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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quick Survey for School Project on: April 06, 2008 08:12:35 AM
For what reason(s) did you take up knitting in the first place?  My mother is a knitter - and there was a badge in Brownies for knitting.
2. What are some of the greatest benefits, in your opinion, that come from being a knitter or knitting? Relaxation, keeps my hands busy and I get a sense of accomplishment.
3. In what ways is knitting preferable to other crafts or hobbies? Portable, useful projects, very tactile.
4. What types of things would you say to someone to convince him/her to give knitting a try?  If there is a interest but a concern for being able to master the craft, I would say - 'practice makes perfect'.
5. What is your favorite part of knitting? finding new ways to knit - currently knitting with wire to make jewellry.  Also do a lot of felting.
6. Do you have any favorite knitting stories to share? If so, please do! (These can be about anything related to knitting)  I felt slippers for a local craft show.  This year I was asked to do 10 pairs of slippers in short order.  When my customer came to pick them up he came with his partner - who turned out to be a local dress designer who is very well known - now every time I seehim on TV I expect the camera to pan down and show him with my furry felted slippers on his feet!
7. Anything else?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: wedding dress-a-long? on: September 25, 2007 09:46:02 AM
Whew - busy summer, especially with making the dress.  The day was picture perfect and she looked lovely. (I was unbelievably nervous.)  Here's the picture:
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Totebags on: May 30, 2007 07:49:24 PM
Here are some pics of tote bags I made for my husband's customers.  Using inspiration I got here, I took pieces of artist's canvas that came precoated with gesso.  We fed it through the printer - canvas side up and printed the comany logo directly on the canvas.  The bags are made from the fabric used for outdoor furniture.  The base and the lining is outerwear fabric.  Instead of interfacing I used heavy plastic that I got when the shrinkwrapping was taken off a boat at the sailing club.  I'll bet that they can carry water in these bags without leaking!  [/img]
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pattern Sizing - Help needed! on: May 29, 2007 11:07:18 AM
Here's the link to the Vogue pattern site where it shows you how to do the measurements.  http://www.voguepatterns.com/indexfv.html
From the main page it is under the Tech Centre section....hope that helps.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: wedding dress-a-long? on: May 09, 2007 10:05:37 AM
sad! the wedding I'm sewing for is being postponed ... recent unfortunate events in the family of the bride have taken precedence. However, I will be watching and cheering you gals on! Who knows, with all this extra time, the bride and I might get started early anyway. We could use the cheer-up, for sure. Can't wait until we start seeing some pics in here this summer *sigh* wedding dresses are the best!

Sorry to hear of the postponement - luckily the decision has been made early - it's harder when it has to be done at the last minute.  When the day comes up - plan something cheerful to take your minds off it.  When you are in the process of sewing - we'll cheer you on.  ....Sharon
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: hard bottomed bags with metal feet on: May 06, 2007 08:01:20 PM
I use foam core.  For feet I take a metal or nylon washer and then find a bead that is a little bigger than the hote in the washer.  Then I use beading wire to go through the bottome of the bag and the foam core and throught the bead and wire.  I have also used shirt buttons and taken light wire to attach them.  (Lacoste used shirt buttons as reinforcements on their bags last year too - but they mst have copied me- I didn't see theirs until after I had done a few of mine). 
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: You not going to believe this! *TUTORIAL ADDED* on: April 30, 2007 07:22:06 PM
Thank you, thank you, thank you....amazing how timely this site is!!!  My husband asked me to make tote bags as a gift to clients.  He wanted the company logo on the pocket.  I have been musing about how to do it.  I use the label process with the expensive film to print my logo and then iron it onto ribbon - OK results but not great.  Then I saw the tutorial to treat fabric - seemed OK but I don't have the products in my kitchen.  So today, just in time, along came your post.  I took artists canvas - the material that comes precoated with Gesso.  We put it through the printer and produced the image on the back of the canvas.  The stiffness of the canvas fed through the printer without any freezer paper or backing paper - cut out the canvas and feed it through.  I love this canvas as stiffener in bags - and now for this.  I bought a 2 metre remnant for about $10 - great stuff.  Thanks again for the tip!!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Fete Stall goodies on: April 12, 2007 10:03:21 AM
Great work for your sale - Your work looks so professional.  Thank you as well for reminding us of your tutorial - amazingly timely reminder for a project that needs to get done.....Thanks for sharing. 
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Let loose with knitting needles for the first time! on: April 10, 2007 10:11:13 AM
Great bag - what did you use for lining so that it keeps its shape? 
10  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: dress/tunic by Allen Schwartz on: April 10, 2007 10:08:41 AM
You are right - they made two big pleats in the very simple dress - looks great and would be easy to make! The knit fabric looks like it has some weight to it, which would help the pleats hang properly. 
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