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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Dying pantyhose on: May 08, 2007 10:36:33 PM
I was reading the dying monofilament thread on the other board and someone mentioned dying pantyhose. Now, I could actually use some green pantyhose for a costume I'm putting together, and I was wondering if anyone has tried this?
I don't have a small pot dedicated to dying, and using the big one seems kind of wasteful, so I was thinking of doing them in a mason jar in the microwave. The problem is, I don't have a microwave, so I would have to get everything ready first and pop over to a friend's house, so the more of an idea I have of what I'm doing, the better.
My current plan:
Put pantyhose in a large-ish mason jar, add acid dye and water, zap.
I've never dyed in a microwave before... is there any chance of the pantyhose, you know, melting/burning/dissolving/all those fun things?
Also, I've heard for wool, it's best to dye with repeated short intervals - would this be the same, or could I just do it for say, 5 minutes?
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Felted pot holders on: December 08, 2006 05:12:08 PM
I want to make some felted pot holders for my mom for Christmas, and I was wondering if anyone has any experience with them. I'm using leftover wool (it's precious, I'm a student!) so I don't *really* want to felt a swatch if I don't have to.
What I'm considering:
1. Striped garter st squares. So easy. BUT. Are they heat resistant enough to take pans out of, say, a 350F oven with?
2. Double-knit. I could do a prettier design, and it would be thicker. Has anyone ever felted double-knit fabric? How does it come out? Would it be mega thick? They still need to be flexible.

And another thing - I've seen patterns for various felted objects that vary wildly in terms of pre-felting gauge. I'm using worsted weight - I'm thinking about 6.5mm needles. Is this a safe bet, or should I go smaller? What difference will it make in the felted result?

Thanks Cheesy
3  CANADA / British Columbia / Beyond Fibre? on: October 21, 2006 04:22:09 PM
Has anyone heard about this show? I think it's in Port Moody. Or maybe Fort Langley. But in any case, I have in written down on my calendar as November 4th (and 5th too? I hope so!) but I've been trying to look it up on Google and nothing is coming up. I've seen posters for it! I know it exists! Argh.
If you know about it, any info regarding location, hours, stands that will be there, admission etc. would be greatly appreciated!
4  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Yeehaw help! on: June 28, 2006 12:59:34 PM
I borrowed HH from my local library (I'm poor, ok? Hahah) and I started making Yeehaw Lady but alas, the due date approached and I couldn't renew because it was requested. So, thinking I'm being awfully clever, I scan in the pattern so I can finish it after I return the book. BUT. When I scanned the first page, I didn't manage to get the inside edge properly, and I now cannot read the instructions for cluster st properly. Could someone be a great help and check what they are for me?
Thanks so much  Kiss
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Salsa-y/cocktail skirt (picture heavy) on: November 20, 2005 06:03:28 PM
I don't really know how to define it.

Anyways, I had this skirt that I'd picked up at Fairweather for $10, not seeing the brown splotches until I got home. It hung in my closet for a year, until I decided that it would be a good candidate for a recon.
I used the lining for this - it's the same fabric as the outer layer (something polyestery) but without the pattern.

The original (I had to hold it up because I remembered to take before pictures after I'd taken out the elastic):



And the recon (it looks funny in this position, I know):



Action shot:



Side view (very awkward angle):



6  CANADA / British Columbia / Roving/wool in Vancouver? on: November 11, 2005 02:52:37 PM
I'm keen to make my own wool dreads, but I don't know where to start looking for roving. Are there craft stores in town that sell it, or would I have to go out to the valley?
Thanks Cheesy
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Help finding a flower pattern? on: November 09, 2005 10:28:25 PM
Hey, I'm newish hereabouts, and I was wondering if anyone could help me with a flower pattern. I'd like to make a scarf like the hibiscus scarf someone posted a while back (sorry I can't get a link, the search has been "temporarily disabled"  - argh). I've tried making up my own pattern, but it comes out all geometric and non-flowery, and all I can find via Google are daisies and roses and such. I'd like the flower to be maybe 3 in. in diameter, in case you needed to know that.
Thanks a bunch!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Orange T-shirt corset on: November 02, 2005 09:37:33 PM
I made this following (somewhat) the tute at www.shemadethis.com. It was a massive orange tee with a too-tight crew neck. I'm pretty happy with it, although I'm debating adding straps. I've recently gotten really excited about re-vamping my wardrobe - it's great fun. I love you guys for being so brilliant and full of ideas!

Whew... after struggling with Photobucket to get it the right way up... here it is! Comments would be greatly appreciated Smiley

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help with a poufy skirt on: October 09, 2005 03:45:14 PM
I want to make a cricle skirt with a petticoat like the red and black flame skirt here-> http://www.modemerr.com/WomensClothing.html, minus the flames. The circle skirt is no problem, but I was wondering about the petticoat. I've found lots of petticoat tutes, but none of them seem to show the amount of pouf they give! Can anyone point me in the right direction?
Thanks - I know I don't post much here, but I adore this site - you guys are so helpful/knowledgeable/wickedly creative/etc.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Can can outfit McCall's 3674 on: September 22, 2005 10:40:28 PM
I'd like to be a can can dancer for Halloween (well, a fairy with a can can type skirt to be precise), and I was wondering how hard this -> http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M3674.htm pattern is. Has anyone here made it? I'm rather infatuated with the skirt on the bottom left, but cannot tell from the angle how exactly it's arranged. I've got a decent bit of sewing experience, but this will be my first time working with netting/tulle.
Alternatively, since this pattern uses a LOT of fabric which I may not have the funds for, would this -> http://www.pettipond.com/lon.htm crinoline with an overskirt have enough pouf?
Any help would be appreciated!
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