Shelf liner

I’ve been doing a lot of work on my Blind Bag Pony Shelves and I decided I needed something to protect my tabletop from wood glue, wood putty and paint. I picked up a roll of Easy Liner shelf liner with the smooth top and grippy bottom. 20″ was the widest they had.

liner3

 

I rolled it out and used it while I glued up all my joints and attached my corner hardware. I also did my painting on it.

liner1

It’s easy to wipe clean and it stays in place very well. The rubbery surface is also helpful, it protects the shelves from scratches and dings. The one unfortunate thing about it is that it leaves these little specks of grippy stuff on the surface when it’s pulled up.

liner2

I had wanted something I could roll out, work on and pack away again. In light of the mess it leaves behind I’d say it’d be better for a more semi-permanent covering. Maybe as I use it more it’ll stop leaving the specks. It could also have to do with my table top being painted matte, maybe it wouldn’t do that on a glossy surface. Testing will continue.

Ball point bodkins and other goodies

A ball point bodkin is a handy tool to have in your sewing kit. They’re great for turning spaghetti straps and threading elastic through a casing. They’re relatively inexpensive and will save a ton of time and frustration.

bodkin

I just bought my first horse hair braid from Vogue Fabrics! I got the 2″ width with the thread at the top that can be pulled up to match the curve of the skirt. It should do nicely for my Fluttershy project. I also got a 1 oz. container of Pros-Aide to try with my next head casting attempt. I don’t like the crusty feeling of the spirit gum so we’ll see how this works out. I also got the Pros-Aide remover since it sounds like it’s pretty tough stuff.

Random things I want to remember

The next time I do a skirt with an insane amount of ruffles (I’m looking at you, CLAMP) I want to try horsehair braid in the hem. Here’s a nice little written tutorial on the subject and here’s a YouTube video if you’re too lazy to read like I am.

Fashion croquis templates are predesigned figures that are used for sketching fashion designs. Doing a quick search of Google images turns up tons of them in various styles and poses. I’m usually too impatient to draw my own so these are a good option. If you do use one just make sure to give the creator credit in your writeup.

Finally, Generation 2 My Little Ponies all have eye jewels which sometimes fall out and become lost. I like to think they simply joined Bilbo in the Undying Lands but wherever they end up they still leave an unsightly dent in the poor pony’s eye. To remedy this, Swarovski crystals make excellent replacement jewels. Point back size PP18 seems to be the closest match. The color is up to you but I like Crystal AB as it compliments any pony.

Wig clips

The wig clips I ordered have arrived! I got 40 of them for $1.98 with free shipping, can’t beat that. Simply sew them into your wig close to the edge and clip them into your hairline and the edge of your wig cap. Voila! No more embarrassing incidents where your wig slides back and exposes your hairline. I wish I’d known about these when I wore zombie Sailor Moon.

wigclips

Pre-washing fabric without fraying

I have a Jo-Ann store nearby now so I think it’s pretty safe to say I can kiss my “reduce my fabric stash” goal goodbye. This blue and purple tie-dye cotton told me it wanted to come home with me today and be a peasant top. I have trouble saying no to fabric and cats so naturally it got to come home with me. I usually launder my fabrics before I start working on them but what to do about those raw edges? If you’ve got a serger just serge them along the edge and it’s ready for washing. You can also get away with a plain straight stitch about a quarter of an inch away from the edge of most fabrics. There will be some fraying with this method but it will stop at the stitching. Serging prevents all fraying.

photo (12)