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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: any thoughts on knitting pillows? on: February 11, 2007 05:44:32 AM
You could try here:

http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/advanced_techniques/

, there's a section on stranded knitting partway down...

Otherwise, you should definitely try the knitting board, there's loads of info on there and I'm sure someone would know of a lot more tutorials than I do.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Anyone made a fabric-covered memo board with criss-cross front? on: February 10, 2007 08:07:26 AM
ok, there must be a technical name for these, but I want something like this:



and was wondering if anyone could give me some hints on home to make one? What is a suitable backing board, do you need to put padding underneath, what kind of tape do you use and how do you affix it at each 'cross'?

Thanks in advance  Grin
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help me make curtains for the first time! on: February 10, 2007 08:04:58 AM
Thanks so much for the help and ideas! I will be back when I've gotten started, to let you know how I got on Smiley
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Help me make curtains for the first time! on: February 07, 2007 06:38:36 AM
Ok, so I want to make curtains for my living room.  I have never done this before but do really wantto learn.  Can you lovely girls help me? 

I have picked out my fabric, it is the one at the bottom of this picture:



I want to have quite a simple top, I was thinking about using an eyelet top kind of like this:



Do you think that could work with this fabric?  I am in the UK and have found a few places you can buy eyelets here, you buy the rings and it looks like you either get something to punch holes in the fabric included, or else you cut with scissors once you've fitted the rings.... has anyone ever worked with these eyelets, and is it easy or difficult?  Is using the normal sort of curtain tape easier or harder than this?  Can anyone suggest some nice simple,clean-looking curtain top possibilities? (I mean possibilities for fixing it to a curtain rail).

I would be really grateful to anyone who could give me some pointers for simple curtain patterns.  Also, I don't even know how much fabric to buy!  My window is about 180cm by 180cm, so it's big.  The fabric width is 140cm.  Fortunately the stripes will make it quite easy to join widths together, but how much fabric do I need? How many fabric widths are you supposed to have across your window?

Thanks so, so much in advance for any help that anyone can offer me!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Need some ideas for a cushion cover.... on: January 23, 2007 12:57:45 PM
I have 4 fat quarters of Heather Bailey fabric

http://www.freespiritfabric.com/core-pages/gallery.php?gal_id=108&PHPSESSID=7043522940d6e485f4efc891c420a126

which I love (I have a floral, a couple of paisley-ish ones, and a stripe).  I need to turn these into a nice cushion cover for a chair seat.  I am not very imaginative when it comes to fabric and I need some ideas in terms of what I could do with just 4 designs.  I don't want something that will take forever, but I want it to be nice.  I guess I'm open to a basic kind of quilty design, but I think I would prefer something more geometrical, perhaps... something cool but not too complex.

I think I also want to put buttons on the seat cover (although I'm not totally sure on this one) so I think the design needs to be not-too-fussy, since it'll have buttons on the top of it.  Then again, I could leave the buttons off.  I have no buttons and no idea how I would attach them. LOL. 

What do you think I should do?  Any ideas as to where I could look?  I am flummoxed and need inspiration  Grin  Thanks so much in advance.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Glamour Knits by Erica Knight on: January 08, 2007 09:17:55 AM
I don't have it, but I want it too!  I love the sweater on the cover. 
Classic Knits looks nice too. 

I'd love to see some photos of more of the designs in either of these.  Anyone know where there are some inside shots?
7  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Lady Eleanor Round 2? on: January 05, 2007 09:18:06 AM
It'd be cheaper than the original I reckon!  Although yes.... but a blanket sized anything is going to be expensive, and it would keep me quiet for many hours, so perhaps my husband would be willing to subsidise me....
8  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Lady Eleanor Round 2? on: January 05, 2007 08:47:16 AM
Oh! Oh! I am officially dumb.  I have only just spotted this thread.  I'm hoping to start a Lady Eleanor soon... I just need needles, yarn and the book.  Hmm.

I can't decide which yarn to use.  Which weight of the LaLana is recommended?  I'm going to make mine big big big so I can use it as a blanket rather than a wrap (which I know I'd never wear). 

So what are the subs that people have tried so far?  I've read about various Noro yarns, Rowan tapestry, Patons soy wool stripe.... anything else?

I'm in the UK so have some major disadvantages yarn wise... in both the procuring and affording departments.  Ho hum.

I want to really love this, so am hoping to use some nice yarn, even if it costs more.  I don't like mohair AT ALL, so I think that rules out Silk Garden and maybe the LaLana....

Do you think a sub for Lion and Lamb would be an utter disaster?  The gauge seems comparable..... and I like it a lot.  Thoughts anyone?
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lady Eleanor as a blanket.... on: January 05, 2007 08:33:13 AM

Thanks!   I agree, she looks blankety.  Or pursey.  I'd love to see that.  Are you thinking a big purse or a small purse?

I'm new to entrelac too, and perhaps being somewhat foolhardy about the dauntingness of the fact that my first project will be something large enough to wrap around my body.

Hmm.  Does anyone have the book to hand, or does anyone happen to know which weight of the LaLana yarn is recommended?  They seem to do a few.

Also, can you buy this yarn online anywhere more cheaply?  [Cue hollow laughter...?]

Any yarn subs you'd recommend apart from the various Noro that seem to have been popular... ?

I'm not mad about any of their shades, although I like the version on the Fig and Plum blog.

http://www.figandplum.com/archives/000623.html

Mmm.  Pretty.

Any other ideas?

10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Too young to be a quilter? on: January 04, 2007 07:31:39 AM
I'm a 24 year old quilter.  Who cares!
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