Smells Like Teen Spirit Cheerleader costume

Selfie wearing the "anarchy" tank top I made for a "smells like teen spirit" inspired costume.

Selfie wearing the “anarchy” tank top I made for a “smells like teen spirit” inspired costume.

I went to a grunge-themed party in late January and since I don’t have any plaid flannel or ripped jeans in my wardrobe (currently…) I decided to go an entirely different way, and looked at the cheerleaders from the Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit video.

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Cost of corset-making

Close up on the D-ring and PVC accent panel on the ghost-print corset

Close up on the D-ring and PVC accent panel on the ghost-print corset

When I’ve taught my in-person corset-making class, one of the questions I get is “what can I expect to spend?”
Sometimes it’s more like “why do they cost so much?”…

In this post I’ll explore what you can expect to spend if you want to make your own corset. It might also explain why custom-made corsets can cost so much – and likewise where corners might be getting cut if you’re buying something factory-made for a bargain. Continue reading

Spiral naalbound hat

Selfie wearing my new spiral-striped red and blue naalbound hat. The hat was made using the Oslo stitch.

Selfie wearing my new spiral-striped red and blue naalbound hat.

When I took a class at the SCA Twelfth Night event on nålbinding, I asked the instructor about the spiral design I’ve seen by a few other textile artists. While the instructor didn’t have advice, since she hasn’t used that design yet, I was still inspired to give it a whirl myself all the same.

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York stitch nålbound hat

Selfie in a blue wool naalbound hat. I used the York Stitch for this hat.

Selfie in a blue wool naalbound hat.

When I took a class at the SCA Twelfth Night event on nålbinding, the instructor taught us the York Stitch. I ended up not quite following her directions, but adapted what she taught to a technique that felt more natural to me.

The stitch is the same, it’s only how I treat the working yarn that is different than her instruction. Her instruction was perfect though for someone new to naalbinding – to keep the steps clear.

In the class I was working on a hat, but the stitches were very inconsistent as I was learning the stitch. When I got home, I decided to put that project aside (since I only had the yarn from class, nothing that matched at home) and start a new project using the York Stitch.

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