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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Goldenrod question on: August 23, 2010 04:07:45 PM
Follow-up for those who may be interested.

Jo at laceyjaneprims.com replied to my email:

In answer to your question - I have not frozen goldenrod as yet, however,
everything I collect so far has gone into the freezer for future dyeing.
I use a Foodsaver to suck out all the air and label it carefully, what I
froze and the date.
Hope this helps.

Using the Foodsaver to vacuum the air out seems to be beneficial.
Good luck and let me know how it turns out!
2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Goldenrod question on: August 22, 2010 07:44:04 AM
Hi, all!

We have a metric buttload of goldenrod on the property, but nothing to use it on.  Can I pick and freeze the flowers for later use, or will freezing ruin them?
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: First and maybe only quilt on: July 03, 2010 05:44:11 AM
The nice thing about wool applique is if the pieces are felted, you don't have to worry about the edges raveling.  

For regular cloth applique, I guess everyone uses adhesive backing?  What did they do in the 1800s?

--And at present, the Google ad underneath the quilt pics sternly advises me to LEARN TO SEW.   Cheesy
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 48 ENTRIES / Re: MiNi MoNsTeR....RaWwRrrrr on: March 08, 2010 11:37:27 AM
He is darling!  And kind of wistful-looking.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: modern baby quilt on: March 07, 2010 06:30:35 PM
That is so pretty and cheerful!  The kid won't miss the pink, that's for sure.
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: First and maybe only quilt on: March 07, 2010 05:20:20 PM
Thank you all!  Smiley

I wasn't nuts about the color selection available in thrifted wool, but it's good in that you can make a quilt that isn't too girly, but can also keep it from being too overwhelmingly masculine with appliques.

My husband loves this, and he hates wool.  I was pleased.  I had visions of only using it on my side of the bed, while he had "his" blankets on his side. 

But I was willing to make that sacrifice, if necessary.  Wink
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / First and maybe only quilt on: March 07, 2010 12:35:09 PM
I got my courage to actually make a quilt from looking at the Gees Bend quilts

I cut up a bunch of thrift store worsted wool trousers and a couple suit jackets and sewed them into strips.

Some I nudged into green and pumpkin and gold

and even some purple with koolaid dye. 

It uses a yardsaled wool blanket as batting.

This was begun in October 2009, and expresses my feelings of the season.  It was finished in January, in time to be a birthday present to myself, and in time to keep us warm during this real cold blast of a winter we've had this year.

It's certainly inexpert, having all kinds of puckers and wrinkles and what have you.  It even ate the sewing machine.  But it's fierce, and it's mine.  Smiley
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Rainbow Patchwork Skirt on: February 06, 2010 03:44:33 PM
I wish I could give every single one of you a hug - as you have done the same, emotionally, for me.

Thank you. And I wish you all Deliriously Happy Crafting.

And I wish I would find this skirt in my mailbox on Monday.  Had to come back and look at it again, and it's still absolutely beautiful.  You did a fantastic job with the color values--they're neither muddy nor Koolaid neon.

SOME day, I may make something like this for myself.  It could happen.  I never thought I'd make a quilt, and finally did, so this is possible.  Even though I definitely do not have the figure for it, I don't care.  It's something to shoot for.

The people who criticized this were talking out their butts.  They must be eating their hearts out with envy, or else they can't see the beauty in anything.  They're to be pitied.

One day, if you're feeling vengeful, or if they're being particular buttheads about something else, you could print out the entirety of the comments here and make them read them.  Cool

Thank you for sewing this skirt.  It's good to know that something that beautiful is out there in the world, somewhere.  There's too much ugly running around.
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: Eraser-carved 1990 self-portrait on: January 29, 2010 05:33:24 PM
It's actually pretty simple.  There's no texture in the hair beyond the part, no shading in the face, no texture in the shoulders or bust.

Very doable as far as eraser carvings go.  The people who can get texture and shade carved amaze me.
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: Eraser-carved 1990 self-portrait on: January 26, 2010 10:03:10 AM
Thank you!  It's roughly 4"x4".
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