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1  CANADA / Atlantic Canada / Re: Halifax? on: April 06, 2006 09:00:32 AM
i did not  know there was a snb around halifax.. what age groups go?

I think our youngest is low 20s...and the oldest is about mid-40s? But the majority of us are smack-dab in the middle.
2  CANADA / Atlantic Canada / Re: Halifax? on: December 18, 2005 06:09:19 AM
Hello out there!

cbass - the SnB ladies are mostly knitters with the occasional crocheter (hi Morgan!), but they're a friendly bunch. I'm sure that if you showed up with any sort of crafty item, you'd be welcomed with open arms. And yes, it's still Wednesday nights at Uncommon Grounds, starting from 7:30 until 9:30-10ish. I'm pretty new to the city, and the SnB ladies have all been really friendly and welcoming!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Yet another brocade DPN and circular needle case - with tutorial! on: October 17, 2005 07:40:03 PM
Okie dokie - so you want a fancy shmancy DPN and circular needle case? Here's how to get a swanky case of your very own! If anyone makes one of these cases, I'd love to see pics...

You'll need:

1) A yard of silk brocade.
2) Another yard of a textured material for the lining of the case. I used raw silk, but anything thin with a bit of grip would work.
3) An unholy number of straight pins.
4) Sewing machine.
5) Libation of your choice (Red wine makes the brocade easier to work with....well, at least that's what I kept telling myself.)

Here's the pretty fabric I chose. Apologies for not thinking ahead and using a lighter colour.

First step is to determine how large you want your finished case to be. I wanted to have a large case - so I used the full width of the brocade (36 inches - the finished case is slightly smaller due to seam allowances). Cut off three strips which are 5 inches tall (plus seam allowances on all sides), and the same width as the body of the case.

Do this for both fabrics. These strips will eventually be your tiered pockets.

Put the strips of the brocade and lining fabric right sides facing together, and sew the long sides together (making a tube). Repeat with all three strips. Flip them right side out and press the edges. (Don't skip the ironing...doing so will make you cry in the long run.)

Place the strips against the lining fabric (lining fabric facing lining fabric). Do so in such a manner that the bottom strip is flush with the bottom of the lining, and the other strips overlap each other (by about .5 of an inch). I've folded up the corners of the strips so you can get an idea of what I'm blathering on about. Pin them into place, and sew them down ONLY along the bottom edge of each strip.

Place the brocade face to face with the brocade of the strips. Align the edges of the brocade with the edges of the lining and sew along all of the sides, leaving a small opening at the top of the case (about 2.5 inches).

Turn the case right side out.

Pin the opening closed, iron the edges and topstitch.

Now, you'll have to sew the pockets for your needles. I like having both my DPNs and circulars in the same case, so here's what I did:

Circulars: Divide the case into quarters and mark the points. Sew a straight line through the points, through all of the layers. Ta da - ya got pockets for your circs. If you want a case just for circs, you can sew the lines through all of the strips. If you want to store DPNs in your case too, lift the bottom strip away from the sewing action when you're putting the pockets for the circulars in place. You don't want to catch the bottom strip - it should flap freely until you're ready to sew the lines for the DPN pockets.

DPNs: Each of the pockets is custom measured for the needle size - take your set of DPNs, measure the width of the set and add about .5 of an inch. Measure that same distance on your case, and sew a line from the bottom of the case, up to the bottom of the strip above the DPN row. (There should be .5 of an inch  at the top of the DPN row that's unsewn.) Here's what it looks like with needles in it:

I don't sew a closure on my cases - I use a big safety pin, and I put my stitch markers on it. Then I use the whole shebang to pin the case closed.

As for keeping the case portable, I like to fold the case in on itself (outside edges to the centre, and then  fold it all together.) and sew a ribbon on the outside to tie it all together.

Hope this is all clear as mud. As noted above, the required libation may have impaired my ability to write legibly. Smiley
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Crafty But Stupid: YOUR CRAFT RELATED INJURIES HERE! on: May 01, 2005 08:16:28 PM
When my friend was first learning how to use a sewing machine, the needle went right through her finger. YeeeOUCH! She had a hole in her nail and it was bleeding all over. It totally ruined her project  Grin. She tends to stay away from sewing machines when she can.

Actually it has nothing to do with being a beginner sewer...sad, but true - I have my own business sewing cloth diapers, and I *still* managed to sew through my finger about a month ago. Through the nail and out the other side. Not much blood, mind you. I just looked at it in shock at first. But the worst part was that the needle broke off in my finger. I had to pull it out with the pliers I use for beading. Yuck. Sad That's about the worst craft-related injury I've had so far...
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