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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tainted t-shirt help! on: March 04, 2010 01:28:49 PM
I use this stuff called Mrs Smiths blueing.  It's mainly for whites, but I also use it to take the edge off red.  It may or may not work, but it's worth a try.  Can use a bunch of it, or just a little, whatever, and do a presoak in the washing machine. 
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pencil skirt pattern? on: March 04, 2010 01:25:34 PM
Thanks, found a great tutorial for both pencil skirt and zipper.  I'm digging being able to be a self taught seamstress, but have a looooong way to go to get really good.  I'm off to go play with making a pencil skirt.  Would it be weird to make it out of denim?

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Home-made winder (Now with more pictures) on: January 22, 2009 09:53:00 AM
Ok, so my erector set one was just too heavy.  Although it did end up making a great drill winder for the time being until I can transfer all the stuff to legos.  Still working, still thinking this is the coolest, most fun project ever.  My 11 year old son is busy trying to help, it's awesome!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Home-made winder (Now with more pictures) on: January 20, 2009 02:18:36 PM
OMG I just finished my own erector set model.  It's still in design stages, but I may be forced to pilfer from your design.  How cool!!

I'll get some pics up in a bit.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Messenger/Diaper bag on: July 30, 2008 10:30:53 PM
Thanks for the comments!  I got the fabric at JoAnn fabric.  I would definitely get it again, it's a new fabric so therefore currently expensive, but I watch the remnant racks pretty carefully, it's amazing what you can hook up!  The lady I made the bag for wanted that fabric so she paid for it and I discounted the price of the bag. I just made up the pattern myself, I have a cut list though if anyone is interested, I've made a few of the messengers now, and have gotten it pretty well down. 

I just actually picked up a book though from the library called "Chic Bags"  Author is Marie Enderlen-Debuisson.  It's got some REALLY cute bags in it, including a one shoulder backpack type thing.  I may have to splurge and get this one!

http://www.amazon.com/Chic-Bags-Handbags-Purses-Accessories/dp/0312370741/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1217482209&sr=8-3
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: chopstick/dowel knitting needle tutorial on: July 30, 2008 10:21:48 PM
How do you guys make your needles look like the wooden ones in the store. They are shiny and really really smooth. I sanded mine down with 120 and then with 220 sandpaper, stained them a few times and then rubbed them with wax paper. It's still snagging and not as nice. Do you guys use polyurethane?

I did this tonight and made 5 pairs for $1.99.  I sanded with some wet/dry paper I bought during my clay faze.  Did 600, then jumped right to 1000.  Then I used thread wax, the kind you use to coat thread for hand sewing, should be able to get it at any sewing supply store, maybe $2.  Here's a link, this seems like it will work fine.  http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat3368&PRODID=prd49639&source=search

I probably wouldn't use Polyurethane, my experience with that sort of thing is that it breaks down over time and gets all yucky.  That could just be the stuff I've used for things before but that's my experience.  I would just use the wax and go for a higher grit sandpaper.  I've heard you can get high grit sand paper at the auto store but I've never had luck there.  If you have a specialty woodworking store in town, check that.  Otherwise I went to that nice little shop online by the bay.  Ebay, that is...

This is FAB FAB FAB, I teach a knitting/crochet class and was frustrated having to put out so many $$ on knitting needles.  WAhoo!!! 
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Bayberry Hat - Japanese pattern on: July 30, 2008 02:44:29 PM
Very nice.  I love to mix and match C & K too!  So satisfying!!  What is the name of the book?

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Messenger/Diaper bag on: July 30, 2008 02:41:01 PM
So I FINALLY finished this bad boy.  I was starting to wonder if I was cursed or something with all the remakes I had to do.  But all in all, the bag looks FAB!  Let me know what you think!  As usual, sorry for the ick pics.  If I ever figure out how to get a decent picture of these things without setting up a whole white stage and hiring a pro photographer I'll let you know!






9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Skull purse/diaper/pirate bag--And Spidey too!! on: June 13, 2008 03:05:42 PM
The skull fabric is a really thin polyester.  I spray glued it to some heavier black fabric and then sewed all that together using stiffy interfacing.  It's a great size and lots of pockets.  That and the skull fabric is shiny and has red glitter eyes!  It was a costume fabric, you may be able to find more if you have a Jo Anns near you.  I love the spidey one too, I may have to make a new one for myself! 
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Skull purse/diaper/pirate bag--And Spidey too!! on: June 12, 2008 07:29:25 PM
I got it at Jo Anns fabric on the remnant rack maybe a week ago.  I am a remnant junkie, totally...


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