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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Convertible dresses on: March 10, 2012 11:02:44 AM

I bought some cheap satin print fabric ages ago and decided that I wanted to make a Kariza style scarf dress because I'm really into convertible dresses (I've clocked up 4 infinity dresses and I fancied a bit of a change).

I'm quite pleased with this one and I think I'm going to wear it to a friends wedding this summer.

I didn't have enough fabric for this one to make it the same way as the red one, so I improvised a little. I'm not really sure how I feel about the front, but I do love the fabric. Please excuse the frumpy-ness; the ribbon is a little bit thinner on this dress so it's much harder to tie. I should probably wear a belt with this one two.

Also, I thought I'd throw in a pic of my favorite infinity dress in dark purple; I managed to get really good quality lycra for 3.50 a yard. I now have masses of the stuff.

Thanks for checking out my dresses, hope you like them. Smiley
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Coffee filter roses and a silly hat on: May 17, 2011 05:27:22 AM
thanks for the lovely comments Smiley

Teeisme, I'll have to have a looksie; I'd really like to get the painting of these right... I think these types of flowers are much nicer than the average fake flower :p
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: (Newbie) Tat-Along on: May 15, 2011 07:42:17 AM
I've only just started to learn shuttle tatting properly... It took me ages to get my head around the flip... I just didn't get it. I got this book called learn to tat by janette baker. I realised that I hadn't been relaxing the finger that the core thread goes over (i.e. the thread you tatt around) enough so instead of the knot transferring to the working thread, it was staying on the core thread, which was why I couldn't close rings properly or make chains coming off the rings. The book I mentioned has a picture where the threads are in different colours and I completely understood where I was going wrong :p It has a dvd too which is pretty cool... I didn't really understand any of the free tutorials on the web... But then, I'm not particularly bright and need idiot proof instructions with lots of pretty pictures for stuff like this :p
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Any Suggestions for a Beginning Knitter? on: May 08, 2011 04:40:06 AM
Um, my advice is to use the stitch n bitch book and youtube; I find it much easier to see somebody doing things rather than trying to read instructions and there are videos of people demonstrating most things. My mum originally taught me but youtube has allowed me to learn loads of different cast ons, types of socks, etc, etc.

As to beginner patterns, find a free and simple hat pattern knitted with two needles (as opposed to double pointed, or circular needles) off ravelry.com . Many people start with scarves or dishcloths to get their head around knit/purl but I have the attention span of a squirrel so I found them soul crushingly dull :p A two needle hat has knit, purl, increases and decreases which are the basics that you need to know for most things. It also gives you experience with sewing knitted pieces together.

And it's a short project.
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: What's for supper? on: May 05, 2011 12:19:03 PM
homemade pesto (made with ground almonds instead of pine nuts) and feta on vegetables. I didn't fancy pasta, so I used a potato instead. I have some left over tiger bread in the fridge to eat with it Smiley Not quite authentic but I was quite happy with it.
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: gnocchi - a bit of a recipe and some questions on: May 05, 2011 12:13:56 PM
I know this is a couple months late, but I love gnocchi!!

I've only ever made it with potato; I push the stuff through a sieve... It nearly kills me, but it's so worth it.

I have a recipe for spinach gnocchi too; you can't really taste the spinach much, but it looks nice and it makes me feel less guilty about eating them :p
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: My First Attempt at an Altered Puzzle on: May 04, 2011 04:04:13 PM
that is so pretty!
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Coffee filter roses and a silly hat on: May 04, 2011 04:02:58 PM
Cool Smiley Thankd for the painting advice; it didn't even occur to me to dip the things... that saves so much time...

I did like the fact that because I hung them up side down to dry, the colour was more intense at the edges... I wonder if that's because I used water colour paint. All the supermarkets that I can easily get to only sell brown coffee filters Sad I really wish they'd sell bleached ones. The brown makes them look like faded denim which wasn't what I was going for... But then, I shouldn't have painted them blue in the first place :p
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: More fork pendants!! on: May 03, 2011 05:56:32 AM
I would never have thought of doing something like that. They're so quirky and pretty Smiley Awsome!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Queen of Hearts upcycled fairytale sweater coat on: May 03, 2011 05:38:46 AM
That's so cool :p

Do you mix and match types of sweaters or do you only use woolens? And the back segments look so long; are they all one piece? I wouldn't have thought there were sweaters that long!
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