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21  Re: traditional easter eggs in Easter by aml on: March 16, 2008 02:23:29 PM
Sorry it took me so long to reply...

I am not sure those are real psanky eggs. They are made using techniques from a Slavic minority in eastern Germany, the Sorbs.
After looking at learnpysanky.com it seems to be the same basic principle as described by Avian Flight above. Reserving the spaces you want to be a specific color applying wax at the so colored egg, dyeing it another (darker) color afterwards and so on.. Only I do not use a kistka, but only cut feathers and pins, dipped in melted wax.
A variation would be using colored wax, after the egg is already "emptied", which will not be removed.

cool! what type of colored wax do you use? 

I use encaustic wax. You can buy it in blocks (at least in Germany)

If anyone has more specific questions I'll be happy to answer them.
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22  Re: traditional easter eggs in Easter by aml on: March 10, 2008 11:14:44 PM
Thanks for all your comments :-D

Does anyone have a good link explaining the technique? These are gorgeous!!

I do not have a link. But I did take some in-progress shots of the dark egg.
I could take pictures of the materials used but I wont be able to do this before tomorrow.

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23  traditional easter eggs in Easter by aml on: March 10, 2008 01:55:33 PM
I finally got around to make some of these on Sunday. [edit]new eggs on page 2[/edit]

my favorite:

group shot:

two different techniques:
-colored wax on egg
-wax on egg, food coloring, wax on egg and so on.. finally taking off all the wax

some more closeups

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24  Butterick B4849 in Sewing Pattern Reviews by aml on: March 04, 2008 04:34:43 AM
I already discussed the pattern in the original thread, but was told to post it in here, too.

The pattern says "fast and easy". As far as I am concerned with my choice of material, sewing equipment and motivation to hand-sew I would like to disagree.
This does not mean, that the pattern cannot be fun, just some considerations I would like to share:

First of all: The fit is great. I did not have to alter anything! I just took my measurements, chose the right size and went ahead.
But if I would do it over again I would change a few things (actually this one is the mockup). I would not choose a fabric with a small, regular pattern and I would line the dress to avoid the handsewing parts:

The part that annoyed me the most, was hand-sewing the backings of the plain bands. I'm the kind of girl that trys to sew everything with her machine. Some workarounds I could think of:

1) Fully line the dress, the pattern doesn't call for lining. This should avoid all handsewn parts.
2) If you do not care, that there is a small visible seam in the bands just stitch it with the machine... I don't know if I would really do that. Well, I machine stitched the hem...
3) If you have a serger, you could use that at least for the waist band. A serger would give also the the seams more stabilty, producing flexible seams. The satin was kind of stretchy and my machine did not handle it so well. I am afraid to rip the sleeves out if I move to abruptly.

Considering the fabric choice:
The satin flows really well and I like that a lot. I would recommend a bigger, more irregular pattern, though. That makes the whole cutting process a whole lot easier. In addition the satin frayed terribly, serging everything beforehand would have been a great help.

So basically it was a combination of choice of fabric, my sewing machine , and hand-sewing why it took me so long to get this dress done. I guess it would be a lot more fun doing it again using other another material, or having a serger.
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25  Butterick B4849 - fast and easy.... in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by aml on: March 03, 2008 01:48:14 PM
well I would definitely disagree about the fast, at least if you follow the instructions. Next time I would optimize the succession of steps, maybe eliminating some, too.
Using satin with a small pattern modified the "easy part", too.

But I like the result! I present you: me having fun with my new dress  Cheesy

I looove invisible zippers. And I love how the fabric lined up, having fought with its slipperiness so much...

Oh... and if you don't pay attention at how you pose, you look like being pregnant Wink well at least I do.

Thanx for looking
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26  Re: Sewing Machine / Serger Q&A in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by aml on: February 12, 2008 08:43:42 AM
Hi, I thought I would give it a try and ask you guys:

I inherited this wonderful old Husqvarna 21E and it works quite perfectly. Only thing, I did not get a manual and did not find one for under 30USD, no shipping to Europe....

The manufacturer told me, that the Husqvarna 19A does work quite similar and offered me to buy a manual of this one for 10EUR (Printout of a scan). Does anyone own the 21E and could scan/copy the real manual for me?

Thanks in advance
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27  Re: 3D Origami star -- tutorial on page 2 in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by aml on: January 07, 2008 02:39:12 AM
Great to hear that so many of you made these stars and I'd really like to see pictures of your tree Raggedyandy.

I made some more stars over the holidays too. You could call it recycling. Wink I took a huge sheet of two-colored (used) Christmas gift wrapping paper and cut it into squares. These two are the result. Love how they have like banderoles around the spikes.

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28  laptop sleeve in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by aml on: December 21, 2007 07:23:04 AM

I made this laptop sleeve for a friend for Christmas.
The fabric was bought half a year ago at Montmartre, Paris. I love all those tiny fabric stores they have over there. Since I did not find any good padding, I decided to take a bought laptop sleeve as a base for my padding materials.
[moderators if you consider this reconstructed please feel free to move it]

and Details:

I love the zipper details. It's the old sleeve's zipper, and it just went so well with the new colors I had to take it.

This is one of my few projects were you are actually allowed to see the inside. I'm usually too lazy to finish all the seams Wink

Have fun.
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29  Re: 3D Origami star in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by aml on: November 27, 2007 11:57:53 PM
Tutorial  Grin

I could not follow the English instructions from link posted by kmwann above. Plus I am not sure anymore they bring exactly the same result:

So here are a few pics on how to make these stars:

You'll need 30 pages of square paper (Mine were 9x9cm). Do for each one of these step 1 to 6

Flip over after the first two steps.

Flip over befor each new step

Fold at the mark in step 6

Now you unfold until they look as shown above.
You'll need 3 pieces of paper for the first spike

You stick one part into another so that the blue and pink lines meet.

One finished spike. Five spikes form a closed circle.

--- edit---
how to connect the spikes:

Each piece of paper is actually part of two spikes. All the folds are symmetrically - so each part that is sticking out of your first spike, is the one part of a new spike and so on. That is why you need only 30 pieces of paper even though you get 20 spikes.

It's best if you make one whole spike and then make spikes coming off of that... it's easiest if you keep in mind that each group of spikes makes a star, or a group of 5.

---/edit ---

I hope you find this tutorial understandable. If not, please ask me.
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30  3D Origami star -- tutorial on page 2 in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by aml on: November 26, 2007 01:04:54 PM
About a week ago I got this amazing 3D origami star from a friend. I had to try to make one myself so I googled for instructions  and this is the result.

It is made of 30 pieces of square paper, each 9x9 cm and has a diameter of about 14 cm. I have to post the one I got, too. It is so tiny, and she told me she needed only about an hour to complete it. My first one took about 3 hours Smiley

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