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@Ohsewsimple funny thing is this is on the main shopping street in the Old Town area, our old circa 1900 downtown. It is a coveted location as it has it's own small off street parking lot. There is only one other vacancy in the district. The area is hopping day and night. It needs a new roof and the landlord is trying to pass that onto a tenant. No one is going for it.

Remember my lamenting the closure of my LQS? The landlord was upping the rent by 40% so the ladies decided to retire. Well I'm happy to report that four and a half years later the storefront is still sitting vacant. Ha! Take that greedy landlord.

Fact is he probably owns multiple properties and this is a great write off against his taxes.

We do need to support local stores if we have them. We only have 2 left with fabric and notions and they are both primarily machine dealers.

@WendyW & @Sara-S I only knew from looking it up the previous time someone suggested it. Gotta keep Google open on another device when I'm here. Thank heaven for having had an English grandmother. I knew a few terms.

@Sara-S somewhat similar to flannel here. It's generally natural color like muslin, loosely woven, rather thick and brushed. It's typically cotton or a cotton rich blend. It is both to interline and insulate. Since it's used in drapery it comes 54" or sometimes wider.

TMI?   :)

In the wardrobe / Re: Cool vest of some sort (cooling waistcoat)
« on: August 09, 2022, 11:24:50 AM »
Slightly off tack cool scarves work really well and are a 10 minute project. Twenty if you're me. There are instructions all over the net. Basic gist is you make a narrow tube,  umm, 30 inches long, fabric cut about 5-6" wide, that is turned right side out and before closing the ends you make small segments near the middle and add  water absorbing polymer granules to each section. You soak it in cold water, the granules expand and you tie it, dripping or not, your choice, around your neck. It cools your blood and you in the process. The granules are pretty easy to get ahold of here, garden centers, craft shops and online. Some florists and craft stores sell them to put in vases with flowers. It only takes about 1½ teaspoons of the granules.

OH used to ride his motorcycle for hours in 40-42C weather using these. He kept a small ice chest strapped on the back of his bike with some ice, bit of water and several spares of these. He'd change as needed.

I use them gardening. Quilting cotton is ideal.

Dolls and Toys / Re: TSP's 2022 Bear Sewalong
« on: August 08, 2022, 05:20:33 AM »
@sewminds  :hug:.

I got the two wonderful books. Found some suitable fabric in sample books I have. Then realized that the patterns included seam allowances. The ears are smaller than my fingernails.  :faints:

Maybe in the winter when I hunker in and turn on lots of lights. :thinking:

Patterns Discussion / Re: McCalls summer patterns
« on: August 07, 2022, 00:18:31 AM »
Probably summer on the @other side'.

 :) Last I checked it was summer on your side as well. We use astronomical seasons, solstices and equinoxes, rather than meteorological seasons, i.e. June-July-August.

They should be releasing Autumn/Fall now, not Summer. We have to order patterns, wait, order fabric, wait, find time to sew (lots of waiting there), do finishing touches and find time to press the garments.

In this day of corporate take overs and gigantic investment groups, where people with business sense but no clue about the product line or the consumers thereof run things it's a marvel that the "major" pattern companies still exist. True for so many things these days.

Patterns Discussion / Re: McCalls summer patterns
« on: August 06, 2022, 23:56:59 PM »
Probably summer on the @other side'.  I think the company is American owned, isn't it?

@toileandtrouble , used to be. In January 2020 it was announced that Design Group, the UK company that makes party goods, etc., bought the "Big Four" from CSS Industries.

So ladies if this seems late we can attribute it to a UK company.  ;)

I can't find it now but I read the Laura Ashley restrictions were imposed by LA.

Current Projects / Re: Accidental quilt anyone?
« on: August 04, 2022, 09:03:29 AM »
The patches when overlapped measure c 110 x 150.

 :scream: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!  :scream:

@William  ... Whispers ... we dont do metric in the darkside

Hee hee hee. Pesky North Americans.  :devil:

 :laughing: I'm not sewing at the moment, still, so I wouldn't be entering anything. But first I had to look up duvet cover, which of course is a covering for a duvet, stoopid gurl. THEN I needed to look up what a duvet is.  :rolleyes: OK, something similar to a down blanket. I think some people here put covers on those but no one I know. We tend to use quilts, comforters or bedspreads as a topping layer on our beds, often over other blankets and always a top sheet as the bottom layer of all of that.

Then I looked up airing cupboard. We don't tend to have those, at least not my part of the US. I've never seen one and I've been in a lot of old houses. California we tend to have attached garages. The water heater is out there.

TSP is such an educational place.  :)

Embroidery and Embellishment / Re: Stabiliser Advice please
« on: August 02, 2022, 08:35:21 AM »
@Iminei there several brands of heat away stabilizer on the market. They are mostly a thin plastic like film that you use as a topper or stabilizer. You use a spray on adhesive, just a bit of a wash away type to adhere to the fabric. Do your stitchery magic, trim or tear away the excess (trim!) then use a DRY IRON, NO STEAM to give it a press. It sort of shrivels away and you gently brush off the excess.

Other than that I have no clue.

Patterns Discussion / Re: Butterick Summer Patterns
« on: July 27, 2022, 06:02:05 AM »
@Tamnymore , with each new release I expect to find the Tilton sisters have finally retired.     

Dolls and Toys / Re: TSP's 2022 Bear Sewalong
« on: July 18, 2022, 22:14:35 PM »
 :bye:  You people do realize what a terrible evil bunch you are, don't you?  There I was, taking a quick little peek on what you can see without signing in, as one does on occasion and I got suckered in and I noticed this thread. This was a day or two after it started.  Well. I found books, many, on bears at resellers and two on miniature bears are due to arrive- today!   :VV: whee. Lovely place, Thriftbooks, free shipping with a $15 order so I needed  (haha) to add a book on watercolor painting.

Hmm. You lot don't know that my mom was a "professional" bear maker back in the day and did restoration on very old bears. I might have one bear she made, they sold fast. I know I have hardware, noses, glass eyes, joints etc for bigger bears but heaven knows where. The fur fabric alas all went shortly after she did.  ;)

As a little tip, my late friend Celia was an extraordinary cloth doll maker, including lots of very small dolls. She taught me a nice trick I'll share. If any of you do really small bears or dolls from regular fabrics or very low pile, like ultra suede, you can machine sew any mirrored parts by transferring half the pattern pieces to part of the fabric, placing two layers faced together and sewing them BEFORE you cut them out. A single hole needle plate is helpful if you are really close to any fabric edges, otherwise a regular zigzag plate is fine. Only hand sew what you have to hand sew unless you really like doing it.

I'm not sure how much I'll accomplish but I do have books to look at.

Access All Accessories / Re: Archery accessory pouch
« on: March 16, 2022, 01:15:07 AM »
@Sara-S it's from the Dutch word doek, meaning either cloth or linen cloth.

@Goth Gardiner I believe your community garden would be called a communal garden here.

Oh! Nice to know after searching away for some time, like @Sewingsue.

Private Club then lol.  :rolleyes:

Exactly. With no notice to boot.

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