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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Vintage fabricwhat is it? on: February 29, 2012 12:22:32 PM
It could be a type of paper!  I had a paper dress in about 1972; I'm wearing it in our family photo that year.  I'm sure you know that paper is made from fibers like cotton and that it can be very sturdy (check out that hundred-dollar bill in your pocket--heh).  Paper clothing had a short trend for about a week and a half back then--the main problem being that it didn't really wash & wear very well.  Can't remember what happened to my dress after that photo, I just remember that I loved that dress & thought I was so stylin'.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: I need help with snap fasteners! on: February 29, 2012 12:16:25 PM
I think perhaps you're sewing one of the snaps backwards.  Do you buy them on a card of some type?  When I use snaps & I'm concerned about applying them incorrectly, I pin one loosely to one side so that I have a visual reminder. 

If you're doing the kind of snap that is crimped on (don't know if that's the correct word), you would also need to make sure that one snap fits into the other before attaching them.  Tape one up on one side, draw a picture for yourself if you need to.

Or buy snap tape & be done with it!!

3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / ...so I have this 30 foot roll of S-video cable... on: February 27, 2012 04:20:16 PM
It is comprised of 1 red and 1 white wire--about 16-18 gauge--and 8 very soft white cotton strands.  I get quite a bit of various wires at my job and they are not nearly this long  or thick.  These thinner wires are great for bracelets & I wear 5-6 of them variously knotted,  woven, twisted, crocheted every day, sort of as a way to encourage recycling and as a way of procuring more for myself!

Anyway, what could I do with this thick wire?  and the cotton thread?  What about the black outer covering?  Could the inner wires be stripped, too?  (copper inside)

(can't post photos yet)
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Re: Need Altoid type tins? on: June 01, 2009 04:02:24 PM
Heh, I thought you were going to show my front step.  There's a bag full of altoid tins waiting to be picked up by a fellow freecycler.
5  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Adopt a Soldier on: March 07, 2009 07:08:15 PM
I've been looking for this type of organization for a long time.  Thank you so much!  There is a Blue Star Moms group about 20 miles away, but I prefer something smaller-scale.  Do you think they include soldiers deployed all over the world, such as Korea, Guam, Germany, etc.?

Anyway, I'll check it out...
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: a bright and colorful rug, made from old tshirts! on: August 25, 2008 02:15:49 PM
That's really great.  Now I have something to do with all those shirts that don't fit anymore.  Thinking.....thinking..You could probably crochet a jacket or sweater out of the fabric strips, too.  Or a hat.  I'm not much into rugs, but my mind is kinda spinning right now.

About the jeans thing.  I saw once on a craft show where they used strips of cloth, even with ravelly edges, to wrap around some cording & sew it into baskets or bowls.  I'm sure you could use the technique to make tote bags etc, something really durable.


7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Duct tape dressform... the adventure continues on: June 29, 2008 04:46:08 PM
Interesting adverbs, there, val!

Yes, your real shape is much more attractive than the "blobby" one.  Oh, I bet  one  of those doctor/bandage cutting scissors would have been very welcome!

Oh, and btw, how did the corset turn out?!  I've been thinking about making one & I even have a teacher who said she'd come from Berkeley (Lacis store) to teach.  Too busy/lazy to do it.  [sigh]
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Duct tape dressform... the adventure continues on: June 29, 2008 04:05:54 PM
Val, I thought you were supposed to wear a t-shirt underneath?  Anyway, that's what I read in Sew News.

Great 2nd attempt.  I've been thinking of doing this for a long time.
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