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1  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / RMIT Sept holiday workshops! on: September 03, 2008 10:18:12 PM
Hey everyone! RMIT textiles and screen printing students are running a series of workshops in the Sept holidays to raise funds for their graduates exhibition. They include machine knitting, shibori, screen printing and felting.

They are a great experience, and a fantastic chance to try your hand at a new craft, or if you're a prospective RMIT student and want to get a feel for the textiles course and Brunswick campus.

These workshops are a really great deal, starting at only $50 for one workshop (other workshops would usually cost upwards of $100!).

If you're interested please PM me or reply here and I can send you more details!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Twilight Swap Round 3 on: June 02, 2008 06:21:28 PM
Is there already a round 3?
Who would be interested? I know round 2 is still finishing off, so we could wait until they're done because they might want to join in again Cheesy
Plus, with the movie and Breaking Dawn coming out, there'll be lots more material to work with!

Or if anyone has any other ideas.. Smiley

If I was to organise it, sign-ups would be around July. So if anyone else is willing, go right ahead!
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Macro challenge: Frogchair = ? on: April 21, 2008 06:12:43 AM

Umm technically not really macro..but I don't have enough money for a good camera with macro capabilities!
I used Photoshop to get rid of a few bugs.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How do I sew this pleat? on: March 24, 2008 03:19:06 AM
I'm making a jacket with this Butterick pattern:

And there's markings that I don't understand..they're labelled as pleats, but I have no idea how they're supposed to go!

(Sorry about the hair on the floor..)
It's at the top of the back piece, along the centre seam.
Where do I sew or fold?

Any help would be MUCH appreciated!

5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 24 ENTRIES / Skirt / Dress of Many Scraps on: February 05, 2008 02:06:26 AM
Ahoy! There's something up ahead! Is it a..pile of rubbish?!
NO! It's a dress!

My new years resolution was to get rid of aaalll my scrap fabric. This idea had been playing around in my head for awhile, but finally I had an excuse to do something like it.

I present to you, my dress of many scraps!



Left side

Right side

Close up of front

Close up of left side

I started by cutting fabric into petal shapes, then ordered them by size. Then I sewed them to strips of cotton drill (that sounds SO much simpler than how it really was), and sewed those strips together. Talk about hard work! Then I sewed the whole skirt part to a top I bought.

And after this challenge, I think I'm going to take a big break from cutting fabric. Man. I have sores from using scissors! But I did use up almost all of my scraps of fabric, and now have room for more! Hooray!
Hope you guys like it =) I enjoyed making it!

Edited to add: I like the ideas people are coming up with for their own projects! Make sure you post them!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Green pleaty goodness! (or..not?) pics! on: January 21, 2008 05:04:50 PM
Lately I've been too lazy to use patterns, and just make stuff up as I go along.
I made this dress in about a day. There were a few issues, and it's still not completely right, but it's good enough for now! And I also have a thing for adding lace to the bottom of things instead of hemming..hmm lazy much?
Still need to iron out the pleats towards the bottom because at the moment they make a funny shape.

6cm pleats across the bust, satin ribbon for the straps and waist.
You probably noticed how the lining rides up at the bust..does anyone have any tips on how to fix this?

Some really bad action shots

Comments and criticism welcome, I would love to know what you guys think, especially in terms of how to fix the flaws =/

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Kanzashi broochclips on: January 09, 2008 02:08:45 AM
Hey everyone, I made a bunch of these for a project at my TAFE course.
I love making kanzashi! Eventually I hope to experiment a lot more with different shapes and materials.

They're brooches and hairclips in one, both findings are on the back.
Made from all those pretty scraps of fabric that you can't bear to throw away but are utterly useless otherwise =)

This one was an early prototype. Unfortunately I don't have pictures of the finished product.

This is my favourite design, although it takes the longest to make =(

Would love to know what you think, and thanks for looking!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Mini Ice Cream Hat! on: January 08, 2008 07:13:57 PM
Ok, so it isn't really a hat, but I made it for a party where we had to wear a novelty hat. I didn't want to carry some big thing around the whole night, so I made it mini!
I also have a thing for ice creams, especially as head wear.

On my messy hair:

It has two snap clips attached to the bottom, and they hold pretty well.

Close up

It's about 10cm in height. It was fun to make, and see people's reactions on the train =P
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Pink petal earrings on: January 08, 2008 06:20:15 PM
I made these for my sister's bday present a few months ago. They were originally attached to a hairclip, and as beautifully 80's as it was, I felt they could do better elsewhere.

Yes, they are uneven lengths, but I did make them in about 6 minutes because I am so good at getting people presents before their birthday =P

Closer shot

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Not ANOTHER Lelah top! on: January 07, 2008 09:37:57 PM
Yep, it is. I used Lincraft's Bamboozle, which is nice to use, but likes to pull =/




Close-up of button and strap. Haha that button looks so fake, but I promise it's real!

Link to pattern: http://knittingforboozehags.com/freebirds/lelah-top

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