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1  Arizona / Arizona: Central / Anyone planning to go to Art Unraveled? on: May 26, 2006 07:40:03 AM

It looks like fun! 
2  Arizona / Arizona: Central / Project Runway Finale Tomorrow Night! on: March 07, 2006 11:37:09 AM
Hi everybody, 

I have an e-mail from a local girl named Katie who is wondering if there is any place in Phoenix (bar, cafe, whatever) where people get together to watch Project Runway.  The finale is Wednesday night. 

It's embarrassing to admit, but I usually go to bed on Wednesday night and watch it in the morning.  Of course, I read the results from the east coast folks first - they're FINISHED by 9:00 our time and the show doesn't even start here until 11:00.  Grrrrr....

Anyway, does anyone know of a place to watch this?  Anyone want to host a PR Finale party?  Anyone interested?

Thanks ladies!

Laura K
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / How I Spent My Weekend.... on: December 06, 2005 09:19:41 PM
My third grader, William came home with these quilt blocks on Friday.

Each child has drawn a holiday-theme picture on a white square of fabric.  Aren't they great?

Mrs. Penfield also enclosed some green gingham and a light green bedsheet for the backing.  Oh, and by the way, we're supposed to ship the completed quilt to a soldier in Iraq on Monday.....

To work!

My son Daniel is helping to pin the layers together.  The quilt looks a little ripply here, but it turned out fine!

Of course quilting was out of the question, I tied it with a variegated yarn. 

On Sunday night I was a little farther than this...but I needed sleep.

I finished the binding at about 1:00 on Monday afternoon and drove it straight to school.

Here is the proud class.  William is in front with the black hoodie.  Mrs. Penfield is in the red sweater. 

Isn't it great?   Grin
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Red Plaid Messenger Bag with Collage Options..... on: October 14, 2005 04:24:57 PM
Hard to imagine but I made this bag out scraps from reupholstering my couch. Yes, I had a red plaid couch.  Not any more.  Anyway....

 There is a square clear vinyl pocket on the front.  You can switch the collages out to suit your mood.  I made this about three or four years ago for my daughter, Kaitlin who was in high school at the time.  She made the collages from magazine photos.  We had a lot of fun with this.  I hope you like it!

  First is the rock 'n roll collage for those days when you feel like a star!

Next is the really weird and funny people...


...lined with black fur!


5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / I stenciled my bathroom.... on: September 16, 2005 10:39:18 PM
...and my husband didn't even notice  Cheesy

The clock is real and the stencils are from http://www.dresslerstencils.com/ShowView/category/29

EDIT:  Come on Craftsters - I'm kidding about him not noticing.....
6  Arizona / Arizona: Central / Are there any hip craft-show-type things in Phoenix? on: August 09, 2005 04:00:44 PM
Like a Bizarre Bazaar or a Renegade?

I read this article from getcrafty:


and I wished we had something similar.

Do we?

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tutorial: Paisley Necktie Schoolbag on: July 31, 2005 10:43:33 PM
Hey girls,

It's back-to-school time and time for a new schoolbag.  Sure, backpacks and messengers are great but how about something new?

Okay, you'll need a bunch of ties.  Mine are all paisleys.  A lot of lining fabric - mine is black velveteen.  One 18mm magnetic snap.  Heavyweight stabilizer.  Large graph paper (or newspaper) for pattern.  Basic sewing supplies.


Let's start with the gusset/handle:

you'll need four ties:

Lay them out like this.  Measure up each tie halfway and mark with a pin.  These pieces are joined together in pairs halfway up with the top parts left loose.

Join each pair side by side with a super-wide triple zigzag stitch.  This is the number 7 stitch on my Bernina Artista 165.   Most fancy machines have a similar stitch.  If yours doesn't, you can use a regular zigzag with heavy thread for a similar result.

Just feed the ties through side by side, no "right sides together" or pinning or anything.

Stitch each pair together side by side halfway up.  Leave the tops free.  When you reach the  halfway mark, do a bartack to secure. 


Now you have have two pairs of ties sewn together.  Flip them over to the wrong side.  See the seam on the back of the tie?  See how it is hand-basted?  Well, after making HUNDREDS of necktie projects experience has shown me that these tend to come loose with wear.  So we are going to take care of that right now.  Do not skip this step.  No cheating.

Just do another triple zigzag over the center of each tie following the center seam on the wrong side.  You can do the entire tie or just halfway up.  Either way is fine but no cheating.  You will regret it....and I'm watching....

Now place the fat ends of the ties right sides together and stitch across with a regular straight stitch.  Fold back the little triangles and stitch them down as well.

Your gusset/strap piece is now complete!  The center of this piece where the fat ends of the ties are so neatly sewn will become the center bottom of the bag.  Get it?


Now we are going to make the pattern for the front and back of the bag.  Select five ties from your stash.  Arrange them in a pleasing order.  Don't try too hard.  Okay.  Place them on the large piece of paper with the sides touching.  Line up the center tie with a straight line on the graph or newspaper. 

Now mark a dot at the inside points between the ties.  Trace the slanting sides of the outside ties as well.

Remove the ties and connect the dots.  Decide how tall you want the bag to be.  Mine is about 12 inches.  Draw a line across the top.  Trace a "junk" cd to curve the corners.  Oh....Did I forget to put "junk cd" in the supply list?  Sorry!

Cut this pattern out.  Fold it in half.  Trim the sides and bottom to make the shape symmetric.  Cut a "smiley" shape out of the top (see photo.) 

Unfold paper - Voila!  Behold your pattern.

Cut two of these from the heavyweight stabilizer.

Fold the stabilizer in half to determine the center.  Mark with pencil.  Align the center of the middle tie on this line.  Pin this tie securely.

Add remaining ties.  Cut them all off well above the stabilizer.

Stitch the ties to the stabilizer with the famous triple zigzag.

Stitch from the front but here is what the back will look like when you are done.  Stitch from the front.  Not the back.  The front. 

Now trim off the ends and the tops.  Pin and stitch all the way around about 1/8 inch in from the edge.

Repeat this section for the back of the bag. 


Now we are going to make the flap.  Cut your pattern about 6 x 8 inches.  Round off two of the corners with the junk cd. 

Cut one flap pattern from heavyweight stabilizer.


Place stabilizer on the wrong side of the black velveteen, pin, cut out and stitch about 1/8-inch in from the edge.

Install the "male" part of the magnetic snap to the flap.

Now place this piece right sides together on another piece of velveteen.  Cut out, pin and stitch around the flap leaving the top straight edge open.
Sorry about the blurry image. 

Trim seam allowance, turn to right side and topstitch all around the edge. 

Choose another necktie to decorate the flap.  Center and pin it to the top of the flap.  You should still see the magnet on the back.

Pin securely and stitch down the sides with the triple zigzag.  Add a bartack at the end to secure.

This is the back.

You have completed your flap.  Time to take a nap. 

SECTION FOUR:  The pocket

Time to make a pocket!  I use a large index card as the pattern for this.

Cut two rectangles, sew with right sides together, leave opening, turn, topstitch the top edge, add tag and yada yada yada - pocket!

Now to review - we have one long gusset/handle piece, a front and a back, a flap and a pocket, right?


Now we will line the bag.  Ready?

We'll start with the back.  You'll need the back piece, the flap, the pocket and the lining fabric.  Use the back piece as a pattern to cut out a lining piece slightly bigger than the back.

Center and stitch the pocket onto this lining piece.


Center the flap right sides together on top of the back piece, pin raw edges together.  Pin back lining piece right sides together to back piece with flap piece in between. 
I know you can't really see the flap but it's in there I promise!

Stitch around the edge leaving an opening for turning.  Trim seam allowance and turn to right side.  Topstitch top edge.  Pin opening closed.

Starting at the center bottom, with right sides together, pin gusset/handle piece to edge of bag back.

Stitch around edge, backstitching at ends.  This is the inside.

Now install the female part of the magnet on the center front of the bag.

Cut a lining for the front piece.

Pin and stitch leaving an opening for turning.  Turn to right side and topstitch the top edge.  Pin the opening closed.

Starting at the center bottom, pin the gusset/handle piece to the bag front. 

Stitch around the edge, backstitching to secure.

Turn bag right side out - and voila!

Now, if your ties reek of cologne/cigarette smoke/must and dust - I'd like to recommend a home-dry-cleaning product called Dryel.  I use this for all of my necktie projects and it works like a charm.  Have fun!
8  Arizona / Arizona: Central / New Anthropologie store opens in Scottsdale Fashion Square July 29th! on: July 28, 2005 08:03:47 AM
My daughter, Kaitlin is working at the new Anthropologie in the Scottsdale Fashion Square.  It's opening on Friday July 29th.  It's where the PF Changs used to be.  We are obviously very excited about this.  Anyone want to go?

Laura K
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Three Elephant Clutches on: July 05, 2005 10:59:10 AM
First, let me give credit to the source of my inspiration - I saw an elephant clutch in the March 2005 issue of Teen Vogue magazine.  The designer is Patch NYC and the price is $245.00.  My daughter loves elephants so I thought I would try to make one for her.  I couldn't find an on-line image of the original bag but here is my version. 


The Asian fabrics were a gift from a friend.  Here is a close-up of the peach-colored clutch...

And here is a shot of the zipper and lining. 

Don't miss the tacky plastic fish bead on the tail!
10  Arizona / Arizona: Central / ART Unraveled in Phoenix August 24-29 on: July 02, 2005 02:34:25 PM
Hey AZ Craftsters - check this out!


Sounds like fun....
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