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Cheraw, SC, US

I love art-to-wear but prefer to design the item using my handmade, dyed, or handprinted cloth.

craft interests: embroidery, fashion, paper-crafts, restyle, sewing, surface design on fabrics

Gender: Female

Member Since: 07/03/2011

recent comments

Re: Second Annual National Serger Month Celebration and Giveaway

I surely would like to learn more about my new serger, thanks to the folks at Threads!
Jean McCormick

Re: How to Identify Fabrics with a Burn Test

A no fail method for proof of what category your mystery fiber is a part of.

Re: How to Dye Silk Organza

One reader wants to dye polyester. Dyeing polyester is toxic, so you want to take extra precautions, with the powdered dye, mixing, and clean up all liquid spills immediately. I am going to tell you to use Rit dye because it is easily obtainable, but if you want more information about dyeing poly, you are heading into a more complicated game, and more toxic (as I said earlier) than dyeing natural fibers. You'll have to do your research, and seek out help from companies like Dharma Fibers, Pro-chem, etc. You may eventually have to chose between pigments and dyes, or a little of both, but I don't know what your intentions are.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Improv Sewing"

Sounds like this is just right down my alley!

Re: The Colors of Spring 2013

To answer Miss Pat's question, it is a board of people made of different areas of the creative fields who work with color that decide these colors. There is a professional organization that elects or appoints the panel. The panel meets and decides the colors which are passed on to every area of Design: furniture companies, laminate counter top companies, wallpaper, jewelry, etc. The companies can subscribe to the information, and will be sent swatches, paint chips, and it is all very scientific and specific. This is not a knee jerk response, and global issues like the Recession that we're in, technology, marketing all are considered. There is an entire science to making these colors look like "new", and making you want to buy that new and trendy shade. I've not been working in the design industry for a while and I forget the name of the organization, somebody help??

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "The Art of Fashion Draping" by Connie Amaden-Crawford

I would like this book to help me with designing a chic swing coat and pair of elegant wrap pants which would act as an evening suit. That would be great!

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: A Field Guide to Fabric Design

I have a surface design background, but have been out of it due to my K-12 teacher day job. I would like a refresher course, and this book seems to be just that. I would use my fabric for some nice, new blouses that I can wear that are a bit dressier than what I have now. I would use some ties around the neck, ruffles, and some other treatments to make the garments special. It would be so fun to wear them.

Re: Roll Hemming a Curve Made Easy

The problem that I found with lame, when sewing a Halloween costume, was that after only a few hours of wearing, the lame started to fall apart at the seams which had a little pressure on them from just minimal pulling. The costume would not have been able to be worn again, and I made it for a friend! I felt bad that I'd made it for her, and it was now in shreads. Any advice??

Re: Book Giveaway: "The Chronicle of Western Costume" by John Peacock

I would love to use this book in my newly formed high school fabric arts after school club. I could use this as a good reference book when introducing both new and old styles, and helping those new to sewing and designing to understand pattern design better.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Couture Sewing Techniques" by Claire B. Shaeffer

I'm sure this book could really make some one a much better sewer in no time! I would like to be that one, so I'm entering with my fingers crossed for the best.