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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: How is this bracelet made? Is there such a thing as double-drilled beads? on: August 04, 2012 11:11:38 AM
I've done some research and found that 1) there are double-drilled beads, and they're kinda pricey. But 2) I might be able to recreate this with regular beads using the right angle weave technique. Any thoughts on that? The negative I can see to using the RAW is that I'm not sure I can do it using elastic thread, and I might have to use larger accent beads than seed beads, since multiple strands will have to pass through the seed beads.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / How is this bracelet made? Is there such a thing as double-drilled beads? on: August 03, 2012 07:31:37 PM
OK, I am madly in love with these bracelets, but I can't figure out how they're made. I know they're elastic, and I've got many different types of pearls and seed beads, but unless the pearls are double-drilled, I'm not sure how to recreate this, or even what to Google for. Any help?






3  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: "Aged" Fabric (for copycat Anthropologie skirt) on: March 30, 2011 07:58:02 AM
Thanks for the advice! Maybe I'll do a test sample this weekend and see how it goes.
4  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / "Aged" Fabric (for copycat Anthropologie skirt) on: March 29, 2011 09:52:02 AM
Browsing the Anthropologie site the other day, I found this skirt, that I fell in love with:

Love, love, love, love, LOVE. Might be the only thing from Anthro that I've ever truly wanted.

Here's a better image of the fabric.


Well, instead of spending $200 on a skirt, I figured I could make one myself. I found similar fabric and a pattern that I think I can modify.


65% Cotton, 35% Polyester. It's not perfect, but it's pretty good as-is, and it was $1.98/yard.

I'd love to get it closer to the Anthro version, but can't figure out the best way to get that color. Do I want to overdye with tan? Dye with coffee or tea? Something else I haven't thought of? I looked through the boards and tutorials and couldn't find an answer.

I have 4 yards, and I plan on taking a small piece and sample-dyeing before doing all 4 yards. (It may have been cheap, but that's no reason to take unnecessary risks.) I'm open to trying whatever method might get me the results I want.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making bras for itty bitty *ahem* chests on: July 30, 2010 07:49:27 AM
Vicky's does indeed have AA sizing in the smaller sizes (34 for sure). But, you have to ask for it, because it's not something they put out (apparently those of us with this problem are not buying enough bras, perhaps because we can't find them?).
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Getting rid of the extra room in front of my pants on: July 30, 2010 07:44:46 AM
If you're making *new* pants, Simplicity has a great line called "Amazing Fit." I have made these pants (2562): http://www.simplicity.com/p-1521-missmiss-petite-pants.aspx
but there are several others (linked below).

The patterns include versions for 3 different shapes, including those with a lot of booty and those with none. I have to say that the fit was fantastic (the patterns are a bit tedious to follow because they include a lot of finishing techniques and are made in a different order than I'm used to, and don't get me started about the fly zipper).

I was wondering if you just needed a lower rise. I didn't think about crotch curve though.

2680: http://www.simplicity.com/p-1777-missmiss-petite-pants.aspx
2700: http://www.simplicity.com/p-1650-missmiss-petite-pants.aspx
2342: http://www.simplicity.com/p-5250-misses-miss-petite-pants.aspx
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Creative uses for smaller pieces of flannel on: May 19, 2010 12:19:32 PM
Thanks so much for all the awesome ideas!
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / What to do with this fabric? (add yours!) on: May 14, 2010 11:36:19 AM
I love flannel, and buy smallish pieces of it (fat quarters, remnants, occasionally a 1/2 yard piece) all the time. But, I never sew with it, because I don't know what to make! Lots of it is children's (animals), but there's some other cool stuff. (Note: I don't actually have kids myself, just nephews, so I tend to buy kids' fabric and then not know what to do with it. It's a sickness, I know. Smiley )

So, I'm looking for some creative ways to use fat quarters of flannel. Here's what I've come up with, and I'm not very inspired by my list:

  • Baby bibs
  • Cloth pads
  • Patchwork blanket

So, what other ideas can you come up with? I don't want to hide the fabric (substitute for batting in a quilt, for instance), I'd like to show it off.

Thanks in advance!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Experiment #1 with Shrinky Dinks: Acrylic Paint on: May 12, 2010 07:44:09 AM
These are fabulous! Way to take a popular craft idea to the next level!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Three Very Different Windows in Master Bedroom on: November 18, 2009 06:28:25 AM
Very pretty curtains! You should post pictures when you're done!

That's a bummer about the cream walls. Do you plan on staying there a long time? If you do, it might be worth it to ask your landlord if you can paint. I've painted quite a few rentals. Just a thought.
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