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11  Re: What kind of loom is this? in Weaving: Discussion and Questions by Tailte on: April 01, 2011 12:05:16 AM
Ok, I took some more photos, I hope they're helpful.

This is the whole thing with bottom bit up, there are screws with things that you turn to change its position.
The loom is 24 inches tall and 28 3/4 inches wide, so it's not very big.
The top and bottom bars have a cog like this on each end:

They also have three small holes, like this:

And I found out that the bits with the red and white things can change position too:

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12  What kind of loom is this? in Weaving: Discussion and Questions by Tailte on: March 29, 2011 11:31:15 PM

I bought a second-hand loom the other day but I have no idea what kind of loom it is or how to use it.

The red and white things were evenly spaced but they got bunched up when travelling.

It also came with some sort of tapestry frame with a tapestry someone has made in it:

And some other bits and pieces:

I'd love it if someone can help me identify this so I can eventually use it.
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13  Mystery spinning wheel in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by Tailte on: March 28, 2011 11:08:09 PM

So I picked up an old spinning wheel the other day from a shed sale but I have no idea what kind it is. The spinning wheel looks kind of similar to an ashford traditional but it doesn't have any brand markings or anything like that.

As you can see one of the loop thingies for holding the flyer in place is missing, but I think I can get a replacement for that. Also, see where that hook is? There's a smallish hole directly opposite on the other side that looks like it could fit a dowel like thing in it. It also came with a flyer:

It's only got a row of hooks on one side though, instead of hooks on both sides.

It came with six bobbins

A niddy noddy and a lazy kate, and this book:

Not bad for 30 dollars.  Tongue I also bought a loom for $20 at the same place which I'm even more clueless about, but I think I'll post about that later. If anyone can help me identify this wheel I'd be forever grateful!
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14  A green and purple bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Tailte on: February 27, 2011 09:01:38 PM

Last year I made this:

It took me most of the year to complete, because not only did I neglect it for weeks on end but I individually made and hand-sewed the tiny fabric yo-yos which are about 2cm in diameter. There are approximately 400 of them and yes it took forever.


But it was worth it. Green and purple are my favourite colours.  Cheesy

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15  Paper beads, turning advertising into something useful in Beads: Completed Projects by Tailte on: February 27, 2011 01:07:41 AM

I've just been loving the paper beads people have been making on here, so I decided I'd try it. And I love it! It's so addictive. But I'll tell you what, my thumbs are sore from rolling them.  Tongue

I've been making these out of old magazines I bought from the op-shop. I don't read magazines myself but I've asked around and a couple of people are happy to donate some to me. haha

They're on the toothpicks because they're drying, I coated them with two layers of mod podge glossy and I might add another one. I started using clear nail polish to varnish them, and while I liked the look more than the mod podge, I couldn't stand the smell and it gave me a headache. The mod podge also seems to be drying a little bit tacky, whereas the nail polish was smooth and hard. Oh well, I'll just have to see how it goes.
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16  Bucket pincushion with tutorial (pic heavy) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Tailte on: June 08, 2010 11:59:07 PM
I've been meaning to make a new pincushion for a while, but I wasn't sure what I wanted. Then this morning while looking in a cupboard for a photo frame I found a green bucket, and I thought, this would make a cool pincushion! So I rummaged through my stash and found some purple corduroy, which complimented the green perfectly.

This is what I cam up with:

You can take the top off and keep things in the bucket.  Grin

And now on to the tutorial:

Gather your supplies. You need:

Small bucket
Strong thread (not pictured)
Hot glue gun (not pictured)
Stuffing (not pictured)
Bows (optional)

Cut a circle a bit more than double the diameter of your bucket. (My bucket was 15cm in diameter, so my circle of fabric is 34cm in diameter)

Sew a long running stitch around the perimeter of your fabric.

Gather up the circle about halfway and stuff.

Pull the gathers as tightly as you can, but be gentle! The first time I did this the thread broke and I had to do it again. Fasten off the thread. Add some more stuffing at this point if you want.

Cut out some fabric and glue it over the hole. Being careful not to burn yourself.

Glue your lace around the perimeter.

Make some loops of lace and glue them either side of your cushion. Put the cushion in your bucket and you're done!

I put bows on mine.  Grin

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17  My first cushions in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Tailte on: May 19, 2010 08:58:58 PM
For Mother's Day my mum asked for some cushions. I know Mother's Day was ages ago but I've only just finished them.

They're made from green linen and some purple fabric I got at the thrift shop, I don't know exactly what it is. The Butterfly is a reverse appliqué, my first time using that technique. The outside of the butterfly is embroidered, which took forever, but I'm very pleased with the outcome.

I'm pretty pleased with them, except that the covers are slightly too big for the cushions, even though I made the covers to fit them. So who knows where I went wrong there.  I can't wait to give them to Mum!  Cheesy
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18  I need your opinion on colour in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by Tailte on: May 02, 2010 08:43:14 PM
I'm going to make some cushions for my mum, and I ordered some fabric online. Unfortunately they didn't have the colour I first chose in stock, so I decided on a different shade of green. I have this purple fabric I was planning on putting with it, but now I'm not sure if it's the right shade.


The original green I chose was a lighter one, but now that I have this one I'm wondering if I should use a darker purple. I'm planning to have the green as the main fabric, and use the purple as a reverse applique of a butterfly in the middle. I was also thinking of having purple ruffles around the edge of the cushions.

My dog Moon decided he wanted to be in the photo.  Cheesy
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19  Rag doll! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Tailte on: March 28, 2010 08:35:46 PM
So, I made this rag doll. She is made from materials I already had on hand, except for the stuffing.

Her dress was really simple to make; just one pattern piece. Well, it wasn't really a pattern, I just put her on the fabric and drew an outline of the shape I wanted.

Hem detail. Please excuse the dust, I've misplaced my lint brush.

Thanks for looking!
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20  I think it's an Ashford traveller... in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by Tailte on: March 01, 2010 08:48:34 PM

But I'm not 100% sure. I'm a total spinning wheel novice.

I found this wheel at the local thrift store for $50!! Bargain, even if there are parts missing. Although, apart from a few screws as far as I can make out the only thing missing is the drive band (is that what it's called?) It has Ashford engraved in the bit under flyer (again, I only think I know that's what it's called)  so I googled Ashfords and it resembles a traveller.

I'm hoping someone here can help me identify this for definite and tell me what's missing. As I said, I think the only thing I need to get this working is a drive band, but I'm not sure.  Huh Heh, I'm pretty much clueless when it comes to spinning wheels.  Thanks in advance.

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