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11  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Any spinners out there? on: November 19, 2004 05:44:03 PM
I just bought a cheap spinning wheel on an auction site.  I got Anne Field's book out of the library to try and figure it out, but it's not helping much.  I can't figure out what's what!  Can anyone help me?

Here are some pics.

12  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Local time on: October 28, 2004 03:05:14 PM
Is there any way I can get Craftster to show the correct local time here?  At the moment I think I'm at GMT+13, which Craftster doesn't seem to allow for.  Can the software take daylight savings into account?
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Japanese crochet hooks - help!! on: September 28, 2004 01:32:00 PM
I'm getting interested in doing some Japanese knit and crochet patterns.  With the crochet patterns though I'm not sure what size hooks to use and I can't find a conversion anywhere!  And my Japanese friends have no idea about crochet... so they can read the text but they can't really understand it.  I think the crochet hook is a size 6/0, does that sound familiar?  If someone could tell me what size that is in mm or even in American sizes that would be great!

Now to figure out how much yarn it's telling me I need....
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 50s polka dot dress on: September 23, 2004 03:52:03 AM
I found some black and white polka dot fabric at the Sally Army - 3 metres for $3 (less than $US2) and it just screamed for a dress to be made out of it.  I also had my law school leavers dinner last night and nothing to wear, so I got cracking.

Unfortunately it was an absolute rush job and there are so many things wrong with it (not least that I didn't bother to finish any of the seams!).  But to the casual observer, it looks ok, and I may go back and fix some more stuff now (or rather, after I finish school and have some time).  I've definitely got the zip thing sussed, anyway - for once the zip is perfect.

Anyway, here we go:

I'm the one in the polka dots, of course!

All up, what with the fabric, zip, tulle (on special at a fabric store that is closing down) and ribbon it probably cost me under $10.

The only thing is the tulle scratches something chronic!  It ends up really hurting.  I suppose I could wear stockings but I'm worried they would run.  Any ideas?
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pink satin bag with green lining and trim on: August 29, 2004 12:38:20 AM

I made this to go with an outfit I'm wearing to a wedding in October.
It didn't really come out as professional-looking as I wanted, as it was really hard!  I gave up on an inside pocket with zip I was going to do, and the handle is a little bit off-centre, but I don't care any more because it's FINISHED!  It was also really cheap to make as all the fabric was on special.

Now I can go back to sewing pajama pants, skirts, and t-shirt reconstructions Wink

16  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Christchurch on: June 11, 2004 06:38:07 PM
Right-o, here's the long-overdue Christchurch thread!

Places to shop:

Hands, on Normans Rd, Bryndwr (sp?).  Treasure trove of cool stuff, unfortunately priced for the upper-middle-class housewife.

Spotlight, in the Spotlight Centre on Colombo St, Sydenham.  Lots of fabric, haberdashery, embroidery, floral, and doll-making supplies, as well as general crafting supplies.  Huge, yet perpetually empty, yarn aisle.  Cheaper than Hands though lacking in the sort of atmosphere in which inspiration strikes.

Bunnings Warehouse, Tower Junction.  DIY heaven, and the cheapest in town.  Good for all sorts of wooden and cardboard things to decorate, cheap paints and canvas, glue guns, and fun power tools.  Friendly, helpful staff who think it's perfectly natural for a girl to be in a hardware store (unlike Mitre 10, where the staff act like I must be lost!  But don't get me started...)

To be continued...
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Basmati rice bag photo story on: June 04, 2004 05:31:05 AM
I don't feel like writing much text so I'll just let the photos say it all!

One 5kg basmati rice bag, unpicked and cut into two pieces.

Added in a denim gusset (and guess who forgot to pre-wash the denim?  I guess I'll just have to worry about that later).

One piece of calico, folded and sewn up to form the lining.

Time to give it corners!

Sew the handle on before the lining!

A bag is born.

I'm a walking advertisement for Moshim's!
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Resin bracelets on: December 13, 2003 02:54:03 PM
Hey, this is my first post here so I'm a little nervous... I posted this at craftgrrl yesterday so some of you may have seen it before:

They're made of resin and moulded in ice cube trays.  There's a teaspoon of resin (left to harden), then a picture (inkjet printout) dipped in resin and placed on top of that, followed by another teaspoon of resin.  Follow the instructions on whatever resin you buy, and I'd suggest doing this outside because it gets a little toxic.  Cover it up with some kind of box while it dries to keep the dust out.

They're not too hard to get out of the trays, although sometimes a little persuasion is needed from a craft knife.  The surface has to be polished or varnished somehow to shine it up and to allow the picture to show through properly.  I haven't completely refined that part of the process yet so if anyone has any ideas...

Then I just drilled some holes in and attached it all together with 10mm jump rings.  Hope you like!
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