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1  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.
2  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.
3  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
4  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. 

5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / How to tell if yarn is correctly spun. on: February 22, 2009 05:06:20 AM
It's been so long since I did any spinning and am trying to remember how to tell a single is correctly spun, not over or underspun.  I know  am sure it twists one way for overspun and the other way for underspun.  Can anyone help me with this please?
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Sizzix Bigkick on: November 28, 2008 04:45:19 AM
I just bought a Sizzix Bigkick today along with a few dies.  A couple of those are the Sizzlits decorative strips, I bought the matching size cutting pad.  I've spent well over $200 but have found I still need the platform to fit the decorative strip, more expense.  I am wondering if anyone has made their own platforms or used something else as a platform?   The Bigkick came with a multipurpose platform and from what I can see the base seems to be just like the plastic cutting board in my kitchen.   I am wondering if I can make a platform using a similar board, cutting it to fit into the machine.  I know the platform needs to be a specific thickness, thinking of adding layers similar to the multipurpose platform. 

I will probably just buy the platform, being too impatient to bother going out to find a board and then going to the trouble of cutting it, when I can just go into work and fork over the cash for it.  I am just curious to find out if anyone has done this. 
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / 99 cent double ended needles. on: May 25, 2008 06:43:19 AM
I decided to give sock knitting another try, and needed to buy some double ended knitting needles.  I knew I wanted bamboo or wooden ones but the only type available around here are metal.  And the size I wanted had a price tag $3 more than the next size down. 

I decided instead to buy some standard bamboo needles which were normally $2.99 but were down to 99 cents, bargain.  At home I used a hack saw blade to cut the ends off and the needles in half.   I used a pencil sharpener to point the ends and sandpapered the ends smooth.  To finish off I dipped the ends into a sealer (I used Jo Sonja) and rubbed it off with a paper towel before letting it dry. 

I ended up with short doubled ended needles, that don't slip out of the knitting, like I know the $6.50 metal ones would have.   The length is perfect for socks. 

The needles were Crafter's Choice brand that I got from Spotlight /
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Personalised birthday cards on: April 08, 2008 07:15:21 PM
This year for our nephew's birthday my husband had the idea of printing out a childhood photo of him and making a gift tag.  I took the idea and ran, I used the same photo to make a card for him.  Couldn't believe the reception the card got, it was passed around at the party with everyone admiring it. 

I've decided to go with the general idea for most of the cards I make.  I came up with this one for my daughter's 16th, using a photo of her as a 3 or 4 year old in a scrapbooking pendant/frame.  I took the jumpring off the frame and attached it to the card using a brad through the hole at the top and glue on the back. 

I wasn't happy with the glue marks showing through the vellum (actually it's a printable tracing paper not really vellum).  I made another one, same frame on pink background for a niece's 4th birthday and printed her name on cardstock in black ink.  I then overlaid it with the vellum using brads at the corners to attach it to the card. 

I only wish I had access to more of those frames, I bought them from a craft show for $1 a pack, the pack had a heart and a rectangle shape frame in it.  Should have bought more. 

9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Birthday card on: March 17, 2008 05:14:09 AM
Made this for my SIL's birthday on the weekend, using a purchased mold.  Painted it with brown paint mixed with metallic gold, used the same on lace to edge the face.

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Mini Manniquin on: January 15, 2008 06:07:39 PM
I decided to work on a papier mache manniquin I've had for years, I made the cream one years ago from a kit and liked it so much I bought manniquins to make more.  I didn't like the stand that came with the kit and last night hit on the idea of using a candle stand I had bought for another project.  

I really liked how the stand looks so found the second stand I had, it was part of a finished project that was broken.  I still need to cover the seams on the purple with braid and then decide how it will be decorated.  

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