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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / acrylic, cotton, wool, or something else? on: December 26, 2005 07:48:43 PM
I'm trying to teach myself how to knit, and of course I'm drooling over all the gorgeous yarns you guys are using, but for once in my life I'm going to be practical and sensible, and start with something relatively inexpensive, and work my way up to the good stuff! But what should I start with? I went to Walmart and looked at their yarn, and it's all acrylic, which I don't really like very much after it's washed a few times. It looks so crummy after a few launderings, but it has its advantages, I guess. I saw a few acrylic/mohair blends that seemed kind of nice.

I guess I'm going to knit a scarf...original, huh? I don't think I want to use acrylic, but maybe that's a good yarn to learn with? Or should I get some kind of blend? Or wool? Cotton?
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Make victorian ornaments from ribbon and fabric scraps on: December 04, 2005 04:57:08 PM
These are sweet! I made a few and they look fantastic. I'm using them as package tie-ons. The fun part is making clothes for them. Print the dolls out on card stock.

http://www.victorianornaments.com/MakeOrnament.html
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Trying to find a scarf I saw linked from here on: November 23, 2005 09:20:46 AM
Help! I saw a link from here (I think it was someone's site that was in their sig here) and followed it to a site that had really cool handmade stuff on it. I wanted to buy a scarf for my sister, but my computer crashed and I lost all my bookmarks. It was really cute and I hope this rings a bell with someone!

There were 8 pics on the page, all shots of a girl posing with the scarves. Most of them were already sold but one or two were still available. The scarves were all dark brown corduroy, with a bit of lace and felt applique at the very bottom, in various colors. The scarf wrapped around your neck and was fastened in the front with a large brown wooden toggle-type button. Does this ring a bell with anyone?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Mittens that hold your iPod on: November 23, 2005 06:26:26 AM
http://sprboston.com/seanssoapbox.html/?p=69

Has anyone made these? Cute. Not just for iPods, of course, but any MP3 player - a little pocket holds your stuff. You can download the pattern at the end of the post.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Bestest Handbag Pattern of All Time? on: November 21, 2005 07:39:51 PM
What's your favorite handbag design or pattern to make?
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / What's everyone working on? on: November 16, 2005 01:41:44 PM
I just want an excuse to talk about handbags and stuff Wink

What projects are you working on, or thinking about working on?

Right now I'm making 2 handbags with straight bamboo handles, and 2 pencil cases. I just bought colored pencils to put into the cases so I can roll them up and figure out where to put the tie that closes them. I just got Amy Butler's Cafe Apron pattern in the mail, so I'm going to be doing that this week, too. Christmas presents! I'm also racking my brain for an idea for something to make for some of my male friends. They'd like the apron, though, so I might just go with that.

What about you?
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Making a tote with a flat bottom ?? on: November 11, 2005 04:07:29 AM
I'm an idiot. For the life of me I can't figure this out. Up till now all my forays into bag making have been very unconstructed bags - basically two rectangles sewn together. Now I want to make a bag that has a flat bottom, and I can't figure out how to do it. What I want is a simple tote, but something with body to it.

Something like this: http://img496.imageshack.us/img496/3482/tote8sb.jpg -with no gusset on the sides, but with a flat bottom. I'm clueless as to how to do this without a pattern. Should I buy a pattern? If so, which one is a good one to start with? Please help! I've read and reread and reread the Jordy tute for a messenger bag with a flat bottom, and it makes absolutely no sense to me, which is why I feel like an idiot. I can tell it's a good tute because it has 90 pages of replies from people telling her how good it is... Wink
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Online Sources for Quilted Fabrics? on: November 10, 2005 06:38:06 AM
I'm a shop-online freak! I've been googling for a while now, and am not really seeing any places online to order prequilted fabric, for some Vera Bradley-type bags I'd like to attempt making. The two fabric stores me are so-so, so...I'd love to buy some stuff online!

This place - http://www.jkmribbon.com/wrights/web2.html - is  where I buy my belting/webbing from...the black cotton specifically. I've used it for other things in the past but am going to use it for trim and straps on some of the bags I'm making for Christmas presents. It's really good and sturdy, and it's less than 1.00 a yard, even with shipping. Can't beat it!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / The Perfect Interfacing? on: November 08, 2005 09:33:41 AM
I've been reading the handbag forum here for a few weeks now and am SO chuffed! I can't believe how cool and professional some of the bags and purses look. I am beyond excited to try to make one !

Now for my actual question Wink How do I know what kind of interface to get? Should it be sew on or iron on? Should it be really heavy and stiff, or light? I asked at my local fabric store, but I could tell by the way she replied that the girl working there had no idea, and was just trying to get rid of me by giving me an answer.

I'd like to use a medium-weight fabric like a toile or denim, and I'd like the bag to really hold up when sitting on a table. Knowing that, can anyone suggest a good interfacing for the construction of the bag? I think I'm going to use plastic mesh for the bottom, but what should I use for the sides? Thanks !
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