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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Gouache as Face Paint? on: March 03, 2010 12:28:36 PM
Gouache as face paint - pros and cons?

Will it run if I am dancing (and sweating) -- this is my main concern.

- L
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / sticking completed squares to fabric on: June 03, 2009 08:38:28 PM
Hi Craftster Quilters!

I was in the quilt room of my great aunt's house and she had this nifty fabric hanging on the wall.. you could take your completed squares and place it on the fabric and it would stick (without much effort/pinning/adhesive/anything).

Do you know what I'm talking about? Am I talking crazy talk? It was soft and I can't figure out what fabric it is.

If you know the fabric, how much of a quilt can it hold? Is it only supposed to be used with just a few quilt squares at a time?

Thanks in advance for any help!!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / unitard on: March 28, 2009 01:40:44 AM
Hey Crochet Craftsters -

Do you have a pattern for a sleeved unitard (with fairly substantial holes - like fishnets, but... maybe the holes would be a little bigger than a postage stamp - not tiny fishnet holes).


4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / twisted lining in one sleeve of my coat on: October 28, 2008 09:08:37 AM

I purchased a raincoat from an online shop and one sleeve has lining that is so twisted that it actually twists itself closed when I try to put my arm all the way through.  I was afraid of trying to twist the outside of the sleeve so I could put my arm through (I thought it would get caught like one of those fingertraps I had as a kid) but I was eventually successful except then the actual sleeve was all twisted.

Anyway - the company refunded my money and now I have this defective (but cute) raincoat.  Any tips on how to fix this?  I have a sewing machine at home (2000 miles away) so my current (and only) thought was to cut it in a straight line (around the lining), untwist it, and sew it back together.

But I waited before messing it up further so I could hear your ideas.  Do I need to take apart this coat to really fix it?  Should I just bring it to a tailor?

5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / ... I've (potentially) made a huge mistake (not pre-washing fabric) on: June 30, 2008 06:42:55 PM
So I've been chugging along on my grandmothers flower garden quilt for a present I plan on giving my friend in November and I just realized something really dumb.  I didn't prewash the fabric. 

It's hand-pieced and I have a good chunk of it done.  What should I do?  I have a knot in my stomach thinking of what will happen if it ever gets washed.

Can you give a quilt to a friend and say to not wash it?  It would be nice washed since it will be softer and not look as new...

What do I do?  Should I wash all of the pieces now (by hand) with some gentle detergent?

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / using a longer zipper and making it short? on: December 23, 2007 10:13:43 AM
so i should just go out and buy a shorter zipper, but it's snowing, it's a few days before christmas, and i figure i might as well ask the friendly folks at craftster if i can do this... can i take the 1 zipper i have (12 inches, i think) and shorten it?  can i just cut it and use less zipper?  i have no idea what i'm doing.  please don't mock my stupid question.

it's just so snowy outside and i don't want to drive anywhere.

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / "oh... thanks" (the worst thing to hear!) on: May 07, 2007 03:54:25 PM
My friends and I were talking about this at knitting knite and I had to mention it on Crafster.

Isn't it heartbreaking/annoying when you give someone a gift and it is received with a "oh... thanks"  ?  I especially am talking about the non-crafty types who have no idea how much time was put into the knitted hat, sewn pillow... quilt... anything.

This could be a thread for horror stories. Unless they're too painful to even tell!

(sorry if this is a repeat)
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / new found admiration for hand piecers/quilters out there on: May 07, 2007 02:01:31 AM
I started my grandmother's flower quilt over winter break and boy is hand piecing challenging!  Now when I hear that a quilt was hand pieced and hand quilted, I will really understand the time and energy it takes into completing such a quilt!

Here are pictures of the progress.  I tried to line them up so that you wouldn't see my  dorm room floor. (Not to worry - it has been swept... but even with sweeping, dorm floors  never seem clean...)

37 so far... no clue how many more to go.  I'm going to sew them all together with white hexagon spacers (same white as the middles of the flowers).

Some colors appear darker than they should... they all blend together pretty well (so when you stand back, there won't be those pesky few that are distracting... I hope!)

So additional pats on the back to anyone who has hand sewn quilts (or who only does it) - it's really a long (but fun) process!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / a bag i found that all of you should have. on: December 02, 2006 12:30:57 PM
 Grin  I saw this at www.fredflare.com and had to post about it here!


Happy crafting!  I'm busy at school and I miss my summer crafty days - can't wait until winter break!  I've made myself stay away from this board just because it's pretty much an express train to the procrastination station.

- rusty spork
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Lavender Sachet on: August 06, 2006 05:32:58 PM
firstly, i'm guessing this should be under housewares? i mean, you use them in a decorating sense in drawers...

my first completed lavender sachet!  i bought the fabric at a sewing store in seattle called Nancy's Sewing Basket.

i hope you like it!  i'm making them for my college dorm room.

Pardon the blurry pic.  I couldn't help it.  My camera was too busy not focusing on it... haha
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