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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Free new Amy Butler patterns from her website! on: February 25, 2006 07:49:48 AM
Amy Butler fans should be happy to know that she has 3 PDFs available for people to download from her website.

Hourglass pillow pattern: http://www.amybutlerdesign.com/pdfs/HourglassPillowFreePattern.pdf

Cozy kitten pillow: http://www.amybutlerdesign.com/pdfs/cozy_kitten.pdf

Cozy scarf: http://www.amybutlerdesign.com/pdfs/cozy_scarf.pdf

22  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone try the Hookless Brand Attachment System (grommet tape & loops)? on: February 07, 2006 07:20:20 AM
Update:

I decided to go ahead and buy this and test it out on my bedroom curtains first because the rod I have in the room is quite narrow compared to my living room's.

The diameter of the loops are about 1.5 inches. I tried it out on my living room's rod and it's somewhat of a struggle to roll it back and forth since the rod is of the same diameter. I guess I have 2 options of either changing the rod itself (which I hate) and install a thinner one or sew on some tab loops.

In any case, the Hookless brand attachment system isn't bad although I wish the fabric wasn't polyester and is very easy to put together.

Photos of the front and back view can be seen at my member gallery. Hope this link works (http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=461).

23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Article in WashingtonPost about challenges for young designers on: February 03, 2006 06:12:57 AM
Title is "The Next Little Thing: For Young Designers, Fame and Fortune Don't Fit the Pattern of Their Lives".

You can read it at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/02/AR2006020202634.html.
24  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Article about spinning in NY Times on: January 19, 2006 06:46:34 AM
You can read it at http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/19/fashion/thursdaystyles/19spinning.html.
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Anyone try the Hookless Brand Attachment System (grommet tape & loops)? on: January 15, 2006 02:15:07 PM
I'm making new drapes for my living room to replace the ugly beige ones the former condo owner left me. The drapery rod I have is about 1.5 inches in diameter (flat on one side).

This system (http://www.sewingpatterns.com/index-hookless.html) involves something called the Hookless Qwik-Tach Tape (100 inches/package; $9.99 USD) w/ pre-cut grommet-like holes. You have to also buy a package of 20 flex-on loops ($5.99 USD) that are like metal grommets but are plastic to reinforce the holes in the tape.

Anyone use these? I couldn't find them at my local Joann's or G Street Fabrics. I may have to buy online but wanted some feedback first.

Thanks,
hobijack

26  UNITED STATES / Washington, D.C. / Dirt Cheap, Real Good: A Highway Guide to Thrift Stores in the Washington, D.C. on: January 13, 2006 08:45:16 PM
Thought this might be a good resource on thrift stores for those of us living in and/or visiting the D.C. metro area.

Book can be bought at Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1931868689/ref=pd_ys_ir_all_109/103-5862077-6536640?%5Fencoding=UTF8&v=glance&n=283155) and other vendors.
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Washington Post article about SnB's in DC on: January 06, 2006 08:53:09 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/05/AR2006010500518.html
28  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Champagne taste... floor lamp style. on: May 12, 2005 12:48:08 PM
Those thingies hanging down remind me of a lampshade my mom once made out of white rice paper. After glueing the paper to the metal frame, she then painted shellac/varnish over the rice paper which stiffened it.

If you were to make this, it would be extremely labor-intensive. You might find something similar in the sequins section of a bead store or notions department in a fabric/craft store.

Good luck!
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: felted furniture ideas on: April 29, 2005 03:08:01 PM
I think one can start small. If you already have experience in making blankets or pillow covers, maybe reupholster a small stool or ottoman with a staple gun that can go through the thickness of the felted wool.

But yeah, reupholstering an item as large as an armchair or sofa in felted wool would be amazing yet require patience.
30  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / felted furniture ideas on: April 29, 2005 02:27:59 PM
I have to say this is wayyyy cool after googling sites on what to do with felted sweaters other than making the usual (i.e., bags, blankets, leg/arm warmers, hotpads, and wine bags, etc).

To see what I mean, you can scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a pict of an upholstered chair done in felted wool.

http://www.festivefibers.com/page/ffmakefelt.htm

and other items here: http://www.festivefibers.com/page/fffurnishings.htm

Anyone have the stomach to attempt this DIY using thrifted sweaters or roving and piecing the thing together? Would be exhausting but man alive, you could have some funky furniture!   Grin

I also think it could be somewhat scratchy depending on the wool used...
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