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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Need a vent - craft demands on: June 25, 2015 09:53:49 PM
I did just that, walked away.  the next time she brought up wanting something I had made told her I was hard pressed even getting that done for myself.

But it still never ends, another friend asked me about making a dress for her, I ummed amd ahhed but didn't make a commitment.  It seems to be a very basic dress, fabric is not complicated so today I mentioned that I was still thinking about it to her.  Pretty much immediately another friend pipes up with "Seeing as you are making a dress for (name) you can make me one too".  Then comes up with a drawing that has panels, godets and in a difficult to work with fabric.  WTF? 

I'm too nice to say anything.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Need a vent - craft demands on: April 14, 2015 11:53:31 PM
Today was at my crochet group, when a woman arrived who comes each week right at the end, doesn't really crochet but she runs a class after ours.  She has a lovely crochet bag, a while back I asked if I could look at so I might try to reverse engineer it.  Immediately she took it as meaning I was going to crochet her a bag,  she keeps asking where it is, anyway today she as she put her bag down she pronounced that she "could do with a new bag".  I chose to ignore the comment.

Now before she arrived today I was showing the circle of women a craft project I was about to start working on for another group I am in.  It's a "Altar in a tin" - based on an Altoid tin craft.  I had the tin sitting in front of me when she arrived, one of the other women told her what I was going to do with the tin.  Instantly she turned to me and demanded that I work out prices for a making them for a conference she is attending.  Told me there is a 1000 attending it.  I was dumbfounded, never did she ask me if I could make them.  Told me I had 3 months, I told her that I wasn't doing 1000, so she said "Well 50 then, you HAVE 3 months".  Told her that perhaps I could make up one and that she could replicate.  She looked at me and said "But I'M BUSY"  I tried to explain that I had only planned to work on them with about 10 friends, she muttered something I didn't quite hear. 

I could see the poor woman who brought up the subject was feeling bad for me, she tried pointing out that I work full time and have many other projects going.  Even one of the other ladies asked me about another project I mentioned, asking when I was going to start that, told them that once I get all the things I have going on at the moment out of the way I might have time for that.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking 90's sewing magazine - possibly burda on: October 12, 2014 05:28:37 AM
Thanks for the reply, I'm in Australia we didn't have many dressmaking magazines back then, actually not much better these days.  I know I bought Burda, Neue Mode or Handmade magazines. 
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Looking 90's sewing magazine - possibly burda on: September 24, 2014 10:13:43 PM
This is a long shot, early nineties or late 80's I had a magazine that had a pattern for a lovely white top, made with fine linen (handkerchief linen if I remember rightly).  I am sure the hem had handkerchief points at the front and beading along the edge.  The top front had a button closure, giving it a faux front. 

Does this ring a bell with anyone here, perhaps someone might have the magazine?  Just looking for the magazine name and issue number so I can look for it myself.

Have also posted in vintage craft board.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Looking for 90's sewing magazine - possibly Burda on: September 24, 2014 10:11:02 PM
This is a long shot, early nineties or late 80's I had a magazine that had a pattern for a lovely white top, made with fine linen (handkerchief linen if I remember rightly).  I am sure the hem had handkerchief points at the front and beading along the edge.  The top front had a button closure, giving it a faux front. 

Does this ring a bell with anyone here, perhaps someone might have the magazine?  Just looking for the magazine name and issue number so I can look for it myself.

Posting this here and on the sewing board.

Thanks in Advance
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: The longest time it took you to finish a project? on: August 26, 2014 11:23:00 PM
I have half a tablecloth, that I started after buying $100 of cotton using a gift card that my husband bought me.  Can't remember exactly when I started but had pulled it out when I was pregnant with my son, I had lost the crochet hook before then and had just found it.  I remember sitting in the waiting room at the hospital working on it, a nurse complimented me on it, saying that she didn't think people did that sort of thing these days.

Anyway my son is now 19 years old.  I did get a little use out of the cloth by putting on a table in the corner.   I am guessing that the cloth is about reach it's 21st birthday

Recently pulled it out, but my tension has changed in the years since.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: I'm a craftster not a chemist! on: November 19, 2012 05:40:03 AM
Yeah I was going to suggest printing them onto iron on paper and then ironing them onto white fabric.  then stitch the fabric photo into place. 

If you still want to use photos why not stitch photo corners on to hold the photo in place.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Doctor Who Tardis Hat on: August 10, 2012 04:02:39 AM
Love it. 
 Cheesy
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Lacy Duster on: August 10, 2012 04:01:05 AM
Thanks for the replies.

No it's not that heavy, I've only worn it twice since, over jeans.  I got compliments from strangers.  My husband on the other hand doesn't like it, he is very conservative and this is too out there for him. 

It's been too cold to wear it, the open-ness of the crochet doesn't help on cold winter days. 
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Lacy Duster on: June 21, 2012 09:32:08 PM


Made this coat using a free online pattern. 

Came together quite quickly, ws hoping to get it done within a week, only working of an evening in front of the tv, it took nine days but there were a couple of days when I didn't do any.  The body is made in one piece from the top down and then the sleeves are crocheted onto the armholes.  There is no sewing involved, which I loved. 

I wore it to a wedding over a long black dress and also casually over jeans.  The only thing I'd change is the length, the pattern warned it would drop when worn.  Next time I will stop when it's 3 rows shorter than my measurement.  It dropped so much that it ended up being ankle length, I was after 3/4 length. 

The recommended yarn is not available here, online searches reccommended 10 ply but even that is really difficult to find here in Acrylic.  I didn't want to spend a lot on 10ply wool until after trialling the pattern in cheaper acrylic.  At a local yarn shop I was told that the tension guide meant 12 ply was used but every photo I saw the crochet was finer than 12 and even 10 ply - learned that by using 2 strands of 5ply.  When I tried a standard 8 ply I found it perfect and settled on using Magnum Soft 8ply http://www.auspinners.com.au/products/browse-by-brand/panda/magnum-soft-8ply/default.aspx in Maroon - which is more purple than maroon.  Used 5.5 mm hook. 

As you can see in the picture I am not a small size, my measurements were for the XL but after a first fitting of the bodice I decided to go with Large instead. 

Intend making this again, definitely going to try in cotton for Summer.  It actually looks good when made without the sleeves too. 


http://www.caron.com/projects/ss/ss_duster.html
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