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51  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Christmas origami on: December 07, 2007 11:49:46 AM
hi,  I have looked and looked for a paper pattern for a German bell ornament.  This might be called a German star.  Any thoughts on how to make one?  thanks.  catdaddytn
52  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / leather on: December 02, 2007 06:13:52 PM
has anyone sewn with leather?  I saw some cute jackets on a TV show made from leather.  Some of the jackets were typical leather blazers and some were more like cute little jackets, like with a big button and open.  thanks. catdaddy
53  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / making several purses/same pattern and scissors ? on: September 29, 2007 09:24:43 AM
HI,  I'm making 6 purses from the same pattern, different fabrics.  I made one just to try out the pattern and see if my daughter liked it.  The 6 purses are for her friends.  She has picked out all of the fabric.  The first one took me a long time to make.

For making 6 out of the same pattern, would you cut them all out first or make one completely and then go for the next one. Though speed isn't necessarily the goal here,  I would like to get these done before the  end of the year.

The first purse was from a home dec fabric and my scissors are super dull now.  I had my scissors sharpened at Hancock's just before starting this project, now they will barely cut.  So, does anyone sharpen their own scissors?  I might just use some cheapo scissors, but I love my left-handed scissors.

thanks.  catdaddytn
54  California / California: North / Britex in SF on: September 06, 2007 03:42:13 PM
Hi,  I'll be staying near Britex Fabrics next week.  Any ideas for shopping in this store?  It looks massive:   www.britexfabrics.com
thanks. catdaddytn
55  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / purse frustration monster on: August 03, 2007 08:44:20 AM
hi,  Two days ago, I had wanted to make a simple tote bag for a little girl who will soon be a big sister.  I could not make the bag for the life of me.  I was under a time pressure which just made it more stressful.

I've made many, many hobo bags and others, along with skirts, dresses, ties.  Gee, maybe I'm not a beginner, after all.  I'm basically sewing challenged with every new project.

So, my lesson here, is thus:  Time pressures just don't work with me.  It's best to use a pattern.  AND best of all, I got right right back on the Sue Lee (my machine's name, name after my mom and mom in law).  The next night, last night, I sewed up a tote, lickety split and plan to sell it at the county fair.

ta da!  Life lessons are so important.  I might even pull the purses out of my trash can and try to remake them.  At least it wasn't expensive fabric.  ha ha.

catdaddy
56  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Christmas tree skirt question?? on: June 23, 2007 02:03:11 PM
Hi,  I posted this some time ago on the Christmas section, but nobody knew the answer.

I am a major packrat, so it's surprising that I seem to no longer have the instructions for a Christmas tree skirt.  The skirt is made from used Christmas cards and the instructions were from a crafting magazine from probably 15 or 20 years ago.

Thanks for any help.

catdaddytn
57  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / free purse patterns on: June 13, 2007 07:51:29 PM
http://henriettashandbags.com/free-handbag-patterns.html

This website may have been listed before, but I don't remember seeing it.  Lots of great ideas.

catdaddytn
58  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / craft/sewing room project on: May 28, 2007 06:18:29 PM
Hi,  This is a project in the planning process.  Fortunately, I'm using my son's bedroom for a craft room.  He just turned 20.  The room still has wallpaper and border space ships with light blue walls. 

I've taken down most of the wallpaper and now will probably need a taller person for the border.  I want to move out the furniture.  My dh said that I might as well start from scratch.

I want the room to be for sewing and all sorts of crafting.  What would you use for a cutting table for sewing.  I'm thinking of a fold down type table.

I am a pack rat, so I've got junk this and thats.  This room has a nice closet.

I want something colorful, but not overpowering.  I like pumpkin type colors, burgundies, greens, but I might venture into other colors.

For wall decorations and other functions, I would like for everything to be handcrafted or artsy.  Personal photos and artwork would be great.  I'm thinking about some sort of collage with fabric used with sewing projects.  One collage idea is using materials associated with sewing, like a tape measure, mini scissors, etc.  I've made many purses, so some sort of purse display.

I plan to retain just a bit of my son's former room.  I'm thinking of a way to recycle a piece of the space ship wallpaper.  One idea is to make the cover of a journal with the wallpaper.

Any ideas/thoughts.  thanks.  catdaddytn
59  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / fabric transfers on: May 26, 2007 11:30:36 AM
Hi,  I saw a product, something like fabric transfer printables.  I don't what it is called, but you put the fabric piece in your printer, then apply the fabric to your project.  This may involve sewing.  I should have written down the name of the product.

Has anyone use this type of transfer?  How does it compare to the iron on transfers?

thanks.  catdaddytn
60  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / paper quilt on: May 11, 2007 01:37:33 PM
Has anyone made paper quilts?  Sounds like a neat merger of 2 crafts.  I think a paper quilt could be made any way you desire.  I don't have any specific directions, but from what I've read, this could be using quilting designs or make up your own.  I think this could be described as using paper, instead of fabric, to make quilt art.  thanks. catdaddy
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