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351  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re:knotted wrist coin purse on: March 12, 2004 04:00:19 PM
Tatting doesn't make a solid fabric like your purse is, but when I learned how to do it, it felt really natural because it feels the same as the knots used in friendship bracelets.  Here's a thread about tatting, there's a really awesome looking bookmark by sbub.  https://www.craftster.org/yabbse/index.php?board=22;action=display;threadid=3595
I learned from a combo of books and the sites that are listed on that thread.  I've made a few things, mostly chokers and doilies using tatting.  Dover books has the most books about tatting that I've found, but they're harder to learn from because they're mostly reprints of antique pattern books.  Feel free to message me or comment in my blog if you think I could help more!  Smiley
352  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:reeeeally fine yarn. what to do with it? on: March 12, 2004 12:18:03 PM
It sounds like the type of wool that's used for lace knitting.  There's a thing about shawls so fine that they can pass through a wedding band.  I'm jealous, I'd love to get my hands on some of that.   Smiley  I'd do a lacey crocheted shawl or wrap with it myself, I'm not much of a lace knitter.


Here's a thread about openwork knitting.  Hope it helps, I'd love to see what you come up with!
353  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re:Pellon Interfacing -- Wrinkly? on: March 12, 2004 11:34:55 AM
I'm not a total expert, but I'm pretty sure that can happen when there are different "shrink factors" involved in the fabric and the interfacing.  
The fabric should be prewashed in hot water so the steam and heat from the iron won't shrink it, and the interfacing can be preshrunk by soaking it in hot water and allowing it to drip dry.  
I always pretreat any fabric, because you never know how much it's going to shrink (especially the cheap-o stuff I buy, lol), and it would suck big time for it to shrink after you made something from it.  I've never pre-shrunk my interfacing, but then again, I run into this wrinkly problem occasionally too.   Grin  
Also the fabric may be too lightweight for the weight of the interfacing.  They should have a similar hand to have the best results.
354  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re:knotted wrist coin purse on: March 12, 2004 11:25:50 AM
I'm even more impressed now that I've read your instructions.  You've got a lot of patience, and it really paid off, that's a beautiful piece.  I bet you'd really like tatting too.  It's similar, because it's knots too, and has similar hand movements.  But you wouldn't need a board.  Anyway, thanks so much for the instructions!   Cheesy
355  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re:knotted wrist coin purse on: March 11, 2004 01:08:52 PM
Dude!  I'm so impressed by this.  Super friendship bracelet goodness!  How many strands did you use for this?  Is it the back-in-the-day style of half hitch knots across a row of threads?  Please post more about how you made this.  Thanks!
356  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:The Stereotypical Knitter on: March 11, 2004 11:17:41 AM
This is my first post.  I've been a-lurking for a while, but I just couldn't resist this topic.

I tat, knit, embroider, sew, crochet, and do just about anything else in the realm of crafty that I can get my hands on.  I've never gotten negative comments/looks concerning my age, but I just wanted to say that if you're really looking to encounter knitting snobbery, try going into a LYS and telling them you're a crocheter, and you're looking for crochet patterns/supplies.  Around here, that's about garunteed to get you disdainful looks and bad service.

Mostly though, I've gotten so much positive energy and feedback for my needle work.  Which is great, what with it being my way of life and all.   Smiley
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