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I have a problem: the tutorial¹ I'm following says to leave the thing in a warm place until it's dry enough that the cat will sleep on it, but I currently don't have a cat.

pliz help: what should I do? wrong answers only :D

#sewing #stays

(no pictures, because it's white linen fabric wet with xantan gum on white poster paper in low light, and I didn't even try. just imagine you're on a low bandwidth connection and you're reading the image description here.)

¹ https://thedreamstress.com/2019/08/making-linen-buckram-gum-tragacanth-vs-xanthan-gum/
You must forbid your imaginary cat to sleep on it.
The imaginary cat will feel the urgency of sleep on it; mission accomplished.
Put it in a box. Close and seal the box. Wait. Open the box.

If there's a dead cat in there, contact Mr Schrodinger.

If there's no cat, clearly it was dry enough, and the hypothetical cat left unobserved the same way it arrived.


Serata del 1 dicembre: il Fediverso


Visti gli argomenti di cronaca tecnologica delle ultime settimane :D per
la prossima serata del giovedì 1 dicembre pensavamo di proporre il tema
“il Fediverso” (ovvero i social network federati, ovvero ciò di cui fa
parte Mastodon).

Il piano è:

- 20:30 ritrovo alle 20:30 su https://meet.gl-como.it/GL-Como per
convenevoli e consueto cazzeggio
- 21:00 breve presentazione di cos'è il Fediverso
- 21:15 circa, scambio di esperienze, domande, risposte, consigli eccetera
eccetera.

Come l'altra volta, partecipando si autorizza la registrazione della
call, a partire dalle 21:00 e la sua eventuale pubblicazione.

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@Teffer and people who has made 18th century #stays : I'm reading the instructions for the #AugustaStays and they say to layer the fabric, starting from the outside, as outer layer, heavyweight linen interlining, buckram, so that buckram is towards the body, with just the optional lining separating it from the shift.

Do you have any idea why it isn't layered as outer layer, buckram, heavyweight lining?

@sewing group #HistoricalSewing

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I have no idea!! The stays I made were fashion fabric, canvas interlining (optional 2 layer) and then lining. My best guess is it’s based on extant stays that have that pattern, but you can probably layer them either way. Maybe the interlining gives a smoother outer look.

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Content warning: cars (+), metal, silly

@Fabio it does have nanowar blasting¹ out of the stereo quite often :D

(and so does my mind, now. :D)

¹ FSVO blasting :D

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I still have to finish other handsewn things, but I have the cutting mat on the table, and I decided I might as well start cutting the #AugustaStays, and then maybe later in the weekend I can make the buckram.

The pattern pieces for the Augusta Stays laid out on white linen fabric (with big washers as pattern weights).

Natural linen would have probably been better than white¹, but oh well, in 200 years they are going to be yellow too :D and they will be trimmed with powder blue cotton

¹ yes, it's white³, the blue tint is courtesy of the vintage effect² in the pinephone camera :D
² no, it can't be turned off :D
³ and now I must look for a UV light to find out whether it's merely bleached or it also has optical whiteners, but I don't know where it is

@sewing group #sewing #HistoricalSewing
there is only one place our UV light usually ends up. Children room 2 😜

(also I miss sewing but what can one do. Too many hobbies 🤷 )
@Beko Pharm we don't have children, but the engineer knew where it was.

that counts as almost a children, right? :D

(and btw, the answer is yes, it has optical whiteners)

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Third layer cut!

I was tempted to only use two layers for the straps, since this time they wouldn't fit under piece A, but then I tried to squeeze it somewhere else and… WIN.

one of the pieces didn't fit in the canonical layout because of the shape of the fabric, but has been squeezed upside down between two other pieces

#sewing #historicalSewing



#til that there is yet another #fabric-based thing that is called buckram and it has some similarities, but is definitely a different thing from the other two I knew.

A mesh material used to make fursuit eye pieces.

(The other two are the buckram used in hats and the one used to stiffen stays)


@Burnout che parlava di sabato sera mi ha fatto venire in mente che una volta al mese io partecipo a Hack and Craft, una videochiamata in cui si crafta e si chiacchera di argomenti vari; ho visto cucire, lavorare ai ferri, filare, disegnare, programmare, ecc.

Ci sarebbe qui sul fediverso qualcuno interessato a fare la stessa cosa, ma in italiano? ovviamente in un giorno compatibile per chi voglia partecipare anche all'originale.

#cucito #maglia #uncinetto #vitaSociale #FSVOVitaSociale :D
ciao! Io sarei disponibile, se la proposta sta ancora in piedi e se si riuscisse a trovare il giorno che sta bene a tutti. @0ciX_reloaded
@Viviana B.:peacelink: la proposta era di fissare al secondo sabato del mese, per cui il prossimo sarebbe il 10 dicembre.



I was outside for a walk with @Diego Roversi , and asked him to come with me to a #fabric shop, so that I could buy exactly what I needed (to wrap christmas packages), with no time to look around at what they had and get ideas.

We did. I got what I needed. We payed.

And then just before leaving I noticed some nice woolens. And I may have taken a picture and sent it to my mother.

To be continued... :D
btw, it's now almost 20:00 and I can say that all of my #blackFriday purchases amount to 1 meter of utilitarian fabric, bought in a brick and mortar independent shop that had no mention of black friday anywhere. :D
I bought a 1 mt steel ruler… 3.90 €.


A proposito di caffé d'orzo, l'ho detto che i coperchi dei barattoli del caffé d'orzo funzionano come tavolozze su cui il colore si pela via per gli acrilici?

(this post in italian because I'm talking about food packaging found in the italian supermarkets)

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Il caffè d'orzo mi fa abbastanza angoscia¹: vedrò cosa trovo di equivalente.

Che tipo di plastica dice il simbolo del riciclaggio al di sotto?
Molto facilmente potrebbe essere HDPE.

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Codici_di_riciclaggio

~~

¹ termine usato gergalmente da queste parti al posto di "schifo".
@GustavinoBevilacqua io lo adoro, ne ho sempre un barattolo a casa... te lo spedisco? :p
@ndo
Ma no, mi basta sapere che tipo di plastica è.

Se è HDPE fondo un po' di tappi dell'acqua minerale e via: li ho tenuti da parte per vedere se trovo il tempo di aggregarmi a Precious Plastic.

http://preciousplastic.com/
@ndo
@Gustavino Bevilacqua

LDPE

ma te ne devo tenere un po' da parte e prima o poi portartene qualcuno?

io di solito faccio fuori una confezione di caffé d'orzo ogni 10 giorni :)
Ma no, tranquilla!
Il polietilene bassa densità è quello delle bottiglie dell'acqua minerale, si trova a vagoni.
quindi anche i barattoli delle proteine hanno la medesima funzione. #insightful


Content warning: eye contact, sewing

Also, I had forgotten that the binding was handsewn, so I had hoped this evening to set in the sleeves on the flannel shirt, and, nope, that's not going to happen :(

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If anybody else is interested in #, today I stumbled on a couple of lists of period # and generally # books, mostly biased towards the early 1900s

https://www.ilsegregoorcostumes.com/the-best-free-vintage-sewing-books/
https://mermaidsden.com/blog/2017/08/17/free-vintage-sewing-books

(and my collection of related PDFs has grown, and I really need to organize it somehow :D )
btw, my own list of such books (the ones I've actually used, not just collected) is at

https://sewing-patterns.trueelena.org/bibliography/index.html

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Very cool collection!
Very handy, thank you!
uh, interesting resources (and excellent choice to do that instead of doomscrolling :) )

I'll look at them tomorrow (here it's sleeping time)


Problems, problems, self-induced #sewingPersonProblems.

I've done the last machine seam on the flannel shirt¹, but I want to use the same blue thread to sew a pair of linen trousers for my SO. He's not going to wear them for a few months, of course, but I want to see if the pattern is correct, so they are high priority.

However, my mother has just finished a filet crochet yoke for a nightgown that I'm going to make in linen for myself. Again, not something that is going to be worn any time soon², but it's a quick sew and it will allow me to know how much leftover linen I have for another project. But it needs a different colour of thread in the machine.

The sensible thing would be to sew the trousers during the next week, and then sew the nightgown. Luckily it's also the lazy thing, so that's probably what I'm going to do.

Can you guess how much I'd want to change plans and start with the nightgown? :D

(there will be pictures of everything mentioned. one day. :D )

@sewing group #sewing

¹ lots of handsewing remains, but that takes a different time slot.
² unless I decide to wear it as a chemise, but even then in winter I don't really need a linen one.

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The trousers have been finished, they fit! I have a pattern for jeans-like trousers for Diego, and I won't be afraid to use it! BUAHAHAHAHHAHHAHAH
On a more serious note: I still have to edit a few step-by-step pictures and write an introduction, and then the pattern for those jeans will be ready for publishing.

And I've also started to cut the fabric for the nightgown, AND wrote the instructions I plan to follow while sewing it, so that I can take pictures and then publish also that pattern.

The yoke part will have a lot of “and then magic happens” however, as I have no idea how to write a crochet pattern.

@FreeSoftWear group #sewing #FreeSoftWear

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@freesoftwear I've been writing some crochet patterns lately (stuffed toys) and it was basically 'write down what I do in a way that I will understand later, and then hopefully one day sort it out into a form other people can make sense of too'.

My current project (a heron) lacks instructions for the hard bits though, where I magicked a lot...
@wynke my problem here is also that the one who did the magic is my mother, not me :D

Luckily it's filet crochet, which should be pretty easy to reverse engineer.

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And most of today's sewing time was spent on the phone with family :(

I hope I'll be able to finish the nightgown tomorrow.

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This morning I managed to do what I wanted to do yesterday morning (sewing the body and sleeve) *and* to do one hem.

vintage-style (i.e. taken with a pinephone in low light) shoot of one rectangular short sleeve in white linen with a flat felled sleeve, one raw edge folded down and sewn once and the other one hemmed with a decorative machine seam in contrasting thread

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aaand it's done!

The nightgown is also finished, except for taking pictures of the last step and finished object, as the light had gone as I was sewing.

Which means that there will be no publishing of the pattern today, either.

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Managed to spend some time on this.

#gtk4 #libadwaita #vala #pixelfed


Content warning: football world cup, misinfo

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@Julian Andres Klode 🏳️‍🌈 I think I've seen some posts on the topic even here on the fediverse, yes.

I'm not sure whether it was people watching it, people wishing to watch it, but who were doing an effort to boycott it or what.


Content warning: cibo, pane, italians talking about food in italian :D

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One thing that I've seen mentioned less than other #fediTips these days is that in the fediverse culture the number of followers isn't considered important, having *mutuals* is.

Some instances even hide the number of followers and people followed, and users can do so for their own account.

Even when it's visible, having a huge number of followers and following very few people is looked at as a oddity, and a sign of somebody who's probably not interested in interacting with people, and thus is not really part of the fediverse culture.

The converse is also true: users with almost no followers who follow a lot of people (unless they are really new) give a bad “bot” vibe, and people in the fediverse tend to be wary of them.

Having a reasonable number of both followers and people followed is seen as ideal.

This doesn't mean that you have to follow everybody who follows you! curating the list of people you follow is an important part of the fediverse experience, and you should only follow people whose posts are of interest to you and will make your life better. However I'd recommend giving at least a chance to everybody who follows you, looking at their profile and posts and consider whether you want to follow them.

And then, remember that unfollowing people is perfectly acceptable and requires no explanation: following somebody is not a long term commitment and consent can be given and taken away at any time.
huh. So it’s kind of like tumblr that way? Well, old tumblr. (Also thanks, this is helpful!)
@leorningcild I don't know, I wasn't on tumblr, but from what I've heard maybe yes?
Quite a few people have followed me recently, and I have no clear idea who they are. Nor have they told me what about me interested them. Perhaps I'll find out.


TFW you realize you've been cleaning and oiling a domestic power tool while it was on, because the sun was shining on the lamp and you couldn't see it was on.

luckily, my foot was quite far from the pedal, so the actual risk was minimal.

#sewingMachine
Now repeat with me the mantra: "BEFORE TO MAKE MAINTENANCE ON A POWER TOOL ALWAYS REMOVE THE PLUG".
@Gustavino Bevilacqua with the woodworking power tools? of course I would always do that!

the sewing machine? it has a plug? I thought it was directly connected to the mains :D

(I know)


Now that the corset top is done, I've resumed working on the flannel shirt, as I'm probably going to need it quite soon, weatherwise.

Yesterday evening I had planned to flat fell the sleeve seams, instead I've finished hemstitching the collar to the wrong side, and attached the back to the yoke.

The yoke and collar of a shirt in tartan flannelin red, blue and white; the back is gathered to the yoke

Today I want to do the side seams by machine, as that's the last machine seam, and everything else will be done by hand.

The pattern is https://sewing-patterns.trueelena.org/historical_menswear/shirts/1880s_shirt/index.html , with a flat front instead of the pleats.

@sewing group @FreeSoftWear group #sewing #HistoricalSewing

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Serata del 17 ottobre: self-hosting git


Come ogni giovedì di recente, anche il 17 novembre ci troveremo online
per la consueta chiaccherata serale: questa volta però abbiamo un tema:
il self-hosting git, ovvero come non dipendere da github, gitlab e altri
big per pubblicare il proprio codice.

Il piano della serata è ritrovo alle 20:30 su
https://meet.gl-como.it/GL-Como , convenevoli e breve cazzeggio e alle
21:00 precise precise si entra nel vivo e ci si scambiano esperienze e
consigli riguardo all'argomento della serata.

Non è detto che se ne faccia niente, ma partecipando si autorizza la
registrazione della call e la sua eventuale pubblicazione nel caso in
cui esca qualcosa di potenzialmente interessante anche per altri.
(ovviamente la parte cazzeggio prima delle 21 è esclusa dalla
registrazione/pubblicazione)


I was shocked and offended by the fact that neither units nor qalc (the command line programs) know about the talent unit of weight.

except I was wrong, units *does* know about the talent, but only the Attic and the Aeginetan ones.

It's still missing the Babylonian one, which is the one I was looking for, but nevermind.

(also: 90 kg for an axe? 60 kg for the blade of a dagger? 300 kg carried by one person? I can see how one needs to be two thirds god to use this kind of equipment :D )

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livius.org used to have a reference page on ancient weights and measures, I think the usual figure is around 500 g for a Babylonian *mana* (Greek *mna*, English pound) and 60 pounds to the talent
@bookandswordblog thanks, I didn't know livius.org (woooops, there goes my weekend :D )

I found something pretty similar on wikipedia, which is how I got the round numbers above.


Content warning: rant on elastane

Content warning: rant on elastane

Content warning: rant on elastane

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Heated mouse | mouse riscaldato




Components: 2 33Ohm resistors in serie, 1 thick washer, some silicone sealant, some wire.

Componenti: 2 resistenze da 33Ohm in serie, 1 rondella un po' spessa, un po' di silicone sigillante e qualche cavo.

A bit less of 0.5W, enough for reaching 35 C - 38 C.

Poco meno di mezzo Watt di potenza, abbastanza per raggiungere tra i 35 e i 38 gradi.

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Dear fediverse,

does anybody know of instructions on how to light an oil lamp (the kind with vegetable oil) with flint and steel, and no matches (not even the old, non self-igniting, type with sulfur)?

I've found how to light fires (lots of resources), a couple of instructions on how to light candles that aren't going to work with a lamp, articles and videos about oil lamps in general, but nothing on the combination.

I can't believe that before the invention of sulfur matches people had to light a full fire (or ask some fire to the neighbors) in order to be able to light a simple lamp…

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Fire is the shared blood of community. You generally would ask some lit coals of a neighbor and carry them home in a jar ("to heap coals on their head") and light your fire from that. Lanterns etc were lit from a spill, straw, or noodle (spills preferred) because bootstrapping fire suucks. But if you must:

Charcloth or char moss on top of flint, striking w/ sparks that catch and glow, place lit cloth into tinder and blow into a flame, light the lantern from that.
Hands holding a piece of flint with charcloth on top and near the exposed edge. The other hand holding a steel C about to strike. The flint will chisel off tiny slivers of steel made hot by the strike, to ignite the char and start a fire.
This is a spill plane and the spills it produces btw. You can make them by heavily skewing a regular plane (and I have) but a dedicated tool is far easier in the long run despite the complicated angles and precise chisel work required to make one.
A spill plane next to a pile of 6 spills it produced. The plane is a block of wood 10in/25cm long with a blade barely protruding from the bottom and held in place by a wedge. The severe angle of the blade produces corkscrew shavings called spills for lighting candles or lanterns.

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Content warning: cibo, contiene carne e crimini contro la toscanità, ma niente foto perché non è sopravvissuto abbastanza a lungo per essere fotografato :D

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Content warning: cibo, contiene carne e crimini contro la toscanità, ma niente foto perché non è sopravvissuto abbastanza a lungo per essere fotografato :D

Content warning: cibo, contiene crimini contro la toscanità

Content warning: cibo, contiene carne e crimini contro la toscanità, ma niente foto perché non è sopravvissuto abbastanza a lungo per essere fotografato :D



Content warning: fediverso italiano, ricerca istanze