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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Fabric Gift Bag Patterns? on: October 23, 2008 08:25:53 AM
I got a whole bunch of x-mas fabric on sale in the summer and I want to make fabric gift bags. I want to make a bunch of different designs so I don't get bored.

I have already made a bunch of the rectangle with a drawstring at the top kind. I saw the two links in the "Packaging handmade gifts" thread for shopping bags and snowmen bags (fabulous ideas) but if anybody has other ideas I can always use more.

Help me bring a little green to my family chrstmas?  Smiley
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Poupées Tricotées on: August 29, 2007 06:20:33 PM
Hey Knitters,

I live in Ottawa which is a fairly bilingual (French and English) city. When I was at the library looking through their stash of of knitting books I happened upon this incredibly cute knitted dolls book. The problem is that it is in French. Normally I am fluent in French but knit language is a whole new thing. I was just wondering if there is an English version out in the world or if someone has translated these great patterns.

The book is written by Renée Méry and is called Poupées Tricotées. It is a pattern book with two dolls, a boy with red hair and glasses and a girl with long brown hair. The dolls are dressed in a whole bunch of different outfits including a tuxedo, culotte's, bathrobes, fair isle and aran sweaters and fifteen or so different types of shoes.

I know I am a total dork but I would really like to knit this for my daughter someday. (So that I can live vicariously through her) haha. If anyone has heard of it let me know!! Thanks!!

I found the book on the publisher's website to give you an idea of what I am talking about. It is the bottom of the two.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Meters and Meters of Red Satin? on: April 15, 2007 08:24:56 AM
My mom is making my bridesmaid dresses and she has tons of left over fabric because we got it on super sale. Anybody have any decor ideas for 5ish meters of red satin?

I was thinking maybe reception table something but we might be getting red table cloths already. I thought maybe some kind of banner to hang behind the head table but it is going to be in a tent. Would that be wierd?
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Bridesmaid Gifts - Quality Jewellery Findings on: April 13, 2007 11:32:08 AM
I am looking to create some one of a kind Bridesmaid jewellery because 1) crafting rules and 2) I can't find anything I like.

The problem I am having is that I can't find a decent price on sterling silver findings or chains. Also I wanted to incorporate semi-precious stones like garnet, red amber, or onyx because the girls will be wearing red dresses with black shoes and crinoline.

I have five bridemaids and I want to make each of them something unique but using the same materials. I would like to be able to make each gift for under $50 at the most. I want to make something they can wear around (none of them attend tons of fancy dress parties) but something of quality and worth.

MH - Sometimes tomboy sometimes girly girl, spunky and different
SIL- Tomboy, crafty, loves homemade, runs a homeless shelter
Cousin - Girly, young, and loves sweatpants
Girlfriend - Very alternative style, kitch, loves cameos, makes jewellery, trendy
Girlfriend - Makes earrings, appreciates fine things, casual style

Ideas on where to get reasonably priced stones or findings as well as creative jewellery ideas are encouraged! Please help two moths till my wedding!!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / My Cranberry + Butter Ivites are DONE!! [6 pics] on: March 29, 2007 08:57:17 AM
So I finally finished my super elaborate total DIY invitations and people are already receiving them in the mail. There is still tons of crafting left to do before June but I am glad I could at least get these out of the way and off of my list.

Our colours are cranberry and butter and our semi-theme is circles.

Hope you like all ten million pictures of them.

The Whole Package

Inside Vellum Envelope

Outside Vellum Envelope



Folded Reply Card to fit in side pocket

Our map turned out pretty cool but my F decided we shouldn't post it for safety sake.

Comments are appreciated. Also suggestions for ideas to fit our theme or colour scheme are welcome!

Just thought I would add that these were made with 12X12 paper so we didn't have to buy big paper like you do with most pocket fold invites. Also we made two of the red pocket folds with one piece of paper.
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Swallow, Dove, Bird Craft Punch? on: January 25, 2007 10:27:28 AM
So I am finally getting in wedding crafts gear... and the wedding is in June. I have made a wedding invitation sample which I will post tonight. Trouble is it looks a little bit plain and I wanted to add a graphic without much cost. I loved the gorgeous invites by Le Cirage https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=106393.0 and things with birds on them in general.

Does anyone know where I can get a swallow/ dove, craft punch or stamp? Preferably a punch..
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted Santa on: December 17, 2006 09:52:57 PM
I hope this belongs here. I knitted him from a pattern book I got last christmas. It was fun to make but I hate hand sewing all the little pieces on. We had a riot with him last night at our x-mas party.

Santa sitting on the bar

A Close Up

Santa hit the egg nog a little too hard... haha  Cheesy

I found him face down on the table this morning!!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Two Pairs Gold + Teal Earrings on: December 17, 2006 09:24:01 PM
Just some earrings I whipped up for x-mas presents. Thanks for looking!

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / X-mas Present Scarves (IMG Heavy) on: December 17, 2006 09:16:30 PM
Some easy scarves fabulously modeled by my boyfriend. Some quick fuzzy warm gifts for my future sister in law and mommy. Mind the PJs and the glare.
The two lifeless scarves


Scarves brought to life

Comments Appreciated!! Anyone know how to straighten out acrylic/wool blend fringe?
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Semi-Freehand Unicorn Sweater!! on: December 17, 2006 03:22:40 PM
This is my first craftster craft post so bear with...
(Does this count as stencil? It didn't seem to go in clothing or iron- ons)

I made a unicorn sweater for my friend for x-mas. I painted the design on with white acrylic mixed with a fabric medium. I had to put a couple of coats on to reach the desired colour.

It is made with a Sublime Stitching iron on transfer. I traced onto regular paper then poked a million tiny pin prick holes along the design. Then I took all purpose flour and a paint brush and pushed the flower through the holes to transfer the design onto the black fabric. It is a cheap alternative to transfer paper and works surprisingly well. Afterward you can just dab any remaining flower with a damp cloth and presto!!

Tips and coments appreciated!!
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