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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Stretching silk...on a budget? on: June 30, 2011 10:55:19 PM
Hi. I'm not sure if I'm posting in the right forum, because I'm actually wanting to *paint* silk, but maybe you all can help me anyway?

I have a square silk scarf (21.5") that I want to paint (with Pebeo Setacolor paints), but I didn't realize before I placed my order that you need to stretch out your silk some way to paint on it. I don't have any kind of stretching frame, nor do I understand how they work, nor do I have the money to buy one anyway. Is there another way to hold the silk for painting that can be done on the cheap?

2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Tulip One-Step Dye on: September 28, 2010 10:03:03 PM
Hi there-

I was wondering if anyone was familiar with Tulip One-Step Fashion Dye and what kinds of fabric it can dye. I know it can do cotton, but what about silk or wool? What if you added vinegar to it? (I know you need acid dyes for silk or wool. )

3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: G(a)linda from Wicked costume help! on: September 07, 2010 07:35:16 PM
There is a really great Wicked costuming site at http://www.galindaswardrobe.com/ - and an accompanying forum with some really great people with specific knowledge of the Wicked costumes. I can tell you up front that unless you simplify it a lot, any Wicked costume is going to be a lot of sewing.

Good luck! Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Enchanted Pattern help? on: January 23, 2010 11:30:45 PM
RubyLestrange, thank you for starting the thread! I learned something new too!
Of course, thank you to Aislynn as well, for being so smart Smiley

Edit: Just realized...McCalls has done something to their site and those links don't work anymore. The 1st link for the dress went to pattern M6030, and the 2nd link for the possible skirt went to pattern M4090. Just for everybody's future reference!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Which interchangeable circular knitting needle set would you recommend? on: January 23, 2010 08:00:15 PM
Just because no one has given any input on the Addi set...I love mine, I use them for everything and I have never had a problem. (But they are kind of expensive. I say that considering the amount I would spend on individual fixed sets for each project, it pays for itself. But you're probably looking for cheaper now rather than later...that's ok Cheesy)
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Enchanted Pattern help? on: January 19, 2010 05:56:13 PM
I have been planning on making this dress forever! I'm not very experienced either, so I have been building my skills first Smiley

Aislynn, thank you so much for sharing that pattern! It is almost perfect!

I was planning on using Simplicity 4127 (http://www.simplicity.com/p-2108-misses-tops.aspx), adding the puffed sleeves from another pattern, and circle skirts for the bottom. (Lovely tutorial for circle skirts here: http://taeliac.deviantart.com/art/Tutorial-Circle-Skirts-90497598)

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Mixing patterns from different companies? on: August 16, 2009 10:06:52 PM

I want to make a dress based on a costume from a Broadway show (this is the best pic I can find to link to), and I've found several patterns that would work for the parts- McCall 3129 for the body and Simplicity 4136 for the sleeves. Can I put two different patterns from two different companies together like that? Do the sizes match up (ie could I cut the patterns for the same sizes and have them fit together)?

8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing Isn't Just for Grandmas and Mommies!! (a young crafter rant) on: June 22, 2009 06:57:18 PM
I'm 16 and I guess I'm lucky not to have had any truly bad experiences at the craft store. Most of the staff, including the older ladies, have been nice or at least polite in the past. I am always the youngest person in the store though.
(Case in point, I just took a quilting class at JoAnn's, and I was scared that the class would be taught by some elderly woman who didn't like kids. My teacher turned out to be really nice!)

Everyone I show my work to thinks it's cool. I knitted a hat backstage during a school show once (I had a really small part) and everyone in the cast asked me about it. My sewing gets the same responses.

For reference, I also live in the South.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Picking the right size? on: June 08, 2009 08:29:00 PM
So, I should be using the Body Measurements to pick the correct size for me?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Picking the right size? on: June 08, 2009 06:19:50 PM
I'm about to make something wearable for the first time (I have sewn a bag and a curtain- with and without patterns). I'm using Simplicity 4220 (view B).

I was looking at the "Body Measurements" section to determine my size and bought my fabric accordingly, but then I noticed the "Garment Measurements" at the bottom and they are completely different. I don't know which size to use anymore. How do I determine which size is the right one?
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