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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Blocking Fabric. Help! on: December 03, 2006 08:18:10 PM
I have decided I want to learn to sew. So I bought Sew U by Wendy Mullin and she suggests that you block it. For my first project I chose to make pajama bottoms, but to get practice I was going to start with a muslin version first. I have not washed the muslin but then she talks about ripping or threading, so I went to try it and it didn't work. I did get it to rip but it made the edges kind of ruffle. Then I tried the threading method and the thread would break after about and inch or so. Do you have an suggestions or is this a necessary step? This is probably just a newbie question but I could use all the help and suggestions on anything about first projects.
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / First Dyed Rovings on: February 24, 2006 08:15:43 PM
I dyed these rovings this morning with Wilton's Cake Dyes. This is the first time I have dyed rovings although I did try dyeing yarn a couple of months ago.

The two together:

This is the roving I'm spinning right now.

I think I may have felted the rovings (I've never tried to felt before, so I'm not sure what it looks like)

The roving turned out kind of fuzzy and flat in color, but when I have ordered rioving before it's been shiny. Does soaking it in a woolwash make it shiny and smooth again? Any suggestions?
3  UNITED STATES / Kansas / Topeka Stitch n Bitch on: April 04, 2005 05:40:12 PM
For anyone interested in joining the Topeka Stitch n Bitch go to:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/stitchnbitch-topeka

It is just forming so head on over! Wink
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Where do you find your fabric? on: December 26, 2004 01:52:58 PM
I was at the store today and looking through the pattern books and I really like a lot of the patterns I saw but I can never find fabric I want. I am looking for "hip" fabric, all I ever see is just plain and granny quilt stuff. Where do you find tweed stuff, faux suede, stuff that is like designer in fabrics? Please let me know, I am always curious where people find some of these fabrics.

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