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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Weight of roving required? on: August 29, 2012 06:34:20 AM
I've tried to look this up but haven't found any answers as of yet. How much roving is required to make stuff? To be specific-

I'll be buying 23 micron merino.

What I am considering making-

1. A wet felted waistcoat, for a medium-large lady

2. Felt scale armour. This is entirely experimental, but I'm going to be making sheets of different colours, cutting out the scales and attaching them to a backing. I hope it will be a tabbard style of about mid-thigh length, so maybe enough to make a medium thickness sheet of about 1.5m x 50cm?

Unfortunately, all the tutorials I've seen for things go along the 'some' line of measurement, which isn't helpful when you want to do one online order and have everything you need.

2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Dyeing specific pattern into wool blanket on: April 25, 2012 03:43:14 AM
Hi everyone,

I'm just trying to get some opinions on how to get a specific effect on a wool blanket, because the only dyeing I've done before is the usual 'obtain dye packet, follow instructions, fail slightly'.

I've got a white wool blanket. At least, I'm hoping it's 100% wool. I'll try and work that part out when it arrives, but let's assume it is.

I want to get a sort of 'tabby cat' pattern onto it- essentially, browny background with irregular black stripes and splodges. But it needs to be regular enough to be sort of recognisable as a tabby pattern.

The most 'reliable' solution I've come up with so far is dyeing the whole thing brown and needle felting the black bits on. Which is fine, but is going to take frigging forever, and I'm a bit fed up of frigging forever projects at the moment.

So, alternatives. I would guess I'd have to dye the entire thing brown and then find some way of dyeing the other bits on top, but I'm not sure which method would actually work (and end up with black, rather than navy like the last thing I tried to dye black). The finished product needs to be able to be washed (ideally machine on cold) without all the dye going away, because it's being made into a cloak for cold and wet larping. I've seen the shaving foam method which looks like the sort of thing that could work, but I wasn't sure how well it would work on wool, or how well the desired pattern would form. Does anyone have any better suggestions?
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Breakfast and lunch on the go ideas? on: October 04, 2010 12:24:25 PM
So the Uni term has just started, and due to a combination of hilarious timetable and living quite a way from campus, it looks like most days I'll have to have lunch, and indeed breakfast, not at home. I say most days, it's pretty much every day. I have to leave too early in the morning to have breakfast before I go, and the food available to buy is a) expensive and b) not exactly health food.

So, ideas. I ideally need things that keep well, although unfortunately I don't have any freezer room this year, and don't take a heap of ingredients to make. I have fridge space, but things tend to go off fairly quickly and I don't have a lot of time most evenings to cook very much. And I don't exactly fancy sandwiches every single day for a year.

I'm currently thinking that some kind of flapjacks would be a good plan for breakfast (there's a recipe in Nigella Express I might modify), but other than that, no clues.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / How to thead a Mini Stitch on: August 14, 2010 07:35:16 AM
Yeah, I know. It was free though so I thought I'd better at least have a go before ditching it. As is fairly typical on cheap rubbish the instructions are as helpful as a poke in the eye. I think I've done the top thread properly, but due to having no clue at all I can't work out what I'm suposed to do with the bottom bobbin. The instructions literally say 'put it in the slot and leave 2" of thread'. Er... Thanks? Theres a notch in the slot which I assume the thread needs to rest in, but how it's supposed to go, I have no clue.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Steampunk neckace on: April 24, 2010 11:07:46 AM
My first attempt. One of the nicer watches out of the ones I've got, two hanging gears and a red hanging bead.

I did another one which won't photograph properly, so doesn't really warrant a whole new thread. Single hanging black bead. I might redo the headpin because the loop isn't terribly good.

6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Squid-kitten hybrid / Squitten! on: April 18, 2010 04:06:20 AM
I got round to sewing it all together this morning, didn't take me as long as I thought which was obviously nice.

Ginger squid kitten hybrid, or squitten if you prefer. GM gone crazy? Sewer mutant? A result of an... interesting encounter? You decide.

Just over 1ft long, hand sewn. He has fur, tentacles, cat ears, cat-ish eyes and paws.




7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Squiiiiid! on: April 17, 2010 07:17:06 AM
I started this ages ago, but first of all I 'couldn't finish because I haven't got any eyes', then 'oh I've forgotten to buy eyes', then eventually I bought some enormous black buttons, then I just... couldn't be bothered. But it's been sitting in bits in my room for so long I decided I really should just do it. Made of light blue fleece (a remnant, so trying to come up with a pattern to fit the fabric was, er, fun), about... 2 and a bit foot long? All hand sewn, the amount of times I stabbed myself in the hand with a frigging needle...

"Oh noes teh squidz are takin over teh interwebs!!!1"

Hopefully finishing this will motivate me to finish my squid-kitten hybrid Wink
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Needs must... on: March 20, 2010 02:38:40 PM

One of my life's mottos... From the wonderful wit of Lord Blackadder.

Possibly more related to come. Just depends whether I can be bothered to embroider the Devil's own satanic herd...
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Soap for laundry detergent? on: February 28, 2010 06:53:25 AM
I've read a lot of different recipes, but I can't for the life of me find any of the makes that are typically named anywhere. Or any laundry soap at all, for that matter. Would it be OK to substitute 'normal' soap- I was thinking value stuff might be better because it won't have any moisturisers or owt. Or any suggestions of shops that might sell actual laundry soap- not that I have access to many.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Tonight it's curtains, he's the Night Surgeon! on: February 25, 2010 06:50:22 AM

Just finished this. Took a couple of hours. It's a bit dodgy in places because the pattern was tricky to trace, but overall, not too shabby. I'm debating whether to colour it in a bit with some crayons or something. Only problem is I have no idea what to do with it afterwards...
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