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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Crewel Worked curtains into recovered seating (now with more and better phot on: October 16, 2007 05:53:18 PM
Thanks everyone!

I learned to upholster when I took a sculpture class several years ago...that being said, it's really not that hard if you're reconstructing something...

Just make sure you have a sturdy-weight fabric, and use the old upholstery as a pattern.

I usually start by stretching the material across the longest part, putting in a few staples to tack it down. I work along the edges, leaving a bit of allowance at the corners (say...2 inches on either side of the corner) to make a nice smooth bend.

I do the corners last, of course.

For the slipcovers, we just laid the fabric overtop, and pinned it (right side out.) leaving a bit of seam allowance.Then we sewed the right side, inverted the corners and sewed them, and hemmed the edges.
12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Plaid Autumn Handbag - First handbag project! on: October 12, 2007 12:15:01 PM
So, I'd been meaning to try my hand at some handbag making, and amidst the Thanksgiving prepping, cooking and baking this past weekend, I was inspired!

I've had this perfect plaid remnant for years, from my grandmother's collection, but was ever so reluctant to use it...it's just too pretty! It's a poly-wool blend, with the nicest weave ever!

Throwing caution to the wind, I went to work, freehanding it based on tips I could remember from various bag/pouch tutorials

Here it is:

Obviously, it requires a bit of pressing still...but I've been carrying it around constantly since I made it so...no time!

I did some lovely corner seams...

Some fun, decorative stitching (as an experiment...)

and even covered some (decorative) buttons with the remnants of the green raw silk lining

Can't wait to make more!

I think next time I'll throw some interfacing in there, for greater stability and definition

Thanks for looking!
13  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: =D need some help please n.n on: October 12, 2007 10:59:37 AM
If you paint the jacket Gold first, you really shouldn't need a lot of glitter to make it work.

I would also suggest using a sealant over top of the glitter...at least along the arms and sides (where it's more likely to be rubbed off.) In the past, I just used a leather/boot sealer, available at most shoe stores.

Have fun!!
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Crewel Worked curtains into recovered seating (now with more and better photos!) on: October 11, 2007 09:36:32 PM
So yeaaaaars ago, I picked up some cream linen curtains, with blue crewel working on them. I had them up in my bedroom at home, but after 2 moves, they were relegated to a rubbermaid bin in storage....

when we moved into our current place in August,  my roomate and  - both decor-conscious ladies - figured we needed some unifying element in our living room, to avoid that whole mismatched student furniture look...

So, with her mad, mad sewing skills and mine with a staple gun and some patience, we went to work!

K recovered 2 ottomans- one of hers, one of mine - and I reupholstered an antique chair I had. I think they turned out quite well!!

Here's the chair:


and all three together:

15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Art Deco Inspired/Freehand Flower Pot & Frame on: September 22, 2007 10:00:42 PM
Aww, thanks everyone! I've commited to a quite ambitious project next....a growth chart for my best friend's baby (for future use, of course...)

Working on the design now...
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Art Deco Inspired/Freehand Flower Pot & Frame on: September 21, 2007 09:39:08 PM
After YEARS of wanting to learn to embroider, I finally dove right in...and could barely put it down!!

I decided to just play a bit for my first 'sample', get to know some stitches and colours and technique. I freehanded a small design, and went to work!


and After:

I was quite pleased with the end product! Though I still haven't decided what to do with it yet...maybe an ipod sleeve??

Please comment!
17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Art Deco inspired Shrinky Dink Keychain & Wine Bottle Label!! on: September 21, 2007 09:30:14 PM
My first post, and I couldn't resist throwing these two little gems up here!

I picked up a sampler pack of Shrinky Dinks (with frosted, opaque white, opaque cream, black and brown sheets included) and decided tos experiment! Out of necessity, as I just plain have far too many keys, I decided on a key chain...

This is for my 'home' keys (and those of the boy...)

I also decided, after the unfortunate and tragic loss of a very nice bottle of Birthday wine to some well meaning visitors of my roomie, to make up some 'wine tags', in order to avoid future mix-ups...

(The 'Little Penguin' Wine, however,  doesn't hold a candle to my lovely Latour Pinot Noir...sigh...)

Alright for a first try! I'm sold on shrinky dinks!!

What do you think?
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Banana Republic Hat Knockoff *big pics* on: September 21, 2007 09:29:57 PM
I would not only wear but BUY 10 of your version before I'd darken the door of BR and buy one of their sub-quality, overpriced, sweatshop spawned hats.

what an excellent improvement on the original! Looks much cozier too...
19  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Mooncakes! YUM! :D on: September 21, 2007 09:26:34 PM
Cute! Love the detail...

I love mooncake also - sadly I can only ever find it around Chinese NEw Year here!
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Voila! A chalkboard in my dining area! (MORE PICS!) on: September 21, 2007 09:16:49 PM
Ooooh, I did this very same thing, except with a black paint-pen board.

word of warning: Beware of friends at parties, leaving lewd messages you don't realize are there until your mother happens to drop in for a visit...
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