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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Roll-Up Pencil Cases on: September 07, 2007 07:19:25 AM
Lovely work!  I love your fabric choices!  Kiss

How did you get the tubes so uniform?  Mine came out wonky...

22  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My First Quilt! on: August 29, 2007 03:24:09 PM
Beautiful quilt!  Are the fabrics from your grandma's stash too, or did you buy them specifically for the quilt?
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knitty's Lizard Ridge - finished! on: August 09, 2007 08:55:16 PM
Gorgeous!  I'm so glad that I have some Fisherman's wool in the basement.  Any chance of a tute on how to divide and dye it?  Kiss

I am the worst at cocumenting my processes. I've tried but i always get so into whatever i'm doing that i loose track.
I can tell you it is helpful to get a niddy noddy ( http://www.doctordirt.com/blog/niddy.html) and measure out about 150yds of yarn into each little skein. You'll end up with an odd amount in your last skein from the big ball but that's ok - dye it too.
There are a bunch of online dyeing tutorials floating around (like http://www.dharmatrading.com/projects/acid_yarn.html or http://kathrynivy.com/patterns/extras/dyeing-yarn/ or take a class at a local yarn shop) that you could follow.
I wouldn't worry too much about being exact on the measuring or the dying. It will turn out lovely and crazy and imperfect and thats what makes it look so cool.
Good luck!

Thanks so much for the beautiful idea!! Kiss
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knitty's Lizard Ridge - finished! on: August 08, 2007 08:05:14 PM
Gorgeous!  I'm so glad that I have some Fisherman's wool in the basement.  Any chance of a tute on how to divide and dye it?  Kiss
25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag) on: August 08, 2007 07:54:24 PM
kmsmaverick,
Your bag turned out so cute!  Kiss I love that fabric.  Where did you get it?
26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag) on: August 01, 2007 10:41:22 AM
I had to use two different pieces, as I am trying to use up the odds and ends of my stash:

Wobblerat, that was what I was thinking. It seems like these could be made with separate pieces all around to use up smaller bits. Instead of putting the pattern on the fold, cut extra pieces (four for the outside and four for the inside). A little extra sewing, but a good way to use up smallish pieces. Was there anything different about the construction using the pieced bits?


I still put the pattern on the fold, and cut two of the outside, and one each of the lining for 4 pieces total.  If I understand correctly, if you didn't lay it on the fold you would have 4 pieces for the outside and 4 for the lining.  With that layout you would have a seam down the front and back of your bag with a different color on either side.  You would also have two different pieces for each gusset.

If I were to make a bag with 4 different fabrics for the outside and 4 for the inside, I would manipulate the pattern so the front and the back of the bag were one solid piece, and each gusset were one solid piece.  Don't forget seam allowances (I always do!) Wink

From there the construction of the bag would be similar, but not quite the same since the original pattern calls for the gussets to be half pieces instead of whole.  I'm sure it could be done, but would take some finessing.  I would have to make one to tell you exactly how to do it. 

It's a great idea, and I have lots of scraps that would work.  When I get a chance I think I'll make one.  Thanks for the idea!  Cheesy
27  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: The Purl Bee Frog on: July 31, 2007 11:04:23 AM
Very cute!  It reminds me of a HUGE green frog we had like that when we were kids.  My little brother was terrified of it (it was like 12-18 inches long and had crazy eyes and he was 3 yrs old.), so naturally my sister and I chased him around the house with it.  We may have done serious damage.  That would explain a lot.

I'll have to make one and see what he does.  Wink That's what big sisters are for.
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: All the ladybugs danced, at the ladybug picnic. on: July 30, 2007 10:36:45 PM
It IS tiny little super guy!  That must've come later than my DVDs, he's not on them.  Did you see these? http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=86122.0  I keep meaning to make these too.  I'll have to bump them up the list!  Wink
29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My First Photoshoot...here are the 5 purses that made the cut (IMG HVY) on: July 30, 2007 10:33:25 PM
All of your purses are BEAUTIFUL.  I bow to your sewing powers.   Wink  May I ask where you got the cherry blossom fabric for the teal bag?  I just fell in love with it!  Kiss
30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag) on: July 30, 2007 01:42:53 PM
betty bat, I think it would be really cute to use the ME panels for this bag.  Maybe you could do a border around them to incorporate them into the handles?  ME is just too cute to sit in the stash!

Having managed to wrangle all the components of the camera together, here are the bags I've made:

The small one is perfect for DVDs or library books, and has been comandeered by my 3 yr old:

The larger tote.  It's amazing just how much these can carry. 


The lining of the large bag.  I had to use two different pieces, as I am trying to use up the odds and ends of my stash:



The lining of the smaller bag.  I reused the pocket of some old hospital-issue scrubs. It even has a pen holder!



All the fabric for these bags has come from old scrubs that I made back in the day when I was a floor nurse and made them myself.  It's not likely that I'll do that type of nursing again, so it's been really great to be able to do something with all the scrubs that lets me see my cute fabric!  Since I have an entire enormous sterilite container full of scrubs, I've got tons of fabric to make more bags!  Which is good, because my Mom has been eying the floral one!
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