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1281  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lolita skirts & tutus by Gobbolino - how would I make these? on: July 01, 2005 01:56:53 PM
I too understand the importance of a design, but I also think it is something you could make on your own quite easily (with the proper skill) or with the help of a patter drafting book or with a commercial pattern.
1282  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: sustainable/eco-friendly/vegan-friendly yarns + fibers on: June 30, 2005 01:26:52 PM
I keep on thinking about this it would be a great idea to have all of this information availible when making yarn choices. You also said something about fabric. If you know (or want to do the reasearch) I would LOVE to have information on buying natural/organic undyed muslin by the bolt, preferibly in various weights. Sorry if I am getting off topic.
1283  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: cactus pin cushion on: June 30, 2005 12:03:20 PM
hedgehog is a good idea I made a felt mouse..or had a pattern, three oval-ish shaped pieces I think enlarged it could make a good hedgehog.
1284  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Penguin shirt!! What shall I do with it? **Images** on: June 30, 2005 11:11:59 AM
Make it into a pillow?
1285  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: NEED BEGINNING TAILORING,AND SEWING BOOKS??KNOW?? on: June 29, 2005 11:43:08 AM
Yes readers digest! I have the sewing and needlework books, both excellent! For tailoring if you can find the Singer Tailoring book it is a good basic book with wonderfull detailed color pictures. Unfortunately the book is out of print, but I have seen it in several used book stores. So it is possible to find.
1286  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: WHERE DO i BUY GOOD TAILORING,SEWING/BOOKS? on: June 29, 2005 11:32:19 AM
Here here to readers digest! I have both the complete sewing book and the complete needlework book. Great references.
For tailoring I would recommend the Singer Tailoring book, good clear instructions and many detailed color pictures. It is out of print but I have seen it at several used book stores. Also Classic Tailoring Techniques: A Construction Guide for Men's Wear it is a more in depth tailoring book with common alterations. It is a bit expensive, but good and what we used in my tailoring class. There is also a Guide for Women's Wear, but I haven't used that...yet. As for pattern drafting I don't know what to say. I would look at textbooks for pattern drafting and draping. Draping for Apparel Design is the book that I have I think...I will have more info in the fall when I take my draping class!  Grin But again these books because they are textbooks (and not very common) can be pricey.
1287  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: cactus pin cushion on: June 29, 2005 11:06:17 AM
Wonderful...it opens the door for so many possibilities.
1288  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lolita skirts & tutus by Gobbolino - how would I make these? on: June 29, 2005 09:16:27 AM
So it would be very easy. One way is to just cut a long legnth of fabric and make an elastic casing for the waist the elastic will gather the the skirt, making it gathered at the waist and fuller at the hem. Then sew the lace or second fabric to the "hem" of the skirt. The more "advanced" way would be to make a circle skirt with a waistband, especially for the bottom picture.
1289  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Sewing + wandering mind = BAD IDEA! on: June 27, 2005 08:29:01 AM
Yep, sewed through my finger, needle went all the way through (no bone), broke and started to go in again. I didn't have to go to the emergency room, I went to a doctor friend of my mom's but that was only because my brother refused to pull the needle out. Everybody was more freaked out than I was, except the doctor who pulled it out, she said it was good because it wasn't a fishing hook or barbed needle. SO you could just pull it back out.
1290  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: sustainable/eco-friendly/vegan-friendly yarns + fibers on: June 27, 2005 08:24:47 AM
I read this thread last night and then couldn't stop thinking about it. I am always interested in what gets to people and how far the take it. Is bamboo yarn OK because it is sustainable? Or bad because of the process it goes through? Is recycled sari yarn OK because you are using a byproduct that would just end up in the garbage and it supports Nepali and Indian women? Or is it bad because the sari fabrication is probably not Eco-friendly?  For me if I were to really think about this the only end I can see is selling all my belongings and living on a land trust. But would that really help?

So here are my two sense I would make a list of what you like about yarn, which you  have in your subject and your first post then I would categorize your yarn. Some might fit into multiple categories organic and Eco-friendly dyeing, fair trade and sustainable for example. Some might only fit into one and I think that is OK. I also wouldn't rule out wool. I really like using wool and have bought Eco-friendly, natural wool. Then if you were to create a store (I will say online because it is easiest for me to explain) On your site you could have a search with options for "sustainable" "Eco-friendly" "vegan" etc. That way you could get the word out about what you think is important in yarn, but not be too limited and the consumer could buy what is important to them and you would have info right there on how "friendly" the yarn is.
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