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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / preshrinking fabric without a dryer on: November 08, 2011 01:13:09 PM
I'm hoping some of you sewing gurus can answer a question for me Smiley

I have some 100% cotton fabric which I plan to make shirts out of for my husband. We don't own a tumble dryer, so all our clothes are line dried. If I line dry this fabric after pre-washing it, what will happen if it ends up in a dryer one day? Will it shrink more? My concern is if he goes away on a business trip or something and has laundry done the shirts might end up in a dryer and shrink further. I can track down a laundrette if I really have to, but I'd rather not if I can possibly avoid it!

Any words of wisdom (particularly if based on experience) would be most welcome.
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycled book Kindle cover on: June 19, 2011 12:48:24 PM
I recently acquired a Kindle and didn't feel like paying through the nose for a cool cover. So I made my own cover! I picked up an old library book at the Oxfam shop, and spent the weekend mutilating it  Cheesy Total cost about 6.

Inside with Kindle:

Without Kindle:

And the cover:

(I rotated this photo, but for some reason Craftster un-rotated it)
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered cushion with tatted edging on: April 15, 2009 12:20:25 PM
Recently my in-laws bought a flat on the south coast of England. My mother in law mentioned that the decor will be Victorian, so I immediately thought "hmmm, what can I make for them as a housewarming present?" I love looking at intricate Victorian embroidery, so I decided to make an embroidered cushion. I had to go with a fairly simple design though, as I have a bad habit of starting things and never finishing them. Here is the result:

I used white linen that I bought on ebay. I searched long and hard online for information about Victorian embroidery, but found surprisingly little. Most of the search results were shops selling supplies and patterns. The pattern I used is based on something I saw in a shop and took a liking to. The purple is actually a little more vibrant than it appears in this photo. In hindsight I probably should have used less vibrant colours for a more authentic look. The finished cushion is about 10 inches x 6 inches. It took me two entire days of nonstop tatting to make the edging, but I'm really pleased with the result. I used heavy duty (size 20) white silk thread for the tatting, and it was a pleasure to work with.
Closeup of the tatting:

Closeup of the embroidery:

Thanks for looking  Smiley

4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / A question about dodgy essential oil on: March 18, 2009 02:47:39 AM
I'm new to all this. Last week I ordered a bunch of stuff from soapkitchenonline.co.uk. I'd seen them mentioned in forums as a good supplier, plus they were the only UK website I could find that sells lye. I have no complaints about anything I ordered from them, except the patchouli essential oil I bought.

Everything came in plain bottles, with handwritten labels stuck on, so I assume they have huge vats of everything and measure everything out specially for each order. I'm familar with the smell of patchouli, but I've never smelled the EO neat before. It didn't smell at all like I expected, but I thought I could just about make out the smell of patchouli (perhaps that was wishful thinking), and attributed the pungency to the fact that it was pure essential oil and therefore really concentrated.

I've used it in a couple of things now--lotion bars & soap--and am not at all happy with the resulting smell. It's got quite a "green" smell to it, and is not really very woody or musky or warm as I'd expect from patchouli. Now that I've had time to smell it plenty and ponder what could have gone wrong, I'm wondering if they sent me the wrong type of oil. My husband said it smells like karvol, which is a bit like a more natural version of vicks, but it's made with pine oil.

So... does pine oil look like patchouli oil? Does patchouli oil go off and develop a green smell? I'm going to order a small quantity of patchouli from another supplier and compare them. I'm really frustrated because I've now used some of this oil and ended up with products that smell awful, and I bought 50ml of it because i really like patchouli & wanted to save a little money by buying in bulk. I've also used up most of my jojoba oil, which isn't cheap, in stuff that now reeks of karvol.  Angry

5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / scenting a lotion bar... on: March 14, 2009 03:17:07 AM
I'm hoping someone with more experience at this can help me out... Yesterday I made lotion bars for the first time. (the recipe said 85g (1 oz) each of beeswax, shea butter, and jojoba oil + 1 tsp of essential oils). I've always liked the smell of patchouli, and I was once given some "bath essence" scented with ylang ylang oil which was very nice. I read that those two essential oils blend well together, so I bought both. I then realised that I don't know what proportions to blend them in, so I went looking online. I found a site (I think it was basenotes.com) where someone said to use 1 part basenote, 2 parts middle note, and 3 parts top note. I didn't have a top note, so i did roughly 1/3 patchouli & 2/3 ylang.

It smells like Vicks Vapor Rub. I can't smell the patchouli at all, and all I can imagine is that I waaaay overdid the ylang. My question is, what's the best way to fix it? If I try adding a bit more patchouli, will that only make it worse? Should I add more of the other ingredients to "dilute" the smell? Or if I put them away in a cupboard for a few months will the ylang mellow? Thanks for any advice. Next time I'll ask my questions before I screw up  Cheesy
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Diamond and smocked cover on: March 14, 2009 02:43:04 AM
I've been eyeing this pattern for quite some time. Thanks, Nashira, for posting the pattern.
Here is it blocking:

and this gives a more accurate representation of the colour:

I used superwash wool that I bought on a whim when I didn't have the pattern with me. Consequently I didn't have quite enough, so I could only do 10 repeats instead of eleven. The finished size was about 30" wide by 27" long.  I have already given this blanket to the recipient, who loved it. I thought the pattern was going to be really difficult, but i found it to be pretty easy. I'd really like to make a grown-up sized one sometime, but probably not any time soon!
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / first soap on: March 14, 2009 02:31:19 AM
A few months ago I got bitten by the soaping bug after I read OhHappyDay's wonderful tutorial. I finally got the chance to make soap for the first time a couple weekends ago. Here are the results:

This is what it looked like before i cut it up:

I plan to make a second batch today. Thanks for the inspiration, OhHappyDay!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Converse All-Stars booties! on: November 01, 2008 09:05:29 AM
I started these months ago for a friend's new baby. Finally finished them last night! I used this version of the pattern, using yarn I had in my stash. I've never knit with more than one colour before, so they're a bit wonky, but I'm sure the little one won't notice  Grin



I couldn't figure out a way to make the Converse logo that didn't end up looking unattractive, so I didn't bother. They were loads of fun to make. I like that they're a bit different than the usual baby booties out there.
9  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / weird problem with the search function on: August 22, 2008 01:17:18 PM
It all started when I searched for "2 eggs" in the dessert forum because I have 2 eggs to use up, but I didn't get any search results. I then tried searching without quotes and still no results. This recipe calls for 3 eggs, but searching for "3 eggs," either in the dessert forum only or on the whole site, yields no results.

Eventually I got creative and tried searching for "2 hats" and "2 scarves"....nothing. Does our search engine hate numbers?
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / For all the Dr Who fans... on: November 04, 2007 09:17:51 AM
I came across a link to this pattern for a knitted dalek while reading another website I frequent. I'm not a huge Dr Who fan myself, but I know there are some craftsters who are, so wanted to share Smiley
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