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1  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Why are you Vegetarian/Vegan? on: August 16, 2010 10:58:00 AM
Hell yes.

If only all the world could think like this! Rock on common ground.
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cheap and Easy Image Transfer Technique : a tutorial on: August 12, 2010 03:03:33 AM
This looks perfect for something I want to try but like some other people in this thread, I wanted some more information.

I googled 'image transfer with soap and turpentine' and a couple of other sites seemed to say that you can also use soap powder (such as 'Ivory Snow'- I don't think we have this in the UK but hopefully that will help somebody) or any unperfumed soap shavings.

They also said you can use a turpentine substitute or even white spirit, although apparently that's not as good. I didn't manage to find anything about printing onto dark fabrics so I guess some experimentation is needed.

Also, one place said that you can store your transfer ink (as it's apparently called) in the fridge and that if it solidifies, just stick the jar in a pan of warm water. Another said just store it at room temperature.

Hope this helps!

3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Total noob question (bed canopy) on: August 10, 2010 05:58:59 AM
I had a canopy over my bed which my mum made for me when I was a kid!

She made a wooden frame about the same size as the bed and stretched muslin over it for the top part (stapled on, I think) and around all the sides the sides, slightly ruffled for the curtains. I had stars printed on mine in fabric paint and loved it to bits.

My bed was in the corner of the room so was attached on two sides, in about 4 places to the wall with brackets and to the ceiling with fishing line.I guess you might need extra legs for a bed in the middle of the room but fishing line was great for mine.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: What are your bad sewing habits? on: August 10, 2010 04:54:10 AM
I think it would be quicker for me to list my good habits and assume I do everything else wrong! The only good habits I can think of are that I tidy up in between projects (most of the time) and that I never mark fabric with the wrong kind of pen, but only because I never mark anything!

Also, I was given a huge stash of fabric, buttons, beads and general bits and pieces by my mum and my grandma so I don't often buy anything unless I need something specific, except once a year at the Knit & Stitch show, where I splurge a bit.

Bad habits wise, I never measure anything, never use patterns, always sew over my pins (whenever I bother to pin), rarely iron everything, put pins in my mouth, clothes, flesh (not usually on purpose), I never prewash, drop threads on the floor, find it hard to part with the smallest of scraps, abuse my scissors, always forget to change my machine needle and I even used to put two colours of thread on my bobbins (one underneath, one on top) as I never had enough but I finally got some more recently.

I'm entirely untaught at sewing (I would say 'self taught' but I haven't really taught myself anything, I just make it up as I go along) so I think I do literally everything wrong. I even thought you were supposed to sew over pins until reading this thread!

Nice to know I'm not alone though!
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! on: August 10, 2010 04:19:04 AM
Ha ha!

I know it's quite hard to read but I figured better safe than sorry! It is an awesome sticker (if you like that kind of thing) and especially fits my 'I don't own a tape measure' attitude towards sewing.

Yours has a name? I'm jealous...I need to name mine!

Go on, take a picture...you know you want to.

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Picnic Hamper (Pictures Inside!) on: August 10, 2010 02:42:59 AM
Thanks for all the lovely comments!

In the end, this particular one wasn't exactly a super cheap option for me as I had to buy literally everything to go in it (I rent a furnished place and don't own any cutlery or crockery or anything like that) but you could definitely do it for a lot cheaper if you had existing things.

I think the hamper itself and contents cost me around 40 although most of it was from charity shops/cheap shops but all the fabric is from my stash (the cushions are made from old curtains!) so the all the things I made only cost about 3 for the batting and some ribbon. I can never resist ribbon.

Anyway, this is the first thing I've made in ages and I really enjoyed it so was definitely worth it for me.

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Picnic Hamper (Pictures Inside!) on: August 09, 2010 03:12:11 PM
There's just something so appealing about a proper picnic hamper! I got mine new but cheap and then kicked myself when I found a huge one in a charity shop for the same price, but actually it was probably too heavy and I quite enjoyed making all the straps etc.

Took mine out for a test run tonight and it was great although I think it would be a good idea to add some kind of a cloth to wipe the plates and glasses with before putting them back in the pouches as this was slightly annoying. You could use a plastic bag at a push, but I try and avoid them. Also, my dirty cutlery fitted perfectly inside one of the tupperware containers- I'd definitely recommend this!

One note on straps- I think I'm going to adjust my shoulder strap and attach it like I have done with the other straps, by feeding it through the hamper and stitching so that the weight is on folded fabric, not my stitching as I'm not sure how long it will last! I'm also keeping my eyes open for one of those push along carriers (is there a name for them?) to steal the wheels from for ease.

Glad you liked it- thanks for taking a look!

8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! on: August 09, 2010 07:45:26 AM

I've posted a thumbnail here as there's a sticker with a rude word on the top of my machine and I didn't want to offend anybody. Please don't click on the thumbnail if you'd be upset by this!

I got this for my 21st- it's an Elna 2007- and although I'm intensely jealous of all the cool looking vintage machines in this thread, I love my machine to bits and wouldn't swap it for the world, although I wouldn't say no if a nice vintage machine happened to wander in my direction.

It does enough cool stitches that I have a few options if I need them, but not so many that I get overwhelmed. It's easy to use, has never broken, rarely goes wrong and is amazing. I can't wait until I get my own house (soon!) and finally have a proper sewing room to put it in, preferably with a decent sized desk instead of the stupid yellow shelf I have at the moment!

The shoe, head, heart and skull n' crossbone stickers are handmade, the rest (including the rude one on top which apparently describes my ethos perfectly) were given to me by various people. I especially like the anarchy symbol on the front- it always makes me smile.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Picnic Hamper (Pictures Inside!) on: August 09, 2010 07:36:35 AM
Slight overkill, I know but once I started, I couldn't leave anything out- it felt wrong!

Thanks for looking!
10  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Why are you Vegetarian/Vegan? on: August 09, 2010 07:08:54 AM
I haven't eaten meat since I was about 7 but I still eat fish, eggs and dairy so I'm not a vegetarian or a vegan, it's just sometimes easier to say that to people than explain! My mum is the same and when I was so young, she said I had to still eat fish, probably because it made life a bit easier.

The idea of eating farmed animals has always disturbed me- I've always had pets and the thought of eating something you've cared for is just beyond me. Conversely, I have a friend who only eats meat if she knows it's origins and that it was properly raised and (gulp) slaughtered etc, which I kind of respect but don't think I could do.

I only buy line caught tuna, responsibly sourced fish and I always try and buy wild fish, which is expensive so I don't eat a lot of it. I try to do this in restaurants too but it's not always possible to know so this is more of a guideline for me at the moment.

One thing I hate about being an almost vegetarian is the amount of hassle you get for your diet choice. I feel strongly that people should be allowed to make their own choices about what they eat, without getting any hassle for it. I've had many an argument with meat eaters (who try and goad you into explaining yourself and who come up with anti reasons for all of your reasons) and with militant vegetarians (who try and tell you that you're not a 'proper vegetarian') so I usually avoid 'the vegetarian conversaion'. Thankfully, this looked like a friendly thread with plenty of other almost veggies, so I thought I'd share - it's good to see so many shades of vegetarianism and almost vegetarianism around!
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