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31  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Making a doll pose-able? on: May 12, 2010 09:30:14 PM
I want to make a couple of pose-able cloth dolls for some friends of mine, but I'm pretty much a doll newbie (I've made a couple, but none pose-able) so I'm not sure of the best way of doing this. I've been looking at something like this: http://cgi.ebay.com.au/doll-Armature-16-18-/350236871541?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item518bbe8b75#ht_500wt_956 but I'm not sure how one would go about inserting it. And I don't even know if using something like that is the best (and, perhaps, simplest) way. I've googled making doll armatures, but with not much luck. Any advice?
32  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Mens necktie on: May 11, 2010 04:04:19 AM
I remember seeing a a tutorial for a men's necktie on Craftster a while ago, but I searched for it with no luck. Does anyone happen to know where it is?  Thanks.
33  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / I need your opinion on colour on: May 02, 2010 08:43:14 PM
I'm going to make some cushions for my mum, and I ordered some fabric online. Unfortunately they didn't have the colour I first chose in stock, so I decided on a different shade of green. I have this purple fabric I was planning on putting with it, but now I'm not sure if it's the right shade.


The original green I chose was a lighter one, but now that I have this one I'm wondering if I should use a darker purple. I'm planning to have the green as the main fabric, and use the purple as a reverse applique of a butterfly in the middle. I was also thinking of having purple ruffles around the edge of the cushions.

My dog Moon decided he wanted to be in the photo.  Cheesy
34  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Rag doll! on: March 28, 2010 08:35:46 PM
So, I made this rag doll. She is made from materials I already had on hand, except for the stuffing.

Her dress was really simple to make; just one pattern piece. Well, it wasn't really a pattern, I just put her on the fabric and drew an outline of the shape I wanted.

Hem detail. Please excuse the dust, I've misplaced my lint brush.

Thanks for looking!
35  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / I think it's an Ashford traveller... on: March 01, 2010 08:48:34 PM

But I'm not 100% sure. I'm a total spinning wheel novice.

I found this wheel at the local thrift store for $50!! Bargain, even if there are parts missing. Although, apart from a few screws as far as I can make out the only thing missing is the drive band (is that what it's called?) It has Ashford engraved in the bit under flyer (again, I only think I know that's what it's called)  so I googled Ashfords and it resembles a traveller.

I'm hoping someone here can help me identify this for definite and tell me what's missing. As I said, I think the only thing I need to get this working is a drive band, but I'm not sure.  Huh Heh, I'm pretty much clueless when it comes to spinning wheels.  Thanks in advance.

36  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Fixative for natural dyes? on: February 17, 2010 10:23:14 PM

So I love tumeric, it dyes really well. The only problem I have is what to use as a fixing agent. I've tried salt, bicarb soda and washing soda(which I'm told is the same thing as soda ash), but they still bleed and fade. How can I solve this problem? 
37  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Pattern drafting books? on: January 14, 2010 05:39:23 PM

I really want to make patterns and actually know what I'm doing. Can anyoneone reccomed a pattern drafting book? I want to be able to make patterns from scratch, not buy an already made pattern and alter it.

38  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Bathers made from non-stretch fabric? on: January 08, 2010 04:06:07 AM

Would this work? I'm just wondering because lycra and strechy fabrics tend to show those unflattering lumps and bulges that come along with ample body fat. I can't see why it wouldn't, but I thought I'd ask anyway.
39  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / LOL jewellery! on: November 26, 2009 03:17:27 AM

A while ago I thought "Wouldn't it be great if...?!" So I decided to make a set of chatspeak jewellery. Of course, I got laughed at for being a nerd. *shrugs* I started this set a few months back, and finally completed it today. Here it is in all it's nerdish glory:

These are the first (and only, for now) pieces of jewellery I've made on a bead loom. The choker was made on a homemade loom I made from styrofoam packing, the earrings were made on a cheapie bead loom I found at the craft shop.

I'm really, really pleased with how these turned out. I hope you like them too!
40  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Spotty wrap skirt on: October 30, 2009 10:04:44 PM

I love this skirt, it was so simple to make, too. I found this awesome read and white spotted fabric at the op-shop. I had no idea what to use it for, but I had to have it. It sat in my stash for a couple of weeks, then I decided to make this wrap skirt.

I didn't have to hem it, because the bottom is a selvedge. And no pattern was used, I just cut and sewed.
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