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1  How to search for this ring blank? in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by kwugirl on: January 14, 2008 02:18:12 PM
I don't know much about jewelry findings so it's been difficult for me to try to find what I want because I'm not sure of the terms for it. What I'm looking for is the kind of ring blanks used in Amy Burhoe's rings:



The item description says it's made out of sterling silver and it's adjustable by a gap in the back, not by those sliding pieces in cheap ring findings like these

The closest thing that I've been able to find online are on Etsy:



Any pointers that you might have would be welcome! Just the name or how I should search for them would be great, or maybe is it that these are only sold in wholesale catalogs by mail?

The full story is that I met Amy Burhoe at the South End Open Market in Boston a couple months ago and LOVED her rings, but had already run out of cash by that point. Sigh. Anyway, she agreed to sell me a couple of her extra ring blanks, which she gets wholesale, since I assured her it would only be for personal use. The thing is, my school's got an arts fair coming up this semester and I'd like to try my hand at selling some stuff, and if that goes well, maybe trying to start selling on Etsy. I wouldn't be make fused glass cabochons at all, nothing like Amy's gorgeous stuff. Mine would be much more low-tech Grin Anyway, I don't want to impinge on her own source, so I'd like to find my own. Thanks in advance for any help!
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2  Re: Trade Crafty Supplies: Back to School Bonanza : Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kwugirl on: September 09, 2006 11:34:08 AM
I'm finally getting around to posting a photo of my loot from dayzi even though I picked it up on Tuesday. She was superthoughtful and did a great job of post-stalking me so I got a bunch of stuff that I really wanted!



Some highlights:

LOVE the bright orange with polka dots fabric, that's just perfect for me! And I think I'm going to use the plaid patchwork to make a pillow or something like that for my boyfriend, who used to be known as "Captain Plaid" (yeah, he's not that much cooler these days, but oh well!)

Magnetic snaps and zippers for purses, yay!

Various game pieces, especially dominos, for making pendants like I've seen elsewhere in the forums.

Furry black yarn for making a monster clock.

Pink and orange wide ribbons that I think my roommate is going to steal from me...

Anyway, this swap was a ton of fun, thanks to Oops Creation [heh, wrote the wrong name the first time because I was looking at an earlier post...sorry about that!] for organizing it and thanks to dayzi for being a greap partner.  Smiley
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3  Hawaiian flower print purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kwugirl on: August 11, 2006 10:12:49 PM
I decided that I should stop starting so many project posts with "first ______!" But yes, this is my first purse. I was trying to follow jenhook's skipping bag tutorial because I love the pink stripes and skipping girl silhouette on hers so very much. I was also trying to sort of recreate this brown Gap purse that I have which is a perfect purse for me (sturdy zipper, single handle, looks small but is surprisingly roomy). Neither of those direction worked out all that well, mostly because I got the outer fabric from a thrifted skirt (cannibalized because it looked much bettern on me at the thrift store). In the end, it was essentially another jordy bag but less convenient because I didn't cut out squares at each corner and with the separate handles sewn together at the end as in the skipping bag.


The lining fabric is a cream colored flower print I got as a fat quarter a long time ago, pre-learning how to use a sewing machine. I didn't have any other fabric on hand that would work as well, so although it's probably a design faux pas or something to mix a stark b&w with a cream, I rather like it.


I initially meant for the outer fabric to also be on the outer edge of the handles, but I placed them in that which was eventually turned inside out incorrectly, so oh well. Another design element, yeah!


It's not all that sturdy because I didn't put any interfacing in, but it doesn't quite sag/slouch in the way that my Gap purse does. I'm not sure why that is just yet. It's probably something to due with construction of the sides and the lack of a zipper and the weight of the fabric. S'ok, I'll figure it out later.


When it's empty, the gaping is not too bad. However, with stuff...


Ick! The solution I would've preferred would probably have been a magnetic snap, but then I'd have to take the lining apart and all so, eh. I didn't quite know what I was going to do so that there wouldn't be insightly stitching shown on the lining, until I saw a recent post where someone made a little loop on one side of the bag to close it with a button attached to the other side (sorry, can't find it now  Embarrassed) I bought some steam-a-seam and attached a little loop in the lining fabric to the outside in order to echo the "design element" that is the placement of fabrics in the handle.


And one more closeup on the button/loop closure combo:


I didn't get it on very neatly, but it's good enough.
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4  Re: Summer Dress Along? in Clothing Sewalongs by kwugirl on: August 11, 2006 09:14:08 PM
Hey again! I just wanted to post a photo of the dress that I actually did get around to making, much to my surprise. By the way, good job to everyone elses' dresses too! For me, I ended up using the thin green striped fabric as a muslin, which was a good idea because a few things needed changing for me. Full post here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=113748.0

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5  Black and gray and white sundress (my first!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by kwugirl on: August 11, 2006 09:05:20 PM
Hey everyone! I'm so proud of finishing this dress, which I (mostly) made from McCall's 5094 and a thrifted sheet. Hence, sharing it with craftsters.

First, a picture:
Of the many photos I got my boyfriend to take of me in this dress, I liked this one the best, so it's going on first even though that orange belt/scarf isn't officially part of the dress (incidentally, that was also a thrifted item, I believe...)

Here is a picture of the back, sash still on:
So here's where I tell you that yes, when compared to the McCall's 5094 pattern, it seems that my dress is missing something--the entire middle section, in fact! Well, what happened was that I made a muslin of the top part and found out that: 1) the size I chose was way too small; 2) the straps in the pattern were really much too triangular; and 3) the top part would cut off about 3/4 way down my boobs instead of going underneath for an empire waist-type top.

I fixed 1 by going up a few sizes (newbie sewer, first time using a real pattern! so I didn't know about the different sizings at first, but several very helpful craftster topics fixed that) and then 2 and 3 by redrafting (what a fancy word for moving the lines a bit on the wax paper I used to trace the pattern and cut out for later use with rotary cutting out the pieces).

Anyway, then I made a 2nd muslin to test out the changes I'd made, which worked out pretty well. I traced out the shorter skirt section of view F in the hopes that it'd make the dress knee-length, but that was a bit too short. And then I decided that I didn't like having the middle section on me because it emphasized I'd rather not have emphasized  Tongue

So for the real dress, I just removed the middle section and cut out full-length skirt pieces, which worked out very well! The dress is just about knee-length, probably could be about an inch shorter, but that's all right. For the bust section, you have to gather the middle a bit, which helped me fit the bust pieces to the skirt pieces...I had a little bit leftover but it wasn't too bad. I ended up having about an extra 2" on each side as well, so I had to cut that down before fitting in the invisible zipper (first zipper installation, too!).

Photo of just dress, without sash:

Now, for the little things: I put in the zipper a little bit too low (overestimated the suggested 3/4", I suppose) so I had to put in TWO sets of hooks/eyes up top in the back. You can sort of see this in the below photo:
There's a bit of a gap between the two sets but it's not that noticeable from a normal distance.

Also, the straps are a bit loose and feel like they will slip off easily, but actually when I wore it the other day, they didn't fall down at all! And then there's just that the bust area puckers a bit sometimes, perhaps because it's still a little bit too big, but you can't see it that much because of the busy pattern of the fabric.

Anyway, on the whole I am ECSTATIC to have accomplished so many firsts with this dress! I did a lot of the work a few months ago during finals period (finals period = good for almost everything except studying...) but only finished it up a couple days ago. Let me know what you think!
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6  Modern Quilts' "Plain Spoken" (just top, so far...first quilt!) in Quilting: Completed Projects by kwugirl on: May 08, 2006 12:15:27 PM
Instead of studying for finals this week, I have a put a lot of time into assembling the pieces for my Plain Spoken!


Sorry that the photo is a bit blurry and cut off, my camera and computer were being weird today. Tongue

A few things about this project...

- My "Big Idea" was sort of a field of sunflowers. I made pink curtains for my dorm room (I made a post about that while back) and I thought, ok, pink and green go well together, but I also love sunshine and the color orange, so I made the top contain a darker green and a lighter green, as well as a few shades of yellow/orange.

- The back will be a hot pink to match the curtain. I thought it might be fun to have a bit of that shock of color if the comforter is flipped up a bit, as I don't intend to put on a border because...

- This is going to be the top to a duvet cover. I plan to stick a very plain backing to it with strips of steam-a-seam lite, so the seams don't come apart and I don't have random little threads all over the comforter if I need to take off the cover to wash it. I only have a small sewing machine and even less time, so I don't think I will go through the whole quilting thing. Sorry  Embarrassed Anyway, if anyone has any advice about this step of my plan, please let me know! I haven't ever used anything like steam-a-seam before, but other posts in the forums suggest that it's pretty much what I'm looking for. I hope it works!

- A little piece of (perhaps obvious) advice for others: I cut out all the rectangles before I really understood anything at all about straight grains on fabrics and all that jazz. I still don't know much, but if you want to make this, I would advise 1) trying to cut the rectangles very square with lines of the thread in the fabric so you don't have threads falling out all the time because you pull on one but it pulls out others since it's on a diagonal...if that makes any sense, and 2) cut the rectangles so that it can stretch in width. That will help you align the blocks when it comes time to sewing the rows together. I have a few wonky corners, but they don't bother me enough to go back and fix them.

Thanks for looking!
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7  An alternative method of shortening a dress... in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by kwugirl on: April 22, 2006 11:30:58 PM
Instead of hemming the bottom, chop off the top!

Before:

Initial problems with the dress: too tight over my middle, boob area doesn't really fit boobs very well, waist is too low, and dress is below knee-length (knee-length now being my preferred length for all skirts/dresses because I'm both short and "curvy" so knee-length = makes legs look thinner and longer since it cuts off at the narrowest part). These issues didn't hit me when I first bought the dress because it was $17 at Filene's Basement, but then I didn't wear it at all last summer and set out to fix that.

After!

I was going to attempt to hem the bottom, but then I realized that I could solve all the problems with the dress by completely removing the top boobholder section! The material is stretchy, so now it fits around the girls without the odd cupping area. The waist is higher and it goes knee-length. I had to shorten the zipper in the back--just cut it to be slightly longer than I needed and then folded it over so the zipper won't come out. I also added a hook&eye to the top of the back so it would close more tightly. And the lace straps were to continue the line from the lace parts of the dress itself, and also to insure it can't slip down too mcuh Wink

Anyway, I thought it was a neat way of fixing the problems. Hope this might help someone!
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8  Decorated dorm room in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by kwugirl on: March 04, 2006 04:10:45 PM
Hey everyone,

Here are some photos of my half of the room! I'm in love with bright, happy colors but the color of these walls is absolutely hideous (some off-white that's slightly...greenish? Just really, really dull and soul-killing) so I've covered up so much of it...unfortunately I think it comes off slightly as too cluttered. Ah, well.


I replaced the curtain with one I made from a pink sheet bought at a thrift store and some white grosgrain ribbon. The original curtain mechanism was just these hooks, so I sewed the white ribbon across the back of the sheet along one of the longer sides with spaces for the hooks to hook onto. I probably should've shortened it a little bit; it looks a little long to me, but I just wanted to get it up.

The dull blue blanket will get a colorful cover sometime soon!


The kite up top is one of those cheap paper ones they sell to tourists in Tiananmen Sq.

I'm really proud of the photo wall hangings! Last year I made a border around the room of photos, but it took a really long time to put on and take off because each photo was stuck on individually. So this year, I wanted to have something that I could just slide the photos in and out of, but I couldn't find anything in a store that would be able to be stuck on with tape (key requirement in dorm wall decorating). I eventually made these hangings out of black ribbon, double-sided tape, and some photo sleeves. They took awhile to make, but I'll be able to use it again next year!

It would probably decrease the cluttered feel if I made more of the photo wall hangings and got rid of the cards, but I ran out of photo sleeves.


The few uncovered spots left. The space above my closet was supposed to be done because those two pictures are from a set of four, but the red and blue ones kept falling off for whatever reason.
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