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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Urchin from handspun wool on: January 17, 2008 10:36:27 PM
Hi everyone! This is my first knitting post Smiley

I originally posted my first handspun in the fiber section. Someone suggested that I make knittys Urchin from the wool.

So here it is! What do you think?





2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / My first yarn... I am now addicted :) With finished urchin. Pic heavy on: January 16, 2008 05:28:00 PM
Hi everyone!
I have been lurking in the background for a while, I just love looking at fiber Friday with everyone's fantastic yarn Smiley You have inspired me to give it a go myself (I am usually just a knitter). So here is my first yarn that has actually worked for me. It is made from almost raw wool, it has been washed but needs a lot more before I would wear something made from it.




It's all very thick and thin and a bit lumpy, but I sort of like it! What do you think?

Well I finished the Urchin!







Haha, I think it is going to keep me very warm Smiley Comments appreciated!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / sizing for sewing patterns or how to choose a pattern! on: December 29, 2007 05:08:02 AM
Hi all
I have been reading thru a few posts and it seems ppl have problems with the sizing of sewing patterns??

Patterns are totally different from RTW........they wont be the same size.

You should buy a pattern that matches your high bust measurement.( for a shirt or dress!) That means measure yourself above your boobs in line with your armpit. That way it will fit across your back, shoulders and around your neck ( mostly anyway). If you are larger than a B cup in your bra you need to make a full bust adjustment to the pattern. Do a google search for this.... there are lots of different ways to do it and its really quite easy.

Allways check the sizing on your pattern pieces and remember they include ease.........which can sometimes be way too much! Compare your high bust measurement to the numbers on the patterns ( not on the envelope).........then you can choose the size which has the amount of ease you want. It may not be the size you thought you would use!

Hope this helps someone!
cheers
Jan
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: More Fabric Marking Questions on: December 29, 2007 04:25:56 AM
hi Violet.......lets see if I can make this clearer>>>



Pin your pattern to the fabric ( right sides together) first. Cut around all the edges. Where there are little arrow/notches take a tiny snip into the fabric within the seam allowance thru both pieces of fabric. These are very important as they are where you make sure your pieces line up with each other.

3. Should I use THREAD TRACING (basting to mark the grainlines) on every piece??  This is a technique I'm completely unfamiliar with.  Do any of you do it??

nope don't bother.......but having said that I use a ruler and line up the grain line marking with the selvage or fold of the fabric so it is straight. I pin my grainlines first..........and then around the edge of the patterns pieces.

4. The following excerpt is from the Vogue Sewing book.  I can't make heads or tail about what it means.  Can anyone explain??

all this means is you poke a pin thru both pieces of fabric......straight thru where it is marked ( like on a dart point or where ever etc.) Take out just enough pins so you can fold the pattern out of the way and rub your chalk or removable marker on the base of the pin where it is going thru the fabric. ......put your other pins back again and carefully fold your fabric over so you can see where the pin is poking thru at the back. Mark it with your chalk just the same way. The marks end up being in the same place on both pieces of fabric.
Chalk can be a pain as it can come off as you use your fabric. I also use a water dissolvable pen.
I think you are using a fairly old book!

Tailor tacks have their place. I rarely use them unless it is fabric that is difficult to mark clearly. Yes they will tear your pattern! but only a little bit!

Have never used a tracing wheel and paper altho I have them! Too much hassle and hard to wash out!

Hope this helps

cheers
Jan



5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ideal characteristics of a sewing machine? on: December 01, 2007 08:16:11 PM
A good plan is to go out and try every sewing machine you can find. Think about what you are actually going to sew with it.........what sort of fabrics etc.
http://sewing.patternreview.com/      has every sort of machine with reviews!
cheers
Jan
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hemming help on: February 28, 2007 02:31:32 AM
Can I suggest pinning in some more tuck things evenly all the way around . where ever you can fit them in and make it look like they were supposed to be there? They should hitch it up a couple of inches..........
cheers
Jan
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: opinions of the younger crowd? on: September 28, 2006 03:43:16 PM
Many thanks guys!
I love the expression old ladyish! Just what I was aiming for!
Bag has found a home with 21yr old daughter............
cheers
Jan
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / opinions of the younger crowd? on: September 20, 2006 04:55:08 AM
Hi
I havent posted in ages but am still reading! lol
Can I have opinions on this one please?
Is it too loud? I personally love the retro fabric! Amazing what old curtains can make. Its fully lined in black, internal pockets, black piping,no closures, retro button holding the 3d flower.

Too much?
http://www.mypages.iparenting.com/webs/ricstew/retrobag.jpg

http://www.mypages.iparenting.com/webs/ricstew/retrobagdetail.jpg

pics a bit blurry! sorry.
Im gonna be away till tuesday nite Oz time so if you answer im not ignoring you!
Please fire away!
cheers
Jan
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing around corners Help! on: August 13, 2005 10:22:51 PM
your very welcome Julie
The pics did come out small! not sure where i went wrong but if you go to the album/photo section they are larger.
Ive been sewing for many years but handbags are a new slant for me!
cheers
Jan
10  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Picture Hosting Support / picture size on: August 13, 2005 05:59:05 PM
my pics are too small i think........i went back in and enlarged one reloaded it but it stayed the same size here! whats the 'normal ' size' ppl use? Huh

other than that what an excellent site!

cheers
Jan
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