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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Disappearing pen won't disappear - help! on: March 24, 2009 02:37:21 PM
Eeeek!!!  Shocked


I'm making a cloth doll and used a disappearing pen to lightly sketch her mouth before I painted it on. It didn't look right so I got the cold water and brush as usual and dabbed it off. So far, so good.

But as the fabric's dried, the ink has come back  Shocked Huh  And it's run up the thread of a seam line that I'd drawn over - it looks awful  Embarrassed

 I've used the pen many times before - it's occasionally left very faint marks on the palest of fabric, but it's never been this bad. It's a Prym 'Aqua-Trickmarker' and I used it on flesh-coloured stockinette with an iron-on interface at back.

Can anyone help? Is there any way of making it actually go away???

TIA xxx
2  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
3  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

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Scented wardrobe sachets? on: April 07, 2008 08:48:13 AM
I'm wanting to make little sachets to hang in wardrobes, etc., to make clothing smell nice  Smiley I've done a search on Craftster but haven't found anything exactly like the things I'm thinking of.

Making the little stuffie itself is the simple bit, it's the scenting (and keeping it scented) that's the problem. The first thing I thought of was essential oils, but I'm concerned that they'll a)smell too strong to start with; b)the scent will wear off quite quickly, and c)the oil will mark the fabric.

I know I could use lavender flowers for a more subtle scent, but I'm not overly keen on lavender - I'd like to have a wider choice, to be honest.

Any suggestions (or pokes in the direction of relevent threads) would be most appreciated  Smiley

F x
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Mighty Boosh cushion on: March 29, 2008 03:22:01 PM
I made this for my friend's birthday - we're both HUGE Boosh fans, so I knew she'd love it Cheesy

Sorry it's a small pic, I'm not too great with my camera yet  Roll Eyes

     



edited to add - I wasn't sure where to put this, cos it seemed to fit in several places! Sorry if I got it wrong  Roll Eyes
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Do patterns eventually come out of copyright? on: February 09, 2008 08:45:10 AM
I've got some old toy-making patterns that I would like to adapt and use. I only want to use them as a basis for my own ideas, I'm not THAT lazy  Wink, but I wondered if it's okay? I know that some copyrights lapse after a certain number of years, but I'm not sure if the same thing applies to patterns.

If anyone knows the legalities, I would be most grateful  Smiley

One book was published in 1963 (but reprinted in 1985) and the other was published in the 40's and hasn't been reprinted.

Fenn x
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Fraggle the lopsided Poppet! on: December 13, 2007 11:40:50 AM
Poor little Fraggle - the result of my first attempt at poppet-making, she has suffered a terrible fate!

She has got (shhhhhhh, quietly, cos she gets embarrassed) - lopsided ladylips  Shocked Roll Eyes Grin

I've told her not to worry - I'm pretty sure that not many humans are completely symmetrical, either...  Wink


I've made her a little dress using the tute on the poppetalong thread


HUGE thanks to Ghilie for sharing the pattern - I'm supposed to be making a jointed human doll for a friend's daughter but have been struggling with the patterns and instructions that I've found on the net.
Ghilie's clear instructions have been more help than anything else I've tried - now I actually understand what I'm supposed to be doing Smiley
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Christmas Critters! on: December 08, 2007 01:13:53 AM
I thought that the tree could do with livening up, so a little while ago I decided to make some Christmas Critters to hang from its branches  Grin
We didn't have the Xmas tree up when I made them, so we went to our local woods and decorated a pine tree with tinsel and baubles - we got some VERY funny looks from the dog walkers  Grin


9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A genuine Arctic Monkey... on: October 11, 2007 01:53:19 PM
This was actually made as a present for Alex Turner, lead singer of Arctic Monkeys (I don't know how well known they are in the US, but UK members will know who I'm on about  Grin)

The person I made it for is a friend of the band and ordered Arctic Monkey as an antidote to the 'normal' monkeys that fans keep sending to Alex.

He's about 8" high and the icicle is 6" long. The icicle is removable - I started a thread on here a while ago about how to make it, I must go update that one in a bit  Grin It's surprising just how stress-relieving it can be, stabbing a monkey in the eye   Cheesy






I'm really pleased with how he turned out - I'd love to know what people think of him  Grin
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / A room of your own - how would you / do you decorate it? on: September 07, 2007 01:31:22 PM
I'm finally getting my own sewing workroom  Grin  I've had a sewing table in the bedroom for the last couple of years, but now that it's been joined by a knitting machine (contained in a huge built-in sideboard thing) and several storage boxes full of fabric (not to mention my printer and laptop), the other half has decided that Enough Is Enough and he wants the bedroom back  Tongue

So I'm being evicted and am moving into what is currently our outhouse / junk store. It's approx 15' wide by 5.5' deep and is very cold - bare concrete and brick, currently painted white.

It's going to take me all weekend to clear the junk out (we've been in this house for 7 years and have got into the habit of just throwing things through the door and hoping they don't fall back out  Roll Eyes) but already my mind's whirring with what I can do now that I've got crafty space all to myself  Grin

So, I need IDEAS!!!  Grin If you have a dedicated workroom, what does it look like / what have you got in it? Storage (I'm thinking shelving for the fabrics)?
If you don't have your own space, what would you put in your dream workroom?

I'm verrrry tempted to paint the whole thing blood red and install a chandelier, whaddya reckon?!  Grin

Ohhhhhhhh...I can start saving for a tailor's dummy, I've never had room for one before!!!
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