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1  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Linen tester on: April 20, 2009 03:09:35 AM

Does anyone know any shops in Sydney that sell linen testers? I'm looking for a bricks & mortar store, not an online one.

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Needle Size for DMC Perle Cotton 5 Thread on: October 22, 2008 12:36:09 AM

I was wondering if someone could help me. I just bought some DMC Perle Cotton 5 thread for a textiles assignment and some crewel needle, but I cant seem to get the thread in the eye of the needle.

What needle size should I use when using DMC Perele Cotton thread?

Thanks for your help

3  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Clear PVC Fabric in Sydney on: October 13, 2008 11:09:58 PM

Does anyone know where I can get some clear PVC fabric suitable for sewing in Sydney? I'm needing it for XMas presents I want to make. Any websites would be good too.

4  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / THICK Cardboard in Sydney on: August 13, 2008 05:11:12 AM
Hi guys,

I want to buy some thick cardboard to make a folio - you know the thick, strong book cover type of cardboard. Does anyone know where to buy any in Sydney?


5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / A few questions about embroidering on baby jumpsuits! on: April 23, 2008 02:26:42 AM
Hi, I'm new to embroidery and have a few questions about embroidering on baby jump/body suits (I think they're called onesies in the US). I did a search but came up with nothing.

First, should I wash them before or after embroidering on them?
Second, Do I need stretch the fabric more than usual or just let it stretch normally as I put it in the embroidery hoop?
And Third, do I need to use a stabilizer and if so, which is best? 

Thanks for your help!

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Pidge Scarf on: April 18, 2008 12:18:49 AM
I've finally finished the pidge scarf I started about 2 months ago. It is going into what looks to be a very cold winter here in Australia and I was inspired by an episode of ThreadBangers that features this on it. I It was really quick to finish (which is probably a good thing seeing as I really should be working on my uni assignments). I really like the way it came out and the buttons are really cool too, even though I really wanted big wooden buttons and couldn't find any locally.

I used 6mm and Cleckheaton Merino Spun wool in charcoal.

Tell me what you think!
7  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Burda Mode Magazine on: April 03, 2008 05:38:12 PM

I was wondering if anyone subscribes to Burda Mode magazine? I'm thinking of subscribing, but noted on the site (isubscribe.com.au) that the delivery method was by sea freight  - how long does it take to receive each issue? Or do you subscribe straight from the Burda Mode website (and how much does it cost from there)?

Also, what issue are you up to? I just bought 1/2008 at the newsagent.

Thanks for your help.

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Chunky Ribbed Beanie on: February 21, 2008 04:08:08 PM
So it is slowly making it's way into autumn here in Australia and I picked up some great yarn in an Op shop for $1 per 100g ball! And I had even seen this yarn in the shop I was in previously and it was about $3/ball... I took it as a sign that I had to have it. The yarn called for 10mm needles and I wanted to break away from doing scarves and baby blankets so I did a search on the net and found this pattern:

The pattern called for 20 rows before any shaping, but I changed it to 18 - not sure if I made the right decision, but I'm still happy with how it turned out.

So here are some pictures of my first beanie. Comments and criticisms welcome!

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pouch for uni bag! on: August 21, 2007 01:30:24 AM
So my uni bag is on the way out and I needed a new one. I ended up getting a big tote bag that had no compartments on the inside to hold anything. I didn't want my phone, keys, lipgloss etc to be all over my bag so I made this to hold everything. It cost me $3 in total to make and I still have heaps of fabric left over!

Close up of the fabric.

I lined it with calico for extra strength.

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Crochet Hook Bag on: April 10, 2007 01:07:32 AM
I was given a heap of crochet hooks by my mum. I originally put them in with my knitting needles, but decided to give them their own home! I was given the fabric from my grandma and love it! I made my own pattern and used interfacing to give it a bit more strength. I hope you like them!


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