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1  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Do the tea towels shrink? on: February 28, 2009 08:38:37 AM

I just ordered some of the tea towels and other textiles from sublime stitching to do some embroidery on, and I was wondering whether or not they will shrink in the wash. (IE, do I need to wash them before I embroider them, or will they be ready to go straight out of the box?)

I tried searching, but came up with nothing.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Fitting Problem? Travelling Skirts on: June 21, 2008 04:54:36 PM
I love skirts. I would wear them all the time, except it seems like every skirt I put on has this problem. They travel around my body. After walking around shopping, for example, I will realize that the zipper that is supposed to be in the back (or the tag, or whatever kind of marker the skirt has) is now jabbing me in the side. Or the stomach. If I didn't stop and adjust them constantly, they would travel round and round my body like the zip was on some kind of tour (Next up! Poking the Belly Button! Oooh! Aaaah!).

Anyway, I was wondering...
Why does that happen?
Is it some kind of fitting problem that I can fix? (The skirt I have on now, for example, looks like it fits perfectly.)
Or does this happen to everyone?
How can I fix it so I can wear my pretties and still be comfortable?

Any input appreciated (even if it's just commiseration...)

3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Ginormous Plastic Bag on: January 04, 2008 11:46:16 AM
I've got a huuuge plastic bag. It's a medium weight clear plastic, about six feet long and about three or four feet wide, folded flat. My futon mattress came rolled up in it.

Any ideas?
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Help! Can't recycle! on: January 02, 2008 07:36:24 PM
Okay, so I moved to a new city in September, and the recycling here is atrocious! The city seems to provide practically zilch, and my apartment building only provides recycling services for newsprint, glass, and cans.

I can't stand to put things in the trash that I know don't belong there, but by now I am swamped with the things that any reasonable city should be helping me recycle.

The big three I'm being swallowed by are:

-Office paper
-Junk mail
-Old receipts

-Take-out containers (washed)
-Water Bottles
-Juice bottles
-Vitamin bottles
-Grocery and bread bags
-Other plastic food packaging in miscellaneous shapes and sizes

-Clean food boxes of all sizes (like cereal and tea boxes)
-Printed corrugated boxes (The glossy ones that useful things from the store come in)
-Plain corrugated boxes (Like you get packages in through the mail)
-Tubes from toilet paper and paper towels

And so on. And so forth.

I've tried using the search function, but there's so much to wade through to find posts that are actually asking about similar things, especially when I have so many things!

The best kind of projects would be practical ones (no toys and knick-knacks-- the last thing I need is more clutter!) and ones that I can make look polished and pretty, so I don't feel like I'm living with trash (it's a stupid psychological thing).

Ideas I have garnered so far:
-Recycled paper (Not sure where to start here)
-Paper mache (I don't know how to make this look pretty, though.)
-Cardboard templates/stencils/etc
-Gift Tags
-Picture frames
-Gift bags
-Decorated boxes to hold stuff (I don't actually need any of these, though.)
-Toys for my bunny to chew on

What else??
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Pretreating Batting? on: January 01, 2008 04:28:54 PM

I bought some Warm & Natural cotton batting in order to make some pot-holders and similar things as late Christmas presents. I've never used batting for anything before. Do I need to preshrink it? What would happen if I don't? The directions say to handwash it if I want to preshrink, but they're unclear about whether it's actually necessary. It was phrased as an "if you want to" kind of thing. (Needless to say, I am a lazy lazy craftster and if I could get away with not handwashing, I'd probably go with that option. Especially because I bought more of it than will fit in my sink, in the hopes of having future batting-related projects. And because it was on sale.  Roll Eyes  I have a couple of yards.)

Also, I read somewhere that you can preshrink cotton batting by running it through the dryer. Would that actually work? Or would it damage it somehow? I assume I'd need to wet it first if I did.

6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Oh Noes! Sewing Machine Missing a Piece! on: January 01, 2008 02:40:41 PM
So my wonderfulawesome sewing machine has been away for repair for a month and a half. (Seriously! Isn't that horrible! I thought I would go crazy!) I just went to pick it up today, and when I got home I noticed that a piece of its case seems to be missing.  Shocked

I could be wrong, but I'm fairly certain I remembered that circled part being covered in plastic before. Does your sewing machine have a plastic cover there?

I have already contacted the place I brought it for repair, but I haven't heard back from them yet about what I need to do etc. (I called them and sent them an email with the above picture, but I don't think they've had the chance to see the email yet.) It's frustrating because it takes me over an hour to get to the place via public transportation. Three transfers and a half mile of walking with a heavy sewing machine. In winter. (I don't own a car, and neither do any of my local friends.) So needless to say bringing it back in is a big deal. Not to mention that I don't want to have to wait another month and a half for my machine!

What should I do? Do you think it's okay to sew with as is for a while? Or would that just be asking for trouble? (Especially with linty fabric.)

I know I'll have to bring it in eventually, but if I could put it off until I can set aside the whole day for the  trip it would be a lot easier for me. And to finally have it back and not be able to sew  Cry
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Freezing Stuff on: December 09, 2004 01:43:51 PM

Okay, this is going to sound like a silly question, but does anyone know what kinds of craft supplies can and can not freeze?

I'm moving this week, and there is the chance that anything left in the truck overnight (this is a two to three day move) may freeze. So I'm pulling all of my paints, bottles of glue, etc. out into a separate box for when I go in at night.

But some things have got me stumped. For example, will freezing ruin my tape? How about my gluesticks? Polymer clays? Ink pads? I've been searching every package for "do not freeze" labels, but not everything has storage instructions, and not everything still has its packaging anyway.

It's important not only because I don't want to ruin anything on principle, but also because if anything does get ruined, there are no craft stores in my town where I can go to replace things.

8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Gravy? on: December 05, 2004 01:39:39 PM

So I'm moving in a week or two and suddenly finding myself with the need to clean out my pantry as much as I can.

Now for some reason, I have about 5 jars of heinz gravy, and no meat or potatoes to put it on.
Any ideas?
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / crocheting makes my wrist ache... on: November 23, 2004 09:02:26 AM
Hey, I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, maybe health and beauty would be more appropriate, but I've been crochting a lot lately and it's been kind of making my wrists ache. This has happened twice in the past month--I've been crocheting a lot, or doing other things involving a similar wrist-motion, and all of a sudden it'll start to ache really badly and I have to take a few days off. It sucks! During the "recovery" time it feels like I should be putting on a splint to keep it from moving at all!

Has this happened to anyone else here? Does anyone know if there's anything I can do to make it stop happening (other than just giving up crochet)? I'm putting arnica cream on it now, but I'd really prefer to figure out what's wrong so I can prevent it...

10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Hats! Legwarmers! Oh my! on: November 22, 2004 01:37:03 PM
This is the first hat I ever made. It was about a year ago, when I was just learning to crochet.

Then this year, I decided to make matching legwarmers, because legwarmers rock!
So I made these. (okay, they turned out more like ankle-warmers.)
The hat and legwarmers are made from lionbrand Jiffy yarn. It took 3 skeins total, one of each color. The legwarmers are so short because I ran out of black and purple.

But, I still had enough green to make myself another hat!

The blue stripes are bernat Boucle. All I have to say about that is: Pure. Evil. But it's not so bad to work with when paired with the Jiffy yarn.

I love hats!
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