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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Embroidered Furniture? on: October 23, 2005 11:40:19 PM
Hi everyone!

I have a dressing table stool (like a little piano bench) that needs re-upholstering, and I'd really like to do some crewel embroidery to make a new covering for it. Does anyone know how much extra fabric to leave around the stitching for the upholsterer to work with? Also, what kind of fabric is best to use for this?

thanks for any help!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: 'Sideways Spencer' from Fall IK on: September 29, 2004 04:39:39 AM
Hi all and thanks for the words of goodness  Cheesy

Why oh why does no one like the shortness of it??! That's just what attracted me, it's so different. I'm always after short pretty cardis to wear with slips and stuff. But each to their own! I guess you could make it longer, it wouldn't be too hard to add a repeat on each side after doing the sleeves... The Jo Sharp wool is really awesome to work with; it's not ultra soft to the touch to begin with but the stitch definition and such is just great and the (yarn) ball band says it should get softer with consecutive washes. Once I ripped my first go, the whole thing took me about 9 days, (maybe?).

I think I want to make another in other colours... maybe I shall do it all again next winter.

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 'Sideways Spencer' from Fall IK on: September 24, 2004 10:45:55 PM
I just finished the Sideways Spencer from Interweave Knits and I love it!


This has to be my favourite FO so far  Grin but I did finish it halfway once before realising it would be too small and starting again. Yay for persistence! I used Jo Sharp DK wool in 'summer'. Hah. Now it's summer here and far too warm to wear the thing. Oh well.

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Evil Knitting on: September 15, 2004 02:37:09 AM
Hehe! I just had an absolutely massive botch up and was looking for a place to complain...

I started the 'Sideways Spencer' in the autumn Interweave Knits, thinking I had my gauge all straight.... famous last words!

So I got more than halfway done when I realised it wasn't going to fit me. Not with all the blocking in the world. So pulled apart all the CABLES and LACE and fancy stuff and skeined the wool and washed it.

And started again the next morning with bigger needles. I must say I was proud that I got over it and started again so quickly, now I have almost done the first sleeve. And it's gonna fit. I know. I hope. It will!

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Wardrobe decoration help needed! on: September 12, 2004 04:38:15 PM
Hi all,

Hmm, you guys make me think... I didn't think it looked that fantastic but maybe I should get it checked out. I got it in a Red Cross thrift store for AU $30, which is about US$17 or thereabouts. I liked the drawers inside Smiley The thing on the left hand side under the knob is a key on a bit of string. On the other hand, I don't know if I like it enough the way it is to keep it just because it may be worth something.

I shall ponder some more!
Thanks! If any more ideas abound, let them roll in!

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Wardrobe decoration help needed! on: September 12, 2004 02:11:05 AM
Hi everyone!

So I bought a cheapo wardrobe to keep all my slips/petticoats/fluffy stuff in, but as you can see it is really not that exciting to look at:

I'm open to any ideas, painting, stenciling, sticking stuff on. Anyone have any wicked ideas? It would be cool if the outside reflected the contents... or something like that!

In the drawers are gloves, shawls, corsets and stuff.

thanks for any goodness!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: where can i find this sweater pattern? on: August 15, 2004 05:30:50 PM
Hi guys,

I had a go at this pattern and I must say, it didn't come out anywhere near as nice. I think it is just quite unflattering on anyone over the size of the model in the picture  Embarrassed It's the ribbing that does it, I believe, it makes the whole thing rather chunky... and it didn't wrap as nicely. Of course, maybe I was doing something wrong, but I'm not sure what!

8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Cuttlefish Onesie on: July 12, 2004 11:14:57 PM
This is sooo cute! I love octopi and cuttlefish and such tentacly creatures  Smiley I wanna learn embroidery! Does it take long before your work starts to look neat and presentable?

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Tamoshanter! on: June 11, 2004 03:19:06 AM

I like fair isle  Smiley I made this from Alice Starmore's 'do it yourself' instructions in an old 'Threads' compilation. Took a while because it was such a tiny gauge. Now I wanna make more in all different colours! What do you guys think would look cool?


Oh, I forgot to say, it's a hat. It's blocking on a plate there. I look dopey in all pictures I took of me wearing it!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Pattern for felted mary-janes? on: May 26, 2004 02:53:28 AM

Does anyone know of a free pattern for felted mary jane slippers? Like the ballerina slippers on this page : http://www.needletrax.com/knittingzone/felting.htm

I just don't wanna have to wait for a pattern to come in the mail (takes a while to get to Australia!).

Any help would be great!

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