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1  Re: Made my first CD spindle this afternoon and... in Spinning: Completed Projects by gius on: December 20, 2008 12:07:21 AM
Thank you!

Have any of you tried spinning with the CD at the bottom and the dowel at the top? I've seen spindles like that...

I plied it with rayon too

Definitely needs so much more concentration with spinning at the same time as moving the fibre/yarn down into the hook...
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2  Re: darts anyone? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by gius on: December 13, 2008 06:57:44 PM

i thought i'd revive this thread since my question is about darts.
i drafted a bodice, sleeveless shirt and it is wider at the waist than it should be, so i am making the darts larger.
here is a sample pic (just as an idea)

let's say i have to add 1 cm to each dart.
do i add 1 cm to the dart on center back? it is just half a dart...
what about the princess seam line dart? would i add 2 cm then? 1cm to each side.

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3  Re: Made my first CD spindle this afternoon and... in Spinning: Completed Projects by gius on: December 13, 2008 01:11:31 PM
thank you for the reply Kiss
i think i was handling it too much
with a wheel, you can be pretty rough with the fiber i guess.. and the CD spindle is very sensitive. every time i touched it it would stop.. so i decided to let the fibre do its thing
and here are my results!  Cheesy i also put it between my legs like in the video and it works very well

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4  Re: Spin Along 1: Spinning based on a picture in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by gius on: April 28, 2008 04:44:55 PM
I hope I can post this here...
Mine isn't like the themes posted so far
I found some garments and tried to guess how the yarn was made  Smiley

Here are two looks
The designer of the garments is Jil Sander
I tried to create a mottled look

My yarns and the fabric I wove next to it

A second fabric

and here are my yarns (the white isn't handspun)
and the fabric

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5  Re: Needlelace in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by gius on: May 18, 2007 04:33:14 PM
If you want to create an outline using the thread/yarn method (called "cordonnet" method), here is how:

1. Put base fabric in embroidery hoop as support
2. Create a 'doubled' outline... That means for example, if you are making a circle, instead of making 'one line' with the thread, go around two times...
3. You can see this in this photo.
Make sure not to have the ends of your outline thread at a corner in the design. For example if you are making a square, do not put the end of the thread at the corner of the square. It will just change the shape of the piece and weaken it when it's finished.
4. Tack your outline down onto the base fabric so it doesn't move while you stitch your lace.
5. Finished outline

When you start your filling stitches, start insided the doubled outline. Take your new thread and tie a knot at the outline.

Here are the finished stitches...
Now you finish the outline by using buttonhole stitches all over the outline. This will hold your lace stitches in place.

Cut the basting/tacking stitches on the base fabric...
Here is the finished needlelace piece. You can steam+iron it to flatten it down.
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6  Re: Needlelace in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by gius on: May 18, 2007 04:24:28 PM
Hello tweety Grin... I haven't found a website, but I scanned some pages for you from my book--it's called Reader's Digest: Complete guide to Needlework (cost me $1 at Sally Ann!)

When making needlelace, you create an outline first and then create the filling lace stitches. You can create outlines out of thread, wire, discs, braids, lace tape, etc.
In this picture, there are instructions on how to create an outline with lace tape. On the right, it shows a bunch of different stitches you can make.

Basically there are filling stitches (meshes), bars & picots, woven insertions... You can use these as edgings too. The filling stitches are just 'buttonhole stitches' or loops, and you can vary their design by the spacing of the loops and many times you loop in previous loops.

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7  Re: Using a heat transfer tool for image transfers in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions by gius on: June 10, 2006 12:30:41 PM
Ok!! Cheesy I got it.

It seems if you are just using an iron, it's very easy to transfer black and white prints. Somehow black is the easiest to transfer (maybe because it absorbs heat the most).

If you will use the transfer tool, you can use a colour print; and I recommend burnishing on a HARD surface. I did it on my wooden floor, and it worked so well. You do have to press hard, as if you're scraping the print, and hold the tool on a slight angle to prevent burning (I still haven't mastered the burning part).

Here's the test I did last night...

^It would probably be brighter if I used a fresh print, but I printed this piece last month... maybe May 8th.
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8  Re: Using a heat transfer tool for image transfers in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions by gius on: June 07, 2006 04:00:54 PM
Thanks Trifarina. I hear it's good for cutting stencils too.

Here's the test I did with this method:

I put fabric on top of the print, put the iron on the highest setting, but I ended up burning a bit the print, the fabric underneath and the fabric on top. It seems to work if you put aluminum foil over the print and under the bottom fabric, and then iron over the foil... but there is still a burn.

Do you guys have any other tips, advice for using an iron to transfer images? Does it really have to take a long time?
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9  Re: Using a heat transfer tool for image transfers in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions by gius on: June 06, 2006 11:21:32 AM
^That's the problem... I haven't been able to make anything successful with it. Here's a test I did on some muslin. As you can see, there are quite a lot of burns and the print has stretched and pulled the fabric. It took me a long time to rub the print on, and in the end I couldn't transfer the whole image because I was starting to rip the paper...

But on the tutorial website, the woman's work is so nice and clear! I'm wondering if maybe there is a hidden secret. I'm trying to see now if I can contact her somehow, although her e-mail address isn't on there.
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