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21  Re: Tote Bag Swap Gallery May June 2006 in The Swap Gallery by Melesse on: June 24, 2006 06:01:17 PM
Of course when I finally get my picture ready to post, craftster goes down.  Tongue

I recieved from Lostlipgloss last week! She sent me a lovely tote and 2 pieces of great fabric!

How cute! I've been using the tote for my newfound craft master -- crochet.
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22  Re: pattern cutting in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Melesse on: June 24, 2006 05:43:36 PM
Who loves pictures? I do!

What youre thinking of is called grain. Fabrics are woven using threads going crosswise and length wise. Depending on how you want your piece of sewing to move and drape, you work with the grain line of the piece. But since youre just starting out, lets talk about grain on purchased patterns!

First, before youre going to pin your pattern pieces for cutting out, you should cut out the paper pieces and dry iron them to remove creases. (Which I didnt do in the following pictures, bad me!)

Now, if its important for a piece to be placed properly on the grainline, it will have an arrow (or line) on it marked grain or grainline.

Now for the new sewer, the temptation to line up the cutting edges at the edge of the fabric is strong. Resist! You must obey the grain line! Note the white edge of the fabric, this is the selvage.

How do you obey the grain line, you ask? By measuring! Whip out your trusty ruler (preferably a fabric one, mines gone missing I suspect a cat ate it.) and some pins. Now, measure from the end of the grain line to the edge of the selvage. Personally, I move stuff around so I get a nice easy to remember number like here 6.5 cm. Pin that sucker in place at the end of the line!

Now go to the other end of the line and measure it from the edge of the selvage! Most likely, because nobody is blessed with such luck, youll need to gently tug the pattern until it lines up with that magical number from the other side. In this case, 6.5 cm! Pin that end of the line down!

Voila! A pattern piece on the grain as needed!

For bigger pieces youll need to measure and pin at various points along the line to ensure that youre on grain. There are also other methods of finding grain, but measuring from selvage is the least scary to me. Wink

Hope that helps!

This mini-tutorial brought to you by the letters B and C! Boredom and Coffee!
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23  Re: Tote Bag Swap Gallery May June 2006 in The Swap Gallery by Melesse on: June 22, 2006 05:57:37 AM
Since lostlipgloss has been busy, here's what I sent her:
(I still want to see an action shot, missy! Wink )

The bag is more purse sized. Nice and deep with wide straps. There's an interior zippered pocket and the Alexis on Fire stencil is on the external patch pocket, so if she decides she wants the purse but not loving the band anymore it's easy to remove. I also sent a zippered pouch for pencils, makeup, whatever. Everyone needs millions of pouches! The other two things are crocheted necklaces with glass beads and one has a button clasp.
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24  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 11 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Melesse on: June 21, 2006 09:35:07 AM
Check out the awesome cherry blossom themed stationary I got from bluelise!

I can't wait to get the chance to use them! Thank you so much, bluelise. They're perfect.
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25  Re: Ongoing Fabric Swap III - the summer edition! (pre-approvals on now!) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Melesse on: June 21, 2006 06:41:14 AM

August 28 edit: added 4 new fabrics! Easy to find, they're 21-24.

July 13 edit: added 3 new fabrics! #11, 15 & 16. I'm also trying using a photoscale card for scale -- I think it's a bit too big though.

Let's get this party started! Yay!

Here's my fabrics:

1. Light weight Polyester Washed Yard or Fat Quarters.
2. Cotton Washed Yard or Fat Quarters.
3. Cotton with gold edging detail around the prints Washed Yard or Fat Quarters.
4. Cotton Washed Yard or Fat Quarters.

5. Cotton Unwashed Yard or Fat Quarters
6. Rayon Washed Yard or Fat Quarters
7. Polyester? Rayon? Some disturbingly artificial shiny fabric Washed Yard or Fat Quarters
8. Cotton with a slight sheen Washed Yard or Fat Quarters

9. Cotton Unwashed Yard or Fat Quarters
10. Cotton Unwashed Yard or Fat Quarters
11. Cotton (red with little white stars and dots) -- Washed --  Yard or Fat Quarters
12. Cotton Washed - Yard or Fat Quarters

13. Cotton Washed - Yard or Fat Quarters
14. Cotton Eyelet Unwashed - Yard or Fat Quarters (photographed with black fabric beneath it to show the design better)
15. Cotton Washed - Yard or Fat Quarters
16. Cotton with a sheen  -- Unwashed -- Yard or Fat Quarters

17. Cotton Sheet, but still cool! Washed -- 2 pieces measuring 16"x 33", so let's call them fat quarters.
18. Upholstery fabric, cotton or cotton/poly blend Washed - Yard or Fat Quarters
19. Raw Silk Washed - Yard or Fat Quarters
20. Scary artificial fabric, let's go with polyester Washed - Yard or Fat Quarters

21. Printed Cotton -- Unwashed -- Yard or Fat Quarters
22. Cotton with raised lines -- Washed -- Yard or Fat Quarters
23. Printed thin cotton -- Washed -- Yard or Fat Quarters
24. Printed cotton (might be a poly/cotton blend) -- Unwashed -- Yard or Fat Quarters

(I pre-wash almost all my fabric as I get it, hot water wash, hot dryer. Preshrunk!)
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26  Re: Show off your hair! And questions about hair styles! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by Melesse on: June 17, 2006 12:31:37 PM
I was having a very good hair day yesterday and took pics to show off! I've been growing my hair out for the past 5 years now. I started at 2" long and I'm at bra band length now. In that time I've had several "trims" from maybe a centimetre to the last one where she cut off oh, EIGHT INCHES. See, she decided that women with long hair should always have it layered. So without asking me if I'd like to go from "let's just clean up the dead ends" to "hey! Let's chop off years of growth at once" she takes a hank and cuts off 8" at once. Since that damage was done, I let her finish up the layering and making the back into a point job while trying not to cry (I was starting university for the very first time in a week. Bad time for a crap hair cut).

Problem is if my hair isn't washed, curl creme put in and scrunched, those layers become layers of fluff. I look like a poodle with a problem. Ahh well! Next time I'm going to have to say "no more than an INCH off. Period. No ideas."

No more talking, now it's time for pictures of my vanity!

A good idea of my colour, which is natual:

and how I wear it on non-poodle days!

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27  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 11 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Melesse on: June 17, 2006 06:57:20 AM
Now that's a ton of needles!

I'm glad you like your wishes, catpants and k8kre8s! You're welcome!

I received my panta and power cord pouch wishes from Homerof2 yesterday! She sent me TWO pantas! One in cotton and the other in warmer stuff. (yeah, I have no idea about yarn)

Action shots:

And the cotton one, I slept in it last night! I find I fall asleep faster if my head is warm, this worked perfectly!

And my laptop, Mormallor, posing with his new power cord bag! To the power of MORMALLOR! (He-Man, anyone? I've been wandering around for the past day declaring the POWER of MORMALLOR!)

Thank you SO much, Homerof2, I love them all!
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28  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 10 gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Melesse on: June 14, 2006 05:29:05 PM
Yay! I got my super-awesome, gorgeous iron-on applique t-shirt from bigmouth today! It looks like a dogwood flower to me, which since my home province is British Columbia, where the official flower is the dogwood... I'm really happy!

A close up of the awesomeness:

And an action shot!

Uh, I don't normally see my boobs from this angle... they scare me. Smiley
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29  Re: Stencil on Vinyl..HELP? in Stenciling: Discussion and Questions by Melesse on: June 14, 2006 05:21:23 AM

I did a "silkscreen" but really, it's a stencil on black matte vinyl ages ago and it's holding up great. I didn't use fabric medium, since really, it's not fabric, it's vinyl!
Here's a pic:

My fiance uses his iPod and the cover everyday and the frog is like new.

Hope that helps!
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30  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 10 gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Melesse on: June 13, 2006 05:11:51 PM
Look at the gorgeousness Aeronberry sent me!

- A make your own bag kit in gorgeous black and white cherry blossom brocade.
- Lovely, lovely red and black cherry blossom fabric
- a great mix of origami paper which I so need to fold up some tonight!
- a very cute doggy notecard which I guarantee the kidlet is going to run off with as soon as she sees it. Note to her mother? Pshaw!
- And last but not least, a fabric folded crane!

So awesome!

Thank you Aeronberry!
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