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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Pink and Green Mini Pill Box Hat / Fascinator. on: February 27, 2012 01:39:57 AM
Thanks bookrider. That's a thought about the Ritz dye... I didn't realise it would work on artificial fibres, otherwise I might have given it a go Smiley
2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: another sharpie dye job! on: October 06, 2010 01:45:47 PM
I really love the washed out rainbow effect you've made, so pretty. I'm inspired to have a go at that. Does it come out if you wash it?
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: happy little white dress on: April 21, 2010 02:53:21 AM
I love the fabric and the shape. Great job! Jealous of your vintage find Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: The Mean Reds Reducing Dress! on: April 12, 2010 01:17:23 PM
Oh my goodness! I love the dress. The shape is so cool, the fabric is so beautiful. I would never have guessed it would turn out so well from the picture on the pattern.
Would you mind telling me where you bought the fabric from, please? It's SO pretty!
Great job  Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Strapless Bra on: April 08, 2010 10:31:36 AM
Wow, that looks so professional. Did you use an old bra to help you draft the pattern? I'm sure your sister will love it!
6  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: Butterick 5317 Maggy London Dress on: March 24, 2010 02:47:50 PM
Your dress looks so much better than the illustration! Makes me want to try it now.
At the risk of repeating what the previous poster said:
Could you sew a little loop with a popper on the inside of each shoulder to hold the bra straps in place? This works for me to hide my bra straps.
7  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: Londoners Lets Share Suppliers on: November 24, 2009 04:21:24 AM
I've had some friends who have found beautiful fabric at good prices (under 10 a metre) in Tooting. There are a few shops along that road, not sure of names though.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: dresses on: November 24, 2009 03:39:19 AM
I love love love the colours of that first one. Why not scale up the pattern to fit you? Vintage patterns are often small. http://www.sensibility.com/pattern/resizepattern.htm So much more fun to be able to wear them Smiley
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Zigzag Book Hardback Bound Edition of Six 'Bubbles' Theme IMG HEAVY! on: October 19, 2009 03:14:34 PM
Thanks very much people, what sweet comments Smiley
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Zigzag Book Hardback Bound Edition of Six 'Bubbles' Theme IMG HEAVY! on: October 19, 2009 04:48:11 AM
Hello! Thanks for looking at my book. It's a looong story though, if you're bored easily or not interested in bookbinding, just scroll down to the pictures!!

A friend of my Mother's recently finished her MA, and to celebrate she wrote a little story about her experience. She asked a girl she knows to illustrate it and then she decided she wanted to give the book as gifts to a few student friends, her lecturer and her Mother (naturally!). She has a long memory and remembered that I'd done a bit of bookbinding in the past, so, cut a long story short, I made the books for her. Actually that is the whole story!
I'm not really an illustrator (in fact I fall into the 'scared of drawing' category) So I had to find a way of doing the cover without drawing. The book is called 'The Bubbles of Happiness' - because at the end of the MA (and the book) they all go and buy expensive champagne and get merry!
I spent about a solid week of time, 8am til 12pm on this, probably, including shopping for materials and printing - although it spread over about three weeks and lots of later nights in all. I hadn't realised that six books takes almost six times as long as one book, not having made more than one or two at a time before!
The cover is supposed to be champagne themed. So the front is a yellowy cream and the recessed bubbles a whiter colour. I used Japanese paper with tiny bits of metal filament in it to give a slightly liquidy, sparkly shine. I cut holes in the front board and covered it with paper, and then stuck a second covered board behind it to give it the recessed look. This meant I was able to sandwich the ribbons between the boards for neatness. I cut grooves the depth of the ribbon into them first so there wouldn't be any swelling where the ribbon is.
The highlights are gold coloured metal leaf. I painted on size, waited for it to get tacky and then burnished on the gold. It was a bit fiddly and the size I bought was the too thick one, but I'm pleased with the results for a first time.
The printing of the story was a NIGHTMARE. I guess I'm not that used to Publisher, but it seems Publisher isn't familiar with the concept of a zigzag book, or of printing on paper larger than A4. Lots of stress, hassle, stress, guillotines and stupid printers later I printed on A4 and stuck it together. To get the grain running from top to bottom I had to buy A3 paper and cut it in half (hence the wanting to print on A3 before) and then sticking it together took a long time, but it gives it a handmade look and the paper is really nice quality, 160gsm art paper, better than the usual printing fare.
I'm glad I chose purple for the inside paper - I did this because I was worried the colours were a bit insipid and it might look like a wedding programme or something. I think the ribbon and the purple paper just saves it from that, but next time I'd do something to make the cover a bit more colourful. My Dad said I should colour in the balloons. They're BUBBLES!
I pressed all the books over several nights under the Encyclopedia of Garden Plants and other tomes. It's not quite the same as a book press, but needs must.

The pile:

The pile from the Front:

The Open Book:

Zig Zag View:

The Cover:

Bottom View (they weren't quite dry so the covers were pulling in a bit, but they will be flat later):

Thanks for looking and have a nice day!
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