My mom recently got married in India. Part of being an Indian bride is wearing a set of glass bangles. Well, they are glass. They break. Now, we've got tons of these broken bangles and no idea what to do with them. Here are some:
In most cases, though sometimes it's just a crack. One set is based around pinkish-reds and the other is gold. Oh, and they don't glue back together well, and will usually just break again when we try to put 'em back on her.
I have an old Kenmore 10 and I love it. It's giant and huge and ancient and sews through pretty much anything as long as I take it slowly. I started a denim quilt lately and it's been doing odd things on the corners. I think that there just isn't enough fabric for it to grab onto and that's why it's messing up, but if that's the case I don't know how to fix it unless I start from the middle and work my way to the corners, which is going to be time consuming and lame. Now for the pictures!
If I don't mess with it, it kind of sticks and makes a big ball like this.
Is after I decided to sew one stitch, lift up the foot and move the fabric. Slow, but it works better.
(PS the denim is really thin. It's actually thinner than the cotton, so I don't think I need a different needle.)
Now, sewing is all well and good. I enjoy doing it and currently have a purse, a shirt and a few skirts that I made myself. But, when it comes to bags, I prefer a different medium. I enjoy making chain... well, everything! I've made a chain bra, jewelry chains, I've wrapped stones and mirrors in chain, et cetera. I've done one chain bag previously.
and I even took the time to make a tutorial for it. Now I want something... Different. I think I'm going to make a small makeup bag (All I wear is lipstick, chapstick eyeshadow and occasionally eyeliner, so it doesn't need to be big at all.) but I can't decide how I want to do it. I'm trying to decide which patterns would be easily translatable into sheets of chain (I'm basically weaving the shapes that would be cut and using rings to stitch it closed, but some shapes are hard to achieve with maille.) and I've decided that I want to use a very shaped bag. Now, at this point I could do just about anything with it. (I've got one face piece started and the bottom started.)
I just want a bag with a little more shape to it this time. And unlike my wallet, I plan to line this bag. I know enough about sewing and pattern making that I feel I can create a lining easily enough. So, thoughts? Suggestions?
I'd like to do a zipper with this one, but I'm also open to other clasping ideas. (Last time I'd planned to use a zipper and it didn't fit, so I'm hoping this time is different. If not, this part will be important.)
Right now I'm using a very thin denim (My uncle has claimed my experimental one for my new baby cousin, so the lighter the better. Don't want to be crushing babies. =[) so I don't think a workout would be a problem for this one. My problem is the very corners. No matter which corner it is (I have a row of four patches, three done) my machine just does not like the corners. The feet don't seem to want to move it anywhere. So, I guess I'd say it's not the *seam* that's the problem (They actually turned out pretty nice if you ignore that I can't cut a straight line and my first few squares look sort of... Special.) it's the corners specifically. As long as I start fairly far forward it's not a problem. I kind of wonder if there just isn't enough fabric for the little doo-dads to grab onto. Maybe starting from the middle and working my way out is going to be my best bet.
*Edit* Adding pics of my corner problem.
This is what my machine does if I don't mess with it.
My machine when I stop every stitch, lift the presser foot and move it a little.
When I get up the drive to start another row I'll give starting from the middle a try.
It was wonderful of you to make a tutorial, however your code is messed up. If you want to embed you don't need the http:// codes and if you can't post images you don't need the codes. Also, the photo is a bit small. I couldn't really tell if I liked the dress or not, so if you could possibly get a larger image, that'd be really sweet. Thank you ^_^
Being of the teen age, a few of my friends really get into the "X-month anniversary" thing. One of these friends asked me to make a pair of earrings for his wonderful girlfriend (I really adore the girl) and I just couldn't tell him no. After he explained what he wanted a few different ways, I finally figured it out and came up with:
So, what do you guys think? The good, the bad or the ugly?
I just can't get over the warm, fuzzy feeling I get knowing how special these are going to be to the both of them. I think that is my favorite part of commissions. <3
So, I recently made a small chainmaille wristlet. It's just big enough for my ID, some cash and whatever change I may get for days that my purse is just too much. My problem is, I don't have any zippers thin enough to fit the project. Like, my doll clothes zippers are too wide for this baby. Since the plan since I started it (Over a month ago, wow!) was to use a zipper, I am sort of at a loss for what to do. I'd planned for this to be a fair/party/concert type deal, so I need it to be secure and hold everything in. I'm less worried about change falling out than losing my ID or cash, but I'd still like something fairly secure. Also: With the rings I'm using, a flap doesn't seem to be plausible, the rings are too tight to fold over. I'll add pics when I get them, but any ideas?
Prototype earring bases for my friend's mother. She ripped her ear lobe and in order to wear earrings they have to be a bit wide with a wide back so she can pinch them on. She's asked me to make her some earrings and these are what I've come up with. Oh, and also a fishy charm. For luck. Or something. Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Waffles?
And more designs! (Have an order for five pairs, now I'm working on designs. =])