It's a dull and wet Melbourne day - it's been raining from morn till evening. I woke up feeling blah, felt blah all the way thru work, and then progressively felt blah-er as I sat through class, took the wrong tram, had to get off half a suburb early thanks to a blocked road, and then waited another 20 minutes for a train to arrive.....
But there in the mailbox! A parcel from an angel!!
yayyayyay! animegirlie has sent me two ever so pretty cuffs, and they are perfect. One's blue and matches my new boots, the other's pinkish and matches not only my pyjamas, but also half my wardrobe. And it's so soft I just want to stroke it all day.
Photos to follow, once I buy some batteries tomorrow afternoon.
what are those magnets, are they REALLY strong? i haven't seen those yet.
I'd never seen them before either (then again, I'd never gone looking for them). I asked the lady at the wool store near my work (they sell craft odds as well) for something to hold together a cuff. She suggested magnets, and I went 'piff! As if!!' But they are REALLY STRONG. If they were any larger (they're maybe 5mm ? don't remember. Definitely no more than 1cm in diameter), they'd be almost impossible to separate. I could use one of them to easily pick up my embroidery scissors, or my nail clippers.
Unfortunately - there was no brand or company name attached to the clasps - they were in a small plastic bag... If anyone's interested, I'll ask the store where they got them from.
I am SO glad that you like them both, barbwire... and aren't those magnets AWESOME? Such magnetic power, in something so tiny! So powerful, I could've sworn the PO would've refused to send it... The quilted one was just a quicky 'thank-you for waiting' - it has a partner, which was my 'wear-out-to-the-pub' one, until a friend demanded it for herself. I crankily notice that it has frayed in transit. Grrr. Never mind, cut all the loose threads off - it shouldn't mess anything up, because the fabric has interfacing bonded to it, which will eventually stop the fraying.
But I'm really happy that you love the xstitch one. I've been an embroiderer since I was 6 or so, and it's always the first thing that jumps to mind when I need to make something.
Like a crazy girl, I have been lurking around this gallery, watching as everyone else's creations were posted.
I really regret now that I forgot to take pictures of the one I made. Hopefully my partner will... In the meantime, the waiting time, I've been inspired. I've been making more cuffs for my own greedy pleasure. And, well, basically, I want to show them off. *shrug - bad habit of mine*
There's another on the way as well, which involves 6 skeins of tapestry wool... And then, I'll have to try and mimic some of my favourite cuffs that I've seen posted here!! And then finish my half finished ones.. and then...
Anyway, I had such great fun making a cuff for my swap partner - but stupidly I didn't take any pictures of it. I've made myself a few more cuffs since - out of bits and pieces from around the house.
From left to right, layers of fabric and interfacing, sewn together, and then I used my sewing machine to play 'join-the-dots'. That cuff, and the next one both use press studs to secure. The middle cuff is made out of duct tape - it's actually my first ever duct tape experiment. It's two separate strips of tape, and they're only held together at the ends. It was a tricky affair to get the eyelets through, but I love the way they look. The third cuff, the blue one, is in some ways my favourite... and the simplest of them all. It's an old sock, that had a hole in the heel, but I loved the cherries too much to throw them away. I just cut off the toe, cut off the heel, and then used the 'foot bit'... I overlocked the edges to make them ruffly.
I have three more half finished experiments:
These are all using the cardboard cores of my crochet wool. The one on the left is covered in aluminium foil, and easter egg wrapper. I want to put more eyelets through it, but it's really really really hard. The middle one, has scraps of wool wrapped around it, and then scraps of embroidery cotton woven through. The last, is just me sticking bits of origami paper onto the cardboard.