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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Knit Wit Ad on: November 26, 2006 01:31:01 AM
Ad from Fall-Winter 1966-67 McCall's Needlework & Crafts magazine:

This is so funny because I just bought a Knit Wit last week!  No joke!!  I think that after I finish the scarf I'm making, I'll have to make this bitchin' cocktail dress!!  Grin
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / The Vamp is on the Prowl.... on: November 26, 2006 01:19:00 AM
Ad from Fall-Winter 1966-67 McCall's Needlework & Crafts magazine:

"The Vamp is on the prowl... Knit it in Orlon"
"if you care!  wear it, if you dare!"

On the right side: "For the less vampish we have included 44 other shell patterns in Jack Frost Quick Knit Books"

At the bottom: "Admit it... every woman has a little vamp in her!"
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / For Your Favourite "Shut-In" on: November 26, 2006 12:59:59 AM
From the Fall-Winter 1966-67 McCall's Needlework & Crafts magazine:

"Make your favorite Shut-In a pretty bed cape, pillow, caddy"
"Dainty yoke-style cape slips on easily.  Matching pillow may be tucked where wished.  Bedside caddy of fabric-covered cardboard has pockets, stays put - flat section slips under mattress."

Don't know about you, but I don't know any "Shut-Ins" who wear giant false eyelashes and have such perfectly coiffed hair!!   Cheesy
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / The Surprised Models of Chentalaine Yarns on: November 26, 2006 12:45:36 AM
An ad from the Fall-Winter 1966-67 McCall's Needlework & Crafts magazine:

I guess to be in a Chantelaine model ("the yarn with a French Accent") you have to look surprised!  ("Oh, what?  You're going to take my picture now?")

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / RAV-ON Yarn Girls on: November 26, 2006 12:30:13 AM
Ad from Fall-Winter 1967-68 McCall's Needlework & Crafts magazine:

"The tip-to-total look"
"Yours with RAV-ON yarns of ANTRON and SAYELLE"

Hmm... Do you think they're actually knitting those outfits they have on?  (Doubt it!)  Smiley
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Reynolds Yarn Bird Girls on: November 26, 2006 12:21:05 AM
An ad from the Fall-Winter 1967-68 McCall's Needlework & Crafts magazine.  An ad for Reynolds Yarn:

"Reynolds brings you... Fall Plumage, Plus..."
"Instant Fashion: Knit a Sweater-a-Day on Jumbo Jets Needles"
And the models have feathers coming up from their heads.  I can just hear the photographer... "Come on, girls, you're beautiful birds.  Work it!  Show me your plumage!"  
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Ribbon Shower Curtain on: April 28, 2006 05:57:55 PM

I found this idea in a budget decorating magazine... Didn't exactly fall within the budget, but that's my own fault.  The key, I think, is to not fall in love with some fabulous and expensive ribbon, because you'll need a LOT of ribbon, so the cheaper you can get it, the better!!  My ribbons look super shiny in my pictures, but they are actually a bit more colorful than they look here...

Supplies needed:
Lightweight fusible web, 3-inch strips x however long you want your curtain to be
Ribbons-- LOTS!  (I used $$ Offray Lady Chiffon in a few colors & cheapy chiffon ribbon from Joann Fabric, both worked great)
Metal grommets and a grommet tool

Cut your ribbons into 78-inch pieces.  You will need a lot, depending on how wide your ribbon is.  Lay the ends of your ribbon onto the fusible web, one or a few at a time.

Use a warm iron to iron the ribbon onto the fusible web.  Continue until you have 1-foot or so of all ribbons.  Flip this over, so that the fusible web is on the top, then carefully fold the ribbons so that the fusible web is folded in half onto itself, with the ribbons on top.

Iron on top of the folded part, so that the web will fuse onto itself and the ribbons are folded.  Continue these 2 steps until you have enough length for your curtain.  Then you'll need to sew all of these strips together, end to end.  Also sew the top and bottom of the strips for strength, because the fusible web is not that tough.

Once you sew these all together, you'll have a huge pile of ribbon and you might want to just give up!!  But you're almost done!

You'll need a clear shower curtain to line the ribbon curtain, so lay all your ribbons out on the floor, so that the top strip that you sewed is flat.  Lay your clear curtain on top, so you'll know where to put the grommets to hang your curtain.  Mark each hole with a pencil or pen.   Once you have it all marked, clip a little hole with a scissors on each mark, and use your grommet tool to put a grommet there. 

Once your grommets are all in place, you're finally done!!  I recommend hanging the ribbons on the outside of the tub when you're using the shower, and trying not to get them too wet too often, because it would be a shame to do all this work and have your ribbons get moldy.  I think they look nice tucked into the tub, though, when the tub is dry (plus then my kitty doesn't play with them!)
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Cellophane Coloured Windows on: April 28, 2006 04:56:11 PM
My apartment has fabulous windows in the dining room, but when I moved in they were covered with blinds.  I live on a busy corner, so I need privacy, but I still wanted to look at something pretty!

The coloured windows have cellophane stuck to them.  I saw the idea in a magazine years ago, and it was perfect for these windows.  I didn't know where to get cellophane, so I ended up buying photographic light gels on ebay for a lot of $$$.  The good thing was that they were large enough for what I needed.  I measured the windows, then used a metal ruler and x-acto knife to cut out the rectangles.  I sprayed just a bit of spray adhesive on them and stuck them to the glass.  (At first, they stuck just with static, but they eventually fell off.)

I made the curtains, too, which are quite sheer, but I already had the fabric from another project.  So, I put some clear, textured contact paper on the windows to obscure the view from outside, and it seems to work!

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Vintage Ribbon Cuff on: April 28, 2006 04:38:42 PM

This was a really simple cuff I made using a wide vintage tapestry ribbon.  Luckily the pattern just fit around my wrist!

All you need is a length of ribbon that fits around your wrist (you may want to sew under -hem- the ends so they won't fray) and a piece of velcro that you'll separate and sew on each end.

The finished product:

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Sari Curtains on: April 26, 2006 03:51:19 PM

These are my living room curtains, which I made out of a Sari!  I got the Sari on ebay for about $20, and it turned out to be so beautiful, sheer with some amazing embroidery and trim.  

I thought that I would just be able to cut the sari in half and turn that into 2 curtains, but it became more complicated than that! Saris tend to have more decoration on just one end because of how they are wrapped when they are worn.  So, my sari showed up with one highly decorated end, and one end with no decoration at all.  To fix this, I cut the decorated part in half and sewed the extra onto the undecorated end.  I still cut the whole thing in half to make 2 curtains.  Then just sewed a space at the top to run it over the curtain rod, and trimmed off the extra fabric.  I can't believe I got them to be the same length!  They don't match up exactly, because the embroidery is a bit different on each, but it's not that noticable, and it makes sense when you know what the curtains were made of...

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