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221  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re:3 more little purses on: January 25, 2004 09:49:22 AM
they're gorgeous.

gotta love that felty goodness Smiley

i especially like the star one, but that's cause i have an unhealthy star obsession.
222  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re:shrunk in the wash on: January 25, 2004 09:46:39 AM
yeah, my dad volunteers for a charity shop, so i was thinking of asking him to pull out all the suitable jumpers before they go on sale, and i'll buy them.

that way the charity still gets its money, i get my jumpers, and everyone is happy Smiley
223  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / shrunk in the wash on: January 25, 2004 04:34:06 AM
you will need:

two old lambswool (although most wool will do) jumpers/sweaters/whatever you call them where you're from.
one washing machine
one sewing machine
about an hour and a half.

bung the jumpers in the washing machine on a 60 degree cottons wash with about half as much powder as usual.

pull them out, marvel at how small they have become.

cut them up and create a bag.

here's one i made earlier:

224  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re:the north west's best! on: January 25, 2004 03:00:16 AM
the factory shop is about 5 minutes walk from the train station. you can see it as you pull into dewsbury coming from leeds. it's dead easy to find, but let me know if you want clearer directions.

and i only think samuel taylors is expensive cause i'm a right cheapskate... and their airtex and mesh is 8 a metre, where you can get it for 3 on the market. the denim is half the price on the market too.

but i found camo shock cord, elastic edging and ribbon there a couple of month ago and have been saving it for a really special projec since. i'm a bit of a camo whore.
225  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / puppy knickers. on: January 25, 2004 01:57:57 AM
yes, i'm a brit. that's why i say knickers, and probably confused the hell out of some of you :p

but in my experimentation in the last few weeks of not being at uni yet and being really bored, i made these:


they're made from printed jersey which isn't particularly stretchy, so they look mahoosive until you put them on.

the print is of little cartoon dogs saying stuff like 'woof woof' (as dogs do) and 'sniff sniff', which my other half crudely pointed out was kinda appropriate for knickers...

i'm planning to make a cute little matching cami top for them.  Grin
226  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re:bag from scrap on: January 25, 2004 01:13:15 AM
i drew them on with a chalk pencil, followed the stitching on my machine, and then rubbed the chalk off.
227  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re:the north west's best! on: January 24, 2004 04:37:56 PM
my vote goes to the north east, textiles capital of the UK.

leeds market, i agree, kicks ass. especially the man who's on the outside market on tuesdays and saturdays. he sells damn cheap fabric and lots of useful things, like patches, bags of buttons, lace, knicker elastic, stupidly cheap zips, huge overlocking cones of thread....

samuel taylors in leeds has a great range, but it's quite expensive.

dewsbury market, i think, is better than leeds. it's loads cheaper too. there's a fantastic stall where everything is 1.50 a metre.

fabworks factory shop in dewsbury. well. *falls over*. this place is THE SHIT. really. a whole warehouse full of every type of fabric you can imagine, mostly at 1 a metre. also cheap trimmings and patterns.

Fabric world, i think it's called, in wakefield, home of the nicest camo fleece in the history of camo fleece. fantastic range, but a little pricey.

there are also a lot of places in huddersfield, but i don't know it that well, and haven't been to investigate for fear of getting lost there o_O
228  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / bag from scrap on: January 24, 2004 04:26:04 PM
hello, this is my first post  Grin

and this is a bag i made today:


it's a very basic shape, just made out of some scrap i found while i was tidying my sewing table, which would otherwise have been headed for the bin. it left off the interfacing because i'm keeping it, and i hate stiffened bags.

it's lightweight denim, lined in printed polycotton, with a little star pocket, and a snap fastening. it doesn't have a strap yet, because i am still deciding whether to give it a denim strap, or a black webbing one.

the little label is the name of my company-to-be. it's a bit budget - just embroidered on bias binding and sewn on. i'm crap at label-making. maybe when i'm rich and famous i will be able to afford swanky labels. ha.
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