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41  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / dying polka dots on coloured cotton? on: April 02, 2007 07:19:15 PM
okay, i'm new to dying fabrics and was recently given some procion mx dyes. i am enjoying them much more than fabric paint which i find quite stiff. i have a dress i am wanting to make with a very specific design. the dress is yellow with a big teal-y polka dot and then a smaller red polka dot inside of it. does anyone have advice on how best to go about this? should i use yellow fabric and bleach the polka dots and then dye them?  or use a resist on white fabric to draw the lines of the polka dots and then dye the base yellow and then fill in the teal and red? or..... what? am i even being clear? i hope someone out there can make sense of what i mean and give me some guidance!
oh and thanks so much for this board! it has made life so much easier! yay board!
atomic mary
42  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Painting of my favourite band-AND they want a poster of it! on: March 24, 2007 05:00:08 PM
hey thefty mctheftster! or if you prefer flirty mcflirtster!
i am really digging both. but you know what i think might look cool/gross? if you put beads of sweat coming off of them. i mean they are really high energy and bodily fluids seem to be a part of their show.
i'm just joking. oh man i am so tired from last night and work today. i don't even know what i'm thinking at this point. i just like replying SOMETHING to your posts. i think they (the golden dogs, your work) and you are amazing!
ciao bella,
atomic mary
43  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making your own patterned fabric on: March 21, 2007 07:46:42 AM
just so you know, i think i figured out my problem. i mixed up a dye thickener solution last night and put it in the fridge. i just took it out and am going to let it sit for a bit before mixing the soda ash and dye into it. hopefully this will work. i am just too impatient! and excited. i have been wanting to do this for years. keep your fingers crossed for me Smiley
atomic mary
44  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making your own patterned fabric on: March 20, 2007 07:23:02 AM
hi bethyq!
i found your website and was really happy to find you on here too!
i have been dying (ha ha) to print my own fabrics for a long time and was estatic to see your website. i had a bit of a hard time finding the procion mx (i live in a small city in onatrio) but did finally get some. however, i'm not sure what i'm doing wrong. it seems that at first it wouldn't thicken so i left it. for 2 days just because i couldn't get back to it. and now it's not quite like pudding but definately thicker. but when i put it on the stamps that i made from fun foam (what a great idea!) it seems to separate and almost bead.
i was trying to use acrylic paints with fabric medium or fabric paint but i found that stiff. this is definately closer to what i want but i must be doing something wrong? it's really not coming out smoothly on the fabric. any ideas? did i leave the dye too long? i will keep trying i will make this work! but thought if you knew that might save me some frustration.
thank you
atomic mary
45  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing bias... is there a trick? on: March 19, 2007 08:05:29 PM
when sewing bias tape onto something you need to really look at it and notice which side is slightly narrower (a little offset) you put the narrower side up on your piece and stitch along that side. i used to have the same problem. someone explained it to me and i realized i had been doing it backwards. but by doing the narrower side up you never miss the edge of the wide part!
i hope this is clear and helps
atomic mary
46  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bed frame/platform - pallets? on: March 18, 2007 08:38:32 PM
i don't know if you would be interested but i just found this website a few days ago and think i might try it for my kids. www.pvcworkshop.com/ click on the box on the side that says '' what's this" and it will take you to a page that has a few beds.
i just made a platform bed (out of mdf i think it was mostly) for my husband and i and it is very firm! we don't need a boxspring!
i used new materials and it cost about $150 cdn. it has lots of storage underneath and i love it! however, it is very high! we need a step
(or 2) to get into it and i have accidentally broken the light shield that's above our bed. oops! Wink so my advice to you, if you build something, measure measure measure and don't forget the depth of your mattress will make your bed that much higher! our floor is 6'' different from one side to the next so one side is the perfect height but the other... well like i said we need a step (or 2)! i assume your floor would not be like this. Tongue
good luck
atomic mary
47  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fly Front Zippers on: March 17, 2007 08:12:02 AM
i'm glad you figured it out! for future reference though if you haven't seen it, sandra betzina has a great online tutorial in the threads website. i use it every time i want to do a fly front and it's kind of like my lucky charm i guess. i haven't had a problem since! (it's at the bottom)
atomic mary
48  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: "not for commercial purposes" rant (long!) on: March 13, 2007 07:27:48 AM
hey everyone! i have a question....
i sew and while i know patterns say not for commercial use, sometimes i will buy a pattern, sew it up and hate it! i just made a coat like this. it isn't what i thought it would be and will probably never wear it. and neither would anyone else i know.  can i sell it? there is nothing wrong with it, i think i did a pretty good job on it but it does not fit and flatter the way i hoped. i also have clothes that i have made and worn but i have lost weight  and would like to sell them. can i do that? is that still violating copyright laws? i have been giving my used clothes to value village but for something that hasn't been worn that i put the money time and energy into it seems a shame to just give it away.
any thoughts on this? i'm glad this rant was started. i have had the same thoughts on this subject and find it goes in circles in my mind and i get a bit frustrated.
atomic mary
49  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making a Bra - I'm a bit overwhelmed on: March 02, 2007 08:21:37 PM
she is awesome! i've taken her bra making course and she also has a book and a blog. making a bra isn't hard once you know. i'm sure you can get lots of information off her sites as well as fabrics, findings and elastics
good luck
atomic mary
50  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Allergic to rubber/elastic in bra??? Now what? on: March 02, 2007 08:08:50 PM
go to www.bramakerssupply.com
she has all kinds of good things and she has a manual out you can buy and a blog. she does classes too. i'm sure you could find some answers there!
good luck! i know i wouldn't want to go without and binding while it may be interesting on occasion? isn't something i'd want to do all the time!
atomic mary
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