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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: Digitizing fun on: Today at 12:12:50 PM
Neat-o! Totally pro looking designs, really cool.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Disney Lola Purse on: Today at 12:12:26 PM
Terrific construction! I really like cork, it's sustainable and looks so cool.
3  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: USE THE GOOD BEADS, fabric, yarn, etc. (SU closed; SO July 16) on: July 14, 2018 06:34:50 PM
Fixed! Thanks for catching it Smiley.
It's very humid here, I'm hoping for good glue drying too. I'll send on time but I may need to build a mailing structure to keep things from touching in case they stick. My fingers and toes'll all be crossed everything will arrive ok.
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Secret Santa-in-July Wishlist Swap Gallery on: July 14, 2018 11:38:43 AM
TAOJ I posted a little photo instructional here Smiley.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Round Rag Rug on: July 14, 2018 08:32:37 AM
It looks great! I still have not mastered crocheting with t-shirt yarn. I decided to try weaving it instead but haven't gotten around to it yet. One of these days...

I notice it doesn't look like you've pulled the strips to get them to curl up, did you decide to forgo that for a reason? The end result is very nice without it anyhow.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Leather work, cup sleeve on: July 14, 2018 08:29:32 AM
Years ago an acquaintance hired me to make leather covers for the stools at his bar. He gave me an entire hide to work with from another acquaintance whose family had a furniture company, fine leather work. That thing was huge and of course I had no idea which parts of the hide were traditionally considered useful and which were not. It was thin, soft and supple as well, having been shaved down to a regular thickness for use draping a couch or chair. I cut it as carefully as I could and sewed it on a machine with a vinyl foot, worked a charm. Beautiful fiber, quite enjoyable end product but it was very like fabric in construction and end result. I really liked working with this very thick leather and hand stitching in linen and synthetic thread. I will certainly practice and try my hand at various other things. I love learning something new Smiley.
7  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: USE THE GOOD BEADS, fabric, yarn, etc. (SU closed; SO July 16) on: July 14, 2018 06:58:10 AM
Send outs are on Monday, how is everybody doing? I've been finished for a few days but left it sitting because it seemed like it needed a little something. I think I know how to finish and will be working on it today. A bit more drying time after that while I write a note and figure out packaging and then it will be on it's way, how exciting!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Leather work, cup sleeve on: July 14, 2018 06:13:52 AM
There's a leather shop in town that offers classes, I've always wanted to take some and yesterday finally attended the first of a set. We did 3 stitches and came away with a finished cup sleeve that I gave to my man for his travel mug (he liked it!).
It is far from perfect but part of the fee included the awl, needles, threads, and some scrap leather to practice on so I will do that until I am better at it.

The first thing we learned was saddle stitch which is a technique where you are holding an awl for poking holes and a threaded needle in each hand with which you weave a stitch in each hole in both directions creating a very secure seam. I have 2 rows here because I used 2 sorts of stitch markers, a little wheel and a pokey tool that looks like a fork. The fork makes marks that are easier to follow in my opinion.

We learned a bit about different tanning and dying techniques, it was so interesting! I'm looking forward to making more things. I wouldn't mind some leather wearables, the cup holder sort of looks like a gauntlet which I thought was interesting.

I'd like to make a hair barrette and a shawl pin with some tooling, there is a class for that but I think the next one is about rivets so maybe a small wallet will be my next project. The instructor had a really lovely needle case that I admired, I will ask him if he's got a pattern for it and show it off if I manage to make something passable.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Viking chair on: July 14, 2018 05:54:32 AM
Spectacular! edelC how about this for your reenactment affairs? How beautiful.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Change the Hoopla Along? on: July 13, 2018 05:38:13 PM
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