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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Two free Bag Patterns on: May 20, 2005 11:46:52 PM
I don't think these have been posted before. I love the green one.

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Fold up tote from headscarf on: May 15, 2005 09:15:51 PM
I carry a v. small handbag and always seem to end up having to carry a plastic bag by the end of the day. So I made a tote that folds up really small in a pouch and can be put in my handbag until needed. Here's a photo of it folded up next to my handbag:

and here it is unfolded:

and with a couple of magazines, a bath towel and shoes in it:

I made it from a headscarf, the square silky (but 100% polyester) kind, so it squishes up really small yet holds loads and is pretty strong. One square was exactly enough to make th bag and a little pouch to put it in with nothing left over at all. This was really cheap to make as you pick up those scarfs at thrift stores for a buck or less and they come in really cool colours and patterns. I've made loads more to match different outfits.

3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / What kind of ribbon is this? on: April 29, 2005 01:03:02 PM
I've seen this ribbon used on shoes and clothes quite a bit (Anthropologie often) and would like to buy some but I don't know what it is called. http://www.simplysoles.com/ecommerce/images/69.jpg and http://www.gorsuchltd.com/Images/Products/602.3737-lg.jpg

I've searched under grosgrain but not seen ribbon like this. The lines on the grosgrain seem to go the other way eg. http://www.jkmribbon.com/grosrc.html  I think it's made of cotton as it's generally not shiny and is often that peach colour shown in the photo.

Any idea what this is called so I can try and find it?

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My First Sock! on: October 20, 2004 10:55:24 AM
I finished my first sock, also my first attempt at knitting in the round.  I can't believe I waited so long to try either. Sock knitting is fun, I like that it's so portable.

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crochet Newbie - unintentional scalloped edges... on: September 30, 2004 11:38:56 AM
I just learned to crochet and so I've been crocheting a long scarf shaped piece since.

It's looking quite good now I've got the hang of it except the edges aren't straight as they would be for knitting. Instead they have a sort of scalloped look to them. It almost looks like it's planned as it's so regular/repeating.

Any ideas what I'm doing wrong that's making this happening? I'm guessing it's something to do with the number of chains I'm doing at the end of a row before turning?  Any advice?
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Cutting Fabric - Scissors or a Rotary Cutter thingy? on: August 27, 2004 11:59:58 AM
I've only ever cut fabric with a pair of scissors but I keep hearing about and seeing those rotary cutter things.

Are they good? do they make things easier? I thought only quilters used them - do they work for cutting other stuff, that isn't just straight lines. And can you only cut thinnish fabric (like quilting cotton) with them?

I've never used one so it's difficult to know what they're like. Any firsthand input would be great!
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Pre-Moistened Facial Wipes - help making your own reusable ones? on: August 03, 2004 11:13:09 AM
I really like using the disposable facial wipes but I always feel kind of wasteful when using them since you just throw them in the trash after. So, I was wondering if it would be possible to make some that would be re-usable say from thin cotton/muslin cut into squares and then kept in a plastic box and covered with liquid/cleaning stuff. I could save them, wash them and make another batch.

The problem is I'm not sure what to use as the liquid/cleansing stuff? It needs to remove makeup but not need rinsing off afterwards. Any suggestions?  I was also worried it might "go off".

8  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Painted Dr Scholls on: July 04, 2004 09:37:47 PM
After seeing someones Polka Dot Dr Scholls a while back I was inspired to paint my own. Acrylic paint and Acrylic Spray varnish. Here they are:

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