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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: My huge, textured mermaid painting on: January 12, 2012 09:29:00 AM
I really love your painting. It's one of those the-more-I-look-at-it,-the-more-I-like-it types.

I like how her hair curls.. I can just imagine being in the ocean (or, since I'm not a mermaid, I would be at a beach  Grin)

I really like how her body, even though it's under water, still somewhat visibly curls out into her tail which comes out above water. Usually, the mermaid's body tends to be the focus. I feel that in this case, that is not true. The focus (for me) is instead how she feels as well as how I feel looking at the scene.

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: This is the Season of Red! on: January 12, 2012 09:13:42 AM
Those are all so pretty! I love the color red as well, but not just for the holidays! Smiley

Are these all decorations, or are they pins...?
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Hand-made Christmas Wreaths, Water marble ornaments, and decor... on: January 04, 2012 10:55:31 PM
Awh, at least from the pictures, the decorations seemed to have come out looking good! Did you keep them up only for the party or did you keep them up for a while afterwards?
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Frosty snowflakes falling over Chistmas - my annual ornament on: January 04, 2012 10:39:51 PM
Those look so beautiful! I can't even pick a favorite color  Smiley

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: from boreable to adorable! (UPDATE) on: August 06, 2011 08:53:43 PM
I love how your shirts turned out! They're very simple ideas that changed the shirts completely.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Red Dress <3 on: June 11, 2011 03:09:38 AM
I think it looks really good! But the zipper kind of stands out Sad [in the photo, at least]. Also, is it just me, or does it seem a bit baggy across your chest, from armpit-to-armpit?
Besides that, I really like the style Smiley
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help a beginner understand bias tape on: June 08, 2011 06:01:23 PM
Thank you very much, that is helpful advice that I will be keeping in mind!

Do you have any advice for knit fabrics too?

Thanks again Cheesy
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: What to do with this fabric? (add yours!) on: June 08, 2011 02:28:26 PM
I have two different types of Barbie fabric that I'm not sure what to do with.

Any ideas are welcome!

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/245880_26May11_100MEDIA_IMAG0046.jpg

I was thinking cat toys or something of that sort.

Thanks,

Bri

ps. i think i have about a yard and a quarter of both fabrics. =)

Looks like PJ shorts to me!
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: A few questions (Regarding sewing terms, Fabric etc) on: June 08, 2011 02:24:33 PM
Oh okay thanks Smiley
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help a beginner understand bias tape on: June 08, 2011 02:22:50 PM
The big deal about bias tape is this: Bias tape will go round curves without having to be folded.

Oh.  Undecided


Hi there!  First, there's a difference between "bias" and "bias tape".  Bias tape is fabric strips cut on the bias, which is 45 degrees to the grain of the fabric.  The strips are usually folded in and pressed.  Bias cut fabric, when it's not cut up into strips, usually has a little stretch to it, and has a little swing to it.  You can tell the difference really easily by looking at two A-line skirts, one cut on the bias and one cut straight.  Bias tape is used to bind edges or make hems, or can even be used for straps.  It comes in single fold and double fold, or you can make your own.

Ribbon is woven as a single strip of fabric on the straight grain, where even commercial bias tape is cut and joined.  Ribbon can be used instead of bias tape in some cases, but it's not often recommended.

Hmm, okay. So is ribbon not generally used in sewing then? I was planning on sewing some homemade bias tape onto the hems of a shirt I'm [attempting to] reconstruct. Cheesy I just wasn't sure *why* it couldn't be ribbon.. so basically it's just easier right?


For your second question, knits tend to be a little more finicky, and if you don't know how to work with them, you may get frustrated or disappointed.  That said, if you research them a little bit, there's no reason NOT to use them!  They're great!  Some of the first things I made were with knits, because they're pretty forgiving.  They're mostly used for clothing and costumes.  You don't want to use them for bags or purses.  You want to use a ballpoint needle, a zig zag or stretch stitch, and hold the fabric taught, but not stretched all the way out.

Alright, thanks Smiley I broke apart an old knit sweater to convert into my sewing machine cover, and it seemed to stretch on its own under the needle! You just gave me confidence to keep trying with the knits Cheesy

Thanks a lot guys, that was a lot of helpful information!
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