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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Amy Butler Weekender Bag Question's on: February 09, 2009 11:09:41 PM
My 2 cents:
      Normal cotton is generally thinner than home dec cotton and interfacing is more of an imperitive than with the home dec stuff. I don't know what alternatives are available in Australia, but rubber sheeting has about the right thickness and strength as Timtex, although it isn't fusible. The only thing I can think of with Schmetz is sewing machine needles.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: girls night out zippered pouch with wristlet on: February 09, 2009 11:00:52 PM
I haven't been to Hancock's in over a year, but the one near my house used to have singlet bags filled with remnant fabric for a dollar. Most of my stash is from buying those, but they increased the price out of my range and apparently changed their policies on remnants since I stopped going there.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: girls night out zippered pouch with wristlet on: February 09, 2009 01:51:15 PM
I got a bunch of this fabric in a couple scrap bags from Hancock's, the designer is Kerry Beary, but there is no fabric name on the selvage.
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: A question about batting.... on: September 14, 2008 12:03:09 AM
How thick is the Warm and Natural normally?  The stuff I looked at seemed to be about an 1/8th of an inch thick.......was this normal? Won't this make an awfully thin quilt?

1/8" seems about accurate for the thickness, and it will be thin in the sense of being the opposite of puffy, which is what most poly battings are, but it is warm due to the closeness of the fibers trapping body heat, and I use my cotton batted "winter" quilt on all but the hottest of days.

$34.98 for a queen sized (I need twin and would have to cut this down)....is this a normal price for this stuff?

Joann's (and Joann.com) runs about $25-30 for a queen, $15-20 for a twin and $10-12 per yard (x 90 in.), so that sounds slightly overpriced, but not highway robbery.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Historic Sampler on: August 17, 2008 10:01:22 PM
A good place to start is the Antique Pattern Library. http://www.antiquepatternlibrary.org/
They have all sorts of knitting, crochet and needlework books that are in the public domain, although they can be quite old (going back to the late 1800s), or difficult to read (most crossstitch books are in German or French, but diagrams transcend the language barrier!), but wonderfully vintage.

BTW, love the sampler. I'm planning one myself and I hope it turns out as wonderful as yours.
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Mermaid Costume Tail/Skirt Assistance on: August 16, 2008 09:26:18 PM
I know that Jo-Ann's carries (or has carried) mermaid-like fabric, in blue and green with metallic scales. I haven't seen the fabric in yet, but if you could wait a week or two, they should have it.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Cold War on: August 05, 2008 10:10:12 PM
i love the icy feel of the border/colors you chose. very appropriate.

Thank you, it just kind of worked out that way through the fact that they were the only colors that I had a light and a dark of.

Re: defaming housekeepers
I honestly don't know why they thought that. I interpret it to mean that I don't want to be the stereotype of the 50's housewife cleaning in pearls and pumps.

I'm considering doing a companion piece that says, "A watched pizza never boils," but I'm out of aida cloth at the moment.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lily Embroidery Patterns? on: August 04, 2008 04:29:19 PM
I have no idea if this will help, but have you tried the Hoop Love community of Flickr? I downloaded some flower patterns from there and they might have what you're looking for. Otherwise, try coloring books.
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cold War on: August 04, 2008 12:02:45 PM
In the midst of all of this brilliance, I humbly offer my entry:

I found this quote on the internet somewhere, and I immediately loved it. My coworkers were quite offended that I was defaming housekeepers, something I never had read into it.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Now, I don't like Doctor Who, but... on: June 27, 2008 04:27:25 AM
'S okay, I got a little overexcited this morning. My craft store doesn't carry any needlecrafting mags (anymore).
Wait! The bookstore has it! Must plan trip!
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