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1  Enid Blyton Swap?? in New Swap Theme Ideas by Nostrum on: April 14, 2011 04:22:16 AM

Anyone interested in doing an Enid Blyton swap?

I would love, love, LOVE some Magic Faraway Tree goodies!

The Famous Five, the Secret Seven, the Wishing Chair, Malory Towers.. Oooh Smiley
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2  Re: skirts--my first time sewing! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Nostrum on: July 18, 2010 07:36:32 PM
This is a great practice sheet for learning straight lines and curves. In all honesty, though, either sew just through the paper (with no thread needed), or trace it out onto fabric. Especially with sewing in a circle, you'll find the paper moves more than the fabric, and it won't be as accurate to practice.

Some simple techniques. This also outlines the difference between clipping concave and convex curves.

Excuse my crappy MS Paint skills, but I can't find my originals at the moment.
None of these have seam allowance on them, because I'm used to using CM (Aussie here). We first practice with a 2.5cm seam, and then a 1cm seam.

This is the first curve test we did. Cut two of the drawn piece, and sew the three sides together as shown. Clip your seam allowance so that when you turn it right side out, the pieces sit flat with no puckering.

The second test. You'll need to cut out the two pattern pieces, put them on fabric, and add seam allowance down the middle line there.
In this test you're learning a princess seam - or, how to sew a concave seam to a convex seam. This is the seam style that you'll see on tailored blouses, jackets, and dresses

Here's a somewhat helpful tutorial on princess seams. http://www.lovetosew.com/seamsprincess.htm
The most important thing is to remember not to stretch the fabric flat as you sew, but instead lift it and let it curve naturally in order to make sure the pieces line up. This does take a lot of practice, and for the first few times you'll keep ending up with one piece shorter than the other.

Always remember, when you're sewing, that you have the bulk of the fabric on the left-hand side or the outer side of the machine. It might sound silly, but I've seen people who try to sew the last seam of a jacket with all the fabric bunched up on the right, against the body of the machine.
It can be handy learning to sew with the left-hand side of the foot as your guide (opposite to how you normally sew), for those times when you have a piece that you just can't get in the right position, but that's a little further down the track.

Hope this helps out for now.
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3  Re: Fleece hoodie problems - Arm bulges at front seam HALP in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Nostrum on: April 16, 2010 12:28:04 AM

FIIIIIIRST, can I say that is an AWESOME hoodie? And your problem has an easy solution. Smiley

I'ma solve this with two quick piccies, and then I'll let everyone else post all the details.

See how your sleeves point outwards/slightly upwards? They need a downward angle.

Laid flat:

Your shoulder needs more room to move than your armpit. The center top point marked is where your shoulder seamline will sit.

Editty: You can fix your problem by taking out a segment in the armpit. Put it on inside out and experiment with pinning. OR, place one of your own hoodies on top of this one, and bend your sleeves 'til they match. Smiley
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4  Re: Crafty Detective Round 6- the gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Nostrum on: April 13, 2010 06:41:24 PM
Okay, twelve years later, and I'm finally posting photos! I got knocked out with a stomach bug over the weekend. Sad

I received from the AMAZING TANZA!
I had my suspicions about her being my stalker from some of the clues she gave out, but one of the other members had really good hints too, so I wasn't too sure until I got the package and it was sent from "Ms Crafty T Detective", and I figured that T stood for Tanza. And THEN she went on to talk about her teenage kids in the letter, and that sealed it. Reverse stalking win. Smiley

Can I just say, I'm having SO much trouble keeping Dyl's hands off this package! He always loves the stuff I get in swaps, but he was going seriously googly-eyed at this parcel.

First off the bat is some lovely extras!
A baby sleep-sack pattern, which I will use to death (I'm on a big baby kick at the moment); An instruction book for my bread cooker, that I got second-hand! Now I'll be able to cook delicious bread without guessing everything! And a book for a Knitmaster, because I recently inherited a knitting machine off my Nana, and I have no idea how to use it. Smiley

Space invaders! I want these as coasters, but Dylan's determined to steal one as a patch for his shirt.

A very cool framed embroidery of cogs! D and I love steampunk, and this is going right up with the rest of it!

When I pulled this out, just as I was unfolding it Dylan went "What the hell is --- THAT IS SO FREAKING AWESOME. Mine. That's mine!"
We're going to wait til our housemate moves out before we use this bathmat, because she'll have a fit about it.  Roll Eyes

An awesome stencilled teatowel of bird silhouettes! I wanted to join the Bird swap a few months back, but nobody from Australia joined up. This is so gorgeous, and the colour goes well with our kitchen!

A cute pillow-case for me! (Folded in half in this photo)

A cute pillow-case for him! (Folded in half in this photo)

And put the two together, the designs meet!
I'm not sure whether I mentioned it anywhere on Craftster (and I'm not sure why I would), but Dylan sleeps on the left, and I sleep on the right, so the cases are around the right way! (Pillow cases folded in half for the photo)

Six awesome Star Wars themed placemats, and in our colours!

Backed in green!

2x Clone Troopers:

2x Darth Vader:

2x Death Star:

And two cushion covers, in a lovely green. I don't know how Tanza could know this, but we have two ratty cushions that need new covers on them. AND I'm (eventually) recovering the Euro-sized cushions in brown, and this green compliments it perfectly!

Oh, whoops. Sad I forgot to take a shot of the table runner that was included too, in the same colours as the placemats!
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5  Re: Crafty Detective Round 6 (Send out 4/16) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Nostrum on: March 14, 2010 04:15:57 PM

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6  Re: Crafty Detective Round 6 (Signup 2/5 - 2/19: Send out 4/16) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Nostrum on: February 17, 2010 04:38:51 PM
those costumes are super fancy! you look just like a real storm trooper! or are you?   Huh ...   Grin

Oh yes, I'm the real deal, I'm the shizzle in the dizzle.. Or something. The costumes are also super expensive! Smiley But we get to wear them all the time and do a lot of good in 'em too.
We're really just big kids, and we dress up because we grew up wanting to be stormtroopers. We go to heaps of conventions and stuff like that for fun, but the best stuff we do is with children's hospitals and terminally ill or disabled kids. (Not to be a heartbreaker, but the founder of the 501st Legion was doing charity work with sick kids through the 501st, and a few years later he lost his own daughter to an inoperable brain tumor).

On to lighter things!
Everyone meet Captain.

Such a bad photo of him.
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7  Re: Crafty Detective Round 6 (Signup 2/5 - 2/19: Send out 4/16) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Nostrum on: February 17, 2010 03:08:09 PM
Ageddert: Thanks for pointing that out. Here's the link again: http://ladybirdknits.blogspot.com/2007/06/that-is-my-happy-smile.html I wish I knew how to make them actual links lol.

I guess it's time to reveal my geeky side?

That's my boyfriend in the clone in the foreground, and me in the Stormtrooper in the back right.

I agree with stuffing after receiving. I love plushies, and I love making them too, but they get SO bulky when they're full.

I'm pretty crazy on stuff to display at the moment. We have lots of bare walls and I never feel inspired to make my own wall pieces.
Though, in reality I also really need organisation stuff too. I need something to hang by our bedroom door (on the side of the wardrobe) with a pocket for me and a pocket for Dylan. We need a place to drop stuff like keys and wallet so we don't lose them in the room. Dyl needs this especially. Wink Most of my stuff I keep in my bag, but Dyl pulls everything out of his pockets and we spend at least two days a week searching in the morning for the things he's lost (Don't tell him I told you all that!).
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8  Re: Dinosaur Swap Rd 2 Sign Ups 2/1-2/15 Send Out 3/15 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Nostrum on: February 17, 2010 02:50:11 AM
Something just for laughs:

Have a look at the rest of their gallery. Some cool stuff! Plushies and so on. Smiley
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9  Re: Craft for my Other or Another (SIGNUPS CLOSED!; MAIL BY 10/Nov/09) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Nostrum on: October 21, 2009 06:58:04 AM
More random photos.  Tongue

Dylan and I this weekend at the convention in Melbourne.

He's the big ol' Clone Commander, and I'm the Stormtrooper in the background..
Oh. Yeah. Did I forget to tell you guys that we're MASSIVE geeks? Cheesy

Me in my kit, sitting in a DeLorean!

You guys cannot start to understand how difficult it is to sit down on a regular chair with pieces of plastic strapped to you, let alone getting into the low, scoop seats of that beautiful contraption.

And a.. er.. normal shot of us.

Lots of people give us weird looks when they meet us in a 'normal' environment and find out that we dress up in Star Wars costumes.
There's another side to the geekery, though. I mean, yes we enjoy it. I grew up wanting to be a stormtrooper. I settled for being a Jedi because Mum couldn't make me stormie armour. Tongue
The other side is the massive amount of charity work we do. We work a lot with kids hospitals, raising money for charity foundations, and all sorts of things like that.
We don't get anything out of it but a smile from the kids, and a thanks from the charities.
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10  Re: Craft for my Other or Another (SIGNUP 22/Sept/09 - 13/Oct/09; MAIL BY 10/Nov/09) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Nostrum on: October 14, 2009 03:04:16 AM
Aww, Aiki, your son looks a lot like my boyfriend's nephew. Smiley And go the A-Team! Hehe.

I'm working on partners as we speak! I've just had three long days of work. Bear with me. Tongue
Trying to get everyone partnered before my Mister Man comes home and wonders what I'm up to, haha.

I totally shouldn't share this photo, but it's too cute. He doesn't even know I took it. It's him asleep with my toy cow. Tongue

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