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Access All Accessories / Spencer Ogg wallet
« on: January 19, 2021, 17:36:15 PM »
I am working up to making something with my beautiful purple leather skin but I’m not quite there yet.

This is the first thing I’ve done with actual leather and I’m quite pleased.  It’s more use than the old suede skirt it started life as.
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Sorry, must remember to take pics in landscape.

A Good Yarn / Colour blocked jumpers
« on: December 30, 2020, 12:07:15 PM »
I am in the process of making similar colour blocked jumpers for my 3 grandkids.

Number one just needs sewing together, number two is up to the neckband and I’m looking for yarn for number three.

All the jumpers have the same blue yarn at the bottom, a variegated stripe and then a toning top stripe.

I’m using Aran weight but I have a lovely variegated yarn in a perfect colour range for number three but it is chunky.

I was thinking if I went down a needle size for the variegated stripe I might just get away with it without throwing things out too much,

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Access All Accessories / Spencer Ogg Wallet
« on: December 23, 2020, 11:13:02 AM »
I’m having a play with this wallet pattern.

I have a small leather skin I want to make one from but thought I should try it out first.

I was a bit worried when I finished it as I couldn’t press it properly due to using vinyl but DH suggested putting some weights on top for a few hours and that has really helped.

I need to thinks about jazzing the next one up a bit. :thinking:

In the wardrobe / Sinclair Sandy
« on: November 28, 2020, 17:38:43 PM »
I know a few people bought this pattern recently, has anyone actually made it yet?

I bought it and have some very fine, drapery knit fabric that I hope to use.

I’ve seen a few versions on FB some better than others but there is nothing on PR, just wondering if I should do a toile but would prefer not to as I know Sinclair patterns fit me well.

A Good Yarn / Addi clicks
« on: October 19, 2020, 13:52:33 PM »
Does anybody use Addi clicks interchangeable needles?

I’ve been using Knitpro for some time but am fed up of them undoing, no matter how firmly I fit them originally.

I bought a really cheap set of bamboo non interchangeables to put me on but I do prefer interchangeables if possible.

I thought a set of new ones could go on my Christmas present list and I’ve just seen that they have an ingenious cable that inserts a lifeline if you need it.

Access All Accessories / Sewing with leather
« on: October 08, 2020, 15:37:40 PM »
My DD bought me a leather skin for my birthday, it’s beautifully soft and supple.

I want to eventually make a small handbag but will start on something smaller like a card wallet.

Most of the patterns I look at are for fabric, I assume I treat the leather as I would a piece of fabric but don’t need to consider grain etc.

Access All Accessories / Bag top stitching
« on: September 21, 2020, 21:46:25 PM »
I am attempting to top stitch around the top of a bag.

The bag is a mixture of fabric and faux leather panels.  When I sewed the two different fabrics together in the body of the bag I had no problems but when I try to top stitch the main bag and the lining I’m getting skipped stitches when I sew over the faux leather sections.

I am using a Teflon foot and have tried a microtex  needle as well as a standard needle.  I have tried sewing with the faux leather on top and with the lining on top but both ways give skipped stitches.

Does anybody have any ideas before I chuck it out of the window?

Giving up for tonight, off to watch something mindless and sulk.

Vintage Machines / Old Brother sewing machine
« on: September 10, 2020, 20:09:43 PM »
I’ve been after a machine for DD to use, no bells and whistles, just strong and solid.

I’ve just acquired this and all I can say is if she doesn’t want it I’m keeping it.

It’s got a manual and lots of feet, just got to hope it runs.

I hope her table is strong it weighs a ton.

I’m guessing it’s from the 60s but I can’t find a model number and the front of the manual is missing.

Is there anything special I need to know?

Dolls and Toys / Kitting out a baby doll
« on: August 30, 2020, 13:36:15 PM »
I am very excited :faints:

DD has just announced the GD is getting a dolly for her second birthday in late October.

They were always determined that she wouldn’t be dressed in pink and surrounded by unicorns and fluff but she has a very maternal attitude to her cuddly toys. She spends hours wrapping them up in various blankets, cuddling them and singing them to sleep.

I’m thinking I can make a fabric carrycot and bedding and very simple clothes. Not up to @Ann of course but something a toddler can manage.

Looking forward to this.

House Beautiful / Calculating for curtains
« on: August 25, 2020, 16:42:34 PM »
Before I go mad can some one just confirm if I’m doing this right.

I need two curtains with a width and half in each curtain, so I need 3 x the overall length (curtain depth plus top and twice hem depth) plus two pattern repeats.

A Good Yarn / Lettering in knitting
« on: August 24, 2020, 12:02:32 PM »
I’ve been asked to knit a Wonderwoman hat for DGD, no problem. I just had a little look on Pinterest to see what was required and then adapted a basic beanie hat pattern.

I’m conscious I’ve done a lot of things for GD recently but not a lot for her older brothers so I asked them what hats they wanted.

The younger one asked for a Batman hat so that’s easy peasy.

The very grownup 8 year old said he thought he was too old for a Superhero hat but could he have a Fortnite one please.

Now I know he won’t want anything Grandma can make for much longer so I’m happy to oblige.

I’ve looked at the merchandise and I can make the hat easily but I can’t replicate the font, which I have a feeling is very important.

Does anyone know a resource  which will turn an image into a knitting chart?
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Incidentally he might be too old for a Superhero hat but his 41 year old father is really hoping I’ll knit him one

For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / Janome Coverpro accessories
« on: August 21, 2020, 20:23:39 PM »
FOR SALE Janome Coverpro accessories.

I have the extension table, the adjustable seam guide and the wide elastic gathering attachment.

The table only had light use and neither of the feet have been used but there is some discolouration to the packages of the feet.

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The Haberdashery / Gutermann Mara
« on: May 21, 2020, 16:37:50 PM »
I do like to keep a good stock of basic thread colours and was browsing eBay.

I found a seller doing ten 1000m reels of Mara for £45, you could pick your own colours from a range of blues, reds, greys etc, just what I was looking for.

I see it is Mara 100 rather than the 120 I usually get as an equivalent to Sew it All.  Now I get confused with thread weights and tend to stick with what I know.  I’ve had a quick Google and it seems it is fine for sewing seams which is what I want.

Can anybody tell me if I’m making a whoopsie before I spend £45.

Has anyone used the Crafters Companion spray adhesive?

I've just looked for 505 and I can't get it with my Cotton patch order so looked on Amazon and eBay and it was eye wateringly expensive. >:)

In the wardrobe / Top stitching thread for denim.
« on: April 04, 2020, 15:01:38 PM »
I’m about to cut out a denim pinafore dress and want to top stitch it in gold/yellow.

There is no thread in the stash that is suitable and as I am self isolating it will have to be bought over t’interweb.

Has anybody got any that they could check the number of.  I usually use Gutermann thread but anything I can get on line would be fine.

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