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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Candy pouch from omiyage - now with pictures on: September 22, 2006 08:37:17 AM
Hi everybody,

the book Omiyage (Komiko Sudo) was brought to my attention by a craftster and I bought it right away. I made this pouch from it:

Instead of antique silk kimonos I used old pillow cases, sheets and a duvet cover.

The green fabric I used lent itself beautifully for the button on the bottom:

Anybody else made this pouch?

(I couldn't see the pictures so I modified the message - hope you can see them now!)

cheers Rineke
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / orange felt handbag - or how ideas turn out differently than you planned... on: August 21, 2006 07:03:22 AM

Hi everybody, I made this bag. In fact I designed it too - only I had something slightly different in mind. Basically what went 'wrong' was that it did not get the pumpkin-like shape I intended after I blocked it with a balloon. Still I like the way it turned out, especially the way the lines are appearing by using different colours.

Basically, I knitted a rectangular piece of 100% wool (different colours of embroidery wool tied together) with three lines of waste yarn in them, as you would do for knitting pockets in a garment (see directions for this technique in e.g. Elizabeth Zimmermans writings or a decent introduction to knitting techniques). Only instead of a rectangular pocket I knitted a trapez (a triangle with the top cut of) in the round on each inserted waste yarn.
Unfelted it looked like this:

So originally I planned for these pockets to keep their shape a bit, so they would not just appear as colours but also as shape on the finished item. I guess I could have put smaller balloons (longish) in the pockets before I blew up the big one, or I should not have blown up the balloon so much (there was a trace of shape left when I took it out of the washing machine. Or make bigger pockets, maybe.

Anyway, I'd like to know whether you have any great other ideas to actually get the shape of a pumpkin out of it next time (I just love the way pumpkins are shaped...). But also whether you like it as it is?
13  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / solution for rubbing thighs under a dress on: July 12, 2006 12:48:53 AM
well maybe the lot of you will say DUH to this...

I rarely wear dresses or skirts in summer, because my thighs will rub against each other and well, at the end of a long day, it hurts (familiar, anyone?). So first I was thinking of sewing som kind of bicycle shorts in a lycra fabric, but then it occurred to me I could just cut up a pair of nylons (pantyhose, tights) to wear under a skirt. So I cut up a pair of old ones, a couple of inches above the knee, sew a (stretchable) hem and they work perfectly! It's cheap and it's fast! So now I am thinking - why didn't I think of this before? Maybe you did (but there wasn't a post on it here...)

So now I have to collect some more skirts...(not short ones, of course!)

cheers, Rineke
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / klippan cover on: July 11, 2006 11:03:12 AM
hello everybody,

we have an ikea klippan sofa with a very boring cover (solid ivory, real handy when you have small children...). I'd like to make my own cover from a patterned fabric, and I even think (or did I dream this) that in earlier days Ikea sold a pattern to make your own klippan cover. Does anybody know and/or has anybody tried to make a cover for klippan? Or any other ideas?
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / button bracelets on: July 11, 2006 01:45:05 AM
I saw these wire bracelets from Karen Perkins site  http://www.seafore.com/wire/wire.html

I decided to do them in cotton yarn and sew buttons on them. Like this

Later it occurred to me that you can totally attach a crocheted flower to the buttons:

You like?

rineke http://rineke.blogspot.com
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Another tieback summer cap or 'capkerchief' on: July 05, 2006 12:39:45 AM

Hi everybody, I made this capkerchief from a bought cotton kerchief. It's easy to make, fits everybody and kerchiefs like these come in all kinds of colours and designs. Of course, you could make it from regular fabric as well.

cheers, Rineke
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / handbag from a children's dress on: July 04, 2006 03:07:47 AM


I'm not at all sure whether the posting of the picture works, but let's see!

I made this bag from a handmade-by-me bib dress that both my daughters have worn. I moved the straps, cut the bottom and wrinkled it - after that I sew it together. Most of the architecture of the dress is intact - the bib is now the flap. Oh and I sew lining into it. What do you think?

18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Craft trade /exchange (not swap)??? Does this exist??? on: July 04, 2006 01:51:28 AM
Hi everybody,

Inspired by a post on whip-up, I wonder whether anybody in the craft world does exchanges in stead of swaps or selling. What I mean is that I would like to exchange homemade craft items for others, but not like a swap. Although I like the idea of swaps, often having a theme, and often with the purpose of learning new techniques, I will probably never engange in one, since I am afraid I will not finish on time, or the result will be rotten...

Rather I would like to exchange items that will come as no surprise - that is on a 'what you see is what you get' basis - the exchangers having arranged beforehand, and based on descriptions and pictures, what they will swap. Also, I would rather receive something in a craft technique I do not master. I guess it would be like selling your stuff on etsy and then buying something else on etsy for that money, but then without the money involved. I put on an 'exchange shadow blog' to my blog (to date only one item up for exchange, though, do not expect too much...), but the problem with that is that the people visiting my blog are crocheters/knitters like me. And I would like to exchange with paper crafters, soap makers, button makers etc.!

So the question is: Does anybody do this? Is there a place on the net where you can go and arrange this? Is there a web ring? Could something like this be done on craftster?


(whip up post: http://whipup.net/2006/06/07/swapping-concept-the-trade-catalog-by-dawbis/
my blog: rineke.blogspot.com)
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