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11  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: I've been busy!! TONS of PICTURES! on: September 11, 2008 10:28:32 PM
Wow that's truly amazing! You should get a portfolio going and try out for Project Runway. Seriously...you'd have a great shot (young, talented...hopefully some sort of slightly outrageous personality) and it's a great launching pad even if you don't win.
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: knit graffiti- plz help with my dilemma! on: September 08, 2008 11:11:53 AM
I love this little guy! I doubt anyone would consider this graffiti, that chalking was probably a coincidence.
13  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / black pants? on: September 07, 2008 12:56:46 AM
I have about three pairs of skinny black pants that *ahem* shrunk in the dryer (that's my story and I'm sticking to it). They're a bit too thick to make a shirt out of, and too thin for a coat, so I guess they'll have to remain bottoms of some kind. Only question is, what to do with just black fabric? It's kind of boring, but I don't really have anything at the moment to mix in with it. Any ideas on what I should do?
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: New Resin necklaces & rings on: September 06, 2008 10:38:09 PM
Ah ha ha ha! I love the pills one. For the little bit of addict in all of us, lol.
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Treasure chest frame candleholder beachy centerpiece on: September 06, 2008 08:51:50 PM
I made this a while ago for a friend's beach-themed bridal shower. I bought out Michael's supply of plain wooden treasure chests (really...women were coming up to me and asking where I got them and had to break the news that I bought them all), painted them white and "antiqued" them, then painted the inside with rosebud vines. I made a picture frame out of a roll of magnetic...um, paper, I guess you could call it? One side is sticky and the other is a magnet. I put some sand in the chest, added a candle for some moodlighting, shells in the sand, and a picture of the bride with each of her bridesmaids went on each table (there's just a stick figure of the bride in this one). It looks much nicer in person, but this is the only picture I have at the moment. They were a huge hit, both the bride and groom's family were fighting over who got to take one home at the table. Enjoy!

(please ignore my sneaker in the background)
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first ever completed item of clothing - pixie skirt on: September 06, 2008 12:44:25 PM
I love it! And I think I have those shoes in black.
17  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Costume for three on: September 06, 2008 12:41:47 PM
I thought of some more:

I don't know what cartoons you watch, but if you're an Aquateen Hunger Force fan like I am, Frylock, Shake, and Meatwad would be the way to go.
The Animaniacs.
18  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Felt appliques on skirts? on: September 06, 2008 12:37:26 PM
Fleece might work if you want a 3-D effect, it won't shrink or pill (much). I've done tons of applique with plain ol' cottons, cordury, denim & assorted other fabrics, there are other ways to get 3-D effects if that is what you wanted.

You can:
stack several layers of fabric
use a quilting method called Trapunto (sew the applique on, poke a hole in the back fabric & stuff)
use fat fabrics like fleece or wide wale corduroy

That's a good idea, I think I might try the fleece method. Thanks for the tips.
19  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Felt appliques on skirts? on: September 05, 2008 04:23:14 PM
Craft felt - the inexpensive stuff that is sold in 8" x 10" ish squares (and the stuff that is just like it but sold off the bolt) does not wash very well at all. It will wear badly and pill like crazy. With very gental handling you might get a couple of washings.

Regular cotton fabric would work much better. Some real wool felt (like a piece of pink wool washed in hot water several times until it felts) would work but is probably going to be hard to find.

There was something call "wool felt" that was very popular a couple of years ago that held up a little better than the craft felt but I haven't seen much of it lately. It was mostly sold in quilt shops but I recall Hancocks had it as well.

Ahhh that stinks!

I was afraid of that, but thanks for the info anyway. Smiley
20  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Halloween costume ideas for 2008 on: September 04, 2008 10:49:35 PM
My boyfriend and I are doing Jack and Sally. I know it's not the most original, but Halloween is a huge deal to me and I pride myself on complete accuracy and making the whole thing myself. That being said, I've embarked on the project of, in addition to the dress, making my own yarn wig.  Undecided Wish me luck.
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