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1  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Will Sponsored Projects ever time out or get unstickied? on: September 30, 2009 05:42:06 PM
Currently, there are five Sponsored Projects in the Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General board.  They are nice, but they do take up quite a bit of real estate at the top of the board.  Will they ever get unstickied so they flow down the page with the rest of the postings?  I think it's more obvious with the Purse board because there are so many of them!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Purse-a-palooza or What I Did This Summer on: August 30, 2009 12:53:23 PM
I've been admiring the purse patterns on Craftster for a long time.  I've made several of them including the Jordy (doesn't everyone make a Jordy?), zippered pouches, pouches embroidered with cross-stitch that were used as ring holders at weddings, and QueenOfDIY's singlet shopping bag.
There have been several other patterns that looked interesting, so I went through my fabric stash and found several yards of a rather nondescript fabric and several more yards of plain white fabric for linings.  And, I started sewing - nothing fancy, no interfacing, no zippers (except for one), simple patch pockets on the interiors of most, simple button loops and buttons for most closures.  
I made 7 different purses (!), but I took one apart because I didn't like the style that much.  Boy, did I learn a lot about the variables of purse construction, like strap placement, pocket placement, and closures.  Here's a photo of my collection:

The purses were (starting with top row, left to right):
1.  Phoebe bag - from artsycraftybabe.typepad.com
2.  Buttercup bag - from madebyrae.blogspot.com
3.  Grab bag - from allpeoplequilt.com
4.  Shoulder bag - from tinyhappy.typepad.com
5.  Zipper bag - from ThisMomSew's Tan Flower Handbag, here on craftster
6.  Margaret sling bag - from www.ohfransson.com

The one I dismantled was the Pleated Purse Pattern from www.themikkelsens.net.  I wasn't really happy with the shape of the bag, which tapers from 21" at the bottom to 13" at the top.  The pleats just didn't work well for me.

Here's a few of the lessons I learned:
- The Buttercup bag is a winner.  It was everyone's favorite, including my husband's.  It's easy and rewarding.  Next time, I'll make a bigger one with longer handles.
- Tinyhappy's Shoulder bag is one of my favorites.  But, because of the construction, it would be difficult to put a zipper pocket in the interior.  And, it would be difficult to make adjustable length straps, since the straps are an integral part of the bag.
- Ohfransson's Margaret Sling bag is also one of my favorites.  It would be easier to put a zipper pocket in this one, but you still couldn't do adjustable straps.  I didn't do the pleats on this one, because of my experience with the Pleated Purse Pattern.  But, if you pleat the interior of the Margaret bag, you'll be limited on the interior zipper pocket.
- ThisMomSew's way of putting in a zipper is REALLY good and worked well.
- The Grab bag is cute, but seemed a little impractical.

Hope this inspires someone else to just get out there and try something!

P.S.  I have better pictures of each of the purses (except the one I took apart) if anyone is interested.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Thanks to all the great and inspirational purse designers! on: August 09, 2009 08:52:36 AM
I just wanted to say thanks to all of the great and inspirational purse designers that I've found through the Craftster site.  I've been on a "purse-a-palooza" recently.  I found some really cheap fabrics in my stash that have been there for a long time, so I started making up purses that I was curious about.  So far, I've done 4 in the same fabrics and I've got 2 more I want to try.  I'll post pictures and comments when I'm done.

But it made me think about how much I've learned from this site.  So, thank you to:
Jordy (the versatile Jordy bag)
QueenOfDiy (singlet bag, zippered pouch and others)
HeartOfMary (love the way she does zippers)
ThisMomSews (her tan flower handbag is another great way to do zippers)

ETA:  I forgot a few:
MadeByRae (I haven't made a buttercup bag yet, but it's on my list)
Oh, Fransson (Margaret Sling bag - that's what I'm working on now)
Tiny Happy (sling shoulder bag - my current favorite from my purse-a-palooza)
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / join new skein, knit w old and new, which way? on: August 02, 2007 05:02:34 PM
This may sound like a really stupid question, and maybe it is a really stupid question. 

I hate weaving ends and I have read that there are lots of ways to avoid it, like Russian join, ...  One way is to knit some number of stitches using both the old and new yarns.  But, if you do this, do you match the ends of the old and new yarn to each other, or do you lay the new yarn in the same "direction" as the old yarn?  Maybe a picture will help?  In the pictures, "|" represents the end of the yarn.

choice 1 (match the ends):
           |------- one of the yarns --------
           |------- the other yarn ----------

choice 2 (same "direction"):
           |------- the old yarn -----
 --------------- the new yarn ----|

I didn't even really think about this until I tried doing it.

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