I did it that way to try and avoid the gel phase entirely, and avoid what happened anyway. Plus I read online that if the gel phase is bypassed it'll look creamier. Next time I'll try to get the whole thing to gel or use individual molds like you suggested. Does hot process soap avoid this issue?
I just made my first batch of all natural cold process soap (no colors, no scents). I put it in the refrigerator after I poured it into the mold, as I did not want it to gel--I was told this leaves it looking creamier. So I took it out of the mold and cut my slices. However, the perimeter is a solid white, and the center looks a little translucent or 'wet'. Is this just the water that will disappear as it cures, or is this how it will look? Do CP soaps change as they cure, or is what you see what you get? Thanks in advance for any advice.
I have another question. So I have started to make a large cross stitch piece. However, I don't know how to handle it in terms of a frame. Can a q-snap or hoop go over an area of cross stich that has already been worked, or will that ruin the piece? How do you all handle working a large piece of cross stitch.
I am a quilter/knitter that is new to cross stitch. I am finishing my first big project, and wanted feedback on whether or not to wash it. In different books and different websites, people seem to feel very strongly about this. Each side seems to think it is terrible if it is not done their way. I would love to hear what you all think, and some pros and cons. Thanks.
If you want to be a stickler for definitions, it is NOT Kantha or Sashiko. I do this kind of quilting. In my years, I have come across 3 different names for it: Toenail Quilting (because the stitches are so big you can catch a toenail if you get it just right), utility quilting or utility stitching, or big stitch quilting. Have fun. It is a beautiful effect.
So I am a new spinner, and am progressing pretty well. However, I am still struggling with joins. Sometimes they are good, sometimes passable, and sometimes crappy. Can't really figure out what I am doing differently. Anyway, I would love some suggestions. In books I have read, they say vague things like 'join fiber and continue'. I haven't found anything good on youtube. Would appreciate any advice. Thanks.
I am coming to you all for support. Recently I bought a spinning wheel. I finished my first yarn ever, and it is the saddest little 2-ply you will ever see. It feels discouraging, and I wonder if it gets better. How long does it take to start to feel even a little confident? I would love some first yarn stories, or people's experience with the spinning learning curve. My first instinct is to give up.
So I did it. Your posts made me feel like it is possible. Thanks. I jumped right in. I have a wheel and my first pound of fiber on the way. I went to Border's, got an intro book, and let's see what happens.