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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: First Raw Fleece: Picking, Washing & A Question on: June 07, 2009 09:26:25 AM
Frankly? A pair of wool carders by any other name are just as-- cheap!
The rectangle wire "cat combs" from a pet store are much cheaper, & depending on what you find you may want to get a pair of wire cutters & trim the 'bristles' to an inch or maybe less.

Just talking from experience...
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Dress - Victorian Corpse - Deconstructed, Delicate - edited for better pics /q? on: April 05, 2009 07:44:46 AM
I'm a big period buff, so I can help if you don't want to go batty doing lots of research.
The stuff that the goth kids wear & call it Victorian... really isn't. It's modeled after the period right AFTER the Victorian age,called the Edwardian age. "Ha ha oops, wrong monarch."
Frilly is part of it, but teeny waist was key. Any big poofy butts or sleeves made the waist look smaller in proportion, as well as corsets making the waist actually smaller.
Any skin showing [for women] was a complete scandal unless it was on your face or hands unless you were a child. There were even actual fashion police to enforce against indecency! It was a really supressed society overall, & kids were modeled after the adults completely, but they were starting to have some room to be kids before they had to be mini-adults.
Most e-z reference movie? Mary Poppins.seriously! it's not exact,but it gives a good idea.

It's called Victorian Corpse, because it's what I envision the outfits of people buried during Victorian times would look like today if we dug up their corpses.. creepy...

But basically I'm taking vintage slips. Altering them to be a base... then I'm taking victorian clothing, cutting them to pieces and arranging them...

They're supposed to look deconstructed, raw... unfinished to a degree, yet delicate and feminine... Crazy stitchery... with unfinished edges

a "there's beauty in the breakdown" sort of thing...
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Alice in Wonderland goes mod on: April 05, 2009 07:21:34 AM
I recognized that fabric instantly! They used to sell that in bolts, but forget where. As a kid,my mom made big cloth bags, like reusable gift wrap, & that was one of the fabrics she used. It's so weird to see that somewhere besides my mom's garage!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Snood on: June 06, 2008 08:47:46 AM
Oh, you should have felt pretty; you looked gorgeous!

P.S. - never had any idea what a snood was before now.  Is that what it's really called?  Smiley

Thanks!  I did feel pretty.  I saw a snood on ... charmed (i dont usually admit that) and it took forever to find out that it's really called a snood soo i could find a pattern.  I thought that was a silly computer game!

SNOOD- because the word "hairnet" makes people think of a gross old lunchlady in a middle school cafeteria.

--speaking of patterns-- you did such a great job, & since I suck at knitting/crochet... where'd you find that pattern? I need to be makin' a snood,because buying them gets real expensive for a decent one.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Super Snood! on: June 06, 2008 08:44:30 AM
It looks like somebody matched all the colors of Bubble Tape (bubblegum) I grew up with as a kid & made it into happy yarn.
Your execution of the snood was lovely! Congrats hon!

...by the way. Do you have a pattern for that I can find?
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: old but thought id share - irish meal on st patricks day on: April 08, 2008 10:10:42 AM
That looks really good! Smiley

Where were you when I was a kid??  My parents forced me to choke down corned beef and cabbage every St. Patrick's Day. *barf*

Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd,if you know what the real deal is!
Then you'd know that corned beef isn't really Irish food at all--as immigrants to the US,bacon was hells-to-the-halls expensive for a large family who was making less than minimum wage.
Corned beef was a fattier piece of meat,lower quality,& usually is was the tough CORNED BEEF ROUNDS that got to the tables. As much with any other 'famine food' Irish fare(an Irish friend uses the term,& i'm quoting) slow cooking is your friend.

-to the original poster KatieKutthroat-- congrats darling,wtg on making damn good (more modern) Irish food!
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Re: First with StencilPro screens on: April 08, 2008 09:38:14 AM
That is INSANELY rad! Yay for having designs come out easily on the medium you want them to!

...& as for the design/quote itself---yeah. I think the SCA gang,especially the Viking set,would LOVE to get copies of that shirt from you.
8  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Not-so-simple shortbread on: December 16, 2007 11:46:41 AM
I tend to add cinnamon & nutmeg to basic shortbread dough, maybe a bit of allspice...powdered sugar on top.

I also make them a bit smaller or thinner,& bake at a slightly higher tempurature in the oven.
Why? higher temp makes them so they will hold stuff in those nooks'n crannies,but will not fall apart when dipped into your bitter black tea with milk.

There have been discussions at my house how the moon should be made out of shortbread if it was a cookie instead of cheese.
Shortbread is god.
9  COOKING / Dessert / Re: first time with fondant on: December 16, 2007 11:37:02 AM
...it turned out gorgeous!  Kiss yay.

So,how was working with FONDANT for the first time? i've heard it can get dry pretty easily though,bad for rolling out.
& did you use premade,or home made fondant?
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / First intarsia --HELP! on: December 11, 2007 05:18:40 PM
Okay,so ... that best friend loves olive background,red star....

& I have both color yarns,worsted weight normal wool;2 olive,one red.I have my copy of Domiknitrix with the start pattern for intarsia...

now...HOW DO I start this frigging scarf & finish it before christmas!
he's visiting home(Ireland),& I want to make a scarf.

my only real problem,is starting the intarsia... the book confuses me.

I know basic knitting,& that's it.

would it be easier to 'embroider' the star onto just a plain scarf?
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