r ranson

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Update:  One sleeve is on.  I declare I'm halfway done this first shirt.  

I used the pinking shears on the sleeve seem because I couldn't figure out how to enclose it nicely.  

It's been an emotional rollercoaster but mostly because finding the time at the same time of day I have enough concentration has been tricky.

I'm getting a bit worried about the weather as I need something long-sleeved to wear and there is a nip in the air.  I honestly expected to have this completed back in the middle of Aug.  It's now the end of Sep.  I might just have to put the music on loud and dedicate a day to getting it done.  
20 hours ago

Kevin Harbin wrote:Quick darning a sock. Now I wish I hadn't tossed the other holey ones...

Hi Kevin,
We're having trouble seeing a few things on the video.  Most specifically "are the materials appropriate for the kind of mend" and the method seems to be quite dark and hard to distinguish.  

Do you have more photos or could you tell us in words some more about your repair?  
23 hours ago

All natural materials, for examples linen/flax, hemp, nettle, wool, cotton, silk, grass, feathers, willow. Local/home-grown/harvested materials preferred over store-bought ones.

sand badge

mend a hole - quick darning
sew a patch
make a small pillow
make twine
weave a basket
do one of:
   - knit a hot pad
   - crochet a dishcloth

straw badge
start a button jar (harvest buttons from old shirts) (required)

harvest fabric scraps for future sewing projects (required)

sew on a button  (required)

create a textile toolbox  or hussif (sewing kit) (the goal is to have all the sewing tools handy and easy to find at a moment's notice)(required)

mend a hole - invisible mending (pick one) (required)
- re-create knit fabric (possibly a sock) with knit-stitch darn
- reenforce woven fabric where it is thinning or starting to make a hole
- invisible mending a small hole or tear
- add a patch to torn fabric so that it is invisible from the outside

sewing machine maintenance (required)

make a small loom capable of weaving a belt  (required)

for the rest of this badge, you need 31 points

repairs list (required minimum of 3 points):
patch or darn a blanket (prettily) (0.5 points)
repair clothing like adding an invisible patch to a shirt  (0.5 points)
hem drapes/curtains (1 point)
hem trousers or skirt (1 point)
turn trousers into shorts (0.5 points)
add pockets to skirt or pants (0.5 points)
invisible darn a knit sweater  (0.5 points)
replacing the elastic or drawstring / repair or replace a damaged waistband on pants/skirt (1 point)
repair a hole in a pocket  (0.5 points)
alter the waist on skirt or pants to fit (1 points)
leather mending - patching or stitching (1 point)
  - gloves
  - shoes / sandles
  - bag / briefcase / suitcase / laptop bag
  - belt
  - coat
  - shearling leather like a fleece blanket, bed pad, coat, or other leather with wool still attached
leather maintenance (shoes, belt, bag, or another leather item) (1 point)
  - describe the kind of leather and the technique used for maintenance
   - waterproofing boots/shoes
   - cleaning leather shoes/boots/sandals
replace or repair the crotch in a pair of pants  (1 points)
sew the handles back onto a cloth shopping bag (or another cloth bag), reinforcing as necessary  (0.5 points)
repair pinhole tears in fabric  (0.5 points)
cover a stain with an applique or embroidered patch to make the garment look nice again  (0.5 points)
add a gusset to a garment (eg underarms or in the crotch) to make it fit better (1 point)
add a panel to a garment that's the right size in one area but too small in another, to make it fit (for example, add a panel in the bodice of a dress that's too small in the chest but fits fine from the waist down) (1 point)
add belt loops or suspender buttons to a pair of pants/trousers (0.5 points)
repair damaged lining fabric in a garment (0.5 points)
remove lint or pills from clothes (0.5 points)
fix a worn buttonhole (0.5 points)
remove damaged embroidery from a garment without wrecking the garment (0.5 points)
Unravels old sweater into yarn for other projects (1 point)

Upholstery list (required minimum of 4 points)
repair the pad on a padded chair (1.5 point)
repair the fabric on a couch (1 - 2 point)
deep clean the fabric on a couch or chair using natural cleaners (1 point)
repair a seat in a car (1 - 2 point)
add new fabric over the worn fabric on a padded chair (2 point)
add an upholstery cushion to a chair or stool (3 points)
make a firm, four button pillow (2 points)
make a bolster pillow (2 points)
Create a camping cot-sized mattress (tick) stuffed with natural materials like wool, cotton, hemp, seeds ( https://permies.com/t/54526/fiber-arts/Straw-Mattress ) (3 points)

Weaving List (required minimum of 3 points)

weave a belt (2.5 points)
  - use backstrap or tablet weaving techniques to weave a warp-faced belt long enough to wear.  Create a simple buckle out of two metal rings or use an existing buckle.
  - be sure to finish the ends and make the belt long enough for you to wear.
weave a leash for a dog, goat or other animal, at least two yards long.  (1.5 points)
  - Fold over one end for a handle
  - add a clasp to the other end.
  - at least ¾” wide.
weave a camera strap (2.5 points)
weave a cotton or linen hand towel (at least 16” x 20” after finishing) (4 points)
weave a small bag, purse, camera case (2-4 points)
weave a baby blanket (30” x 30” or bigger) (6 points)
basket weaving - seedling protection basket (2 points)
basket weaving - trash basket (2.5 points)
basket weaving - grocery grass basket (bottom of basket must be large enough to fit a dozen eggs in a cartan, laying down! and a jug of milk standing up) (6 points)
basket weaving - harvest basket (4-6 points)

Spinning List (required minimum of 4 points):

Prepare at least 250 grams (1/2 Pound) of wool: (3 points)
prepare at least 100 grams (4oz) of cotton: (2.5 points)
  - gin (remove seeds and detritus)
  - card into punis to prepare for spinning

prepare at least 100grams linen strict for spinning (2.5 points)
degum 50 silk cocoons and make hankies (way of preparing fibre for spinning) (3 points)
make a simple spindle (0.5 point)
spin 250g yarn (singles), wash and block the yarn - at least 400 yards (2.5 point)
spin 250g plied yarn equalling at least 200 yards (3 point)
spin twine - more than 50 yards (1 point)
twist rope - more than 25 yards (1 point)

Stickwork List (required minimum of 3 points)

Knit or crochet:
a jayne cobb cunning hat (2 points)
an adult hat (1 point)
matching scarf and mittens (3 points)
a pair of mittens (2 points)
a scarf (1 point)
a pair of gloves (3 points)
a pair of fingerless gloves (2 points)
a pair of socks (must be knit) (3 points)
a pair of slippers (1-2 points)
a (functional) grocery bag (2 points)
an adult size, long sleeve sweater. (8-12 points)
a baby blanket (30” square or more) blanket (4-6 points)
a twin-size blanket (8-10 points)
a queen-size blanket (10-15 points)

Sewing List (required minimum of 3 points):
cloth grocery bags (1 point)
pressing ham (1 point)
PJ pants (2 points)
skirt (2-3 points)
apron (1.5-3 points)
shirt (woven cloth) (2-6 points)
t-shirts (1.5 points)
Make a pillowcase (0.5 points)
sew a cloth mask (0.5 points)
a cloth feminine pads (1 point)
sew and stuff a doll or stuffed animal (1.5 points)
make a zokin (Japanese cleaning cloth with decorative stitching) (0.5 points)
make a leather thimble (0.5 points)
pairs of panties/boxers/briefs (1 point)
cloth diaper (1 points)
sew a bathrobe (2-3 points)
sew a tent large enough to sleep in (10-16 points)
waist-length coat or jacket (5 points)
knee-length coat (6 points)
duvet cover (1 point)
sew a tool roll to fit the tools (2 points

small quilting (traditional or boro quilting):  
- a christmas stocking quilted on one side (2.5 points)
- cozy (hot water urn, pot skirt ...) (2.5 points)
- pillowcase (2.5 points)
- Baby blanket at least 30x30” (5 points)
- small bag, quilted both sides (at least 15x15”) (3 points)

wax or oil cloth list (required minimum of zero points)

Create 3 wax or oil cloth for food storage (1 point)
create wax or oil cloth and use it to make a lunch bag (1.5 points)
sew a shoulder bag from oilcloth (2-4 points)
sew a rucksack from oilcloth (5-8 points)

dye list (required minimum of zero points)
Dye 100g (total - dry weight)  (2 points)
can be cotton or wool - cloth, yarn, or fibre.
prepare the fabric, yarn, or fibre for dyeing - clean and organized.  Mordant if necessary.
natural dyeing
without mordant - rhubarb leaves, stinging nettles, arbutus bark, or avocado pits,
with mordant - other plants list here
test for dyeing - wash with something white after it’s dyed and if the white is still white and the colour is still there, then woot!

felt list (required minimum of zero points)
felt a pouch or purse (2 points)
needle felt a figure--plant, animal, mythical, etc. that looks like the thing you are trying to make (2 points)
wet felt a scarf (1 point)
wet felt a hat (1-2 points)
wet felt 3 wool dryer balls (1 point)

leatherwork and fur list (required minimum of zero points)

xxx need to finish list and assign points

Hatchet/axe head protector
Knife scabbard or holster (whatever they're called)
Cord for shoelaces or bolo ties
Wrist protector for bow and arrow (is that a thing anymore?
watch strap
soft sole moccasins
soft sole slippers

shoes list (required minimum of zero points)
shoes for this list include a hard sole and do not use petroleum based materials.

xxx need to finish list and assign points

hard sole moccasins
hard sole slippers
shoes with a hard sole

(under construction)

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1 day ago
This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum. Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in textiles.

In this project, you mend a small hole or tear so that it becomes invisible.

The skills this is showing are colour and material choice, identifying the kind of fabric and damage, and your choice of technique to make the repair invisible.

To complete this Badge Bit, you must show photos of:
- the small hole or tear;  
- the material(s) and tool(s) you used;
- how you did the mending;
- the same piece after mending.

A little more on this subject:
 Darning a tear in a sheet
 Eight ways to fix a hole in a T-shirt (not all 8 are good)
 How to invisible repair a moth hole in a wool sweater
1 day ago
I've added to the requirements that it has to show the process as well as the before and after picture.

Anything submitted prior to this post is grandfathered in on the old requirements.  
1 day ago
This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in textiles.

For this Badge Bit, you will sew on a button! You can pick any type of button and cloth. Preferably, you'll be mending an article of clothing, but that's not essential.

When I sew a button on, I like to tie a few knots during the process of sewing it on. That way, if a thread breaks, the whole button doesn't fall off. I also tend to go through the button more times than is shown in these videos.

To document your completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pics or video (less than two minutes):
  -  your button, thread and the cloth you will sew the button onto
  - the process of sewing on the button
  -  your button sewn on, both from the front and the back
1 day ago
It's called the cider press because it's a great way to chew up apples.

These are hot topic conversations and take a lot of staff time to maintain niceness in such heated conversations.  Any staff can give out apples for any reason, and any staff can give out apple cores for any reason.  They don't have to justify why.

If you are going to post in the cider press, it's a good idea to give a read and understand what we publish on permies and the kind of post that quietly vanishes away.  https://permies.com/t/34193/tnk/permies-works-links-threads

When writing online, we are writing to more than just the other members of the conversation, we are writing to the readership at larger.  Anyone who stumbles on this page can read our words.  Some of these threads have 10,000 views, 100,000 views, and the views keep going up.

If you have a position you want to endorse, it reaches more people when you talk about the goodness of your point of view, and how it benefits you personally, then it does to attack the other points of view.  
I'm not going to insult anyone here... BUT... preseeds to insult a bunch of permies members.  

This is not acceptable.  

And the post quietly vanished away and none of you will ever need to read it.  
Well done Staff Members for catching that one so quickly.  
At last weeks' visit to the sewing store (the one that isn't for quilters), the overwhelming vote was in favour of sew-in interfacing as the iron-on stuff wears out after a few washes.  So I bought a yard each of two weights of sew-in interfacing that I'm going to try.

We also talked a lot about flat-lining which is an old term for something I cannot remember.  It seems to be a bit like interfacing but with fabric and not cutting the seam allowance of the lining.  
2 days ago