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1  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: LONDONERS: Stand up and be counted! on: October 31, 2009 04:41:22 AM
Hey there all,

Just doing my part to keep this thread alive. 

I come from Canada and arrived here in September to teach English in Tower Hamlets (rough school-- kids bring screwdrivers to class NOT because they have things to fix). I haven't had a whole lot of time (or space) to craft in.  Totally missing it, and looking to get back into things. 

I live in Poplar and haven't found any shops around that carry the kinds of supplies I had to leave behind in Canada. . . beads, findings, pliers. . . and I am suffering withdrawls without some creative outlet!

Anyone have any word on knitting circles at cafes or anything to that end in this great sprawling city?  Are there any chain craft stores here that would be similar to what I'd be used to in North America? 
2  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Worlds Most Dangerous Chocolate Cake on: June 13, 2009 06:37:51 PM
Thank you!  I found this post fifteen minutes ago and am now sitting at my desk enjoying cake. 


I'm dreaming about all the variations. . . add instant coffee. . . vanilla. . . cinnamon. . . fresh berries on top. . . mmm. . .


3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / To experienced blind hemmers on: June 08, 2009 12:20:22 PM
Or rather, those who have experience doing a blind hem... those of you who are blind and able to hem just blow my mind!

Anyway, I was wondering if you have any tips/tricks to remember how to fold your fabric when machine stitching a blind hem.  I have the right foot and I'm pretty good at getting a blind hem on scraps, but I can't seem to keep the order of folds straight in my head, which is strange because I'm usually good with spacial things like folding.

Any adivce you can give would be much appreciated.
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Pavi Largo's Greatest Face (in progress) on: May 13, 2009 02:03:18 PM
That is badassed!  Your boyfriend is going to be the belle of the ball!


Who are YOU going as?


Take a camera-- maybe include some reaction shots of the many admirers he will no doubt have!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: i am covering our cafe with monsters! on: April 27, 2009 06:48:28 AM
I'm not sure what I love more. . . the dainty way the monkey holds the flower, or the killer heels on the pink creature.

It's lovely!  It's bright and colourful and offers up just a little bit of nonsense-- perfect for a conversation piece!



6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: interfacing substitute? help!! emergency!! on: April 07, 2009 07:42:13 AM
Dryer sheets work as well.

Holy Fudge-- that's brilliant!


Recycles the used sheets, or makes whatever you're making smell all fresh and clean! 


7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: belly-tube on: March 16, 2009 01:13:57 PM
That is cool! I remember reading about these a while ago-- in Japan, they call them Haramaki and sometimes doctors will recommend using these along with medicine for stomach/intestine/kidney ailments.

Looks cozy-- like wearing a hug!
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is it possible to sew using a fabric glue instead of thread? on: January 26, 2009 07:28:04 PM
I use liquid stitch quite a bit, and iron on fusing for things like curtains and adding extra support to seams I know I'll be putting stress on. . . and both those things can be found at Walmart. . .

But you might get more practical and detailed feedback if you said what you're planning on sewing/gluing.


Like, I would not recommend anything other than needles and thread for clothing and totes/bags. I've hemmed a pair of jeans with liquid stitch when I was stuck in a dorm room, miles from my machine. It worked fine in a pinch, but there's a reason sewing machines are still used the world over. 

If there was an easier way to bind fabric together, Walmart would have found it and would make all their clothes using it.
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Polly beads/Pellets in bulk for charity sewing on: December 26, 2008 05:16:46 PM
Have they approached the store directly to ask about their position on volume discounts for charity purposes?  You may need to go through the head office, but where it's for a good cause, your mother and her friends might be able to get some help.

After all, in times of economic woe, what company doesn't enjoy a good tax write-off?
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Heatpack for shoulders and neck on: December 23, 2008 04:20:30 PM
What about quilting all the squares closed, then slicing through one layer, filling with rice using a funnel, then just stitching closed the little slit?

I'm thinking that I must have one of these. The regular rectangle ones just don't cut it!

PS I love the Victorian collar look to it, and the embroidered flower design is just stunning. Brilliant job!
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