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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / dying a t-shirt with foil printing? on: November 20, 2008 12:38:25 AM
so i have obtained this t-shirt from a band i enjoy quite a bit - however, it is an awful color combo - electric blue and silver foil print!  i love the silver foil print, but the blue has got to go.  i plan on dying it a more subdued color (i'll probably use black dye, but i acknowledge it may not come out jet black, i'm fine with that, just no more electric blue, aaargh.

so here's the question - is the dye going to ruin the silver foil? the shirt is brand new, so the foil is still all nice and...foil-y.  and i'd really like to have it stay that way as long as possible. i was just going to use good old rit dye, because the shirt is 100% cotton, and i figured that would be the gentlest solution for the print (also, the cheapest).

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: making a curved hem on knit fabric on: November 15, 2007 11:32:47 AM
Starch the hell out of that mofo.

This isn't my original idea -- there's a much more experienced seamstress around here who introduced me to it -- but it works really really well. If you starch the stretch fabric to the consistency of canvas you won't have any problems handling and sewing it.

You have to cook yourself some real starch. Use about 3 cups of water and a heaping Tb of corn starch (corn flour in the UK I think). You bring the water to a simmer, mix the corn starch with a little cold water to make a thin paste, and pour it into the simmering water whisking all the while. Then you cook it until it clarifies a bit and looks thick, let it cool enough to touch without burning yourself and put your fabric into it so it gets soaked through with the starch.

Wring your fabric out and hang it to dry. Press with a dry iron, not steam, or it'll get soggy and soft again. The starch washes straight out after you're done sewing.

Another option is to cook your starch, let cool, pour into a spray bottle and spray your fabric liberally before pressing it. This can be more trouble, though, because if your starch is too thin it won't work as well and if your starch is too thick most bottles will clog!

Wow, thank you!  I would NEVER think of something like that - so bizarre, but at the same time, really useful.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / making a curved hem on knit fabric on: November 07, 2007 11:15:55 PM
so i have a dress that's shaped like this:

i wish to reconstruct a large shirt to a similar shape (except probably minus gathering).  the biggest issue i'm running into here, is how to sew the hem on the neckline without the fabric stretching out?

here is a closeup of the example dress's neck hem:

(note: both pictures are HUUUUUUUGE, my hard drive crashed very recently so i literally have NO image editing/resizing/management programs on my computer as i am using a temporary hard drive with nothing but bare mac osx on it...)

i have a standard sewing machine, no access to a serger.

thanks!!! :]
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / spray paint = agony on: February 22, 2007 12:06:07 AM
i'm not entirely sure where to post this, as there doesn't seem to be any sort of forum for painting without stencils.  but i figured people around here might be the most knowledgable about spray paint...(if anyone has a suggestion for a better forum i'm happy to delete this thread and repost it in a different forum)

i'm trying to spray paint words on the back of a hoodie.  i want it to have sort of a graffiti look, so i'm not using a stencil.  it's only four, fairly short words ("war all the time"), because i know i can't write very small with it.  i have two colors - silver and red - that i've been practicing with on newspaper.  the red i do okay with, but the silver just produces ridiculously fat illegible lines.  i can't figure out what i'm doing wrong.  i've tried getting closer to the newspaper, farther from the newspaper, pressing less hard, everything i can really think of to make thinner lines, but i can't seem to figure it out.

help anyone?
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Help me with my CAR art project! on: February 21, 2007 11:40:58 PM
haha, i find it funny your '97 cars are referred to as crap, i drive a 1988 mazda 929 (essentially mazda's take on the corolla).
i was born in 1989....

anyway!  i really like the tattoo car idea, perhaps putting some "typical" tattoo-style designs on there (the heart with the arrow through it and whatnot, atypical tattoo designs probably wouldn't appear to most people as tattoo-themed). 

it's too funny i'm referencing this, but i remember seeing an episode of pimp my ride where they covered the car in lace-type fabric and spray painted this sparkly gold stuff (so it was shimmery, not solid colored) over the entire paint job and it looked AWESOME.  if possible, i suggest you try that.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: The Science of Sleep knitted aran dress?!??!?! on: February 14, 2007 04:39:31 PM
I think it would be pretty easy to recreate; BUT I'd say it has to be done with really fine yarn, like fingering or sport weight to avoid the bulk of a traditional Aran.  Check out a stitch dictionary for some great cable-panel  ideas. 

I loved that dress, too, and am tempted to dare to wear somehting so short!!!
you could wear it with leggings or something?
7  UNITED STATES / Nevada / Re: Reno Anyone? on: February 13, 2007 10:28:05 PM
I'm from Reno, I've lived here all my life...I'm 17 and graduating this year.  I've yet to find any really crafty groups here =/  But it's nice to see some other Renoites around here...

I mostly sew/reconstruct things, and do some painting of garments as well.  I wish I could knit well, my mom taught me when I was 8 or 9, but I haven't made it past anything but a scarf yet...
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: The Science of Sleep knitted aran dress?!??!?! on: February 13, 2007 10:20:27 PM

There's a picture.   If anyone figured out how to make it, tell me!!! I want a dress like that so bad.
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: I am getting really frustrated (photography) on: February 03, 2007 04:45:11 PM
i suggest going with the ebay option...most 'real' photography stores overcharge you like no other.    just make sure the lens is in good working order if you get it from ebay, and that you get one with the right mount (i think the rebel uses the canon EF mount but NOT EF-S).
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: I am getting really frustrated (photography) on: February 03, 2007 04:18:13 PM
Does it have a macro setting?
(the one with the flower).

If so try using that. 

If not...well, I'm stumped.  Smiley
SLRs don't have macro settings, you change lenses. :]
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