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291  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: basmati rice bag on: May 31, 2004 11:28:28 AM
Makes me wish I ate rice... ah well, suppose I have an assignment for my roomate.  "Here, eat this!" 

Hmm... the quest for a rice bag, by one who does not eat rice.  Where to begin?

Lovely work, really.  I finally have my sewing machine back, and can't wait to try a few of these ideas myself.
292  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: coptic bound book on: May 09, 2004 08:20:33 AM
I, for one, have been searching for a good coptic tutorial (and other methods of bookbinding) for a while now, as I hope to make my first bookbinding attempt the week after next.  If there isn't an easy-to-follow tutorial up here by then, I can try to assemble my own, but until such an occasion arises, does anyone know of other resources (webpages, books) worth checking out, for coptic or perhaps even other methods?

Many thanks.
293  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Accesorize! Gauntlet/Bracer type things. on: May 08, 2004 10:25:27 AM
So they're nonfunctional arm"warmers", at least they'd look cool.  Smiley

I was thinking to try a rather complex idea where they'd go all the way up to my biceps, like opera gloves, and maybe have the lacing be more a spiral pattern around the arm than an actual functional set... if that made any sense.  I can only imagine how difficult that would be, though. 
294  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Accesorize! Gauntlet/Bracer type things. on: May 08, 2004 10:09:50 AM
I actually made these a number of years ago...

...but do remember exactly how it was accomplished.

1) I created a pattern by measuring my around my wrist, around the point on my forearm that I wanted the things to end, and the legnth I wanted them to be.  Then I subtracted how much space I wanted between the laces from the first two measurements (because laces look cool), and drew a lovely polygonal pattern. 

2)  Next step was cutting.  With said pattern I cut four pieces of black fabric and two of fusable interfacing...

3) ...heated up the ol' iron and fused those suckers together (fabric-interfacing-fabric, of course).

4)  Enter sewing machine.  I took some legnths of black double-fold bias tape and stitched it around the edges for that suave finished appearance.

5) Eyelet time!  There are somewhere between fifty and sixty eyelets between the pair.  I punched a quick hole, stuck the thing through, and hammered it to death with the eyelet tool whilst languishing cross-legged on my kitchen floor.  Add in periodic feline interferance, and it was quite the feat.  I also managed to hit my hand over seventy times.  I'm graceful and coordinated, really!

6)  Embellishments.  I simply fired up said ol' iron again and produced a couple of coordinating Wal*Mart-ian iron on patches.  A little ribbon for laces, and voila!  Prettiness!

I plan to make another pair over the summer, and would be willing to attempt to assemble a step-by-step picture tutorial if anyone would be interested.  Problems encountered with my initial attempt oh-so-many years ago include:

-Rough edges on the eyelets.  I sanded them on this pair, but would be interested in perhaps using very small grommets next time (if they make them)

-With so many eyelets, putting these things on takes forever and a day (with considerable effort).  I'd be interested in trying something like velcro, though I love the look of laces (it was the original reason I started this whole thing).

-As iron-on patches will do, they have begun to separate from the project.  While I'm sure I could fix that with the proper glue, it also leads me to think of other forms of embellishment.  Perhaps using a contrasting bias tape?  Make my own patches?  Use a more interesting fabric to begin with?

Comments?  Suggestions?  Witty one-liners?
295  UNITED STATES / Colorado / Re:colorado springs on: April 01, 2004 04:11:14 PM
I grew up in the Springs, though I'm in Fort Collins for college.  What sort of crafty stores do you mean?  There are two bead stores in Old Colorado City and one up near Bucco di Beppos, if those count.
296  UNITED STATES / Colorado / Re:Fort Collins, CO (Go Rams!) on: April 01, 2004 04:09:38 PM
That's actually exactly the sort of thing I was thinking- I'm hoping to teach myself knitting, but after months of having the books and materials and not touching them, I could use some group motivation.

I'll have to try and make it sometime.
297  UNITED STATES / Colorado / Fort Collins, CO (Go Rams!) on: January 23, 2004 11:07:38 AM
Hey there!  I'm a student at CSU who loves to make... well, anything.  Any other Fort-Collins folk out there with any tips/hints/ideas for local things, or anyone interested in getting together sometime for general crafty purposes?  Cheesy

Acutally... I'm really just curious to see if anyone else out there is in Fort Collins.
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