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1  UNITED STATES / New Jersey / Bergen County_North Jersey_ASG on: January 19, 2013 08:23:43 AM
If you live in Bergen County (Fort Lee vicinity) and are interested in joining an American Sewing Guild neighborhood group, please let me know.  We want to start a neighborhood group but need to know if there is enough interest.

northjerseyasg at gmail dot com
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Barkcloth Summer Bag 2011 on: June 01, 2011 05:42:49 AM
Here's my latest.  It has  zipper pocket on front and a slip pocket for cellphone on the back. The bag has carry handles as well as shoulder strap that converts to cross body. The interior has three zipper pockets plus three slip pockets designed to carry eyeglasses.

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Magic Loop Knitting Aid on: December 08, 2010 04:43:28 PM
Though I've been knitting socks for more than 20 years, I've never been able to master the magic loop technique.  Last year, I really made an effort, but everything got so tangled, I just gave up in frustration and went back to knitting one-at-time.  Today, I just happened on a knitting site that had the answer to my dilemma http://www.lisaclarke.net/2010/12/07/upcycled-bag-o-yarn/.

I rushed to my sewing machine and made my own version out of an old pair of blue jeans. 

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Flouncy Bag -- My Version on: May 03, 2010 01:37:56 PM
There was only one project in "One-Yard Wonders" that captured my attention -- the Flouncy Bag.  I love purses and this was a shape I had not seen before.  This is my version.  Took a bit more than one yard, but the basic pattern idea is here. Added a bunch of interior pockets, outside slip pocket for cellphone, cross-body strap as well as shoulder handles. Also added zip top for security.  Forgive the "unclipped" threads still inside the interior photo.

5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / No-Knead Sourdough -- Finally Success! on: April 10, 2009 12:32:47 PM
Finally,  Grin a no-knead sourdough that succeeded.  I've been trying for weeks to eliminate the yeast entirely and make a no-knead bread with sourdough.  Nothing worked.  They were either too wet, didn't rise at all, or were hard, inedible disgusting pancakes. 

I was determined to succeed.  I finally did.  This is what worked for me.

Instead of measuring flour by volume in measuring cups, I broke down and bought a scale that measures in both grams and ounces so I could measure flour by weight.  Instead of trying to make a starter from scratch, I broke down and bought one from King Arthur flour.

I purchased this starter: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/items/classic-fresh-sourdough-starter-1-oz  and followed the directions exactly.
I used this recipe:  http://sourdo.com/recipes.html#no-knead
I measured the flour with this scale: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=10098024, and I baked it in this dutch oven: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5716476

The proof is in the results:

Now all I have to do is taste it....but it is so beautiful I can't bear to take a knife to it! Grin
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Purse organizer from recycled jeans and old border print coverup on: March 12, 2009 06:49:41 AM
This purse organizer has the soft side of hook and loop tape all around the outside so it can be folded and fasted on either end.  The design is culled from lots of pictures of other purse organizers.



7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Christmas Present for Claudette on: November 17, 2008 07:48:05 AM
This is the totebag (inspired by Pink October totebag pattern at mamaspocketbook.com) I made for a family friend.
The materials are completely recycled.
The exterior is an old skirt; the interior an old sheet....I reclaimed the fabrics while cleaning out a closet. 
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Happy Thoughts Tea Cozy on: October 07, 2008 08:28:48 AM

Psst...don't breathe a word but this is what I've made my Dutch, tea-drinking brother-in-law for his birthday. 

The pattern came from the Victoria and Albert Museum:  http://www.vam.ac.uk/images/image/13089-popup.html

The instructions are easy to follow until you get to the flower construction.  It took quite a while to discover that the loops are woven through the crochet flower base, but really you could form the loops by sewing them just as easily.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Corduroy Winter Purse and its Inspiration on: September 04, 2008 09:04:55 AM
The photograph does not really pick up the grommets, but here is my new purse and the design that inspired it.  I added a zippered closure instead of a magnetic snap in the original version.  I also embellished the top border with a greek key decorative stitch in gold metallic thread, not really visible in the photo.  There are 16 brass grommets that also are not visible.  My straps are much longer than the original too because I wanted a crossbody purse.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Remote Control Caddy Ensemble on: August 20, 2008 06:11:55 AM
I just got sick and tired of losing the remote controls. 

I added a weight filled with play sand as a variation to this pattern http://sewing.about.com/od/homedecprojects/ss/armchairorganiz.htm
  See here.

Here's the full ensemble:
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