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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / exposed serger stitches help! on: April 10, 2010 06:56:59 PM
OK. You have all seen them. I really love them. Exposed serger seams.  I'm talking about when 2 pieces of fabric are sewn together on a serger and it looks just like the 4 thread flatlock stitch, but it's not on the inside. For example, I have a hoodie where the sleeves are sewn into the shoulder but the seam is flat and looks serged from inside and outside.

Like if you could serge into the middle of a piece of fabric if that makes sense? I've searched high and low and have found flatlock instructions. That's not what I'm seeing.

I even tried to serge into a piece of fabric. It doesn't work! trust me. ;0)

Help me figure out how this is done!!!
Thanks! Cheesy

Like these seams? see how they're flat? But they weren't sewn insideout then topstitched. Is it some sort of coverstitch you think? Like inside out coverstitch?
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / how long should drum carding a batt take?!? on: March 11, 2008 01:21:48 AM
So I got myself a new toy recently. A Strauch petite drum carder. I love it! Only thing is that it takes me SOOOOOOOOooooooooo long to card anything!  And I'm starting with roving!  I can't imagine starting out with raw wool or something.

So, let's put a sort of poll out there. How long does it take you to card up a batt on your drum carder? I realize everyone's answer will be different. Depends on the model of carder, the type of fiber, etc. I just want to get a general idea. Cause I've spent up to 2 hours on less than one ounce of fiber on the petite!  ouch! =0)
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / sparkly glitter vinyl boxy japanese style zippered purse on: September 27, 2007 10:48:28 AM
ok. that's a long title. but it's all those things! Recently I've started to see all this sparkle/glitter vinyl stuff around and I want some! SO when I finally saw some for sale at a store near me (the Mill End Store for those of you in the Portland or Beaver-tron area) I grabbed it!
This is the third of this type of bag I've made. there are other pix over here:

But this latest bag is by far my favorite. I've already moved everything into it and wore it out to starbucks today! weeeee!

Hope you likee. One thing to remember. In the "tutorial" I found for this type of bag (not with this type of lining though-she did it differently) they never mentioned what type of zipper to use. You have to have a separating zipper if you want to make this type of bag in ONE PIECE! K. schpeal over. enjoi

***ps*** notice that matching wallet/card holder case thingie. Matchy matchy, I know. but pruhty no?
4  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / crepe paper dyeing? on: June 30, 2007 12:20:16 AM
I was checking out the weaving board. (discussion and questions) and saw a girl who was asking about weaving with huge novelty yarns. I'm interested in that too, but at the end she put up a link which I of course followed. Most of it is in French (which luckily I took in high school and a little in college). Anyway, I've never thought to dye with crepe paper before but now that I see it being done, the whole -crepe paper getting wet and dyeing/staining everything THING seems to be in my memory somewhere.
So has anyone in the english speaking world done this? A quick google turned up some easter egg dyeing instructions with the stuff but nothing on wool or yarn. What do you guys think? I've already got my acid dyes and still some wiltons but for a newbee with limited cash and supplies this sounds like a keeper! Especially for those who live in countries where kool-aid is scarce. crepe paper is universal is it not? =0)
link to the translated page (in broken english)
link to the original page with all the tutorial links: not that you couldn't find it on your own!
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / From batt to bag...handspun entrelac(pic heavy!)*more progress pix added* on: June 08, 2007 06:18:43 PM
Ok, here goes. I haven't actually finished this bag, but I'm too excited to wait! I'll post more pix when it's done. Which should only be a few more days. I just have to spin up a little more yarn.
First I started with some combed merino dyed in shades of baby blue and a deep brown color. Commercially dyed. then I added in a healthy dash of faux cashmere for softness and more depth of color. I've noticed that the yarn I'm spinning with this nylon cashmere is so pretty. It just seems to glow! I swear- almost looks like silk. I love it! and I love that it's only $1/oz too!

Here's the little rolag snails in a bucket all ready to be spun:

And here's the singles on the bobbin:

And a fun artsy pic in skein form:

Then I wound it by hand into a center pull ball. I use my swift that came free with my wheel, and a thick dowel as my noste.  I've never done entrelac before but have seen some gorgeous things.  And since I happened to have that issue of IK with euny's fab explanation of it, I went for it and haven't looked back! It's fun, albeit time consuming. I've tried to knit "backwards" like I know some people do, but it's just not for me!

So, here's how much I have so far.

I'm knitting on size 8 needles although the yarn is a single at about 8-9wpi. I wanted it to be a tighter knit because it's a bag. I'll definitely line it still, though, because of how entrelac is on the inside. Probably in brown.

Can you believe I'm thinking of gifting this bag? I've already spent sooo many hours getting it this far. I hope she appreciates the effort! Thanks for looking!

I finished knitting the bag. It's blocking right now:

I've also bought some fabric to use for the lining. The pinstripe will be the inside and the blue/green fabric with the circles will be for the inside pocket I think. I also got some matching ribbon if I need it for anything and some pretty grey buttons that match the lining fabric.  Which is also grey-ish. I figure it'll work fine, though, because where blue and brown mix they make grey. The bf approves anyway! =0) I hope to be done soon! I wish it would dry faster!

if anyone has any ideas for handles, I'm open to them. I got some neutral vinyl leather looking ones at work (joanns) but the color just doesn't work with the DARK brown in this piece. I'm thinking of going out to the leather store in the industrial area of portland. It's so fun there, and I'm sure they'd have something I could use. I've thought about ribbon or webbing or fabric, but I really want it to look as professional as possible. Let me know! thanks!
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / color scheme fav's/requests on: February 25, 2007 12:50:47 AM
Hi there party people. I was just thinking. I get inspiration from all over when it comes to dyeing yarn/roving.  But maybe there's people out there who have always wanted to see BLANK color paired with BLANK color and just can't find it anywhere?  Well, here's your chance.

What is your favorite color comobo?  And what colors would you love to find in roving and have yet to see? 
-PS, my fav's are pink/brown and pink/grey.  Although I don't really like pink. I mean, I don't WEAR pink anyway.  hmmm. I just realized that I'm crazy.  OK, your turn!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / wanna swap knitting pattern books/mags? on: November 28, 2006 05:10:04 PM
I've got this pattern book - cornelia tuttle hamilton Noro book #1. I bought it to make a friend of mine the tovesta bag, but we figured it's too much yarn (pricey) and time. So, a hat and scarf she will get. BUT my lys doesn't take returns/exchanges on books. Duh. I should have known. 
Anyway, I'm really hoping for the book- Simply Noro as it has lots of patterns that I want to knit. But I figured there's got to be lots of people (knitters) out there with books they're done with and maybe we can swap! let me know what you think!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / trade you my TV issue of Knit.1 for your Men's issue!! on: October 16, 2006 12:25:06 AM
I just subscribed to knit.1 magazine like a week ago or so.  I didn't think that they would send me the fall issue since it had already come out.  So I bought it!  Damn $5.99!!  Anyway, I don't have any other issues, but I've seen a couple and they look cool.  If you've got a back issue (like the men's one, or another one that has good stuff in it) you don't want anymore, I'd be happy to trade and send you my extra copy!  PM me and let me know... PS I live in Portland, OR.  Well, more like tigard, but anyway, if there are any craftsters in the area, we can meet up and do it that way. coffe sounds good with all this dang rain!!! =0)  I just don't want it to go to waste and the only other knitter I can think of that I know (who works with me) is a GUY!  All the patterns in the fall issue are all girlie, so I don't think he'd want it anyway. 

Thanks, craftsters!
<3 Sarah   Wink
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / anyone know a good THERMAL type knit stitch pattern? on: October 02, 2006 09:42:58 PM
I've been wanting to use the "thermal" stitch in some knitting projects.  Now, I know it exists out there in internet land, but I have YET to find one that looks good, or even resembles the thermal clothes I have.  I know, I know.  Those are knit on machines with yarn as thin as thread!  But there's got to be something that looks cool in the sport, dk, or worsted weight range, also. 
  Kick down the knowledge, girls! (or guys!!)
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / baby sweater with button along raglan sleeve? on: September 27, 2006 12:11:58 PM
Hi all.  I've seen pictures around of this baby sweater with buttons along either one or both of the raglan sleeves and of course thought- I can make that!!
  I'm thinking of just casting on with the baby yarn I want to use, but am I thinking about this right?  Can't I knit this in the round by just casting on for a raglan cardi, but making the opening at the armhole seam instead of in the front?  Just need a little encouragement and all that jazz.  What about the one with buttons at BOTH armhole seams?  That one I guess you can't do in the round. Unless I'm thinking backwards or something.  HELP! thanks ladies...
pics of what I'm talking about here:
Most of the time I make things too hard on myself to figure out.  This time, am I making it too easy?  I just don't want to have to make all the pieces and then seam them together, know what I mean?  Knitting in the round rules! Especially on baby items... =0)
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