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1  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Looking for a shop in Melbourne region on: August 24, 2005 08:05:46 AM

When I was in Australia last December, I found a great little shop in Kallista (Callista?) called Wilga but I don't know if it exists anymore. Has anyone heard/seen of it?

The lady there was really really nice and makes the nicest clothes herself! I bought a pair of trousers there and I'm probably going to wear them to rags because I love them so.

Thanks for the help!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Mother of pearl necklace on: August 16, 2005 02:48:22 PM
These necklaces were made of dyed mother-of-pearl on ribbon.
I just loved the colours, couldn't resist showing them Wink

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / First handbag on: August 10, 2005 03:13:53 AM
Three hours of work later, I present you the First Handbag.



Inside (the bottom is actually fabric covered cardboard and the black bit is my wallet, which fits perfectly at bottom)

Handle detail
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Stuck sewing machine *need advice* on: August 07, 2005 11:26:56 AM
I just started sewing heavy corduroy and a thread got stuck in the underside of the sewing machine (where the tiny bobbin is)... I got most of it out but now when I use the machine, it gets stuck all the time and doesn't produce any stiches.

What can I do? I can't take the bottom pannel off or anything, so all I have access to is the bobbin compartment.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Dangly earrings for non-pierced ears on: August 03, 2005 06:33:58 AM
I don't have pierced ears and couldn't find any dangly earrings that I liked so I made these:

6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Apple and cherries handbag charm on: August 03, 2005 06:22:07 AM
With the recent handbag charm trend, I decided to make my own:

Clickie for piccie

I linked to the picture page instead of posting the image because it's huuuuuuuuuuge.
Will try to do a better picture later, this one is a bit strange due to lighting and close-up.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / My gala nightmare sack on: August 03, 2005 05:03:33 AM
So it started with a pretty good idea: I'm going to sew my own gala dress, for the school event in May...

I found the right fabric, a gorgeous black silky fabric with a flower pattern woven into it (very glam, very classy), the right material (my bf's mom's sewing machine and time), the right idea.

Unfortunatly, I was very confident in my own abilities to make a pattern, so I went about it without a proper pattern... 5 hours later, I had something to try on, despite having had to draw and resew a few times...

My bf's mom helped me adjust it and everything, even managing to hide the lopsidedness of the back part with a large ribbon, the weird side closure and all. It looked perfect. It looked gorgeous and didn't slip off my boobs like so many bustier type dresses are wont to do.
Every time I tried it on, I had to sew it smaller at the seam for some reason...

Comes the day of the event where I need to sew the buttons on to close the thing. I try it on again and this time, no amount of adjusting will put it right.

I ended up a very soggy, stressed mess wearing a dress that needed tightened every so often because the ribbon kept slipping off.

And guess what? I spent the whole evening holding the front up so it wouldn't flash my boobs at everyone.
I looked like a sack (although people were complimenting me on my quirky dress... - Quirky dress my asparagus) and every time I look at the pictures, I shudder...

Morality: Freehand dress patterning is NOT for beginners... Wink

Although it does leave me with loads of gorgeous fabric to "recycle" Wink
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Waterlilies... on: May 11, 2005 07:42:19 AM
Hi, I was wondering if anyone had patterns and/or ideas for making waterlilies... Embroideries, felt cutouts... Anything.

But the MOST WANTED is: tsumami lily patterns if there are any available.

Thank you for any help provided! Smiley
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