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21  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Online doll making classes? on: November 23, 2010 10:50:28 PM

Has anyone ever done any? If so, was it good?
22  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Pigma micron pens? on: October 29, 2010 11:51:42 PM
I've been looking for some pens for drawing doll faces and I've seen these recommended in a couple of different books. Does anyone use these? Are they good? What sizes are best? In her book "Introduction to cloth dolls" Jan Horrox recommends size 005 and 01 of black and brown for features, but at five dollars a pen I want to make sure as much as I can exactly what is necessary. I've also been looking at Tsukineko dual tip pens, does anyone have any experience with these?
23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Embroidery stitch book? on: October 23, 2010 04:55:52 PM

Can anyone recommend a good embroidery stitch book? I know there are lots of online resources, which is great, but I want to have a book so I don't have to check the computer every ten seconds to see how a specific stitch is done. Thanks in advance.  Grin 
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Starting seeds? on: July 11, 2010 06:05:05 PM

We're moving house in a week and it has room for a veggie garden. (YAY!) I've been looking up what you can plant when and such and learned that some plants you can't just put the seed in the ground and hope for the best. So, how do you start seeds? I know there's loads of information out there but because there's so much, it's a bit overwhelming. How do you, personally, start your seeds? What are your seed starting tips?

Thanks.  Smiley

-Gardening novice whose thumbs are definitely not green
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What to do with 2m green fabric? on: July 03, 2010 10:08:20 PM
I bought two metres of green, 100% cotton homespun fabric to make my brother some fisherman's pants. But I neglected to note the width, which is 112cm and won't fit the pattern.  Undecided  So now I have no idea what to make with it. Any suggestions?
26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Total beginner, so is this insane? on: July 02, 2010 02:02:31 AM

I've fallen in love with this: http://artecyshop.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=31_34&products_id=1204 and various other cross stitch patterns on that site. The thing is, the only cross stitch I've ever done was a bookmark when I was a kid that I never finished. So, I realize it would probably be better to start with something simpler. But I don't want to, I want to make THAT one. So I have two questions:

Will that pattern be waaaaaay too complicated and just a waste of money because it will end up in a mess?


If I end up doing that one, what are some important things I need to know in regards to following a cross stitch pattern/doing cross stitch?

*eagerly awaits any advice*
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Bucket pincushion with tutorial (pic heavy) 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

28  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Open or closed toe? on: June 05, 2010 12:47:05 AM
I want to get a free motion foot for my sewing machine, but I don't know whether to get one with an open or closed toe. Does it even make much difference?
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / My first cushions 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
30  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Question for Australian online sellers on: May 16, 2010 12:19:28 AM

As you know, Australia Post prices are expensive. My question is, do you find overseas buyers are put off by that? Do you only sell to Australian buyers and if you do and sell somewhere like etsy or artfire, do you not get as many sales? What about combined shipping? Okay, so that was three questions.  I want to sell crafts online in the near future, but I'm worried overseas buyers would be put off by the high shipping costs.
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