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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Fun psuedo craft - paper snowflakes online! on: August 30, 2004 12:02:05 PM
It's a flash site where you make paper snowflakes by cutting out pieces - just like you did in kindergarten!  so fun!
22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / tip: iron on transfers to dark fabric on: August 23, 2004 08:20:17 AM
Hello ladies and gentlemen,
Let's say you want to embroider a design on some dark colored fabric.  You have an iron on transfer of the design.  But it won't show up.  What to do?  You could try the wax free transfer sheets, or you could do what I did for this purse.
1)Iron on interfacing (it's white) to the back of your dark fabric. 
2) Iron your design onto the interfacing side. 

Now this makes the embroidery process a little bit slower, because your guidelines are on the back rather than the front of your fabric.  And it won't work for anything with words (they'll be mirror image) or anything else that has to point the right direction.  But it sure is easier than tracing and then having the tracy stuff fall off!
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / shaken, not stirred on: August 19, 2004 08:43:06 PM
Just completed a snazzy new purse with an embroidered martini on the front thanks to Sublime Stitching
with a cool olive themed lining, and olive-esque button closure:

What'd'ya think?
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / first skirt on: July 25, 2004 08:38:22 AM
Ok, I just completed my first skirt.  I used the 'trace your favorite skirt' method, but I used some wool fabric I had left over from a messenger bag project instead of your typical pillowcase.  Of course this means I won't be wearing it for a couple of months, but I think it turned out pretty cute.
I did some topstitch detailing on the side seams:
(not totally perfect, as you can see)
And a decorative diamond stitch pattern 2" up from the hem:
It's one of the 4 decorative stitches that came with my machine (I set the stitch length to about 1/2 and the width to the max).  It also helps to hold up the turned under hem.

Whatd'ya think?
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What to do with a bag of Lana d'oro? on: July 19, 2004 07:34:33 AM
Ok, so when WEBS was having a sale I bought a bag (10 skeins) of Lana D'Oro in a pretty purple color.  This is fabulous yarn.  It's a 50% superfine alpaca 50% merino wool blend, sooooo soft and warm.  110yards/skein (so I have 1100 yds) 5sts/1" on #7s. 

I've already started and frogged 2 sweaters with this yarn.  The first one I didn't check gauge (yeah, I know, stupid me).  And the second one involved lace, which I am apparently too stupid to do.  I have never sworn so much while constructing a measly 3" of knitting! 

Anyway, any pattern suggestions?  I would have loved to have done knitty's BPT, but it requires 1350 yards.  WEBS doesn't even have this color anymore so I can't get more.  Thanks.
26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / zip top jordy bag tutorial on: July 17, 2004 05:53:13 PM
Ok, guys, let me just warn you, this is pretty involved, and I'm not sure it's worth it.  But here goes:

Step 1:  Do steps 1 - 6 of the jordy bag tutorial but close both corners of the liner.

Step 2: fold over and pin in place the top edge of the outside, then put the liner in it and do the same, making sure that it is the same height as the outside.

Step 3:take the liner back out and pin the strap to the inside of the outside piece. 

Step 4:Then topstitch the outside, so that the strap is sewn in.  Topstitch the liner so that it has a hem, too.  Put it back in and make sure everything still lines up nicely. 
Doesn't it look nice?  Are you sure you want a zip top?  It's not too late to turn back......

Step 5:   You need 2 little squares of your liner fabric and 2 of your outside fabric.  At the open end of your zipper, make a sandwich: Outside fabric (right side up), zipper (right side down), liner fabric (right side down), pin it all together

Step 6: sew it all together, in a line perpindicular to the zip

Step 7: open it up and press the fabric back

Step 8:  Do the sandwich thing again (the whole thing is upside down from last time in the pic, don't worry about it) at the other end of the zipper, measuring against the bottom of your bag to make sure you leave slightly less zipper than the length of the bag

Step 8: open it up and press the fabric back.  Now you have a zipper with ends that match your bag.

Step9: cut 2 rectangles of liner and 2 of outer fabric.  These should be longer and wider than your bag, add about 2" to each dimension
 open it up and press the fabric back

Step 10: Pin the zipper to one of the liner pieces.  Line up the edge of the zipper and the edge of the fabric, the wrong side of the zipper is against the right side of the fabric. 

Step 11: Sew in place

Step 12: Repeat 10&11 on other edge of zipper.  The top of your piece should now look like this:

Step 13: Iron a hem into your outer fabric rectangles

Step 14: Line up the folded edge of an outer piece with the zip edge of the zipper.  Pin and sew.

Step 15: Repeat on other side

Now you have a zip top!
We have all the pieces, now we just have to assemble them (this is the hard part)

Step 16: measure the square bottom of your bag, and cut a window the same size out of a piece of paper.

Step 17: center this window over your top and mark it (my fabric has a nice grid on it, so I just put pins in the corners, you may want to trace the window with a fabric pencil)

Step 18:  time to build another sandwich!  Layer your top piece between the outside and the liner
It helps to start on a short end by lining up the zipper with the handle
Carefully pin it all in place, one side at a time, making sure to catch all the layers
Then sew it up, lining up these new stitches with your old topstitches - if your sewing machine arm can't fit in the zipper hole, leave a long side unpinned, and sew the other 3 sides.  Then pin and hand stitch the final side.
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / coffee cup sleeve on: June 02, 2004 05:26:54 AM
Ok, this is an adaptation of theone on magknits.com

I used a worsted weight chenille and size 7 (4.5mm) dpns

double increase: on same stitch knit in stitch below, knit stitch, knit stitch below.  then pull stitch off left needle.
seed stitch: k1p1 (making sure that on subsequent rows you aren't making ribbing, the k is over a p and vice versa)

cast on 33, distribute across dpns, placing marker before 1st and 16th sts and join round (beign careful not to twist).  knit 4 rows of seed stitch.  On fifth row, do double increase before each marker (the rest of the row is still seed stitch.
repeat last 5 rows.  do 4 more rows of seed stitch. cast off. 

handle: at top edge, over one of the increasy bits, pick up 2 stitches and increase1 (3 sts total).  do about 4 inches of seed stitch.  cast off.  sew down bottom edge and a spot in the middle.

NOTE: I had two small bits of chenille in coordinating colors, so I just switched between them semi randomly.  This is a great way to use up those 1-2" diameter yarn balls you have lying around.
28  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Craft The Vote! / voting slogan on: June 01, 2004 08:30:41 AM
The new Jane magazine (june/july 04) has Drew Barrymore on the cover (looking like an adult for once) in a tshirt that says:
It was designed by her b/f Fabrizio Moretti and made by generra
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / thrice cursed lace scarf on: May 24, 2004 01:55:20 PM
This almost killed me, but I think it turned out pretty.  It's done in Rowan Kidsilk Haze.  The color is most accurately represented in the first pic, in the last pic you can sort of  see the clear glass beeds I knitted into the ends.
30  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Apron Swap (Sent by May 31) on: May 17, 2004 08:37:53 AM
Ok folks, here's where we're posting pics for the apron swap.
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