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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 / 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

3  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.
4  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?
5  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.
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Vintage postcard print fabric - anyone know where to buy? on: August 14, 2009 12:35:35 PM
A while ago I saw a skirt in a boutique made of a cotton fabric printed with old (1950s) style postcards. It was great, but very expensive, so I didn't buy it. Since then, I've been looking for fabric like that, but I haven't been able to find it (some aloha shirt patterns are the closest I could find). I've gone through lots of stores (in life and online) with no success. I was wondering whether maybe some of you may have seen something like it?
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Brother, Elna, Singer, Husqvarna or.....? on: August 13, 2009 09:06:16 AM
So, I'm looking to buy a machine, because I'm moving to a new place and will need to redecorate (curtains, cushions, etc.). I used to sew a lot, but haven't in a few years. Back in the day I used my mother's old elna, which was a workhorse (of course it didn't have any of the fancy features and stitch options you see now, so I'm tempted by some of the decorative stitch options now available).

Looking to buy a machine now, (I'm living in Europe where everything's 5x the price it is in the US...Wink, and I've kinda narrowed it down to several models, and I'd like some advice:

Brother es2020 (pros - lots of stitches, possible con that it's a bit lightweight)
Elna 2300 (pro - seems to be mechanical, con - fewer stitches, garish pink makes it look tacky)
Husqvarna E20 (have a good reputation)

These are all around the same pricepoint, and for slightly more:

Singer 7463 - a bit more expensive than the others, seems to have good reviews - I was nearly sold on the 7442 (which was discounted) but I heard there were a lot of problems with it (maybe that's why it was discontinued?). Judging by online reviews, with both these models some people seem to have problems accidentally throwing the timing out and being unable to fix it.

Priorities for me are 1-step buttonhole, twin needle sewing, and obviously general reliability. Any advice much appreciated!
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