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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Wrap Dress on: January 25, 2006 09:59:34 PM

I made this dress from a very unusual sari that I found in a thrift store. The sari is full length (5 or 6 metres), but made from a japanese silk.

The wrap dress is a very simple shape (basically an apron shape that overlaps at the back), with a cowl neck Smiley


2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Knitting Needle Case on: January 17, 2006 12:33:49 AM

(Not strictly a bag, I know, but it's a 'case', so I think that counts)

Thanks to this tutorial https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=69952.0 I made a beautiful knitting needle case for a friend. Now she doesn't need to keep her needles in plastic bags!

Thanks for looking!

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Yohji Yamamoto Jacket from free pattern on: January 15, 2006 09:59:19 PM
Oh wow - that looks better than the one I made. The fabric is perfect.

Well done!

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Crewel Wool? on: January 14, 2006 05:54:50 PM

I have just bought Katherine Shaughnessy's book "The New Crewel" (I just LOVE the contemporary designs). I went along to Spotlight (the NZ/Australian equivalent to Jo-Anns, I think), thinking they would have exactly what I needed. It was really difficult, and because none of the staff are familiar with the craft, they couldn't give me very good advice.

The book says you need Linen Twill to embroider onto. This was $90 per metre (very expensive), so I just bought a small piece, but I figure there must be something cheaper I could use. Does anyone have any ideas? Mostly I'm just doing small pieces for greeting cards etc.

I also struggled to work out what the correct wool was. There seemed to be 2 kinds of embroidery thread, the fine floss for cross stitch etc., and a much thicker sort of tapestry yarn. I bought the tapestry yarn, but it is 4 ply. I've split the yarn into 2 threads of 2-ply, which seems to work ok, but I wonder if that is still too thick, and perhaps I should split it again so that I have 4 threads of single ply.

Would love some advice if anyone has any.

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need help threading needle on: January 14, 2006 05:45:03 PM
I just started crewel embroidery. The instructions in the book I'm following said to hold the needle in your left hand, and loop the wool around the outside of the needle once. Pull the needle tight and 'pinch' the end of the loop with your thumbnail. Slip the needle down and out of your loop.

Now use your thumbnail to push the tiny, tight loop into the needle's eye.

I found this really helpful, as crewel wool is quite thick and fuzzy.

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Lined Messenger with many pockets on: January 10, 2006 10:35:22 PM

The quilt cards are inspired by Denyse Schmidt's book - they are strips of fabric, sewn onto card to make a greeting card.

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Fabric Cards on: January 10, 2006 10:33:52 PM

Glad you like them Smiley

As they were inspired by Denyse Schmidt, I'll have to respect her copyright and say go get her book if you want to see a detailed tutorial, but really, they are very simple, and the biggest skill is in selecting the right fabric/colour combinations.

They are basically just strips of fabric, sewn straight onto card and trimmed around the edges.

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Fabric Cards on: January 07, 2006 02:12:17 AM
These were inspired by Denyse Schmidt's quilt cards:


Thanks for looking!

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Lined Messenger with many pockets on: January 07, 2006 02:07:43 AM
This messenger is based on the "Messenger Bag with Gusset" tutorial. I wanted to add a zippered top, but it didn't work out.

It has many pockets, including a front pocket, a zippered pocket on the front flap, and 3 ordinary pockets inside.


10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: **TUTORIAL** slouchy hobo bag (the tinafish way) on: November 13, 2005 11:51:07 PM
I got the fabric from Spotlight - I guess that's the New Zealand equivalent to Jo-Anns.
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