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61  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / A hat for a giant baby on: May 13, 2007 01:51:24 PM
My workmate asked me to make a hat for his sister's newborn baby.  So I found a free crochet pattern for a baby hat, for age 0-3 months, picked out some yarn and an appropriate sized hook (as stated in the pattern) and set about making it.  I was watching a movie at the time and not really paying a lot of attention to the hat as it grew - although I did follow the pattern to the letter.

The stupid thing turned out to be a bit big even for me!  If I saw a newborn baby with a head that would fit in this hat, I would run away very fast.

I'll keep it and turn it into a nice cloche type hat and add some flowers or something to embellish it, but it's still a pain because now I'm going to have to start over and make another baby hat.  I can't even freehand it because I have no idea how big a baby's head is!
62  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Some flower pins I made today on: May 13, 2007 05:58:53 AM
It is absolutely disgusting outside so I put on Father Ted DVDs and made these!  It takes about one episode to make one flower  Grin

The photos aren't great because the light is so poor (thunderstorms outside = horrible grayness) but I tried to brighten them up a bit in photoshop.

63  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Retro cover for my boyfriend's PC monitor on: May 12, 2007 09:04:02 AM
My boyfriend was a bit paranoid that our cats would scratch his lovely (and expensive!) new screen so I made this for him out of a fat quarter I got from ebay, and some leftover fabric from some trousers.  He was very pleased with it!

I just wish I could get hold of more of the fabric, I absolutely love it.

64  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A little denim bag for those insomnia-filled moments. on: May 12, 2007 08:51:48 AM
I couldn't sleep early this morning so decided to use up some scrap fabric and made this little bag. 

It's lined with the same green fabric:

Sorry the photos are a bit rubbish.  I was too lazy to brighten them up!

You can also see my beloved Bernina 600 in the background.

I used the same denim ages ago to cover our sofa and had a bit left over.  I probably have enough for another couple of similar bags so might make some for friends  Grin

65  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / A little hat with a little flower. on: March 09, 2007 06:03:58 AM
I was watching Legal Eagles on TV last night and made this at the same time out of scrap acrylic yarn.  Just made the pattern up as I went along.  Crochet and TV don't mix and I wasn't paying attention to what I was doing so made a couple of mistakes, but they don't show up when the hat is on my head Cheesy

66  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Two little bags and a ruffle scarf! on: February 23, 2007 12:47:48 PM
I only learned to crochet last month but I am so hooked already, pardon the pun!  These are the first things I've remembered to take photos of before giving them away.  Comments welcome!

Firstly - two little drawstring bags:

They are prettier in real life and took no time at all.

And a scarf from a pattern I made up:

Close up:

This was donated to a workmate who was really pleased with it Cheesy

I have no idea if these photos will work as I'm not sure whether you need to use IMG tags or not... if it doesn't work I will edit until it does!
67  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Don't know where to start! (Book recommendations and/or advice needed) on: February 18, 2007 10:00:43 AM
I've just inherited a whole chest full of embroidery and cross stitch stuff from my friend's mum who died a while ago.  There is tons of embroidery thread, hoops, some fabric that looks like linen, some cross stitch kits... just so much stuff that I have no idea what to do with.

I'd love to learn embroidery so I can make use of all her lovely stuff rather than leave it lying around going to waste.  Does anyone know of any good books for someone who is a complete beginner to needlework?  Or good websites with maybe tutorials or advice?  I have heard of Sublime Stitching but don't know if it's for beginners or what.

Thanks in advance Smiley
68  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sewing machine feet advice please! on: February 13, 2007 03:28:27 AM
I've seen a blind stitch foot and a wide hemming foot on ebay and am wondering whether it's worth picking one or both of them up?  I've never used anything other than a zig zag, zip and buttonhole foot and really don't know what to do with them!  Would either or both of them make hemming any easier or quicker?

Also, what's a walking foot for? 
69  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / I'm getting a new (old) Bernina! Anyone got any info on a Bernina 600? on: February 02, 2007 12:25:10 PM
My friend is donating his grandmother's old sewing machine to me!  I think it's a Bernina 600 (old style, not a Deco 600) but I'll find out for sure on Sunday.  I'm so excited!

I haven't been able to find much about it from Google and wondered whether anyone has used one of these before.  Here's a photo - I hope this works as I've not tried to post a photo here before.

70  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Evil fabric = disaster skirt on: January 29, 2007 12:25:06 AM
I found some gorgeous oriental satin fabric on a market stall a few weeks back (black with gold "embroidery" of dragons, you know the type of thing) and thought it would make a great skirt.

I finished it last night in a sulk.  It frayed so badly that I lost about 2cm off each edge.  I had serged it but it frayed under the serging!  In fact it frayed so badly it clogged up and de-threaded the serger twice within half an hour - nightmare.  It also was so slippery that I couldn't sew in a straight line so all the seams are crooked, and the pins kept falling out.  I stuck it on Betty, my dress form, to fit the darts but didn't realise that Betty was still set up for someone else's size, i.e. smaller than mine, so I put two darts in the front that I didn't need, stuck on a waistband and tried the thing on only to find that it's about an inch too small in the waist.  But I can't unpick it and make it bigger because it will fray and fall apart.


It will fit me if I lose about half a stone... 

Part of me thinks I should buy more of the fabric (it's cheap) and have another stab at it, but the other part says "stay away, it's horrible!".
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