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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: New to sewing: How to use fabric for sides of placemat purse? on: February 06, 2009 10:34:08 AM
Wow that's the perfect tutorial - thanks so much elijor!

Now I know what I'm doing this weekend! Smiley
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / New to sewing: How to use fabric for sides of placemat purse? on: February 05, 2009 04:19:54 PM
I'm a knitter, not a sewer, so I apologize for any stupid questions in this post!

I recently received a few sewing magazine (cannot for the life of me remember the name of it!) that had an idea in for making a purse out of a wooden (slat) placemat, with a cloth napkin as the liner. I bought my materials, and plan on turning it into a triangle-style purse (not sure of terminology here - I want to fold the placemat in half length-wise but give it a flat bottom, meaning from the side it will look like a triangular tube).  Then my problem becomes how to do the sides - I want to sew the napkin/liner into place in such a way that .... I can't explain it Smiley See the pink fabric here?: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_6&listing_id=19518581&ga_search_query=placemat+purse&ga_search_type=tag_title I want to do that, but I don't know how to do it. Should I just sew it into place and hope for the best, or is there a proper way to fold it so that it hangs right, etc?

Does anyone have any advice, or know of a tutorial I should read? I know I should totally just take a sewing class, but I really want to make this purse now. Thanks guys!
3  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: venus from knitscene on: May 12, 2008 07:03:37 PM
I did it!

From my blog (woolinsunshine.blogspot.com):

I started knitting the Venus Pullover in February after finding the yarn at 50% off. Trust me, for Rowan yarn, 50% is as rare as as me leaving work before 7pm. There's a story here, actually - the issue of Knitscene this pattern premiered in was the first knitting magazine I ever bought, when I first experienced that "holy crap - other people knit too?" moment. I fell in love with this pattern immediately but the yarn (Rowan Holiday) is both extremely hard to find and uniquely constructed (it looks like a lopsided ladder). I didn't want to risk substituting another yarn and have the project fall apart, so I sidelined it. Then two years later I'm at Unwind's annual Superbowl yarn sale and voila - Rowan Holiday! So I bought a bunch and started knitting!

The cold hard facts:

This was a fast knit, and because of the one-piece construction I really felt like I was making progress. I had a few hiccups involving stitch count, but that was it. Seaming was a breeze (I don't think I've ever typed that sentence before) and I've worn it three or so times to work. I both love it and feel iffy about it. It's not quite what I expected, and from up close the stitch pattern looks rudimentary and silly. If I were to knit it again I would probably make up my own stitch, just to punch it up a bit. I shortened the pullover because I'm short (and with the four extra inches suggested by the pattern this thing would have hit me above the knee - eek) but I shortened it a bit too much. I think it needs another inch but I'm far too lazy to un-bindoff and fix it. I also increased the slope under the arms - the idea is for this to be loose and comfortable, but I might have taken that a bit too far Smiley

The first time I wore this I had an, um, interesting problem. The boat neck, which I love, stretched to an unreasonable length. I was walking down the street trying to keep my sweater from slipping off my shoulders. Not cool. So I found some cotton in corresponding colors and crocheted a line all the way around the neckline. Works like a charm! It's loose enough to convey the drapey Venus goddess nature of the design, but tight enough to actually stay on my shoulders.

The yarn itself is incredibly splitty and frequently annoyed me, but it's a great yarn for California - not too hot, not too cold. I won't be wearing it this weekend when it's forecasted to hit 95, but I'd say you could wear this baby anywhere from 65 to 85 degrees and not get annoyed at either end of the spectrum.

Well that's it! Not quite the stunning creation I thought it would be, but I have to say I love it.
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 23 ENTRIES / Re: Cute kitchen chairs on: January 18, 2008 07:09:13 PM
I LOVE these! I inherited three chairs like these when I got my apartment, and I've always wanted to do something to them. I've never re-upholstered though - do you somehow take the chair bottom and back off the frame or do you attach the vinyl while it's still on the frame?
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Purse/Bag Pattern for Cascade Magnum - Super Bulky on: January 18, 2008 07:05:14 PM
i can have a look for the pattern info if you want?

If you'd like, but I'd hate to make you go through any trouble!

I like your idea about using plain st stitch and embellishing later. I also found an FO (a  hat, not a bag) that used cables, and they stood out pretty well, even with the Magnum yarn. So I might find an existing pattern and convert it to st st and cables. Hmm.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Purse/Bag Pattern for Cascade Magnum - Super Bulky on: January 17, 2008 03:39:08 PM
I've refrained from asking this for a while, because I kept thinking "Oh, I can find one on my own! Surely all I need is a little help from google..." Well, that didn't work!

So I appeal to you guys - I have two skeins of Cascade Magnum, which is super bulky. The gauge is 1.5 sts/inch and the recommended needle size is 15. What I really want to make with it is some kind of over-the-shoulder purse (which I would line with fabric), but if I can't find a pattern for that I could try a messenger-style bag. Do you guys know of any for a yarn this thick?

I have a really specific idea in mind, but I'm not sure I'm good enough to write my own pattern. Oh, and while you're at it, do any of you know any good stitch patterns for a yarn this thick? I've tried swatching a few different stitches and none of the details come out, because the yarn obscures everything.

7  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: knitscene's central park hoodie on: November 06, 2007 03:01:08 PM
Where is everyone finding their buttons for their CPH?

I'm still only about 75% done with mine (and it's been on the backburner for a bit because we're having anger management issues) but I'm still actively trying to find buttons for it. I've checked my local bricks-and-mortar stores (LYS' and Joannes and Michaels) and I've even checked a few websites but I'm having no luck.

Maybe I'm too picky? My hoodie is spring green, and I want plain round wooden buttons, but made of real wood, not fake wood. Does anyone know of a website I could check?
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Completed - Wood Nymph Costume on: October 29, 2007 03:42:55 PM
Very pretty! I especially love your cape.  I used a similar idea for this year's costume, except no cape.  I painted a mask green and glued leaves around it instead.

Ooo nice idea! I think if I'd had more time I might have made a mask. That's something I've always wanted to do but never had.
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / 2007 - Wood Nymph on: October 29, 2007 03:30:26 PM
Forgive the bad pictures...I forgot to bring my camera to the party I went to. And I look like an idiot standing alone in my apartment Smiley

More: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=204799.msg2185573#msg2185573
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Completed - Wood Nymph Costume on: October 29, 2007 03:28:22 PM
Forgive the bad pictures...I forgot to bring my camera to the party I went to. And I look like an idiot standing alone in my apartment Smiley

I bought the dress at Forever 21 for $17, and I bought the shoes and purse at JC Pennys.

I added the flower to the purse and I cut holes in the backs of the shoes so I could run some ribbon yarn through them to make them ballerina shoes.

The handwarmers are actually an old pair of tights I had lying around - I cut the feet off and trimmed them to size, then ran the same ribbon yarn from my shoes in a zigzag pattern along the edge, to give the illusion that I had laced the gloves to my arms. The cape was a lot of fun - I bought the fabric at Jo-Anns and the assorted flowers, leaves, and garland at Michaels. I decided to use the garland to support the cape, so I sewed the fabric strips to it (not an easy thing, when you're dealing with tangled thread and a deranged kitty cat obsessed with chewing the thing to death!). Then I sewed the flowers and leaves to the cape. I didn't actually tie the cape together in the front - I just twisted the wire part of the garland around my dress straps.

You can't really see my face (I actually took pictures but they're too hideous to show the world) but I did some green makeup and glitter around my eyes. I also bought those cute little crystal barrettes from a kiosk in the mall and that's what's holding my hair back.

I conceived of and created this costume in about 11 hours. Three hours for shopping, one hour for lunch, and the rest was spent sewing and messing around with ribbon. Go me! Smiley

Thanks for looking!
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