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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: GCSE textiles on: February 16, 2006 09:38:47 AM
Wow, it looks really really good! For my GCSE textiles I made an evening dress, which was a total nightmare from start to finish. Have you had your project marked by staffa t your school yet?
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Re: Might be a silly question.. on: January 18, 2006 05:54:37 AM
The main problem with the embroidery machines at college is that they are extremely unreliable, and it's more than likely that they will chew up your work or just destroy it. This is generally because younger students don't use them properly. I don't plan to use the machine to do a full design, just an outline, in say satin stitch. Would this be easier?
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Might be a silly question.. [embroidery machine vs. regular sewing machine] on: January 17, 2006 06:21:49 AM
Okay, so I'm just doing some research for my A Level Art, and I'm studying the textiles artist Sue Rangeley www.suerangeley.co.uk. In the information she's sent me, she talks a lot of machine embriodery, which she uses to effetively "edge" her applique designs. She describes using an embroidery hoop with layers of stretched organza to effectively 'draw' out the shapes of her designs using straight and zig zag stitches. I was just wondering how/if this would be possible to do on a regular machine or whether it should be done on a proper CAD/CAM embroidery machine, I have access to both, and I was just wanting to find out the advantages and disadvantages of each, and which would be most successful and give me the most versitility in my own designs.

Thank you for any help/advice you can give me, it is so appreciated, I'm so confused!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Necklaces - Beads & Black Pearls on: August 22, 2005 09:32:53 AM
I really love the clasps, and the black beads. They're both gorgeous!
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Harry Potter Robes on: July 20, 2005 03:50:55 AM
I'm so jealous - those are absolutely fabulous! I didn't go to the midnight release, the postman brought mine for me. And on the topic of that certain character... it makes me so mad still to think about them.  Angry
6  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: Showstudio Sewalong: Junya Watanabe dress from Winter '05/'06 collection on: July 06, 2005 11:27:51 AM
The yellow interpretation is just fabulous!
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Shine Sprite Plushie on: July 04, 2005 02:54:12 AM
That is way too cute. Why not try making it into a little pin, or attach it to a keychain and use it as a charm for your bag? The mobile idea is pretty sweet though.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Smart Fabrics. on: June 24, 2005 03:10:43 AM
Smart fabrics are basically fabrcs that do something other than act as a protective covering. The react to heat, light and pressure, and when combined with classic fabrics enhance the properties. They are an up and coming market and advance rapidly with advances in technology. Examples are Coolmax and Gortex, which are breathable and cool the body by moving perspiration away form the skin through a series of molecules to the surface of the fabric so that it can be evapourated. This will be the kind of fabric that is in the jacket HeyVern bought for her Dad.

Thank you for all of your replies. I'm not actually looking to buy the fabrics. I have my Textiles Technology exam this afternoon and in my brief I have been asked to design a small childs' dressing up outfit that makes use of Smart or Techno fabrics. I think I've found out pretty much everything that I needed to know now though.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Smart Fabrics. on: June 21, 2005 09:51:29 AM
I was just wondering if anyone knew anything about Smart Fabrics, or Intelligent Fabrics? Google isn't getting me very far. I have to design dressing up clothes for Children and incorporate Smart Fabrics into the design, to make it either more practical or more appealing.

Does anyone know of any smart fabrics or have any ideas on how I could incorporate them into childrens clothing?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: Showstudio Sewalong: Junya Watanabe dress from Winter '05/'06 collection on: June 18, 2005 12:31:24 PM
Have just started printing the pattern - won't be able to properly start until next weekend though. Anyone decided on fabrics yet?
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