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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / 100% unscoured wool with natural oils? on: September 14, 2006 07:29:29 AM
Good morning, all. I recently purchased some yarn at a thrift shop, and it has a very strong smell. The tags say, "Knitting Worsted 100% Virgin Unscoured Wool with Natural Oils."

My questions are:
1) What does "unscoured wool" mean?
2) The wool feels, well, oily. Is there some way I can treat it/wash it before knitting with it?
3) Will it be itchy? I was hoping to make some mittens, but right now, the wool doesn't feel very nice...anyway to soften it up? Or should I just reserve this wool for some other project?

Thanks for any assistance you can provide!
12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Summer purse from Indian fabric on: July 25, 2006 09:53:11 AM
I made this purse the other day (again, by hand, since I'm away from my machine). I found a cool shop in Budapest that sells clothing by the kilo, and discovered this small print from India. I attached a lining and some straps...and voila! Should I take the flowers off? I thought they added an interesting twist, but looking at them now...maybe they are too much??

I will probably re-attach the straps once I return home and have matching thread and access to a sewing machine!



13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / pillowcase into huge funky summer purse on: July 19, 2006 02:55:24 AM
I took a pillow case and transformed it into the purse below...this was a European pillowcase, so the top portion has buttons for a closure.

I sewed the whole thing by hand, but it's very sturdy and I've used it to carry lots of things this summer Smiley

14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Funky suspender pants into cute capris on: July 19, 2006 02:51:52 AM
I bought these green pants because I liked the color and the pleats on the front. Unfortunately, they were about a size 0 and I couldn't put them on...so I cut off the suspenders and opened up the pleats, added a drawstring and voila, quoi!!!

Before...


After...



15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Summer pajama set from XL pj pants on: June 10, 2006 11:55:52 AM
I had a pair of XL Gap pj pants that were just a bit too short...so I decided to make them into a matching set.

I cut the pants totally part and resewed the waistband. Then I made them into capris by cutting off about 6 inches from the bottom. I unfolded that part and used it as the top of this tanktop. I sewed the bottom part from an old T-shirt. I'm pretty happy with how this turned out, especially the bottoms.

Happy sleeping (and sewing)!

16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / H & M flower knockoff tote on: June 10, 2006 11:48:53 AM
Hi everyone! I'm working in Europe this summer, so I had to leave my trusty sewing machine in California. Nonetheless, I'm determined to get my craft on this summer and wanted to make a knock-off of a tote I saw at the Budapest H & M. I can't find the original picture on the website, but it's a simple blue cotton totebag with an embroidered 3-D flower design.

Here's mine--I sewed it all by hand, and I'm really happy with the way it turned out. I'm going to use it as my work bag on Monday! Yay!
17  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / EUROPE / Craftsters in Hungary? on: February 08, 2006 06:12:56 AM
Hi everyone! I posted this on another board, and someone kindly suggested I re-post here. I'm American but will be living and working in Budapest this summer.

If anyone crafty is living in Budapest or anywhere in Hungary, please let me know, because I'd love to meet up!! Thanks!
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Weird shirt into cute purse! on: February 03, 2006 09:11:19 AM
My sister had a funky shirt from Express that she didn't want anymore...so I made it into a great purse that she really loves! The front had this lacey strip, which I incorporated into the purse design.  This purse is a beautiful magenta color, and the lining is beigey brown with little flowers.



19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Colorful laptop sleeve on: February 02, 2006 07:01:33 PM
Hi everyone,

I'm in law school and use my laptop computer all the time...I have to admit I spend a fair amount of time looking at everyone's great posts on craftster! You are all so inspiring and your brilliant pictures and creativity keep me sane!

I made this laptop sleeve during weekend. It fits my computer like a glove and I can carry my laptop safely in my backpack.

The whole thing took me about an hour. I made a lining with quilt batting sewn into the side seams. Then I fit the outer bag over the lining and batting and I sewed the whole thing together on the top. I added a closure in the top seam and then added a snap and covered it all with a cool vintage button.

I've gotten a lot of compliments and I think my computer is very happy Smiley


20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Winter break projects on: February 02, 2006 11:54:30 AM
Here are a few things I made over winter break. The first is a shirt with letters that I cut out to say "I heart UCD". Then I sewed contrasting fabric underneath the shirt to make the letters "pop."

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v488/Megqnsu34/ucdshirt.jpg

The other item is a floofy peasant skirt I made from one of the tutorials I found on the website. It took a lot more fabric than I anticipated. I used two pillowcases and a long curtain I found at a thrift store.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v488/Megqnsu34/peasantshirt.jpg
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