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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 47 ENTRIES / Re: Paper Shopping Bag (img heavy) on: February 04, 2010 02:18:47 AM
Thanks for your kind comments Smiley

I'm not yet sure whether I will make a second bag but I feel very encouraged now!
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 47 ENTRIES / Paper Shopping Bag (img heavy) on: February 02, 2010 10:22:49 AM
I've seen the previous entries and I'm amazed!

This is the first challenge where I participate because I had immediately an idea about how I want to make it and in some ways it worked ;-))

I made my bag from paper (magazine pages) and a plastic bag and it is amazingly robust - even better than I've hoped for ;-))

That's how the paper shopping bag looks or should have looked, respectively, because I haven't finished the handles (more on this topic where I describe the problems I encountered making this bag ;-))
I added the handles on this photo digitally to show how I planned it.

These are both sides of my bag.
I used clippings from a travel brochure on the outside which made the bag more colourful and gives me even wanderlust ;-)

The bag is just a large rectangle of
  • 1 layer (inside) of cut open plastic bag,
  • 3 layers (strengthening) layers of pages from a TV guide and
  • 1 layer (outside) of clippings from a travel brochure
sewn crosswise (the black lines) and where I've sewn the sideseams.

This is the inside of the bag, I 'lined' it with a cut open plastic bag to make it possible to wipe the bag with a damp cloth.

These are the items I can put into my bag, 1 l juice, half a kilo of bread, 2 appels, an orange and 5 tangerines in short a little shopping ;-)
I wasn't sure whether I could carry them, too...

...but the bag is robust enough to hold them without problem ;-)
(The notes about the handles are still further below ;-))

And here you can see the problems I encountered (partly because I'm completely unexperienced in sewing ;-))
Next time I will make a better bag because I know now where the problems lie, but this first bag is so scruffy that I will not run around with it.
I planned to make the handles as an I-cord filled with plastic bags which are knotted together (instructions for a filled I-cord here on craftster) but the making of the handles takes a lot of time and so I didn't make any for a bag that I won't carry around ;-)

I wanted to sew (and have somehow sewn ;-)) lines but it was much more difficult than I thought.
Therefore I made a mental note of some points for the next bag:
  • The paper for the outside should be better joined (1).
    I think it even best to lay and sew on a layer of transparent (non-adhesive!) foil or plastic bag, then it is also possible to wipe it on the outside with a damp cloth.
  • Practise sewing before, so that 1st my thread doesnt tear (2) and Ill be 2nd hopefully able to sew straight lines ;-)
  • The crinkling (3) happened when I rolled up my large paper rectangle several times this way and the other to be able to sew it.
    Paper that is crinkled often get fabric-liker, so I didnt find it bad.
  • I laid the clippings from the travel brochure so that they all meet on the underside of the bag (4) with the effect that it looks untidy.
    Next time Id put a broad stripe of coloured paper over the folding line of the bag.
  • Ive sewn the side seams on the wrong side because I wanted to turn it after just like a fabric bag.
    Next time I will sew them from the right side because the turning was incredibly difficult and I simply couldnt turn the corners completely.
    Thats why it has these chic rounded corners ;-))

Well, in principle I like it and perhaps I will start another one later Smiley)
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Entrelac Sampler on: November 22, 2009 10:54:57 AM
Oh, but then I wouldn't call it 'knitting ADD' but generalist (all-rounder) in place of specialist.
Sounds better (more scientific), don't you think so? ;-)

and good luck with your next project, as well. :]
Thank you, I can always do with some look.
Well, you know how it is if you always begin something completely new ;-)
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Entrelac Sampler on: November 21, 2009 11:25:41 PM
i'm just gonna call it knitting ADD
Um, you lost me there: I'm no english native speaker and simply don't know what 'ADD' is.

i've either got to find an amazing new pattern, or knit something altogether different
Perhaps you can do both? ;-))
Whatever you do, I hope that you will be happy with the result Smiley
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Entrelac Sampler on: November 16, 2009 11:38:25 PM
Thanks everybody for the nice comments Smiley)

otherwise, i get bored after i master the technique.
That's the point, really!
I'm so glad that I'm not the only one with this 'problem' ;-))
But it makes it soo difficult to finish something and I envy all those people who finish one item after the other and make great gifts for their friends.

this, however, looks like it'd be fun to knit and easy to finish.
I hope that you will have the same taste of success that I had Smiley)
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Entrelac Sampler on: November 16, 2009 03:25:58 AM

I really love entrelac patterns, but when working them I get bored much too fast to be able to knit an item in entrelac pattern (usually after the first two rows ;-)).
Then I thought: ‘Who says that I have to knit stockinette or garter stitch only?’ and designed an entrelac pattern with 12 different, mostly traditional knit-purl patterns.

I’ve even been able to knit a whole scarf in this pattern which never happened before ;-))

entrelac 2.0 knit-purl looks beautiful from both sides, and because most of the proposed patterns don’t curl it works wonderfully ;-)

I created a PDf file to describe what I have done exactly.
You can get the file from my blog.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I-cord tutorials on: July 24, 2009 12:05:07 AM
Well, I just googled 'knitting i-cord' and found looots of tutorials and if you look at the Google image search for 'knitting i-cord' it seems, that the tutorial of stitchdiva has a very good photo tutorial.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Clothesline Knitting or Filled I-cord on: July 24, 2009 12:03:24 AM
Thank you all Smiley)

You could also use a spool-knitter for this and it would be even easier!
Not for me: For some reason I seem to be unable to get the hang of spool-knitters ;-)
But of course you are right: generally speaking it is possible to make this with spool-knitters, too.

I think I'll have to learn how to do this soon
Do this, I find that I-cord knitting is fun.

I'll have to look up how to do  an icord again
It won't take long to you to re-learn how to do I-cords and then I'm curious about seeing your knitted bags Smiley

9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Unexpected Sashiko Embroidery Template on: July 23, 2009 03:27:43 AM
you do have posh toilet paper though!
Just stuff from the nearest discounter.
But usually without embroidery ;-))

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Clothesline Knitting or Filled I-cord on: July 23, 2009 03:24:27 AM
It's not complicated, really, if you know how to knit an I-cord, it's easy.
But it may be that I described it in a complicated way, this happens sometimes ;-(

I hope however that the photos are a help showing you what to do.
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