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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Leather Quiver (technically a bag) on: May 28, 2017 12:06:18 PM
I continue in my series of posting past projects!

I took a lesson in leather working at a game convention a few years ago, and my friend asked me to make him a quiver for his SCA persona. This was my first real leather working project, so I am happy with how it turned out. This was intended to be a 12th century Moorish quiver, and was based on images from books and google search. I simplified it a bit in the decoration as it was my first project.  

I started with some plain, vegetable tanned leather, and cut out the basic shape:



I created a pocket, and did some tooling and dyeing:



Then I punched my stitching holes and stitched the sides. I added straps so it would hang from a belt. Thimbles are your friend when working with think leather; I caved and bought a few after wearing a hole in one of my fingers! I found the silicone/rubber ones with the metal tips extremely useful as you can push with the metal part and get a proper grip on your needle with the silicone part. I finished my leather with dubbin, which is just a mixture of petroleum and animal fat of some type. Its sold in the shoe polish section. I find it easier to work with than oils.

First belt test:



With arrows:



Action shot!




2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby Dress on: May 28, 2017 09:53:53 AM
This is a dress I made for my friend's baby who was born last April. I knew I wanted to knit her something, but as her first few months of existence would be the middle of summer, finding a good lightweight pattern was a challenge!

I ended up combining a few free patterns to make this dress, in fingering weight cotton yarn. I wrote down the pattern, however have yet to transcribe it. I will likely put it on Ravelry at some point. The back closure was just chain stitch loops and bunny buttons.

Pictures here, with the adorable recipient as model:





3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Spinning and De-Mothing on: May 28, 2017 09:42:10 AM
I have done a lot of spinning on a drop spindle, but have been looking for a wheel for years. Mostly I didn't buy one due to budget. Last year, however, my mum's friend mentioned that she was looking to downsize and give away her wheel! When we arrived to get it, it turned out that not only was she a spinner, but she had taught for several years and had more tools and accessories than I knew existed, including specific items for carding flax and spinning cotton.

https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=718282&ppuser=148040

She also gave me a considerable amount of various fibres. Unfortunately, she had had all of this stored in her basement for several years, and there was strong evidence of moths. eek!

My de-mothing process was as follows, and was based on this post:

1) I kept everything that had not been de-mothed in the shed. There are still several boxes of items that I have not decontaminated, they are still out there.

2) I wiped down all wooden and non-fibre elements with white vinegar, as it kills the eggs.

3) I cooked my fibre.

I based my process on this post:

https://www.redhandledscissors.com/2014/11/clothes-moths-save-yarn-stash-fabric-wardrobe-sanity-infestation/

However, I made some changes. In the "dry roasting" method, you bake your yarn at a low temperature (120F) for at least 30 minutes, however you must watch it at all times as it is flammable and may scorch. I read that and immediately thought - why not cook it in water? 120F is below boiling point so your yarn should not become agitated and felt itself.

I started by buying a cheap disposable roasting pan from the grocery store, and filling it with yarn:

https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=718280&ppuser=148040

Then I added hot water, and a good cup or so of white vinegar for good measure:

https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=718281&size=big&cat=&ppuser=148040

Then I put it in the oven at 120F for approximately 45 minutes. I did not watch it too carefully, as I wasn't too worried about it scorching.

Once out of the oven, I let it cool on its own (adding cold water to hot yarn might cause felting) and then washed it as usual with detergent and hung it to dry.

I ended up with clean yarn, and have had no signs of moths since. It also got rid of the musty smell from being in a basement for so long. I tried this a second time with uncarded wool, and had the same success (however I dried it flat, as it was in small pieces).

I was very happy with this method as it allowed me to de-moth fairly large batches reliably without having to sit next to the oven the whole time. I hope it is useful!



4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lacy Scarf on: November 20, 2009 08:41:08 AM
So I finished a nice lacy scarf recently, its made of a cream coloured acrylic. I used a spider lace pattern from http://knitting-and.com/wiki/Spider_Patterns

an overview:


a close up of the pattern:


It could be a little longer, but overall I'm happy with it.
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / At home sugaring recipe on: October 10, 2008 05:22:23 PM
I'm new here, and although I don't have any fancy pictures, I thought I'd share my recipe for sugaring (for hair removal). Today I was too tired to make it, so I "treated" myself to one of the store bought versions. Then I became annoyed, as it was not as good as my usual homemade version. So I thought I'd share this with others to save them from expensive salons and from store bought solutions that don't work.

Juice of 1/4 lemon
1/2 cup sugar
5 tbsp honey (the liquid kind, not the spread type)

mix this up in a bowl, and microwave on high for 2 minutes (I'm guessing this may vary). Watch out, it gets really hot. stir well, and let it sit until its cool enough that it won't burn you. It does work better when hot, so i suppose use the temperature you can tolerate. dust the area to be sugared with talc, cornstarch, or flour (it sounds weird but it works and I always have it on hand), apply a thin layer of the sugaring solution with a popsicle stick or butter knife (it is only sugar, after all), always applying in the direction of hair growth, press on a strip of scrap fabric, and pull quickly off in the opposite direction. read up on how to wax or sugar if you've never done it yourself before, it's all in the technique and you can hurt yourself if you do it wrong.

this recipe makes enough to generously do a bikini area, with some left over, double the recipe for legs. The best parts about this recipe are that it a) uses up scrap fabric, b) is made of sugar so it is non toxic and will wash off anything you happen to get it on, and c) it costs about a dollar to make. It also smells like lemons and if you happen to screw up the proportions (ie too much sugar, ahem) you will end up with a perfectly edible caramel (this is if you dont use it of course Smiley 

hope you all like this, I've had very good luck using it in the past.
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