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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Epic quilt saga, looking for ideas on: August 17, 2011 01:06:33 PM
So, here's the story:

When my cousins and I were kids, we spent the summers together, and we used to all sleep outside sometimes to look at the stars or watch meteor showers. One summer we had the brilliant idea to make a giant quilt together that would be big enough for all of us to sleep out under ("all of us" being around a dozen, when everyone was there). We spent years working on this thing, but it never got finished, we all went to college, got jobs, etc. Then, a few weeks ago, I found out that my grandmother had The Quilt in her closet, so I dragged it out and took it home with me. This monster is slightly larger than 12x12 feet, with no backing or anything (it's all handsewn out of rectangular patches of whatever fabric we could get our hands on). It is in remarkably good shape, considering some of us were about 6 when we started making it).

At this point, I think I can safely say there is no way we will all be sleeping under the stars together under this blanket. We're all in the 20something to 30something range, and I think we may have passed the point where sleeping on the hard ground, and getting bitten up by bugs and drenched with dew sounds like a great adventure.

I'd like to divide The Quilt up and use it to make some kind of awesome Christmas gift for each of the cousins that was involved in the making (or at least the ones who were the most invested- if I took into account everyone who sewed one patch in, this would get unmanageable!). This probably means dividing it into 6 or 8 pieces. I'd like to make something fairly functional- it is more fun and funky than beautiful, and would make a fairly unattractive wall hanging, so that idea is out. I'm considering making throw blankets, but if I have to divide it into 8 pieces, they might come out more as lap blankets, which seems not very useful for my cousins.

That's about all I've come up with so far- I'd be interested to hear any and all ideas you clever people have!
2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Batik- sodium alginate? on: May 18, 2010 09:10:33 AM
Ok, so I have some experience with batik, but I have always done vat dyeing, I've never hand-painted anything.  I have a design in mind that requires hand-painting.  So my question is- is it really necessary to use sodium alginate to thicken the dye?  Most of the areas I'm doing have a single color within the wax border, so that seems like it shouldn't be a problem, but there is one spot where I want it to be yellow fading into orange.  If I don't thicken the ye, will the colors bleed too much?

TIA for your help! 
3  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Help! Star Wars Party! on: October 26, 2009 07:34:44 PM
So, my boyfriend and I have been invited to a Star Wars themed Halloween party.  Any ideas for semi-last minute costumes that would be cheap to make and not too boring?  So far, our best idea is to dress my boyfriend up as a lightsaber (black parts with a switch taped on, and paint the top 3/4 of him with glow in the dark paint- ok, that may be ridiculous, but I think it will be highly amusing). I still have no idea what I will wear.

Any suggestions are welcome! 
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / eco-friendly crafts for kids? on: October 10, 2008 12:32:28 PM
I run a summer nature camp, and I'd like to phase out crafts with styrofoam and paper plates next year.  Any suggestions for fun crafts with natural or recycled materials (preferably with a nature theme)?  Website/book recommendations would be welcome as well.

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / modifying top-down neckline...please help! on: July 30, 2007 03:30:01 PM
So, I just got the book The Natural Knitter by Barbara Albright, and I'm all excited to start knitting the "Memories of Ukraine" sweater (which can be seen here if anyone is interested-it's the one on the top right).  It's a top-down lace linen sweater with a circular yoke and a sort of mock-turtleneck. 

Here's where my question comes in: I'd like to do it without the mock turtleneck, maybe even with more of a scoop neck, but I have no idea how to modify the pattern to do that (especially without messing up the lace pattern).  I know there must be some way to do it... any tips from all you wise knitters would be much appreciated.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Bra making help? Advice/moral support would be very welcome. on: June 05, 2007 10:17:44 AM
Ok, I think I've finally reached the breaking point.  It's basically impossible to find bras in my size (32 D), especially non-underwire ones.  So, I've come to the inevitable conclusion that I should try making my own. 

I'm pretty much a novice at sewing, however, so I'm kind of intimidated.  I don't think I could do it without a pattern, and taking apart an old bra and making my own pattern (or recycling the components) is not really an option.

If anyone has a pattern recommendation I would be very, very greatful.  Ideally, I'd like something without an underwire (and one that doesn't look like an old-lady bra, which everything in my size at the bra store did).  I'm willing to make modifications if necessary, though.  Any other tips  would be most welcome as well!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Help! Getting stains out of leather? on: May 09, 2007 04:02:52 PM
So, yesterday I made myself a beautiful new leather wallet, and today I spilled black cherry juice on it Undecided

Do any of you crafty experts know what I could do to get it out?  The leather is similar in texture to suede.

Thanks in advance for your help!
8  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Giving tempeh a second shot on: March 20, 2007 03:34:33 PM
Anyone have any great recipes for tempeh?

I've had it before, and while I don't actually dislike it, I've just never been that enthusiastic about it.  But I'm trying to get more soy (and B12) into my diet, so I picked some up at the grocery store this week.  So, if you have any tempeh recipes that you absolutely love, they'd be very much appreciated.

Thanks in advance!   Smiley I always get helpful suggestions from this board.
9  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / sesame seeds and wheatgrass on: February 20, 2007 11:59:45 AM
I recently acquired a whole flat of wheat grass, and I'm not really sure what to do with it.  I don't have a juicer- can I just toss it in the blender?  Anyone have suggestions/recipes?

And, while I'm asking questions, I also have a lot of sesame seeds- I think I'd like to make sesame cookies.  Or something else sweet.  So if anyone has a good recipe, toss it out there (bonus points if it uses both sesame seeds AND wheatgrass  Wink). 

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / please help keep me from going crazy... on: November 14, 2006 03:56:36 PM
...and help me find a solution to the Christmas present dilemma.

Here's the story:  In the last few months I've developed tendonitis in my arms (at least I think that's what it is), and it's really cramping my crafting style.  I'm usually always doing things with my hands, but now almost all of the things I usually do make my wrists and elbows hurt worse then they already do.  Anyway, I haven't been able to knit for about a month now  Angry(knitting=my form of craftster crack Wink), and most other things I know how to do require similar wrist movement.  Even writing for more than 10 minutes or so hurts!

As you can imagine, I'm starting to get slightly frustrated and bored.  And I was planning to knit christmas presents for everyone this year.  So if anyone has any ideas for crafts I can do that won't be too hard on my wrists (and might make good christmas presents), I'd really appreciate your suggestions. I figure knitting, crocheting, sewing, and beadwork are all pretty much out. 

Thanks in advance- i'm sure the collective craftster mind will have many more creative ideas than I can come up with!
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