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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Wire ornament tree? on: July 26, 2006 09:07:48 AM
I'm posting this here, because I think people will know what I'm talking about.  I'm looking to make an ornament stand for Halloween, actually, but I've only seen these for Christmas.  I want a wire tree, with twisty areas for holding ornament hooks - what type of wire is best for this (hold up slightly heavy things, glass, etc.)?  Where can I get this wire in copious amounts?  Hardware stores?  What area?  I will scrounge the net for sample images, and edit if I find what I'm looking for.  But in the mean time, if you've seen/made anything like this, please let me know.

EDIT:  Something like this:  http://www.finehomedisplays.com/proddetail.asp?prod=45-0750brd  But what kind of wire?
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Good "Embroiderable" Clip-art & tattoo flash? on: July 24, 2006 11:45:08 PM
Let's make a repository of this type of stuff.

I've seen people mention http://www.havanastreet.com/  for clip-art, which is fantastic.

I'm looking for oldish, line drawn tattoo style art.  I tried searching for 'flash,' but it turned up the modern stuff with too much color and fill and detail.  Any help here?
13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Pulling embroidery threads apart on: July 16, 2006 08:10:27 AM
My grandmother taught me embroidery about a bazillion years ago, but I don't remember much.  I do recall something about only using one of the twists of thread, instead of all six or so.  What does everyone here do - just use all of it, or half, or decide depending upon how thick you want the line to be?  I'm a bit confused.  Thank you very much!
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / What to do with dress now? on: June 23, 2006 12:52:39 PM
So I had my wedding, and it was beautiful.  It was Lego themed, yay!

But now I'm agonizing over what to do with my dress.  I'll admit to being a bit selfish and not really wanting to donate it.  On the other hand, I'm well aware that by the time I have daughters that get married, I'm pretty sure they'll not want to wear this style.  (I might be wrong, but who knows.)  And I hate to have it take up space in a closet somewhere.  But I don't know what to do with it.  I've found ideas online, and I just can't decide.

1.)  Christmas tree skirt.  I'm not really christian, but we celebrate our winter holiday here, too, and it's important to us.  This might be nice, though the skirt of my dress was pretty plain - perhaps some of the beading from the bodice could be pulled away and used on the edges.  I might be a nice way to re-affirm our love every year.

2.)  Bears/other stuffed animals.  This is cute, but I still don't know about it... something to collect dust, I guess, unless a child actually used it.

3.)  Christening gowns.  This sounds very nice, but it's another of those things that gets used once with kids, and then put into another box (just smaller, I guess) in hopes that a future generation uses it.  On the bright side, these aren't really subject to 'style' (or size) so as long as the material held up, I could see them being reused.

This is really all that I found.  I thought perhaps it could also be made into a kind of 'prayer shawl' - like a comfort shawl or something, but I don't know how practical that really would be.

Do you folk have any other suggestions?  At the moment, I'm very much leaning toward the christmas tree skirt, with christening gowns being a close second.
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help on drafting pattern for aline/pleated skirt on: March 27, 2006 06:39:59 AM
So... I saw this skirt on someone the other day that at first looked like an aline with 8 gores, but upon closer inspection the gores turned out to be pleats.  It looked very similar to the following, but the pleats seamed a bit different.  Like instead of laying the extra pleated fabric all the way to one side, it looked like it was "folded" and pressed, so that it was flat against the stitching line.  Does that make any sense?

Now... how would I go about drafting a pattern for something like this?  I'd definately need a zipper.  Then I figured I'd take my measurements, divide by two (for two panels), then add the requisite ease and seam allowances, and then add an inch for each pleat I wanted.

Am I on the right track?  Anyone know of an off the shelf pattern for something similar?  Thanks for any help that you might be able to offer.
16  Pennsylvania / Pennsylvania: Southwest / Independant Fabric Store in Pittsburgh area? on: March 22, 2006 06:39:49 PM
Hey there!  I'm in Greensburg, and all we have around me to get fabric at are the box stores like Joanns.   Does anyone know of a neat place to get nicer fabrics.  Apparently there's somewhere like this in the strip district, but I've heard this is mainly decorator type fabrics - is there anywhere else?

Thanks folks!
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Shirred A-line Skirt on: March 22, 2006 07:47:49 AM
I was so excited for spring that I actually got off my rear and started making some skirts from the fabrics I've been hoarding.  I was very excited by JKaz's Shirred Pepper & Irish shirts and promptly followed Mickncrispy's Shirring Tutorial to get the waistband.  This was perfect, as I'm a new seamstress.  *grin*

I made the a-line pattern on brown paper by tracing a skirt I have and love.  Then I made it about 4 or 5 inches too big, but enough to slide over my... derriere.  I used Gutermann's elastic thread that I found at Joann's, but I'm so addicted to shirring that I may have to buy a large spool of the stuff, or go broke.  I found the one problem I had was caused by not pulling the bobbin/elastic thread up properly.  If I wasn't careful, it wouldn't catch in the tension mechanism, and just pull haphazardly up, and not be taught at all.  I enjoy that the lines don't have to be perfectly perpendicular, and it still looks great.  And all this without the scariness of a zipper!

I was probably a little wasteful with the fabric, but I've got enough scraps left over for a nice matching headband, and maybe for the liner of a little handbag - I used 2 yards, and it's below knee length.  And it happens to perfectly match this uber comfy shirt from Target.  I may shorten it, or I may not.  I can't decide.

And of course... my cat Boo was helping.
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Belly-cover thing? on: March 13, 2006 11:22:59 AM
Well, I've gained weight lately, and some of my previously cute shirts aren't exactly long enough anymore.  I'm not pregnant, but I thought I'd seen something like this advertised for maternity.  Like a tube of t-shirt material you could slide under your shirt to elongate it?  Has anyone made anything like this, or seen one for sale?  I'm not even all that concerned about showing my tummy off, as I'm not that heavy yet; but it's been cold, and I hate not being able to wear my favorite shirts because they let drafts in.

If I make one or two I'll post, and maybe get a few ideas to dress 'em up - what do you think?  Lace?  Ribbon?  Paint?
19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Gift for Future Father In Law (Almost Finished!) on: December 14, 2005 01:17:09 PM
Ok, not exactly finished, but halfway there!  Well, my future father in law collects Christmas stuff.  He goes to yard sales and flea markets and has at least 4 different sheds packed full of it.  He says he's going to open up a store, but I don't think he ever will, because he likes it too much.  That's ok, though, because it's the cutest hobby I've ever seen.

We always have a hard time picking out a gift for him, because who knows what he's already got, etc.  And he still hasn't hooked up the printer we got him last year.  So this is what we're making him this year:  microscope slide ornaments with American Lung Association stamps sandwiched in the glass.  I have all the years from 1917 on up, though somewhere in the 70's they became abnormally sized and don't fit in my glass.  So we stopped at 73.  Some of the years have more than one stamp, so we tried to do all of them.  (My favorite is 1955!  It's the lime green one in the closeup that's out of focus.)

I posted a few of these in the jewelry forum discussing stamp slide pendants.  But since then I've made bunches more.  I'm getting much better at soldering.  Here they are:

And a question!!  How do you think I should package these?  There will be around 70 or so in the end, so how do you think I should box them up to store them?  Any ideas?  I'm fresh out.
20  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Nummy Christmas Gifts? "World's Best Nuts?" on: December 11, 2005 04:56:08 PM
I remember reading a post about quick edible food stuffs as gifts, with recipes for chocolate balls and candied nuts and mustard and some kind of bread spread type food.  However, I think it got eaten with the 12/9 meltdown, and didn't bookmark the link when I read it!  If you did, could you please share?  I wanted to make those nuts!

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