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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / help with sweater with zipper... on: April 08, 2008 09:44:04 AM
I have been sewing this horrendous neon yellow sweater for my boyfriend and it has been nothing but problems, it has already broken three serger needles!  Today I attempted putting the zipper in, and discovered that the knit had stretched and was now too big on one side :\  Is there anyway to remedy this!!???  His birthday was two weeks ago and this sweater is driving me nuts.  This is the first time i'm working with sweatshirt knit and zippers, but I've been working with various wovens for ages and have no problems.  I really want to finish this soon :\  Can anyone help me?  The knit isnt very stretchy at all, just a very thick, basic sweatshirt knit.  The zipper still fits the other side.  If I steam it will it shrink on the too large side?
2  CANADA / Ontario / Re: london ontario (?) on: March 14, 2008 09:46:12 AM
it's amazing how many of these stores have since closed down :\ (bouclair, out of the past etc)
alot of the thrift stores about a block past adelaide on dundas are fab for curtains and sheets etc (midtown mercantile), and if you are looking for veggie cuisine, zen gardens on dundas (near the delta) is the only 100% veggie restaurant in london!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Have you ever had a knitting related accident? on: February 29, 2008 07:25:06 PM
my ex boyfriend pushed me onto a couch once when i had knitting needles in my bag.... needless to say i still have a rather large c shaped scar on my back.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Granny Spring bag on: February 09, 2008 06:39:39 PM
thanks everyone! Smiley
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Granny Spring bag on: February 02, 2008 08:08:53 PM
This is another birthday gift for another friend of mine, this one I used the leftover cotton from my corset's lining, and a remnant I got from the textiles camp I volunteered at/semi taught at this summer!  Oh and this is my first real purse ever.  On to the pictures:



I hope you enjoyed Smiley
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: A somewhat new take on a craftster phenom... record purse! on: January 16, 2008 04:30:27 PM
Thanks everyone! I've never done a tut before so I'm not entirely sure how to format it... ahahha Sad
but basically:
1. first off i took these horrendous records and marked with pencil where i wanted the top of the purse to be!
2. Then I scored the record numerous times with an exacto knife (the dollar store seriously has everything now it is amazing) several times until it was weak enough to create a clean (ish) break.  The tabernacle record is a bit jagged because i used a knife and the top half shattered ahaha Sad
3.  In order to create the whole i just took a thicker than normal (tapestry maybe? or crewel?) type sewing needle, put it under a candle for a few seconds and pushed it through the record!  It seriously slips right through which is so neat!  But yes make these kinds of holes all the way around the outside of the record
4.  Hot glue any decorations on!
5.  I used felt to separate the records so that it would make the purse.  After it was finished it was reccomended to me to do pleats? or something to make the bottom fuller (as it holds very little now).  If anyone else tries this take pictures for me! Cheesy
6. I handsewed the records to the felt, and then sewed a lining! (just trace the record and felt piece and add seam allowance)
7.  I made the handles for this but you can buy them (i didn't feel like shelling out 6 bucks ahahahha )  Basically I put dollar store beads on floral wire, poked a two holes in the top and pushed the wire through (the wire i used was thin but not needle thin so I also heated a bit of galvanized (think fences) wire (which is thicker) and pushed that through too!
8.  Hot glue handles down, hot glue sewn lining in and handstitch around the top!

oh also I hot glued felt to the record pieces after piercing them.  I thought this would alter the records but thankfully it didn't!

Thank you everyone for your kind words! I am glad you enjoy this and hope you all make them! Although my fingertips seriously are almost bleeding Wink

Also:  Make sure to use a needle with a thin eye while sewing the records, if the hole is too small it will snap the eye!  I used embroidery floss by the way (three strands).

If anyone has any other questions feel free to ask! Cheesy
If you need a diagram to make it easier I could probably do that too Smiley
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A somewhat new take on a craftster phenom... record purse! on: January 15, 2008 07:35:50 PM
Alrighty so for a friend of mine's birthday I decided to craft her something out of something else she really liked... If that makes any sense ahaha.  Anywho! Heavily inspired by some other craftster posts about making purses out of records I decided to create my own, and voila! It is entirely handsewn and I beaded the handles myself.  Alot of hot glue went into this as well!  I am actually so pleased with this that I am very sad to see it leave me Sad

Side One:  The mormon tabernacle choir's greatest hits!

Side Two:  Rod Stewart (ew...)

Hand sewing ahahah


Handle and ric rac detail Wink

Pseudo-action shot (note pyjamas)
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Rabbit print travel document holder on: December 27, 2007 10:58:08 PM
That's so cute!!!  The fabric is so adorable  Cheesy
9  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Glow in the dark and silver wal mart shoes! on: November 30, 2007 08:40:52 PM

I used this glow in the dark fabric paint that is sold at Michaels, I don't know if they have them everywhere ahahahahha.  I'll try and find the bottle for you!
10  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Glow in the dark and silver wal mart shoes! on: October 13, 2007 07:29:43 PM

Score!  I bought those heinous canvas five dollar (canadian) shoes from wal mart and painted them! After about five coats of silver they get a really nice sheen (which doesn't photograph. grrr).  Five coats of milky pukey looking green gets a regular green shade and super glowing capabilities! As soon as dusk hits, my feet emanate a ghastly glow.  Cheesy Cheesy
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