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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help with fabric dyes for vintage/unknown fabric content? on: May 30, 2008 10:01:16 AM
I'm re-constructing a number of vintage dresses for a photo shoot and pretty much all but one of them need to be dyed in various bright, floral colors.  Some are all one color, some are going to be kind of a tie-dye effect, and some only need the VERY EDGES dyed in a contrasting color, so.. it's going to be a bit of a challenge.

Our biggest issue is that some of the lace on the dresses is acrylic, some of the dresses are polyester or poly-whatever lined... yeah.  Good times.

Any dyes that you would recommend?  Any you would NOT recommend?  I'm looking for experienced advice here, otherwise we're just gonna stare at the shelf like lost stitchers when we get to the shop.

Any tricks of the trade?  We are purchasing a vat of vinegar for color-locking, but any other tips would be appreciated, like how to "paint" dyes on rather than just dunk it in a bin and let it sit.

I will be going to Michael's and JoAnn's for these items, so no brands that I can only buy online, please.  Think Dylon, Rit, Tulip...  I'm located in the US.

Thanks!
2  UNITED STATES / Delaware / Delaware Ravelry-ers! on: June 04, 2007 10:54:38 AM
Hey all, I just received my invite for Ravelry.com and have joined up!  I've added a few Delaweenies, but wanted to see if there were any more drifting around on there, or wanted to join up.  They've been getting the invites out pretty quickly nowadays (mine took two monhts, but I hear they're trying to get people in much faster now), and it'd be a great way for us to keep track of each other yarns, projects, favorite places to shop, etc.

Of course, craftster will still be a wonderful place for all kinds of crafters, but Ravelry's definitely good for the knitting/crocheting/spinning folks we've got here.  I've already put in some suggestions on what to do for local peeps (get togethers/SNBs and whatnot), so hopefully they will get some new features kicking down the line.

Check it out, and friend me at "letmebeyoursong" if you're on there!
3  KNITTING / Knitalongs / One-Skein Knitting - KAL and stash murder, as well as adding skillz on: January 21, 2007 11:47:26 AM
So... I've joined up with the "no new yarn in '07" brigade... you know, where you knit up everything you have before you can buy new yarn.  I think I have one of the loftiest tasks, as I've somehow garnered over 180 skeins of many, many different kinds of yarn that are currently residing in what we lovingly call my "yarn coffin" (it also serves as my coffee table).

And on top of that, I'd like to expand my knitting skills greatly.  I've been knitting for many years, but due to combining that with many other hobbies (theatre, singing, D&D, video games, board games, tea-ology, romance novels, writing, failing out of college), I haven't actually learned too many techniques and expanded beyond hats, scarves, felted dice bags, and one cabled mess that has yet to be identified... most of which I freeformed, because I also am not accustomed to reading patterns.

So I've picked up the One Skein Knitting book (the first knitting book I've owned, I'm a library-aholic too) and I want to go through and knit every pattern, even if it's something I'm not remotely interested in.  It should use up a good number of skeins, there will be patterns for all of the different weights I have, and there's quite a few things in there that I really have no idea how to make...  I'm aware that there's a few crochet items as well, so for a KAL purpose, we could skip that, or combine it with a crochet-community CAL.

Is anyone interested in a major book-and-stash-attack KAL and learning experience?  Have any input or advice?  Think I've completely lost my mind?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Getting my wedding gown custom made... on: May 12, 2006 09:02:36 AM
Hey all.  I am a crocheter and knitter 4 lyfe, yo.. but definitely not a seamstress.

I am getting married in July of next year and need to put in an order for my wedding dress soon, as I'd like to get it custom made.  My biggest problem thus far with this wedding is that I'm good with a dollar, and as soon as you say "wedding", prices jump 10fold, and it annoys the crap outta me.

So I wanted to get some awesome opinions from some awesome sewers on custom DRESS prices versus custom WEDDING dress prices.

Here's what I'm looking for:
I am NOT a person who likes white at all, so I had already intended on getting some other color... big nature person, so... Rainbow, something green and foresty, or, my favorite idea, a dress in deep midnight blues with sparkles or rhinestones that look like the night sky.  I want it in a semi-renaissance/fantasy style with some sort of sweeping sleeve, fitted/corset top, and flounce/train to the skirt, but I don't have an incredibly awkward figure, so it won't need tons of custom fitting, as I can often wear things off the rack.

My biggest "down" part of looking is that a lot of custom makers want to push lovely, super-expensive white satins that they from wedding boutiques that ups the price hardcore.  I think I already really like the latter idea, and I'm aware that without the right fabric, it would probably look very costume-y or not as ethereal as I'd like, and it might take a lot of personal time placing or designing glitter and/or rhinestone sewing.  It is a bit of a custom project.

However, I'm also a big do-it-yourselfer and wouldn't mind tracking down the fabric, sewing things on myself, etc., I just can't SEW the DRESS, especially if we'd decide to go with boning in the bodice and/or some kind of edging on the sleeves or anything like that.  To cut costs, I wouldn't mind putting my own labor in, so it might even work to have the "core" dress made for me, and then do the finishing myself.  I honestly don't  know how many hours (and what price per hour) goes into any sort of dress making, so having that as a base for pricing might help me greatly!  ("Okay, so I'm gonna have a base of $200 for labor"...)

But I wouldn't want to insult some dressmaker by altering the design I ask them to make or being super picky, etc.  I really don't know what the etiquette for this is as I'm not a super-girly type of girl and was not the person that planned their wedding forever and got to be a maid of honor for all my BFFs, etc.  I had thought at one point of finding a fashion student who might need a major portfolio project or something... just brainstorming here and making sure I've got all of my chicks in a row.

So.... I'd LOVE any input, ideas, pricing quotes, "oh my god you're a bridezilla" rants, references, etc., comments, thoughts, and conversation that you all might have on getting a custom wedding gown made before I actually go out on the market and make a fool out of myself.  Thanks everyone.
5  UNITED STATES / Washington, D.C. / New DC Knit/Crochet-er advice? on: February 18, 2006 01:14:27 PM
I'm relocating to DC at the end of summer and was hoping I could get some recommendations on favorite yarn shops, craft shows, stitch gatherings, local bloggers, etc.!  Anything in the Metro area is of interest.  Thanks!!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Simple, FAST Mesh Scarf.. w/ pattern! on: December 03, 2005 10:07:03 AM
Took me 2 hours; great for Giftmas!

Divine in the "lavender" shade (fairly new), and Brilliant in the same color, two strands held together. on 17s. The sparkle is subtle and the fluff of the Divine covers the little bit of scratchiness that Brilliant's metallic glitter has.

It's Mesh Stitch, only slightly different (as I realized when working a swatch to remember what I'd done). Mesh stitch is done with an odd number of stitches cast on. It's K1, *YO, K2tg*, except I knit into the back of the stitch. I'm not sure what the usual way looks like, I like doing it that way because it's easier for me 'cause it's a thinner knit, it's faster, and I think the little bit of "twist" looks good.

This one was made with nine stitches. I recommend 9 stitches or higher, I did a lovely super-long one for my beau in 7 stitches but the drape isn't as nice.
Cast on 9, and then the first row was:
Knit 1 into the back of the stitch.
*Yarn over.
Knit next 2 stitches together, in the back of the stitch.*
Repeat 'til end of row.
The next row is the same, with the YO and the k2tg repeated. This time you'll be knitting together a YO and a knit stitch.

Voila. Once you do like four rows, you have it memorized and it goes from there. I did this one during a class while we were watching a movie, so.. in the dark. Whee. (though the first time I started it, I was doing it during Rocky Horror and I messed up.. I blame the flying popcorn)

Here's the warning: It is almost impossible to pick the stitches back up if you drop one or mess up. I discovered that when I had to frog the entire thing and start over. So either use lifelines or plan on doing it in one sitting, when you're supposed to be paying attention to something. ;-) I counted my stitches every row the second time in total paranoia.

Also note: Brilliant makes terrible fringe unless you put little knots in the end of each strand, because it unravels. Divine is great for fringe, it's very tightly spun.


Happy Knitting!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Shawl Pattern for Super Bulky Yarn on: October 11, 2005 08:01:21 PM
I still have some Plymouth Yukon in the rainbow-y colorway that I wanted to make into a nice, preferably open-stitch shawl for when spring rolls around.  I'd prefer a triangle shawl and was wondering if anyone had any ideas for a pattern or stitch style for this type of yarn.  I'm pretty intermediate with patterns but I'm also an expert at improvising, so something that would KINDA work that I could adapt would be great.  Maybe this is one of those rare times when huge needles would be useful.  ;-)

Thanks for any help.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Only 85 Crocheting days 'til Christmas! (yule/winter holidays) on: October 01, 2005 09:31:27 AM
What is everyone working on for holiday gifts?
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Only 85 Knitting days 'til Christmas! (yule/winter holiday) on: October 01, 2005 09:30:44 AM
What is everyone working on for holiday gifts??
10  UNITED STATES / Delaware / Delaware knit/crochet roll call! on: September 24, 2005 10:37:51 AM
Hey all, I'm a Newark resident, UD student, Delaware crochet/knitting type and was just curious how many more are around.  Despite having taught a bunch of my residents knitting and crocheting last year, I still get weird looks when I'm spotted stitching in public.  Oh well, at least I'm lucky enough to live near Stitches with Style (if you're in Northern DE and haven't been there, you're crazy!)

Let's make this DE board a little more active.  ;-)
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