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11  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Craft Fair Sales in the UK - anyone had much luck this year? on: May 11, 2008 08:47:07 AM
I'm hoping to take part in my first fair ever (eek!) at the beginning of next month. I went to have a look at it yesterday (it's a monthly event in our town) and it seemed ok, but not exceptionally busy.

It's going to be difficult to make it worth while I think, as the stall fee alone is 45  Shocked

I'm going to give it a go, anyway - it'll be worth it just to get out of my work room for a while, I think  Grin
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How lucky am I - not one, but TWO free knitting machines!!! on: April 22, 2008 01:13:48 PM
Ooh, I'd forgotten about Ravelry! Yes, I'm a member on there - I'll go have a nosey in a bit  Smiley

sactownsue - in order to make something, I have to be able to figure out how to use the blasted things - there will be a LOT of cursing in this house over the next few days, I guarantee it  Grin
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How lucky am I - not one, but TWO free knitting machines!!! on: April 22, 2008 06:50:26 AM
Actually, I've just had a closer look and it's a KH890, not 860  Roll Eyes

Fingers crossed that manual covers all the models...  Tongue
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: I want to make... on: April 22, 2008 05:44:26 AM
I've had the most terrible trouble finding rattle inserts! They're always too big and bulky.

As someone suggested earlier, I've resorted to buying old toys in charity stores and cannibalising them. All my friends also know to keep an eye out.
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / How lucky am I - not one, but TWO free knitting machines!!! on: April 22, 2008 05:39:28 AM
I mentioned a while ago that I'd been promised a pair of knitting machines that a friend had rescued from a skip. She delivered them today and I am SO chuffed with them  Grin

They are both Brother machines - a KX360 and a KH860. The 360 is a plasticky thing and looks as if it was aimed at beginners - it's quite lightweight.
The 860 is fabulous! It's completely portable and folds out of its own case. Amazingly, it's still got ALL of its accessories and they look as if they've hardly been used  Shocked Grin 

Neither of them have their manuals, but thanks to the lovely dancingbarefoot I've now got a downloaded copy of the manual for the KH860.

I am disgusted at people who think nothing of throwing things like this out in the trash - what a waste  Angry

Given that I've now got three knitting machines, I really ought to go learn how to use at least one of them properly...  Grin
16  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: First attempt at machine embroidery! on: April 20, 2008 01:32:06 AM
Kittykill! I just looked at your blog - I am very envious of your tattoos (I'm wanting a big one over my shoulder and down my arm, but need to save the cash first) and I did giggle at your very ambitious list - how many of them have you accomplished so far? I could do with a list, but I would take one look at it and pass out from the pressure  Roll Eyes Tongue Grin
17  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: First attempt at machine embroidery! on: April 20, 2008 01:25:24 AM
Thank you  Grin  It was a really rough attempt and I didn't work anything out beforehand - which is fairly obvious, given that I ran out of space at the top  Roll Eyes Grin

I'll try hooping the fabric next time and sketching the ideas out with a disappearing pen. I really enjoyed the attempt - although I sew a LOT, I rarely do anything approaching embroidery. It's a novel experience using a sewing machine to 'draw' - I can see why people get really into it!
18  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: pricing ok? what about the product? on: April 18, 2008 03:21:55 AM
Yup, capitalise those sentences - and fewer exclamation marks, they make it sound sort of jumpy.

Nice bags tho  Grin
19  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / First attempt at machine embroidery! on: April 16, 2008 07:42:07 AM
Right, so I decided to give it a go - quite frankly I'm lucky to have escaped with all my fingers intact, I was all over the place  Shocked Grin

I didn't hoop the fabric first - presumably that's why it's gathered itself in places? I was using a double layer of calico. If I use a hoop next time, do I just move it around the fabric as I do different areas? I like not having the constraints of a hoop tho  Huh

20  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: my machine embroidery on: April 16, 2008 07:04:33 AM
Those are fabulous! I started my first proper attempt at free motion embroidery just today - I must go take a pic Cheesy

I'm fascinated by the idea of your machine, jerryleetypes - I shall go a-googling Cheesy
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