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31  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Bag with two sections? on: March 01, 2006 09:22:56 AM
Ok, so here's the story:

I want a nice, big bag that can hold my knitting as well as all the other things I need (purse, makeup, scripts/books etc). What I really want to make is a bag with a division on the inside, down the middle. I want to short-ish straps, and it'll be lined. I'll put a square bottom on it, with some card to make it strong. I'm gonna make it out of upholstry material and line it with cotton ot dressmaking fabric. I really want it to zip up to keep my things safe.



So basically I was wonderring if any of you had some super clever ways of making a bag with two egually sized sections inside.THe only things I can think of is to make two smalley bags out of the lining, sew them together and then do a big bag to go around it.

Any ideas, tips or questions?Huh??

Thanks a lot!

xx
32  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Would you like a cup of tea? on: February 24, 2006 08:19:29 AM
Okay, this idea sort of popped into my head while I was having a cup of tea  Wink

(This may sound odd and you may think I'm insane but....... oh well)

Basically, the contestants can make anything - but it has to be about cups of tea. Maybe they could make a stylistic painting using boxes that tea bags come in as a canvas and old tea bags as paint?
Or they could sew lots of (probably not used) tea bags together to make some clothing?
Or use tea to die some wool and knit a really big teabag with it?
The possibilities are endless!

I'm not sure whether or not teapot cosies would be allowed.......

PS I strongly suggest fair trade tea as it is better  Smiley

Any suggestions, idea, or words of unconditional support?Huh?

Ta, Sarah x

PPS This may just be because I'm english and all obsessed with tea...
33  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Recomended knitting book: Knitorama on: February 14, 2006 08:57:34 AM
I just got this fabulous book from Waterstones (it's an english book shop) and it's really amazing!

( www.knitorama.com )




IT's got the basics of knitting in it, so if you're a beginner it's quite good (although I'd recommend Stitch 'n' Bitch for complete beginners as the instructions are more extensive)

The papers really shiney and the covers really soft!

There's lots of 'tips' and coloured photos - I really like the way they've shot the designs; it looks a bit like a '50s advert.

The patterns may not be ... useful , but they're really fun.

It includes
  • knit your own hand grenade!
  • Bow
  • fried egg ear muffs
  • apple protector
  • knitted garters!
  • knickers!
  • plus loads more!

The patterns can be a bit confusing, but apart from that this is possibly my favourite kniting book  Wink
34  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Wolverhampton???? on: January 21, 2006 01:04:04 PM
Are there any craftsters here from wolverhampton?

I just thought we could think about the fact that their aren't many people from wolverhampton.
Also, the small lack of a SnB club here

And where do you get your supplies from?

The market, beaties, wulfrun wools?Huh

Just wonderred  Smiley
35  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / FIngerless gloves/ mittens .... help please! on: January 17, 2006 09:11:06 AM
Hello  Smiley

My best friend has these delicious mitten/finerless gloves bought from an english shop called accesorize. Basically, they're fingerless gloves that have a sort of pocket on the back of the hand. You can pull the flap over your fingers so that they're mittens! Very clever!

If you don't understand, there's a link here to one of a similar style (they're a bit different to my friend's, but I like them more  Wink )

http://store.monsoon.co.uk/catalog/Welcome?catid=3
(click on 'girls' on the left hand toolbar, then gloves, then there are a selection. I like the green ones on the top left).

Anyway, obviously I would rather have the satisfaction of knitting a pair than having to buy one ... so disappointing when you have to buy something you're sure there's some way you could knit ... but I've searched and searched and can't find a pattern anywhere!

I'm not a fantastic knitter ... sort of beginner going on to average, and I would prefer not to have to knit in the round, as I've never done this before  Smiley

If you know any easy-ish patterns, please post them!

Much appreciated

Sarah x
36  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / tape bead curtain thing... on: January 15, 2006 05:07:13 AM
Okay, so I've always wanted a bead curtain, and the other day I was playing around with some cellotape (is that how you spell it? You know, a couple of cm wide, clear, you used it for wrapping up gifts, sticking sheets into excercise books etc) Anyway, I found that if you stick two strips sticky side together, you get tthis sort of long clear film thing.

Here's my idea.

I get loads of tape, somer really skinny ribbon - like this thin: [   ], sequins, and other small flat decorations (not edible!). Then I cut a long strip of tape (sticky side up!), but the ribbon in the centre, put some sequins along it, then stick on ther strip of tape on top so it's enclosed ... I hope you understand.

If I made a load of these I could hang tham of a length of bamboo and have a curatin!

I want your suggestions on maybe having weight at the bottom of the tape so it isn't too floaty

Do you think it would go static and stick to you when you walk by???

Any other comments?

Thanks in advance!

Sarah

37  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Sleepover in a box! on: January 15, 2006 04:52:36 AM
Well, I didn't really know whether to put this in gifts or party planning, so I chose here ... Anyway, here goes...

Well, it's one of my best friends birthday in a couple of weeks, and she's having a party - all girls. SO I thought I'd get a shoe box (although I might actually have to get a bigger box ... depends on how many ideas I have  Smiley ) and fill it with loads of girly sleep over stuff. I'm going to paper it with bright pink wrapping paper, and sort of line it with pink tissue paper.

Here are my ideas of what to fill it with ... any suggestions would be really great! (And I'm trying to make the contents as pink as possible, to go with the girly theme)

  • CD compilation, with some classic songs on. I'm thinking backstreet boys (! ), 5ive, spice girls etc, and maybe some new ones
  • A load of different face masks, the sort you wouldn't normaly use, like BANANATASTIC BANANA! Okay, so I made that one up, but you get the idea.
  • I was contemplating making a spin the bottle game, with a circle of cardboard separated into truth, dare, double dare, kiss, hug, torture, then pinning on a spinner
  • maybe some nail varnish and toe separater
  • Candy! Chocolate and sweeties etc
  • a packet of raspberries ... I know it sounds odd, but it's sort of a tradition that we eat fruit at sleepovers
Thats all I can think of really. Please give any suggestions, and remember that I'm on a tight budget!  Wink

Thanks
38  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / polystyrene. or is it polystyrine? on: November 21, 2005 10:34:24 AM
Ok, so my mum goes and buys a fridge (which is good as our old fridge was broken and milk tastes horrible warm)

Anyway... it came with a load of polystyrine and I convinced her not to throw it out as it would be very useful for carfty projects.

Well, now she's really quite annoyed with me as there's a load of polystyrene in her kitchen which i have no idea what to do with...

Any suggestions?

PS I'm got these two 1cm thick flat squares which are just aching to have something made out of them!
39  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / [SOLVED] A 'What can I do with ...' board on: November 20, 2005 01:16:17 AM
I think it would be good to have a board where you type in what material you've got - like a square metre of flowerry wool or 6 ping pong balls - and then other members post creative ideas to do with them!

I don't know if this board already exsisits, as I'm quite new to this website, but I think it would be cool! Smiley
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