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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 / '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.

3  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!

4  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!
5  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!
6  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!

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Green Fair Isle Jumper on: May 08, 2004 12:22:40 AM
Hi all,

I just finished my fair isle jumper and had to show. This thing gets three landmarks:
1. It was my first jumper ever.
2. First big thing I've made without a written pattern. My mum gave me vague instructions over the phone and I made it up as I went along.
3. First ever fair isle project apart from a practice bit.
Sorry, I'm bragging but I'm so pleased with how it turned out! I used Jo Sharp DK, Heirloom heatherwood, some dark green scraps from my stash and a bit of Jo Sharp aran tweed for the ribbing.

Unfortunately I look like a complete dope in this pic. I was trying not to squint  Tongue My jumper is far more photogenic than I am!


It was a great learning project. I feel so much more confident about trusting my instincts and making stuff up. Now onto Salt Peanuts!

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / v-neck pattern? on: April 17, 2004 01:28:29 AM
Hi all,

does anyone know of a good free pattern for a plain v neck pullover (for a woman)? I would like it to be reasonably fitted, so maybe with waist shaping. I have looked around and can't find anything even though it seems such a basic thing  Huh

thanks for any suggestions,
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knee socks and a bag! on: April 08, 2004 10:15:27 PM
Here is my felted bag and my knee socks! Both are based on the SnB patterns but I didn't really follow the patterns as my gauges were off. (another pic of the bag is in the appropriate thread on the SnB board though)

I am really happy with the bag after so much agony about getting the right needles in australia... in the end I just used something different and it was all cool!


10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / lacy 'sleeves'! on: March 28, 2004 11:36:04 PM
These are my attempt at making armwarmers that aren't so 'punky'...so they go well with slips/vintage nighties/petticoats etc.


The pink bits are 70% mohair/30%wool (filatura di crosa), the light purple is 50%mohair/50%wool (heirloom aristocrat). I wove some fake pearls into the purplish bits just above the pink, but you can't see them well in the photo. And they only took me about one hour each. I'm going to make lots of these in all different colours and lace patterns... good lace practice!

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