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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making my black boots brown.... on: June 24, 2010 09:27:31 AM
Well, if they are shiny, they've probably been sealed already.  I'd suggest getting some leather dye, from Tandy leather, if there is one in your area and doing a spot check somewhere that wouldn't be very noticeable.  Either your dye will bead up on the surface or sink it.  If it beads up, you're SOL.  Even if it sinks in the best you could hope for is a very dark brown since the leather is already black.  It would be like trying to dye black hair brown. 

Spray painting would give more opaque coverage, but as you said, it probably will end up cracking and peeling.
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Tea staining question on: May 13, 2010 12:21:13 PM
I'm helping a friend with some wedding reception crafts. She wants the table cards to look like treasure maps ( Caribbean theme). So I got some nice paper that we can tea stain. My question is should we draw the maps before or after staining?  We'll be using Stabilo fine tipped felt pens. I wish I had time to test, but of course we're in a time crunch. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: leather battle axe on: February 24, 2010 10:26:27 AM
Oh, what a great idea..  I'm just starting to get into leather work now and I love it.  Great axe!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Candy cane girl.... Simplicity 9591 on: December 11, 2009 06:27:28 AM
i bet if you put a huge wide black belt on it it'd look really awesome too! i love the dress, i think it looks adorable on you!

Haha! I was going to say the exact same thing!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Re-creating Renaissance dress...minus the velvet! on: November 17, 2009 11:15:04 AM
Linen or Duopioni Silk.  Both are natural fiber, thus breathe very well.  I've made some mideival garb for the SCA.  Our events are days long and I've found that linen, even long sleeves with layers is the best.  I wear a long sleeved underdress from white linen, a short sleeved kirtle and sometimes a sideless surcoat and sure I'm warm, but not sweating profusely and as long as I stay in the shade, I'm fine. 

For that dress a Duopioni silk would probably work very well.  And I agree with the suggestion of gold or deep yellow or maybe even a medium purple.  i'd probably stay away from the fur cuffs.  good luck
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tutorial: How to pattern foam costumes on: October 20, 2009 07:14:35 AM
Amazing!  Thank you so much.  Now I have to make one!
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Question about Fabric - Max's wolf pajamas on: October 09, 2009 10:35:02 AM
I'm gonna guess a textured fleece.  It's a pretty simple project, I made something similar for my son, the hardest part is going to be setting the snaps.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: mushroom wrap top on: October 06, 2009 06:47:28 AM
great top and thanks for posting the pattern!  I'm going to make one too, probably a knit version.  I've got to get some sewing done this weekend.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dia de los Muertos Skirt on: September 22, 2009 07:29:16 AM
The skirt is great, but what I really want to know is where did you get that belt?  I love it!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help me with my pattern, PLEASE! Winsome Cardigan, Knitscene Spring 2009 on: September 09, 2009 09:52:42 AM
OMG, I love you!  Thank you sooo much.  That makes perfect sense now that you say it, and you're right about the short rows, I'll do that.  Amazing!
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