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1791  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Please help those who know ANYTHING about early 1970's female hippie style! on: August 10, 2010 05:05:17 PM
Grace Slick famously said that if you remember the sixties you weren't really there, but white crocheted bikinis -- you obviously were there, Sue!  I'd totally forgotten about macram headbands and centre-parted hair, but that's absolutely dead-on. Loukr, if you do that, with the excellent caftan you found (I'd love to see your closet!), a pair of granny glasses and sandals (Indian preferred), you'll be perfect. And of course you shouldn't worry about the holes in the caftan, unless they're in really awkward places.

I trust we'll get an action shot of the final ensemble?

1792  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: craftalong to post a project on every completed projects board in craftster 2010 on: August 10, 2010 04:48:28 PM
Vintage Austrian and Croatian goodies, Edel? Just knowing they're out there is exciting enough for me!

Any good journal pages you can share when you get back?

1793  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: WWP Lammas/Lugh Swap Round 21 Gallery on: August 10, 2010 04:44:46 PM
Hey Edel! Yes, you must get signed up before you start on the trek home. You can craft while Mollie drives! (Or the other way around if necessary.)

There has been some really creative stuff in this round. But there always is. Do we have the most fun on Craftster? I think we probably do.

I better get my questionnaire in for Round 22 before I forget.

1794  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Please help those who know ANYTHING about early 1970's female hippie style! on: August 09, 2010 05:43:18 PM
And "love beads" - another essential accessory. Best if they're made of wood, seedpods, shells or other natural materials.

I think one of the reasons that "ethnic" fabrics were so much part of the hippie aesthetic was simply that they were almost the only natural cotton fabrics available. It seems hard to believe now, but it was very difficult to find 100% cotton in anything but unbleached muslin, cheesecloth or printed calico. Polyester and nylon were the fabrics of the day, and it was unthinkable that anyone would ever want anything else. (Remember double-knits? Aaghh!) The fact that they felt icky and made you smell bad was just something that nobody ever mentioned!

That I can now go into my local Fabricland chain and have my choice of beautiful fabrics in pure cotton, linen or silk is still a source of amazement to me. It's all I can do to keep from buying them all just in case they're taken away again!

1795  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Mabon Swap Round 22 (Signups 8-8-10 to 8-14-10, SO 9-13-10) on: August 09, 2010 05:23:56 PM
Thanks for the Lisa Thiel link. I've heard her stuff on podcasts and such, but it never occurred to me look on YouTube. I love this song especially. Now I'll probably have it running through my head all night, but that's okay!

1796  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! on: August 09, 2010 05:18:12 PM
First of all: aw, shucks! I'm so baffled that there aren't more men on Craftster. Why, if the boys knew how the womenfolk love us, they'd all be here! Thanks, ladies - you've made my week! Kiss

And lovesclutter, if you have lilac gingham, of course it has to become a ruffle! I don't think there can be any question about that! The purple is more than living up to its potential.

And Ludi, your unibloomer is one of the most brilliant things I've seen in months. I can hardly wait to see another one! Silly? Hardly.

1797  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! on: August 08, 2010 05:38:25 PM
HOMIGOSH WULF! I never knew someone could be an expert in rusting but it sounds like you totally are.

It's important to have at least one useful skill! Wink

I'm sure your voodoo ragdoll will be scarily brilliant. You've made me look forward to Hallowe'en already!

And lovesclutter, I really do hope you get a break in the heat soon. It's finally cooled off a bit up here and what a difference it makes!

1798  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! on: August 07, 2010 05:25:55 PM
It's always nice to be able to comment on something that I actually know about!

You can easily rust chain by soaking it in salt water for a day or so. But the rust may rub off, and not necessarily in a good way. Better to do it a test first, and if you don't like the result, do it with paint. It's actually a bit difficult to spraypaint chain, because you can't get in between the links very well. A better way is to use acrylic paint that's thinned until it just runs easily (but still thick enough that when you dip your finger into it, the colour isn't transparent) and dip the chain in it. Stir it around to cover all the parts, lift it out and give it a good shimmy to shake off the excess. You'll need to hang it to dry (over newspapers because it'll drip) and re-arrange it every five minutes or so to keep the spots where the links meet from gumming together.

If your chain is quite shiny, it may take several coats, letting it dry a few hours between them. You can just use a single colour (burnt sienna or red ochre is fine, or tint it with about 20% raw sienna for a truer colour) or, for a very convincing finish, do a good base coat, and when it's dry, lay the chain out on newspaper and spatter it with one or two other colours for texture. Raw umber, burnt umber or black are all good for this, and the paint should be thinned quite a bit more so it just stains the surface rather than coating it. Just use a wide paint brush to flick paint over the chain (okay, use lots of newspaper for this, as there's no way to avoid making a mess!), turning it and rearranging it to get all sides. Don't worry about missing spots or being even. When it looks suitably grungy, hang to dry. Remember that the paint is much more visible when it's wet, so you may find that what looks just right may be far too little when it's dry.

Okay, from dirty metal to ruffles: If you don't have a ruffler foot (and once you've used one you'll wonder why you ever tried to do it without), another good way to do it is to lay down a heavy thread (buttonhole thread is perfect) and zig-zag over it, being careful not to catch it with the needle. (You may already have a presser foot with a little hole at the front; this is what it's for. Thread the heavy thread through the hole and it'll remain perfectly spaced between the zigzags as you stitch along.) To gather, simply slide the fabric back along the thread and tie it off. Use a fairly long stitch length and only enough width to easily clear the gathering thread. The advantage of this method is that there's little chance of breaking the heavy thread as you pull it, so it's good for lo-o-ong lengths of ruffle.

1799  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Please help those who know ANYTHING about early 1970's female hippie style! on: August 07, 2010 04:39:17 AM
Hassle-Free Clothing is a wonderful find! I'm going to have to start looking for a copy of my own. And you can't beat it for authenticity! Thanks for the great tip.

1800  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Please help those who know ANYTHING about early 1970's female hippie style! on: August 06, 2010 07:00:58 PM
The only useful book I can find at the moment is "Making Clothes in Leather" by Ben and Elizabeth Morris. It has some good suede hats in it. Date is 1975, so a bit late and fashionable, but still fairly characteristic.

There are patterns and instructions for these two. I can scan them and send them to you if they'd be useful, though I think you probably don't have time before the festival.

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