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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Can't seem to find 1.75" rings anywhere. on: March 11, 2015 07:18:30 AM
I found a kit on Etsy and used their idea as inspiration for something of my own.  I tried the idea I had with stuff I had laying around and it worked pretty well.
However, I don't really like the look of the finished piece with the things I had on hand because the top of the earring circle has a fairly noticeable connector.
I have been looking for plain rings, they don't have to be solid, they could be like a jump ring that are about 1.75" across.  I know I can make my own and I have asked The Ring Lord about making them for me, but I would rather spend most of my time/money on the inner sections.

Here are my samples from what I had on hand to give you an idea of what I am making.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / I would love some advice on embroidery machines, more details below. on: February 22, 2015 04:55:15 PM
So I have finally convinced the hubby to cosplay with me.  Of course he picks something with a ton of embroidery from Trinity Blood.
Since we don't know how often we will actually use it I was hoping to get something that was a few hundred dollars, not a few thousand.  I might someday upgrade, but for now we don't need anything too fancy.
From my searches online it seems that both Janome or Brother make the most popular ones.  I would love to hear opinions on either to see which might be best for my intentions.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / I would love some help finding a pattern to make this piggy pillow. on: September 21, 2014 04:57:13 PM
I have looked online, but for some reason, I have just had no luck.  I would love to be able to make my own pig pillow (or maybe a kitty pillow) very similar to the one in the picture.  While I would love for it to be a free pattern, if it is by one of the big companies, I could wait to get it at work for a good deal, so feel free to link those too.

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / How to finish this cat. on: December 18, 2013 08:08:49 AM
My mom found a listing on Craig's List for a bunch of scraps of fabric.  She got me a bag of really cool ones, but as I was going through I found all these oddly shaped bundles pinned together.  When I flattened them out it looked like a shape of a cat.  So now I have a bunch of these bundles that have a cat body, two back legs and a tail.  I have a general idea on how to sew it, but I don't know what kind of finishing this kind of project usually gets.


Here is one of the bundles.  You can see that the cat will be seen in profile and the back legs will help hold it up.
If anyone has worked on something like this before I would love some ideas.  Pictures wouldn't hurt either ^.~
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How can I make the pattern for leggings show the different heights around waist? on: October 25, 2013 08:24:29 AM
Hi all!
I got these leggings from Forever 21 and I love them.  They fit me perfectly and even magically fit my friend who is about 20 lbs lighter than me.  Because of these leggings I have discovered my love of them.  Since these fit so well, I want to make more so I can have tons.
I generally know how to make patterns from things, but nothing like this.  As you can see in the pic below, the front is shorter than the back.  How do I show this on the pattern?
I know it would be easier to take it apart and make a pattern that way, but I don't want to!  I would love to be able to just trace it and add a but more for seam and cuffs.
How should I go about showing the differing heights?



Edit: I actually figured it out on my own.  I was going to make it so I had to lay the pattern on the fold, but I realized that I could just make the whole leg pattern flat.  That way I can put the front lower than the back.  It also means less cutting.
Go me!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / What can I use to treat cotton fabric to make it more durable? on: October 18, 2013 08:42:11 AM
I have a pin-back button maker. For the longest time I've just used it to make paper ones. Lately I've been thinking of making some using fabric. My problem is that the fabric is thin, so I'm worried it might wear through too quickly. Interfacing has helped sone, but I've found that it doesn't fuse as well as I think it does. I can just peel it off the back even though I follow the ironing instructions. Is there anything out there that will more reliably hold the fibers together? I've heard mixed reviews about Scotch Guard. The fabric also cannot be made too stiff since then it might wear on the machine too much.
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / How can I find out if a fabric is not for commercial use? on: October 10, 2013 07:40:51 AM
I have noticed that some fabrics have "not for commercial use" on the selvage. I can understand that some people wouldn't want their patterns to be used in items being sold.
Here is my problem. A bunch of my friends know that I like using scraps in the things I am working on for my online shop. They have been giving me garbage bags worth of quilt scraps. I'm worried that I won't be able to tell if any of the fabrics are not for commercial use. While it might not be a huge deal right now, since my shop gets so few views, I still don't want to risk it for later when I become super successful (at least that is my plan)
Is there any place I can check on things like this? I don't want to just throw out all of their donations.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Nylon beading thread vs nylon sewing thread for beading? on: September 09, 2013 07:48:23 PM
I know beading thread used for beading most of the time, but what is the difference between it and the bonded sewing thread? At Jo Anns they sell a upholstery thread that they say is "It is a bonded 3-ply nylon thread that is weather; abrasion; mildew and UV resistant" Would that work as well as beading thread?

Here is a link to the product I was talking about:
http://www.joann.com/coats-clark-extra-strong-upholstery-thread-150-yd/xprd1130538/
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / What is a good and simple video editing software for long videos? on: August 22, 2013 09:22:50 PM
So I've been making videos of me playing video games.  To post them on YouTube I want to cut the videos into chunks of about 25-30 mins.  That way they are view-able without making a bit commitment.  I have been using Windows Live Movie Maker, since it came with my computer.  It works fine for videos that are 3 hours or less, but it doesn't work at all with longer ones.
With the longer videos, it just stops giving a preview and freezes a lot when I try and work with it.  I've done a few "work arounds" that deal with saving a temp video and going back and editing that.  Well, that takes a long time.  I would rather be playing more or doing something else than saving a video just to have to edit and re-save it to make no real changes.
I've tried an older version of Adobe Premiere, but since it is an older copy, it doesn't like the MP4 format I have to work with.
All I'm looking to do is to go in and cut out the breaks I take (which also make editing easier) and to be able to save each chunk individually and in 720p.
I have a Windows 7 machine.

Edit: Feel free to include some less expensive softwares that might do what I want.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / How can I use floral Styrofoam as a mold for plaster of paris? on: August 17, 2013 12:44:53 PM
So I have been looking into some things for random cosplay.  I found these really cool hollow half-sphere things in the floral section of my local Jo Ann Fabrics.  Well, the outside is much too big for what I'm looking to have, but the inside looks to be almost perfect.  I was thinking of filling it with plaster of paris and making a hold that I could shape things over.  Here is what I'm wondering.  How can I get the plaster out once it sets?  It would be ideal if I could keep the foam form in case I need to make a new one (they are kinda expensive).
They are a lot like these: http://www.craftmill.co.uk/polystyrene-styrofoam-plastic-balls/large-hollow-polystyrene-balls/polystyrene-balls-styrofoam-balls-in-2-hollow-halves
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