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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Help. I need to recover after my first recovering project. DIE EVIL CHAIR on: July 05, 2007 01:36:01 AM
that's cute.
you did a great job. no lie
did you get the material from ikea?
i swear i saw it there once.
its a cute material

Yep, Ikea Smiley
I was going to use marimekko material, but the ikea stuff was $9 per metre and marimekko is more like $90 per metre... and I don't trust my skillz enough to use something that expensive
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Help. I need to recover after my first recovering project. DIE EVIL CHAIR on: June 19, 2007 11:03:53 PM
Q: Would it have been possible to just use a staple gun? That's what I have in mind for my chair, but now I'm not so sure.

Thanks everyone for your lovely comments!  Cheesy


My chair is an unusal design. Most chairs i've seen have a completely timber frame, but this one is mostly timber but the back frame is steel piping with springs stretched across it. A staple gun wouldn't have worked on this chair.

The foam padding on the back is completely seperate to the chair, so I had to make a cover that covers the ugly metal frame and the foam.

The base of the chair is sprung so the cushion has to be seperate.

Most chairs i've seen could easily be re-covered using upholstery tacks or staple guns. I just had to make life difficult for myself, didn't I?  Roll Eyes
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Help. I need to recover after my first recovering project. DIE EVIL CHAIR on: June 18, 2007 04:25:29 AM
This project was SO much more stressful than I imagined.

I was planning on re-covering this chair but realised the foam was dead and all gross inside, so I replaced all the foam with new stuff.

I just finished this, 9 hours straight of machine and hand sewing.

I had to sew all the bits custom to the foam and I didn't use a pattern, just LOTS of pins and trial and error (lots of error).

So many pins that I found many a blood spot on the fabric from pricking myself while sewing. At one stage I pinned my finger to the cushion!  Undecided

The cushions are rounded out with polyfill so it didn't look too square. The base cushion has a zipper. The back of the chair has press studs so it wraps around the arms seamlessly.

Although i'm happy with how it turned out, it'll be a while before I use the chair... I have to forgive it first.

This project was a pain in the a$$ as the bobbin on the sewing machine would jam every 2 FREAKING minutes. Plus I sewed a few bits incorrectly and spent a lot of time unpicking stitches.

But yeah it's done. GO ME. *collapses*

The pics aren't great but I couldn't be bothered re-taking any more.


4  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: need ideas.... on: June 15, 2007 07:48:51 AM
If you are cutting the thinner kind of plastic sheeting (not perspex), heat up a knife (that you don't mind wrecking) over a flame until it gets red hot, then slice through the plastic. It cuts it quickly. You may have to heat it up and cut multiple times to get right through the plastic. Also, do it in a well ventilated area.

I did this with some plastic sheet that was the 'glass' in a cheap Ikea picture frame, and siliconed it in the middle of my gecko's tank to divide it in two so my geckos won't fight.

For a good job, get the perspect professionally cut when you buy it.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pet Tutorials! on: June 09, 2007 08:34:46 PM
Here's one tutorial for a martingale, or greyhound-style, collar.


Thank you!!  Grin
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Interesting Coat Hooks on: June 03, 2007 07:35:48 PM
I'm also thinking about making a coat rack  Cheesy

I've worked out that pretty much anything that is strong and can be screwed onto a wall or a backing board can be used as a coat hook. A doll's arm, for example. Or a branch.

Here are a few ideas I had bookmarked, hope they help  Smiley

D-Bros 'resting place'

Artificial 'giant nail' coat hooks

Essey 'moo' coat hooks

Thorsten van Elten 'antlers'

SUCK UK 'Dart' coat hooks
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: storing tights? on: May 31, 2007 08:18:06 PM
How about getting some sturdy cardboard and building a sectioned box for them?  Then just roll each pair into a ball and place one in each section?  You could also do this in a drawer.  Maybe I can make an example with text:

 _|@ | @| @|_

I made something exactly like that about a year ago for my tights! I made the sections with some scrap cardboard from cereal boxes and fitted it into a shoe box, which I now keep in my sock drawer. works a treat!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Calling Mini foxie / Tenerfield terrier owners! I need your help. on: May 30, 2007 05:20:35 PM
I'm wanting to install a dog door myself and I have no idea what size my future doggie will be when it's grown (tenterfield terrier AKA minature fox terrier) http://www.pedigree.com.au/breeds/?b=208&p=T&pp=

The dog door site says for me to measure my dog, but I don't have him yet. http://www.petsafe.net/pet_doors/index.htm

Pretty please, could you measure your puppy for me? I will be forever grateful Grin

9  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: Nylon webbing in Melbourne? (or to buy online in Australia) on: May 29, 2007 10:10:17 PM
Whoa.... so many replies *crickets chirp*

So, I found a place all my myself and thought i'd share in case anyone else searches for this


15-21 Derby Street
Australia 3066




10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: game over :( 30th birthday NES cross stitch on: May 28, 2007 08:10:18 PM
So awesome!
Getting as this as a present would make turning 30 seem not quite so bad   Wink
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