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61  Insoles made from carpet underlay and black fleece in Shoes: Completed Projects by elderflower on: May 20, 2011 03:25:12 PM
So I have a pair of shoes that I am very fond of.  They are comfortable but a little bit too large.  I've been wearing them with insoles.  Then my insoles wore out and I couldn't find another pair as good.  I tried cutting insoles from fleece but although they are comfortable they wrinkle up when I walk so that didn't work. 

Then I remembered long ago we'd had some special non-slip underlay for our rugs to prevent them from creeping across the carpet.  There was a small square left over so on Tuesday I cut out two insoles from the underlay - using the old ones as a template - and two from fleece.  I was going to machine them together but we had a 17 hour power cut and I was too impatient to wait for the power to come back on, so I blanket-stitched them together all round the edge with some DMC tapestry cotton.
 
The picture shows the black top and the grey underlay underside of the insoles.

And here they are in the shoes.
They are very comfortable and do not slip or wrinkle when I walk.  I like them better than the bought ones I had before and they are washable.
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62  snood with sequins in Crochet: Completed Projects by elderflower on: January 07, 2011 01:49:19 PM


My daughter wearing the finished article. Not a very good picture I am afraid.  This is a pattern from an old book - maybe around the 1940s - called Practical Knitting Illustrated by Margaret Murray and Jane Koster. 

This is a detail of the fabric.  It is all Solomon's Knot work and since I was using a reel of floss intended for use in an overlocker I couldn't slide all the sequins on to the thread beforehand as they would have worn it all away.  Instead I used a needle threader to slip them onto the loop whenever I wanted to put one in.  The original pattern does not have the sequins.

Here is a picture of the original


And this is the original pattern

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63  Re: Beads and Wire - Christmas Cards in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by elderflower on: January 02, 2011 12:04:06 PM
My son made me a kind of template of nails driven into a block of wood in the shape I want. The nail heads are cut off.  I clamp one end of the wire with a clothes peg and then add the beads one section at a time before bending the wire around the next nail and threading the beads on the next section.  I hope the pictures give you some idea.



I did mail some of them, but in extra thick envelopes and of course the postage was higher than for ordinary Christmas cards.

Thank you for the kind comments.
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64  Beads and Wire - Christmas Cards in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by elderflower on: January 02, 2011 07:38:31 AM


I made these for everyone for Christmas. The wire is from seven stranded copper earth wire which I had to untwist and straighten as there isn't any other suitable wire available where I live.  The beads and sequins I pick up whereever I can as I have a weakness for sparkly things!

The bead and wire decorations can be removed from the cards and used as Christmas tree decorations.  I also thought it would be nice if the cards could be "recycled" - so the white paper insert for a message can also be removed as it is only lightly glued in. Someone could reuse the card if they wanted to, by replacing the insert with a blank one.


I am very impressed by all the other entries.  They look so professional and they are all quite different from each other and conventional Christmas cards.
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65  Four-way satin evening gown for 11" teen dolls with matching knickers in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by elderflower on: December 28, 2010 09:39:24 AM
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies

I acquired these ladies some time ago meaning to give them as presents at a Christmas Party for disadvantaged children.  However when I came to look at them more closely I found they had very cheap sewn-on clothes.  So I felt I ought to dress them up a bit first. 
      
I also noticed that they had rather knowing smirks on their faces which led me to suspect they could be ladies of dubious morality - a suspicion which was strengthened when I discovered they had no knickers!

Well we mustn't judge and it seemed only fair to give them the benefit of the doubt - maybe they were too poor to afford underwear.  I had some bright bits of satin (left over from backing some hand painted cushions many years ago) and scraps of lace, ribbon and elastic and set about remedying the deficiency.

The satin was too heavy and slippery for small fiddly seams and very, very prone to fraying so I made a very simple pattern and cut it on the cross so I could stretch the hem to give the curving flower-bell like skirt.
 Because the fabric was so prone to fraying I drew the design onto the fabric and zigzagged all the way round (except for the hem at the bottom of the skirt) before cutting out.

Despite being a simple design, as you can see, the ladies can wear the dress in any one of four different styles. 

The knickers were also very simple and quick to make. 

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While I do not want to cast any aspersions on the Morality of Beautiful Girls (can you tell I am a fan of Precious Ramotswe?) I hope that in their new clothes they can leave the dangers of the streets and aspire to new careers as glamour models or  WAGs.

I had a lot of fun doing these and I hope the little girls who got them have as much fun with them as I did
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66  Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial in Clothing Sewalongs by elderflower on: December 27, 2010 12:35:36 PM
Keeping the Flame Alive
Many thanks to Rostitchery for this dress.  I should think this thread will go on forever as each new generation of craftsters discovers it anew.  Anyway this is my contribution to the thread.

It was the Rostitchery infinity dress that first led me to Craftster so it seems appropriate that my first post should be of my version of the dress.  This was made as a homecoming present for my daughter who came home for Christmas.  She hadnt been home in almost a year and it seemed like it had been forever so an infinity dress was suitable.  I did a half circle skirt rather than the full circle.  It took 2.5 metres and about a day to make.  I havent got a picture of her wearing it but it looks lovely on her.  She is thrilled with its versatility and the fact that it drapes so nicely and makes just about any figure look good.

The card is Buzz Lightyear of course.  I got the picture off the internet and wrote To Infinity and Beyond over it and Welcome Home on the inside.
Here are two other ways to wear it.



I had a lot of fun making this and loved the freedom of working without a paper pattern. 

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