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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / A poem on knitting and love on: October 19, 2008 05:55:31 PM
My SO sent me this poem a little while back... He found it in the Australian Quadrant magazine, and I thought I should share it with you all... I think we can all relate!


I am in love with you; I must create.
I should knit something as useless as my love
And as colourful. Some dreadful garment
Uneven, too loose and too loud
In soft, crazy yarn that twists around the needles
And slips off when I least expect it.
The neck sags, one arm is longer than the other
A waste of time and energy, this love of mine
(A love that I can never wear in public)
But on cold nights I nestle deep inside it
And stroke its lumps, and count the dropped stitches.
 - Philippa Martyr
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / You've created a monster! on: September 19, 2008 12:32:08 AM
Seriously, it's because of people on Craftster that I have now signed up to a local (as in, my city) auction house website, and am currently in a bidding war. What's the war about? This little baby...


Isn't she beautiful? Somehow I don't think I'll win her, but she is sooooo pretty. I'll name her Magda. I know nothing about it! No model name/number is mentioned, and I can't get down there before the auction to have a look, but I need this piece of art in my house.

Damn you, estate sales! And thank you, Craftsters, for fuelling my newfound obsession with old sewing machines...
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / YAAARGH! Pirate knitting! on: September 17, 2008 09:45:43 PM
It's International Talk Like A Pirate Day tomorrow, and the official website is kind enough to offer some patterns...


Check it out if you're into skulls too - the main pattern is for a very cool skully bag for all your rum and booty, and there are some more links there as well.

YAAARGH! (Just getting into practice!)
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Fifties glamour goes to the pub (pics ahoy) on: September 16, 2008 06:05:46 PM
A few weeks ago, my favourite pub had its 10th birthday. We dedicated bar-flies were specially invited, and the dress code was "Strictly formal - no excuses". So, what's a girl to do but whip up a massive frock? I did a few sketches, came up with an idea that I liked, and went fabric shopping... and was unable to find ANY of the fabrics I had in mind. Poo. So compromises were made. I got the red tulle that I wanted for the petticoat, ended up settling for black poplin for the skirt (lighter than I wanted - I couldn't even find drill!), and found this delish Japanese cherry blossom for the bodice. At that price and fabric width, it would have cost me $80 to do the skirt in this fabric as well, but I decided I liked the two-piece look of the outfit. Onwards to images!

This was taken after we got home (I wanted to make sure I had some good dress pics - pity it's blurry...). Whole outfit, including freshly painted red stilettos!


Have some petticoat! The pic's blurry because other people don't understand the concept of pre-focus. Thanks to Chris for being my drunk prop.

Closer pic of the bodice fabric, and my boy (also drunk. He didn't tell me about the bottle of red wine before we left the house).

And here's one of the petticoat during construction. This was my first petti, and it was scaring the pants off me just how big it was getting! This is with one (extremely) gathered layer, and a flatter layer on top to smooth things out. Also featuring special guests Jeans, Pink Frog Socks, and Vacuum Cleaner. I ended up putting another flat layer on top.

Let me know what you think - I got a lot of compliments that night, but I don't think I'll wear the petticoat again in a hurry! I didn't fit in the taxi, under the table, in the toilet cubicle...  Cheesy
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / What are your bad sewing habits? on: August 25, 2008 06:38:05 PM
I was thinking about this as I went hell-for-leather last night, gathering 12 metres of tulle for a petticoat, and caught myself using a craft knife to rip stitches. What other bad habits do we pick up?  Like bad driving habits - we're taught the correct way to do everything, but as soon as we can drive unsupervised, we start palming the wheel!

Here's what I've come up with so far:
- Using a stanley knife or craft knife to undo seams
- Biting through thread (I promise I only do this under extreme circumstances!)
- Using permanent markers or regular water-based textas to transfer markings onto fabric
- Starting 400 different projects and never finishing them
- Hoarding. Oh my gods.
- Leaving scissors/needles/crochet WIPs/bits of fabric in shared living areas
- Buying fabric, and not just stuff I like that may actually get used
- Taking on repair jobs for friends and family & taking far too long to actually get around to it
- Not tidying up after myself, and then having to work around the dead clock that's been sitting on my workbench for three months
- Not pinning patterns down before cutting - I weight them down with whatever shoes and books happen to be handy

There are probably many more, but I want to hear about YOUR bad habits too!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Recon idea for men's shirts - empire shirt dress on: August 14, 2008 10:25:56 PM
Hello all! I was dawdling through some street fashion sites (not something I normally do, but hey) when I saw this girl's dress...


The first picture, Oisin. It's not actually a recon, but it would be so easy to recreate! And one style that I don't think I've seen so far.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Recons meet high fashion on: July 02, 2008 04:28:54 PM
I just found this article in Marie Claire Australia - they got a group of Australian designers to source garments in their local op-shops, and re-design them. Most are pretty unrecognisable in their former shapes! And the designers' sketches are also available in a separate slideshow. It's interesting to see the development of ideas from raw materials to haute couture.

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Duct tape dressform... the adventure continues on: June 26, 2008 09:35:57 PM
I made a duct tape dressform last year some time. Unfortunately, I got my (now ex-)boyfriend to do the wrapping. His method was to stick the end of the tape down on my body, then wrap it. Sadly, we discovered that tape stretches... I lost 3 inches from my waist and 2 from my bust. And because all my phat was squished out of my waist, it ended up in my hips. Check the booty!



So, along with a new boyfriend, I got myself a new dressform. Careful application of tape meant there was very little distortion (only a little lost off my bust - not much to start with!), and a shape that's much more true-to-life. All I need now is a stand!



So the moral of the story, dear children, is to work slowly, cut short pieces of tape, and do it with someone who won't get over-excited about the fact that they're wrapping you up in tape. Oh, and go to the toilet before you start...
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting Machines - good or evil? on: June 17, 2008 11:54:44 PM
Firstly, I'm talking about REAL knitting machines - the type from the '70s/'80s that have to be bolted to the desk, and can give you a hernia by lifting it.

So my question is: Is this still considered "real" knitting? Am I going to incur the wrath of knitting snobbery if I post garments/items made on the machine? I know that Craftsters are a friendly mob, but I don't want to stick something up and get a snide little "yeah, but there's no real skill involved, is there?" kind of comment.

Let me know your opinion!
10  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Aussie Dye Supplies on: June 05, 2008 04:32:44 PM
I just found an Australian company who supply fibre-reactive, acid etc dyes.


I ordered a few things through them and they arrived in two days, and there was even a little hand-written "thanks for your custom" note on the invoice! The prices and postage are reasonable - maybe not as cheap as the USA, but really fast, and they obviously care.

Support the locals!
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