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3291  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: eco-craftalong on: December 05, 2007 04:57:53 AM
This is a recycled paper bag from my local wholefoods store, they are made from a couple of sheets of newspaper, by a charity that works with street kids in india. The sheets of paper appear to have been glued edge to edge, forming a tube, then the bottom folded in (like a regular paper paper sack), with a strip of cardboard in the bottom to make a more solid area to stand on. The handles are made from strips of paper folded small. Its amazingly strong.



this idea could be used to recycle old newspapers (perhaps newspapers in a different language to you) old magazines etc. would make great gift bags, which could be easily painted, decoupaged and then recycyled after the holidays.
3292  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2007(2nd Sendout Date EXTENDED to FRIDAY DEC 7th) on: December 05, 2007 04:37:06 AM
I received days 12-7 from travelbug, arrgh its killing me not to be able to open them. There was a very sweet pencil holder, hello kitty, for my daughter, which she loves but I want to open packages!!!

3293  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The One Thing I'd Like For Myself Swap Gallery!!! on: December 04, 2007 01:59:23 PM
Yay I am first.

I received an awesome package from faemystique, it was her first swap and boy has she excelled! She made me a fabulous fabulous shrug. I adore it not only is it very well made (invented out of her own sweet head) but also had a clever design to ensure that the fit is adjustable so it fits me perfectly. She also added some alaskan themed goodies, some candy, fridge magnets and a fridge note pad. I love everything and feel very spoilt.

lots of pix, Now it drives me nuts when people apologise for the state of themselves, their room, the mirror, the planet whatever, in their pix, but in this case the pictures really dont do justice to faemystiques work, blame the camera work of my 12 year old!

the truly fabulous shrug


the very clever lacing at the back which allows the size to be adjustable (the ribbons at the front do the same for the armholes (see I said she was clever)



detail of the sleeve and edging


I love everything about this, the shape, the sleeves, the colour the ribbons. My 12 year old daughter really wants it, not a chance!

And some other goodies that were in the box


chocolates are v.nice!

Thank you so much fae
3294  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2007(2nd Sendout Date EXTENDED to FRIDAY DEC 7th) on: December 04, 2007 01:59:46 AM
wow I am envious of your postal rates. I kept the weight down as much as I could, travelbug is definitely not getting individually wrapped items, they are all wrapped in days. But if I sent everything together via regular airmail, it would have cost in the region of $100! to post and that was keeping stuff very light (lots of fabric!) In two packages it still cost about $50, go figure, the difference between box-rate and package-rate. If I tried to send a 29lb package I would have needed a second mortgage!
3295  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 28 Gallery on: December 03, 2007 07:19:43 AM
prepare to be very jealous, I received my wish from purple one. For some earrings and some wisty goodness

I got very spoilt, First some fabulous silver and blue earrings which I love, And two beautiful pendants




and some fabric that I have been lusting after for ages!!



Thank you so so much purpleone, you are a very generous swapper!
3296  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: The One Thing I'd Like For Myself Swap (CLOSED; Send 12/07) on: December 03, 2007 06:51:25 AM
does it count if it is completely done...in my head?

I have the suppplies, ideas and will be starting tonight, I want to hand sew some ........... to ........to the .........that I am crafting.

but this week there are no lectures-->yay, so lots and lots and lots of crafting.
3297  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you make your clothes? on: November 22, 2007 07:14:07 AM
I dont know if you can get them where you are, but the burda pattern magazines are excellent, they carry at least 30 or more garment patterns in each issue, all overprinted on a couple of pull out pages, you have to trace off the pattern pieces you want (and add seam allowances), The fashions are  very up to the minute as its published monthly rather than the quarterly pattern collections in shops. for the beginner sewer they often carry a seperate pattern that doesnt need to be traced. Their patterns are rated too in terms of difficulty, so you can choose easy ones. Even if you are paying more as its an imported magazine, you get a lot more patterns for your money than if you have to buy them individually. http://www.burdamode.com/

I learned to sew by using patterns years and years ago, see if there is someone who lives close to you who is prepared to help you out with the first one or two, its invaluable to get help from someone who is experienced, they will show you all the short cuts.

I have been making my own clothes on and off for nearly 25 years and I never bother drafting my own patterns, I find good basics, alter them slightly if necessary and then use them repeatedly, there arent too many different ways to clothe the human body after all!
3298  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Building for harnesses HELP!!! on: November 22, 2007 07:03:59 AM
thats a bummer, there is not you can do with the top except fill it in, with gauzey material though, the harness wont show through except close up. Maybe a choker of flowers and then fill in the neck line with a light material, then you could have a few rows of flowers across the hips to cover the bumps from the harness underneath
3299  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2007(CLOSED, First Sendout Date Nov 27th) on: November 22, 2007 03:05:27 AM
I have minions!



(I wish)



I just have a bad crafting habit and no BF at the moment!
3300  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Medieval re-enactment tabard, lots of applique on: November 22, 2007 03:02:54 AM
trephi you should get involved, it is a lot of fun and lots of crafting opportunities!

 unlikely we will bump into one another, as I am in Ireland and in the kingdom of Drachenwald, but when I ever get to pennsic........
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