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11  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Elna TSP on: May 07, 2011 05:25:17 PM

My mum was just given an elna tsp by her mother (like this one: http://www.google.com.au/imgres?imgurl=http://www.sewingonline.co.uk/books/ELNA-TSP-1.jpg&imgrefurl=http://sewingonline.co.uk/library/ELNA-TSP-1.html&usg=__VJ7Gb48E8Z_b3rn5hiJ9pqPOmMI=&h=400&w=496&sz=25&hl=en&start=0&sig2=KDUaYz6vArWA5kCLdLujlA&zoom=1&tbnid=H4pXpkW3F4AbGM:&tbnh=166&tbnw=206&ei=feHFTcbFJYa8uwO ) but it's minus a manual. We can only find manuals that you need to purchase, does anyone know of anywhere we can get a free one?  Thanks.
12  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Another felt doll. on: May 02, 2011 12:11:01 AM

A little while ago I made this doll: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=377266.0 I really enjoyed making her so I decided to make another for my mum.

I'm really pleased with how her dress came out, though hand embroidery takes me a long time.

The flower centres are paper beads I made an painted.
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How much fabric? on: April 17, 2011 05:54:01 PM
So I saw this skirt: http://www.modcloth.com/Womens/Bottoms/Skirts/-Trail-of-Clouds-Skirt and I thought, "I can make that! It's just tiers. I can make a tiered skirt." But I'm not sure how much fabric I'd need. Can anyone help?
14  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Cute little felt doll on: April 01, 2011 11:22:15 PM

I'd been wanting to work with felt for ages, and when I saw this: http://www.purlbee.com/hand-sewn-felt-dolls/ I couldn't resist buying some felt and making one.

 While I was making her we had quite a love/hate relationship, but now that she's finished I'm very pleased with how she turned out.

The face was the hardest part. While it looks simple enough it took me a lot of trying and retrying to get it right.

Skirt detail. The blossom is a paper bead that I made and painted.

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
15  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / What kind of loom is this? 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.
16  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Mystery spinning wheel 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!
17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Paper bead swap? on: March 16, 2011 07:57:40 PM
I've noticed a fair few people making paper beads on craftster lately, myself included, and I thought it might be fun to have a swap.
I don't think I'd feel confident enough organizing it, but if someone else wants to that would be great.  Grin
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A green and purple bag 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

19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Paper beads, turning advertising into something useful 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.
20  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Question about painting spinning wheel on: December 22, 2010 03:55:22 PM

I'm going to stain my spinning wheel, but I also want to paint on it. But can you paint on wood stain?
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