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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Vintage Bombshell bathing suits, linings bullet bras - design and repair - Help! on: May 07, 2010 01:01:22 PM
Hello everyone,

I'm looking for some assistance. I purchased a 1950's bathing suit a while back, and I'm trying to get it repaired before swimsuit season finally starts. One of the Bra cups is 'empty' - meaning all the plastic bits that keep it's shape fell out. I'm wondering if anyone knows anything that could be used to repair this? I was thinking the plastic pellets from hacky sacks - but that might cause the fabric problems.

I'm also looking at doing some 1950-60s style suits and I'm wondering about the old school lining (as mentioned above). Anyone have any good sources for this? I'd like to keep it as old school shaped as possible and I'm having NO luck finding anything about bathing suit linings from the 50's to 60s :/

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Tunisian/Afghan stitch - Ughhh! Help! on: January 03, 2008 03:09:07 PM
Ok. I'm having the STUPIDEST problem ever.
Basically I'm trying to make an afghan, and I decided that since I'm unable to grasp granny squares yet, I would make the squares using the afghan stitch.

Simple yes?

For me no. Here's the problem I'm having:

I'm using a 7mm Crochet hook, with a rubber band on the end - I don't have a proper afghan hook yet. I worked it out so it would be a 12 inch square. It didn't turn out that way. It ended up being a 10. Then by the time I finished the square, the measurements were 10in x 11.5 inch... No longer a square. Tongue

I have no problems doing the stitch.. So I have No idea where I'm going wrong. Can someone give me a simple 12in or 10in Tunisian Square pattern? I'm already PO'ed that I wasted that much yarn/time so far.

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Sewing cabinet/table? Plans? Help? on: November 13, 2007 11:57:58 PM

So I'm going to be moving into a new apartment soon. It's a two bedroom, and I don't believe I'm going to have a roommate this time around. I want to turn the second room into a craft/music room.

The problem is, I'm in desperate need of a sewing machine table/cabinet. I have been for years. I've done wood working before, but I've never made a plan from scratch for something this large (other than a regular table) nor something that can be potentially as.. Elaborate?

I'm kinda looking for something like this..

I'm wondering if anyone of you have made their own cabinets before, and if so where you got the patterns? Or if anyone can suggest some patterns to me? I'm quite poor, and I know there are a ton of patterns online.. I just really can't afford to spend the extra $$ since I'm currently replacing everything I own. The wood won't be an issue, It's just the plans :/

Help, help, help!

P.S - I'm not even sure if I should be posting this here.. but there isn't a wood working thread!! <3
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My first Cross Stitch in a -LONG- time. on: October 25, 2006 02:40:43 PM
There is a story behind this cross stitch/quote.

My Ex-boyfriend from a few years back, who is also A -VERY- Dear friend of mine - Kristen - and myself were talking one night about him moving away (SOBSOB). I told him that I was either going to pick up a subversive cross stitch kit, or make my own offensive cross stitch and send it along to him. During the conversation, he said that if He could cross stitch, he'd take quotes that another friend of ours made, and turn them into cross stitch patterns. That friend is Darryl.

About a week and a half before this, we were out at our beloved Maple Leaf lounge (My second home) in Sydney, NS to see Windom Earl and the Maynards play. Kristen, Darryl and myself as usual, drank our faces off and became Extremely intoxicated. During the show (it was Darryl's Show) Kristen told us a story. It led to me and Kristen screaming "It's hotter than Two Rats F*@king in a Dirty Sock". Darryl was walking around Yelling "It's Hotter than Balls in here". It went from that, to 'Dirty Balls'.

It was Quite the fun time. So, During my conversation with Kristen, I told him I had wanted to Take Quotes from our Beloved Message Board and Do something crafty with them, So the first one I was going to Do was a Darryl Quote.

Before I finished it, I was at another show helping out at the bar while a band played (Clothes make the Man). I showed the 'Owner' of the Bar, JJ, whom we are all good friends with. He wants it Framed and Hung on the wall. He also requested I continue them. I also decided I should show Darryl, since he had NO clue what I was doing, and I did not know how he'd react.

Darryl was Most pleased with this. He clapped his Hands and Kept yelling Profanities about how awesome it was. We decided that once I get a frame for it, it's going up on the wall above the cash register.

Here is the first one:

I've already received one request for another one of these, from another local show go'er. Despite how simple this is, I'm tickled Pink about how it came out. Another reason I'm so happy about this is - I found out yesterday evening that Kristen is leaving next week.

:: Dont be fooled - we love eachother. ::

I'm very upset about this, but very happy for him, as this is what he wants to do - Needs to do even. This cross stitch hanging at my Favorite bar, will serve as a reminder of one of many excellent evenings there with one of my dearest friends, who I will probably not see in a VERY long time after Tuesday - Unless I win the Lottery. He shall be Missed Here in Cape Breton.

I plan on doing more. I'm currently on the lookout for some Fonts for 14count cross stitch. If anyone has any suggestions? Also - is there anything smaller than 14 count fabric available?

Please feel free to comment <3
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Floating Necklaces, flowers, wire wrapping and My cat(first craft post! img hvy) on: September 26, 2005 11:36:30 AM
I did these last night. This first one I've done about, 50 of these so far. I got the pattern from the beaded bottle link here http://jewelrymaking.about.com/library/blbdbtl.htm. I'm planning on turning them all into an over shirt when I get enough of them <3

Second, I did this necklace. I made this with Red Glass Beads, tiger tail, thin beading wire for the wrap, crimp beads, and a stone I got in a bulk lot from ebay.

This was my first wire wrapping project! I'm actually pleased with how it turned out, especially for my first try. Here's a blurry close up of the stone.

I'm making this for my little sister (She's 6). She's really into Dress up, and when my mom was home last time my mother was home, she found out I made jewelry. I originally started this for a halloween costume I was considering, then Stopped and turned it into a necklace. I haven't added the clasps yet. There are crimp beads on the end, and once I get the clasps on, it will be a floating necklace as well.

And Lastly, My floating pearls necklace. These are -so- easy, especially if you have a multistrand bead board. All I used was 2 crimp beads, some glue, and 3 lengths of clear beading cord (and the clasps, of course!). My cat, Sis, decided to help with the pictures.

Then, as usual, she went into chaos mode, and like an enraged ninja, she started to pull everything apart.

Thank god for Crazy Glue and Kitty treats. <3

Let me know what you think!

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