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1  Re: Sewing together tiny limbs. in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by coffee on: October 22, 2004 04:37:20 PM
i love making my strange creatures with long skinny arms & tails.  pointy, too.  i use a chopstick to turn the legs right side out & also to stuff.  you have to use little bits of stuffing at a time, especially at first to get some in the tip of the arm, or else it'll clump & be lumpy.  when i cut the fabric it has a point & i trim that off before turning, but not too close so there's a little wad of fabric in the end.  that keeps me from poking through the end with the chopstick (not a very pointy chopstick either.) 

to attach all the arms & legs & heads & tails on my little guys i make a front & back side, pin all the parts inside like a sandwich, sew most of the way around, & then flip it right side out.  that way all the limbs are sewn on, instead of hand-sewing them.


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2  Re: How do I do a fauxhawk? in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by coffee on: September 17, 2004 04:19:46 PM
i've used egg whites & elmer's glue (now more washable!)  egg whites shouldn't smell if you get all the yolk out.  i usually put my hair up with the whites when it's long & set it with the glue. 


but i don't think pink is really sporting a faux-hawk, it's more of the eighties poof where you tied your hair in a pony tail, pulled a front chunk forward & sprayed some aqua net.  faux-hawks are when you have short boy-type hair & smush it into a mohawk with pomade. i like the men's crew pomade, it's watersoluble unlike beeswax or the petroleum jelly stuff.

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3  Re: Does anyone know where i can find this...? in Crafty Business Discussion by coffee on: July 21, 2004 04:32:35 PM
depending on the look you're going for, you can make them yourself.   just print out the text then photocopy onto cardstock.  i cut a little rubber stamp with my logo on it & use embossing powder.  then i can get a super-fancy look to it that didn't cost much!  and i like to change them, not my logo, but the format of my business card.  for a while they folded in half because i had so much info on them - i could never afford that professionally done!



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4  Re: Why Paper Piecing? in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by coffee on: May 27, 2004 04:23:59 PM
i'm obsessed with the paper piecing!  it took some practicing to figure it out, but it's amazing.  most of my designs are based on the log-cabin, they start with a central square & go out.  i just draw them on graph paper & trace.  when i do something that's more than one square like the piece below, i just trace the first drawing 4 times.  then you can tear the paper off & the sqare isn't any bulkier - that's kind of important when you're making something tiny.  this one is 4x8" (not including the border)  i can make them super super tweetsy.  i sent this one to my brother-in-law's parents in switzerland, i think it came out kind of art deco...


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5  Re: 50s dress in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by coffee on: May 24, 2004 07:29:40 PM
i can't find a picture of me wearing this, but you can kind of get the idea...  i think what makes this dress 50's is that it's short & it has crinoline!  it's super super fitted around the waist, wants a cone-bra, and poofs out a lot.  it's not really flashy, just a nice decorative sequin & pearl pattern.  definitely fit for lucille ball.


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6  Re: Need help deciding w/ shirt in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by coffee on: May 24, 2004 07:13:21 PM
i knew i saw something good somewhere today!  the new issue of readymade has instructions by todd oldham on some ideas of what to do with those XL tees!  i just learned how to post pics so i'm all excited, sorry:

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7  Re: Sewing virgin needs advice in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by coffee on: May 24, 2004 06:53:49 PM
i'm in providence, but my friend & i often drive up to N.Attleboro, the jo-anne fabrics there is better than any other one i've been to.  especially if you're looking for cheap - they mail you that awesome 50% off coupon that i always forget to use...  there's an incredible place here in RI called Ryco that has fabric, ribbon, trim, styrofoam, fake flowers, little plastic things... super cheap & the velvet remnants are incredible...  it's definitely worth a trip for any crafty person.

the most helpful book i've got is "sewing made easy" which my grandmother got as a christmas present in 1952!  i know there are lots of fun flashy & picture-full books out there, but when ever i need to know a straight-forward basic clothes-sewing technique i open this book.  not that you can find this book anywhere, like schquimpy said, a local used book store probably has tons of old sewing manuals.  these books are much more practical, and the illustrations are awesome



and the helpful advice!  "Are you top-heavy? If you bust is large in proportion to your waist and hips.....  No frilly collars unless you want to look matronly."

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8  Re: help! i'm a mess. in Discussion and Questions by coffee on: May 18, 2004 05:29:51 PM
most of my studio is still a mess, but Target has been helpful in getting my fabric organized.  i need my fabric in color grouping for some of the quilting i'm working on.  it's been a while since you've been in my studio, snusie, so here's a little picture of these awesome cubes i got for, oh, $20 each?  it wants to be Ikea, but it's not as nice:



clear bins & drawers are nice, but cubbies make me neater 'cause you can actually see everything.  i think they're supposed to be for shoes, but it's neat how you can buy drawer pieces, too, stack em up high.  pile things on top.  and in front.  and around.  okay.  maybe things don't look so neat & organized in the picture, but you should see the rest of my room!

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