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11  Re: weaving leather? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by val_for_design on: June 16, 2008 07:17:16 PM
The thick woven straps are a simple flat braid. I drew you a pretty picture:

Basically, you start at the left, and simply move each strand over-under-over til you reach the far side. This is exactly the same principle as a three-strand plait, if you think about it! It looks like they have used flat strips of leather (rather than round). I don't think it matters if you use an odd or even number of strands, as long as you always start with the same movement (either over, or under). And the tension that you put on the strands will pull it straight, you won't end up with a diagonal like my illustration!
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12  Re: Cross Back Flippy Cover Up. in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by val_for_design on: May 28, 2008 06:30:13 PM
Easy-peasy! I drew you a pretty picture...

Hope that makes sense. You can trace the shape of the top off a singlet/tank that fits well. Match up the back strap with the opposite one on the front. Use a stretch knit.
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13  Re: US to UK English translation! Aaaaarrghhhh! in ENGLAND by val_for_design on: October 11, 2007 07:47:29 AM
Discovered a new one the other day...

In Australia, nearly all houses are roofed in corrugated iron

But in the UK, the same product is known as "wiggly tin".

Sorry, Brits, but I find this hilarious. So did some ex-pat architect friends when it came up in very serious client meetings! (And my pedantic side comes out... it is actually galvanised iron, not tin)

Wiggly tin makes me think of a Wiggles song...

But maybe that's just my infantile sense of humour.
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14  Shag? Rug! in Crochet: Completed Projects by val_for_design on: September 24, 2007 02:11:38 AM
Yes, I made myself a shag rug - in crochet! Obviously this is insanely labour intensive and uses a ridiculously large amount of yarn, and my BF installed it in the bathroom before it was truly done (the length-to-width ratio seems a bit off), but I freaking love it!

And here's a close up. I'll try to take a better picture with natural light soon.

If anyone is interested in learning this stitch let me know, I'll hunt out the book. Cheers!
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15  Little teal MP3 pouch in Crochet: Completed Projects by val_for_design on: September 24, 2007 01:58:26 AM
This is a little wallet I knocked up to protect my new MP3 player. I wanted something that would stop scratches from keys and other things in the depths of my bag, but I also wanted something cute!

Sorry it's a little blurry. It's made from teal wool and has two awesome buttons that I stole from my mum's stash years ago. I just wish  had more! So far it has done a great job at protecting my latest acquisition.

The pattern is a treble shell - 2tr, 2ch space, 2tr, with each shell worked in the 2ch-sp of the previous row. I also went round the whole shape in dc to keep it neat.

Let me know what you think!
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16  The naked worm of Persian jealousy (kiddie-safe. I swear) in Completed Projects by val_for_design on: August 26, 2007 06:40:22 AM

Okay, so maybe it's a little bit rude!

I had make a visual response to "The naked worm of Persian jealousy" for a textiles class, so as you can see there's a worm, coming out of a rather opulent apple. I was using lush fabrics like satin & velvet, with diamante and pearls to evoke the "exotic East" thing. Then the apple shape is a reference to Adam & Eve, who realised they were nekkid after eating the apple from the Tree of Knowledge.

Here's another pic:

The first one always makes me giggle though.

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17  Re: how to made this dress? in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions by val_for_design on: July 01, 2007 08:01:50 AM
It's a lovely dress!

The skirt is made of a large square of fabric, with a hole cut in the centre. The circumference of this hole is equal to your waist measurement (A).

The short length of the skirt is the (B) measurement, but remember the square is (B)x2, PLUS the measurement across the waist hole (C).

The waist band is a rectangle, sewn to the top of the skirt, and to the top.

The bodice uses four identical pieces. The bottom is gathered until it is half the length (D). The points at the top come up long, so they can be tied at the shoulder point.

Sew the bodice sections to the waistband, and admire your lovely new dress!

Hope this helped :-) Send me a PM if you want a larger version of the image.
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18  Knitting Nancy, the smartest sheep in the herd! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by val_for_design on: June 10, 2007 08:45:55 AM

So here is my first post (Craftster virgin! Woo!), Knitting Nancy. I created her for a graphic design project, where we had to respond to the phrase, "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower". One of the few good marks I got last year!

The frame for the body is made from a few coathangers, which I then padded. The arms, legs and face are from felt - all hand stitched in the tiniest blanket stitch known to man! It's maybe not so clear from the picture, but she's actually knitting a garment from her own wool (this is especially impressive without opposable thumbs Wink ).  I had no pattern and no idea what I was doing, but I'm pretty happy with the end result.

Please feel free to leave comments and opinions!
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