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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / How do you make "blooming" flower "performance" teas (pics)? on: November 17, 2008 06:48:42 PM
How are these preserved? Are they dried like other tea preparations? I read that they are hand sewn, that's all I know so far.

Before steeping they look like this:


After steeping:


PS wasn't sure where to post this, suggestions appreciated
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Embroidery and beading-- on tights on: October 05, 2008 10:42:21 AM
I was advised to post this question on the clothes board as well as needlework so here we are Smiley

Here are examples of what I am talking about:
http://www.bebaroque.co.uk/product.php/57/18/lady_godiva
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a199/momo_momo/00070m.jpg (alexander mcqueen)
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a199/momo_momo/81811065_10_xxxlarge2.jpg (couture)

I imagine that soluble backing solves the support problem and possibly the stretch problem, but what would you use to hold the fabric as you are working (will a hoop jack things up)? I'm also pondering over the thread/floss and needle size.

Any general ponderings appreciated before I take a crack at this. I plan to try something on high-denier tights, move on to lower denier, and dabble in the beading (don't you just love the painted and beaded blue/white ones)

It's looking very doable to me (I'm ambitious  Tongue) unless there is a wild card factor I'm not thinking of.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / How would one embroider or bead these flimsy things? I want them. on: October 04, 2008 09:09:42 PM
Here are examples of what I am talking about:
http://www.bebaroque.co.uk/product.php/57/18/lady_godiva (the works they are most known are their hand-embroidered tights)
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a199/momo_momo/00070m.jpg (alexander mcqueen)
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a199/momo_momo/81811065_10_xxxlarge2.jpg (couture)

These ideas have been floating around for a couple seasons now, and I am getting increasingly anxious over it. More and more designers are using the idea, so we know it is possible. But how exactly can it be executed? I thought the denier and flimsiness of tights/leggings just would not support needlework, unless tear-away backings can be used successfully.
I will learn embroidery+beading just so I can have detailed tights  Tongue But can it be accomplished by us mere mortals...
4  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Newbie mixing dyes to make a nude color? on: April 07, 2008 08:11:55 PM
I haven't had much motivation to work with dyes except in attempt to make a nude color that matches my skin tone (most ready-made nude fabrics are lighter on me). Would anyone advise against jumping into mixing colors? I promise I'll do my research about dye type/fabric but I want to know if you have tips about this. I haven't seen any examples about hand dyeing a custom buff color.

Thanks for reading
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How do you make a pattern from a muslin? on: December 16, 2007 08:47:00 PM
The muslin I am referring to is a practice garment. Once a muslin's fit and cut is correct, how do you make a pattern from it?

Do you simply cut on the seams, trace it onto the final fabric, and then cut the final fabric with seam allowance?

Thank you this has been bugging me and your advice will go to good use!

PS If I made some sort of terminology mistake feel free to let me know.
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