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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / American-made fabrics? on: May 10, 2010 06:42:43 PM
Hi all,

I have a friend whose family has recently decided to stop purchasing products that may have been made overseas to avoid supporting unethical working conditions.  It turns out that clothing made in America with American-made materials is pretty expensive--I think she said she found jeans for her kids for around $90 and she's got 4 young children!

Does anybody know of any good resources for made-in-the-USA fabrics, threads, buttons, etc?  We've found several online that have some basic selections, but I'd be interested in local connections, small businesses, whatever you all could give me.

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Super quick 3-button neckwarmer on: December 02, 2009 10:45:36 PM
I made this a few weeks ago while watching a movie.  The yarn is Lionbrand's Hometown USA in something yellowy, size 15 or 19ish needles...not sure which.  I found the large buttons in a 3 pack in walmart.  The pattern was made up as I went.  I increased and decreased along the lower edge to give it a bit more width.  The one change I would make is that I would have made it a bit shorter.  When I wear it certain ways, like as a cowl, it gets kind of drafty and then is more for show than function--and I ALWAYS need scarves for warmth this time of year. 

On to the pics!

Front Buttoned



3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / First post!!! Joyful noise baby T-shirt on: September 14, 2009 04:01:11 PM
Hi all!

I've been a lurker for years.  Long years.  I just never got around to registering until today.  Anywho, on to the project:

I made this for my friends' son.  His first birthday was last April, and I, of course, wanted to give him something one-of-a-kind.  He LOVES music (instruments, singing, banging on things until he's told they're not drums), so I came up with the "I make joyful noise" idea.

I used a "crayon" font (i think I googled that) for the lettering and then free-handed the notes and lines and such.  I used transfer paper (like for use with a tracing wheel) to imprint the design on the t-shirt and then just went at it with gusto.  I think it took an evening or so.

The wet spot and random marks on the shirt are tracing marks in the process of being removed.

C&C coveted ;-)
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