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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / What to do with this owl thing? on: January 29, 2012 05:34:53 PM
So I went through my grandma's jewelry box and I found this owl pendant thing. Its head is attached to the body by jump rings, and its tail and the stick it's perching on used to be the same way, but it broke. So I'm letting E-6000 do it's magic while I try to figure out what to do with the center. I assume it used to have a piece of turquoise inside if cuz that's what's in the eye sockets. But I can't find that and now I wanna make it into a necklace but can't find anything to put in it's belly. Any suggestions? Sorry for the long ramble..

http://s1076.photobucket.com/albums/w456/Ghostycat/?action=view&current=IMG_20120129_170012.jpg
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Scrap Leather Strips? on: January 05, 2012 02:59:36 PM
What would you do with a 5lb bag of leather strips? They're fairly stiff so I don't think I could braid them. Does anyone have some way to get the leather to soften? I was thinking soaking them in super hot water...or would that ruin them? :/
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Polyester embroidery thread on: December 30, 2011 02:30:27 PM
Heeelllo So I have a question regarding Polyester embroidery thread, I bought a bunch of spools in neon colors because for one: they're neon, and two: the spool has 1100 yards on it.
The thread is a bit thinner than regular coats and clarks all purpose thread I know but does anyone else use it for stitching? I'm planning on making seams with it, but also using my serger - just incase.

1100 yards of thread for like 2.50 (joanns sale) is very very hard to pass up, so yay or nay on using it for sewing
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Creating suspenders with gross grain ribbon(?) on: December 27, 2011 05:31:12 PM
It has been foreverrr since I posted, I've been on a hiatus, but I have a question that you folks may be able to answer.

I want to make suspenders to complete some of my outfits, but I want to use polyester gross grain. Anyways, I wanna use it because mainly because they tend to have a lot of interesting designs, some have Disney characters, Hello Kitty, etc on them. Now I know suspenders are made of elastic but since they really won't be used to keep my pants up, why does it matter if it stretches or not? Don't suspenders usually have adjustable d-rings anyways?

http://www.yycraft.com/store/images/IMG_3547.jpg

Pretty spiffy looking for suspenders if you ask me.

Thanks in advance <3
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / What's wrong with my Asiatic lily? on: May 18, 2011 05:54:00 PM
Ok so I bought an Asiatic Lily on clearance, 2 of the flowers were almost ready to bloom, but the other 3 were still buds(?) Anyways, I take it home and the first flower blooms the next day, and the other one bloomed yesterday..but the other 3 buds haven't done anything. Here's a picture..

The leaves are also turning yellow at the bottom of the stem. And I am keeping it waterd, but not drowning it either..

6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / A few questions (Regarding sewing terms, Fabric etc) on: May 11, 2011 10:15:28 PM
Heeeello everyone, I suppose I'm what you could call a sewing newbie. I'm really determined to learn everything that I can about the trade, because I really want to become a seamstress..but the thing is, there is no one in my city that I can find to teach me so I have to learn by doing, because I can't really learn by reading sewing books so I decided to come to you guys as far as my questions go, I'll post some here and as I get responses, or as I come up with them I'll post. Soo yeah

How come shirts, and other clothing that you buy from stores is always super soft, yet when you get fabric it seems stiff and...not feel like something you'd want to wear. Even the 100% cotton t-shirts from stores are super soft, yet 100% cotton material doesn't seem like something I'd feel comfortable in...is it because you have to wash it and use fabric softener or something?

What is selvege?
What is the 'Yoke'?
How do you make those perfect seams without a serger?
If I am close to running out of thread on my bobbin, if I wind more thread onto it- will the needle thread pick it up instantly? or could that jam the machine?
Is rayon thread better to use than polyester?
Is tailor's chalk better than fabric markers?
Do you personally use rotary cutters for cutting fabric, or patterns? They seem much easier to cut straight lines rather than using scissors, and I bought a 45mm cutter and a small cutting mat, but I don't really want to spend 30$ for something that I'm not going to use..

Thanks so much in advance!!
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