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61  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: More Book Purses on: May 14, 2004 01:18:57 PM
Alisoninwonderland, that looks great!  I like how you stitched around the top of the lining.  Did you sew the lining together before gluing it in, or simple glue the side and middle pieces in separately. 
62  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: More Book Purses on: May 14, 2004 07:26:42 AM
Thanks klippedwingz!  I try to make everything professional grade, mainly because I value quality pieces, and yeah, I do sell these.

I think one of the best additions I made to the design is instead of taking a small piece of cardboard and gluing it directly to the spine for reinforcement, I wrap it in fabric, and glue it down after the lining has been put in. It keeps the lining tight, provides a nice flat bottom so the fabric won't pull up, and if the lining is slightly too large, I can push down the excess under the reinforcer. 
63  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: skirt from mens button down shirts on: May 13, 2004 05:47:08 AM
Just a thought, for any of the more zaftig craftsters out there, and particularly for my Amazonian self, I'm thinking more than 4 sleeves would be neccessary.  Or at least use larger shirts to start with.
64  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: More Book Purses on: May 12, 2004 04:39:42 PM
What is the attraction with clutches?  I would totally drop a clutch purse.  I have a hard enough time with handbags, that's why I usually go with a messenger bag around one shoulder. 

Anyways, finished 2 more with handles, I'll post pictures in a bit. 
65  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / More Book Purses on: May 12, 2004 12:35:01 PM
How funny that there are other book purses on here!  I've been making these for some time now, but with a bit different take on it than I've seen here.  

http://www.etchalon.com/elfgrrl/rosepurse1.JPG

This is an old vintage book that I transformed into a tiny handbag.  I made the handles out of old wire hoops, and wrapped folded fabric around to cover it, as well as fatten it up. 

http://www.etchalon.com/elfgrrl/rosepurse2.JPG

The inside is made from vintage fabric that I tea stained to give it a more antique look, and match the cover of the book better.

And then this is a Reader's Digest that I'm playing with. 

http://www.etchalon.com/elfgrrl/peachpurse.JPG

http://www.etchalon.com/elfgrrl/peachpurse2.JPG

http://www.etchalon.com/elfgrrl/peachpurse3.JPG

I made handles for it out of grosgrain ribbon and rubber tubing, but need to get an eyelet puncher before I attach them.  Instead of gluing them in, I'm going to tie the loose ends of the ribbons in bows through the cover. 

Also, I made a little pocket for cards and loose cash.
66  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: First Post - Hairpins on: May 11, 2004 06:44:43 AM
These are absolutely gorgeous.  I've been experimenting with flowers made from silk scraps for a while now, so I'm really curious to know how you do the folded technique. 

Are you using fabric covered buttons as the centers?
67  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Men's Ties / Neckties on: May 04, 2004 06:35:25 AM
I just recently got the book "My Daddy's Ties" and I highly recommend it.  The patterns are a bit hard to read, but the pictures and ideas are quite inspiring.  

Of course, the best thing to do with your leftover ties would be send them to me....
68  UNITED STATES / Maryland / Re:craft stores? on: May 04, 2004 06:28:21 AM
There is also a Pearl in Rockville, on the Pike, just a few blocks from the Michaels.  
69  UNITED STATES / Washington, D.C. / DC Craft Collective on: May 02, 2004 04:10:54 PM
 Hello folks.  This is my first post on here, although I've been lurking for some time.

I've been thinking about starting a group of people who would get together and share crafty ideas, teach each other new things, etc.  There seem to be lots of opportunities for knitters to get together and hang out, but not everyone knits.

I want to meet people in the DC Metro area who are into making stuff, and doing it seriously, not neccessarily for a living, but not just LJ kids reconstructing band tee-shirts.  (not that there's anything wrong with that.)

Anyone game?
70  UNITED STATES / Maryland / DC Craft Collective on: May 02, 2004 04:03:54 PM
Hello folks.  This is my first post on here, although I've been lurking for some time.

I've been thinking about starting a group of people who would get together and share crafty ideas, teach each other new things, etc.  There seem to be lots of opportunities for knitters to get together and hang out, but not everyone knits.  

I want to meet people in the DC Metro area who are into making stuff, and doing it seriously, not neccessarily for a living, but not just LJ kids reconstructing band tee-shirts.  (not that there's anything wrong with that.)

Anyone game?
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