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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Camera Strap ideas? on: October 17, 2005 05:19:53 PM
Thanks for your replies!

I managed to find some cool trims on ebay for really cheap. I'm also thinking plastic hardware would be the best as it won't scratch the camera (more like the newer camera straps). like those quick release buckles on backpacks. So i need those and some 2" and 3/8" black webbing and some leather or black vinyl. I would like to sell them if they turn out nice and wouldnt want people to not buy them because they have leather on them... Unfortunatly the only place that sells fabric where I live is Walmart and they have the worst selection ever, so my only option is on-line. Needs to be places that ship to Canada though.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / looking for black seatbelt or webbing and buckles- where to buy? on: October 16, 2005 03:10:43 PM
Hi I am making some camera straps and need some black strap-like stuff to sew the vintage trims onto. The stuff that is smooth and thin kinda seatbeltish would be best since I have to sew through it.
I'm thinking I need 2" and 3/8" widths. I also need black plastic buckles and quick-release buckles for the 3/8" strapping.
I have looked on ebay but most people wont ship to canada. Anyone know where I can get these things? The only place in my town that sells fabric is Walmart and their selection is horrible.

Thanks for any ideas  Cheesy
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Doll House Replica on: October 16, 2005 02:48:23 PM
Hey thats a cool idea! I have wanted a really cool dolls house for a long time but they are sooo expensive and take up room that i don't have right now.

I would suggest measuring your own house's rooms and make a rough floor plan ( is that what you have in the drawing there?). Ummm desided what scale of doll house furniture you want to use, cause furniture comes in a few differnet standards like 1/12th scale for example. Then i would think that you would do the math and figure out what your house would be at that same scale...?? Maybe that doesnt sound right and I am totally off. There must be some one here who studied architecture....

Since your house seems to be a lot of rooms, if its a one level home you could build the roof on hinges so that it opens from the top and you can look down into it. Or if it is more than one level you could make it so that the outer walls slide open on all 4 sides or open on little hinges and the whole house rotates on a lazy susan.

You should look ar other houses that have been built for ideas. There are some pretty elaborate ones out there.

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Camera Strap ideas? on: October 15, 2005 12:18:14 PM
Hello everyone!

I am really in need of a couple of cool camera straps. I looked on ebay for those old hippy ones but there arent many and they are usually old and yucky or expensive... So I have decided to make my own. I did a search on ebay and see some nifty vintage trims and stuff. I figure I could just buy a few yards od something and sew it to a backing of black velvet but I would like to make them adjustable and use pretty much the same hardware as the vintage ones. Does anyone know where to get stuff like that? like the buckles? Any other ideas for the design? I did a search in the crafster archives and was surprised to see there was only ever one post and all the replies recommended knitting the strap but i dont want to do that.

Anyway, thanks for your help!
I'll post an example of a hippy strap too...

5  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Dene style mocassins on: October 08, 2005 08:56:30 PM
I used moose hide but you could use commercially tanned deer
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Captain Scurvy O'Mewmew on: October 02, 2005 01:30:39 PM
Heehee yeah ok! they would be fun to illustrate!
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: red christmas tree skirt with snowflakes... on: October 01, 2005 01:04:55 PM
That's totally gorgeous! How hard is it to find felt that huge? And how did you make sure the circle was perfect? Did you trace something?
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Captain Scurvy O'Mewmew on: September 28, 2005 08:43:54 PM
Thanks guys! Well he is made of fleece so what i did for the tail was I just cut short strips of fleece and used a needle and thread and just started sewing them together at the middle one by one, over lapping them. then when it was lo ng enough i tied it off and I think i cut some of the thicker strips in half so it was more bushy. I wasn't sure it was gonna look ok and it was the last thing i added to him after sitting at my sewing table for so many hours so it wasn't done carefully or neatly by any means! If i didnt explain well, i could maybe draw a diagram or take some pics to show ya.
9  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Dene style mocassins on: September 25, 2005 10:40:47 AM
The moose hide is really hard to come by up here too. Not many people make it anymore so all the little old Dene ladies hoard it like gold. And rightly so... not only are they painstaking to tan - if you wanted to purchase a full hide it would cost you around $1500 for a good one! No wonder jackets made of the stuff are so expensive! The fur is pretty easy to get a hold of and you could even cut up an old coat or sew fur scraps together (thats what i did for this pair). I keep meaning to make a tutorial but it would be pretty time consuming and would require a tut for the beading and then the assembly, but I do have some books that have instructions so maybe I could use those for refference and make drawings to go with them.
10  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Dene style mocassins on: September 25, 2005 10:14:55 AM
Thanks guys!
They are very comfy and warm. Its already been below zero here!  Cry
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