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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Someone torched my LYS! *Update* on: November 09, 2006 04:53:54 AM
I was in town, on my way back from the doctors, and decided to stop off at the lys only to find some totally stupid idiots had put a firework through the door a week ago. There is major smoke damage, some fire damage and a lot of water damage from when the fire services put out the fire.

I just don't get people some times! I mean, why? Why do something so stupid? They say it'll probably take another 2-3 weeks just to sort out the damage and another month before they can open again after that Sad
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Need some ideas for beginner-level project on: November 08, 2006 10:32:28 AM
Ok, I have this nice new (to me) sewing machine. I already have ideas for stuff for me, but what can I make my lady?

She has psoriasis/exzema (?sp) and doesn't like showing too much skin so short sleeves/necklines/hems are a no-no. She doesn't go out much due to anxiety and agoraphobia so I don't really want to make her something that will just sit in the wardrobe. I mean, I'm not one for going out either lol so really, it should be something nice to wear at home.

It doesn't have to be a full outfit, a nice winter top would be good.

Finally, it should be something I can make on a fairly tight budget.

Can you guys help?
13  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / My first sewing machine on: November 08, 2006 09:59:21 AM

This is my new toy err, sewing machine Cheesy It's a Crown Point - that's about all I know about it though. My partners mum gave me it, she bought herself an all-singing/dancing new one a few years back and this one's been sat in a cupboard ever since. Unfortunately she'd lent it out to someone and they'd lost the manual but I think I've got it pretty much sussed as far as the basics go - I've managed to sew up a fleece hat with it that looks quite reasonable Smiley

Anyone heard of these machines? I've what appears to be a hemming foot which I don't have a clue how to use and something else that just looks like a c-shaped foot, no idea what that one is Tongue I'll get some pics of the feet tomorrow Smiley

All in all though I'm over the moon! My first sewing machine. Now how can I make money to buy meself a fabric stash?  Cheesy Grin Cheesy Grin Cheesy
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Making Bodices - anyone tried this pattern-making method? on: November 05, 2006 07:27:17 PM
I found this while looking for footwear plans (and there's a really interesting technique for making boots on here!) and was wondering if anyone has tried it?

It's the method from the book, The Costume Technician's Handbook, by Rosemary Ingham and Elizabeth Covey, there's a link to the instructions in .pdf format.

Has anyone tried this and if so how did it go? Was it difficult? Did it work? I think I'm going to have to convince my lady she wants one of these just so I can try it Tongue
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Cheap way to stiffen a denim bag? on: November 05, 2006 06:58:34 PM
I decided to make a bag from an old pair of white jeans but I'm not sure how to stiffen it. I'm used to making bags from leather and stiffening hasn't been an issue there Smiley so I don't really know how to do it. I don't really want to go spending money on special interwhatsit (can't remember the name of it lol) as this is mostly a project to aid me in learning my sewing machine Smiley

Any ideas?
16  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / I've got a sewing machine! on: November 03, 2006 10:27:09 AM
Woohoo! My MIL has brought over a sewing machine for me. She bought herself a new one some years back with loads of fancy stitches and all the bells and whistles so her old one has been sat in a box since then.

So... I know what I want to do for a first project - Viking-era clothing! I have a very basic pattern guide online and I was hoping you guys and gals could give me an idea where to measure to make a full-size pattern.


About halfway down, it's the Hebedy style tunic. Templates for bags I can do, and I've even made them for PVC aircraft engine covers, but never clothing Smiley Any tips gratefully appreciated!
17  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Have an image I want to silkscreen on: October 26, 2006 08:34:52 PM

I don't have any real experience with silkscreening at all, I've done stencils but I don't think I can do this as a stencil, it's too detailed. Anyone give me a hint as to how I can do this without all the fancy gear?
18  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / PDF Cloak pattern on: October 26, 2006 01:32:53 PM
How to make a quick and easy cloak (PDF format)

I made one of these (with help from my sister, she's the one with the machine Cheesy ) and they are great. I didn't have the hood on mine and would love to do another with the hood. I'll try and get some pics of mine later, my phone cam doesn't like night-time and my good cam isn't, anymore, it broke Sad But with Ancestors Night/Samhain/All Hallows Eve/Halloe'en (pick yer choose Tongue ) coming up I thought you might like this. I did, it's simple to do and easy to modify.

One thing I want to do for my next cloak is have a secondary outer cloak, sort of like I remember from the Sherlock Holmes movies (not sure if I'm describing this in any meaningful way lol). It's on the same pattern but sized to come  to around the elbow length so it can cover openings in the main cloak you can get your arms out of. You have a 8-10" gap in the side seam (or wherever is best, I'm no expert lol) which can be covered with a flap if required. The outer layer hangs down over this so you can get full benefit of the cloak and still use your arms without nasty draughts and rain getting in the armhole.

Gods, I think that about broke my posting fingers! Tongue
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Leather corsets? on: October 24, 2006 07:03:15 PM
I like working with leather Smiley I was wondering how I would go about making a corset from leather - has anyone tried this? Is  it different from making a corset in material? Would you know what thickness/type of leather I'd need?
20  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / 3 new stencilled tees on: October 23, 2006 02:45:57 PM

The colour didn't come out right - it's cream/pearl white (darn phone cam Tongue ), a labrador against the moon for my lady. Bit blurred on the edge unfortunately Sad

These 2 did come out well though Cheesy 2 different representations of Mjllnir, Thors Hammer

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