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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Please help! Sewing machine question on: August 05, 2008 01:52:05 PM
This has probably been asked a million times over (although I'm not sure what to search for) but I was on my machine, sewing away as normal and... this horrible noise starts like the lower bobbin is trying to escape and the underside of the garment I'm working on is entangled with loads of loose, cut-up threads that are caught where the lower bobbin thread comes up from. I unpicked all the stitching, took apart the undercarriage and cleaned it all out, then continued to sew again. It happened once more, so I repeated and changed the stitch I was using (I was using a stitch for stretchy fabric) and it still happened.

I'm not sure what I can do, does anyone have any ideas? I need my machine to work as I'm in the process of making a gift for my partner which needs to be finished in 9 days time.

Thanks in advance!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cheshire Cat Coffee Cuff on: August 02, 2008 06:39:00 AM
My latest coffee cuff features the Cheshire Cat! The colours are a little washed out, they are far more vibrant in person. It took me a while to draft the pattern for this up, but once I started I was so happy with it. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do:

And of course, I had to add the White Rabbit buttons again. I need to find more of these beautiful little things!

Thank you for looking.
3  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Help Please! Allergy to leather & want to save these shoes on: July 24, 2008 01:20:48 AM
Now, my mum came to me just now asking if there was anything I could do to her leather shoes to stop her allergic reaction. Something like 'sticky foam' to attach to the inside of the straps, etc. Now, I don't quite know if this'll work or even if there is something like that out there.

Does anyone have any ideas? I'm desperate to help her out. Thanks!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Atisu~! on: July 11, 2008 03:41:03 PM
Just a simple Russian Doll tissue holder I made for a swap. I love how I managed to have matching canvas ribbon. I'm definitely going to make more of these!

Yay for sneezing if I can make such cute things as this. :3
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / White Rabbit Coffee Cuff on: July 11, 2008 03:36:19 PM
This coffee cuff was from a recent swap. I'm so proud of my needlework on this, especially as it's only my early work. I want to make more of these!

I managed to find these amazing rabbit buttons, how could I resist?
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 'A Little Fairy Dust' Market Bag on: April 25, 2008 03:42:53 PM
I made this bag for the recent Fairytales and Folklore Swap. I had fun making it and most certainly wanted to keep it for myself!

The only thing I regret is not being able to take a full view picture of the bag. I'll see if I can snag one from my partner.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Need Help?--Anorexia Nervosa on: April 21, 2008 11:29:15 AM
Currently my University project was a loose brief that you wrote the subject on and it had to comply to certain rules. In the end I choose to base mine around Anorexia Nervosa and create a 'care package' as such for the sufferer and the family (and perhaps close friends) to help them come to terms with the illness and overcome it together.

I learnt that it helps to combat certain illnesses with others to help, and I also decided that my target audience was going to be for young females from the age of 10 to female adults of 20. The reason I picked this target demographic was for the shocking statistics that develop Anorexia Nervosa between there ages, and I would have also done males (as this is on the rise), however I only have limited time and could possibly expand on this subject in my third year as an extra side project.

Anyway, I digress;

My initial thought processes are all based around the emotional torment involved with the illness, the fighting with the voice that conflicts with the sufferers personal health. I was attempting to maybe create a form of 'Russian Nesting Doll' that would vary through 5(+) emotions/stages of how they would feel. The Russian Nesting Doll came from the principal that, much like a snake who looses its skin, the sufferer also looses their initial skin in a metaphorical sense. There would be the first stage, then one item of the person is lost and so on, leaving only a shell of their former self. I want to maybe show the lose of friends and family and self-control and a few others. Does this sound like a good idea, or could it be too adventurous?

I'll also be doing an entire corporate brand as the whole pack will be sent to corresponding families who perhaps wish to create an understanding of the family member in torment. There will definitely be activities where the entire family is involved or this brief would become completely defunct. Perhaps they keep a diary/journal documenting their feelings and then give feedback at the end of the week. In my research I've found it's hard for these families to communicate and maybe this would help open them up? Then maybe set them personal goals for each week/month where the outcome helps the cause.

I have a multitude of other ideas, but I might end up blabbering on about this. And, in no means, to I wish to offend anyone with the illness as I can't quite understand how they are feeling, but all I'm trying to do is place emphasis on raising awareness.

Any ideas, feedback or criticism is greatly appreciated!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Blue & White Flower Pouch--Now with pretty pictures! on: April 04, 2008 01:02:56 PM
I made a purse for a swap. It's pretty simple. All hand sewn with blanket stitch for decoration on the outside. I'm quite pleased with this, it came out better than I had expected. Comments, crits?

9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / One Boy + An Omnitrix = Ben 10 Top on: April 04, 2008 10:06:59 AM
My little brother went to a birthday party today and as he loves the cartoon show Ben 10, I decided to make him the top Ben Tennyson wears so he could go as him. He had the Omnitrix and the trousers and trainers, so I whipped this up in a few hours today before he got home from school.

He was thrilled, and you can see that as he posed for these pictures (Sorry about the quality, had to take them on my camera phone) I took some ones on the digital camera too;

I was so pleased that it came out straight! I'm terrible at keeping my stitches in a straight line. It was pretty easy to make this top but it's the first thing I've made for him, so I was very happy.
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Small Wallpaper Star-Book on: March 08, 2008 04:05:30 PM
Well, I've been crafting for some time but never have I got around to posting anything I have made. I created this little Starbook for a Swap and was happy at the outcome. Any critique is welcome.

I apologise for the bad picture quality, we've ordered a lovely new DSLR so the next project will have more 'polished' photos.

Let me know what you think?
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