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1  UNITED STATES / Washington, D.C. / coming for a visit on: March 05, 2009 09:24:10 AM
I'd like to find thrift, bead, and fabric shops while I'm there. I'll be there April 20-24 and will be relying on the Metro. 
2  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / First swap: kitty purse on: June 10, 2008 01:56:26 PM
Honest, it's a little straighter (the sewing part) than it looks.  This was for a swap on another board.

3  Texas / Texas: Central / Rio Rita on E 6th on: February 26, 2008 07:38:43 AM
From John Kelsos column in the Austin-American Fishwrapper er Statesman:
This story started for me a few weeks ago when a guy who sounded about my age called up to say that over the years, he'd been in just about every beer joint in East Austin except the Rio Rita at 1308 E. Sixth St., a few blocks east of Interstate 35.
He thought the place was too tough, so he stayed away.
Then, a few weeks ago, he finally got the cojones to walk into the Rio Rita, and what does he find? A group of people sitting around knitting.
Thursday night is crafts night at Rio Rita, which was taken over last March by new owners Randall and Donya Stockton, and transformed. It's gone from shivs to knitting needles.
On Thursday nights, you'll find knitters, crocheters, needle pointers and other crafters.
"To be fair, we probably have some of the toughest crafters in the city," Donya Stockton said.
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If youre not familiar, Randall & Donya are the owners of Beerland on Red River near 7th. 
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Felt Christmas stocking from the 60's on: September 19, 2007 02:59:35 PM
When my brother and I were little, our aunt made us Christmas stockings from red felt with white tops.  I've had these stored for a few years.  My plan is to surprise him and his wife by cleaning and repairing his stocking and making her one to go with it. 

I can figure the pattern.  The problem is the felt aplaques.  All I can find are the very cartoony teacher's bulletin board patterns with big roundish lines.  That wouldn't match at all.  Ours are from the mid-sixties, not the mid-70's.  Does anyone have any suggestions?  Or a 45 year old pattern...

Mine has a snowman with a dog.  Brother's has a train on it.   I'm thinking oranament, candycane or gingerbread man for her.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Sweatshirt to cardigan on: September 12, 2007 08:50:21 AM
I want to turn a sweatshirt into a cardigan.  I'm going to start with the basic off-white crewneck sweatshirt that says "TEXAS" in orange.  I want to remove the ribbing at the sleeves and bottom and turn it into a lightweight jacket.  Also, I plan on turning it around so that TEXAS is in the back.  My question is what would you edge this with?  The obvious choice is polar fleece, but I also am considering felt or binding tape.  I'm looking for ideas.  This will be a casual jacket for going to games and running around town.  If the idea works well, I'd like to make a couple of office jackets out of solid color sweatshirts.  I work in one of those offices where it's always cold and I'm tired of keeping the same old gray sweater up here. Time for a little fun.  So suggestions welcome.  I can knit, but I'm not that great at it.  I can sew (no serger) and I can embroider.  Ideas?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Chalk hem marker on: April 26, 2007 10:09:02 AM
Has anyone used one of the self-marking hem markers where you do the ol' stand/turn/stand/turn and mark the hem yourself with a blower and chalk?  I would love to have even hems again. 
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Singer 500 series? Something, anything on: March 28, 2007 09:38:19 AM
I have a late 50's singer that I've had repaired several times.  the same problem keeps occuring where it balls up the thread underneath and skips stitches.  I am tired of dealing with it and started looking for a new machine.  The fanciest stitch I do is to put in a zipper.  I don't do decorative stitching, smocking, or machine embroidery. I don't need to sew heavy weight denimn.  All I need is a machine that will sew a straight stitch and a zig zag stitch.  I am used to making 4-step button holes.  I've never had a free arm machine. 

I need a basic, basic reliable sewing machine.  I've got a little EuroPro, but it doesn't strike me as a long term machine.  I looked at the Singer 500 series yesterday, but the salesman started getting condescending which sent me right out of the store. 

I prefer in cabinet, but I can get another portable.  $200 is my limit.
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