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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: preshrinking fabric without a dryer on: November 09, 2011 06:15:06 AM
Thanks for your advice, Aislynn Smiley

If he ever has his laundry done, remind him to ask them to use low heat.  It's not an unreasonable request.

It's not an unreasonable request. Getting him to remember to ask, however....  Grin

I'm searching for a launderette as I might as well use a dryer if I can. If I can't find one around here I will wash in very hot water as you suggest. Thanks again.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / preshrinking fabric without a dryer on: November 08, 2011 01:13:09 PM
I'm hoping some of you sewing gurus can answer a question for me Smiley

I have some 100% cotton fabric which I plan to make shirts out of for my husband. We don't own a tumble dryer, so all our clothes are line dried. If I line dry this fabric after pre-washing it, what will happen if it ends up in a dryer one day? Will it shrink more? My concern is if he goes away on a business trip or something and has laundry done the shirts might end up in a dryer and shrink further. I can track down a laundrette if I really have to, but I'd rather not if I can possibly avoid it!

Any words of wisdom (particularly if based on experience) would be most welcome.
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Recycled book Kindle cover on: June 19, 2011 01:53:24 PM
Thanks  Grin I did feel a pang when I started hacking away at the book, but there weren't many of the right size to choose from. The book wasn't as interesting inside as you'd guess from the cover.
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycled book Kindle cover on: June 19, 2011 12:48:24 PM
I recently acquired a Kindle and didn't feel like paying through the nose for a cool cover. So I made my own cover! I picked up an old library book at the Oxfam shop, and spent the weekend mutilating it  Cheesy Total cost about 6.

Inside with Kindle:


Without Kindle:


And the cover:

(I rotated this photo, but for some reason Craftster un-rotated it)
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: my first blanket on: February 09, 2011 07:18:44 AM
It's beautiful! I love the colours. Especially the olive green!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Diamond and smocked cover on: July 05, 2010 12:21:03 PM
Aw, shucks. Thanks for the compliments! Jane2, I did not find it difficult --as long as you can do increases and decreases, you'll be fine. It's much easier to make than it looks! I have made a second one, and am partway through a third one at the moment (my friends keep having babies!). You should give the pattern a try Smiley
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Recently finished knitting projects on: October 25, 2009 08:46:43 AM
Wow! I'm really impressed! All 3 projects look so professional. I love the colours too... i'm a big fan of red, and i also like the brown and blue together in the blankie.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered cushion with tatted edging on: October 22, 2009 01:30:31 PM
Wow, I'd forgotten about this thread. Thanks for your kind comments Smiley
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: I don't want any more menus crammed into my door!! on: April 28, 2009 08:37:32 AM
Great sign! I have a much less crafty handwritten one, which worked for a little while. Now (a year later) I get tons of leaflets. My sign seems only to keep away the local newspaper, which I don't really mind getting. Oh well.

That's an awesome idea, I don't find it rude at all, on the contrary, it's very polite!! It's a shame that it wouldn't really work that well for me in the UK, I'd love to stop all the crap that comes through my letter box.

In the UK we have letter boxes, not mail boxes, so mail is posted directly into the house. What's more, leaflets are also given to the Royal Mail to deliver, so there is no choice in the matter, it gets posted in with our regular mail. There is a rule that they are only supposed to deliver no more than 3 pieces of unsolicited mail a week, but I know I've had more than that delivered in the past.

My dog attacks our post, so after I've grabbed the important mail, I let her chew on the junk.

Every now and then we get people delivering Avon magazines, or other magazines selling stuff, and they request that we leave them on the doorstep to collect on a certain day. They soon stopped delivering them when I returned them ripped to shreds... Good Dog!!!


You can opt out of the junk mail from Royal Mail. I had to fill in a form, which I got from their website. Sometimes they still deliver it anyway, but I think I get less now. I'm always tempted to take the junk and put it back in the post box down the road, but my more mature & responsible husband always recycles it before I get the chance.

And I also get fed up with people who leave catalogues and expect to get them back. I have a sign out saying not to leave it in the first place, and you expect me to go out of my way to make sure you get it back?   Cheesy
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered cushion with tatted edging on: April 22, 2009 11:25:12 AM
Thanks! I never used to find traditional embroidery (particularly floral motifs) all that exciting, but as I get older I appreciate it more. Eventually I would like to make a Victorian-style fireplace screen...possibly to give to my in-laws, but I might just keep it for myself  Grin
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