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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / knitting pattern for 1940s dress on: March 13, 2006 02:21:55 PM
I got another free vintage knitting pattern in my emails today, from Tabitha Gibbons' web site:

The fashions of the 40's are back. ;-) Elegance and style you will love!

Download your free knitting pattern here:




It's adorable, but I don't know if my knitting skills are quite up to it yet. Still, I couldn't resist sharing the link...

22  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Tutorials: bellydance costume pieces on: March 02, 2006 01:23:05 PM
Printable choli pattern, and tutorials for skirt and coin bra here:

23  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / seeking pattern suggestions on: February 24, 2006 08:16:19 AM
I am interested in making some vermeer/girl with a pearl earring/flemish -- inspired blouses/tops, but need patterns! Can anyone suggest some Vogue/Simplicity/Burda/Butterick/McCalls/Kwik Sew/Folkwear/ etc etc patterns that might do the job?

thank you!
24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / seatbelt handbags on: February 16, 2006 08:44:36 AM
Can someone post a tutorial on how to make a seatbelt handbag or purse, like the one's on Harvey's web site?


These are so cool, and a coworker said they are very sturdy, but she paid over $80 for one, I can no way afford that, and want to make my own. I have a sewing machine, just don't know how to begin....

thank you!
25  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / klutz-book type knock-offs for $1 on: December 23, 2005 06:22:29 AM
I have a book called Dollar Store Decor, with lots of ideas for revamping stuff you can purchase in any dollar store. You can probably find it in your local public library by now, as the book came out a couple of months ago I think. Lots of neat ideas you can also use for your recycled treasures.

Additionally, my local Dollar Tree store carries lots of little craft kits in the girlie toy section, most similar to many of the themes of the craft books put out by the Klutz company. I saw paper quilling kits, spool knitting jewelry kits, shrinky dink hair barette kits, a knifyknitter-type of knitting kit (with very cheap-o yarn, but for only $1 what the hey...), a painted rock kit (with rub-on transfers), a greeting card maker that is sort of a splatter-paint thingy that runs on batteries, and more. They were sold out of a lot of that type of stuff last night when I went, but people were buying last minute Christmas gifts there, and they were running out of all sorts of toys they normally have plenty of.

Oh, and they also have dominoes in the toy and game section, lots of them, if you are into making domino pins/pendants/jewelry etc....

If you have a Dollar Tree dollar store in your area, check it out. They have been stocking these craft kits in the girls' toys section for over 6 months now, so it appears to be a staple item they will continue to carry (that, or just no one else noticed them until right before Christmas...)

(also, if you are looking for those little flat-back glass bubble gems, Dollar Tree has plenty, both large and small, in the floral/craft aisle, across from school supplies...)
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Artella.com on: December 18, 2005 07:17:34 PM
Not sure if anyone has posted about artella here, but I just got the most recent issue of their free Articulation newsletter, with links to free downloads:


some of the free templates are for toys you can print and make:



and the newsletter this time also contains links to a couple of nice holiday-themed free books in PDF format.

27  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / knit/crochet sample patterns from Tabitha Gibbons on: December 16, 2005 01:06:06 PM
I am on another mailing list, from a lady who sells reprints of vintage knitting and crochet patterns. The email newsletters she sends out periodically always have some neat sample projects. This month, there is a really cute, vintage pattern for garter stitch ear muffs, would make a neat gift for a man (something I'm always on the lookout for - I have 3 brothers to make gifts for at Christmas and no sisters, argh!)

Here's the link to her latest newsletter, with the earmuffs pattern, as well as a few crochet patterns from the 40's or 50's. It is a PDF download, so you need Adobe Acrobat:


It's free to sign up for her newsletter/ezine. You will get occasional emails promoting her for-pay books and booklets, but you don't have to buy anything to get the free ezines.
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / how to make a solar messenger/laptop bag? on: December 15, 2005 09:12:13 AM
I saw this on the smallbiz page of Business Week, in a slideshow feature called "entrepreneurs' wish list". I would love to know how to make my own knockoff solar-powered laptop bag. Anyone with solar techology smarts who might suggest a how-to?

<<<<<<<<<<<<<It's the ultimate road-warrior accessory: A solar messenger/laptop bag that charges your phone, PDA, camera, or iPod even as you try to hail a cab. www.voltaicsystems.com; $239. >>>>>>>>
29  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / stuff to do with paper/card stock on: December 12, 2005 02:51:53 PM
Print out a complete pattern and instructions for a very sleek-looking pinhole camera (last minute holiday gift anyone?)(this would probably work well made of card stock, UPS mailers, etc)


The Guild of American Papercutters has lots of info and ideas for traditional and modern papercutting projects:

you can find out more about chinese papercutting (and print off some free patterns) here:

instructions for Scherenschnitte (German papercutting) techniques:

and free Scherenschnitte patterns:

and Mexican papel picado patterns:

and gobs more links to keep you busy cutting paper, as you get further into it:
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / spanish-language sewing projects booklet on: December 12, 2005 01:04:04 PM

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