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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / An attempt at beading after a number of years on: September 09, 2006 01:59:35 PM
I made a necklace today, my first one in years. I got some supplies and looked up the directions to make 'a flower' on the Internet. I'm quite pleased: I think I can actually wear this thing!

2  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: Promalong - Making your own Prom dress? Join the club! on: June 14, 2006 02:19:02 PM
I finished my dress in time and wore it to my graduation:


I'm happy with how it turned out Smiley
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 10 ENTRIES / Re: Sneaker sacrilege on: May 24, 2006 12:54:51 PM
Sorry, it took me a while to respond...

So, I would highly recommend using a sharp needle (nothing special needed, though), it will go through nicely.

It took me about three hours to finish one shoe, while watching TV Wink

It kind of depends on the needle, the hole, but it doesn't leave that big of a hole if you just use a normal sized needle.

I'm not that great an embroiderer my self... I just winged it, it shouldn't be too hard. If you do something wrong, work it into the embroidery if it's not completely awful. After all, it's a shoe, it won't be looked at so carefully Grin
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: FIRST POST: Rory Gilmore-inspired shirt on: May 19, 2006 01:09:39 PM
I remember watching that episode ages ago and thinking: that's one cute pullover! Your version is very pretty and I would also recommend hand washing it Smiley
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Silly Apple Cozy on: May 13, 2006 02:18:45 PM
So cute! And also practical, in my opinion! I would love to have that pattern Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: Promalong - Making your own Prom dress? Join the club! on: April 21, 2006 07:40:25 PM
I live in Finland and we don't have proms here but we do have a dance in upper secondary school. You're kind of supposed to wear somewhat historical or old-fashioned clothes. You rehearse loads of old dances and then you "perform" them to the rest of the school and later to guests... I had this dance about 14 months ago.

So, as I've always liked the history of clothing in general and thought I'd like to try wearing something like that, I decided to make an 1850s ball gown. I did have a pattern but it was basically pretty different from what I wanted it to be, so it had to be altered. And as I wanted it to look like the ball gown I had seen in a book (an actual 1850s drawing), the material had to be velvet and as it is expensive, I bought the kind you're supposed to use in interior decorating  Grin My mum and I made it together and it was finished just in time... I'm not completely pleased with how it turned out but it was okay (there were worse Wink)

So this is me dancing (a lousy photo, I know):

Yes, I danced with a girl but so did a lot of people... There weren't enough guys and the whole thing is about dancing.

I'm graduating this year, at the beginning of June, and I decided to make my dress myself (and my hair and make-up, even though I'm a little anxious about the hair as I have to fit a hat in my head on top of everything). I've already bought a pattern and the fabric and this time I'm going to finish earlier as I have a lot of things to do...

Here's a photo of the materials I've managed to gather up so far:

And this is what the hat will look like:

Here's a link to the pattern:


I'm pretty sure I'm going to make the bolero too as it can get chilly... I suppose making a practise dress from cotton wouldn't be a bad idea  Wink

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Survey: Continental vs. English on: April 16, 2006 09:55:19 AM
I found it very interesting what was said about English style being the more "graceful" way to knit... I don't really know how it's done, I've only seen BBC -series in which old upper class women knit and it does seem slightly more graceful... Wink

1.Where do you live? Finland
2.What style do you prefer? Continental, although I don't wrap the yarn around my fingers as much as you're supposed to, to get the tension, I just can't be bothered Wink
3.Who taught you how to knit? (do you know their lineage?) My mother first taught me when I was about 6 or 7 years old and a few years later I was taught at school. I've also learned more from books...
4. Have you tried, successfully or not, to change styles throughout your knitting life? If yes, why? No, I haven't. I simply don't know how it works, perhaps I'll try, it would be kind of fun to know how it's done. I have tried to purl the Norwegian way but I felt that I screwed the stitch up too easily if I wasn't really looking at my hands (I prefer to knit while watching TV)  so I figured I'd continue doing it the way I always have. I think the tension thing might be about experience, my first knitted things were all over the place. Gradually my knitting has evolved, nowadays I knit fast and the finished products turn out quite nice -  I have even  received compliments from the old women who went to the same knitting course with me a few years ago... Cheesy
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: latest FOs (img heavy) on: April 14, 2006 06:07:19 AM
Everything looks great! And the beret looks wonderful... My 'Branching out' didn't turn out that well... Wink

I've been thinking about knitting that shawl too, but I can't seem to find a suitable yarn, at least nothing that would resemble alpaca.
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 10 ENTRIES / Re: Sneaker sacrilege on: April 04, 2006 01:03:33 PM
Was it difficult to embroider on the canvas? It looks like it would be hard.

At first it was kind of hard but I got the hang of pretty soon (and bought a better needle). It still took a while to get all of those beads sewn on the canvas...
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 10 ENTRIES / Re: Sneaker sacriledge on: April 02, 2006 11:03:21 AM
Yes, I did. Finally my embroidery skills were of some use Wink
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