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1  Re: Vintage Pillowcase Apron Tutorial in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by suinoko on: February 18, 2011 07:29:48 AM
I know this is a super old thread now but I had to bring it back because I just tried this tutorial out today.

This is, I think, the third thing I've tried sewing since I got a (quite lightweight, and it did struggle!) sewing machine for Christmas, and I'm so chuffed with it.

I got these pillowcases from my ex boyfriend who had it in his stash of bed linen that he'd accumulated from his mother (who is a right hoarder). As soon as I saw them I just knew they could be turned into something awesome, with such pretty floral pattern - if I ever learnt to sew. So I kept them. Two years later, and here one of them is, reincarnated as an apron!

Thank-you so much!

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2  Re: OTET: One Tiny Emboidered Thing GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by suinoko on: July 14, 2010 08:29:01 AM
I received from LuckDragon (finally), and I love it! I was forever losing my Oyster card in my bag because I had nothing to keep it in, but now it can go in this amazing travelcard holder that LuckDragon embroidered with a koi carp (because I like Japanese things), wahey! Cheesy

Thank-youuuu! Cheesy Now let's hope that my package doesn't take too long to reach you. Smiley
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3  Horrible Old Furniture into New Sleek Black and Gold Set (Image Heavy) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by suinoko on: September 06, 2009 07:44:09 AM
Me and my boyfriend hoped to get a new unfurnished flat to move in together a few months ago. I saw his horrible old furniture and decided that we really needed to do something about it before I would let it into a nice new home. Thankfully, the chest of drawers and cabinet in his bedroom were solid wood and very sturdy. We decided to recondition them and save ourselves the walletache of having to purchase new.


And together in use in our new home:


What we did:

Originally we painted them in black gloss, but I found it too 'polished' so we went over again with matt black spray paint. I then masked the edges of the drawers and tops with masking tape so that we could spray paint a gold outline. We tried putting a stencil on the top of the cabinet but it didn't come out 100% perfect and the stencil (though apparently re-usable) was rendered unusable so we couldn't repeat the process for the drawers.

We then replaced all the old knobs with brand new crystal knobs, and lined the inside of the drawers and cabinet with some pretty patterned and soft textured wallpaper. Both of these things we obtained from our local hardware store. The total cost was quite high, but not as high as trying to buy brand new bedside cabinets and drawers, so we are happy. Smiley
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4  Help With Baby Socks Pattern (rejoin yarn, pick up and knit) in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by suinoko on: September 06, 2009 07:06:29 AM
I was trying to make the socks described in this premature baby set pattern, for my bro and sis-in-laws new baby who was 2 months premature (don't worry, mum and baby are in hospital but doing fine Cheesy). I've never knitted socks before (or anything shaped in this manner, for that matter).

I got totally stuck after breaking off my yarn. I've included a picture below, and I'm wondering where exactly I go next. I can't find an adequate enough tutorial for picking up and knitting stitches that is followable for this type of work.

I'm assuming that I would pick up and knit eight of the nine stitches on the right hand needle onto the left hand needle, then knit eight stitches on the left hand needle onto the right hand needle, slip the 8 stitches from the 'flap' onto the right hand needle, then knit eight of the nine stitches remaining on the left hand needle. Am I right?

If I'm not, direction would be appreciated. Smiley

Thanks in advance.
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5  Re: Summer Reading Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by suinoko on: August 09, 2008 04:01:22 AM
Deisels_Mom has received and asked me to post pictures since her camera has disappeared, so here you go.

Only thing is, I didn't get pictures of the books I sent, so have some Amazon links instead!:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/0061057819/   '48 by James Herbert
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0345447840/   The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen

A bracelet that actually says 'Mars <3 Books' on it, but it's kinda hard to see from the photo. Sad

A bookmark that I covered in book pages (don't worry, it was a book that was free with the newspaper last Christmas and I already had a copy!) and on the back wrote a Groucho Marx quote.

A tiny little polymer clay book. Smiley Totally useless. Tongue
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6  Re: Pimp My Craftster Username Gallery in The Swap Gallery by suinoko on: August 01, 2008 05:14:06 AM
Sorry for being so slow posting pictures, but I received last week from Panda.

The large item - a really pretty bag with my name in Katakana painted on the front. I have discovered this bag is great to use as an overnight bag, and am using it for the second time with this purpose tomorrow (yes, I tend to visit my friends overnight a lot)! Cheesy

A little cross-stitched tissue pack holder. I love this, it's so pretty and practical and am currently putting it to good use. Smiley

A variety of small items with water/asia theme including a notebook, keychain, asian stamps and also another pair of the earrings that were on my wist. Hehehe.

A little photo frame that has my name on it with water theme. Smiley

Last but not least, a couple of goodies from Atlanta, Georgia. Cheesy

Thank-you so much, Panda, I have been spoilt. Smiley You are a wonderful angel.
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7  Re: Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap FOCR Gallery in The Swap Gallery by suinoko on: July 09, 2008 09:45:13 AM
I received thismorning from klum78!

The little purse with pretty patterned materials in lovely colours yay. I've become obsessed with pretty patterned material. Cheesy Is that some hand stitching around the top? Smiley

She also added in a little extra that was on my wists - the yarn ball earrings as originally made by phoenixfiredesigns, in one of my favourite colours of purple. Cheesy I am wearing them right now. Excuse the nerdy pic...

Thank-you so much Kimberly. Cheesy
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8  Re: Pimp My Craftster Username Gallery in The Swap Gallery by suinoko on: July 03, 2008 05:26:48 AM
Well since my partner hasn't been on Craftster since May 29th and hasn't contacted any of us recently, I'm gonna post pictures of what I sent her over a week ago (she would have received by now).

First, a couple of bookmarks I made. One features a quote by Lana Turner, and another is based on a film that she starred in.

Then I embroidered a handkerchief, this took enough time that it could've counted as large. O_o;

And I knit a furry pink clutch purse with a silver and black ribbon decoration around the top.

I hope LanaTurnerSmile liked it.
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9  Re: Make-a-Friend Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by suinoko on: June 18, 2008 06:08:00 PM
This is all the lovely things I have received from SamJ.

Package One

Photo album, which she put a picture of the Welsh flag in, and wrote the Welsh national anthem - in Welsh!

Local items - a tea towel, two magnets and a notebook from Wales. Cheesy

Her favourites - some beads, candy and chocolate. Yummy. I consumed these promptly.

A really nice top that she made me! I love this, and I wore it as soon as I got it, it fits perfectly. Smiley Thankyouu.

Two other small items - a little card wallet and a friendship bracelet (that I have been wearing).

Thank-you Sam! Sorry it took me so long to post these pictures. Sad

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10  Re: Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap FOCR (Signups CLOSED, Sendouts 7/2/08) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by suinoko on: June 16, 2008 05:02:14 PM
And please tell me what a caliometry is. Does it go around your neck or around your head like a bandana or like a headband?

It's a cross between a headband and a hat, so you basically wrap it around the top of your head and behind you neck, but you can pull your hair through it and wear it up so it's warm and also convenient because unlike hats you don't have to wear your hair down so it blows all over your face in the wind. XD

I've made one for my boyfriend's daughter (she loves it so much and insisted on wearing it everywhere and wants me to make a different coloured one for every day of the week) and also one for my swap partner in the Make a Friend Swap round 1, here's a picture of KittenWrangler in it (hehehe, stealing your blurry action shot! sorry!):

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