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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Weight of roving required? on: August 29, 2012 06:34:20 AM
I've tried to look this up but haven't found any answers as of yet. How much roving is required to make stuff? To be specific-

I'll be buying 23 micron merino.

What I am considering making-

1. A wet felted waistcoat, for a medium-large lady

2. Felt scale armour. This is entirely experimental, but I'm going to be making sheets of different colours, cutting out the scales and attaching them to a backing. I hope it will be a tabbard style of about mid-thigh length, so maybe enough to make a medium thickness sheet of about 1.5m x 50cm?

Unfortunately, all the tutorials I've seen for things go along the 'some' line of measurement, which isn't helpful when you want to do one online order and have everything you need.

Thanks!
2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Dyeing specific pattern into wool blanket on: April 25, 2012 03:43:14 AM
Hi everyone,

I'm just trying to get some opinions on how to get a specific effect on a wool blanket, because the only dyeing I've done before is the usual 'obtain dye packet, follow instructions, fail slightly'.

I've got a white wool blanket. At least, I'm hoping it's 100% wool. I'll try and work that part out when it arrives, but let's assume it is.

I want to get a sort of 'tabby cat' pattern onto it- essentially, browny background with irregular black stripes and splodges. But it needs to be regular enough to be sort of recognisable as a tabby pattern.

The most 'reliable' solution I've come up with so far is dyeing the whole thing brown and needle felting the black bits on. Which is fine, but is going to take frigging forever, and I'm a bit fed up of frigging forever projects at the moment.

So, alternatives. I would guess I'd have to dye the entire thing brown and then find some way of dyeing the other bits on top, but I'm not sure which method would actually work (and end up with black, rather than navy like the last thing I tried to dye black). The finished product needs to be able to be washed (ideally machine on cold) without all the dye going away, because it's being made into a cloak for cold and wet larping. I've seen the shaving foam method which looks like the sort of thing that could work, but I wasn't sure how well it would work on wool, or how well the desired pattern would form. Does anyone have any better suggestions?
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Breakfast and lunch on the go ideas? on: October 04, 2010 12:24:25 PM
So the Uni term has just started, and due to a combination of hilarious timetable and living quite a way from campus, it looks like most days I'll have to have lunch, and indeed breakfast, not at home. I say most days, it's pretty much every day. I have to leave too early in the morning to have breakfast before I go, and the food available to buy is a) expensive and b) not exactly health food.

So, ideas. I ideally need things that keep well, although unfortunately I don't have any freezer room this year, and don't take a heap of ingredients to make. I have fridge space, but things tend to go off fairly quickly and I don't have a lot of time most evenings to cook very much. And I don't exactly fancy sandwiches every single day for a year.

I'm currently thinking that some kind of flapjacks would be a good plan for breakfast (there's a recipe in Nigella Express I might modify), but other than that, no clues.
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Post Secret Round 13 Gallery (Sent out August 18, 2010) on: September 14, 2010 07:50:58 AM
Right. Here- finally- are the fabby secret's I've received.





Back-






Back-




The sequence of post-it's say 'My mum leaves notes all over the house on post-it notes. Some of them are sensible reminders. Most of them are pointless. It drives me CRAZY!!'.
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / How to thead a Mini Stitch on: August 14, 2010 07:35:16 AM
Yeah, I know. It was free though so I thought I'd better at least have a go before ditching it. As is fairly typical on cheap rubbish the instructions are as helpful as a poke in the eye. I think I've done the top thread properly, but due to having no clue at all I can't work out what I'm suposed to do with the bottom bobbin. The instructions literally say 'put it in the slot and leave 2" of thread'. Er... Thanks? Theres a notch in the slot which I assume the thread needs to rest in, but how it's supposed to go, I have no clue.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: I'm not a jewelry person but.... on: August 01, 2010 01:07:39 PM
Well, the red one appears to be a Swarovski bicone, I'd guess the blue were faceted round beads but they could be flat backed. The green is probably flat backed judging by the photo, I don't think it's Swarovski though.
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: TTTPT Two Tiny Terry Pratchett Things (SIGNUPS 08July-08Aug SEND DATE 10Sep'10) on: July 22, 2010 09:20:03 AM
Hrm... I'm tempted, not sure whether I've got enough time at the moment though... I'll have a think about it.
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Post Secret Round 13 (Signups Closed, Send out August 18) on: July 22, 2010 09:16:58 AM
It didn't cost me much to send my ten last time. I wouldn't have said it was much more than it cost to send the inter-UK ones. I like getting international ones, you get the cool stamps.
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Post Secret Round 13 (Signups July 20 - August 4, Send out August 18) on: July 21, 2010 10:39:26 AM
Pff, I was going to wait but then I saw all the replies and I thought 'oh my god I've got to hurry up!'. So hopefully I'm one of the 24.

Only doing 5 this time, I'm not sure I've even got ten secrets left any more... Note to self- do not start crafting a week before send date. Bad things happen.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Monthly Odd Holidays - July on: July 19, 2010 11:52:55 AM
Here (eventually... once I prised my sister off the computer with a crowbar) are the photos of the awesomeness. And oddness, I suppose.

Group shot


For Rabbit Week, adorable amiguri bunny. In purple! She's an awful lot classier than the monster pair lurking in our garden, that's for sure.



Obligatory cat shot



For World UFO day, painted UFO pillowcases. Quite how it's so neat I'll never know, every time I've tried it looks like  I'm celebrating World Blob Week



For Embrace Your Geekness day, a Doctor Who themed zipper pouch. Which is bigger on the inside. Yes it's an old and terrible pun. Yes it *was* totally required. I love the fabrics- the outside and the lining (which I forgot to photograph...).




Thanks Cazz, I love everything! And I loved making everything too. Thanks for being a great partner!

And since it's the last package, second obligatory cat shot



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