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« Reply #250 on: January 07, 2011 08:01:30 AM »

LaughingLark---thanks--I will test the yarn--I want to do some handweaving this year...I find it very tranquil and the results are always surprising...have you ever done burlap weaving?

Basically, you start with a piece of burlap...you remove either horizontal or vertical pieces and weave in other materials or weave the burlap itself into different designs..I will take a pic of a piece I did in a class in the 70's...I would definitely do it again with what I have learned here over the last year!
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« Reply #251 on: January 07, 2011 08:32:06 AM »

I would love to join this "Destash-Along" but I don't have much in the way of materials. I only have fabrics thus far. I want to get into knitting, since my mother is a knitting machine and has as much yarn as a yarn store(no joke... Smiley)
I will try and make some things along the way!!

I would love to learn to make wallets and purses from the fun materials I do have...

Maybe even some new dog toys for my puppy as she likes to squeeze the squeaker out somehow then rip all the stuffing out (sigh)

Maybe a few little clutches or coin purses or make-up bags!

Oh the possibilities as I keep thinking.

Good luck everyone  Grin Can't wait to see some of the projects!
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« Reply #252 on: January 07, 2011 09:45:58 AM »

I started sewing some drawstring project bags last night!  These take me a while, because I sew by hand....but still only about 2.5 hours each.  I use these all the time, and they are great for swaps too, so I just picked out a bunch of small fabrics from the stash.

I also found a couple of old WIPS while I was cleaning the other day.  Hopefully I'll have the willpower to finish them up soon!
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« Reply #253 on: January 07, 2011 09:57:22 AM »

how do you get them to be sturdy enough Hand sewing?  Anything I hand sew falls apart because it frays.  And the seams are always so weak, they just look bad.  I'm impressed with anyone who can hand sew and have it last and be sturdy.
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« Reply #254 on: January 07, 2011 10:14:09 AM »

how do you get them to be sturdy enough Hand sewing?  Anything I hand sew falls apart because it frays.  And the seams are always so weak, they just look bad.  I'm impressed with anyone who can hand sew and have it last and be sturdy.

I've never actually had anything I sewed by hand come apart in the 10+ years I've been doing it, but I think that may have something to do with the fact that I was never taught it's not normal to sew everything with a doubled thread! Gives it a lot of extra strength, I think.

I'd really love to join in on this craftalong, since my New Year's resolution this year was to destash as much as possible, but all I have is my phone camera, and I don't know how I'd post pics  Sad  I've already decorated some mini Michael's hutches that I had lying around and made a bunch of Rapunzel scarves.
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« Reply #255 on: January 07, 2011 10:30:22 AM »

I also always sew with a doubled thread...and if the seams are inside (non-visible) I backstitch them, to make them extra strong.  I have hand sewn thousands of things...bags, pillows, clothes...nothing has ever broken.
I think mostly it is an excersize in patience....you have to keep your stitches really small.
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« Reply #256 on: January 07, 2011 10:39:23 AM »

If I'm hand sewing something really small, and the material keeps wanting to unravel, I run some kind of stabilizer fluid (glue, or fray check of some sort or another) along the edge of the fabric, let it dry a bit, then sew.  The key is to use just a tiny bit.  When I have used glue before, I put it on with a toothpick
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« Reply #257 on: January 07, 2011 11:46:18 AM »

I'd really love to join in on this craftalong, since my New Year's resolution this year was to destash as much as possible, but all I have is my phone camera, and I don't know how I'd post pics  Sad

We all need cheerleaders whether we can post pictures or not.  Join us!  I can't promise cookies, but we always greet the announcement of "I used up _________" with enthusiasm.
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« Reply #258 on: January 07, 2011 11:53:51 AM »

Thanks for the tips on handsewing ladies!  double thread, tiny stitches, and fray check. Cheesy  i'm ready to try again!
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« Reply #259 on: January 07, 2011 02:15:04 PM »

I really wish I had some before pictures of how our house used to look before we got a storage unit and I started getting ready for the baby. A lot has gone into storage and to Goodwill, and everything in the house is organized now. The storage unit has some containers of upcycled fabric that I use to make dog toys and what not (like raggedy blue jeans), one of my fabric storage drawers, and our attic houses my yarn and some other fabric I have yet to go through. I got rid of so much though! What's crazy is trying to only work from my stash and finding that I used to make such random fabric/yarn purchases that I never seem to have what I want to use for any specific project!
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