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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / What can I make with this?? on: February 20, 2012 09:10:13 PM
I'm just learning how to make jewelry, and so for my birthday, my dear boyfriend put together a kit for me with all the pliers, findings, and beads he thought I would need. He also gave me a couple of curved beads with three rings... Like these: http://www.buy.com/pr/product.aspx?sku=220233867&sellerid=22428122

What am I supposed to use these for? Can anyone help me find jewelry pieces made with these? I could use the inspiration. Thanks!
12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / I've never made my own jewelry but... on: August 06, 2011 03:21:35 PM
...I need this! And for $300, I have no problem DIYing for this choker.


Can anyone point me in the right direction?
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What type of fabric should I use? on: July 31, 2011 09:30:29 PM
Fall is just around the corner, so I'm starting to plan out new sewing projects. I really want to make a warm wrap dress, but I'm not sure what fabric I should use as my sewing machine is a bit...tricky. I've had horrible luck with knit fabric, and best luck with cotton, but that won't be warm enough. I was thinking about using wool gabardine, but I'm afraid that it might be too heavy. What fabric do you recommend for a warm yet "light" dress?
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Cuddly hammock for my little puppy on: June 15, 2011 08:16:28 PM
One of my boyfriend's coworkers had a dog who had puppies! And, unfortunately, he isn't a very responsible dog owner. He gave away all of the puppies but one... He planned on keeping him, but seeing as he already had four dogs, he decided against it and was going to take him to the pound the next day. We couldn't let that happen, so we took the puppy home that very same day and named him Pumba. He was barely three weeks old--not even weened. Here's a picture of him of the night we brought him home:

He had trouble sleeping... But we noticed that he liked to be rocked, like a baby. Of course, we weren't going to rock him all night, so I asked my boyfriend to help me make him a hammock!

I did the sewing, with Pumba's help, of course.

My boyfriend made the frame.

We ended up making taking off those wierd black things at the bottom of the hammock, but I can't find any pictures of the final product.

Action shot!

Pumba loved his little hammock and slept in it until he was old enough and comfortable enough to sleep in a normal doggy bed Smiley
15  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Question about OLDER machines... on: April 14, 2011 07:51:49 PM
So, I recently bought an older machine (so old, the only "stitch" it has is the zigzag!), and while it sews wonderfully on nonstretch fabric, on stretch fabric, it constantly bunches up underneath the fabric.

I've tried adjusting the tension, but I haven't had any luck.

Does anyone have a suggestion? Is it just the machine??
16  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / I've never made a quilt in my life, but I want to make this... on: November 07, 2010 06:39:40 PM

I would like to make something like this, in greens instead of blues. I've never really quilted before (although I *sort* of help my sister make a quilt once... It did not go so well). I've already bought batting for a queen size quilt, but have not yet bought the fabric I need.

I was planning on just "winging it", but I have no idea how much fabric I need. Any help on how much fabric I need will be greatly appreciated as will ANY advice at all! If anyone wants to offer another technique besides "winging it" I will be very, very appreciative!
17  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Simon Sewing Machine?? on: October 25, 2010 04:40:58 PM
I'm currently without a sewing machine (  Cry ) and I've been looking around. A classmate of mine has a machine she's willing to sell me, but I've never heard of the brand--Simon. It's an older machine (I think the model number is 140), but she said it works fine.

Have any of you heard of this brand? Is it any good?
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help me find a pattern! on: October 16, 2010 08:34:43 PM
(on the left!)

So, I have this beautiful dress in which the waistline is bunched up like the ones in the pictures. It fits me like a dream, but it cost me over $100, and to buy myself another one in that style is out of the question.

If someone can help me find a pattern with a similar waistline, I would be very grateful!
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / darkening fabric on: July 25, 2009 01:43:55 AM
I fell in love with this gorgeous plaid coating fabric. But it's very bright turquoise... =[ I would still make a coat from it and wear it occasionally, but if there is some way that I could darken the fabric a little, or a lot, even, I think I would wear it more. If it were cotton, I think it would be simple...but, alas, it's 100% wool.

Any tips/ideas?
20  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Lion tamer?? on: July 17, 2009 01:25:30 AM
Hi... I want to make a lion tamer costume for Halloween. I definitely want a corset with it, and I know how I want the bottom. The part I need a bit of help with is the coat. I'm having a hard time deciding what to do with that. Any ideas?
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