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1  Re: recycled thrift store sweater= beautiful new bag (WITH PICS :)) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by firefly on: February 13, 2006 05:39:31 PM
thanks eveyone.  it's actually not embroidery- it's needlefelting.  so i just attatched the green wool yarn using a felting needle- very easy. 

and here it is with the flap i added (with recycled glass button:

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2  recycled thrift store sweater= beautiful new bag (WITH PICS :)) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by firefly on: January 30, 2006 04:42:53 AM
the material is a felted wool sweater embellished with needlefelted wool, crocheted piping, and lined with recycled sari fabric.  it's mostly hand-stitched and took hours, partly because i'm new to making bags and partly because i just couldn't stop decorating it!  it was really satisfying, especially since i spent $2 on materials- plus it's 100% recycled.  even the thread.

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3  reversible necklace from antique playing card tile (PICS!) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by firefly on: January 21, 2006 03:20:00 PM
i found a box of these tiles at a thrift store- they sort of remind me of mah jong tiles, but with playing card images- i have no idea how one would play a game with them, so i'm making jewelry instead.

one side has the "1" of hearts, and on the other i decoupaged a tarot card of cupid.

the rest is copper, silver, garnets, amethysts, moonstone, and czech glass.

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4  recycled felted sweater purselet with needlefelted designs in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by firefly on: March 01, 2005 06:35:06 AM
here's my first felted purse- i felted a thrift store sweater, cut it up and resewed it, knit a handle, and add needlefelted embellishments.  so tiny.  so cheap.  so satisfying. Smiley

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5  Tiny Needle Felted Wool Dog in Felting: Completed Projects by firefly on: February 26, 2005 03:54:17 PM
i just tried my hand at needle felting last night and made this for my friend's dollhouse:

i didn't have any other colors for the nose Smiley
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6  easy beaded snowflake ornaments: tutorial (complete w/ photos) in Winter Holidays by firefly on: November 18, 2004 02:40:25 PM
happy holy-daze!
here's a little something to whip up for your tree (or to give away, or even assemble kits for).

you will need:
beading wire or other fine gauge wire (i used 24 gauge)
wire snips
round nose pliers

1 cut 5 pieces of wire, each about 4-5 inches long.
2 holding them all together, tie a knot in the middle.

3 spread the wires out evenly around the knot.

4 slide your beads on one wire "arm", and finish with a spiral to hold the beads in place.  repeat with the other arms, then attatch fishing line or wire to hang.  how easy was that?  

you could even get really crazy and tie a whole bunch of wires together and spread them out to be a 3-d starburst.  or, as you can kind of see below, wrap the wires around something fun, like sea glass.  or make really tiny ones for earrings!  or make a bunch and hang them on a dead branch, like so:

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7  Re: my new crafty love- bookbinding! with pics:) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by firefly on: October 25, 2004 07:05:13 PM
as requested...the tutorial:)

you will need:

*bookboard for covers (i use recycled game boards)
*paper for covers, endpapers, and filler pages
*waxed linen thread (or, i run embroidery thread over a block of beeswax)
*a curved embroidery needle
*paper cutter
*flour and water (or adhesive suitable for paper)

first, make wheat paste, if using:
i like mine thicker, but experiment.  combine 1/3 cup plain white flour with 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan.
heat over medium for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly 'til you have sticky paste.  that's it!

now get all your bookboard and paper cut.
for the cover papers, you'll need a piece for the front and a piece for the back cover, and leave an extra 1/4-1/2 inch along each edge.
for the book shown, the covers are 4 3/4" high x 4" wide.

for the endpapers (these will go on each inside cover), cut them slightly smaller than the cover itself.

for the filler pages, cut slightly shorter than the height of the covers, and (almost) 2x as wide as the covers, since you'll be folding the pages to fit inside.  (almost twice as wide because the fold itself will take up a little room, and you don't want pages sticking out of the book.) 
for the book shown, i cut 10 groups of 5 pages, 4 1/2' high x 7 3/4" wide.

glue away.
spread a thin layer on the backs of each piece of cover paper, then press each piece of bookboard onto the paper.  spread glue on the inside corners of the cover paper and fold in as shown.

do the same with the remaining edges until the cover is neatly wrapped.

then glue the endpapers in place on the insides of the covers.

now for the pages:
each group of pages is called a 'signature'.  so, i used 10 signatures for this book.  fold each signature in half to make little booklets.  crease them well (real bookbinders use a bonefolder; i use my scissors handle or whatevers around).
when they're all folded, stack them neatly so the spines (folded edges) are together (you can hold them together with clothespins if you'd like).
measure however many holes you'd like- i used 4 in my book- and mark lightly in pencil.  this is where you'll be sewing eveything together, so, at least 3 for stability, but not too many.  use the awl to poke holes in the spines.  i like to lay each signature flat and poke against cardboard.
then poke holes along the left edges of the front and back covers to match the holes in the signatures.

sew it all together:
here's a better tutorial than i could ever make for the coptic stitch:
well, better, but still not great.  it's easy once you get it.  not that that helps.

here's another coptic stitch tutorial.
and i plan to make a photo tute for coptic stitch asap.

(tying the final knot:)

once it's all sewn, press the entire book under some heavy books and bricks (real bookbinders use a book press).

and there you have it!  whew, that was harder than i thought- the tutorial i mean- the book was easy!
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8  my new crafty love- bookbinding! with pics:) TUTORIAL ADDED! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by firefly on: October 19, 2004 12:28:28 PM
i've been making blank books, all less than 5"x 7", using old (ugly) game boards and other recycled materials mixed in with some new and handmade stuff, as well as a few tiny mirrors.  they're all bound with coptic stitch and wheat paste.

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9  Re:coptic bound book in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by firefly on: May 05, 2004 05:12:04 AM
since this is pretty much the same project, i posted here rather than start a whole new thread.

i used all three links above to figure out the coptic stitch, but it's easy now that i've got it down.

and an inside cover, where i stashed a magnet in an origami envelope:
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10  Re:Folding Table for Craft Markets in Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs by firefly on: April 30, 2004 09:58:50 AM
OK- my tables are 30 x 60 and look like this:

does anyone know where else to find these other than walmart?
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