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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dye lot drama on: May 14, 2004 08:20:51 AM
dying could totally work. but also, you could just live with it. on my first scarf i did exactly what you did. and it drove me nuts!!! then i put it away while moving onto other projects and i don't even notice it if i'm looking. i'm not sure how severe the difference is, but after a while you may not notice it anymore
22  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Want to make a stainless steel bulletin board on: May 13, 2004 11:44:46 AM
i actually used 4 sheets of stainless steel from some place (lowe's, home depot, etc). each were about a yard square, i think. i nailed them to the wall (slightly dangerous when plaster is involved). i had aquired 3 boxes of magnet poetry and i was really tired of taking them off the fridge everytime i moved. i put them all together to make a giant square. they looked kinda like art on the wall. i'm a fan! my boyfriend had bought them for me, i'll try to find out exactly what he bought, but i think in the end all 4 sheets were under $40
23  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Empty water bottles.. on: May 09, 2004 08:35:47 PM
maybe you could stick christmas-type lights in the opening. like hollywood lights on steroids! you might even be able to paint them with some kind of fake stain glass stuff to make them colored. you could also cut them off and use them as vases. this is particularly cute or that crafty, but i cut the top off a bottle and use it as an emergency funnel. i leave it in the trunk of my car for oil and such. then if you wanted to keep the bottom you could use it to mix paints. i've used goo gone many times before and it will take the label off. but you'll wanna let it soak a little while then wipe it off. when you're done you'll have to wash it with soap or some degreaser to get the orange oil off. good luck!
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pattern drafting on: May 08, 2004 12:16:47 PM
i might be able to help a little with that pesky peter pan collar. it's very similar, but it looks like the one you want (emily the strange) is a little flatter on the sides and pointier in the front.  and it looks like the pattern one doesn't meet in the back, so you might wanna adjust it to your liking. i recommend making a mock up and then futzing with it from there. i dread doing collars cause they're a little different everytime. it's sometimes hard to get them to lay flat. to attach the collar you can make a center back point on the shirt that lines up with the one on the collar.

 super cute shirt, i wanna see it when your'e done!
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re:1920's flapper dress on: April 17, 2004 05:51:09 PM
check out some pictures of 20's dresses, find one you like and try to copy it. the whole 20's look was very stick-figured. women weren't supposed to have a waist or a bust.  in the 20's art deco was in, so if you found a pattern or motif you like from that period you could somehow copy it onto the dress. oh and if the dress had any waist at all it was very low, it landed at the lower hip. you could add trim or a belt-thing and that will add to it. i hope i could help. if you want some pictures check out www.costumes.org there's a section of research and a section for sources. hope i could help! good luck.
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re:acryllic paint on a tshirt ??? on: April 14, 2004 08:07:08 AM
i haven't tried fabric paints much. but i did have success with the textile medium. you do have to use a roller and go over a stencil to get a nice even coat. in tiny spots i used a foam pouncer type brush to fill them in
27  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re:coffee to dye jeans? on: April 11, 2004 01:10:23 PM
well i thought maybe you could do your jeans like sun tea. still using the tea and water and the sun, just adding the jeans.

but if you're gonna use rit dye you'll have to do it in the machine or over the stove. either way, i would recommend liquid dye. it should minimize mess. the powder gets into the air and all over everything. and once it gets wet, it shows  up on things and it can be bad. but either way make sure to wash everything when you're done. and use bleach where possible. it is dye, so it will dye! which means apparantly you will die at your mother's hand

and the tea can be washed off with soap, but again i've never used coffee to dye so i'm not sure how hard it is to clean up
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re:distressing fabric on: April 09, 2004 12:03:20 PM
depends on how you want it distressed. if you want holes, try a cheese grater or sandpaper. grittier the sandpaper=more damage done. i've seen some people drive over stuff with a car. you could dye it with tea for a minute or two and that will dull the intensity of the colors. hope i could help!
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re:Top Hat?? on: April 08, 2004 05:03:27 PM
you could get a good wool felt and then use some kind of hat making chemical (look up millinery supplies) and that will soften it. then you can work it over some kind of mold you've made (wood, plasitic, anything that you could cover in plastic). once the chemical sets then it will harden and you're all pretty! i hope that all made sense and i could help
30  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re:kitty scratched up my Docs on: April 08, 2004 05:00:11 PM
you could use spray paint, but it doesn't really adhere to the leather like shoe spray does. and i wouldn't recommend a pump bottle. it will make it look very  uneven. unless that's what you're going for..hmm...anyways. most adhesives won't stick to leather very well. especially curved leather. but, maybe you could sew stuff onto it. like maybe make little patches and sew them on? ooh! maybe you could patch them with leather scraps? sorry. pardon my brainstorming. just promise to share when you're done!
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