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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Obi belt on: July 16, 2006 03:51:43 PM
Thanks.  I love it.  I'm going to make a ton of these.  they are very figure flattering!  And it takes less than an hour.

carolyn-rawr - carolyn is my name too!  Its destined for you to make one!

tzippurah, the belt is essentially a long tie or scarf.  The construction is just three rectangles sewn together.  All, or at the ver least, the middle rectangle, should be cut on the diagonal of your fabric for stretch.  When you fold you fabric over, inside out, to sew your seam, taper the ends so they are about half the size of the middle.  You can trim the excess off.

You wrap it like a karate belt - start in the front,

wrap it in the back

and tie int he front
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Obi belt on: July 16, 2006 03:28:18 PM
another project inspired by threads magazine - I really should subscribe at this point.

It is essentialy three panels.  The first is cut on the bias, to give it some stretch.  The other two, theoretically, should be cut on the bias also, but I didn't have enough fabric to do that and I kinda like the stiffness of the brocade when not cut on the bias, for the ties at least.  You sew ties to the middle, fold in half and sew shut, tapering down to the ends.  I think I did 4 1/2 inches in the middle and tapered down to two or so inches.

I have some peach colored chinese brocade that I want to make another out of, this time, more like the picture in the article. 

You can see a few pictures from the article here:  http://www.taunton.com/threads/pages/th_126_029.asp#



23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / bias cut sleevless shirt with pleats at neckline - pic heavy on: July 08, 2006 07:45:58 PM
I got this kwik sew pattern -- http://www.thesewingplace.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=2001, which is a nice basic bias top and wrap skirt.  But I'm making four of these shirts and wanted to change them up a little, so I added neck line pleats...

Here are the pleats themselves, that I interfaced, sewed and ironed the hell out of.  I sewed this on to the shirt as a big rectangle on the last step of the bias binding neckline topstitching (for a bias binding neckline tutorial, see this link -- http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/na_sewing/article/0,2025,DIY_14144_2276785,00.html


here's the inside so you can see how it looks once its trimmed.  I also zigzagged the edges so they don't fray.


The front, though it lays flatter than that in real life - I'm just holding the camera weird.


I added pleats to the back too



the shirt itself was really easy.  The pleats took a little while, but I think it'll be fun to wear!  I stiff thick pleats like these would look nice on a knit shirt too, but I haven't tried it out yet.
24  UNITED STATES / Delaware / Re: Delaware knit/crochet roll call! on: June 20, 2006 07:37:14 PM
I know no one has posted here for a while, but I just came across this topic.  I am a grad student at UD, and one of the other girls in my office (craftster name: tjive) and I are just starting to work our way through the book Stitch and Bitch.  We started knitting at the same time, and have pretty much given a scarf to every single person we know! 

It would be fun to have a DE knitalong, and everyone post pics of what we are doing!
I know no one has posted here for a while, but I just came across this topic.  I am a grad student at UD, and one of the other girls in my office (craftster name: tjive) and I are just starting to work our way through the book Stitch and Bitch.  We started knitting at the same time, and have pretty much given a scarf to every single person we know! 

It would be fun to have a DE knitalong, and everyone post pics of what we are doing!

oh, I would be up for that!  I have both stitch'n'bitch books.  Smiley
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: iPod Cozies on: May 14, 2006 05:17:08 PM
I love the bead work, sunshinesbetter!  That's great, and perfect for a nano since it seems more delicate.
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: felted necklace on: April 29, 2006 05:38:31 AM
thanks!

The icord was three stitches on a #3 needle.  The circles were made using the small leaf pattern on page 62 of Stitch 'n' Bitch Nation, also #3 needles.  Also, I knit a hole in the icord to slip the necklace through, like a keyhole scarf.  Just increase your icord to 4 stitches, and then knit two icords, 2 stitches wide, with two different pieces of yarn.  When the hole is big enough, join the two icords together and decrease one stitch. 
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / felted necklace on: April 28, 2006 04:15:57 AM
I made a felted necklace which I'm pretty happy with.  I used mostly Frog Tree alpaca wool, plus a little left overs which were super wash wool, so they didn't felt as nicely.  I like the effect though, so that's okay.  The icord felted up to abou 1/4", so its not too thick. 





The backs of the circles aren't as nice as the front, so I might put some fabric on the back.  And maybe add a few tiny beads to the circles to dress it up a little.  I'm pretty happy for my first attempt at a necklace.  I think I'll do another, but the circles will be double sides and bigger.
28  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: prosthetic foot on: April 21, 2006 05:58:55 PM
I would display them as sculpture... Just put them on a shelf with nice lighting on them.

But I'm a little odd like that.  Smiley
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bikini Boobs Need Support! on: April 12, 2006 01:29:45 PM
the latest issue of threads magazine april/may 2006 has a whole article about support for the bust...

http://www.taunton.com/threads/pages/th_124_044.asp

It might give you a few ideas.
30  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Lentils, Spincah and Rice on: April 02, 2006 07:02:44 AM
My step mom made this for me last time I went home and I had to have her email me the recipe.  I've used dupuy (french) lentils also and they are even tastier.  I Like to add some spike seasoning while its cooking.  Also, If you use brown rice, like I do, just cook the lentils and rice together for 40 mins.  I top this with lots of hot sauce.  This is great served with melba toast.

Lentils, Spinach and Rice
 
1 medium onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, sliced diagonally
2 cloves garlic, mashed
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup dried lentils, washed (do not need to soak)
4 cups stock or boiling water (or a combination of the two)
1/2 cup uncooked white rice
1 1/2  10 oz boxes frozen spinach, defrosted
         salt and pepper to taste
 
  In a 3 quart sauce pan, saute onion, celery and garlic in olive oil.  When celery and onions are translucent, add washed lentils and mix together briefly to coat lentils in oil (this enhances the flavor.)  Add boiling stock or water, cover and return to boil.  Let simmer 20 minutes until lentils are "al dente."  Add rice and bring to boil-cover and simmer for 15 minutes.  Add spinach and about 1/2 cup additional stock or water.  Cover and continue cooking until rice is done (about 5 to 15 minutes). Season to taste.
 
Variations
o  Use brown rice instead of white rice and cook longer until brown rice is done.
o  Add few dashes of Tabasco
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