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31  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / "Sewing" on mylar? on: June 24, 2009 08:59:01 AM
I'm trying to make some curtains for my living room, and I've decided the best way to keep the heat out, since I'm not allowed to use window film, is to line some curtains with mylar blankets.  I bought some online, and they're extremely thin.  Thin like, single layer and see through.  I'm trying to think what would be the best way to attach them to the curtains.  Sewing would most likely be a pain and possibly wreck the material.  So, what would work then?  Stick on velcro?  Snaps?  Some other idea I haven't thought of?  I need to figure out something soon, it's already 95 today!  Thanks in advance.
32  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Need help covering a large window on: May 07, 2009 08:55:33 AM
I'm trying to make some window shades for my new apartment.  My goal is to keep the place cooler in the summer, since we have a giant south facing window, and it is already 10 degrees warmer inside than it is outside.  I'm not looking to do anything expensive, since part of the plan is to save money on air conditioning costs.

The window is recessed fairly deeply, but it goes all the way to the ceiling.  It's 105 inches wide, and about 60 inches tall.  I'm not sure how to make anything that wide, and I'm not sure how to make it in panels, since there's no wall above the window to attach anything to.  Any ideas?  Thanks!
33  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Two skirts I've made on: April 08, 2009 11:49:04 AM
This one is a half circle with an elastic waist.  It started out with a zipper, but was too big, so I put in elastic instead, which I like better anyway.

The next one is a tiered eyelet skirt.  I lined it and sewed it inside out covering the seam allowances with trim.  Regular seams bug my skin, so this was a good way to avoid that.

Detail of the eyelet, since it doesn't show well on the big piture

Comments, questions, criticism welcome.
34  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Another Rainbow Patchwork Skirt! on: April 08, 2009 11:42:31 AM
I loved the ones I'd seen here on craftster, and I just had to make my own.

This wasn't too hard to do, but it was time consuming.  I decided I didn't want a huge skirt, so I scaled it down so it's about a 3/4 circle.  The squares are 4'x4', I used 65 of them for the bottom tier.  I started gathering from the bottom up, purple to light purple to blue, instead of from the top down, and I think this made the gathering process much easier.  What do you think?  (As I hit "preview," a Jpop song called "Rainbows" started playing on my computer! Ha ha! Cheesy)
35  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Dull serger blades, now what do I do? on: March 27, 2009 08:00:58 AM
I've been working on a rather serger intensive project the last few weeks, and now my blade no longer cuts.  I know I can get a new one through Kenmore, but what I want to know is whether or not I need to replace both the upper and lower blades, or if replacing just the upper will work.  The lower blade costs almost twice as much as the upper, so if I can put off replacing that, it would be nice.  Or, is it possible to sharpen them?  Thanks.
36  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Ceramic Raku Dragons (image heavy) on: March 19, 2009 07:48:32 AM
I made these a few years ago in my college art classes.

This was originally lowfired with a crackle glaze, but I didn't like the outcome, so I reglazed it with a shiny green called "dragonfly."  I like the not quite shiny, not quite grainy finish. 
side view

The next one was inspired by those ceramic cats that look down off the edge off a shelf.  It's raku fired with just the dragonfly glaze I used on the last one.

This image isn't that great, but it shows how far it goes below the ledge.

This one is fired with a glaze called "copper sand."  The spiked ball on the tail is a seperate piece, I knew it would break off in the firing anyway, so I figured I should decide where to seperate it, rather than leaving it to random chance.


back.  This shows the color best.

detail on eggs

tail end by itself

Finally, this was supposed to be a fountain, but I liked the copper raku glaze so much I used it anyway.  Now it's holding dried roses.

Hope you like them!
37  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Top from a dress pattern on: March 03, 2009 06:48:39 PM
I made this from an out of print Butterick pattern, but decided that I would get more use out of a top than a dress, since the skirt was a bit too straight for my tastes.  It's a little difficult to see because it's such a dark color, but it's gathered under the bust.  Don't mind the lines, they're from the sun shining through my blinds. Cheesy

38  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / estimating a future size? on: February 26, 2009 11:31:15 AM
I made a dress for a friend's new baby, and it wound up way too big.  I figure I'll give it to her anyway and she can wear it when she's about 18 months.  About how long should a dress for an 18 month old be?
39  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Wedding gift ideas on: February 24, 2009 03:11:54 PM
My sister-in-law is getting married in May, and I'm trying to figure out what to give her.  She said they are asking for Visa gift cards to use on their honeymoon.  Umm.. yeah, I'm sorta, BROKE right now, working 4 hours a week for a month will do that, so that's not happening.  Should I even bother?  She usually likes my handmade gifts, I just feel that asking for money like that is a bit tacky.  So I don't know.  Ideas?
40  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / newbie questions on: February 20, 2009 08:14:05 AM
I'm thinking about making a quilt for a friends new baby.  I've never quilted before, so I'd like some input.  About how big should it be?  Would it work to use fleece for the backing and leave out the batting?  She lives in California, so it's ok if it's not super warm.  Thanks! Cheesy
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