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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Not a felter - well not yet at least. on: June 29, 2007 04:22:22 PM
I have felted a few things like a hat for my dd that then turned into a hat for her bear.  Shocked And I would like to felt some soap, but as of yet have not.

My question for all you felters is this. I saw a needle tool thingy at Joanns It was 16 bucks. You can use it to applique felt (premade or not) items to crochet hats. I hate to sew appliques on crochet hats so I was wondering if this tool was worth the money or if there was something cheaper I could use.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Fall fashion colors on: June 28, 2007 11:38:44 AM
Does anyone know what the cool fall fashions/colors will be? I am trying to make some items for one of my fashion friendly buds. This is going to be a big suprise. I have a few items planned for her in her fav colors but she is also the type who is very fashionable and wears what is in style so I would like to make her things that she would wear.

3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / What sort of fibers can you spin? on: June 24, 2007 08:11:41 PM
I know you can spin animal hair but the only animal I have is a kitty cat and many of my family members have allergies to her so I do not think I should make garments out of cat yarn.

So what othre fibers could I use? Like I would like to make the entire thing myself. I know I can buy roving but I want to sheer and animal/ grow the cotton, pick it and spin it myself. The only problem is we live in a deed rest. area and I am sure they would not allow a sheep in my back yard. So it would have to be a smaller animal. I was thinking of gettting an agora bunny but I am having a hard time finding a seller in the area. There are many for the lionhead and jersey woolies but not angora. Plus mean old DH who said a long while back that I could get a bunny for DD is not taking it back and will not allow me to get one now. What a butt head!

So has anyone maybe planted cotton and spun it? I know it is a far cry but I wonder if I could do it. or I might just have to beg DH for a bunny. Smiley

4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / I am thinking of making my own spindle on: June 24, 2007 12:26:41 PM
but what sort of finers can you spin?


what else. I am totally new to this. I would love to one day become great at spinning and own a load of land with wooly animals running around and I could case them down and make my own yarn. I love yarn and it is a bad habbit that I cannot seem to break that I buy more yarn than I can use. But I cannot help myself. I think it would be even cooler to be able to make my own and I think I would love my yarn even more.

Can you grow cotton and spin it? If so how much land would I need I wonder. Smiley

5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / cloth diapers on: June 20, 2007 07:00:13 AM
Ok so, I have a few cloth diapers that have been used and I do not know what to do with them. I know I can make burp cloths but I do not have any little ones around to use them and I have a ton of dust rags from some other diapers. These ones are not stained or anything but I do not want to give them away as burp cloths because they have been used for diaper use. So what else can I do with them? ideas?
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Blocking thrift store find? on: June 06, 2007 10:53:21 AM
I found two cute I guess needlework pieces at the thrift store. I just happened to pick them up when the thrift lady walked by and she said I could have both for a buck! I was sold. I really thought she would have wanted more.

The owl is about 5x7 and is in pretty good shape. I am thinking I might wash him and the other becuase I am not sure who done it and they might have not been as clean handed as needed.

The other is about an 8x10 or bigger and is is all out of shape. How do I go about blocking it? Do I need anything special? I know how to block when crocheting but not this. With crochet you pretty much wet the item and then pull it into place and then put a towel over it to help it dry once pretty dry you take the towel off and let it dry overnight.

Here are the pics of the two items. I think I got a great deal and they will look prefect hanging someplace.

Plus these piece have made me want to learn to hand embroider and maybe learn to needlepoint.


Thanks for any help.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / scarfband/ hairband veil type patterns? on: May 31, 2007 09:47:19 AM
Hi all I am still looking for the veil pattern for DD. So far I have not had any luck. So I was wondering if you could think of other names that the pattern might be listed under.

I have looked for
veils (mostly found bridal patterns)
scraf bands

any more ideas Huh
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Is there a rule on the bridal party not getting the married couple a gift? on: May 16, 2007 02:00:51 PM
I have never heard of this before, but a few friends of mine have said that the bridal party does not get a gift for the groom and bride. I have always gotten a gift for them. So have I been wrong all these years?  Huh

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / ISO a hair scarf pattern. on: May 12, 2007 05:33:45 PM
I am looking for a hair scarf pattern. I want it to tie under the hair. My oldest wants to be a school marm (spelling) for halloween (ok now tell me where a six year old comes up with these ideas Huh) I think it is cool and was thinking of doing me a dress like a southern belle. Smiley

I have looked online and have not found anything. erggg Most things are like the crochet scraf and that is not what I want. I want something more like a prayer veilish. Does this make any since.

10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Ring bearer pillow, as a bride to be do you like? on: May 03, 2007 12:39:55 PM
Hi, girls. Can you please tell me as a bride would you like this pillow?

My BF is getting married saturday and she just called me today to as to make her ring bearer pillow! She was having a hard time finding one she wanted and I guess it was one of those things that she kept putting off and forgot about until today.

So with as short notice as I had I was not able to do as good as I would have liked. I wanted to sew the solid fabric to the shear fabric and then make the pillow from that. But with three kids asking for this or that and bothering me the entire time and the stress of not having her gifts 100% complete I forgot to sew them together and I did the soild one into a pillow form and then did the shear one and jsut put the soild one into the shear one and stuffed it. The ribbon is on there just to help the 2yr old ring bearer not loose the rings.

Please please tell me the truth. I think it is cute but not perfect. i do not want the bride to say she likes it but really not. I know that she cannot expect perfect with such short notice but I want her to at least really like it.



P.S I have time today to remake one but I will be leaving out of town in the morning and cannot take the sewing machine.

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