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1  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
2  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...

3  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Dene style mocassins on: September 25, 2005 01:21:10 AM
It took me 2 years but I finally got my butt in gear and finnished this pair of mocassins for myself. You know how it is when you are making so many things for OTHER people anything for yourself gets put  on the back burner...

The Dene people live up in the North in Canada where I live. These are typical of their stlye of mocassin making.
The uppers are fully beaded with seed beads. Soles are brain-tanned moose hide and tops are trimmed in beaver fur. They are very warm and soft. These are my 6th pair in 6 years, but all other ones besides the first were for relatives. I keep meaning to make a tutorial but I am bad and always forget...

I absolutly love beading. It's almost like painting but it takes way longer. I think maybe it feels more satisfying/rewarding when I actually finish a project because it takes so much patience. And its art you can wear!

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Beaded mocassins and stuff on: April 19, 2005 10:06:58 PM
I am from arctic Canada where there are many aboriginal people. Lucky for me I was 'adopted' by an elder medicine woman who taught me a bunch of neat stuff!
These two projects were sewn using a traditional Dene method of beading (with seed beads). The mocassins are about 7 years old now, they were my first pair and ended up being way to big, I look like I have duck feet when I wear them! They are missing some beads now and looking kind of worn out. These took me a long time as the white background is fully beaded.
I have made lots of other nicer pairs since then but they were all given away as gifts. I am in the middle of making a new pair for myself and will post them when I am done eventually. The leather is brain tanned moose hide and the fur is black fox. I made the framed flower for my bf's parents who sent me 2 pairs of winter boots this year. I am so bad, I still have to send it to them...!! The background is black velvet.
http://www.martinigurl.com/images/moccasins1.jpg
http://www.martinigurl.com/images/flower1.jpg
I also made my bf a black velvet stocking at xmas and beaded a flower onto it....
http://www.martinigurl.com/images/stocking1.jpg
http://www.martinigurl.com/images/stocking2.jpg
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Captain Scurvy O'Mewmew on: April 17, 2005 03:31:39 PM
Hi I joined the board last week. After making an attempt at the felt monster tutorial I got energetic and whipped up this crotchety guy this weekend for my boyfriends birthday (he has a tropical themed apartment and I have a thing for pirates).

http://www.martinigurl.com/images/mewmew1.jpg
I ended up sewing his pegleg on in the wrong spot so its longer than his other leg. And he cant sit down anymore cause his pirate pants don't let his legs move much.... I was going to make him a black velvet jacket but I really don't know much about putting clothes together.

http://www.martinigurl.com/images/mewmew2.jpg

http://www.martinigurl.com/images/mewmew3.jpg
The brown stuff is chest hair.
He's got a few battle scars...

http://www.martinigurl.com/images/mewmew4.jpg


And here are the Pirate flag pillows I made for my boyfriend at Christmas:
http://www.martinigurl.com/images/pillows.jpg
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