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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Plastic-Free/Biodegradable Baking Packaging on: January 17, 2011 11:41:50 AM
I'm looking for cupcake holders, specifically. I want to avoid using plastics as much as possible. I'm also trying to find more eco-friendly packaging for other baked goods too.

Any ideas?

I'm going to eventually open up a booth at the farmer's market selling baked goods. So it needs to be things that are available in bulk.
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Alternatives to Sculpey Glaze? on: March 18, 2010 02:23:56 PM
I was really gung-ho about the sculpey glaze, until I saw the warning on the back about California and pregnancy/fetal defects, etc. I'm pregnant so everything makes me 300% too paranoid.

What other alternatives are there?

Can I just water down some mod podge and dip my sculptures in it? Or buy some sort of paint glaze instead?

I don't know much about polymer clay (so far, 1 creation  Cheesy ) and how it reacts to other materials.
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Easiest/Frugalist way to clean large amount of a variety of fabrics? on: February 24, 2010 01:41:44 PM
So I left the tote open that had 95% of my fabrics in it.. My kitten went to town and thoroughly soaked ALL of it. I did get him fixed shortly thereafter. Now, I have a tote filled with urine-soaked fabric that I can't bring myself to toss. It's pretty much all of the fabric that I've been hoarding the past few years. I have silk brocade, satin, cottons, fleece, batting, and a few other kinds of fabric.

I did hand-wash some of the quilting scrap fabrics that I had but it took ages. I washed it with Simple Green and laundry detergent, which was great, but I'm not sure how to go about getting the more delicate fabrics washed. I just don't have the stomach for the smell but I'm worried about ruining the fabrics any more by taking them to the laundromat.

Suggestions? I suppose at this point I should just suck it up and take them to the laundromat and use generous amounts of vinegar, Simple Green, and laundry detergent? Also, put the cat in the washer as punishment (Jk! I love the little bugger.)?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / My knit fabric refuses to gather for me... I have been defeated. on: February 15, 2010 08:37:42 PM
I have some nice grey knit fabric that flatly refuses to gather. I've gotten it TO gather, I've sewn over the gathers, but regardless of the stitch I use, it refuses to stay put. It always comes undone by at least a few inches. I have a knit/jersey needle, I've gone over in straight, zig-zag, partial zig-zag (for knit fabrics), and otherwise annihilated the heck out of it. No matter what, the second I hold it up, it starts to sag out of place.

I've never had trouble gathering any other fabrics. My technique is to baste loose stitches across the top, pull on one of the threads, arrange the gathers, and sew them in place.

I'm trying to make a basic gathered skirt with adjustable buttons along it so I can adjust it as the pregnancy belly sees fit. (Sewing pun... teehee.. Cheesy )
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Transferring a design onto black fabric for machine embroidery..? on: February 11, 2010 12:26:39 AM
What's the best/easiest/most streamlined way of doing this? I've considered paper piecing but don't want to pick out millions of paper bits from the seams later. I've also considered using a chalk pencil but they really don't show up finely enough, or long-term enough. I'm going to try to use washable stabelizer but its pretty pricey.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Making fabric from paper (Specifically, a giant poster)? on: February 08, 2010 11:58:56 PM
I have these 2 enormous chemical pathways posters that I got for free from a professional chemistry company.. but I don't know what to do with them. They're not exactly the prettiest to put on the walls and I think it would make an awesome dress with pleated skirt. The pattern is really small enough that it wouldn't overwhelm any clothing.

The only issue is that I don't know how to go about turning the poster into fabric. I suppose I could go to Kinkos, photocopy them in reverse, and attempt to transfer it to muslin, but these posters are really huge. I have a bad back and can't spend a lot of time crouched on the floor playing with glue and transfers. I was also thinking of possibly gesso-ing it onto some super thin fabric and praying that after a few washes it'll get softer and maintain the ink print, but gesso isn't flexible when dry.

I'm completely braindead on what to do but don't want to let the poster go to waste. The posters themselves aren't glossy and seem to be a standard poster weight. I think they measure 4'x6' each.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Remedies for sore hands? on: November 17, 2009 07:44:39 PM
After a knitting marathon, what do you do for sore hands?
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / FFXII Airship & Vast Logo Shirts on: July 26, 2008 06:13:26 PM
The VAST shirt has the VAST logo on it now, need to upload the pic. The shadow was a failed inkjet transfer but I managed to make it work..

I'm so in love with my airship shirt. *loves on it* I'll try to get clearer shirt pics, as well as pics of the stencilscreens used.

9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Rotary cutter blade skips on: May 10, 2008 03:20:25 PM
I bought a new rotary cutter blade... Not even 1/4 way into cutting the fabric for a quilted pillowcase (standard pillowcase.. sleeping sized ones) and the blade starts skipping. Please don't tell me I need 5 blades for a full sized quilt!

What am I doing wrong? It's an Olfa blade, olfa cutter, etc etc. I can't figure out what the deal is here.

Thanks so much!
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Crazy pillowcase piecing on: May 07, 2008 09:19:53 PM
So my boyfriend wants a pretty pillowcase. Plain red and black fabric... He wants assorted squares and rectangles assembled in a random pattern. Only problem is... I only get 2-3 pieces sewn together and then I can't go any further. Anybody have any recommendations? All I've been able to find is crazy quilting with random shapes. He wants straight lines...  Huh I'm so frustrated!
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