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Chatter / Re: Great British Sewing Bee charity specials
« Last post by Maggie T on Yesterday at 04:37:56 PM »
Thankyou Lisanne and Pina for posting the links for You Tube series one and two.  They are such fun to watch. looking forward to seeing number 3, unfortunately the last one.
Costumes, Costuming, Restoration / Re: Dresses from "Frozen"
« Last post by Miranda Y. on Yesterday at 04:32:53 PM »
I can't wait to see them JuneBug!
Costumes, Costuming, Restoration / Re: Dresses from "Frozen"
« Last post by JuneBug on Yesterday at 04:22:53 PM »
Dresses are done, photos coming soon.  :)
Regional Groups / Re: Canadian Chat 2
« Last post by judith on Yesterday at 04:11:34 PM »
There's so much information that we don't yet know about this incident, although every news item seems to have some new fact or, unfortunately, speculation.

We know now that he ran into the parliament buildings, scuffled with the guard at the door who tried to knock the rifle down and who was shot in the leg. Then he ran straight, not towards either side hallway where the caucus meetings were taking place and where, at the far end of each, the house of commons and senate would sit. Instead, by taking the straight ahead route, he was heading towards the library. If this was planned, the library seems an unusual destination. Who knows, though, perhaps it was the beauty of the place that struck him, in his planning, to be a good place to end it, for surely he knew it would end.

My hope is that this will turn out to be not an organized terrorist attack, but the horrible actions of a deranged mind, acting totally on his own, for reasons that do not match the current speculation about an islamic extremeist. Yes, I did read that he wanted to go to Syria and had applied for a passport. An acquaintence, though, says he wanted the passport to be able to rent a car. What to believe.  It's all still unclear.

Our only exposure to violent and gun-related incidents is through TV shows. Perhaps for that reason we find ourselves perplexed at the gunshot sounds after the first 3 or 4. The rifle sounds are clear at the beginning, then (according to CBC) there are the two shots from the sargeant at arms, then there are at least 20 to be heard. What on earth were they shooting at by then? I don't want to think they are such bad shots. I hope it's just my TV trained view of things.

I thought the speeches on Wednesday by three political leaders were very informative. I'm not an NDP fan, but in my opinion Muclair captured the reactions of Canadians much better than the other two, and seemed to be saying what we wanted to hear. A calming influence.

There was a brief interview with one of the people who tried to help the soldier. She voiced her repugnance at those who stood around outside the perimeter of the people desperately trying to save his life and took videos and pictures. I share her horror that our society has reduced to such low life. Those people who whip out their cameras in those circumstances are right up (down) there with Jason Kenney. There was a film clip of him saying something. I switched channels.

This is such a tragic event for all of us.
SWAP 2014 / Re: SWAP 2015
« Last post by Jodi B. on Yesterday at 03:48:54 PM »
Oh, Lyn-J.  You made me giggle.   :)  Definitely a good way to start the day.
Cherylanne - you have this wardrobe malarkey sewn up, well done!

Well I've messed up again.  I've made 6 bottoms - no tops just bottoms!
Its what I needed most, so I have 4 skirts an 2 pairs of leggings.  One of the skirts is a bit of a fail though, it has a lot of topstitched seams and drapey fabric and it kind of drags.  No photos as the are all very dark colours and they look like black blobs.
Chatter / Re: The Fall Porch (S. Hemis.: Spring Garden)
« Last post by Miranda Y. on Yesterday at 03:25:16 PM »
I've not been posting but I've been reading! Sorry to be lurking so much these days.

Lynda, you're going to be in closet heaven! Extra storage does make such a difference. I actually gave up what should be my closet to be storage. It was in an oddly shaped room anyway that wasn't very usable for me because I'm tall. Now I just have a bunch of stuff in there that, honestly, could probably get given away for the most part.

Laurie, I too like to do things myself but more because I like a challenge. I like to prove to myself that I can do something. I doesn't always turn out great but, hey, at least I did it!

I kind of giggled about trying out pottery. I tried it out once as well and just didn't like it. I really wanted to learn throwing but they insisted that we start at the very beginning with making coil bowls. UGH! So boring. I like to dive right into things. I'm sure it's good to learn the foundation but blah to making coil bowls lol.

Things have been busy but not too busy here. I've been diligently working on Maya's moth costume. She is so excited about it. I posted a picture of it in the sharing thread.  She has such an imagination. I don't know any other kid who would want to dress up like a moth. Maya loves moths though so I guess it's fitting.
SWAP 2014 / Re: SWAP 2015
« Last post by Lyn-J on Yesterday at 03:14:28 PM »
I'm just not very good at conforming to rules.
Any rules......

Oh dear -  what does that say about me.
Patterns and Instructions / Re: Style Arc Patterns 7
« Last post by Helen M on Yesterday at 03:00:53 PM »
Barbara, I've not tried non-roll elastic but to me that is stiffer than knit elastic which I prefer to use. I've made the waistband shallower (I'm low waisted so it would have almost been on my hip otherwise) so that it is only between 1 1/4" and 1 1/2" and used a 1" elastic I've not found that it rolls at all.

A tip, especially if your waist is a lot smaller than your hip, is to make the angle on the waistband pattern piece towards the centre sharper (making it smaller on the waistline itself when you fold it over) and you won't get so many gathers if any. Also, and I think Anne recommended this, make up the waistband first and see that it fits you comfortably before starting to attach it to the body of your pant. I always make sure I've enough fabric to cut another one if I'm made it a bit snug!

Ha I posted the picture on my facebook and one of my friends said "Mothra...or just a comfy night in." I said "Funny you should say that because the sweater is made from a fleece blanket fabric and the skirt is made from an upholstery fabric so, technically, she's a couch"

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