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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Thermochromatic Ink Dye on: August 01, 2008 02:17:38 PM
Hello everyone

so I saw these shirts on American Apparel
and I thought they were fantastic! But, me not willing to pay $43 !! for a t-shirt, I've been looking up how to get ahold some of this dye, or ink, to print my own shirts

so far, what I've found is this Matsui company, which makes all the thermochromatic dyes that it seems most clothing companies use:
but I cannot for the life of me seem to find a supplier anywhere that will sell this to a small customer! Actually, I can't find anyone selling it, period.
Does anyone know of anywhere, preferably in Canada or perhaps the states, which sells this ink?
Or any other type of dye, or techniques, to achieve thermochromaticness?

It would be pretty cool if we could figure out how to do this, and bring back the 80s with these shirts!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Mini Angus Quilt on: December 17, 2006 07:59:30 PM
I made this a couple weeks ago, another gift for my grandparents.
The image is the sign from their farm back in the day, as you can see, they ran an Angus farm!

Here it is:

and the back:

This was my one of my first tries at quilting, and I'm pretty happy with the way it came out! Though it is a bit lopsided...
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Score Book on: December 12, 2006 05:36:47 PM
This is a christmas gift for my grandparents that I finished last weekend. They can record scores from cards or other games in it, instead of always scrambling to find a piece of paper!
I had to scan the pictures, as my camera wasn't working, so the quality isn't that great:

It started out as this:

I used cardboard to make the covers stiff, and made the spine more sturdy (like a composition notebook).
I decorated the front and added endpapers. Voila!

I hope they like it!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Winter Wool Coat - Bomber on: September 25, 2006 11:30:29 AM
 For winter, I would like to make a coat like this:


 I have had the fabric for it for almost a year, but I can't find a pattern for any coat even similiar to this! I was thinking about making my own pattern, but I would have no idea how to line it or anything, so a pattern would probably be better.

 Anybody seen any patterns like this, or similiar? I would like the coat to have a collar instead of a hood, though. There is also a hidden zipper behind the toggle flap.

 Thank you for any help!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Forest Unicorn Tote on: July 30, 2006 08:26:14 PM
 This was a birthday present for a friend. It's based off of the fabulous creation by Forestprints.com:

I came up with this:

As you can see, I had a few problems with the stencil, it came out all blobby so I had to straighten out the sides with blue paint  -_-;; But overall, I quite like it! It was easy to make, and very cute. It came out more.. square than I would like,  I think next time I will make more rounded sides. & that heart there is to cover up a paint spill...  Wink My friend liked, but she won't believe I made it myself!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Janome MyLock Model 334D on: July 24, 2006 10:28:17 AM
I was making a bag for my friend's birthday, when the serger unthreaded itself! I don't have the instruction manual to it, since it's my Aunt's and I have no idea where the manual went when we got it. I need to finish the bag by Thursday! Can anyone help me with how to thread it? Anyone have the manual and willing to scan the threading intrustions? This would be very helpful!!

Thank you so much!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Tommy Hilfiger Patch Pocket Windbreaker on: May 05, 2006 06:43:56 PM
Tommy Hilfiger Patch Pocket Windbreaker
8  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Tommy Hilfiger Patch Pocket Windbreaker~ on: April 28, 2006 07:54:46 PM
 -Okay, I know, Tommy Hilfiger... but I LOVE this jacket. LOVE.
I have been eyeing coats in this style for awhile, I have seen people at school wearing the style like this. and I've really liked it for a long time. This is the first coat I've actually found at a store (actually, I saw it in a magazine and looked it up on their site *n_n)
This is the only picture I could find online of it, I know it's not very good. I also have a better picture in the magazine with no person in it >_<;; So I could scan it into the computor if it would help?

Ugh, pink.. nothing against pink of course, but I just don't think I could EVER wear a big.. pink.. coat.
I have a basic coat pattern. It has the shaped sides like this windbreaker does. What it doesn't have is the smocked bottom and cuffs. (or ribbing there, you could put that instead of smocked)
& it doesn't have a hood, pockets. It has a normal collar. (which this coat doesn't have a collar at all!)
And it doesn't have a zipper under the buttons. I have no idea how to do this! I've tried to think of ways, but nothing I can think of will work properly @_@
I have wool fabric, because I was originally going to make a warm coat to wear in winter, and I think I will stick to it because I don't want to go and buy more fabric O_O;;
   -> Would wool work for this type of coat?

Also, I don't exactly know how to do smocking, so if anybody has links to tutorials, or tips & tricks, thanks!
 & Would wool work for smocking, too?

Okay, I have lots of questions >_<;;
Thanks any help!!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Coat Lining/Closure/Size? on: March 20, 2006 03:59:55 PM
Hey there!

I am planning to make a new coat (yes, I know winter is over, but I don't care, I want a new coat!!), and had some questions about it.. that I know you guys can answer because of all the amazing things you have made!!

My first question: size. How much bigger am I supposed to make a coat than my other clothes. Say I had a tshirt, how much bigger would I make the coat than the shirt?? I really don't know how big to make it.. And yes, I am making the pattern myself, so I don't have any help from another pattern   XD

Lining: I was planning to use a patterned flannel or cotton lining, depending on which one I could find that pattern I like. Are these suitable linings? Or are they just no good for a coat, they hold moisture or something, if you know what I mean? If those didn't work out, I was thinking of silk (cheap!), would that be okay if the others aren't?? I really have no idea.
   For the outside of the coat, I was going to use wool material, like the type used for peacoats (??). If this is the right material I'm thinking of, then it's supposed to be warm even without down or anything in it, so that's why I wanted to use it. I am hoping that it's not too expensive...

Closure: I was going to put those cord frog things on it, in thicker cord so it could hold up. Are these okay for a coat? I was also going to put a zipper underneath another flap in it, so it would stay closed O_O. Are frogs good for this? I wanted toggles, but am too lazy to find out if there are any stores that even sell them.. :]
   I was thinking of making the closures off center, like to the left of the coat a bit. But I don't know if that would look good at all with frogs/toggles. Do you think it would look best centered?

Thanks for any and all help everyone!! I really appreciate any suggestions and everything!! Thankkss!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Huge shirt to awesome hood thing!! [pic heavy] on: March 11, 2006 09:11:31 PM
My first recon! I have been a huge procrastinator lately, and have not made anything for ages. So I finally made this today in about 3 hours! (I'm slow okay! & running up and down stairs every 5 minutes takes up a lot of precious time...)
I kind of made it up as I went along, taking ideas from things I've seen. It's not that special, but I'm pretty proud of it! But... there were many screw ups in the process of making this...
First, I resized the sides. I drew out the armhole and everything, planning it all out. And then I started sewing it and sewed one whole arm hole before I realized that I had to keep that open so my arm could actually go through...
I was hesitant to cut up my teal hoodie, but it's too small, so I had to make it into something, right?
The grey shirt is my little brothers, I stole it from his closet...  Wink

Here we go!:
Mirror shot! Front


On my dirty carpeted floor

A close up of the sleeve. I had quite a few problems with the sleeves, because the materials were so different. The teal was very stretchy, and the grey wasn't at all! I also kept cutting one of the holes smaller than the other, so there is some gathering here and there... and the shoulders aren't where they're supposed to be.. but I like it anyways  Cheesy

A close up of the hood. I just sewed it inside the collar.

There! I hope you guys like it, I sure do! Please comment!
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