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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Stripiest flippin' thing you ever saw on: March 09, 2006 07:02:49 PM
So the Jo-Ann's in my hometown had a corduroy sale.  I'm in love with corduroy.  And this insanely stripey stuff just jumped out at me.  Later, I found a soft purple remnant that would make a decent lining .. and here it is.





Unfortunate thing .. a little error in planning out my pattern led me to make the little flaps on top that attach to the zipper .. well .. inadequate  Embarrassed  So there's a ton of the white zipper exposed, because if I sewed it so the zipper was covered, the bag kinda puckered at the top.  Oh, and I can't sew a straight line for the life of me *sigh*  Perhaps this should have gone in "Stitch and Botch".
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Hmm .. cheap, interesting dorm project? on: January 30, 2006 09:51:53 PM
So I just got initiated into a sorority .. the music one  Smiley  and my pledge year is required to put on a fund-raiser.  If we lack any creative ideas, we will do the traditional sell-roses-at-performances thing.  However, I refuse to be accused of lacking creativity  Grin  Besides, the proceeds go to help pay our dues!  Hehehe ..

One of the motifs of the group is roses, so I was thinking of duct-tape roses, maybe around V-day.  But I'm certainly looking for other cheap, useful ideas.

Anyone?
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Chainmail choker in Vogue on: January 23, 2006 04:02:09 PM
I was just flipping through an old Vogue my roommate had lying around, and came across this in an ad :



It looks like the rows are alternating plain rings and twisty-looking ones.  I'm intrigued.  And, naturally, wanna make something like it.

Now .. I know how to make chainmail, having helped my boyfriend make Dagorhir armor more than once.  And I know that I could weedle my way into using his coil-making thing to make the plain rings .. but the twisty looking ones puzzle me.  I don't think it would work to just twist a few strands of wire together and then coil the bunch, either .. it seems like, once you cut a ring from it, it would fall apart.  All the mail I've made is butted, not welded, and I don't have the equipment to seal the ends together anyway.

So .. has anyone come across rings like this before?  Or does anyone have a better idea how to make them myself?  (Following the design in the ad, it wouldn't be a problem if the twisty rings weren't cut.  It might actually make things a lot easier if they weren't!)
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / A couple of things I made ^_^ on: September 25, 2005 10:14:23 AM


I drew out the pattern from a photo, peyote-stitched it together and here we are, a choker.  It droops less than I was afraid it would.



A belled anklet.  Must be careful not to wear it places like a library.



This was for a friend with little hands who liked my chainmail handflower but wanted something girlier.  The silver beads have roses on them.
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