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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Curry scarf for winter on: September 22, 2006 02:13:54 PM
That's lovely, I really like that combination of open stitch pattern and fluffy yarn, and that colour will be so cheerful on dull winter days.
22  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Blackberry bobbles bag on: September 22, 2006 11:54:56 AM
WOW!!! AMAZING!!
I am thouroughly impressed with your work on this bag!

How many sts do you use per bobble?  Did you make the attacheds pom-poms too?....they are so even, full and nice looking!
Happy Crocheting!
~M

Why thankyou Smiley. I used 5 tr sts per bobble, and I did make the pom-poms, they were a little neater than they look now after a year of wear tho. The back is also done in bobble sts, and I added darts to make it more shapley.
23  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Blackberry bobbles bag *tut added* on: September 22, 2006 04:26:44 AM
I made this last Autumn from 3 balls of Jaeger Matchmaker I think, It was one of my first completed crocheted things. Apart from having to replace a few pom-poms it has lasted much better than I thought a bag made from wool would.  Smiley





Tutorial:

Stitch pattern
Blackberry Salad Stitch (The Harmony Guide to Crochet Stitches, Volume one, p42)

I worked the following stitch pattern making a rectangle 52 tr across and 50 rows long, which using 3 balls of Jaeger Matchmaker and a 3mm hook (I think) made a bag 28 cm across (widest) and 18 ch high.

I worked two rows in each colour:

Ch multiple of 4 st + 3
1st row (right side): Miss 3ch (count as 1tr), 1tr into each ch to end, turn.
2nd row: 1ch, 1dc into each of the first 2 sts, *work tr5tog into next st, 1dc into each of next 3 sts; rep from * to last 3 sts, work tr5tog into next st, 1dc into each of last 2 sts (including top of tch), turn.
3rd row: 3ch (count as 1tr), miss first st, 1tr into each st to end, miss tch, turn.
4th row: 1ch, 1dc into each of first 4 sts, *work tr5tog into next st, 1dc into each of next 3 sts; rep from * ending 1dc into top of tch, turn.
5th row: As 3rd row.
Rep 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th rows.

My craptacular diagram to show how to shape and assemble this into a bag:


Oh, and I cut the excess crochet fabric that was pleated to make it less bulky (obviously shaping it would make more sense but I wasn't sure how big i wanted it to be). If anyone attempts this please post pictures, I would love to see what it looks like done in other wool + colours  Grin
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Retro Throw Pillows on: September 22, 2006 02:09:51 AM
Found this in an old Patons magazine, looks like it has two fewer triangle sections, dont know if it matters or if it it would be possible to add them on http://www.flickr.com/photos/42831510@N00/?saved=1
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: knit toys to go with books on: September 21, 2006 12:38:04 PM
Oh I love that kitty!!! It looks particularly wonderful done in those colours Cheesy
26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: opinions of the younger crowd? on: September 20, 2006 06:03:59 AM
That fabric is gorgeous and it has a nice shape. I don't think it's too loud at all.
27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Converted tea-set (back to art-school) on: September 20, 2006 05:51:28 AM
I was in a toy shop yesterday and saw a tea set that came in the cutest basket, which I thought would be perfect for carrying my stuff to uni. The messily sewn gingham lining gave it a real "made in China" look, so I took that out and replaced it with some nice plaid, made pockets and put some vintage ribbon on the front. I also stuck a circle of origami paper over a naff teddy bear on one of the saucers and varnished it, so I can use it to mix paint in. This is a pretty simple recon and not the best pics but I just had to share cause it's sooo cute! Cheesy
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28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Faggoting anyone? on: September 19, 2006 01:27:58 PM
Thankyou everyone Smiley. I've found that faggoting works best on fabrics with some thickness like felt and velvet 'cause it makes the crisscross effect much neater, tho I did a sample with semi-transparent silk and that looked beautiful. I found it a bit confusing seeing which dots I was meant to sew together, seems as the back gets puffy and i couldn't always tell what row I was on, so I drew lines between the ones meant to go together like this:

To make it I basically did a long rectangular block of the stitching, folded it in half inside out and sewed curved side seams to give it shape. It's not that difficult just very time consuming, oh and it eats fabric too!!!
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Retro Throw Pillows on: September 19, 2006 02:38:17 AM

It is just crazy, because I was going to research the technique used on this yellow one and low and behold...here is this bag http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=121393.10that has been 'faggoted' on the recent posts with pictures!  I believe it is the same technique, just a little less drawn in with the threads!  Amazing!  (I don't know what makes my picture funky like in the first shot...it's cotton NOT taffeta!)

Wow, that is strange, i got my gran to teach me how to do that after i saw a cushion cover she had made in the same shade of yellow as yours. The tutorial at http://www.savvyseams.com/techniques/canadian.php has good directions, from what I've tried with using different fabrics, the crisscross pattern comes out neater on fabrics with some thickness like felt and velvet etc. Your pillow looks like one long single row of stitching for the edge, with gaps between another single row each on the edge of the front and back, then i think the excess fabric is just gathered in the centre. Not sure if that makes any sense but i can picture it in my head. I love that knitted one too, so cute, I've seen patterns for ones like that online and in some old magazines of mine, I just can't think where right now, I can have a look if you want.
30  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / 3D cards (Bauhaus, barnacle and graffiti inspired) on: September 18, 2006 03:52:12 AM
Some 3D cards i made for a project last term, 1st one was inspired by graffiti in Brick Lane, 2nd was based on these tiny strange things i found growing on rocks in Southerndown, S.Wales, and the last came about after seeing the Albers and Moholy-Nagy exhibition at Tate Modern, which I thought was amazing.











Sorry for so many pics of that last one, but I love it Smiley. I used this 3D card making software to design it http://www.page.sannet.ne.jp/jun_m/card3d/index-eng.html. Oh and the shapes were again inspired by the cliffs in Southerndown beach.
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