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21  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / ASIA / China? on: August 11, 2009 08:29:37 AM
Any craftsters in mainland China?

22  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Country Details on: April 05, 2009 10:13:42 PM

It says on the questionnaire to put your address, including line breaks and country, as it would appear on the envelope.

Many US swappers forget to send me their country (WA means Western Australia to me, not Washington!) and plenty don't put line breaks. This makes sending packages so much easier and I feel like a bit of a dill asking people to resend their address with line breaks and asking them to confirm their country.

Is there some way of making this clearer so swappers do type their address EXACTLY as it would go on a package?

I am a different case as I send a jpg with my address in both English and Chinese characters to my swap partners.
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Wooden Biplane on: February 14, 2009 06:23:39 PM
This is my little wooden biplane I made to decorate my parents' house. It's made using pine and redgum, with some parts turned on my lathe. The propellar was shaped like a real propellar, but I covered it in too much araldite resin so it just became uniform shaped. Never mind...

The wheels turn and the propellar spins. Unfortunately, it doesn't fly.  Sad

24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Quilted bag on: February 07, 2009 10:53:07 PM
Before I start, let me just say that this bag is sooooo not my style!

I got a pattern kit for my birthday and I simply made it from that. It is from Jemima's Creative Quilting in Melbourne, Australia.

It called for binding around the base (skipped... didn't think it would look good) and I cut out pockets for the inside but it was late at night so I forgot to sew them in!

Instead of a button I used a magnetic snap with a button sewn on for decoration. I think I will give the bag to my grandmother. The gathered handles have leather thong in them and they are surprisingly comfy to carry with the extra bulk of the gathering. The directions were wrong for cutting the wadding but I noticed when cutting so that was ok. Also, the fabric dimensions are given in cm (so you can decide which fabric goes where) but the cutting directions have no units. I thought it through a bit then realised they had to be in inches (they were) but this was sooo not clear. Not really a pattern for beginners, but anyone with some sewing experience would be fine. It has a circle base and the lining is just the same shape with no extra features (you can so wrk it out just from looking at the bag if you want to make one). Again, not keen on the fabric, but the bag design is ok.

Any questions, just ask!

25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Kimono to purse on: February 07, 2009 10:38:18 PM
This little purse is made with fabric saved form vintage kimonos. It's lovely stuff and sewed up really well. The zip is from an old skirt and the lining from an old velvet-like top.

I just wanted to hold cards and cash, so this little size was perfect.

The bird is an Andrea Zuill free design (check her stuff out!) http://zuill.us/andreablog

I added a button from my grandmother's stash and a little loop made from a hairtie that got too stretched. Phew, all that recycling!

26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Passport Cover with cupcake and dragon. on: February 07, 2009 10:30:12 PM
Hi all!

I wanted a cover for my passport to make my passport not look so much like a passport! It comes with a plastic cover, but it is printed with the coat of arms, so it still looks like a passport. I didn't want anything too bulky, since I will have to carry it on me when I go travelling in a fortnight. The fabric is a nice tough burgundy stuff and the patch features designs modified from something a friend emailed to me, but I can't find the designs on the net! Sorry to anyone who I'm not acknowledging for their designs!
It's closed with velcro and is nice and sturdy.

The cupcake is saying 'Bite me' and the dinosaur is saying 'Rar'.

27  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / 'Lukewarm Sentiments' Valentine's Card on: February 03, 2009 01:17:21 AM
This is my Valentine's card tihs year for my BF.

I really do love him dearly, but I HATE sickly sweet cards. I'm also not big on buying things when I can make them, so here is the card.

The letters are cut out of the local paper, and I left glue marks on the front to make it look a but 'rougher'.

28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Ridge Forrester Quote-O-Matic Pouch on: December 07, 2008 04:23:29 PM
My friend is a Bold & The Beautiful fan, and her favourite character is Ridge. Her birthday is next week, so I decided to make her a Ridge-themed craft.

The result... The Ridge Forrester Quote-O-Matic Pouch.

The image is transferred using t-shirt transfer paper on 100% cotton. It is filled with Ridge quotes gleaned off the internet (I have never seen an episode myself).

Please excuse the dodgy pics. The image is actually nice and flat and the stripes in the background are blinds not low ink!

29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Colourful bags (with a few tips for making them) on: December 03, 2008 02:53:04 AM
I got a huge load of this colourful fabric for $2 so I thought it would make fun projects. I dont like the pink but I can handle it with the green. For myself I think I will make one without any pink in it.

I didnt use stiffener, but I will get some for more bags. I will probably use them for food shopping.

For anyone new to making bags, here are a few things I find helpful.
Key holders are very useful. Sew some ribbon on the end of your bag or make some out of the fabric you are using for the bag.

When choosing your dimensions take into account what you will be carrying. Think milk cartons, books, cereal boxes
I make the end and the bottom panels the same size. In that case cut 6 of the end/base and 4 of the side panels. Half of each should be made of lining fabric and half of outside fabric.

When turning corners, leave a little gap at the end of your seam.

This will allow you to make a nice corner.

I recommend sewing on some pen holders and the zip pockets from this tutorial:
(these pics are from another one I'm making as a gift)

30  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Yellow stripe background on: November 07, 2008 04:03:59 AM
When Craftster loads I see just the two-tone yellow striped background. The background looks a bit trippy and I have to look away.

Not sure if this is just me, so I thought I would post it.

I love the background but if the stripes could be just a bit thicker it would help people with astigmatism who have trouble with parallel lines.

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