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1  Bamboo cautionary tale: Judith MacKenzie McCuin. Please read. in Spinning: Completed Projects by Pink Hickey on: July 13, 2009 02:48:01 PM

So we all are lured to Bamboo's lovely sheen and silk like qualities but it is also Flammable.

During black sheep Judith gave many classes and in one she told this story. Judith decided to do some dying with Bamboo and space dyed it. She set it in her Ziploc bag and placed it in the microwave to set the color, A few moments later the bamboo roving set fire. Judith grabbed a pot holder and took the tray out then put a pan lid over the flaming bamboo. When she lifted the lid after the fire was out it reignited. Only after she dumped the whole thing into the sink did the flames fully go out. Bamboo is a resinous fiber so it can melt then burn and burn and burn. I wouldn't believe it from anyone else. I know I've made gifts for loved ones with bamboo but now I'll be a little more careful in terms of what I do with it.

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2  Re: Fiber Friday - June 26 2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Pink Hickey on: June 26, 2009 04:16:42 PM
Great show this week! Everything is so lovely in their own ways!! I live for Fiber friday, I look at it at work with the other tailors that got me addicted to fiber in the first place.

Franknstein from Dragon Fiber 50% Merino 50% Tencel 200 Yards


I'm getting my first loom in a week! Woot!
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3  Fiber Friday 5.8.09 @#$%*! in Spinning: Completed Projects by Pink Hickey on: May 08, 2009 12:00:03 AM
Happy day we all look forward to for our fiber fixes!
I've been stuck in my apartment for the past almost two weeks with a horrible cold that then turned into a bacterial sinus infection, fun fun fun....so I was doing a bit of spinning here and there when I had energy to treadle.

Arabian nights, like Arabian days
300+ yards Shetland with gold angelina single spun
This will soon be a practice scarf in preparation for Sheep to shall 09! Woot!

400+ yards Shetland and Merino single spun with green firestar and gold angelina.
I spun this for my boyfriend. He's one of those dudes that's too cool for a scarf in the cold winter so I thought maybe if I spun him some yarn, learned to crochet and crocheted him a mobius neck warmer he'd feel all bad ass and actually wear it....well when I gave it to him he thought it was really cool. He couldn't believe the colors I used cause they were totally his favorites......imagine that. Then I looked at him in that way of "Oh my, your brains might be mush some of the time but I love you anyways" He was shocked to hear I created it with him alone in mind.  Roll Eyes

The man himself modeling for me.

Dark Thoughts
10 yards...ha! Shetland and purple reflects blue angelina
My first try at Super Coil

Shetland and bronze angelina 2-ply (it's a little golder in color in person)
Messing about with more "thorough" color blending on my carding combs

Tricksy and False
Shetland with purple reflects blue angelina 2-ply

Shetland purple reflects blue angelina 2-ply

Can't wait to see everything else this week!!!
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4  Fiber Friday 2.20.09! We love Fiber, yes we do! in Spinning: Completed Projects by Pink Hickey on: February 20, 2009 12:00:01 AM

Dust Bunnies

This is my first Fiber friday post! Yay! I, like many other have lurked for quite a while but now I'm here to pounce.
I started spinning last September when I got enlisted to help my co-workers at our state fairs Sheep to Shall. I carded for about 6 hours straight then they taught me to spin since I was there and all and they were my ride home...I've been addicted ever since.

70% Merino 30% Silk
This was my second bobbin that I turned into this...

My first attempt at Weaving.

Core spun Kid mohair
I love love love this yarn. The color is so deep and lovely but it just won't photograph well. I changed the tint to make it a little closer which is why the gold thread looks so orange. Embarrassed

The Dead Snake roving
My first dye work. I was very unhappy with it before I put it in the microwave after space dying. I said it just looked like a sad dead snake and...it just sort of stuck. I loved it when it was all clean and dry, it's really amazing to see the difference.

Dead Snake Spun up

The beginning of whatever it becomes at this point....I'm thinking a neck ruff.

Nun in a blender
Now....I know the name is horrible.......but...My godmother has a friend that's a nun and she's evil. Really. She hates children and is just very cold. I have for as long as I could remember tried to get her to like me...so every christmas when she came to Seattle I'd make her something to try and work my witchy wonders on her. Every year I'd make bigger and better things and she never liked me better. So this year I decided I'd process my own wool and spin her yarn then weave her something out of it....making a long story short bad things happened during the holidays my favorite being that my godmother knowingly fed me beef broth when I haven't had red meat in half my life and I didn't make a big deal about it at the dinner table I just said I wished I didn't get sick and the nun told me to "Just suck it up" Anyone with an allergy or who has been a vegetarian for a while knows you can't just "Suck it up".....so that's where the name comes from and I might just keep the yarn to myself.  Angry

My Precious
Solid Oak Louet circa 1970
My co-workers went in with my mom to buy it for my for my 21st in January. I was speechless. I'm going to paint "One wheel to rule them all and in the darkness twine them" on the outer side of the wheel. we're trying to find elvish translations as well. My co workers were saying I was acting like gollum with my spinning wheel so we made a bunch of LORT/Fiber jokes until that's what we ended up with.

Being woven right now.

Dust Bunnies on the Bobbin.
Mohair, Shetland, Llama, Alpaca, Merino, a few bags that were unmarked and Angelina
This was another that was hard to photograph but this is actually true to the colors.

Dust Bunnies scarf
I meant for it to be a collar but...I know nothing about knitting...so this happened and I love it.

This has been my explosion of fiber, I'm pushing myself though some projects at the moment so maybe I'll have a few more next week! Can't wait to see everyone else's!
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5  Frank-N-Furter its all over!Your mission is a failure your lifestyles too extrem in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Pink Hickey on: December 28, 2008 04:02:40 AM
I just found these pictures of the Frankie shirt I make when I was 15, I have to find it!! I love Rocky Horror! Cheesy

I just did it with a plain old bleach pen.

Frankie forever!

Rose tints my world and keeps me safe from my troubles and pain!
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6  Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale, Must kill Moose and Squirrel! in Halloween Costumes by Pink Hickey on: November 01, 2008 03:43:11 PM

We love bombs, and bombs love us.

Remember these guys! Boris and Natasha were the Russian spies that were always trying to kill Moose and Squirrel in Rocky and Bullwinkle.

Boris with his beloved bomb, don't turn your back on him or it might slip it's way into your coats hood.

Natasha with her new Moose and Squirrel Stole, She's a man eater.

Boris and Natasha, coming to your town soon!

Boris's bomb. This I made from a purple magic 8 ball spray painted black. We glued on the top of a mouthwash bottle and stuck in the rope. I Then sewed on some dupioni to look like the rope was burning.

Here is Natasha's Moose and Squirrel stole. This kept me warm all night! It was awesome. Just cut out the shapes and tada! Rocky and Bullwinkle Around her neck where she wanted them.

I hope everyone had a great Halloween!
<3 Laura

P.S. No, I didn't shave my eyebrows, it was a lot of soap and cover-up!  Wink
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7  Re: Brigadeiros - traditional brazilian sweets in Dessert by Pink Hickey on: October 28, 2008 11:44:43 PM
Here are mine!!! They were a huuuuge hit in my writing class tonight!

I had the plain in chocolate sprinkles, some in cocoa powder and the last rolled in sweetened coconut flakes. The coconut flakes we just happened to have and we had more dough leftover so we added those ones too and they were totally the best! I will for sure make these again! Thanks so much, yum!
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8  Dragon dress: Garden Part 3 PLUS TUTE! Finally. in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Pink Hickey on: June 17, 2008 09:16:43 PM

My Dragon dress!!!! I can't say how much I love this dress. I saw the fabric at the fabric store and knew I had to make a dress.

I love the shape of the skirt

I wore it to a friends memorial because it reminded me of him and it was a huge hit. It's one of those thing you have in your closet that just makes you feel good when you wear it.


Edit: Anyone interested the fabric is "Shibuki Dragon" The Alexander Henry Fabrics Collection 2007
This rocks! Woo Hoo!!!

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Fabric: I used three yards and had some left over...I'm 6'0 so most people will need a bit less.
Zipper: Whatever length you feel comfortable with. I have a short torso so I like shorter rather then longer but make sure you can easily get in and out of the dress.
Matching thread

*To start measure from your waist (bellybutton or smallest part of your torso) to about how long you want the skirt of your dress to be and add an inch.
*Measure your waist and cut that number in half plus one inch for the waistline of your skirt. (you can always make it smaller down the line so a tiny bit on the big side isn't terrible.
*My skirt bottom is about 2/3's larger then the waist line measurement so I had 15 inch waistline (remember that is half the real measurement plus an inch) and 41 inch bottom.
*The slope of the skirt is what makes it hang so nicely. My slope was 7 inches longer in the center of the skirt. I'm thinking for every two inches wider another inch longer. Really you can eyeball it pretty well.

Fold in half and snip the parts that are a little uneven so you have a nice looking slope.

This is the basic shape you want to cut out for the dress top. The more of  "V" you cut the lower it's going to be after adding darts. You've been warned! Wink Measure the widest part of your bust and cut your piece that long. I cut this shape with a basic concept of how wide it needed to be but make it a few inches longer then you think it should be. The darts take quite a bit of fabric. I cut mine too small so I ended up sewing on the thin strip under the original bust line. Embarrassed Roll Eyes

Here are the first set of darts. I held the fabric piece up to myself and just pinched the fabric in the center where I liked the darts to be and how far apart and pinned it. Ideally you'd like to have about three One in the middle and one on top and bottom to round out the front. You may just have to play around with it.

Close up. That bottom part is where I added on cause I didn't make the piece long enough, never mind it.

The second set of darts. Again you want to hold it up to your body and pinch in two darts on either side to really make it round enough for womanly parts to actually fit in. Again, play around with it. It isn't hard it just that we all are different shaped and you'll find what works for your figure.

This is around what the new shape should look like after both sets of darts on either side. Think bathing suit top in terms of shape.

Cut out the middle of your dress. it really can basically just be a box as long as the top meets up with the "bathing suit top" and the skirt bottom.

Sew the bathing suit top to the middle of the dress and you can hold it up to yourself just making sure so far, all is well.

Snip out a panel for the back of your dress. you want it to fit the width of your back nicely. Again the bottom needs to be wide enough to fit the skirt bottom. Decide where you want the top of the dress to fall on your back, add an inch and make it a little longer then your waist.
Cut the front of your dress to be about the same length from armpit to bottom as your back piece.

Sew skirt together leaving room on one side for the zipper and a little room on the other side for sewing the top on.

Find the center of the skirt and the top and the back. Sew the top and back to the skirts trying to stay centered.

This is what you'll have so far. I snipped off some of the extra fabric on the right side (left when on backwards Wink) where I was adding the zipper. Just so you have a shape closer to your bodies shape to sew that zipper on with.

After sewing in your zipper you need to pin the other side to make your dress more form fitting. Don't wear a shirt like I am, just start pinning it snuggly to your body but not tight. Sew.

Finish your edges on skirt and top. Roll the fabric over on itself. Folding will make weird creases. Roll it and pin it.

Sew across.

This is where we're at. Mark with pins where you want your straps to go.

Add straps.

Now the important part......The Tailoring

Turn your almost finished dress inside out and start to pin your dress to fit your body. You want the pins all to compliment the shapes of your figure. It's hard to see on this picture but there are red lines where I pinned. I pinned the bust to have a closer fit underneath getting rid of the extra fabric. I pinned down the side without the zipper slightly pulling to get rid of any folds across my stomach and back, making it as smooth as possible. This will take a few times. Just take it off and sew your pin marks then try it back on and see how it fits. I pinned the dragon dress about five times before I was happy. The up side is you don't have to take out your stitches...just keep  on fitting.

And just like that you have your very own self make and self tailored dress!....That needs to be ironed! Wink Cheesy

It's really REALLY not that hard I just like to be thorough so I'm wordy. I really hope you guys tackle it! It's really worth it to learn basics to tailor your own clothes. I'm a tailor by profession these days and I'm learning a lot I can add to my own sewing. As for drafting your own patterns....patterns are made for one body type that was a plastic manikin somewhere and for anyone that isn't that manikin most likely it's not going to fit perfectly. Making your own patterns you can make things to fit you like a glove along with some simple tailoring! I hope it was clear if you have any questions you can always PM me! Action shots at another date.


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9  Easy cute fringe skirt: Garden part 2 in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Pink Hickey on: June 17, 2008 09:00:16 PM

I saw a Fringe skirt recently selling in an unnamed place for 100.00! So I decided to make one for 30.00

The movement on this skirt is the best!!! It sways as you walk. I love how it turned out and people always love to touch the fringe hanging off...could be a good or a bad thing.

It was super simple to make.
Just make a pencil skirt
Starting from the bottom sew the fringe on in rows
Each row above should just be covering the top of the fringe below.
Remember to keep the strings on the bottom of the fringe intact while sewing so it doesn't go every which way.
If you can sew a straight line you can make this skirt!

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10  Tina's cut-out embroidered panel skirt: Garden part 1 in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Pink Hickey on: June 17, 2008 08:39:44 PM

This is a Skirt I worked on for an old co-worker. It was a plain black skirt from Fred Myers, she wanted me to add length to it and told be I could do whatever I wanted to it....So this is what I did.

I really Love the embroidery up the panels.

Close up on the cut outs. I now work as a tailor so I can use the awesome industrial machines so the outlining took much much less time.

All in all I'm pretty pleased....enough so that I was it for myself with is always a sign of good quality!
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