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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / cold process soap question on: May 28, 2005 06:07:16 AM
I'm new to making soap, and I've researched cold process soap-making- I'm pretty clear on it, except for one thing: after your soap has traced, and you've put it in the molds, etc, the "soap" that's left over on your implements and bowls, does it still contain lye? Or has the chemical reaction neutralized it?

I'm trying to figure out if I can just clean up the bowls and spoons with soap and water, or if I need some kind of crazy vinegar bath. :-p
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / seeking old-school bra pattern (I have a good reason! I swear!) on: May 24, 2005 08:27:36 PM
I'm a booby girl, and I want to make some summer dresses that don't require wearing a bra (because that sort of negates the comfortableness of the sundress, sigh) and I'm thinking that if I base the bodice on a modified bra pattern, that might work.

I'm not looking for bra-like support, just something that, um, keeps the girls in place. Smiley

I'm a fairly okay seamstress, and comfortable drafting my own patterns, so I know I can do this if I can just find a pattern (or at least some good images) of older bras- the kind that didn't involve stretchy fabric or underwire.

Anyone? Thank you!
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Any sewing site recs? on: May 20, 2005 09:53:37 PM
As much as I love craftster (and I love it a lot) I'd love some links to sewing websites where the projects are a bit more advanced than reconstructed t-shirts, etc.

Any tips? I'm finding that there's really not that mcuh out there, which makes me glum.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Any ideas on, uh, ripping off this Anthropologie skirt? on: May 20, 2005 12:49:13 AM
I'm trying to work out the construction of this bustleback skirt: http://www.anthropologie.com/jump.jsp?itemID=5526&itemType=PRODUCT&iSubCat=289&iMainCat=14

If you check out the back view and the description, you'll see my problem.

"Full gathers are created in back by cinching a wide satin sash drawn through a keyhole."

...eh? I can't figure it out, no matter how much I stare. Any ideas?
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / "Love sucks" cross-stitch on: December 27, 2004 10:07:44 AM
This was originally a kit from Joanns, with atrocious color combinations and something cheesy like "Friends Are Forever" in the middle. You wonder why I bought it? Well, me too. But after replacing the provided floss with my own, completely changing the border, and picking a different slogan for the center, I think it's... okay. I'd do things differently if I did it again, but I was kind of making it up as I went along.

I wanted it to say "Love stinks", but alas! I couldn't make it fit.

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / "Bite Me!" cross-stitch on: December 27, 2004 10:04:50 AM
This was my first-ever cross-stitch, from a Subversive Cross Stitch kit. I flubbed the first half, so it's a little wider than it should be, but we won't mention that. :-p

I really recommend the kits. This was an awesome first project, and I love the finished product.

7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Crayon wall quilt Santa... thing. on: December 27, 2004 09:56:58 AM
I don't even know where to put this one. My Tivo caught an episode of Simply Quilts (I think?) that dealt with "Crayon quilts", in which you basically "color on" a fake applique, instead of stitching it on. My lazy gene instantly kicked in, and I tried to think how I could use this.

The upside is that it's fast and looks kind of neat, and the downside is that you can't really wash it (some of the wax will wash out, although you could re-color, if you wanted) so I was looking for something wall-hanging-ish.

This is what I came up with. I'm a big dork for Christmas, so even though I started it on the 26th? I figure I'm just getting an early start for next year. It can be a wall hanging or porch greeter thing when I'm finished. Bear in mind that this is a trial run, and isn't complete yet. I plan to finish the background with simple redwork Xmas motifs, and a redwork background grid.

It's not terribly clear from the photo, so FYI, what you're looking at is a muslin/batting/muslin sandwich, and now I'm doing a simple running stitch around the lines of the central motif (which is from the fabulous needlecrafter.com!) I think it looks better in person, actually. The "poofiness" of the batting doesn't show up well in this picture.

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Online wax and container supplier? on: October 31, 2004 03:17:13 PM
I want to make travel candles for Xmas presents, and I'm still looking for a good online supplier of wax (hopefully soy) and of tins. Anyone have a favorite store?
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Backing drama on: June 14, 2004 08:28:50 PM
Good heavens!

I'm making my first queen-size quilt, and the top is a) very simple and b) not giving me any problems.

But I've just spent what seems like an entire day wrestling with top and backing and batting, trying to get everything to line up, and I think I've failed miserably.

I feel like there must be some trick to this- how do you guys do it? Where do you start lining things up and pinning the layers together?

This project is a little... wonky, but for future projects, I'd love to hear any tips from more experienced quilters.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Dye lot drama on: May 14, 2004 04:00:22 AM
I'm knitting the "Side-to-Side Ribbon Pullover" from Interweave Knits spring '04. I craftily figured out that, by adjusting the recommended needle size, I could make it out of super-cheap Lily Sugar 'n Cream cotton and save myself approximately a gazillion dollars.

So far, so good. But I just realized that, although one might not think that white 100% cotton yarn would have dye lots... I guess it does. And I didn't realize this until about halfway through. So now, after switching to a new ball of yarn, there's a faint, but noticeable (at least to me) block of slighty-different-white running vertically down the front.

Any ideas? I don't really want to rip out seven inches of knitting, and I also don't have the wrappers from the first two balls I used, so I couldn't match the dye lot anyway.

Help! I'm starting to think Bad, Bad Thoughts Involving Bleach. And dunking one's newly hand-knit sweater in a bleach bath is clearly a terrible idea.
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