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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Suggestion for a pattern? on: February 23, 2009 04:20:36 PM
I have a friend who really likes this shirt and I would like to make a copy of it for her. Does anyone have suggestions on a pattern that is similar to this?

2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Need suggestion for slip cover fabric. on: January 27, 2009 09:29:14 AM
So, I'm going to make a slip cover for a love seat. I wanted to make it teal. But I couldn't find a thick slipcover fabric that was solid teal. So I bought a thinner $3/yard cotton blend in teal, that you might use for clothes.

Do any of you think I should add another layer of thicker fabric in a similar shade to make it thicker?  Or should I just use the fabric alone and see how it wears. It's not a seat that gets sat in very often. It's more for eye appeal, for brightening up the room.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Quilt design computer software? on: January 22, 2009 07:54:38 AM
I'm very new to quilting but I've been sewing since I could pic up a needle. I'm making a t-shirt quilt right now and I've been researching quilting like crazy. I will probably pic up a book about it.

My question is: Do any of you currently use, or have used before, computer software for designing quilts? I am interested in making some very original quilts of my own design. And I thought using software to do it would make it much easier.

If you have used a software program for quilts, could you tell me what you used, how you like it, and if you recommend it for quilt beginners who want to really excel in quilting? Or if you recommend any programs at all or another method to create original quilts. (I am very computer savy so that is not a problem. It's quilting I'm new at.)

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Corset tute or favorite pattern? on: September 10, 2008 08:49:08 AM
Hello everyone!

I'm looking into making a corset for a young woman who is turning 16. (She love the renn fair) Also, I love corsets myself and I've made some vest style corsets(ish) for renn faires. But I've never made one that incuded the boning, or made one that didn't have thick straps.

If I could ask a favor, does anyone have any tutes for corsets with boning that they have made?

Also, if you've made a corset from a pattern that you REALLY liked, could you reccomend a pattern for me?

And if you feel like sharing pics of your fav corsets, that would be mondo helpful. All styles of corsets are under consideration, straps, no straps, lace up on any side, everything. Just as long as it has the boning. Thanks!!


Edit to add: Crap, I just realized I put this on the wrong board. Could the wonderful mods, please move it?
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Here is a recipe for lotion on: August 26, 2008 03:55:47 PM
I found this recipe on youtube with a tutorial. I tried it and it works great so I'm posting it here.

Here is the youtube video with the tutorial:


Cocoa Butter Lotion

Oil Phase:
3 oz Cocoa Butter
2 oz Jojoba Oil
1 oz Fractionated Coconut oil
1.5 oz Emulsifying Wax

Water Phase:
11 oz Distilled Water
5 oz 10% grain alcohol or above (vodka)
1 tbsp glycerin

Equipment you need:
Digital kitchen scale
Two Microwaveable bowls, one larger than the other.

Measure oil phase ingredients by weight using a digital kitchen scale and combine in the smaller microwavable bowl. Nuke at 50% power for 1 minute. Check and stir. Continue nuking and stirring until all the oils are melted together.

Measure water phase ingredients by weight in the other larger bowl, add glycerin and stick blend for 30 seconds. With the stick blender on low, blend the water phase and slowly trickle oils into water phase. Once it is mixed, continue blending for 2 minutes. The mix will be thin but will thicken as it cools.

At this point add scents and color if desired. Scent should be no more than 3% of the total batch weight. With this recipe, it would be no more than 3/4 of an ounce.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Rodent or Small and Fuzzy Swap? on: August 13, 2008 11:58:00 AM
I will soon be adopting pet RATS! I'm working on setting up their cage and will be adopting local rats that need a home. I am quickly becoming obsessed with the cutness of rats!

I thought it might be a cute idea to do an all rodent swap! Or Small and Fuzzy Swap

Possibilities include items FOR pet rodents or small and fuzzy pets and items INSPIRED BY small and fuzzy pets.

Pets could include: rats, mice, sugar gliders, flying squirrels, guinea pigs, ferrets, chinchillas, hamsters, degus, gerbils, rabbits etc.

Anyone with interest for a swap like this?
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / A local source for LYE. on: July 28, 2008 08:02:14 AM
I recently found this and thought I would share it for all you home soapers. You can still find Lye locally at Lowes. It is a product called Roebic Crystal Drain Opener. It is 100% lye sold in a 2 lb bottle for about $8.

Here's a link to the product:

8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Does anyone know a recipe for deer hunters soap? on: July 17, 2008 07:43:51 AM
I know a lot of people who hunt and fish and I would love to make soap that erases or disguises human scent. Does anyone know a recipe for a soap that would do that?
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Earthworm Jim Swap? on: July 15, 2008 01:25:34 PM
I love Earthworm Jim and was wondering if anyone else on here does too. I played through the games several times and I loved watching the cartoon show.
10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Facial Scrub questions on: July 07, 2008 09:17:09 AM
Hello everyone,

I'm interested in making facial scrubs. I've seen some nice recipes for sugar and salt scrubs. Are these types of scrubs ok to use on the face or just the body? Does anyone know a simple recipe for a sugar or salt scrub to use on the face? What are the benifits of using sugar or salt in the scrub? Is one better than the other?
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