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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Valentine Rabbit on: February 20, 2008 08:43:08 AM
See if this link works for you:
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=106193
2  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Valentine Rabbit on: February 20, 2008 06:56:10 AM
Hello!  I've just started needle felting.  I'm generally more of an embroiderer.  However, I saw the cover of a book on needle felting wee animals, and they were too cute for me to resist.  So, Mr. V. Rabbit here is my first completed needle felting project.  Smiley



There's another picture in my Craftster gallery, if you care to look.  I'll try to get my embroidery pics up there, too.
happy felting!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: mystery pattern/company search "Water Lilies?" on: October 19, 2007 03:45:34 PM
Thanks, Park Bench was close, but the young ladies on the front had faces, and were actually in a setting like under a willow by a pond, or something like that.  A for effort, though! Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for a trenchcoat pattern... on: October 16, 2007 05:59:33 AM
Hmm.  I don't think I have any one good answer for you, but I do know of a good drover's coat, which is sort of like a trench coat.  It's by Folkwear:
http://www.folkwear.com/frontier.html

I would think you could add some fullness to the "skirt", but I'm really not sure on the rest of it.

Actually, I think you'd be better off going with something like Simplicity 4084 or 4403 and seeing about modifying them. (http://www.simplicity.com/index.cfm?page=thumbnail.cfm&cat=1&type=1&sec=91&browTypeId=&StartRow=10)
 
Good luck!!
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP please!! BEGINNER patterns?? on: October 16, 2007 05:51:01 AM
LucyLou,
I would say look for Simplicity patterns. They have a sub-set of patterns called "sew Easy" that are especially for beginners.  In general, though, I prefer Simplicity over, say Butterick. Butterick always seems to add in more steps than make sense to me. Smiley

http://www.simplicity.com/

Good luck!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: help with grommets for corset on: October 16, 2007 05:48:39 AM
Hey Bakames!  Good for you for attempting a corset!  I highly recommend grommets.  You don't have to use a grommeting gun or pliers, you can get a pretty cheap alternative, which is just a little bullet shaped anvil that you use with a hammer to spread the back of the grommet once you have it through.  You'll have to start the hole with a sharp pair of sewing scissors, but it won't be too bad. If you want, you can always cover the grommets later with embroidery floss, so they aren't glaringly metal on your nice corset. 

I guess your other option, if you aren't making the kind of corset that needs to lace up, is to use hook & eye tape, but I really think the grommets are your best best. 

What's the corset for?  Fun?  Historical reenactment?  theater?  general sexy acoutrements? Wink
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / mystery pattern/company search "Water Lilies?" on: October 16, 2007 05:44:07 AM
Hey all you sewing genii!  I'm trying to come up with the name of a company that made lovely patterns.  Or at least, one that I saw once.  They were more in the lines of "Folkwear" than "Simplicity", etc.  The pattern I remember seeing was for some simple sleeveless blouses and skirts, with sweet trim.  The picture on the front was maybe a line drawing of a couple of girls sitting about wearing said items.  I think the name for that pattern might have been "Water Lilies" but maybe that was the name of the company that made them?  My overall impression was of clean lines, low key but feminine trim, and a sort of historic feel.  Does that ring any bells for any of you?
Thanks for any help!
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Insane or Brilliant? Embroidering Silk Pillowcases on: October 16, 2007 05:33:08 AM
Thank you all for the fabulous advice!  I think that I will still try to do the project, but not for this holiday season.  I find it's creeping up on my sooner than I'd like!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Re: Country Cool Tea Towels! on: September 20, 2007 05:26:53 AM
Hey folks!  I'm glad you like the tea towels. I really had a blase with the cowgirl, she makes me laugh.  The majority of both towels are done with cotton DMC, but the earth tones in the rattlesnakes are done with linen embroidery floss (also DMC) because I didn't have earthy tones in cotton.  Also, one of the horseshoes is done in the silky DMC floss, which I think is rayon, but I'm not sure.  It was a pain to work with, though.  I like the linen, but it has broken on me once or twice. It has a nice luster to it, though.
Hope that helps!
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stabilizer for baby onesies/t-shirts? on: September 17, 2007 06:47:57 AM
Another option is a tear away stabilizer, such as that sold on the Sublime Stitchery web site:
http://www.sublimestitching.com/tools.html

I've used this successfully. I haven't tried the dissolving stabilizer yet.

Good Luck!
 
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