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.
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.
I would love some feedback. I really want to learn to spin. My question: Can I teach myself with books and internet resources? I am a knitter/crocheter/quilter, and am relatively crafty. Any feedback would be great. Also, how much time does it take to become functionally proficient? Is this something that takes years (I'm not talking to be great), or can you spin some basic yarns in a few weeks to months. Thanks in advance for any advice.
This is more of a general quesiton. What are people paying for long arm services? I have never done it before, but am considering it. I have a queen-sized quilt. When I went to a lady, she quoted me at 200.00 for an all over and 280.00 for custome stuff. Is this right? If this is the case, how do people afford to use these services frequently. I would love some feedback.
So I want to make a blanket/afghan, but I HATE acrylic. Any suggestions? Anyone else in the same boat? I have thought about cotton (like sugar'n cream), but am afraid it will be too heavy/won't wear too well. Thoughts? Suggestions?
I need some encouragement here. I want to attempt to another sweater, but have not had good luck. For a few years now I have been knitting, and doing pretty well. Even things like cables and lace have been fine by me. However, my sweater endeavors have been crap. I feel like no matter what I have done, it doesn't work. When I get guage, it still doesn't work. Has anyone else had sweater problems, and come through it. Maybe some words of encouragement or advice? Thanks.