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11  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / White on Black or Dark fabric? on: November 29, 2006 08:35:23 AM
Hi, new to stenciling here and looking for advice and tips. What's the best product for white designs on black or dark fabric?

I've used screenprinting ink, which is awesome, but unfortunately could not find any white and now Michael's doesn't carry it anymore. I don't want to buy it online, and I can't find it in any stores that I go to.

I've read the warnings about acrylic paint with fabric medium cracking and I don't think I want to go that route (unless I was going for the washed-out look).

White fabric paint also seems to thin and I would have to pile on the coats of it until it got thick and cracked as well.

What are you all using to get really good results that last?

BTW, I haven't had a single problem with doing colors/darker inks, it's just the stupid white that drives me nuts.

Thanks in advnce for any advice/tips.
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Super Simple and Awesome Seahawks Hat on: October 18, 2006 12:21:07 AM
Since I live in Seattle, duh, I'm a Seattle Seahawks fan. I made some awesome hats out of fleece for my BF and I. They're so simple that they hardly deserve to be on this board, but they are sooooo frakking awesome that I just had to.

Please forgive the crappy camera phone pics.

Here it is being modeled by my couch.

It's about 5.5 feet long (almost 2 metres for those who don't use a retarded measurement system like the US). It's designed to be worn like a hat and then have the long part wrapped around your neck like a scarf. Or just let it trail down to your knees like my BF. Or you can just wrap it all around your head like a turban. Which is how the cool people like me do it.

I lucked out to find the right color of green fleece (not quite kelly, not quite lime, just really bright) that matches the eye of the seahawk. There's a seahawk patch in the center front (like the official sports team beanie/stocking hats have). Hard to see in this pic. I'll try to get an action shot up soon.

13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / FINALLY UPDATED: Misadventures in basic resizing T-shirt recons on: September 23, 2006 08:52:22 PM
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I was going thru some bags of recon scraps and ran across the shirt from the below post. So I redid it. Nothing special, but At least I can wear it now. The logo on the front is awesome.

The whole thing:

Close up of the front:

Just added black stripes up the sides and added black sleeves. Yay for finally following thru!

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I was resizing a men's L t-shirt with a cool flying monkey thing on the front. I take a men's M but this shirt was really boxy and unflattering. Hence, the recon from hell.

I went through just about every shirt in my closet looking for one that I wanted to model it after. Found one the perfect shape, clung to all of my curves the way I wanted it to, figured it'd be easy. I was wrong. Very wrong.

I carefully pinned it down, traced with disappearing ink and cut it out carefully. I even used the stretch knit finishing stitch on my machine in a matching thread. Total it took about 20 minutes.

I was so proud that I wanted to try it on and admire my handiwork. Maybe dance a little in front of the mirror and basically feel awesome.

Well, I got it on okay, but it looked horrible. I had cut it a little too small everywhere, and a LOT too small in the armholes and the bust. It smooshed my chest to the point that I looked like a boy (and I have D's). So, there I am with this too-tight shirt on, looking in the mirror and trying to figure out what I could do to fix it. That's when I noticed that my fingers were tingling.

The armholes were so tight that they were cutting off my circulation! And, to make things worse, I couldn't get the darn thing off. I tried everything to get it off. I was getting a little frantic as my fingertips were turning a pretty purple color. I even tried to hook the back of the neckband over the doorknob so I could pull it off. The only thing that the doorknob method succeeded in doing was slamming the door into my head repeatedly with the stretchiness of the shirt (I felt sooooo stupid).

I finally had to get the scissors and cut it off of me. At least I cut it up the sides so I can still (hopefully) salvage the shirt. The shirt is a pale grey/blue color with black and tan on the front. I'm thinking about just adding a few inch wide strip in black fabric down the sides and maybe re-doing the sleeves with a matching stripe either on the underneath or along the top. Suggestions are welcome.

I wanted to share this in the hopes that someone else out there has resized something that ended up wayyyyyy too small. And to hopefully make someone laugh with the image of me beating myself in the head with my bathroom door. Cheesy
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Clapotis on a knitting machine? Anyone? on: May 15, 2006 08:13:37 PM
So, I am a crocheter, not a knitter, but I do have a knitting machine (bond sweater machine - ghetto). I cannot knit to save my life. Two needles is one too many for me.  Grin

My question is: Do any of you wonderfully talented knitters out there think I could achieve something that doesn't suck raw eggs by making a clap on a knitting machine? The dropped stitch rows seem easy enough, but I doubt if I could get the nifty diagonal thingy going on.

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.  Wink

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