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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fun with Vinyl on: May 28, 2004 05:20:03 PM
Hey! I'm so glad everyone likes the purses!  As for sewing with vinyl, using a leather / denim needle works best, I think, depending on how thick/tough of vinyl you bought.  However, I've found that a regular 11(?) needle works just swell.  There are a variety of threads, but I always find the Coats & Clarks to be my favorite.  Patience works best because the holes made in vinyl are a little more distinct and so it shows when you change stitch lengths or don't sew as carefully as you should.  I'd practice on a few scrap pieces to see how your vinyl takes to the holes and thread, as well as how tough it will be to handle.   Good luck on your project! 
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re:pretty (big) in pink on: April 14, 2004 12:21:02 PM
Fusible interfacing is basically interfacing that you iron on.  I use it because it's easier to hold in place, and it's pretty durable.  It makes the fabric stiffer.   I used a black "matte" fabric paint (nothing dimensional).   It wasn't the best brand of paint, as it feels a bit scratchy, but it worked well enough..

Redkatt - great suggestion - I just might make those items;)  I love the 40's/50's pinup look!
3  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re:Painted Dr. Scholls on: April 14, 2004 12:14:55 PM
Those are so cute!  I really like the pink.  

I painted an old pair of them leopard print (which worked surprisingly well), following similar steps.  In case anyone has a different color strap than they'd prefer (mine were a gift - in red), painting the straps works alright as well..  I painted mine black, and the color has held up for over a year now.  
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re:pretty (big) in pink on: April 06, 2004 07:11:18 PM
Thanks!  The fabrics I used were both 100% cotton I am pretty sure, the tough canvas like kind.  You could probably use webbing for the straps, but depending on how thick, it might be hard to sew - though that's the only probably I can really imagine you running into.  I don't know what you mean by plastic canvas, I just used a stiff interfacing on both the outside and lining of the purse, so it's pretty sturdy..  
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re:Bridal Shower! on: March 24, 2004 10:26:03 AM
I knew this was the right place to ask for suggestions!  Crafters are the best.  I love all of those ideas - and you guys have got me so excited!  Another question - is there a specific place it is customary to hold them?  A house? A restaruant?  A hotel? Tea room?  
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / How to throw a bridal shower? crafty ideas? on: March 23, 2004 09:36:27 PM
I've recently taken on the task of throwing a bridal shower...  I have never actually been to a shower, though, and have little experience in regards to weddings.  Anyhow, I was wondering if anyone has been to one, has any ideas and/or advice to offer for the hostess, and of course - crafty ideas to make it absolutely wonderful.  Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re:my felt flower is welting on: March 22, 2004 07:12:30 PM
Those are so pretty!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re:puffy sleeve shirt on: March 22, 2004 07:11:39 PM
I love that shirt!  You did such an awesome job!  
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re:robots ! on: February 24, 2004 07:12:06 PM
robots rock!  way cute.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re:Kitchsy Boxy on: February 24, 2004 07:11:35 PM
That's really cute:)  
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