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Heirloom and Hand Sewing / Re: Knitting IV
« Last post by Sharon on Today at 04:14:50 AM »
Su-sew, your deep violet cardigan looks lovely!  Sorry but I can't see what you have been up to "while procrastinating".
Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: Alabama Chanin
« Last post by NancyQW on Today at 03:04:00 AM »
I agree with you Susan.  A few years ago, I couldn't understand all the hype.  Now I'm hooked too!
Fabrics / Re: How big should a stash be?
« Last post by karent on Today at 02:50:12 AM »
Fran, I like your idea of a t-shirt project.  I have about 30 different dye colors from (who else?) Dharma Traders.  I love to look at their colors, and periodically pick up the ones I like even though I have no plan.  I wear tanks and sleeveless shells most every day, at work with a cardigan which I take off to travel to and from.  I have a running list of colors I need to add, or replace, so with your example I ordered a bunch of tanks from DT last night.  Will do some playing with dye, make notes as you suggested, and get my tank shelf refilled at the same time.  Thanks for the tip.  K
Fabrics / Re: How big should a stash be?
« Last post by FrancesGrimble on Today at 02:20:27 AM »
Re the tea dyeing:  I have used tea to dye cotton lace and it comes out pinkish beige. Tea contains tannin which long term is not good for fabric, also it is not as fast as Procion dyes.  I just found a Procion dye I think would work well for "tea dyeing."  It's Dharma Trading's new Cafe au Lait. At full strength (1 tablespoon per pound of fabric) it comes out a pleasant medium pinkish beige, darker than I'd want for a toning overdye. I think half that amount of dye, perhaps less, would work as an overdye that does not obliterate a cotton print.  This is a "limited edition" dye, meaning Dharma will probably quit carrying it in two or three months. I intend to buy a good quantity now to have it on hand. Chamois is yellower but also might work at half strength. I don't think Chamois is limited edition.
If time permits, you might enjoy Linton Tweeds in Carlyle.  You can get a train from Glasgow to Carlyle and walk about 10 minutes to Linton.  You can search for trains at
Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: Alabama Chanin
« Last post by Susan in Saint John on Today at 02:07:53 AM »

I remember the first time I looked at the Alabama Chanin site I couldn't understand what all the fuss was about.  It's grown on me and now that I've done a piece I am hooked.  I really enjoyed the hand sewing and I like the look.
Fabrics / Re: Black stretch "leather"....
« Last post by Pina on Today at 01:59:25 AM »
Syndi,I looked up size 4 here,(if I remember correctly you mentioned in another topic you were a size 4),and think the sizes must have changed a lot over the years,I was never a size 4.When my waist was 24 inches I was a size 10 and could wear a little black dress. I'm sure any pattern you like and pick for your black snakeskin faux leather stretch fabric will look nice on you !
SWAP 2014 / Re: SWAP 2015
« Last post by BeaJay on Today at 01:48:29 AM »
Manuela - that sounds like a great plan.
Thanks for posting,  I learnt a few new tricks.
SWAP 2014 / Re: SWAP 2015
« Last post by Manuela in Hong Kong on Today at 01:31:41 AM »
I started planning and sewing my SWAP already, based on last year's rules that suited me down to a T.
What I've learned from last year's experience is:
- the timing of the SWAP doesn't work for me. I mostly make winter clothes (Hong Kong's hot and extremely humid summers mean I usually wear cotton dresses lined with cotton from late April until late October), thus I start earlier and finish earlier in order to get the most wear out of the clothes I made and not having to wait for a year again.
- there was one blouse that didn't get worn at all, the black and white striped pussy bow blouse. Each time I put it on, it didn't seem quite right. After having a good look, I decided that I chose the wrong fabric quality in order to finish it, the fabric was too heavy. However, the blouse has since found a loving home and I'll make a new one in a cotton/silk fabric that is just screaming to become a blouse.
- as last year I'll just sew along - as I'll be probably breaking most of the rules  >:D
My key SWAP garment is almost finished, a sleeveless coat made for Mr Manuela's Sherlock coat leftovers. Next in line are one white lace and one black lace pencil skirt. Some blue dresses will and maybe a black and blue faux fur jacket also scream to be included.
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