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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / I have bandaid reactions, need new methods, help! on: February 05, 2007 10:23:17 PM
Okay, so I work at a dog kennel -- I work with lots of water, lots of chemicals (bleach, odoban, kennel klean, shampoos, etc) and lots of dogs. About three weeks ago, I got ringworm on my arm from the new kennel cat, and when I thought I had it beat, it came back. Over the course of trying to keep this from spreading to the dogs I work with, I've used gauze/adhesive tape, bandaids, etc. to cover it.

This is what I have to go through because of it:

I need ideas for sterile, waterproof covering for this area. It LOOKS gone, but I'm continuing the treatment for another week to make sure it is completely gone. I am tired of dealing with the irritation, the itchiness, the welts, and the pain of pulling bandaids off the irritated skin to reapply the lotrimin.

I came to you guys for help because I would love a crafty way of saving my sensitive skin. The area in question is my forearm/wrist area. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
22  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Luscious handbag -- need strap ideas! on: February 05, 2007 06:03:35 PM
This handbag is made mostly of YarnBee's Luscious -- which really is luscious. The body of the bag is made with one strand Luscious, and another strand of a fuzzy yarn that is mostly black with mutliple colors running through it -- I know it can be found at walmart, don't know what it's called. I crocheted sc until I ran out of the black yarn, then sc'd the sides together using Luscious, and used two strands of Luscious for the flap. A button and a length of yarn, and walah, handbag. But I don't carry handbags, I need a strap. The luscious is too weak to be made up into a strap, so ideas would be welcome.

I love the stripe effect the Luscious created.

The shape isn't wonky like in the 3rd pic, but I wanted to showcase the stripe effect. Full measurements: 12 inches wide and 8 inches tall, not including open flap.
23  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Tunisian scarf (Wearing it "dog-safe") on: February 03, 2007 07:28:18 PM
I work at a dog kennel, and since it is regularly 10-20 degrees outside when we're outside with the dogs, I like to keep warm. The hard part is I hate hats, earmuffs, etc. I've already made a panta located somewhere else in this board, but I'm afraid it doesn't work well at the kennel, because it slips off. I needed something better.

A scarf is a wonderful thing. This is done in tunisian simple stitch through the gray and black sections, and tunisian twisted simple stitch at the "stripes". I made it randomly at first -- at the half way mark I mirrored what I had already done.

True Color below:

The thick solid stripes you see is actually the "back" of the scarf. The shape isn't wonky -- it's just curling a bit at the sides.

The scarf measures just over 5 feet long (not including fringe) and 5.5 inches wide. This is how it looks rolled up (hand for size ref.)

 Wearing a scarf the "traditional" way at work is dangerous, because it dangles. Dogs can pull on it, etc etc. So I wear it my way!

24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / making outfits by draping... on: January 26, 2007 09:28:13 PM
Does anyone else create their own clothing/patterns using the draping method? If you don't know what I mean, here's a cool guide

I'm trying to teach myself this technique so I can go from the cookie-cutter civil war patterns that are published by Simplicity/equivalents to creating gowns straight out of a fashion plate.

My problem is creating the armsceyes on the dressform -- since I'm making this clothing for myself, and no one else I know (in a 2 hour radius) has this kind of obsession knowledge, it's difficult to work out the fit around the armpit. But the dressform's shoulders don't extend wide enough for the time-period's fashionable low shoulderline, nor have a definitive underarm/armpit shape for me to know where to end the pattern at the top.

I guess what I'm really asking is for ideas on modifying my dressform to have an upper arm/armpit. So far I've only been able to to take cookiecutter patterns and tailor them. I want to be able to make a dress, especially the sleeves, without a holding hand.

Any help, suggestions, links, ideas (no matter how crazy) or experienced solutions are welcome!

25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / favorite craft quotes? on: January 24, 2007 02:01:49 AM
I'm looking for craft related quotes to fill my craft-journal with, and I wondered if anyone had any favorites.

I found one: "It destroys the craft not to learn it." .. no source.

I'd love to hear any related to crochet, sewing, etc.
26  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / You guys inspire me *new page* on: January 23, 2007 12:16:14 AM
I've been browsing everyone's altered books and binders and whatnot and I was inspired to do something myself. My mom and my SIL like to scrapbook, but I never get into it, even though they do some pretty cool things. I finally figured out what was lacking -- FABRIC. I'm a fabric-a-holic, and I need some warp and weft in my life, lol.

So, I decided to make a journal of that! My mom had given me a couple 3" binders when I thought I could store my patterns in them, instead of boxes. When that idea didn't pan out, I stuck them in a corner, never to be heard from again. Until now...

This is the only photo with flash, so the color is off here.

I raided my mom's velcro drawer for this neat little closure.

All the fabric is mine, but the sparkly pen and purple paper (and glue) is raided from my mom's scrapbooking supplies. Anyone else noticing a mom-theme here?

All stuff I thought I'd never get a chance to use in my sewing made it somewhere in this basic binder. The green "watermark" I bought today, actually! I couldn't resist it...

And a little of my mitering skills.

I hope that I'll start making pages for it soon ^^; But I wanted to brag, because I love how it turned out. Thanks you guys!
27  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Nexstitch.com Panta in grey on: January 18, 2007 03:31:02 AM
It's waaay too late to come up with a more creative subject.

I work at a dog kennel, so being outdoors is a requirement, no matter how windy or frigid it is. I hate the stretchy skull caps I've been wearing lately, and earmuffs and those bulky headbands are out of the question. I spent approx. 4-6 hours on this, no break. Didn't really pay attention to when I started. It looks flat because I ironed it -- I know better than to make irreversible decisions when I'm tired, but when I'm tired I tend to forget that...


28  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Do I frog it, or wait? on: January 12, 2007 09:42:48 PM
I'm crocheting a centerpiece for my nana, and silly me, I told her about it  Roll Eyes Cheesy So I can't just ditch the idea. Not that I would in the end anyway, but I'm all for it at the moment.

But I digress. I'm working in the round, and when my WIP sits on a flat surface, the center raises up instead of laying flat. I'm quite sure my tension got tighter as I went, but would blocking solve this problem, or do I frog it and try again?

29  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Civil War "scottish" blouse and waist on: September 11, 2006 07:49:10 PM
I have been sewing like mad to make an ensemble for this past civil war reenactment nearby. I made a corset, chemise, drawers, corset cover, blouse, swiss waist, and recovered a hat. I feel as though I'm forgetting a piece, though. However, despite that you can't see most of my handiwork, here it is!


The blouse is made of cotton voile, made from Heidi Marsh's Tucked Blouse pattern. There is a cameo brooch at the neckline, and faux pearl buttons at the cuffs and down the back. I lost one during the reenactment, but it is beneath the waistline and not a big deal.

The swiss waist is navy cotton, and is another of Heidi Marsh's patterns. I left off the self-ruching and the sashes, but I'm still considering making them.

The skirt is again, cotton. No patterns are necessary for skirts. The fabric however, has a history of its own. I found it at a thrift store -- tons of it. I've made this skirt, a bodice (incompleted), lined a jacket and will make a camp dress for a friend from it. Then the rest of it will go to quilt squares. I've never found such a good deal since.

The hat was actually bought used, but recovered. After the photos were taken I attached a white plume and two pointed peacock feathers.

I'm also wearing a chatelain with a watch and scissors hanging from it, but they are hidden in the folds of my skirt.

Individual project pages can be seen at my website, Seams Historic.

*edit* Oh, and I called it "scottish" in the title because a friend said all I had to do was change the blouse and hat and it'd pass for a scottish ren faire dress. I might have to do that!
30  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Civil War Corset, anyone? pic heavy on: July 30, 2006 10:06:40 AM
I made this corset for me and it ended up being too large. I finished this in May just before memorial day and wore it to one reenactment, and it was surprisingly comfortable. I'm in the middle of making a second corset, and I'm trying to sell this one. If anyone knows anybody with a 34-36 inch waist that needs a good corset, lol.

Corset in Detail
- Click any photo to see a larger version.

This corset is made of 100% cotton coutil, lined with 100% cotton, edges bound with 100% cotton twill tape and boned with Farthingale's "Plastic Whalebone". Busk eye and knobs are set through the coutil and all grommets for lacing are covered. Lacing in back is reinforced with boning on both sides. Size: Modern size 14, B cup, fits waist 34-36 inches. Designed for the fleshier woman while achieving amazing comfort. Pattern: Homespun Patterns W-008 (Front Fastening Corset).

1860's Gusseted Corset


Overall appearance of the corset. The hip panels appear wavy because the dress form does not have the twice-blessed/thrice-cursed hips and backside many women have. This corset on a person looks much more sleek:

The busk is inserted between the coutil and the lining, so that only the eyes and knobs are exposed. The busk is 11.5 inches long and has five fastenings.


The lacing is arranged so that you never have to untie it in the back. The lacing is threaded properly and the excess lacing is drawn from the waist, to achieve the best results. This means this corset need never be unlaced in any way -- merely untied. Grommet holes are covered with thread to prevent the catching of the lacing, fashion fabric, or undergarments on the metal.

The edges of the corset are covered in 100% cotton twill tape. This material also covers the inside seam on the hip gusset. This technique creates decorative stitching on the exterior.


Absolutely everything about this corset can be seen at my website (see link in sig) in the past projects and sell page. This post is actually a large portion of the sell page, but not all of it..
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