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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Wanna see my knit garden cushion??!! *now with detail pics!!* on: July 26, 2007 09:46:10 AM
A while ago, I went on a Rowan colour workshop weekend, where we were encouraged to use a favourite picture to inspire us. My inspiration was a photograph of a garden, and I took things quite literally, and designed a garden cusion. I only just finished it today, and I'm really happy with it!  Smiley

The top row of flowers do have stems made of a "ladder" of purl, but it's hard to see in the photograph. It's pretty cool in real life, I promise!


Back: (big buttons!)

Edit: Detail pics!!  Also, for the flowers, you just cast on 5 or 6 sts, then knit 6 rows, knitting into f&b of each st on alt rows, then cast off in a different colour. Or the same colour!  Cheesy

12  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Help! I need a reeeeally strong zip! Any recommendations?? on: July 18, 2007 01:35:32 AM
The title says it all really, but I need a super duper strong long dress zip (which can be undone and done a gazillion times) and the one I put in this weekend (ie 3 days ago  Roll Eyes) is already doing that stupid thing where it undoes itself in the middle even though it's done up.

Are there any rules for which zips to buy? Or am I kidding myself that this is possible?

Thank you x  Kiss
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Yarn Forward Magazine - Anyone seen Issue 2? on: June 19, 2007 01:47:18 AM
I was just wondering if anyone has seen issue 2 of this magazine? I subscribed at issue 1, but I've not heard anything since.
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Crafty Matching Homewares for my kitchen! - Blind, Stool Covers and Tea Towels! on: June 06, 2007 07:50:15 AM
I bought some fabric with teapots, cups and saucers on from a local mill for about 5, and out of it I made a roman blind (apologies for fuzziness, the sun was out and this was the only shot in which the room wasn't dark):

And a little left over becomes...tea towels!


15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / How do you cut straight lines from your fabric??? on: May 27, 2007 05:41:04 AM
Is there some nifty trick that I don't know?

I bought rolls of fabric to make some curtains out of, but the selvedge edges aren't straight, and of course the cut edges areen't straight either.  So, how does the home sewer cut the damn thing so that the fabric is a nice rectange with straight edges?  Huh (it's wide and huge). Is there a trick? How do the professionals do it? How would a curtain maker start?

Do textile college courses teach this?

I'm really frustrated and would really, really appreciate any help!  Sad

16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / People who make curtains and blinds! Please may I have your opinion?! on: April 26, 2007 09:22:23 AM
When I make curtains and blinds, I usually make them so that when you look at them from the back, there is a border of "right side" fabric, like this:

But a lot of curtain making books suggest just putting right sides of lining and fabric together, and sewing 3 sides, then turning it all right side again, which would make a curtain which, at the edges, looks a bit like this: (I've just smooshed the fabric to show the kind of thing I mean)

So... Which way do you do them? Or do you have a brilliant other way that I don't know about?

Method 2 seems a lot easier than the way I do it, and as I have a lot of curtains to make (we've just moved), I'm tempted, but I just thought I'd see what the wonderful world of craftster said on the subject first!!

TIA!! xxx  Kiss
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Has anyone made their own blinds for Velux/angled roof windows?? on: March 20, 2007 02:29:32 AM
I'm moving to a house which has 3 Velux windows (windows in the roof of loft conversions which are angled, just in case that's not what they're called in other places!  Smiley)

Anyway, the manufacturer makes blinds that you can buy for them, but the windows are pretty small, and the least expensive blind option costs about 70 each Shocked which is way more than I want to spend.

I made all of the curtains and blinds for the last 3 places we've lived, so I do have some basic skills, but I've never seen home made velux blinds before.

Has anyone here made any/seen any/have any great ideas??!!

Thank you for listening!  Cheesy
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Twilleys Freedom Spirit Tank Top FO. Would you like it? on: March 12, 2007 08:49:19 AM
I knit this cute little cropped tank top because I just couldn't resist the pattern.  I love it, but it's just not me. I'm too cold to be a sleeveless kinda girl.  Sad
So anyway, rather than frog it and knit something else with the yarn, I wondered if there is a craftster that would like to do a personal swap with me for it?  It's 34-36" bust and its 100% wool. The corsage isn't sewn on yet, so it doesn't have to go in that spot. x

(the one on the right is the pattern it's knit from)
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Handpainted 9th Wedding Anniversary Commemorative Pin Up Tattoo Plate on: January 10, 2007 08:18:15 AM
I googled for a list of wedding anniversary gifts, and apparently 9 years is pottery. Obviously there was only one thing for it...

20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Please can you help me figure out how to knit this jacket? (with pics!!) on: November 25, 2006 12:35:23 AM

My art teacher has a cardigan that she loves, and would like to copy. Anyway, she knows I knit and has asked if I can figure out a pattern for it.  I think it's knit top down with raglan increases, but I don't know how to get the st st to be slanted on the front. Do I just put a st marker at the underarms and on each row dec 1 on the outside of the marker and inc 1 at the front edge? Or is it something completely different??

(Sorry - Crafster's photo hosting isn't working for me, so I have to use photobucket)

This picture shows the slanted knitting on the front

I would really appreciate any help! Thank you! xxx
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