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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Aussie Tour embroidery ring on: October 24, 2007 12:36:36 AM
ok so post away  Cheesy
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Patten for a Zip Neck Men's Jumper..er Sweater? on: July 20, 2007 01:18:36 AM
Does anyone know of one? I've tried googling and and searched Craftster and Ravelry (OT is there a term yet for searching ravelry? raveling? or Craftster? craftstering?) but I must be using the wrong search terms or something.

You see I want to make a jumper for my father as a Christmas present (although knowing how slow I knit it'll probably be for his birthday next year) and given that it is completely unsolicited and meant to be a surprise I can't just wave pattern at him to gauge whether he likes them, and since I know he is somewhat fussy (like father like daughter  Grin) I hoped to make one similar to a jumper I know he wears all the time, relatively plain but with a zipped up neck.

I'm not confident enough to design my own and besides I am pretty sure I have seen one before, I just can't remember where.

So anyone have a pattern suggestion?
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Australian Tour (embroidery ring) Sign-ups CLOSED on: July 16, 2007 04:30:34 PM
Swap name: Australian Tour (embroidery ring)
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Sharre and Librarylass
Sign-up date range: 17 July to 24 July
Date to send item by: First send out 31 July then every two weeks, TBC when numbers and groups are finalised

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): Max of 16

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES
If so, which country? Australia

All ages allowed? Or 18+? All ages, but make sure you really think about the commitment (time and money) first!

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES

Details of swap:
Ok everyone, the idea for this swap was taken from Tea Towel Tour Swap but modified after discussion on the Aussie board.

The idea is that each person will send one item (pillowcase, tea towel, apron etc) to be embroidered/embellished. Each item will be sent out in a ring (Person 1 > Person 2 > Person 3 > Person 4 > Person 1) with each adding their own bit of stitching. At the end, each person will end up with their original item made all pretty by their fellow Craftsters.

You can choose to nominate a theme and include that with your item, or you can let people decide according to their own whims. If you do choose to have a theme, remember to include a note to that effect with your item. After signups have closed there will be an additional what you need to know and do PM going out to all involved.

Please note that this is a large swap in regards to time frame and commitment; please think carefully if you will be able to fulfill your end before you do chose to participate. I do not mean to deter anyone I just want to make sure it goes smoothly for all involved.

There will be two additional components to this swap that you can choose to participate in or not:
First up, there is the option aside to choose to allow your fellow Craftsters to, as well as embroidery, embellish your item with beads, trims, ribbons, fabric etc. If this is something you would like please note this is the questionnaire.
Secondly, there is the option to participate in a postcard exchange. The idea is that after you have embroidered/embellished the persons item you send them a hi postcard before sending their item on to the next Craftster. If you choose to be involved in this it does mean that everyone in your group will receive your mailing address not just the person before you in the ring.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap:
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:

Level of embroidery experience (expert beginner etc)?
What are you likely to send to get embroidered?
Would you like to specify a theme for your item?
Do you wish to allow any kind of embellishment or just embroidery?
Do you wish to participate in the optional postcard send out?
What colours do you like/dislike?
Is there anything that you would not like to see on your item?
Anything you would?
Any other information you think is relevant?


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.


1. sharre
2. librarylass
3. starberrii
4. cmc_aust
5. jane feebles
6. Miss_Vicki
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / I spun! on: June 30, 2007 04:31:08 AM
On a wheel, for the first time ever at the Craft and Quilt Fair held at the Sydney Exhibition Centre this week.

While my friend tried her hand a weaving at the Spinners and Weavers guild display, the lovely ladies there gave me a lesson on wheel spinning. It was really helpful, I now know sorta what my problem is with the spindle, (I keep my hands to close together making drawing the yarn out difficult) and have the times and dates that the guild is giving lessons. So here it is my very first yarn

It is about 1 1/2 metres after being plied back onto itself, the ladies did that for me too. I think its beauuuuuuuutiful. I plan on framing it  Cheesy

The best was yet to come however, the boy is finally convinced that I am serious about the whole thing, so seeing my absolute excitement about my bit of yarn (and after commenting that his first yarn was so much better. Farming family, kept sheep for spinning. He can knit and spin) he rang his mother without me knowing what he was doing and asked if I could borrow her wheel, so as soon as we can organise to go get it I will have a wheel on semi-permanent loan  Grin
He's a keeper  Cheesy

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I think I've developed a little obsession on: June 26, 2007 06:27:18 PM
In the past few weeks I have completed 2 panta's and a beret and I still have plans for three more hats at least (oh and the panta my Mum wants)

The two Panta's are made from Cleckheaten Country 8ply that I dyed on the stove using food colouring and vinegar. I ignored the gauge on the pattern and used 4mm needles which are appropriate for the weight.

The Beret is from Jo Sharp's Contemporary Knitting I used the yarn called for; Silkroad Aran Tweed, and got gauge but still had to break out an extra ball despite the pattern only calling for one. It is a little less slouchy than I'd like, definitely a "looks cute" rather than a "keeps ears warm." I think I'll try Knit and Tonic's Le Slouch for my next beret.

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / I call it Vera [a tribute to Jayne Cobb] on: June 24, 2007 08:21:27 PM
Because I like to hide my 'squeeing fangirl' behind a thin layer of subtlety, instead of going in costume to Saturday's CantStopTheSerenity charity screening of the ever awesome Serenity [those of you who haven't seen it borrow it. Go Now. I'll wait.] I spent all of friday designing and then making up a bag that proclaims my fannish allegiance.

So here I present to you, the Jayne Bag.

unfortunately it was a little too subtle. No one noticed it. Oh well, I adores it anyway.

For those who want actual specifics and specs; The bag is made of medium weight calico and black cotton homespun, the lining is black polypop, a lightweight cotton polyester blend. The design was photoshopped and then transferred to the calico using Avery Iron on Transfers for light coloured fabrics. The design is the same on both sides. The quotes in black are by Jayne, those in blue about or too Jayne and the one in red is meant to point to to what the rest refer.

It was an absolute labour of love. I had to unpick the base numerous times as I kept messing it up and I screwed up and then fudged the handles cause I was sick of unpicking by that stage. I took it to the Screening and carried it proudly. It held my wallet, mobile phone, digicam, a note pad and pen, two CSTS shirts and the Juggling Goslings I won in the charity auction without drama. I wondered if it was not a little bit "Mary Poppin's Carpet Bag" at that point.
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Firefly/Serenity Round 5 Gallery on: June 08, 2007 03:36:05 PM
Someone's sent already, Wow!!

Post 'em when ya get 'em
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Needlepoint Marilyn on: May 27, 2007 04:15:13 AM
I made this for the 5x5 swap and since my partner said she has now received I couldn't wait to post it.

blocking and all framed up

I am really proud of this piece  Cheesy
Stitched on 11st/inch canvas using DMC embroidery wool (I can find #s of the colours if anyone is interested). I charted it from an image I found online using a cheapy program called Cross Stitch Made Simple. If anyone wants the chart i'd be willing to email it to you just send me a PM

ETA:Ok, I've worked out how to do the file sharing thing. You can download it from here
9  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Aus/NZ Tea Towel Tour Swap anyone? on: May 22, 2007 11:17:53 PM
Lurking in the swap gallery yesterday I came across this thread and thought "WOW what a brilliant swap idea!"

For those who don't want to read the thread to know what I'm going on about the basic idea is this: each person starts with a tea towel/apron/napkin. This is then sent on in a circle with each person in the circle adding their own embroidery to it until it finally reaches the person who owns it. [for a better explanation see the original swap post here]
To do something like this internationally could get pretty expensive but within Aus, it should fit into a standard B4 envelope and as long as its not thicker than 20mm, be considered a large letter (i'd assume, someone feel free to correct me)

Is anyone interested?
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Kudos to those who spin with a drop spindle on: May 21, 2007 12:37:39 AM
It's not easy and boy do you have my respect!

A few weeks ago I was given a drop spindle at a local craft show when I expressed a huge desire to learn, so after buying roving and a quick lesson from one of the ladies I went home determined to learn. I just couldn't get the hang of it and couldn't get the spindle to spin clockwise like I wanted. So, convinced it was the spindle, I ordered a gorgeous one from etsy. It arrived today and all I can say is it's obviously not the spindle  Roll Eyes

But I am determined to get this as I dream of handspun goodness

and the Boy has insinuated that if I stick with the spindle for a while he could be convinced about a wheel  Cheesy
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