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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Down feathers EVERYWHERE! on: May 10, 2008 08:57:20 PM
I'm kind of late to the game on this one, but I remember reading an old book on making your own outdoors gear and their recommendation for working with down was to set up a pup tent inside and do all the work with the feathers inside with the door zipped up to contain the feathers and make clean up easier (ex. drag tent outside and dump remaining feathers outside). They did warn that if you worked with down and didn't do something like this to contain it that the feathers would get absolutely everywhere. I hope you had luck in cleaning-up/finishing your project.

2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Coconut Milk...any suggestions? on: December 22, 2007 05:04:09 PM
Cook coconut rice to go with your curry. Just use the coconut milk as cooking water with some Jasmine rice (top up with water to get the right proportions) and sprinkle some coconut on the top before serving.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Ideas for a little girl with everything & a craft-hating mother on: November 09, 2007 12:33:45 PM
Before you even mentionned the Princess kit I thought - Make her a big crazy tutu!!

If you have any experience with wood-working (or even if you don't), I have a fabulous idea based on a toy my (destructive) sister and (equally destructive) I had when we were little girls. It has the added benefits of
1) not reinforcing gender roles
2) being nearly impossible to break
3) channeling aggressive and destructive energy, and
4) probably annoying the hell out of her silly mother
5) being hand-crafty and hard to tell if it was homemade or just from an educational toystore

Hopefully you can understand my description:
It was a tiny little wooden toolbench - just a flat surface with two pieces of wood coming down the sides for legs. It had circular holes drilled out of the top, with brightly-painted lengths of hardwood dowel (probably 3-4 inches long and 1/2 inch diameter) that just barely fit into the holes, and a little wooden hammer to whale on them and bang them into the wholes. It's just a little bit of wood and paint to make, and we banged and banged and banged on that thing for years.

I'll never understand why my parents always bought such irritating children such annoying loud toys. Oh well.

Good luck!

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stabilizer for baby onesies/t-shirts? on: September 16, 2007 03:12:34 PM
I would use the dissolving stabilizer, myself. I can remember having a shirt with embroidery on it when I was 8 or 9 and it irritated my skin enough that I refused to wear it. It was metallic thread, so that might have had something to do with it, but I found the backing scratchy too, so probably having nothing there is ideal for a baby. And no metallic thread, obviously. I'd probably use cotton thread even though it's not as pretty and shiny as machine embroidery thread.
5  CANADA / Atlantic Canada / Re: Halifax? on: August 11, 2007 07:07:45 PM
Hello Halegonians!
Thanks for all of the great leads on places to find crafty supplies. I am supposed to be moving to Halifax in two weeks to go back to school to get my MA but I'm having a terrible time finding a place to live. I've decided that if I don't find a place by next week I'm going to quit school, put all my stuff in storage and bike around with my camping gear until it gets too cold to do it anymore. Defeatist maybe. The prospect of all such great craft supply sources gives me the motivation to head back down to Hali (again!) for my last ditch attempt to find a suitable place to live.

Maybe I'll see you all soon! Or maybe I'll see you all never! May the force be with you, regardless!
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lewiscraft is gone?! on: April 02, 2006 12:59:26 PM
Now that the Lewiscraft in Fredericton is closing down, the only places left to buy craft supplies are the two sewing stores (which don't have much) and the Wal-Mart - where I refuse to go.

I was surprised when I went in the store, though, and everything was 30% off except for some old Christmas stuff that was 70% off. That's just like a normal sale to me. But the yellow signs and bare-looking shelves seem to convince everyone that they are getting an incredible deal, and feeding frenzies ensue in such situations. I'm pretty sure the "everything must go" sale brought the supplies down to the prices they charge at WalMart in the same mall - which is, unfortunately, probably the reason Lewiscraft is going out of business in the first place.
7  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: FINALLY!!!! A guide to making hippie clothes!!!!! on: March 26, 2006 03:33:37 PM
I have both Hassle Free books too, and they're great! Absolutely hilarious! They're actually how I learned to sew. They were published by Straight Arrow Books in the late sixties/early seventies, and the authors are Sharon Rosenberg and Joan Weiner. There used to be fierce bidding wars for the first book on Ebay - I managed to get it for a decent price by someone who mispelled the title in their listing. I've seen it for much more reasonable prices now that there are alot more used booksellers online like on Abebooks - unlike the bad old days when I got my copy.

Definately track them down!

I'm wondering if maybe the author of Threads for Heads is considering republishing again someday. It doesn't sound very hippy-ish for someone to stop making a product available to the masses, but demand that no-one reproduce the copies that are out there. It's just bound to make those few copies out there a very hot commodity as demand mounts and supply remains stagnant.

BTW - If you're into hippy craft books (like me) - and want to learn to make your own shoes (like me) - track down a copy of "Shoes for Free People" - it's great, although harder to find than Hassle-Free - and not as funny. And without pictures of insane hippies and lots of cursing.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Fat Girl Halter Top on: March 12, 2006 09:21:24 AM
Thought I'd revive this thread because this month's (I actually think its technically the May Issue for some reason) Threads magazine (with the ugly "Fancy Hems!" on the cover) has a really interesting article on custom Boob Suspension systems to sew into clothes. Well, they don't call it that, exactly, but that's what it is. There is a really interesting sling-type apparatus using elastic bands and molded cups to wear under halter tops. The "about the author" caption says that she earned her PhDD in breast support when doing custom dresses for a Playboy Bunny club. I got some great ideas and am planning on trying to wear my first backless dress since I didn't have boobs (when I was 11).
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: I'm trying to draft a pattern...for a ten yard skirt... on: March 11, 2006 09:29:19 AM
The site below is made by an Australian tribal bellydancer who was sick of paying crazy shipping prices to have costumes sent from the US so decided to make patterns available so Aussies could make their own. It has instructions on making a ten yard skirt, as well as printable patterns for backless cholis. Super cool! I'm half done my first choli!

Enjoy!

http://www.annabella.net/costume.html
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Fat Girl Halter Top on: September 02, 2005 07:26:51 PM
Dear fellow big boobed small ribbed girls

I got damn sick of trying to find someone who would make bras to fit me, too.
I'm a 34DD. Here in Canada La Senza makes halter bras whose labels say they are in my size. By they ain't in my size. If you are a D-cup you might be able to order from them.

My solution to needing racerback bras was to find a normal one that fit and had a fair amount of slack in the straps, then unstitch the straps from the back of the bra, cross, and restitch.

I assume you could similarly alter a bra to be a halter by finding one that is fairly flat accross the back*** and also has long straps (or just replace the straps altogether) and then unstitch both straps in back, then take one in the front and detatch it altogether and sew the other end of the remaining strap to where the other one was previously attached in the front. Voila - halter bra.

I will caution you: I've never bothered with halters for two very good reasons that you might want to consider:
- They make your boobs look bigger
- All of the weight of your breasts will be pulling down on the back of your neck. I have heard of bigger breasted women (bellydancers actually) custom making halter bras and then ending up with pinched nerves, backpain and numbness from the weight. Just FYI.

I have also been planning on learning to make bras. Check out www.bramakers.com for resources and materials. Do be cautioned that you will probably have to alter patterns, or combine pieces that weren't meant to be combined if you are a weird size. You can also take old bras apart and use them as a pattern. There used to be an article on the threads website that explained how to do this.

Sorry to commandeer the thread with my bra obsession, but this is something I've been trying to get the nerve up to do for quite awhile. (make bras - not comandeer a thread...)



*** not very clear, probably, what I mean is that the straps are just sewn onto a straight part like this ------- rather than having a back that looks like this  --^--^-- where there is extra fabric on top--- screw it - I have been typing my thesis all summer long and am officially inarticulate as hell. I can only explain things in academic jargon and I don't think that patriarchal consciousness and sewing are related.... actually maybe they are. Bleh.
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