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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Skirt project help please on: June 01, 2005 03:40:23 AM
Hi, I have this maxi denim skirt http://tinypic.com/view.html?pic=5l5f9v that I wanted to make into a tent skirt (i.e. wider at the bottom), so I unpicked the sides and added my (lightweight cotton) triangle side panels, but it doesn't hang right http://tinypic.com/view.html?pic=5l5flg.

I would like the shape to look like this but I'd prefer the panels on the sides.

If I "backed" the side panels with a heavy white cotton, would I achieve the shape I'm looking for? Or is it best to stitch the sides back up and add the cotton panels to the centre of the skirt (as shown in the "good shape" photo).

The original skirt is a lightweight denim, though definitely not the same fabric as the cotton I added.
Thanks in advance for your advice!

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Embroidering canvas shoes on: March 04, 2005 02:20:48 AM
Hi, this is my first ever post and my first ever embroidery project. I have some canvas boots that I want to customise. I was initially going to paint my design on, but I have changed my mind as I am worried about the permanency of the paints (the shoes are for summer wear and I don't want the design being transferred on my ankles. I have the design roughly worked out: it's a floral pattern that will cover most of the outside of the boot (think Converse hi), the back of the ankle and some of the inside (I'll be filling in the design too). Obviously, I'll be embroidering both boots. Wink

My question is whether you think that it will be difficult to go through the canvas with a needle, and if so, whether embroidered appliqués would be a better alternative. How would I go about making my own appliqués?

I have next to no knowledge of embroidery and am off to the library today to see what I can find, but I would really appreciate your views before I do.

Thanks for your help,

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