff I have too, but most fun to wear with these. Both tops are the same simple pattern (and the same pattern as other matching tops and purses I've made and posted). One is black and white toile. The other is green linen. These tops work well when they are fully lined.




The purse is primarily the black and white toile. I used the green linen for a twisty, raw ripped piece around the strap and for the petals of the flower. I tied on a rough edged remnant of, and backed the flowers and the green linen top with, the remains of the sheer green jacket I created for this mini wardrobe. I usually only wear this when I'm doing something vaguely formal. So far that's been two ceremonies and one play.

Trim besides the flower is JoAnne's beaded trim for the upholstery area and a watch face for a cute watch that didn't work out as a watch. The center of the flower was a piece of ribbon I wadded up and fooled with until it looked right, then stitched in place.

I lined the bag with black linen, leftover from the loose black linen pants I wear as part of this mini-wardrobe (and with a lot of other things as well). I also made a pair of black skorts from the same black linen and using the same gathered waist, loose floaty pattern. (OK it's actually a regular elastic waist, loose pants pattern I modify to the leg shape I want for that particular pair - more palazzo, more straight-legged, etc.)

This mini-wardrobe started with a trip to Washington D.C. in mid May. I focused it around green because that's not a color I had much in my closet, and yet it was one I wanted to start wearing. We went to a ceremony there, and I  made the shimmery yellow top from the same top pattern for that.  It looks the best with the green jacket though the others work too. It's shown here just looped over the hanger. I got these other two tops, the skorts and pants done for the trip too. Though I wore them they weren't much on display as it rained. However I've gotten a LOT of use out of them since. I've gotten more pleasure from this mini-wardrobe-complete-with-purse than a lot of other things I've made to wear. Easy to put together and put on. I feel well dressed and really comfortable at the same time.




I think I spent more time sewing and adorning the purse than I spent sewing all three tops. But it was worth the time. The jacket, a simple kimono type pattern, took forever because it's sheer and I was fooling with french seams. You can just barely see it's little gold printed sleeve edge in the picture. Love that fabric. A JoAnne's sari silky (aka polyester I guess). Glad I made it, cute but I won't do anything similar soon.

MegRose








27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / White Damask Romantic Purse (and matching top) on: June 08, 2009 10:17:51 AM
Used a pattern in one of my favorite books Making Vintage Bags by Emma Brennan (in our public library but I broke down and bought a copy)


I lined it with the same pale yellow lining as the matching top below. Also it has a little bit of quilt batting for body. And I'm partial to my little plastic cameo dangle.

When I make this purse again - and I might even alter this one- I would add some kind of stiff rod along the top at the edge where flap meets bag. Perhaps thin metal like the bigger ones you put in those pouf'y valance'y shades I made when my daughter was a baby.
Matching shell top. Looks cute with long strands of pseudo-pearls. Extra cute, and so chic, with the brightly colored tennis shoes I almost always wear.

28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Frog on a Buttercup (Purse) (and matching top) on: June 08, 2009 09:59:07 AM
Inspired by this forum I made a variation on a Buttercup Purse/Bag.

I found the pattern link to Buttercup purses/bags through this forum (can't find it now) and was also influenced by another posting (also can't find!) to make it a little bigger.

I also put in a very, very stiff crinoline type no sew interfacing I just happened to have and really like the body it gives the purse. I just went back to buy some more and didn't find exactly the same stuff but something else that they just call "crinoline". JoAnnes keeps it in a different place than the regular interfacing, so you have to ask.

It buttons through from the back of the top part to the front. So no tab stuff.

Strap is 48 inches long. It's sewn around metal keychain rings from the hardware store. I bought all the colored ones they had, and these are blue.

Also the pleats in the original pattern are different. I made the pleats to accommodate the appliqued frog.

It has a matching shell top. I've made 3 different sets of matching shell tops and purses lately (and some other shells that coordinate with one of the purses). One other I will post next, and another later after I iron the top. I wore it and then and it wanted washing. A good way to use larger pieces of fabric from my stash I plan to use up (I want to stop being a hoarder). I always bought big pieces meaning to make complex garments I wouldn't wear often. Have decided better to make stuff that will really make my sewing time worthwhile. I also spent some time making a muslin for the shell top and getting it to suit my figure so that the sewing time is minimal and the use and enjoyment is maximized.
29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Ipod Bag from Interior Dec Samples on: June 07, 2009 11:34:45 PM
I did find the cord and bead in my stash but am proud to have made the rest of this around-my-neck ipod pocket from repurposed interior dec samples. I got them from the free monthly San Francisco Bay area giveaway hosted by fabmo.org.

My ipod just exactly tucks in and then I pull the fringe'y top down over it. Other bags I've made were bigger shirt pocket sized and they tend to get heavy because I start using them like a purse. I'm going to switch to this just-big-enough technique. I like it a lot better, more comfortable, and it looks less like I have a bunch of stuff slung around my neck!
30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Grocery Bag All scraps and recycled project on: June 07, 2009 10:56:00 PM


The fabric was pieces I got from a boutique'y gourmet clothes type store that was selling odds and ends out of a box by the door. They were a little patronizing but i got some nice scrap.

I'm partial to my beaded black strip. I originally made this to be a choker and it looked just awful. So much time wasted! I put it sadly away thinking, 'What will I ever use that for?' Man alive perfect on here. And I beaded up the handle to match. I love this bag. It's fun for groceries, library books or as a place to transport a sewing project in the car!
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