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31  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / The BIG wool debate...formerly known as the purple purse post. on: September 15, 2004 06:41:12 PM
Okay, so this post has just gotten pretty interesting.  After waiting a couple of days to see what was going on with the forum, I've returned to find a few interesting comments.  Come on hear the noise!   Undecided


Original post from me:

Hi, this is my first completed knitted project, that wasn't a scarf!  I haven't knitted anything in 2 years & decided to pick it up again.  I intended to refresh my skills by making a scarf, but decided the stitch pattern looked more like a purse than a scarf.  (K, P, K, P, K, K, K, K)

I think it turned out ok.  But the thing that I'm most disappointed in is not being able to do the blocking process, due to it being made of acrylic yarn.  I'm a vegan, so I choose not to buy yarn from an animal source.  Does anyone have any suggestions on other cruelty-free yarns?  I heard that cotton really only works well for socks and stuffed animals. 

Feedback on the purse and yarn alternatives please!   Wink

32  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered ARIES design from the ZODIAC stitch along. on: September 13, 2004 05:56:59 AM
Well, here's my outcome for the Aries design for the stitch along provided by Dyabolica.  It didn't take too long at all.  I'm thinking I'll probably do another.

This one is in the process of going on a purse.  I'll post a pic of the purse when I'm finished.   Wink

Tell me what you think! 


33  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Chocolate brown purse with embroidered felt poppy. on: September 02, 2004 09:12:09 PM
Here's a purse I made today.  I put a zipper pocket inside (first attempt) and I'm pleased with the outcome.  I can't imagine my future purses without zipper pockets from now on!  Wink



34  Texas / Texas: North Central / Stitch-n-Bitch in College Station! on: September 01, 2004 11:49:36 AM
Hey crafters! 

Just thought I would let any other crafters in this area know that crafter Eva Stars and I have organized our first Stitch-n-Bitch meeting this Sunday, September 5 from 1:30pm-3:30pm.  Actually, I do believe Rachel deserves more credit than myself in the organization of this meeting!   Wink

We hope to see lots of peeps there! 

Check out the flyer below.  (Props to Rachel!)


35  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Felt flower pins! on: September 01, 2004 09:05:02 AM
Here are some felt flower pins that I made a couple of weeks ago.  I needed something to spruce up my outfit for a job interview.   Tongue


This one is my favorite:


Tell me what you think!  Any suggestions?

36  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Losing her marbles embroidery on: August 18, 2004 10:02:37 AM
I thought I would post a picture of a piece I did about 2 years ago.  This was my first "big" project.  I worked on it while babysitting my nephew who was a newborn at the time.  I turned it into a purse, which was also one of my first purses.  I made a hemp strap for it, which eventually came loose & I never took the time to repair it.  I think I'm just going to turn it into a wall hanging.  I found the image on a clip art program I have.  Hope you like it.

Sorry the image quality isn't the greatest.



Close up:

37  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 3 purses with handmade felt appliques on: August 17, 2004 10:45:00 PM
Hi everyone.  It's been a while since my last post, but I've been busy moving and such.  I made these purses in the last couple of days.  My favorite is the dark denim purse with the flower and bird applique, which I finished today.  Let me know what you think.   Wink



Black corduroy & houndstooth liner with skull & crossbones applique:



White with red polka dots & red flower applique:


38  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Tissue paper flowers with tutorial on: July 20, 2004 06:04:00 PM
So my friend is having a party with a "tropical" theme this Saturday & she said she was thinking about making some tissue paper flowers.  Well, I've seen some pretty tacky tissue paper flowers in my day, so I told her I would help her out & see if I could come up with something.  I was lucky enough to find some instructions on http://www.marthastewart.com.  I love the way they came out & they're really easy! 

1.  Materials for one flower:  Six 4" squares of tissue paper, (I used five pink squares for the flower & one green square for leaves.) pipe cleaners, garden tape & scissors.

2.  I stacked the five sheets of pink tissue & folded them in quarters.  Then draw a petal shape on the tissue where the two folds meet.  (I also did this with the green tissue for leaves, but you only need to use one sheet per flower.)

3.  Then cut out the shapes.

4.  Bend one end of the pipe cleaner to make a rounded edge, then poke the sharp end through the stack of shapes & slide the tissue down the pipe cleaner to the rounded edge to create your stem.

5.  Next, fold the tissue to make like a loose pom pom, this makes it easier to wrap the pipe cleaner with the garden tape.

6.  Now just spread the leaves & petals out and fluff it up a bit.  I found blowing lightly on the petals helps to spread it out more.

Hope you like it!   Wink
39  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pink "Jordy" Bag w/ Embroidered Chicks on: July 16, 2004 08:12:35 PM
This is my version of the popular "Jordy" bag (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=7866.0).

I found the pattern for the felt embroidered chicks on Needlecrafter.com and added seed beads for a jazzy effect.

I was originally making the bag for myself, but discovered the bag was a bit small for me.  So, I opted to make it for a friend's niece.  I love the end result and will definitely use this pattern again - perhaps modifying the measurements to make one "adult" sized.

Here are some pics of the finished bag:




I didn't have a kid handy to model the purse, so I decided to volunteer my dog, Ellie:


Thanks to Jordy for a great idea!
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