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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for kilt-sewing class somewhere near Detroit... on: April 02, 2014 08:33:34 AM
Steiconi, what you're talking about is sometimes referred to as a "great kilt," that's where he basically rolls himself up in a big length of cloth. I'm talking about a sewn and tailored pleated kilt.

The making of the beast doesn't look like it would be all that difficult -- the complications are introduced according to what tartan you use! And I have a lot of questions, like what are the various reasons for pleating to certain parts of the plaid etc that I think would be better served by an in-person class. Not having much luck there. I do own the Simplicity 5029 "costume" kilt which can get me to where I want to go, but it doesn't address my cultural questions.

Barbara Tewksbury's "The Art of Kilt Making" seems to be the reference of choice for non-pros. For some totally bizarre reason, amazon.com has it listed for $100+ when you can still get it from the publisher for $35:
http://www.securepay.com/easyshop/products.asp?id=16&cat=Books&mMerch_ID=31971

I may get the book, but I STILL would prefer to actually spend time with an experienced seamstress. Smiley
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Looking for kilt-sewing class somewhere near Detroit... on: March 28, 2014 05:02:54 PM
I've found books and video tutorials and all the usual resources, but what I'd really like is to find an honest-to-goodness, hands-on, professionally-led, real-deal kilt-making class somewhere within an hour of the Detroit area.

Anyone?
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do I sew this circle in this hole? on: March 28, 2014 05:00:20 PM
It sounds possible that you don't have the hole yet, is that right? Like, you aren't repairing a hole that already exists, but rather doing something purely as a design element?

In which case, place the contrast behind your top fabric, mark and sew the circle, then cut out the hole.

If that's not what you're doing, and you already have the circle-shaped hole, just ignore me and read the other responses before mine. Smiley
4   / SEWING IN GENERAL / Re: First Quarter 2014 Featured Machine Embroidery Projects on: March 26, 2014 10:23:44 AM
Cool!  Smiley Smiley Smiley
5  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Advice wanted: Mounting skull to glass, semi-permanently. on: March 26, 2014 10:21:25 AM
The more I think about it, the more I can imagine hot glue peeling/breaking off the glass when it's time. I think I may try that. I know that anything I use is more than likely going to be the end of the bones, especially since they'll be small.

When I get something put together, I'll update this post to let y'all know/see what I went with. Smiley
6  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Advice wanted: Mounting skull to glass, semi-permanently. on: March 15, 2014 12:19:48 PM
Will it? As a crafter I'm almost embarrassed to admit that I don't use hot glue very often. I find it messy and I'm clumsy with it. But it'll cleanly come off glass with heat? I can manage that. Smiley
7  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Advice wanted: Mounting skull to glass, semi-permanently. on: March 05, 2014 10:24:19 PM
That's a good idea... and it would come off the glass pretty well, after razoring. Thanks!
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: The Anatomy of an (Embroidered) Electric Eel on: March 05, 2014 02:44:23 PM
Aaaah! That's so awesome! I've been so busy looking at everyone else's fantastic work, I haven't peeped in to see replies to my post. I'm so thrilled for my new badge!!
9  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Advice wanted: Mounting skull to glass, semi-permanently. on: March 05, 2014 02:40:36 PM
Howdy, all!

I thought you glass folks might have some good ideas for me.

I was gifted a series of 4 dome-glass frames with old dried floral arrangements, you know the types. They're pretty, but they need a little more to fit in with my home. I have a couple of raccoon skulls sitting around waiting for something to do, and I thought they'd make a great addition. Unfortunately, the domes are deep enough to put the skulls inside with the flowers, but then I thought it might look cool to mount the skull outside, on the glass surface.

I'm not sure I want to use hot glue because it would never ever be removable. Can you think of anything that would hold a skull to glass well enough, but that could eventually clean off the glass? (The skull doesn't have to be recoverable, but I can't help but flinch when I think about permanently marking the glass.)

Let me know, thanks!
-Dorion
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: What does one DO with 20 mouse jawbones? on: January 05, 2014 07:39:02 PM
Thank you! I like your carvings, too. Smiley
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