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41  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Bellydance/Mermaid Costume on: July 11, 2008 08:37:40 AM
Tee-hee, I changed the second pic cause my coworker said it looked like I was smelling somthing awful.
42  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Bellydance/Mermaid Costume on: July 11, 2008 07:49:44 AM
I know it's not halloween, but I'm wearing a costume in public anyway. Every year there's this insane parade out on Coney Island in NYC called the Mermaid Parade and people come dressed as (you guessed it) MERMAIDS!!!! Well they really come dressed as lots of things its more of a "Let your freak flag fly" day then an actual structured parade. For pics of the insanity click here but be warned there will be boobs! A bunch of friends and I decided to march this year and I had to make an awesome costume. I'm a bellydancer by night (and a fancier by day but don't tell anyone I have such a normal job) so I decided to combine a bellydancer and a mermaid and this is what I came up with.

I made the tail out of some lame fabrics, the base is textured and the bottom is simply a pleated triangle (no shaping needed) and I stuffed it with aqua tulle to give it a full look.
The top is a bra that I cut the straps off and replaced with sequined elastic trim to create a halter. Then I individually glued the sequins to the bra cups and sewed on the chains and pearls. I also had the center beads on jump-rings and the pearls side bits are sewn to the bra and strung on that elasticized jewelry wire (it's plastic I don't know the real name for it)

(Me and craftster user Molliemoo2883)
I also made her a tail out of sateen fabric and stuffed the bottom of it with tee-shirts for weight. She made her shirt with puff paint and my mom's help

Thanks for looking!
43  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Resin, my weapon of choice.( Many Pics) on: July 11, 2008 07:32:10 AM
Mollie these are lovely, you're going to make me something with them right??!!!
44  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Washing Fleece - help! on: July 03, 2008 08:19:47 AM
What kind fleece are you washing, fleeces like Cormo, Merino and BFL are higher in lanolin then other fleeces and are more difficult to clean.
45  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: ~*~*Reviews of Prepackaged Vegetarian and Vegan Foods*~*~ on: June 25, 2008 07:56:00 AM
I might be biased because I used to work for them a long time ago but Dr. Praegers veggie burgers (all varieties) are out of this world yummy, and they don't try to make them taste like meat. My fav is the tex-mex with corn and black beans mixed in I love it with salsa and some cheese on top. Their "burgers" are actually a veggie patty that's packed with all sorts of good for your veggies and the calorie count is low. I also like their potato and broccoli pancakes (not a bit fan of the spinach pancakes but that's cause I don't like cooked spinach)
46  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fibre Friday - 20th June 2008 on: June 20, 2008 08:07:39 AM
Just one yarn this week
"Sid & Nancy"
90% wool top, 10% Mohair, with novelty yarn plied into it and some coils for fun.
2 ply
Bulky weight
4oz 150 yards

47  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Blending with silk hankies on: June 17, 2008 08:08:59 AM
The problem with cutting the silk (and trust me I've tried) is that in order to create a cap the process leaves some of the silk gum on the fibers, making the silk sticky and unwilling to blend apart. What will happen is you will have chunks of silk hanging on to eachother for dear life because of the way the silk is treated. If you want to blend silk I would suggest noils or silk top.
48  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Blending with silk hankies on: June 16, 2008 07:54:02 AM
Silk hankies are not good for blending because they are pressed and shaped. You could spin the silk and then spin the mohair and ply the two together.
49  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: bamboo for spinning on: June 16, 2008 07:53:10 AM
I usually get mine from Fiberlady on etsy. She has some lovely non-wool rovings, hemp and bamboo mostly. Other non-wool alternatives are silk, silk hankies or caps, soy silk, flax, hemp, tencel, rayon, nylon, ecospun and there are a few others that escape me at the moment. Paradisefibers.net carries most of these fibers. Bamboo and other plant fibers can be dyed with fiber reactive dyes, but you can't use kool-aid or acid dyes which are usually a bit safer then the fiber reactive dyes. They can also be dyed using natural dyes but that is a labor intensive undertaking. I have crocheted with bamboo and I love the texture better then cotton, it's softer and a bit slicker. Hope this helps.
50  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Spring Has Sprung Pullip/Dal/Taeyang swap gallery on: June 15, 2008 06:31:26 AM
Sorry I'm so late with the pictures. I love everything my partner ravenwcatz sent me and my girl Isis. Here are the great items she recieved

A cute tube top and funky scarf

The same tube top with a skirt that has embroidery on it.

A tube top/skirt set with a wonderful portfolio for all Isis' art work and canvases.

And a canvas!! Isis is thinking about the perfect thing to paint.

Thank you again ravenwcatz you're an awesome swap partner!!
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