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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Repurposed sweater fabric stretches when I sew- what am I doing wrong? on: December 25, 2011 09:17:54 PM
Hi crafty people,
I have been working with repurposed sweaters- some felted a little, some a lot, some not at all. I do not seem to be able to sew a seem without the fabric stretching and rippling- and changing the look more than I want. I have tried zigzags and straight sticthes, and have played with the width, but I am just not getting it figured out.

Any suggestions or advice?
Thanks- and much appreciated!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / RRR challenge 1: sweaters to quirky wrap (pics & pics) on: August 20, 2010 08:44:36 PM
Hi all,
This was a fun project- my first experiment with making reconstructed clothing, and I learned a few things.
The wrap:

rather than a button, I opted for a kilt pin with a grey tie attached.


This was once two lovely sweaters that I found at the local Women in Need thrift store. Loved the colors, and the sleeves on the grey were beautiful.


Although my final product is nothing at all like it, I was inspired by the incredible work by a Canadian designer (Precocious Environmental Couture- love love love their stuff!). But it introduced new possibilities. I love the idea of reconstructing old clothes into something new, so thought I would experiment.

It has not turned out as I had originally envisioned, but for a first attempt I am pleased with the result. Of course, the sweaters were rather too small for me to begin with and have not magically grown to accommodate my curvy self, but I made an effort to compensate for that with the extra grey panel in the side- and I like the detail that it added.

So- pleased as I am, I welcome comments, crits & suggestions for improved alterations in future!
Thanks for looking!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / J&T challenge 2: Little fish, little fish on: June 17, 2010 03:59:55 PM
This is a fun pendant and earring set that actually started out as something else entirely.... but I love how it has turned out. This is my first attempt at soldering something other than a jump ring, and I am so pleased with the result- I want to be out with the torch and pick all day now.

However.... the story of Little fish, little fish actually begins as a vision of Art Nouveau inspired vinery. After I had soldered the pieces together I was looking and thinking and thinking some more, and it reminded me not so much of leaves and vines but of summer days I spent with my dad fishing at our cabin way way far away, in the middle of the great forested north (northern Saskatchewan). My dad passed away when I was young, and he was often so busy when we were in the city, but the days at the lake were such fun. So my summer-theme is more a summer pass-time and a memory of my family- special for me, fun to have made, and lovely to wear.

Oh- the stuff.... sterling silver with copper Swarovsky crystals, peridot chips and citrines. The larger stones are citrine- these are sooo lovely and delicious..... and very summer with the warm greens.
Thanks for looking!

The clasp for the necklace is in the front so the cored is very smooth on the back of the neck.

Detail of those delicious cirtines....

Variation where the peridot string falls to the side.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / baubles for auction on: February 08, 2010 07:03:36 AM
This past weekend my son's school had a big fundraiser, part of which was a silent auction. I have been busy making some trinkets to donate, and thought I would share my favorites. It was a lot of fun- not sure what I am going to do with my jewelry dabble time now that the auction is over!

The photos did not come out well, and I am somewhat disappointed by that. however, you can get the idea...

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / once a sweater, now a purse on: February 07, 2010 10:26:52 AM
On a recent visit to a thrift store I found a lovely brown wool cardigan. It was a beautiful color, had lovely shell buttons, and was nicely soft and warm. I took it home and found a nasty hole in the elbow- big enough that you couldn't get away wearing it without someone noticing the hobo-ness of the sweater.
So I felted, cut and stitched- my first project in felting a sweater and sewing something with it. My machine almost choked on some of the fuzz, but out of it came this lovely little purse. I am so tickled with it, but I did end up giving it to my son's preschool for a fundraiser auction.
At least there is another side of the cardigan, complete with pocket, so I can make myself another.

6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 45 ENTRIES / Miss Molly Puddlesox on: December 04, 2009 06:00:26 PM
Hi crafty people!
This is my first challenge- as well as my first doll, first recycled sweater, and I am so incredibly pleased with how my little Miss Molly turned out!
Meet Miss Molly Puddlesox

She started out as a sweater (at one time a very expensive sweater from Talbots, now $3.99 from Goodwill...) and a t-shirt (also $3.99), plus a pair of well loved purple infant tights ($2).

(there is another navy sweater that I considered using but ended up not- a lovely 100% wool Eddie Bauer that has been felted to a size that would fit my 4-year old).

Miss Molly's body was crafted from the t-shirt, and her lovely ensemble from one arm of the sweater. The tights I sewed down so that they create a body covering as well as long dangly legs. The tights had a lighter shade on the toes and heel, and I ended up having to trim off the heel. However, the way that the toes came together, they created little mauve shoes for my fashionista.

I used extra stuffing, purple yarn, felt, embroidery thread and a few buttons left over from projects from long ago,, and voila- there she is! I love her, and am so excited to have made something for my baby girl. She thinks Miss Molly is pretty neat too

This was a really fun challenge, and I love everything everyone has done- so much creativity!
Thanks for looking!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / tiger wire? silk cord? not sure which to use... on: November 14, 2009 08:27:43 AM
Hi ladies and beading gurus,
I have been asked by a friend to restring a necklace that she bought as a gift for her mom. This is the necklace:

I am just not sure what would be best to use for stringing. Originally it was on what looked like a really fine nylon string- reminded me of dental floss. I find tiger wire so stiff, but I have never used anything other than that so I am not sure what would be strongest but still allow for flexibility of the necklace.

Any suggestions would be appreciated!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / oh my! Mei Tai! on: July 24, 2009 07:46:47 AM
I have only recently discovered the sewing for kids board, and while I am not a super seamstress (yet), I have been soo inspired by all of the beautiful things I have seen here- i want to sew every day after the kids get to bed!

But I had to share a couple of things I have made- and am pretty proud of, I must say. I have a 3-month old daughter (who I absolutely adore) and I love carrying her around on my person- I love to nuzzle her fuzzy little head under my chin. So rather than spending piles of cash for baby carriers that I may or may not like, I have made a few of my own- started with a Moby wrap or two, and then on to the Mei Tais. I made a diaper bag with a gorgeous fabric that I bought after my son was born, but never used, so I made a matching Mei Tai (oh my... I haven't gone so far as to dress my kids in matching outfits though....). Once finished I found it was a little big for a 3-month old (even if she is a little wharfy), so I redesigned the pattern a bit and made another that's a little smaller, but ever so smashing. So, here they are:

The smaller carrier using a lightweight black twill and chinese brocade:

And the original with the matching bag:

And the change pad

I have realy enjoyed making these, and carting Madeleine around with me in style. Not perfect, but I am pretty pleased!
 Now, what to make next....
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / diapers never looked so swishy in my house.. on: June 10, 2009 07:34:47 AM
Hi all,
All of the lovely diaper bags lately inspired me to get myself in gear and finish mine. It was supposed to be a quick trip bag- big enough for just a few essentials. It has become somewhat larger than intended, and it is still packed to the brim for short trips! I imagine that this will change once I no longer have need for the nursing shawl.. Anyway, I am please with the results, although the twill made it a little heavier than I had expected. I love the patterned fabric though- bought it a few years ago with the intention of a skirt, but never go there (and I don't think I could pull off the pattern these days as a skirt).
I have a mei tai in the works using the same fabric, so won't I be coordinated!
Comments and crits welcome, and thanks for looking!


Back, with pocket for change pad

Inside, with piece of corrugated plastic for the bottom (I intend to cover it with the twill, one day...)

Change pad

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / hair trinkets on: May 23, 2009 08:22:41 AM
Inspired by all of the lovely nests of late, I made one for the hair- and a couple of other hair trinkets. I made these in March as a donation for a raffle that my professional association holds at their annual conference. It is a really fun fundraiser and the people are all such fun, quirky folk that I like to send something crafty. This was one group of things sent. Fun to make, and I hope fun to wear too! (oh- the crocheted flower is actually a brooch)

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