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31  Yet another reticule in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Antidigger on: October 08, 2012 01:36:43 PM
Our time traveller's tour of Bath was in honour of the birthday of one of our members. SO I thought it appropriate to give a gift typical of my period: another reticule.

This one was sewn and came from the tutorial http://s269.photobucket.com/albums/jj42/DawnLuck/Retucule%20Pattern/?start=all

The feature panel is from a curtain sample pack (it does have an orange cast to it in the right light), the others are from an old shirt of my husband's which has a nice texture to it that is completely lost in the picture. The ribbons came on gifts and the orange lining is left over from a kiting project. The orange bead at the point is from a necklace that fell apart as soon as I wore it.

The pattern was easy to follow and I thoroughly enjoyed sewing it- it's a shame I shan't need to make another.
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32  Time traveller's reticule of holding. in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Antidigger on: September 27, 2012 12:46:38 PM
So I'm going on a Time Traveller's tour of a historical city soon. So I cheated. I hired a costume. It's regency period, comes with a frock, jacket, bonnet and gloves. But no pockets.  Sad

However this is a problem that the ladies of the time suffered from as well: they got round it by using the fore-runner of the handbag (purse in american): the reticule. So here is my reticule, knitted over the last few days. Smiley

It's from the Lacy Reticule pattern by Tracey Withanee. All errors are my own.

It's not totally period accurate: it's far too large, the period ones could hold a few coins and a handkerchief. Me, I want to put some coins, notes and cards in there, as well as a phone, camera, miniature brolly, inhaler, notebook and pen, timetable for the day......kitchen sink, e.t.c. Roll Eyes

I'll add a picture of all my regalia in a couple of weeks. But I might have to research period jewellery....
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33  Re: Shop the Swap Winter Market- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Antidigger on: September 27, 2012 12:10:40 PM
Sold to Eiseldora

Thank you so much for your order Eiseldora.
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34  Re: Shop the Swap Winter Market- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Antidigger on: September 24, 2012 03:09:40 PM
Sold to Ptarmic Wumpus, thank you so much for my first claim!

(the one on the right)
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35  Re: Shop the Swap Winter Market (signups sept 16-Oct 16; closed Nov 30) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Antidigger on: September 19, 2012 01:01:37 AM
AntiDigger's Recycled Goods


Thank you everyone for your claims from me, I've enjoyed this swap immensely.
I have a non-smoking household and only a reptile as a pet, so pet hairs won't be an issue, but dust, well there's always dust in my house. All recycled fabric and yarn items are very well cleaned.

Plastic Washing-up scrubbies 3 for 1 pt. Now available as pictured or as custom items. Plarn colours available: white-green, white, orange, green, black, red.
crochet 3-layer flowers with a hook for hanging, also good for exfoliation. Made from grocery bags.

Cotton washing-up scrubbies 1pt each. 1 available in orange.
crochet 3-layer flowers with a hook for hanging, also good for exfoliation. Made from cotton yarn and with those net vegetable bags on the inner 2 rounds of petals.

Shopping bags 1/2 pt each. 5 available
Unlined. Made from old clothing.

Produce bags 1/2 pt each. 5 Available
Unlined. Made from old clothing.

Decorative bows & flowers 3 for 1pt. 9 available
Made from old magazines & books. Flowers available with gold, copper, sage, sepia and black highlights.

Newspaper basket
Base sizes (all bases are square):
7cm, 10cm, 1pt each. 3 of each available.

12cm, 14cm, 1.5pt each. 2 of each available

16cm, 18cm, 20.5cm, 2pt each. 2 of each available

Full set of 7 3pt. 2 available
Made from newspapers, no glue or staples.

Knitted cosies. 1/2pt each. 6 available
Made from odds and ends of yarn.

Bookmarks 5 for 1pt. 15 available
Made from the remains of card-making and other recycled papers and items.

Fridge Mats 1 pt each. 3 available
These are to put in the bottom of your salad drawer in the fridge. They stop the vegetables sweating against the plastic and can retard the spread of rot.

Coasters 4 for 1 pt. 8 available
These are absorbent and disposable, intended to catch and contain spills and drips.

Notebook 2pt. 3 available
Coptic bound, with recycled paper inserts, each page has at least one writeable side.

Notepad 1/2pt. 6 available
Ideal for shopping lists. Also made with recycled paper, as before, each page has at least one useable side.

Tea cosy 2pt. 1 available
Suitable for a large teapot.

Dishcloth 1pt each. 1 available
matches the tea cosy.

Wooden Toaster fork 1/2pt each. 2 available
A means of not risking electrocuting yourself when you fish small items out of toaster. Also good for pickles.

Wooden spreading knife. 1/2pt. 1 available

Covered box. 2pt. 3 available. (The two to the left of the picture are gone.)
Handmade Papier-mache boxes, decoupaged with an old road atlas. Also available book page decoupaged boxes.

Walnut creatures. 2pt each. Sold Out
wee dough creatures that fit inside a walnut shell.

Paper wreath. Large 3pt. 3 available. Small 2pt. Custom. Colours available (small only):gold, copper, sage, sepia and black, oh, of course, without additional colour too.
An altered book wreath. The book came from my local library: they had a load in a bin going for recycling and I asked for some.

Copper, with mug included to show size


Conker rings and strings. 1pt. 5 available of each
Conkers (horse chestnuts) are supposed to discourage clothes moths and spiders according to my book of old wives tales. So I made some rings & strings to protect my clothes, but I made a few extra too.

Claims made from me
to ptarmic wumpus - 18 cm newspaper basket (2)
to Eiseldora           - 6 plastic washing up scrubbies (2)
to Iota1617 - 2 notepads (1)
to Squidget - 1 cotton scrubbie (1)

Claims I have made
from sarahj2001 - handmade soap (1pt)
from Avesthel    - red knitting markers (1pt)
from Ptarmic Wumpus - pumpkin vessel with lid (2pts)
from Eiseldora- knit leaf (1pt)
from sheepBlue- mold print tank top (1pt)

Started with: 3
Pending: 1

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36  Weaving paper obsessed. in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Antidigger on: August 17, 2012 11:15:03 AM
Well, I know I've posted woven newspaper baskets before, but now I've got a full set:

But I've really, really taken to this, I've added coasters and fridge mats to that, not pictured, but they're made in the same manner, just flat. They hold together because I stick a sheet of newspaper to the back. Oh, fridge mats: they're put in the bottom of the salad crisper section to stop veggies from sweating against  the plastic.

The other thing I've started doing is making notecards. The woven newspaper makes an unusual background and it only takes a sheet of blank paper glued on to make it card thickness. Oh, yes, you do have to reduce the newspaper strip thickness from 4 layers to one!

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37  Tonnes of totes. in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Antidigger on: July 30, 2012 01:58:39 PM
I've been on a bit of a binge! I got a whole bunch of my beloved's thrown out clothes out of the rag bag and had at them with the sewing machine. Wink

There's a couple of Tshirt bags there, I boxed the corners of those and learned from the last time: make the neck as wide as I can (my previous T shirt bag I use a lot, but I do post the groceries through the armpit cos I didn't make the neck opening wide enough Embarrassed). The shirt ones look great, but I wish I'd left the buttons on the pink one too. The casual trouser one was interesting, there was some knee shaping, so in order to keep the pocket I had to use the knee section. It's given the bag some (bagging/sagging) puffiness in that area, but I don't think it detracts from it's usefulness.
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38  Ancient knitting markers, made last week. in Knitting: Completed Projects by Antidigger on: July 29, 2012 12:00:45 PM
I go to a knitting club (for the gossip mostly!) on a Monday. One of the girls there took against my habit of using little pieces of contrasting wool as markers and threatened to get me some "proper" knitting markers. Well, I couldn't be doing with that: commercial knitting markers are plain ugly (at least the ones round here) so I made some up quickly.

I used the remnants of wire we had used for rewiring the house, after stripping the plastic insulation off of course. And a few beads I had hanging around. I really liked the colour combination so I made as many as I could out of the one length of wire.

When I got to knitting club, they thought my markers were very old, they asked me if they were my Grandma's and didn't like to believe I'd made them less than an hour ago Smiley

I was a little worried that the bent wire ends would catch the yarn, but they don't at all.
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39  A snot - like consistency! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Antidigger on: July 22, 2012 02:28:57 AM
I'd planned to try some soap making. I really had. But I settled for some conversion instead as a first project, mostly inspired by the fact I'd got some spare hard soap and had run out of liquid soap. Roll Eyes

So found some web recipes and went with one. It recommended 1 cup of water to 1 oz of soap.

I grated my soap, weighed it, added that much (3 1/4 cups) water and went ahead. The first attempt left me with a pretty solid lump in my saucepan. Sad So I added a wee bit (1/3 cup) more water and reheated it, stirred it, waited and got a pretty solid lump very little change so next time I added a bit more water (1/2 cup) and went to bed. Still a pretty solid lump the next morning, but a slight change, at least now it was easy to slice with a knife. So, heartened, I spent the day intermittently adding 1/2 a cup at a time until I'd added more than twice the original amount of water. But still, when I pulled the spoon out the whole of the soap came out of the pan with it like a lollipop! Angry Huh Next day (day 3) I started with a disaster Shocked. I forgot the pan on the stove until the soap was nearly boiled dry (Yikes) so I instantly added 5 cups of water and hoped I hadn't done too much damage. I was reassured, but frustrated to find that when the soap had finally cooled it still came out in a lump, that was pretty much indistinguishable from it's previous incarnation. In all, I estimate that it took 13 cups of water and 5 days to achieve the desired snot-like consistency that would work in my soap dispenser!

A dollop of soap that leapt onto my counter to show it's snot-like-ness

But now I know, I'll be able to do it in a maximum of 2 warmings I'm sure- if I ever need any again: I have a fair bit spare!
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40  Re: Cape from umbrella in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Antidigger on: July 20, 2012 02:54:01 AM
Ok, ok. Modelling pictures in a minute. Firstly, this cape was a swap item so it's now in the possession of Littlebluegirl, so although I made the pockets at an appropriate height for me (being a sort of average girl), they may not be for her.

Secondly, had the umbrella not had the damage where it was, I'd have chosen a more colourful place to put the opening.

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