firstly, if this is in the wrong spot, please let me know or delete it. i wasn't sure where else to put it.
anyway, i just got a somewhat casual retail job where i can wear any color denim but blue, so i figured i could just dye some of my jeans black and save some money instead of buying new ones.
i got some RIT dye and did the 'stovetop' method, but with hot water in a bucket. they looked all right last night, but this morning (when dried), they weren't black at all. they just looked dirty and gross.
i also tried dying a white camisole. just plain cottony fabric. and that looked great, too. until this morning! it had these strange brown-y patches. kind of like... if you bleach out some black t-shirt and it gets that coppery brown color.
i have no idea what is happening. i tried doing some research on the web, but every site is giving conflicting answers.
do i have to buy color remover? or can i dye them again, but use salt? are my dyed-ugly-blue jeans beyond fixing?
so I don't know if this is really the best place for this or anything, but here goes...
I'm finishing up my first year in college and I'm still undeclared. I don't know much about what I want to do with my life except that I want crafting to be a part of it, a big part of it. I know I want to get a degree and all that, but that's pretty much it. I'm in Philadelphia for school and there are so many opportunities that it's overwhelming! (and a bit tempting to play it safe and go for a more conventional sort of internship or job.)
anyway! that's just me. I guess what I was really wondering is...
how did you all get to where you are now? or how do you plan on getting to where you want to be? what are your aspirations? if I want to be crafty and make it a part of my career am I limited to just selling things? can a person work their love of crafting into a more stable nine-to-five sort of job, without it being just something like crochet on your lunch hour? (not that that's bad in any way. in fact, I'd love to know about your jobs even if they aren't crafty!)
so if any of you had any ideas or stories to share, I'd love to get a discussion started.
I don't know how well this will go over, but I hope some people have things to say!
so I've been coveting the sleepmask that Audrey Hepburn wears in Breakfast at Tiffany's for ages and my interest was sparked again when my mom put some perfect supplies for it in my easter basket. anyway, I'm sure this'll make more sense with pictures...
this thing took a bit of planning, just to get it looking well put-together. blue satin and a soft pink fabric for the part laying against your eyes. sandwiched between the two is a thicker fabric, plus a few other well-secured pieces to make the 'eyelids'. braided gold thread for the eyebrows. then the lashes, the elastic band and some trim around the edge and voila!
the back. (pink lining. you can see the elastic band here, too.)
details. (and, yes, what you heard about working with metallic thread is TRUE!)
action shot. as I was working on the eyelids, I was wondering if it was even worth it, but you can really notice them and I love how they ended up looking. even the crease halfway down, like on a real eye. I feel so cartoon-glamorous in this mask.
comments & critique appreciated as always. thanks.
All right, first off... by no means am I a knitter, but I was paging through People magazine and came across Lindsay Lohan in this blue cableknit sweater and thought... need to talk about this on craftster now.
I'm pretty sure making this is way out of my league, so I don't know exactly why I'm posting. At the very least, anybody else like this?
my bird Maya has been being really naughty lately and she chewed through her plastic pet taxi that we used to transport her places. so we got her a pretty sturdy dog crate, but she gets antsy in the car, so she needs to be covered. to solve the problem, I headed out to buy fabric and supplies to make a cage cover.
here's the entire thing.
closeup of the slit in the top for the handle to come through.
detail shot of the edging. it's just some quilt binding, so pretty simple there.
here she is beside it and then there's a picture of us.
I know this isn't too terribly exciting, but I just learned to crochet and I'm happy. I ran into a few problems, mainly running out of yarn, so I just finished off a rectangle. I wear it folded over and use a pin to keep it around my neck.