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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Should it stay or should it go? on: June 09, 2009 07:50:09 PM
Now that song's going to be in my head for the rest of the night.  Anyway, I am having an attack of ambivalence about my couch.  First pictures, then my problems.

My couch.

The rest of that half of the room.  I need to recover the floral chair; I love the pattern but it's basically falling apart.

So my problems with the couch.  First, it's painted.  It has what feels like a hundred coats of paint on it (really more like half a dozen, but still) and it's not smooth yet.  The arms are, but the cushions aren't, and at this point I'm not sure if they ever will be. 

I do love the color, but I'm not sure about the color of the bench with the sapphire blue.  Painting the bench is no big deal; my son colored all over it with purple Sharpie today.   Roll Eyes

My options, as I see them, are to cover it or get a new couch.  Finding a new couch that's that color blue would almost certainly be very expensive.  Covering it would also be very expensive, unless I used canvas or something.  Which could be dyed that color blue, but....ugh.  If I got a new couch, I would probably get a neutral color, which I don't really want.  You can't see it, but there's a cream-colored loveseat on the other side of the room.  Also, my curtains, which I haven't hung yet, are a coral color, which rules out red.     

Opinions?  Suggestions?  Should it stay or go?   

2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Standalone bobbin winder for non-center hole bobbins? on: April 16, 2009 08:37:04 AM
I have a Brother XL2600 that is driving me crazy with constant tension problems, so I am desperate to start using a '70s Singer TouchTronic 2000 that I inherited from my mom.  The only problem is that the bobbin winder on the TouchTronic is broken.  My mom took it to a repair shop a few years ago and was told that if they could even get the parts to fix it it would be an expensive repair.  This machine has a non-center hole bobbin and the one standalone bobbin threader I've found is for center hole bobbins only.  At this point I'm ready to take a stab at it myself, either by taking apart the bobbin case and trying to fix it or winding bobbins by hand.  Does anyone know of any bobbin winders for non-center hole bobbins? 
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Your experiences with Hobby Lobby t-shirts on: December 09, 2008 10:58:16 AM
I am planning on doing bleach stenciled shirts for my two sons (2 and 4) for Christmas.  I was hoping to get 100% cotton shirts but I can't find them anywhere around here.  Hobby Lobby's were 65/35 cotton/polyester when I looked, so I was thinking about using them.  However, I have a Hobby Lobby t-shirt and after a few washes it started pilling and it did fade a bit.  Not so much worried about the fading as the pilling, because why spend the time stenciling if you're doing it on crap fabric?  So has anyone else had this problem with Hobby Lobby t-shirts?  Or any suggestions to keep it from happening?
4  UNITED STATES / Nebraska / Where do you buy your fabric? on: June 02, 2008 04:32:50 PM
Hi all, I'm in Omaha and am trying to start a business with a friend selling what we sew.  I get kind of tired of Hancock, though, so I was wondering where you all bought fabric.  (Feel free to include places online, I think I may start using Fabric.com for some things.) 

I used to buy at Wal-Mart when I was making for myself and I don't know if it's me or what, but it seems like Wal-Mart's fabric quality has taken a nosedive in the past year or so.  I would be embarrassed to use it in things I sell.  So mostly I go to Hancock, but occasionally I go to Joann.  I know there's not much choice around here, but I was wondering if anyone had had any success with any smaller stores?  I've been to Kanesville Quilting once, always meant to go to Just Fabric but I think it's closed now.  Has anyone tried Discount Designer Fabric?  Thanks for any input. 
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / What color is your couch? (six pictures) on: February 05, 2008 10:39:42 PM
I have this brown couch that I am going to be reupholstering but I'm kind of at a loss as to what color to use.  Normally I would go with tan/neutral, but I have a tan loveseat and tan curtains, so it might be too much neutral.  I was thinking red, but now I'm not so sure.  I kind of want a really bright color like fuschia, emerald, chartreuse or sapphire, but I'm afraid to spend all the money on fabric for something that I might get tired of quickly.  (DH doesn't care what I do as long as there's a couch to sit on.)

Here's a picture.  The skirt on the couch is gone.  On the wall above the couch there's going to be a group of nine art panels, just colored panels that my three year old and I are painting together.  Red, blue, green, orange, yellow, etc.  The red chair you can see off to the side is going to be reupholstered in something else, and unfortunately the green stool had to go.  The kids liked to take the legs off of it and they broke one, so it hides in my craft room now. 

So does anyone have any suggestions on color? 

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Who's thinking about next Christmas already? on: December 25, 2007 05:18:40 PM
I am.  I'm thinking that for the gift exchange among the kids, instead of drawing names we should just give the names to each other.  There was so much drama and switching this year that the drawing was worthless, and since I craft gifts I know that there are a few siblings that don't want me to have their kid's name. 

Plus I didn't get nearly as much done this year as I wanted to.  I started in October and I still didn't get everything done.  In fact, most of my gifts were changed to something easier at the last minute and there's a few that aren't done yet. 

I'm thinking of starting the actual crafting in June.  I'll probably start brainstorming next week.  Grin
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Two quilting dilemmas: thread color/quilt it or not? on: December 09, 2007 12:51:49 AM
I have two quilting-related problems right now.  Both are related to quilt I've sewn for my brother.  He's serving in Iraq and told me he'd love a blanket since it gets cold at night and he's just got an army blanket, so I made him this quilt.  It's stitched together and just awaiting quilting.  Here are my two problems with this quilt. 

Number one: do I even need to quilt it?  I know it would be best to quilt it, but if I did quilt it it would be quilted by hand.  It's twin size, so I'm guessing at least a week if I devote a lot of time each day to it.  Also, the backing is a bedsheet and I've read (since making the quilt) that those are not the easiest to quilt because of a high thread count.  It's 200 thread count, which doesn't sound that high to me, but I'm new to this so I will defer to someone else's opinion.  Smiley  Anyway, I'm thinking a good press would be enough for it.  I know he's anxious to get it, so I really want to get it out as soon as possible, and to be honest I doubt he'll notice if it's quilted or not quilted.  Plus I haven't practiced my running stitch in a looong time, so I'm worried about it looking crappy.

Number two: if I do quilt it, what color thread should I use?  Should I try to match one of the front colors or the backing color?

Pictures of the front.  Just a random brick pattern so I wouldn't have to worry about getting the pieces in the right order or matching seams.

Thanks for any input you can give me!

Picture of the backing.  I know the photos are a little dark, but the ones with the flash off got truer color IMO.

8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My painted journal cover--image medium on: November 15, 2007 10:25:22 AM
I made this for my sister in law for Christmas.  This is actually the second one I made because the first one was about an eighth of an inch too small.  And of course I think I like it better. Cry

So here is the second one.  Basically it is a simplified cover, the closest thing I can compare it to would be a book jacket.  It's lined with white cotton fabric but the outside is a sage green satin-type fabric that I got at Wal-Mart for $1 a yard.  The tree design was inspired by the bird tree corset here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=156988.0 but mine has flowers and leaves instead of birds.  The paint is just plain old acrylic, and the cover is removable so that she can use it on other notebooks if she wants.   

A shot of the front.

Opened up.

And a detail of the tree.

Thanks for looking, and sorry for the not so great image quality.  My camera doesn't like closeups, I guess.
9  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / New from Nebraska on: November 02, 2007 09:18:58 PM
Hi!  My name is Jessica, I'm 25, married, and have 2 sons aged 3 and 1.  My best friend and I are starting a business next year where we'll be sewing diaper bags, purses, and possibly some kiddie stuff.   

I mainly sew and have been since I was 6.  I can crochet, knit, cross stitch, and basically am a dilettante in a lot of crafts.  Generally I hardly ever finish my needlework stuff, though, which is something I need to work on. 

Also, I do not know how I've lived without Craftster for so long!  It's my go-to reference now.  Smiley
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Ideas for a little girl with everything & a craft-hating mother--4 PICS ON PG 5 on: October 26, 2007 11:04:03 PM
So this year for Christmas I (well, my 3-year-old son) have drawn my 3-year-old niece.  Money is extremely tight, and although we have a $20 budget I'd like to spend much less and craft her something.  It pretty much has to look storebought because her mother thinks that everything that's not storebought is crappy, and that you should not ever spend less than $20 on a gift if that's your budget. 

I don't make her clothes, because I spent hours making her a beautiful dress and coat that her mother never let her wear.  It was homemade, after all, although it was some of my best work. Angry  I had thought about making her a "princess kit," with a dress, boa, tiara, wand,  and necklace, but she is incredibly destructive and it will probably be ruined within a week.  I had also thought about paper dolls but dismissed them for the same reason.

So does anyone have any ideas?  I saw another poster who had made coloring book pages of her kids, I was thinking of giving her a book of those with some crayons.  I have a few misgivings about this because I made her a beautiful handpainted box with her name painted on it in fancy lettering last year.  I filled it with art supplies.  We celebrate Christmas at my mother's house and the box has never left there.

At this point I'm just very discouraged and frustrated with the whole thing and thinking about asking to switch to a different child.  But before I do I thought I'd ask if anyone had any advice or suggestions for me here.  Thanks in advance.   Smiley
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