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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  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)?

4  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?
5  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / The slippers as pure as gold! on: April 23, 2009 06:59:05 PM
I was recently in a high school production of "Into the Woods", and when Cinderella's gold slippers had to be made, I stepped up and did it!

They started as a pair of "X-Appeal" heels, that I sanded, spray-painted gold, hand-glued each of the stones on, then lacquered and made the bows.
Considering that they were being run around in, then became a prop which was tossed around, fought over, and fed to a person in a cow suit, they held up remarkably well. There was only one big scuff and most of the stones stayed on (the lacquer must have held them on, because they were on with Tacky Glue!)

"The slippers as pure as gold" are now living with the two actresses (one to each)!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My first project ever! on: March 15, 2009 04:42:00 PM
I finally got brave enough to sew something from a pattern by myself!

This is Simplicity 2750 (view B)- the outside is white denim, and the inside is a cotton print from JoAnn's.

I'm so proud of it Cheesy
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Janome 3125- help? on: March 12, 2009 05:17:44 PM
Hi- My Janome 3125 is having problems for the first time. (I've had it a while, but I'm just starting to sew)

It was working earlier today, and had been fine about ten minutes before the problem started. Then, when I tried to sew, the fabric didn't seem to be moving right. I got about half an inch before the whole thing stopped and wouldn't move, and made noise when I pushed the pedal. I had to turn the wheel in reverse to get the needle to come out, and then I had to cut the fabric loose, because there were about 20+ threads coming out from the bobbin mechanism, sewn into the fabric. It wouldn't move at all. Once the fabric was out I twiddled the wheel around and the strings came out. They were stuck around the metal rod that the bobbin sits on. There were a few hanging around back in the workings, that I took out.
I tried again several times and it did the same thing.

Does anyone know what is going on?

Thanks - Carrie
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Giselle- will it work? on: August 12, 2008 09:06:50 PM
A couple of days ago, I found out that I'm going to be in Disney World in October, when Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is going on- which I've been wishing I could attend for years. Just because it's a Halloween party at one of my favorite places ever. So...I'm really excited. However...I'm very very inexperienced at sewing and I want to have something cool to wear.

I want to be Giselle from 'Enchanted', in the blue curtains dress. I found a dress that could be modified into it, and I think I've figured out how to do it, but I'm looking for some feedback from somebody with experience, to tell me if I can really pull it off this way or not.

I put together a picture:

Thank you Smiley
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Victorian Rose Hair Clip on: August 01, 2008 09:26:40 PM
I was planning on going to the release party for "Breaking Dawn" and I wanted something cool to wear, so I made this hair clip. I ended up not going, but I love it anyway.

I sewed and hot glued black lace, a pearly cream trim and fake flowers to a piece of plastic canvas, which I glued to a barrette.

(First Craftster post!)
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