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31  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / RecycleMicol's Circa 1870 Reticule Bag on: October 29, 2006 07:45:02 PM
From the book Decorative Needle Craft by Allen D. Bragdon.  (Library book with a pattern section that I traced from)

I will certainly do better on my next one.  I'd like to have piping along the seams and have some taffeta or satin lining instead of just cotton. 

I really just 'made do' with what I had for this first try.  Now I know I love the pattern and I plan on making more!  The size is 4" wide by 7" tall, not including the tassel and strap.  It's small, but will hold a cell phone, wallet, keys, lipstick...and maybe an ipod?

I made the strap decoration using zig zag and scallop stitches on my machine.  It was just plain brown grosgrain ribbon.

32  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Felted Llama Fibers on: October 29, 2006 01:24:12 PM
Okay...I tried the llama fibers that a sweet lady from the Texas Fiber Guild sent to me.  It needle felted more slowly than wool batt, but it was a lot softer, too...it felt more like roving once it started coming together, but it was just the fluffy, non layered fibers to begin with.  I'm going to try the llama 'roving' next.

The unfortunate news...I think it affects me just about the same as the wool does because my nose began to itch as I was felting.  I haven't tried wet felting with it yet.  That will be the true allergy test for me.

Here's the fiber:

Top left-white fibers, right-brown roving and bottom-raw llama...unprocessed! (So cool!!!)

Here's the pin I made.  Some of the white fibers didn't dye in the bath I gave it...wonder why?  (Those are the white lines across the flower, but they're not as noticable in person.)

It's lovely stuff to work with!

33  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Retro Throw Pillows on: September 18, 2006 09:06:57 PM
Weeee!  I just got these pillows from my Grandmother today.  An elderly lady at her church who made them had passed away and her husband was moving to a smaller place, so most of her stuff had to go.  Grandma got these, but said that I could have them.

It is just crazy, because I was going to research the technique used on this yellow one and low and behold...here is this bag https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=121393.10that has been 'faggoted' on the recent posts with pictures!  I believe it is the same technique, just a little less drawn in with the threads!  Amazing!  (I don't know what makes my picture funky like in the first shot...it's cotton NOT taffeta!)

Then, the knit pillow...I'd LOVE to have a pattern for.  No telling where I could find it!?  If anyone has a clue, let me know!

34  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Tiny Tooth on: September 16, 2006 02:12:51 PM
Our little girl's best friend (who lives across the street from us) lost her first baby tooth last night and when she came over today, I gave her this felted tooth that I had made for her this morning.  Since the 'Tooth Fairy' took her real tooth, she can use this as a little reminder of it!   Grin

I was inspired by the little felt applique tooth in reply #8 in this thread that I saw last night.  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=120802.0

Talk about good timing!!!

35  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / RecycleMicol's 2nd Bag - Framed Bag Recon - Pic Heavy!!!! on: September 16, 2006 01:43:29 PM
Okay,  Here's my 2nd bag.  There are too many places on the boards in which to put this, so I put it here!  If you need to move it, so be it.

I had this old black bag from 9 years ago:

I tore the patent leather out of it so I could trace a pattern around it and re-use just the frame.  (The patent leather got tossed afterward...it was really beyond re-using and a little stinky, too.) 

I fused interfacing to a fulled wool sweater and cut out the pattern

Then I did the same thing with the lining...which was a beautiful Vera Wang Silk Scarf!

Sewed up the sides first, then added the bottom.

Then stuffed the top into the frame.  (I wore TWO blisters on my hand from using the pliers!...I'm a real greenhorn!)

I had pock-marks on the frame from crimping the fabric in, so I borrowed my neighbor's Dremmel Tool and etched curlies all over the frame...and I even signed it!  Now it has reached it's final destination in GraceOblivious's handbag collection!


36  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / RecycleMicol's 3rd Bag - Pic Heavy on: September 15, 2006 10:02:24 PM
Here are pics of my 3rd bag.  Each one has been so different...and I do them without patterns, so I learn a lot each time I make one!  (Mostly how not to do it again!)  This is a commissioned bag, basically, but I just gave it to her as a gift as she is my long-time friend.  It is made out of a Ralph Loren sweater that I fulled (felted) in my washing machine and then needle felted her name and her favorite scripture reference on the front per her request.  Two weeks ago I dug out my buttons for the feet which, I swear, I planned to do before someone else used it on their bag recently...not that it matters because great minds think alike!  (I left the little 'R' [Ralph Loren] tag sticking out on the side since I wasn't selling it!)

I did manage to do the lining like I wanted this time...thanks to the wonderful Craftster tutorials!  (I looked at so many...I can't give props to just one!  I just took bits from here and there.)  And of course, the Felt board...this bag would have been boring without them!!!  Thanks everyone!

(Recipient's name is Angelia)

37  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / First little felted flower! on: September 08, 2006 09:14:50 PM
Ha!  We need a sticky post at the top of the board for those of us who make our first little projects but are too embarrassed to start a whole topic about it!   Roll Eyes It's funny because I made this and then checked the boards and saw the same flowers given in a swap!  I swear I did mine before I saw that!

I am pleased as punch about this tiny little flower, though...because my new-found friend GraceOblivious spoiled me in a personal swap with some wonderful supplies!!!  Woo-hoo!  I used the white batt and dyed it with Wilton Gel Color, water  and a splash of vinegar in the microwave.  I went for pink at first, but I got a glob of gel on one part, so it was darker than the rest...so I had to go with red.  At least I know it takes the dye really well!

I would have done a larger project tonight, but we had to go pick up my 3 yr. old got who scared and wanted to come home from her Great-Grandmother's house tonight!  We were hoping she'd spend the night for the first time with her.  My Grandmother lives 30 minutes away, and when it got dark, Little Liz was ready to come home.  Oh well!  Now she wants me to make her a pink flower!  I'm sure I'll be making a lot of them for swaps and things.

So...here's to the start of something big...Cheers!!!

Thanks again, G.O.!

38  COOKING / Dessert / First White Chocolate Clay Rose on: September 07, 2006 06:41:17 PM
I was playing around with some white chocolate clay...trying to make a rose.  This, my first attempt, would have been more successful, but while I was molding it, the phone rang twice and someone knocked on my front door!

Of course, if you hold the rose in your hands too long, it starts to melt and fall apart!  So this is my rose, MINUS about 4 of the big back petals!  It also has some pretty gnarly edges due to me not adding any glycerine, which I know now makes it more smooth and pliable.

I'll know better next time...and I'll post pics.  Probably closer to the Holidays...that's when I get all crazy with baking!

39  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Brain Blast! Golf lovers and GIFTS for Golf lovers....LOOK!!!! on: September 02, 2006 07:44:05 AM
I was looking at waterwerty011's newest necktie purse here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=118357.msg1132228#msg1132228 this morning and had a wonderfully loverly idea!!!!

I saw the tennis player on one of the ties on the flap.....and....it jolted my brain!

My husband asked me the other day think about making him some unique GOLF CLUB COVERS!  (He figured I could come up with something besides knitted pom-pon versions.)

I can get some GOLFER ties and make them!   Wow!  And they're 'manly' because they're made of men's ties!!!!  I'll probably just use one golfer tie per club for the main accent, and use coordinating ties for the bulk of the cover because it will be harder to find the golfer ties in the thrift stores.  (I'll be having all my family and friends looking for golfer ties at the yard sales, now!  Ha!)

Oh, thanks for posting your lovely bag, waterwerty011!  I do love the fan flap, by the way!

A very excited,
40  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Make-shift Felting Needles Tutorial with Completed Pin Pics on: September 01, 2006 10:55:39 PM
Someone asked about this from another thread, so here's how I made my own felting needles.  

You can also use the corsage pins with the faux pearl on the end or 'T' pins for this.(they're thicker, though.)

If you need more help, I can take more pics.  (Please read through the tutorials on this board to learn how to do the actual needle felting.)

Children...please get an adult to help you with this project.  Adults, do this at your own risk...I am not responsible for accidents!

Take some quilting straight pins (longish pins with either balls or flat plastic grips), a square or oblong eraser, a cutting board and an Exacto knife fitted with a straight-angled chisel blade....or any razor-sharp chisel.

Lay a pin on the cutting board and place the eraser on the ball or plastic top of the pin to hold it firmly in place.  (gives good grip and may save fingers!)

Starting at the pointy end, Start hacking away at the pin with the chisel at sharp angles that will produce nicks with the openings of the nicks pointing towards the sharp pointy end of the pin.  In other words, you will be 'hacking' toward the eraser that you are holding...please be careful!  Only go as far up the needle towards the eraser as you safely can, leaving about half of an inch at the ball (or top) end to grip when doing the actual needle felting.

Now, turn the pin just a fraction and do the first steps again until there are vertical rows of barbs all around each 'side' of the pin.  

And then, a tip about the needle felting brush!   A large, thickly bristled flat (or barely contoured) hairbrush will work well to felt on instead of the traditional foam or more modern needle felting brushes that cost $16.50 at the craft stores!  I got mine at the dollar store...yes...it was a dollar!

Here are the pics:


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