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1601  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: CUFF SWAP GALLERY on: May 01, 2006 09:33:25 AM
It's a dull and wet Melbourne day - it's been raining from morn till evening. I woke up feeling blah, felt blah all the way thru work, and then progressively felt blah-er as I sat through class, took the wrong tram, had to get off half a suburb early thanks to a blocked road, and then waited another 20 minutes for a train to arrive.....

But there in the mailbox! A parcel from an angel!!

yayyayyay! animegirlie has sent me two ever so pretty cuffs, and they are perfect. One's blue and matches my new boots, the other's pinkish and matches not only my pyjamas, but also half my wardrobe. And it's so soft I just want to stroke it all day.

Photos to follow, once I buy some batteries tomorrow afternoon.

Thank you so much animegirlie *hugs*
1602  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: CUFF SWAP GALLERY on: April 29, 2006 03:41:09 PM
what are those magnets, are they REALLY strong?  i haven't seen those yet.

I'd never seen them before either (then again, I'd never gone looking for them). I asked the lady at the wool store near my work (they sell craft odds as well) for something to hold together a cuff. She suggested magnets, and I went 'piff! As if!!' But they are REALLY STRONG. If they were any larger (they're maybe 5mm ? don't remember. Definitely no more than 1cm in diameter), they'd be almost impossible to separate. I could use one of them to easily pick up my embroidery scissors, or my nail clippers.

Unfortunately - there was no brand or company name attached to the clasps - they were in a small plastic bag... If anyone's interested, I'll ask the store where they got them from.
1603  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: CUFF SWAP GALLERY on: April 29, 2006 12:58:58 PM
I am SO glad that you like them both, barbwire... and aren't those magnets AWESOME? Such magnetic power, in something so tiny! So powerful, I could've sworn the PO would've refused to send it... The quilted one was just a quicky 'thank-you for waiting' - it has a partner, which was my 'wear-out-to-the-pub' one, until a friend demanded it for herself. I crankily notice that it has frayed in transit. Grrr. Never mind, cut all the loose threads off - it shouldn't mess anything up, because the fabric has interfacing bonded to it, which will eventually stop the fraying.

But I'm really happy that you love the xstitch one. I've been an embroiderer since I was 6 or so, and it's always the first thing that jumps to mind when I need to make something.
1604  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: CUFF SWAP GALLERY on: April 26, 2006 11:10:52 AM
Oh thank heavens it arrived!!

I was having Mail Worry, on top of the stock-standard swap anxiety, and it was driving me batty...
1605  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: CUFF SWAP GALLERY on: April 21, 2006 09:29:20 AM
KittenWrangler - so sorry you have to wait so long...did you get my PM about your angel?  animegirlie volunteered to be one for you since your partner flaked out. 

Hee Hee and now that she's made that post, she's given me even more ideas!

Animegirlie - what can I say? I'm an ideas girl! And you're an angel!
1606  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: CUFF SWAP GALLERY on: April 21, 2006 08:56:36 AM
Like a crazy girl, I have been lurking around this gallery, watching as everyone else's creations were posted.

I really regret now that I forgot to take pictures of the one I made. Hopefully my partner will... In the meantime, the waiting time, I've been inspired. I've been making more cuffs for my own greedy pleasure. And, well, basically, I want to show them off. *shrug - bad habit of mine*

I put them here:

There's another on the way as well, which involves 6 skeins of tapestry wool... And then, I'll have to try and mimic some of my favourite cuffs that I've seen posted here!! And then finish my half finished ones..
and then...

1607  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Cuff Obsession. A story with pictures. on: April 20, 2006 02:37:12 AM
A few months ago, I paid cold hard cash for cuffs:

They rapidly became an obsession. I HAD to wear things on my wrists.

I joined a cuff swap:

Anyway, I had such great fun making a cuff for my swap partner - but stupidly I didn't take any pictures of it. I've made myself a few more cuffs since - out of bits and pieces from around the house.

From left to right, layers of fabric and interfacing, sewn together, and then I used my sewing machine to play 'join-the-dots'. That cuff, and the next one both use press studs to secure. The middle cuff is made out of duct tape - it's actually my first ever duct tape experiment. It's two separate strips of tape, and they're only held together at the ends. It was a tricky affair to get the eyelets through, but I love the way they look. The third cuff, the blue one, is in some ways my favourite... and the simplest of them all. It's an old sock, that had a hole in the heel, but I loved the cherries too much to throw them away. I just cut off the toe, cut off the heel, and then used the 'foot bit'... I overlocked the edges to make them ruffly.

I have three more half finished experiments:
These are all using the cardboard cores of my crochet wool. The one on the left is covered in aluminium foil, and easter egg wrapper. I want to put more eyelets through it, but it's really really really hard. The middle one, has scraps of wool wrapped around it, and then scraps of embroidery cotton woven through. The last, is just me sticking bits of origami paper onto the cardboard.

Yay for cuffs *hooray, hooray*

Questions, comments?
1608  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: CUFF SWAP GALLERY on: April 19, 2006 03:27:29 AM
Sweet mother of mercy - Barbwire that cuff is gorgeous!! I wish I had time/money/materials/space to work metal...

And on viewing the cuff that Knottiedottie received, my heart simultaneously leapt in awe of the beadwork, and sunk in the realisation that I'll never do anything that gorgeous.

1609  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: CUFF SWAP GALLERY on: April 18, 2006 01:33:49 AM
Sent! I sent it!

With many many many thanks to Barbwire for her patience - things had really piled up on me pre-Easter, and finally the cuff had to give way Sad

But it was posted at midday, during my lunch break, and as we speak, should be wending its way from Melbourne's SE suburbs to the GPO, and from there - over the Pacific it goes!

I so so so hope it arrives okay. I get paranoid about the PO handling my important packages...

And I'm also suffering from swap-anxiety.... I hope she likes it
1610  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Potty Mouth Sweary Swap. Signups 15 Apr 06-22 Apr 06, sendouts by 20 May 06 on: April 14, 2006 08:18:45 AM
Oh fuckin-A!!!!!!!

I'm writing the bloody questionnaire thing now, I'll PM it to you as soon as I've finished up my other swap.

oh oh f'kin', c'in' grouse!!!

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