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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cord skirt with leaf applique on: November 16, 2012 06:31:15 AM
Drafted from scratch as an A-Line skirt. First made a poplin sloper, which became the underskirt. I added a row of broderie Anglaise at the hem to the same length as the cord skirt. The appliques I just basted on by hand then machine appliqued.

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Felt-lined phone case with frog closure on: December 13, 2011 03:57:13 AM
thanks for the props! I had never realised til last night that frog closures were so easy to DIY Smiley
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Felt-lined phone case with frog closure on: December 13, 2011 02:20:14 AM
I made this with some print fabric I bought at Colonial Williamsburg and red felt lining.

The frog closure is crochet, and based on the tutorial here: http://crochetbyfaye.blogspot.com/2009/05/do-you-frog.html

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Lacy Daisy Crochet Parasol on: November 23, 2011 01:06:35 PM
It is gorgeous - do have a link to the pattern for the flowers? I am curious how you made them. Your choice of colours really makes it beautiful
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: New Kanzashi Flower Accessories- on: November 14, 2011 11:33:22 AM
These are so elegant! I'm sure they will make excellent gifts. How long did they each take you?
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Alternative to Red Heart Sashay yarn? on: November 13, 2011 02:00:41 PM
Some of you may know the yarn "Sashay" from Coats/Red Heart. It is actually a mesh you can stretch out, and by knitting along one edge you can make a ruffly scarf. I tried it recently (just grabbed a ball at a craft store out of curiosity) and I had fun with it, and now I want to get more! Problem is, it's acrylic (I'd love a version in a natural fibre or blend), and also seems to be sold out everywhere. Do any other brands make something similar? The only one I've found is by Rowan, but it's so atrociously expensive at the yarn shop near me I couldn't consider it. Just wondering if craftsters had any other suggestions.
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Advice on stainproofing a journal cover? on: November 12, 2011 01:49:52 AM
I would like to sew a cover for moleskine notebooks. I was going to use a cotton base and some felt applique.

My concern is, I carry a notebook around with me all the time. And in my bag, at coffee houses, etc, it's at risk of getting stained. (when I'm finished with them, my notebooks are pretty scuffed up!).

I thought of Scotchgard but wasn't sure if that resisted more than water. (I once had a very pretty cotton coin purse that wound up stained by loose cocoa powder in a cafe....it somehow got into the weave and would not leave!)

Any suggestions?
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Cardigan from Loops and Thread Pattern Book on: September 03, 2009 01:45:10 AM

I haven't tried to crochet garment until last month, I always thought it must be very difficult, I didn't think I could do it.  But u know what, it is not that difficult, this is my 4th garment in 1.5 months.

Try some easy pattern.  This one is pretty easy, the pattern is well-written.

Wow, 4 in six weeks?? That's so quick! How long did the cardigan take you? It looks lovely.
I am very new to crochet, in one week I have made a small bear and a hat.
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: My first crochet project - a small bear on: September 02, 2009 12:44:08 PM
I think so!! Since then I have made this hat http://www.threadbanger.com/threadheads/post/10902/how-to-crochet-a-hat

And I am half-way through making another bear. I realised I was doing it wrong (having taught myself) crocheting in the back loops rather than under the stitch  Undecided

But then I looked online and found that this was apparently how it was done "back in the day" so it's not wrong so much as different....
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / My first crochet project - a small bear on: August 29, 2009 11:14:55 AM

I decided to teach myself to crochet, so a couple of days ago I bought some wool and this was my first project. I used the pattern from Rheatheylia http://www.rheatheylia.com/index.php?page=patterns&id=2

My first attempt I was pulling the stitches too tight so he came out a bit microcephalitic (I frogged that one when I got part-way into the body). The wool I bought is aran weight and I don't think it's as thick as the one the pattern was intended for (I can't get Lion Jiffy here). I'm going to try again with some fatter wool and see how that comes out.
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