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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Distressing a sweater? on: December 28, 2005 10:24:03 PM
So, my boyfriend has this sweater that has these distressed patches in in, with another sweater layer underneath that shows through.


seeing as he won't let me steal it (smart man), i need to make my own, and HOW! i may make it into a long sweater/tunic/skirt thing, actually.......hmmm mm

any ideas on how to rip up an old sweater to do this awesome shredded sort of look without unravelling it to the core?
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / do i take my sewing machine WITH me? on: May 03, 2005 02:17:59 PM
okay. so i'm moving half a country away to quebec city for the summer. I got a swanky intern job in a museum, yayy!

i'm making a list of what to pack and i seriously realized that if i don't sew at least once a week i will go INSANE.

..but is it insane to take my sewing machine with me? like, will i really use it? i just see myself hitting up some awesome thrift shop and finding the coolest thing that needs a little editing or something and i'll be stuck with a needle and thread.

my friends, parental unit and other assorted hangers on think i'm crazy. i think i'm prefectly sane, thankyouverymuch.
i leave the question to you all!
le vikki
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / crochet wrap! drool! on: March 26, 2005 09:01:58 PM
i saw this incredible wrap thing today:
and it's, like, my dream shirt wrap thing. but not in pink, maybe in brown or rusty-orangy-red or something...

anyways. I just started crocheting in the last few days and a) i think this is a knitting pattern anyways b) i don't know much about crocheting or knitting...

but i wanna make it! any suggestions? how hard could this be? (i'm imagining myself eating my words)
any suggestions? is there a crochet pattern out there like this? i actually think it's just a very long and narrow rectangle with sleeves sewn in. is this hard to make?

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / cheese grater people! OMG! on: March 14, 2005 09:36:06 PM

funniest/whimsilcal-est thingies EVER! but i'd make mine punk people. or david bowie. etc.

any ideas on how to get cheese graters to become conical thingies?
cheers, kids!
5  CANADA / Alberta / Alternative Craft Fair/Sale/show/Hoo-ha in Edmonton on: March 11, 2005 03:50:30 PM
Hey kids,

So I'm sitting here thinking: "I'm crafty. They're crafty. We all make crafty things."....and sometimes we don't really make many, or to sell them, or we're not sure about thier sale-ability....or whatever - maybe you just want to show off!

I say we all get together and have a show/sale/fair whatever, somewhere in edmonton, and support local craft. If you paint on skateboards, make necklaces, handbags, journals, dog food bowls whatever, whatever, whatever - as long as it's alternative - this could be the place to show it off.

What do you all think? Would you be interested? Does something like this exist already?

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Making a Flip Clock?! on: March 09, 2005 12:35:12 PM
okay. I've fallen in love with this clock (called a "cifra 3"):

i want to try and make one as these are 1960s design icon and are worth a whole shitload of cash....so i can't go buy one.
I guess the first step is to see how one can make a flip clock.

any suggestions, anyone? i'm SO in love with this thing!!

edit: i occurs to me that i could go and buy an old flip clock at a thrift shop and gut it. but i still don't know anything about electronics. does anyone have any pointers on this kind of stuff? i'm handy with a sewing machine, but yeesh - mechanical things? no sirreeee....
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / TUTORIAL - Radar M*A*S*H Hat with brim! on: March 06, 2005 01:24:05 PM
I'm so stoked I figured this one out! Bonus points to whomevver can tell me how to make a covered button at the top!


The tutorial can be found here: http://clubweb.interbaun.com/lavarocket/radar.pdf

I haven't tested it on anyone yet, so i hope it's clear. Feel free to email we with any q's! And i totally want to see the completed ones!!!

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / making a brimmed toque-hat thingie?! on: March 05, 2005 08:27:03 PM
i saw this "radar hat" today at a store and i nearly died, it's hilarious. especially cuz it's Radar from MASH. woot! but it's like $15, too much for my poor pockets. any ideas how to make this or any simlliar hat patterns? i'm almost going for the hip-hop lauryn hill look circa 1998? hum.

thanks fer yer help, all!

oh and PS- i can't knit. this would a cut up an old sweater and sew it together sort of thing. perhaps i'll just make a mannequin head and "drape". haha. seriously.

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / If I were to make a "Mod" gift box.... on: March 04, 2005 05:51:18 PM
what would I put in it?
aside from the mod target, and go-go boot fun. i'm a bit stumped.

any suggestions?
10  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / gel transferring onto white leather shoes. on: March 04, 2005 04:51:41 PM
does anyone have any experience with this? is the transfer going to wash off the second it rains?

i have a pair of white mary janes and i want to do the campers twins map thing on them:

excpet black map on white shoes.
any suggestions?!
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