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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Simplicity 2584 on: May 10, 2010 09:27:09 AM
I am trying to learn how to sew wearable garments. So I try to pick easier patterns. They aren't the best pieces but I am learning.
I made this one first:

I didn't know what I was doing so I just using some premade bias tape around all the edges. I had no idea how to use interfacing. It is okay, but need black stockings for it.

Then I  made this one but lengthened it and tried to use interfacing on the neck. It came out much better but now I am not sure about the print I used:

The neck line is even but my hair was pushing one side open.

Here is a close up of the fabric:

I have a question. Does the second one look weird with that print? It was cute on the bolt but now I think it looks too wintery/girly. I may make belts to help cinch the waist too.
2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Dyeing Roving and Felting? on: March 09, 2010 07:48:27 PM
I tried to dye some roving and the colors came out nice except I had to do 50 second intervals in the microwave for quiet awhile before the dye exhausted. I am not sure if I felted it but it seems that my roving lost it's bounce or fluffiness. How come other dyed rovings looks as soft as when they are undyed and mine always look like flat pieces of ick? Do I heat it for too long? Or do I need to comb it to get it fluffy?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / New Shirt on: October 12, 2009 01:56:08 PM
here is a new tank I made using some remnants fabric. I am still getting used to construction so I miss a few details like doing a better hem and such but in time.

I just noticed the straps are uneven in the back. They were causing me the most problems. I will have to redo them again

4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Applying Frosting on: October 10, 2009 07:55:49 PM
Every time I try to frost a cake, even after it has cooled completely, the frosting lifts a tiny layer of the cake with it. How do I apply frosting so that it goes on smoothly and doesn't lift the cake crumbs with it?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Sweater on: September 27, 2009 06:47:56 PM
Here is my second try at a sweater and my third garment so far. I just started to learn how to sew. I used for the arms and body an old sweater as a guide line then tried to make a high collar but messed up but it still works. I got the fabric in the remnants bin at Joanns which is why you can see part of Joann Fabric on the left under arm. I barely had enough fabric.

Oh please excuse the white thread, I forgot to clean the loose ends.

Also criticism is welcomed. I have a lot to learn about construction still.
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / First Quilt/blanket on: September 18, 2009 12:53:33 PM
This was my first try at sewing anything really. I would try to sew a hem on pants but still would fail so this was a big deal for me.

I wanted something I could afford to do and bought some fat quarters then some stuff called broadcloth and the backing is light blue flannel that was on sale as well. The whole cost with materials was probably around 15 dollars.

I know it isn't perfect but it really was a good way to learn new and different things. Oh and most of the quilt except when I added the backing was made using a very cheap machine that only had one stitch and was made entirely out of plastic!

It is about 58 inches long and 34 inches wide.
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Basting, or Sewing with right sides facing on: August 30, 2009 06:38:03 PM
I was wondering about finishing a quilt. I am not aware of how to actually attach the backing, batting, and quilt top but I thought what you'd do was, lay the quilt top face down then pin the batting to that, then take the top and lay it right side facing and place the backing with right side facing the quilt top. Then sew all along 3 edges then turn it inside out and finish sewing the hole. Then quilt it.

I assume this is completely wrong, but in the long run would it work?
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Full Size Charm Pack Quilt on: August 27, 2009 08:36:30 PM
I really want to try and make a quilt for my bed but I have never done quilting before. I read about charm packs which would be ideal considering I have no room whatsoever to cut my own blocks or even that much time to do it. I was wondering how many charm packs would I need to make a full sized quilt?

I am up to suggestions for other methods of using pre-cut fabric, but I really need it to be affordable. I want to just buy a quilt but there are none that I like and that are usually out of my price range (70-100+$). Thanks for any input or advice.  Grin
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Tracking Knitpicks Orders on: November 07, 2007 03:43:25 PM
Does anyone know of a way online to track orders from Knitpicks? I really can't call them seeing as I only have a cell phone and I live in an area where I get no reception, but I want to see where my package is.

I have read previous things where people were able to track their order, but now I can't find anything about it.

Thanks for any help
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Feather and Fan not so good on: November 02, 2007 02:30:19 PM
I am doing a sweater using the feather and fan lace pattern:
I am knitting three rows in between this : K2tog 3 times, (YO, K1)6 times, K2tog 3 times.

BUT, I keep getting the wrong amount of stitches at the end. I do one row of the pattern, then the next time I try to do it I end up with three stitches at the end instead of six.

What am I doing wrong? Everytime I do lace I end up messing it up, I know I am decreasing right and I am doing my YO's right too but it is like I am missing a secret line somewhere.

I hate lace!! But it is so darn pretty  Cry
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