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31  Monster coin purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by AbigailsCrafts on: March 02, 2010 11:04:00 PM

I made this for a sewing tutorial on my blog, but it turned out so cute I had to share Cheesy
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32  Origami waterlily brooch in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by AbigailsCrafts on: March 02, 2010 10:48:51 PM

I made an origami brooch!

Made from 2 sheets of washi, folded and glued at strategic points:

Then varnished, a beaded detail added in the middle, and glued to a brooch back.
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33  Re: I think it's an Ashford traveller... in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by AbigailsCrafts on: March 02, 2010 10:36:21 PM
OK the wheel thing as a brain fart on my part, I was trying to visualise the thing instead of just getting up and looking at it  Tongue
The brake band runs over the end of the bobbin, not a separate wheel, sorry.

To DIY the brake band assembly you'll need 2 eyelets or cup-hooks, some fishing line or nylon thread, 2 small springs - the kind with a ring at each end, though you could McGyver those with a pair of pliers - and a short piece of dowel.

There's an eyelet screwed in to the wood here, holding a small spring to which the brake band is tied:

The brake band runs over the end of the bobbin. To remove the bobbin you just lift the band off with a finger.

There's another eyelet at the other side - the band runs through that and is then tied to one end of a spring:

Another section of line is tied to the other end of the spring, and to the tension knob. You could just use a piece of dowel that fits in the hole, the brake band is wrapped round it and you turn it to adjust the tension.

Hope that helps!
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