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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Wrap Dress on: January 25, 2006 09:59:34 PM

I made this dress from a very unusual sari that I found in a thrift store. The sari is full length (5 or 6 metres), but made from a japanese silk.

The wrap dress is a very simple shape (basically an apron shape that overlaps at the back), with a cowl neck Smiley


2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Knitting Needle Case on: January 17, 2006 12:33:49 AM

(Not strictly a bag, I know, but it's a 'case', so I think that counts)

Thanks to this tutorial http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=69952.0 I made a beautiful knitting needle case for a friend. Now she doesn't need to keep her needles in plastic bags!

Thanks for looking!

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Crewel Wool? on: January 14, 2006 05:54:50 PM

I have just bought Katherine Shaughnessy's book "The New Crewel" (I just LOVE the contemporary designs). I went along to Spotlight (the NZ/Australian equivalent to Jo-Anns, I think), thinking they would have exactly what I needed. It was really difficult, and because none of the staff are familiar with the craft, they couldn't give me very good advice.

The book says you need Linen Twill to embroider onto. This was $90 per metre (very expensive), so I just bought a small piece, but I figure there must be something cheaper I could use. Does anyone have any ideas? Mostly I'm just doing small pieces for greeting cards etc.

I also struggled to work out what the correct wool was. There seemed to be 2 kinds of embroidery thread, the fine floss for cross stitch etc., and a much thicker sort of tapestry yarn. I bought the tapestry yarn, but it is 4 ply. I've split the yarn into 2 threads of 2-ply, which seems to work ok, but I wonder if that is still too thick, and perhaps I should split it again so that I have 4 threads of single ply.

Would love some advice if anyone has any.

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Fabric Cards on: January 07, 2006 02:12:17 AM
These were inspired by Denyse Schmidt's quilt cards:


Thanks for looking!

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Lined Messenger with many pockets on: January 07, 2006 02:07:43 AM
This messenger is based on the "Messenger Bag with Gusset" tutorial. I wanted to add a zippered top, but it didn't work out.

It has many pockets, including a front pocket, a zippered pocket on the front flap, and 3 ordinary pockets inside.


6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Halter / Wrap top on: August 30, 2005 04:10:01 AM

I made this top from a medium weight stretch knit. It's made from 2 pieces, one is the waist-band, and the other is the halter piece. It can be worn 2 ways, either as a halter, or by pulling it down over the shoulders, as a 'wrap' style top. It was super easy and fast to make.

http://claire.wibble.net/photos/albums/2005/Stuff%20I%20Made/slides/DSCF0011%20(Medium).JPG http://claire.wibble.net/photos/albums/2005/Stuff%20I%20Made/slides/DSCF0010%20(Medium).JPG
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