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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Sewing virgin needs advice on: May 20, 2004 10:45:37 AM
Ok, so my parents just brought me my grandmother's old sewing machine.  She has parkinsons and can't keep her hands steady enough to use it anymore.  I haven't done any major sewing projects since I was in high school and I pretty much taught myself from watching my mom sew figuring out how clothes were put together. 

I want to start making clothes and tote bags and such, but I want to do it properly.  I just ordered the Sew Fast Sew Easy book, but I was wondering if there are any other good referrence books available for new sewers.  Also, are their any pattern brands that people prefer?  Where do you go for fabric that doesn't look like belongs on the set of country living magazine?  Does anyone know of any cheap fabric places in the boston area?

Whoa, a lot of questions.  I just wanna do it right this time.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / lampshade frames on: January 28, 2004 11:25:08 AM
For years now I have been looking for plain wire frames that i could cover with my fabric or paper of choice, but where to look?  I don't want to spend a lot of money, and I also don't want to buy a premade shade and rip the cover off.  Does anyone know of a place to buy lampshade frames?

My idea: I have all of these old slides that were being thrown out at the Art History library at Smith before it was renovated.  the images are of ancient greek statues and italian renaissance paintings.  I want to sew them together to make a lampshade.  Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
3  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / stitch and bitch cape mod on: January 26, 2004 08:28:10 AM
So I just finished the "Cape Mod" project from the "Stitch and Bitch" book and it turned out great.  I made a few modifications to the pattern - no pompoms and eyelash yarn (my distaste for eyelash is greater than that of both mushrooms and republicans.)  I also used Burley Spun yarn rather than the Rowan Big Wool the patterns suggested.  I only needed 3 skeins and it ended up being way cheaper - $42 as compared to $86 for yarn.  I wish I had a digital camera to show you pictures of the finished project.  Oh well, you'll just have to imagine it.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / numb thumbs on: January 06, 2004 01:19:19 PM
A friend of mine told me her thumbs are going numb from pushing her knitting needles.  Has this happened to anyone else?
5  Pennsylvania / Pennsylvania: Northeast / allentown knitters on: December 29, 2003 01:45:06 PM
So I just had to share my love of Tucker's Yarns in Allentown.  Everytime I come home from Boston to see my parents, I head right there.  The yarn selection is overwhelming and most of it is really cool vintage yarn.   It is also really inexpensive.  The couple that runs the store are very friendly and quite helpful.  If you're in the Allentown area, check it out.  I'm not sure of the exact address, but it's on the right hand side of the 900 block of Hamilton Street after it becomes one way.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / pattern for knit boyshorts/panties on: December 10, 2003 02:22:27 PM
Ok, so I've really been wanting to knit a pair boyshorts to wear to bed/around the house/with a skirt this winter.  The ywould be both functional and super cute at the same time.  I'm thinking with a merino or cashmere/merino blend.  Does any know of a pattern for something like this?  I'm trying to figure out how I would do it - would making it all in one piece be easier, or knitting the right and left side and then sewing it together?  Help.
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