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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Beginner questions about making a top out of jersey on: December 18, 2010 12:42:31 PM
I've done very little sewing and have never made clothes before. I want to make a simple tank top out of some jersey I have to hand as a first project  Cheesy

What is the difference between 'jersey' and 'jersey knit'?

How do you tell what the stretch is, esp e.g. when comparing two fabrics

What is the difference between sewing this and 'normal' cotton? (other than using a different needle) How do I handle the seams - everything done in stretch stitch?

Any other advice?
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Crazy-quilting inspired star-pillow thingy on: December 07, 2010 09:37:10 AM
I'm still novice enough to be finding new bits on my sewing machine (Clive!) so this is still a pretty basic project - only the fourth thing I've made.

Trying desperately to use up all the hideous material I've inherited Cheesy

Made sans pattern, with embroidered (inc French knot) flowers, and sewn on sequins and seed beads - none of which I've done before - so this is very much a 'sampler'! I did intend to quilt it and use decorative stitching but 1) my machine doesn't have decorative stitches and it was never going to be good enough to merit doing it by hand 2) I've yet to master fine control over guiding the machine and 3) I wanted to get it done and over with as It's been half finished for weeks
 
The colours are much brighter in real life. Although I liked the denim strip at first, when sewn together, it's made it looks a bit... country? Will try and stick better pictures up when I find my camera cable that got lost when I moved

More like the actual colours

Close up of the ladybird and flower


Close up of the flowers


3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / The Eye - Acrylic on canvas on: December 04, 2010 05:46:48 AM
This took me a ridiculous amount of time to do - I had never painted with acrylics before, I don't really ever paint, period, so it was very trial-and-error. I made it for a friend's birthday, it took me 40-50 hours at least, I redid the sky literally at least 15 times. I was pretty happy with how it turned out.

Although I loved doing it, my memories of the painting are quite bittersweet (I gave it to my friend... and then we had a massive fall out, and despite my best efforts I never saw him, or the painting again) and I don't have any good photos of it. These are pics I found saved to my laptop, they've been moved around, so the quality has reduced. The original photos were on my phone, which was stolen by communists*.

This is the closest to the actual colours


I love those skies - I spent ages getting them approximating what was in my head


I love those camels!



*in Cambodia (they chose to 'redistribute' my wealth! Cheesy)
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Newbie: How would I make this with seed beads? on: October 01, 2010 12:24:02 AM
I've never done any beading before, so apologies if this is a really obvious question (have to start somewhere!)

I want to make a square with seed beads - wrapping the edges around an outside wire, thus:



Most beading I've seen starts at a corner, although I would be worried that it would skew the square. Is there any reason not to thread the beads in lines?

Can you see any problems with wrapping the beading wire around the outside?
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Advice on working with seed beads on: September 30, 2010 03:40:26 AM
I've never done any beading before, so apologies if this is a really obvious question (have to start somewhere!)

I want to make a square with seed beads - wrapping the edges around an outside wire, thus:



Most beading I've seen starts at a corner, although I would be worried that it would skew the square. Can you see any problems with wrapping the beading wire around the outside?

Thanks for any advice ^^

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