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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Re: Sorbian easter eggs - with quick how-to on: March 30, 2015 03:22:48 AM
Traditionally, Ukrainian pysanky are left whole and simply dry out over time.)
We do have one ore two old eggs from my aunt and mother, that did dry out over time. I was told that if the eggs are not perfectly whole they can start to stink so I never tried that. Traditional Sorbian eggs would be hard boiled and given to the god children on Easter to be eaten (and destroyed). Most of the symbols have a deeper meaning of good luck/protection etc.

But it's difficult to empty the shell without getting egg on the outside, and it causes the water-soluble dye to smear. This is a great way of avoiding that problem.
Before I new the trick of filling the eggs with dye I did the same. Dipping the end where you get the inside out into wax helps to prevent the smearing but it does not work perfectly as to much hot wax at once can cause some smearing, too.

And thanks for posting the picture of your feather applicators with the ruler - they're much smaller than I expected!
I guess those are some of the smaller ones, though not my smallest. Still the feather applicators can't be to big or they do not work well. It gets quite difficult to find the right "timing" to get the wax on the egg without the big applicator sticking to the egg.
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: My utter failure in peeling hardboiled eggs on: September 15, 2014 11:35:33 PM
My eggs are so fresh, they still have feathers stuck to 'em.

That would be the problem. If you do have your own chickens and boil the eggs right away you will have problems peeling them. As somebody else said. Put them aside for a week or so before boiling. I do know from personal experience.
"Fresh" eggs in the store are usually a few days old to prevent that problem.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / welcome baby combis on: July 11, 2014 08:42:42 AM
This year there are quite a few new babys in our circle of friends. I tried to sew something for every baby, but fogot to take pictures of some of the outfits.

These two are the ones I did take pictures of.
A onesie and pants for a little boy or girl
(The parents don't want to know the gender upfront. Wow I always wanted to know the gender - if only to facilitate the name-finding)

For the pants I took an image from the fabric of the onesie, chose one fish, digitized it and plotted it.
patterns: Schnabelina's Regenbogenbody (free) and Strampelhose (klimperklein)

A playsuit for a little guy

pattern: Babyanzug Anton (klimplerklein)

Now only one more to go...
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Louisa dress on: July 08, 2014 06:26:54 AM
When I saw this pattern, I immediatly knew what I would sew for my god daughter's birthday present. (And for my girls for Christmas, but there is still some time left Smiley )

The pattern is the Louisa dress from the belgium label compagnie M
A chic retro-style dress with a big pocket in front - and piping, I love the look of piping!

Just because..  a detail of the piping on the front pocket - piece of cake with the detailed instructions of the dress. I should have bought dark buttons, but I ran out of time and the light ones were in my stash already...

The dress made of baby cord, fully lined and closed with an invisible zipper. I was very surprised what a quick sew it was.
Hope you like it, too

5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: bibs with sleeves - with tutorial on: May 08, 2014 07:06:38 AM
Hi angiruh

The total pattern contains 4 pages, numbered 1 to 4 (landscape - top left, top right, bottom left, bottom right)
across those pages are the two pattern pieces - sleeve (asymetrical as shown on the second pic of tutorial) and bib front (to be cut on fold - dashed line)

Just print all pages with 100% (no scaling up or down) cut off excess beyound dotted line and glue together with arrows matching.
After assembling all four pages cut out the two pattern pieces.

Does this help?
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Re: Sorbian (Melted Wax) Eggs - again on: April 21, 2014 09:45:54 AM
Thank you for all your comments and
Wow - my eggs as featured project - thank you again
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Sorbian (Melted Wax) Eggs - again on: April 14, 2014 12:10:02 PM
Hi I thought I'd post this years results, just to keep the tradition. Even though I did not manage to make a whole lot this time. A two-year old plus a four month old don't leave a lot of spare time.

Most importantly the egg for my god child and her older and younger (yet to be born, she is 5 days late currently) sisters are done. She gets one every year.

Lot's of greens this time. After having a white Easter last year I really enjoy the wonderful spring this time.

I posted a quick how-to last year

Hope you enjoy!
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Re: Sorbian easter eggs - with quick how-to on: March 03, 2014 05:45:35 AM
Thanks for the tutorial. Could you explain more on how the feather tools are made? I don't understand.  I do traditional Ukrainian pysanky but would like to try these Sorbian style eggs.   Thanks!

I use goose or dove feathers. I carefully rip (not cut) off the lower side parts off the "stem", leaving only the sides of the top 1-1,5 cm. The stem has to be quite thin, in order for the feather-stamp to work correctly afterwards.
Then I roughly cut the basic shape and dip the feather in wax. Thus fixated I do the fine cut.
Sorry if my English is not totally correct but I do not know all the special terms considering feathers.

The reference scale is in cm.

Hope that helps
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bunk Beds with stairs on: April 13, 2013 12:25:16 AM
Wow, this looks great. I like the idea of using the already existing shelves as stairs Smiley
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: zip-up sewing kit on: April 11, 2013 06:44:07 AM
Awesome tutuorial!  While the sewing kit is pretty fantastic, I totally think you could apply this tute to so many other kinds of kits as well Smiley

You are totally right, I should have pointed that out in the tutorial, especially since it is based in parts on Schnabelina's pencil case and she did base knitting kits on her pencil case tutorial, too. - check out her blog (with google translate Wink ) she is amazing.
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