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441  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.

442  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Tea Party Purse on: August 19, 2005 05:56:33 AM
I found my copy of Cast On at Michael's.

Interestingly, the employee at the specialty yarn store acted as if she had never heard of it.  I would have thought they would be aware of a publication from the Knitting Guild of America....

Here is a pic of my progress so far.  The main bag is finished, but I still need to attach the crocheted rings and make a strap.

443  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wood & Leatherbound Book on: August 16, 2005 06:50:59 AM
Thanks for the kind words, Elecbunni  Smiley  You read my mind about woodburning the cover.  I am definitely burning something on the next book's covers, but I am still searching for the right designs.   I have some great greenish poplar all cut up, and ready to go.  I have never used the woodburner on poplar, so I hope the wood behaves okay.
444  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Wood & Leatherbound Book on: August 15, 2005 03:34:20 PM
I took a class on medieval bookbinding this weekend, and this is the result.  I am so pepped for doing this again that I already have wood cut for three more books!  This may seem unfinished compared to modern books since it does not have endpapers, but the instructor said that technically this style is considered finished when the covers are tied on with twine.  The leather is just for extra flair.

Comments are most welcome!

The cover is oak with suede leather.


The spine has wonderfully bumpy ridges because the linen thread holding the signatures together was sewn around twine.


Inside the front cover.
445  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Easiest stitch markers ever! on: August 11, 2005 03:13:12 PM
Very pretty stitch markers!  I need a removable, open-ended marker for my current project, so I think I will get busy and make some like yours.  Thanks for sharing!
446  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Medieval/Renaissance Swap Gallery on: August 10, 2005 06:27:24 AM
Wow!  That picture is sure to become an heirloom <imagine dropped jaw look>

Excellent way to personalize your favors, Writer78!  Should you need any more quill tips, I have some I got at a garage that you can have.  They are just rusty enough that it would be a bear to clean the inside of them for actual calligraphy, but I imagine they could be used for display purposes.
447  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Tea Party Purse on: August 10, 2005 06:16:56 AM
I am going to use up some of my leftover wool in making the Tea Party Purse from the August-October 2005 issue of Cast On magazine.  Does anyone want to join me?



Pattern corrections (can't they just get it right the first time?):  http://www.tkga.com/pdf/COFall05corr.pdf
448  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Cigar Gloves from knitty.com on: August 02, 2005 06:39:08 AM
These gloves are just too cute to pass up, so I am going to see how they work with some varigated acrylic yarn I originally bought for socks.  I have never made fingered or half-fingered gloves before, so here's hoping they turn out alright!
449  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Geocaching swag on: July 29, 2005 08:07:55 AM
I have also wondered what I could make that would interest geocachers.  Out of your suggestions, I would take (in no particular order) the microscope slide ornaments, folded fabric flower pins, and shrinky dink tokens.  I chose these because I have not made anything like them yet.  I think marble magnets would go over well, also.

I have not done a lot of geocaching because it looks like I suck at it.  The last time I went out, I did not find any of the three caches I was looking for.  I probably need a lot more practice  Smiley
450  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: beaded wire bracelets - with tutorial!! on: July 29, 2005 07:31:51 AM
The media has finally caught up with you guys.  Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazine has a how-to on this style of cuff bracelet in the summer 2005 issue.  I know because I bought the mag yesterday, and found the Craftster how-to today.  <Ack!>

Kudos for putting up a tutorial just as good, six months earlier.
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