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421  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: a sketchbook for my boyfriend on: September 02, 2005 08:51:53 AM
Is wheat paste strong?
-  Last week I used homemade wheat paste to glue suede leather onto my book's wooden covers, and the paste is holding fine.

Does wheat paste attract bugs?
-  I did find this link:  http://www.jhu.edu/~jhumag/1198web/arts01.html which is an article about a preservation librarian from John Hopkins University who is trying to conserve and restore Cuban documents.  Bugs and acidification are both problems with the archives, and she uses wheat paste and Japanese tissue for mending.  If it is good enough for her, it is good enough for me  Smiley

-  I also found something here:  http://www.everything2.com/index.pl?node=wheat%20paste  The second article on this site states it is the gluten in the paste which attracts bugs, so you want to use pastry, cake, or bread flour for making paste since they contain less gluten than all-purpose flour.

Thanks, viburnum, for asking the bug question.  I would never have thought to look this up if I had not read your post  Cheesy
422  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Tea Party Purse on: August 29, 2005 07:08:21 PM
Your are just ahead of me now.  I stopped when I needed to decide which yarn to use for the straps, and I have not bought the o-rings yet.  I do not know how to crochet either, but I thought a friend could show me just enough to do the o-ring things.

As a side, my husband put my bag on his head like a hat, and it looked pretty darn good!
423  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Jousting pillow! on: August 28, 2005 09:12:39 PM
Awk!  How many poles does he think he can hold at once?  Great pillow!
424  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Medieval/Renaissance Swap Gallery on: August 26, 2005 06:11:09 PM
I am definitely interested in a round two, should there be one.  Just cannot get enough medieval stuff!
425  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Medieval/Renaissance Swap Gallery on: August 25, 2005 08:08:08 PM
Yay!  I am glad you like our stuff, Wasabipeasrule!  I had a blast making my items for you, and used you as a guinea pig for my Viking knit stuff.  I learned how to do it just before our swap.  What timing  Smiley  If you are interested in how anything is made, just ask.  I can send you links to where I got my information.
426  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Medieval/Renaissance Swap Gallery on: August 24, 2005 05:43:00 AM
Great faerie costume, Knitrrgrrl!  The ivy shoes are the icing on the cake.  It is always a bummer for me when I see a fab costume, but the person forgot to include everyday items like shoes in the grand scheme of the look.  Kiwitart got a winner of a swap partner with you - and with Halloween just around the corner.  My favorite holiday!
427  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Medieval/Renaissance Swap Gallery on: August 23, 2005 07:27:35 AM
I keep coming back to the gallery to look at Hawkwolf's necklace.  Wow!  I really like the accent beads - just enough to break up the chain, but still keeping with the overall pattern.  Very nice!  You are quite a designer, Hawkwolf.
428  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Tea Party Purse on: August 22, 2005 10:19:07 AM
The base is a rectangle, and I think it is in garter stitch.  At least, I made mine in garter.  After making the base, you pick up stitches all around the base and do stockinette stitch in the round.

I still need to purchase the plastic rings and figure out what I am going to do about yarn for the straps.  I will probably dig up some leftover worsted weight (yet another color!).  I seem to be using up all my leftover wool on this project.  Unexpected, but good!
429  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Medieval/Renaissance Swap Gallery on: August 21, 2005 04:48:31 PM
I received my package from Wasabipeasrule!  Here are pics of the great stuff I got...

Here is a group pic of it all:  A Nine Man Morris game board with scroll instructions, a brown drawstring pouch, and a dragon box!


Close up of the dragon box.
 


Thanks so much, W-peas!
430  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Tea Party Purse on: August 21, 2005 08:57:09 AM
Let's see, the pre-felted blob is 20" wide at the top and 7" wide at the bottom when laying flat.  It is 12" tall.  The dimensions after felting are supposed to be 8 1/2" high, 11" wide, and 4" deep.  I am using leftovers of Lamb's Pride Bulky.  The directions call for worsted weight, doubled, at least for the bottom of the purse.  There is a discussion on another group on whether the pattern says to double the worsted weight throughout the bag or just for the bottom.  I assumed doubled thoughout and substituted bulky.

If you decide to knit this purse, definitely check out the errata page on Cast On's website.  The purse is an unusual design, but the pattern is a bit tricky to follow.

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