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Yakima, WA, US

craft interests: crochet, embroidery, fashion, gifts, paper-crafts, quilting, restyle, sewing

Member Since: 05/26/2009

recent comments

Re: How to Attach Appliques Across Curved Seams

I will definitely doing appliques over curved seams because I am making a new wardrobe in small sizes, which means more curves with more severe curved lines. I need the help right now!!!

Re: Enter Our Huge Quilting Giveaway

My first quilt was for my then-boyfriend, my hubby, and it was staggered brick rectangles in four different calicos, with the corners of the bricks tied with floss. The mistake was to use two batting layers of fiberfill so it was too hot to tolerate for a los Angeles winter season. We all make mistakes when we first try to do something by hand. Help me learn properly!!!

Re: Tribute to Koos Van Den Akker

This is such sad news to hear he won't be here to produce such nice patterns and textiles. Be at peace now.

Re: Win a Copy of the All-New The Couture Skirt Book & DVD Set

We can all use this book, no matter what level we are at in our sewing. I'm glad to see this lady continuing to produce wonderful books and DVDs!

Re: Book Giveaway: Hand-Stitched Home - Signed by Susan Beal

Not to show my insecurities, but pick me, pick me! This book could really be useful to me!

Re: Big Sew Stylish Giveaway: Books, Sketching Panels, Pincushions, and more!

My inspiration comes from color and texture. I try to find styles that accentuate my height and coloring, not my weight or overall size. I love to find the right color and then fabric for a garment. I hope I win!!!

Re: Enter Our Three-Book Giveaway!

I made a big pile of pillows by folding them with an overlap of ends so that it's like an envelope you pass the pillow form into, and the flaps stay closed due to a button and pigeonhole. Really easy and a great way to introduce lots of color with no large financial commitment.

Re: Book Giveaway and Free Pattern Downloads: "The Magic Pattern Book"

I need this badly. After losing 115 lbs, I suddenly have run out of clothes that fit and need to get to it!!!

Re: Enter the 2014 National Sewing Month Giveaway

I have to sew some jackets and blouses so I won't have to walk around naked when we go on a trip this month. Two fly away jackets out of poly tweed and two K. TILTON jacket/blouses out of two contrasts of two batiks each, two blouses in the overbooked style, and one maxi skirt, batik also. I bought pants.

Re: Enter Threads Storage Solution Giveaway Sponsored by

You name it, I need to organize it! I think having what you need at hand, when you need it, is key, and I would love this gift to be able to do so. Pick me!!!

Re: Huge Handbags Giveaway!

Any bag to start with! I need a large tote for travel. I need a nice bay for going out. I need a nice clutch when I don't want to carry much. On the dream list, an embroidered bag or a crazy quilt piece made into a bag, a reversible brocade drawstring bag. Truly, the possibilities are endless!!!!

Re: Christine Haynes Pattern and Book Giveaway

I would love to make the Emory Dress -- fashionable but a tailored piece. My favorite!

Re: Simplicity Pattern 1466 Giveaway!

I would like size 10-18. I really like the dress and I would make it with fabric that is good for the transition between Summer and Fall, like a light subscribe. Or dressy with a silky print.

Re: Meet the Project Runway Season 13 Cast

I don't know of any of them. I don't know if I can take all of the bitch slapping, Russian temperaments and petty garbage, where participants seem to forget how lucky they are to even be there. Sometimes, in my humble opinion, they aren't even that talented. And the Nina always wants "luxe" and abstract designs that really have nothing to do with selling garments to those wanting to buy clothes. Very odd how the show has become deconstructed, so to say.

Re: Cheryl Kuczek Pattern Giveaway

I got the purse issue and plan to start making bags,and would love to get a new pattern for a bag. I have been interested in making purses and bags and knitting needles/crochet hook cases for holiday sales. I hope I'm lucky this time!

Re: Magazine Giveaway: The Best of Threads--Handbags

I would love to start sewing handbags. I think the advantage of doing so is that they are one of a kind and can be done in custom colors and fabrics. They would be dressed up, dressed down, and reflect the personality and colors of the recipient. After sewing more clothes, I plan to make some, and this magazine would come in handy.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Threads Sew Smarter, Better & Faster"

I think I make mistakes when my concentration of what I am doing wanes. To me, I see this as my biggest problem. I want to learn about stabilizers, hemming tips, and also fitting. I just need to work on it all. The book would be well-used!!!

Re: Vote for the Winner of the 2014 SewStylish Spring Fashion Challenge

I'm not voting because I can't believe you did not include the spaghetti-strapped wedding gown with the colored lining. I loved that one!

Re: Book Giveaway: "Textiles: The Art of Mankind"

Native Americans, definitely, have contributed a rich and varied heritage for all to study. The use of natural resources--fibers, gourds, seeds, and animal furs, skin and parts--has individual character for each tribe or nation.

Re: Spring Floral Wedding Gown

Wow, I am so impressed! I would love this for myself. The color is so beautiful and the lace and embroidery really give it charm. How long did it take and are you a professional in the sewing field?

Re: SewStylish Featured Giveaway!

I have lost over 100 pounds and have always sewn most of my clothes, even when at a normal weight, because I am also 5'10" and it affects how ready-to-wear fits. I plan to make a new coat, lots of blouses and skirts and also accessories like purses and scarves/shawls. I am planning a sweater out of crochet size 10 lace weight. Honestly, I am almost at a point where I am smaller than most clothes I have (I get rid of them as soon as they are too big), so I better get to work. Oh, by the way, I have a brand new Viking Opal 670 sewing machine, which will help.

Re: Magazine Giveaway: "Designer Techniques Vol. 2"

Michael Kors

I love sportswear and resortwear, and I think he really has the best to offer. I love that we are wearing clothing from the 1980s with extended shoulders, dirndils and other features. I think he is a leader in American sportswear.

Re: Second Annual National Serger Month Celebration and Giveaway

This is hard to believe that I have never sewn on knits nor sewed with a serger. Obviously, I help. I sew most of my clothes and accessories, as well as gifts for others and charity projects. I am missing a huge part of wardrobe sewing when I don't do knits. Lots of patterns I find attractive are for knits, and learning how to sew in a serger would really help. Pick me!!!

Re: Book Giveaway: "The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction"

I would like to make a nice brocade jacket and I think I need more skills than I have gotten away with all along with blouses and skirts. I need some guidance here...

Re: Book Giveaway: John Gillow Textiles Titles

I have really enjoyed shopping for fabric on trips to the point of excess, especially when we are on a car trip! I love batiks for clothing and wearable art items,etc. I also like to go to the shops mentioned in Threads when you do articles on fabric crawls. I am planning one in Seattle and one in Vancouver, BC. I have such a stash of fabric and yarn that I have spread through the majority of the basement.

Re: Gold Tailored Gown

This gown has such easy lines about it, but that doesn't reduce the elegance of it. It really is quite beautiful and suitable for many occasions and seasons.I hope you will!

Re: Teach Yourself to Sew Winter 2013 is Here

I think that truly is my biggest problem -- I have purchased some really special fabrics, patterns, notions, etc., but haven't used my spare time well. I LOVE to create and the process of it all!!!

Re: Win a Copy of Serger Techniques on DVD!

I do not have a serger YET, but I plan to get one. Just once I would like to learn before I cause myself to have the longest learning curve in the history of time.

Re: Win a Copy of Smart Fitting with Kenneth D. King on DVD

I saw this new offer and I love everything Kenneth King offers in the Threads Magazine articles. I learned to so long ago, but what I did not get any direction or formal education in was fitting and tailoring. Fitting is essential because I am losing weight and need to alter patterns sometimes many times, if they are favorites and I use them more than once. this would obviously be beneficial to me!

Re: Project Runway All Stars Episode 12: "Go Big or Go Home"

I totally agree. Anthony was the poorest designer. I think that Uli is, overall, the best designer but her show and the content was not her best. I liked Emilio's show, which had the content, was conhesive, and also a good, strong and meaningful theme. I loved the choice of color and the whole design of the show. I sew well and I feel I can sew well and quickly, but making the number of garments, even with help, was amazing to me. I am scared to watch the Project
Runway Teams shew this week -- seems the designers behave most poorly on team assignments.

Re: MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY: The New June/July Issue of Threads (#161)

For me. "Fit for everyone" because when I make it to 100 lbs lost, I am rewarding myself with a dressform. I have never had one and have always wanted one. I also look at the seasonal patterns put in each issue, because sometimes I have trouble with one part of another of sewing the pattern, and the tester tells you how they got around the same problem.

I made the Koos on the bias tube scarf out of a pack of Bali batik strips and it came out very well and very colorful. Your sewing projects help me with building a skills set because the interpretation of the instructions -- spacially and physically -- are often hard to see immediately, but become clearer with time. It was a challenge I really enjoyed and many people loved the scarf! Looking forward to the new issue.

Re: Project Runway All Stars: "Finale Part 2"

I can't get away from the fact that Mondo has the worst manners and consideration for others who are in exactly the same space, the same situation and under the same pressure. When someone acts like that, it chips away at their talent and ability.

I didn't take this very seriously when I saw that some of the participants were not around long in their season. I think the spit-marker and the one from Ohio were a little ridiculous to be included, but I bet that some of the runners up or the third prize winner level are successfully working out there in the field.

I think the whole thing has really fallen apart since the show was taken from Bravo. I would probably not watch this again. I never agree with the judges, anyway.

Re: What comes first in your sewing concept--the garment or its embellishment?

I always seem to think about embellishments before anything else. My reasoning is: there are many different possibilities for fabrics and patterns, but if you have embellishment in mind first, the process just progresses to one pattern and a good choice of fabric. I think these all are really done somewhat together, and you never know where you will find inspiration. I came across some embroidery border transfers, hard to find, and then thought of a shrug made out of a silky fabric, embroidered with rayon and silk threads and beads to make feature of the flowers. that's a recent example. I also made the Koos scarf out of a package of batik strips and that came out great, too. The next one will have some sort of embellishment. Love you guys at threads!!!

Re: Project Runway All Stars: "Good Taste Tastes Good"

I don't know how to feel about the particular contest. I am very under-impressed with the work so far. Seems like Michael is doing well, and if you remember how he started out in the initial Runway, where is was maligned and picked on, he is actually just speaking with his talent. I like that. Why are we not rid of Kara by now???

Re: Book Giveaway: "Threads Sewing Guide"

I have purchased and borrowed many sewing guides and books in the past, but I have yet to find a comprehensive book in the bunch. I have learned so much from your Threads issues that this book sounds like it would be the ultimate source for me to push the level of sewing I can do. I need to have a resource for tailoring and learning the little touches and processes I have never done before. There is no resource like the Threads publications.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Threads Sewing Guide"

I have purchased and borrowed many sewing guides and books in the past, but I have yet to find a comprehensive book in the bunch. I have learned so much from your Threads issues that this book sounds like it would be the ultimate source for me to push the level of sewing I can do. I need to have a resource for tailoring and learning the little touches and processes I have never done before. There is no resource like the Threads publications.

Re: What will you be sewing this summer?

I have lost 75 lbs and have more to go, but had to give away a lot of stuff I bought in the past but thought I would wear if I could lose the weight. Sound familiar??? So...I need to make some skirts and light jackets and some blouses for summer wear. I want to make the skirts so they can be altered down and down in size, so pockets will be an issue and I think they will either have an elastic casing, or an elasticized waistband attached to the gathered skirt. I want to preserve the skirts as long as I can since I will be using expensive batiks, etc. as material. I have done a lot to collect material and notions, especially patterns, and it is way time to get to work!