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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Bright, twirly first skirt... on: February 18, 2007 04:40:36 PM
which hangs awfully Undecided It looked rather different in my mind's eye, and i'm not entirely convinced that the fabrics match now it's put together. I am however extremely proud of my first finished garment that is both wearable (as in well fitting), and that i designed and drafted myself! It closes with a zipper, and will be fully lined when i'm less excited about it being finished (or looking finished at least)!

12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pencil roll on: February 14, 2007 11:14:59 AM
I love this fabric so much, but it'd be a bit much as an item of clothing I think, so... pencil roll ^__^ My first encounter with bias binding and I am entirely infatuated.


13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My Gingham Lolita dress on: January 30, 2007 05:57:13 PM
Title says it all really! It's only a mock-up actually, it's old curtains Cheesy but i've become rather besotted with it, I think it'll be a dorothy costume next halloween.

In the real thing, I think i'll want the ties higher up, and I might shorten the skirt a little, but overall i'm very happy with it, and Lamby's tutorial is fantastic (not that I was very patient about sticking to it!)

14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Textiles project(s) on: December 07, 2006 03:41:36 PM
I veeerry rarely post projects here, mainly because i veeerry rarely remember/can be bothered to take pictures Grin

But I wanted a visual record of my Textiles GCSE work anyway, so... here goes. Two projects.

The first is my story sack, which is where you pick a book (''ten out of bed'', it's like ten in a bed but not) and then theme a sack... thingy on it. It goes to either a primary school class, or a special school class, i cant remember which it was this year.. I'll probably get marked down for its lack of bright/contrasting colours (for stimulating... stuff), but i was going for more mamas and papas than fisher price Tongue

Cubey toy thing (it says ten-out-of-bed on the sides), book and reverse side (touchy-feely stars. Yes, stars are shades of red .)

Front! I'm thinking maybe i should have clothed the kid now, but... it's done now, so he'll just have to be cold.

Aaand the second project, which was something christmassy, either christmas themed, or for a present. First i wanted to do an advent calender, then i realised it wasn't long enough 'till the start of december, then i wanted to do a stocking, but i couldnt find stuff to quilt it in my diddy little town. Batting, and tasteful-ish fat quarters being the main problems Roll Eyes

So i present to you... coasters. XD *snicker*

It's the criss-cross coasters pattern, from... well, a blog, somewhere in cyberspace! Let me know if it was yours, and i'll credit you. It was easy peasy, and looks complicated enough to impress my textiles teacher Tongue

15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / 'I do' is killing me! on: November 27, 2006 04:35:38 PM
Apologies if there's a KAL for this I couldnt find, but I have questions, lots of questions about 'I do', from knitty - http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring05/PATTido.html

I'm knitting it for a friend for christmas (in pink, so it doesnt look too bridal!), and I dont know if I'm just not an experienced enough knitter to be doing this, but the lacework itself I'm finding really easy, it's the decreases and instructions that confuse me.

It starts off

Beg with row 10, work in Circular Pattern, decreasing 1 st in last repeat every round until 3 full repeats have been decreased. (See Pattern Notes re. making decreases in Lace Pattern). 36[45, 45, 45] rounds have been worked, 48[60, 72, 84] sts rem. (For sizes S and M, switch to shorter circular or Double-point needles as needed).

I get that you start on row 10, that's obvious, but what does it mean to decrease in every round? Surely that would mess up the lace pattern? I've done two inches or so doing that, and it looks okay, but... is that what I should be doing? And what does it mean by 'until 3 full repeats have been decreased'? does that mean to decrease only on the first 3 rounds (which wouldn't make sense) or to do three times through the entire lace pattern, decreasing at the end of each round?

Thanks in advance for any advice, i'm starting to really regret tackling this! The ''Piquant'' is there for a reason!

16  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Altered books... on: September 18, 2006 08:28:59 AM
Just a quick question - do you use all the pages? Or do you rip most of them out? A whole book seems a ridiculous amount of work, and if you wanted to use 3D stuff, very bulky too.
17  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Playing cards on: May 23, 2006 04:34:27 AM
My art assignment for this term is designing a set of playing cards - they have to be on A3 size paper (about 4 times the size of printer paper) and i need an untraditional theme. Now the idea /i/ had was that i'd do members of the bush administration - like the playing cards of saddam's regime that the troops in iraq were given, but i wasnt sure if fit was a bit...pretentious? Opinions?

18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Engagement present for friend's mum on: February 14, 2006 03:20:49 PM
Okay, so I just discovered that one of my best friends' mum just got engaged, and I want to make her a gift. She makes gorgeous cards and scrapbooks herself, so i've made a card, but I cant think what else to give her... She's 40, but gets on very well with her daughter's 14 year old friends, so she's quite young at heart! I dont know her fiancee at all, so it's a for-her gift really, she likes cutesy stuff, and she's quite...fashion concious... She knits too, so knitted stuff is sorta out...

I can sew, knit, make simple stuffies, decopage to an extent...i dabble in soap making...

I considered making her the lovebugs, but i wasnt sure they were really the sort of thing for a 40year old.... Any 40 year olds out there, would you like to receive one?
19  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / crotcheted sushi.... on: December 08, 2005 10:05:19 AM
Hey, this might be a long shot, but a friend of mine is making up holidays in boxes, for severely affected ME/CFS sufferers, who cant go on holiday, and is looking for things to put in them. If anyone could crochet me some sushi for him, for a japan box, i'd be really grateful. It doesnt need to be a lot, but it would be great if someone could.
20  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Great idea for kids presents on: October 30, 2005 04:37:23 AM
I was browsing hawkins bazzar ( UK mail order website) and saw this


which I think would be really easy to re-create yourself, so this is my christmas pressie for little-kid- relatives sorted  Grin
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