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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Suede Belt Pouch on: October 23, 2006 09:16:18 AM
Here's my latest belt pouch. I fancied doing a different shape and thought I'd try something pointy Smiley

Me with the pouch on my belt

The pouch from the front

And lastly from the back Smiley

22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Looking for a pattern on: October 21, 2006 05:21:26 PM
For this:

I really like the look of that waistcoat, has anyone seen a pattern like this? I'm thinking medium wieght suede, maybe some embroidered knotwork on the shoulders, but I have never even attempted something like this and have no idea where to look Smiley
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Belt pouch based on a Culloden sporran pattern on: October 21, 2006 04:35:16 PM

This was my first attempt at this pattern, it was given to me in pdf format. I chose a terracotta suede for it which I think looks great and used a real horn toggle. The flap is edged with leather thonging done in double-loop lacing style and the thong which gathers the top of the bag goes through the flap and around the toggle to hold it closed.

I like this design, I made a few mistakes on this one which is why the belt loop is riveted on - the pattern has it built into the flap which extends halfway down the back of the bag, it's made from 2 pieces glued and sewn together so is very strong.

What do you think?

24  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / My first teddy - what am I doing??? on: October 21, 2006 04:01:26 PM
It's my lady's birthday soon and she decided since I'm a crafter she'd like me to make her a teddy. She found one in kit form she liked from Christie Bears (it's Tolly, if you know them).

So it arrives today. I'm fine with the pattern, I've made and used patterns before, it's the assembly I'm freaking over Tongue

You see, I have rarely even sewn a hem up! I know leather, I can saddlestitch a seam no worries but I'm not that au fait with this. I'm sure I'll be asking loads of questions, but the first one is, what is ladder stitch? All I know is it's supposed to be used to sew up the openings in the body parts when you've stuffed them but what is it? How do you do it? Anybody got a link or tut to show me how?

Many thanks Smiley
25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / New bag project... on: October 20, 2006 08:53:38 AM
You know, it's been  a while since I did a nice bag Smiley so I thought I'd do one a little bit different. Either inspiration or madness (if there was ever a difference!) has lead me to try and make one in the style of the old leather water containers from the Mary Rose like this one:

( From HERE )
So, the design will have a rounded base (not too much tho), pear shaped sides and the handle will be where the spout would be on the bottle. The stitching would be exposed as a feature. I do have a couple of things I'd like your opinions on though Smiley

Which leather? I have a tan-on-black leather - nice pattern in a standard leather finish, I have a reversible suede - one side bright pink suede, one side a glittery purple, bit rougher than the suede, and lastly I have a gorgeous terracotta suede.

Which strap/handle? What size bag? I've enough (I think) of all 3 leathers to do a fairly decent size bag - would it be better bigger or small, for nights out & the like? Long shoulder strap, short shoulder strap or no strap, just the handle I sew into the top?
26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Red Leather bag on: October 19, 2006 04:09:18 PM

This is the bag that won me my lady Smiley I'd shown it on my local groups forum (not a crafty one) and a lady wanted to buy it. We'd chatted online a few times so I said I'd bring it over, and the rest is history! That was just over 2 years ago Smiley

It's all leather, handstitched with waxed linen thread and based on a 15th/16th century design known as the 'ballock' pouch (yes, that's the alternative spelling - but it's true! Tongue )

27  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Basic first setup? on: October 19, 2006 03:09:55 PM
Hi there Smiley

I'd really like to get into silkscreening, mainly for tshirts. I'm in the UK and was wondering what the best basic setup would be? I've never done this before and am not really sure what's the best way to go. I don't really want to get too much gear to start with and I'm not sure what's available over here.

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