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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Help and advice with re-covering lampshade frame on: August 24, 2010 08:47:51 AM
hi all...I have a large standard lampshade frame...for the kind of lamp that stands on the floor. I ripped off the old fabric cos' it was hideous....the frame is one of those ones with sectiions like flower petals almost....the original fabric was sewn on in panels....one over each section....now I do not have a sewinng machine so repliating the original panels in my own fabric is gong to be hard as I would have to hand sew it all.

What I was wondering is whether I could use some sort of PVA glue and layer fabric over it that was soaked in the glue and water...kind of like papier mache on chicken wire....would it work in principal? Would fabric respond in the same way as paper...drying stiff?

Any ideas at all? I have loads of nice fabric to choose from...

oh...in the UK we call it PVA...I think it's like American "Elmos'" nt too sure though  Undecided
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Hand-sewn nightdress from a vintage crib sheet! on: April 13, 2010 02:56:29 PM
I don't have a sewing machine but have wanted to try making clothing for my two girls for ages! I have had soooo many attempts at making things, sewing by hand and they've all turned out bad...this is the most wearable thing I've ever turned out. It's far from perfect....I used a pattern for once which really helped and a vintage crib sheet with cute embroidery on it.... I bought them at a charity shop for a few pence because I LOVE vintge textiles and there were 6 of them in different colours and different patterns...my daughter is 2 and in a toddler bed so I knew I would re-use them in some other way. I don't normally cut up vintage textiles but felt these weren't old enough to really worry about....and I NEEDED to make a nightdress from one of them lol.

As I said it's far from perfect and I used the most basic pattern I could find...but I am happy with the fact that the stitches are strong enough to withstand a toddler wearing it!

There's something hypnotic about sewing a garment by hand and I plan to keep at it...I want to get good enough to make a garment which can actually be worn in public and not have anyone know it was handsewn! I don't think I would want a sewing machine now...I never got one as there were no funds....I coud probs scrape enough together now but to be honest they scare me a bit Lol!

Here's a close up of the embroidery....what IS the flying thing? Anyone know?

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Little Bunka Doll on: April 01, 2010 05:36:35 PM
This is my attempt at a Japanese Bunka Doll...Bunka dolls were popular in Japan in the 1940s....Bunka translates as Culture....I think they were a Japanese take on American dolls

....but real Bunka dolls (not mine particularly) have a very Japanese look to them. There's a specific way of making them...I had to work it out from images in a Japanese craft book with slightly dodgy English instructions.

Here she is full length

I'm not totally happy with her...but I plan to try again! I made the pattern bigger than the original so my dimensions are a bit off. her features are painted with acrylics and her clothes are made from vintage pillowcases!
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Soft doll advice? Can anyone help me work this out please? Bunka doll. on: March 29, 2010 02:27:51 AM
I want to make a Bunka doll....like this  http://www.flickr.com/photos/43302795@N00/319129057/

I cannot find any tute's online at all...the only one I did uncover was in Japanese and I'm not a good enough seamstress to work it out from pictures alone....I have looked and looked online too!

From what I can gather, they are made of some kind of stretchy fabric...the heads are gathered from fabric, stuffed and tied off...then painted with features.

Can anyone help me with a pattern or tute for a similar body? I LOVE these little dolls..they appeal to my love of kitsch!

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Handpainted Doll Head hair ties/bobbles on: March 27, 2010 06:11:32 PM
I made these for my daughter who loves this kind of Japanese type cartoonish girl. They're painted on these compressed paper ball things...not sure what you call them. Then I attached the elastics by inserting them and glueing. I think I might have to varnish them!

I'm no doll maker....this was an easier way to utilize the heads than workin out different bodies I could make!

I took influence from some amazingly cute Japanese Bunka dolls I have seen online.

I haven't got long enough hair to take a pic of them in action...but will post one of my daughter in them.
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / What little soft toy can I hand-sew with strech fabric on: March 21, 2010 05:17:15 AM
I have the cutest stretch cotton...it's got a gorgeous print on it...its kind of like what you would get a toddlers stretch dress made from...pue cotton. I don't have a achine and do everything by hand.

I am wondering if anyone can recommend wht sort of softie can be made with this? I have seen cute Japanese type softies made from print fabriccs...and also those Waldorf dolls....but l the free patterns seem to be non stretch fabric!

Any help? I NEED to use this fabric...it's SO cute. thank you!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Vintage Kitty necklaces for my little girls on: March 18, 2010 06:04:03 AM
Two little girls necklaces for my daughters....these are my first attempt at resin...the images are photocopied from a vintage child's book and then stuck to a domino...the resin didn't turn out too bad...a bit bubbly! Then I used vintage beads to make the necklaces on elastic thread. The girls love cats so they're happy!

8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / HAnd sewing stretch/jersey/knit fabric...help please on: March 14, 2010 03:46:45 PM
I only hand sew because I dont have a machine...I have the cutest piece of stretchy cotton fabric and want to make a little toddler dress...I often make small garments by hand but have only sewn cotton with no stretch....everytime I google hemming stretch fabric all it says is to use an overlocker! Any advice or which stitch to use please?
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Reproducing art work form vintage books on: August 16, 2009 05:15:25 AM
How can I tell if an image is legal to use? Who do I contact for the right to reproduce an image for commercial purposes? What if the publisher is no longer in business and the4 artist is dead? Any advice much appreciated!
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / What is the best medium for strong graphic images...for designing fabric range on: August 15, 2009 03:08:35 AM
I have just discovered the Spoonflower website...where you scan and post your own art and then you can order fabric with your design on it...it looks cool but I read the best designs are the ones that are strong and graphic...I usually use acrylics when I paint and rarely use pens...I want the clanest possible colour for my designs...are there some sort of pens that would work well? Any advice?  http://www.spoonflower.com
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