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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Crown Royal bags- wash and care? on: April 15, 2011 10:47:19 AM
After searching the internet for information, I'm crawling back to my fellow Craftsters for advice...  Smiley

I've been given a large box full of Crown Royal bags with the request to make a blanket (or quilt). Nevermind that I've never made a quilt before- apparently my knowing how to operate a sewing machine was qualification enough. (Yikes!)

Before I start cutting I'd like to wash and iron the bags for easy handling, but I fear shrinkage and dye bleeds. Has anyone had experience with these things that you could share with me? I intend on sacrificing one bag to test-wash, I just havent had the time yet.  Sad

If nothing else I suppose I could email the company and beg for advice?

Thanks for any help you can offer!
2  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Roses, feathers and lace! Halloween on a budget. on: October 26, 2010 07:03:18 PM
I suppose these things aren't overtly Halloween themed, but I made them to wear for the holiday so here they are!


(Sorry it's kinda dark)

Wow- I had so many different ideas and inspirations for costumes this year. But with an already small budget plus the cost of being new homeowners, my ideas fell through one by one. When I had to discard my final idea because I wouldn't be able to afford the fabric I was ready to give up. Stay home, shut the lights off and keep the trick-or-treater candy for myself.  Embarrassed

 But how do you give up on Halloween? My favorite holiday?! Not a chance!  Grin So instead I started looking for options closer to home- as in "What's already in my closet? What's in my craft room?"

So I opened up the craft boxes and glued, stitched and wired together some accessories for Halloween.

The necklace:


The headband:

(Please excuse the crummy bathroom photo. It had the best lighting. lol)

The earrings:


The plan is to wear something dressy, curl my hair and my friend is loaning me some cream Halloween makeup so I can paint my face Sugar Skull style. Not the most elaborate costume, but at least I found a way to join in the festivities on my favorite holiday!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN, EVERYONE!  Grin
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Presser foot too tight? on: June 24, 2010 05:59:56 PM
It seems like any time I sew something other than cotton or similar fabric, my machine throws a tantrum. Felt, jersey knit, fleece, and PUL simply will not feed through my machine. It's almost as if my presser foot is clamped down too tight on the fabric- the feed dogs are moving, but the material is going nowhere and my needle ends up chewing on the same spot and tangling the bobbin. I have only the slightest success lifting the presser foot and "walking" the needle along.

Is it possible to adjust the tightness of the presser foot? Or is any fabric with stretch or an unusual texture is going to cause problems? I have a very simple, basic machine (a gift that I believe came from a FingerHut catalog, but you appreciate what you get when you can't afford to buy it yourself, you know?). I'm not even sure what the brand and model is. I've already had the timing repaired once, and don't want to have it thrown off again by fighting with stubborn fabrics.

Help?  Huh
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Sackboy is giving me a headache- on ROW 3! on: April 22, 2010 01:47:52 PM
It seems like most people are having trouble with the fingers, which I think I can actually manage if I ever get to them! I'm on row 3 of the body- the first peice covered in the instructions, and I've frogged 4 times already! Gah!!! Help? *whimpers*

Instructions are: 1) Cast on 12, knit the next two rows in stocking. 2) First inc. row: K1, (inc 1) three times, K3, (inc 1) three times, K2. You should now have 18 sts.

To really break it down, so far I have: cast on 12. Knit one row, Purl one row (together they make my 'stocking'). THEN, I knit one, (K1 front and back to increase) three times.... and suddenly I dont have enough stitches left to K3 (inc1) three more times?!?  Huh What's going on?

I'm about to lobotomize myself with my size 6's. Any suggestions or explanations you can offer are welcome. Oh, so very very welcome!  Smiley
5  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Sackboy KAL? Anyone? on: April 22, 2010 01:28:09 PM
I'm starting the Alan Dart Sackboy pattern, and I've already hit a wall- I could use some support from my fellow Craftsters. Anyone interested in a Sackboy KAL?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Bloomer shorts? on: March 02, 2010 07:43:05 AM
I've been looking for a Bloomer Shorts pattern, plus size, for a steampunk costume idea- any suggestions? I wear a US 18/20.Thanks for any ideas you might share!
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Two Antlers Shy of a Chinese Dragon... Pic-Heavy on: February 28, 2010 02:06:09 PM
This is the mostly completed, generically named Mr. Dragon created by myself and a friend whom I constantly refer to as the Amazing Miss Becky.  Grin We started him last year and he's almost finished- just short the pair of antlers that seem to be a common feature on these guys. He was made to be used as a prop for the Lunar New Year storytimes each year at the library I work at.



His frame is made from plastic canvas sewn together with yarn and shaped with quilt batting. Then we covered him with fabric and decorated him with all kinds of feathers and sparkly things! And as soon as I have a chance, I'll add some shiny purple antlers.... and maybe some more sequins. You can never have too much sparkle.  Wink

Eye close-up


Nose/Muzzle close-up


Back-of-his-head close-up


Sorry the photos are blurry  Embarrassed  Hopefully I can get some better pics taken to share with you. Perhaps one of Mr. Dragon and his creators? That would be cool. Cool

So... this is the first time I've posted here in AGES, so I hope you like him!
8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Help me, REN FAIRE costumers? Simplicty 4940 accuracy? on: June 09, 2009 05:34:06 PM
I've purchased S4940 http://www.simplicity.com/dv1_v4.cfm?design=4940 with the intention of making it for next years RenFaire- mostly because it goes up to a 26. (I'm posting here because my question isn't size related, though. Hope thats okay!)

So- I'm trying to research the, eh, appropriateness of this pattern: What period it might be from, what fabrics would work (I'm trying to avoid the horrid stretch velvet that's recommended on the back), what colors?  Huh And I'm getting nowhere fast!

I like view A for the collar, but what I was really hoping to do was view B, but replace the 'vest' with the waist cincher- view E- (called a corset on the pattern sleeve) from this pattern http://www.butterick.com/item/B5371.htm?tab=costumes&page=1 that a friend gave me.

So, how badly am I screwing this up?  Wink

**moved from "general" after I remembered there's actually a board for costumes**
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Glove Reviews? on: December 30, 2008 06:25:56 PM
I'm looking for gloves to wear while I knit to relieve the ache (or at least fend it off for awhile  Wink ) especially in my left wrist... Any suggestions, recommendations or warnings before I go and spend 15 bucks or more (sheesh!) ...?

I was going to just grab a pair of the Thergonomics from Wally world, but hey- a little shopping around can't hurt, right?
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / MINI Christmas Ornament Swap? on: November 13, 2008 05:34:57 PM
It just came to me while I was sitting here making those puffy little paper stars in christmas colors- a Christmas Ornament swap for those cute Mini Trees!!

I think it would be a blast- make, say, 3-5 scaled down ornaments for your partner. It would be an easy way to get a dose of Christmas swapping without the stress of the typical swap. Its also likely to be inexpensive, and not too time consuming, since we all know most of our time and money will be spent for our own family and friends this time of year.

Any takers? I'm in the middle of 2 swaps, and I've never organized before, but I'd be willing to co-organize if someone else would like to take the wheel here!
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