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Re: Help! - I may get stuck! :) 08 Nov 2010 16:58 #51146

It is beautiful! Thanks for posting the picture and for making me want to start a new project! :) Sandi in FL
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Re: Help! - I may get stuck! :) 08 Nov 2010 16:24 #51144

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Lorchen, It's beautiful and so unusual!


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Re: Help! - I may get stuck! :) 08 Nov 2010 13:08 #51142

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Beautiful, Lorchen!
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Re: Help! - I may get stuck! :) 08 Nov 2010 12:59 #51141

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Lorchen, I really like it! It gives me some ideas also. Cheers, BJ

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Re: Help! - I may get stuck! :) 08 Nov 2010 12:57 #51140

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Thanks for the compliment, Carole. I found the idea in a German magazine. I was intrigued by the hole in the middle, but it looks really nice with a candle. Roll on Christmas! :)
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Re: Help! - I may get stuck! :) 08 Nov 2010 12:27 #51139

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Lorchen, that looks great! I've never seen anything quite like it, and it's beautiful.
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Re: Help! - I may get stuck! :) 08 Nov 2010 11:51 #51138

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I have done it!! And I delighted with the result. The first picture was taken with a flash and the others without. The taffeta wasn't as bad to work with as I thought it would be. I had no problems pressing it. But I did pin it at one edge, and decided that pinning was not a good idea, because she holes would still have been visible when the piece was finished.

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Re: Help! - I may get stuck! :) 28 Oct 2010 18:43 #50798

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Mmmmhhh...... The taffeta is quite contentedly sitting on my cutting table waiting for me to get my act together. I started half-term with a visitor for a few days, and I'm off tomorrow to meet up with friends for the rest of half-term. Inbetweens I managed to sew the binding on a very large bed quilt, started working on something for my little granddaughter for Christmas, and finished a fun piece for a friend who has recently retired (why can't there be 40 hours in the day???). My deadline for the little taffeta piece is the 15th of November. I bet I'll be the last who sends her piece. :)
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Re: Help! - I may get stuck! :) 28 Oct 2010 09:46 #50781

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Hi Lorchan

we're over half way through half-term, how is the taffeta experience going?

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Re: Help! - I may get stuck! :) 22 Sep 2010 15:23 #50083

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Another way of getting the most out of the shot qualities could be some quilting :) , but make sure you use a high loft wadding to get the most sculptural effect, rather than a flat one.

If you are serious about trying your hand at smocking, I suggest you go and have a look at http://www.countrybumpkin.com.au they have some seriously cute smocking kits which come ready pleated (well worth while for beginners)

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Re: Help! - I may get stuck! :) 22 Sep 2010 13:53 #50080

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"Smocking"??? What's that???.......... Only joking, Rosemary. I know about it, have read about, know what it looks like, but I have never done it. A little pleating may be a much easier starting point, especially when I'm thinking of the time constraints I have.

Actually, talking about smocking: I guess I should have a go one of these days, seeing that I now have this mega-cute little granddaughter. :)
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Re: Help! - I may get stuck! :) 22 Sep 2010 11:36 #50078

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Definately sounds like the shot silk to me. Pleating could be fun to take advantage of 'shot' qualities - are you up for smocking? :lol:

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Re: Help! - I may get stuck! :) 21 Sep 2010 20:37 #50061

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oooh, yum! Sounds fabulous. Have fun playing with it. Look forward to the result!

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Re: Help! - I may get stuck! :) 21 Sep 2010 18:12 #50058

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lol lol....... First an underskirt, now an umbrella...... what next?? ..........

Rosemary, you were right. My piece of taffeta (a generous fat quarter) has arrived and it's a fairly stiff fabric with a definite 'scrunch' to it. The colour is stunning, a very dark, almost glowing burgundy that can look black, depending how the light falls on it. I won't be able to seriously 'play' till half-term (end of October) and will report what's happening or seriously scream for help. :)
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