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@Bevilacqua Gustavino @Lizbeth

The tool I've used and the results: a bone folder (I've used its back instead of the rounded end of the dowel), the small (~2 cm) steel nail, the tip of the wooden dowel described in the previous post, a square scrap of linoleoum with a simple line based logo carved on it and four square scraps of paper (~2.5 cm sides) that have been embossed with different levels of sharpness; on one of them the non-embossed area has been painted with watercolours.

One third of the shawl has been knit!

this picture is from a couple of days ago, but it isn't that different from how it looks like today

a work in progress triangular white shawl in white thin and lightly fuzzy yarn, with a very simple lace pattern that consists in rows of holes parallel to the two borders.

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Filed under: I don't really need another # project, right?

An irregular sample of crochet filet, 7 × 8 squares, still active with the crochet hook in it, and another one in bigger yarn, also 7 × 8 squares, but complete; both have a very simple checkerboard pattern with an empty border.

I've received a piece of vintage lace, of a type that would work nicely on a petticoat ruffle.

While handsewing the linen shirt I'm working on, I've also started to think that the same fabric would also be nice for a petticoat or a petticoat+corset cover combination (and I have enough for it).

But such a garment doesn't call for just a bit of lace at the hem, it calls for some lace on the ruffles, some insertion (and pintucks, dere vill be pintucks), and while of course I have a box of lace of various kinds, I don't have enough for that project.

However, the more I think about it, rather than wanting to look for enough matching lace in the stores, I'm tending towards going for a mix-and-match of looks, joined together by a theme of having some history.

So I'm using some lace that I've been given by different people, and then I want to puppy-eye my mother into doing some crochet lace for me, but then I thought that maybe I should also do some myself.

And thus, yesterday I asked my mother to teach me filet #, I did the bigger square-ish under her guide, and then I've started a sampler band, starting with the simplest pattern to get myself to learn the right tension, and then trying various patterns as I go, until I finish the leftover of crochet lace appropriate yarn I've found in her stash.

I don't have any source on historical people doing something like this, but it's underwear, the silhouette will be correct, and nobody needs to know how it looks (other than the people who will see the pictures here on the fediverse :D )

ETA for the project: maybe a couple of years? Don't hold your collective breaths :D

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One thing that bothers me while # is trimming the sewing allowances: I understand that having wider allowances makes it easier to sew by machine, but all those strips of fabric waste hurt my feeling even if they end up as stuffing and not in a dump.

So, what I tend to do when sewing french seams is not to sew with half the seam allowance, but sew the first seam at a bit less than that and the second seam at a bit more.

And for flat-felled seams, I tend to cut the fabric with double allowance on just one side, and align the other side at one allowance of distance, as in the picture.

Closeup of two pieces of fabric aligned as described above.

It doesn't really change anything, it's not like I can fit more pieces in the same fabric by saving that 6 mm strip, but it helps my OCD :D

I believe it was the norm in old sewing manuals, but I can't be bothered to look for the source right now, sorry

@WelshPixie (Del On Earth)

I took a picture of the test I did with the posca pen, ironed, and then thrown in the washing machine:

a scrap of fabric with a blob of black paint and the words uni posca, not particularly faded

The blob on top is where I refreshed the paint on the pen, and I forgot to take a picture before washing it, but I believe it didn't wash away.

It's not great for fabric because it definitely has some rigidity that fabric paint avoids, but I think I can confirm it works.

a small pile of cut white fabric, with the paper pattern pieces on top

The 1700 petticoat has been finished (pictures in the weekend?), so it's time for the next project: a 1880 gentleman shirt in linen.

The instructions have been written, but the pictures I took while making the first mockup weren't great, so I'm going to take them again with the real thing, and then publish everything.

@FreeSoftWear group #

Content warning: sewing, finished apron, ec in the picture

it. is. DONE!

Now @Diego Roversi has backpack that matches mine!

I believe I started working on this in 2019, did a bit, stopped for a long while, did another bit, stopped a very long while, etc. so getting rid of the WIP (and having the finished object to use) is a very nice feeling.

picture of a mostly parallelepipedal backpack in black fabric with blue and red webbing stripes on the front and black webbing compression straps. the lining can be seen at the top and it's light blue.

source code :) at

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Content warning: food, non animal / drink (non-alcool), abstract eye contact

Current status:

unfocused picture of the beginning of a knit lace shawl on top of some microcontroller boards and a lot of jumper cables

I may have an idea of something I could make with the #. it's not working. Bluetooth hates me.

Every time I try something and it does not work I'm # a row of the lace shawl, that may or may not help :D

Content warning: cibo, niente animali, foto

Do you mean something like this?

the window borders could be bigger, but at least the scrolling bar is a good one and will stay there no matter what.

I agree that using fluxbox instead of a regular desktop environment is not a solution for most people, however

uh! buon towel day!

due tizi in un prato con asciugamani sulle spalle con il logo di debian da un lato e “don't panic” dall'altro

foto di repertorio, perché è mattina troppo presto e piove troppo per scattare foto nuove

I've decided to post the pattern for the shawl I'm making on my website even if it hasn't been finished yet: it's easy enough that I'm pretty confident in it even after just a small sampler.

This is the current status:

the beginning of a triangular bottom up lace shawl, still on a circular needle, after knitting about 20 rows

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Confcall Safe Lace Shawl — Valhalla's fiber craft patterns documentation

Oh, and of course yesterday I've started a new project, but at least this one is a quick one: a felted belt pouch (and a fauxdori cover in the same yarn/stitch).

a mauve rectangle in garter stitch, with a second smaller rectangle on top, still on the needle. There are stitch markers on the main rectangle and on the smaller one, where they are connected

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exibit 3: my felted slippers for the next winter, because I can't really order just a yarn winder from a LYS and not buy a bit of yarn, right? even if I've just bought a truckload of yarn from somewhere else.

six balls of drops alaska yarn in night blue and black, plus a set of white balance cards

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exibit 2: thin merinos/silk/cashmere, meant for machine knitting; probably worked on 3 mm circulars in a simple lace pattern as a big triangular shawl for myself¹

a cake of cream white, thin, soft yarn

¹ I won't complain too much if my mother wants to steal it sometimes :)

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Now, filed under #, out of said 6kg of yarn

exibit 1: merinos/silk/cashmere, to be worked with something like 4mm needles, a basque beret for my mother¹, who's making a cardigan with the rest of the yarn

a cake of dark blue yarn with white/red/orange/blue slubs

¹ my mother's head is the same size as mine. hat -stealing-borrowing *may* happen.

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My yarn winder has arrived, and it works!

the basic plastic yarn winder from KnitPro

It's fast, it doesn't hurt my wrists (like using a stick does), it can do 100g cakes and it makes the idea of dealing with about 6 kg of mostly very thin yarn much less daunting than having to make balls by hand.

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(picture of the top of a black cotton sock, cut and sewn to make a pouch, with a swirl made of paws screenprinted in pink)

And this is the speedball paint for dark fabric, in Raspberry. it's a bit less pink in real life, but not very much. It's pleasantly shiny, however.


I guess this means I've choosen a side?

(picture of two round patches, on one there is a screenprinted bull's eye in blue and yellow, the other shows the pin sewn to the back)

By that time I would have *serious* doubts about the colours, really, but they are the # paints (dekaprint 2000 in blue and yellow + deckweiß to print it on black fabric) I needed to test, and the alternatives wouldn't have worked :D

also, aligning two colour prints on small scraps of fabric is hard, even if you have a bit of a border on the lighter colour :D


Branco di nerd, riconoscete questo posto? mettete CW alle risposte per non spoilerare agli altri, grazie

Do you nerds recognise this place? Please CW your answers to avoid spoilers

Foto scattata in una cittadina italiana, con un viale alberato in discesa e in fondo un palazzo a quattro piani con vetrine di negozi al pian terreno e un'altra strada più stretta che prosegue. Poche macchine (soprattutto parcheggiate), qualche pedone e bicicletta.

Picture taken in an italian town, with a tree-lined, downhill wide street; at the end there are a 4-stories building with shops and another street. Few cars (mostly parked), few pedestrians and bikes.

Filed under: if it can be done it must be done (it's probably not a good idea), right?

18th century pocket. *tactical*!

(Picture of something shaped line a 18th century pocket, except it's made of blue cordura with alternating red and white 2.5 cm webbing sewn at regular 4 cm intervals, and the front slit is closed by a water repellent zipper.)

(Picture of the back of the same pocket, where the webbing is blue (in a darker hue than the cordura), there is no slit, but two small belt loops sewn in the top seam.)

I know, to make it properly *tactical* it should have been camo instead of brightly coloured, but I have no camo fabric at home (and honestly have no plan to buy any) and this was a spur-of-the-moment thing made with leftovers from my backpack-and-accessories.

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Temple of Mammona¹, Varese, viale Belforte

¹ representation may not be 100% accurate to reality

Content warning: sewing, ec

The back of the skirt is very full and heavily pleated in the waistband, so it could be worn as is, but also with a bit of padding in the bustle area.

The back of the skirt is gathered in the yoke (but in the picture it can't really be seen, since I'm also wearing my hairs *down*)

Shoes (of which the sole can be seen in the picture) are still very much not historically accurate :D

Content warning: sewing, ec

Fuso (autocostruito, che è metà del divertimento, anche se ho anche un fuso e una fusarola comprati, e la rocca è fatta con nastro comprato)

Non ho lo spazio né il tempo per una ruota, mentre così è facile tenerlo sottomano e usarlo nei ritagli di tempo da 5 minuti.


(non ho modo comodo per fare una foto di come sono adesso sul piede :) )

questi, giusto?

(immagine di waterbrush)

In other #screenPrint news, today I tried the drawing fluid + screen filler from the kit I've bought, and made this

(pictures of a printing screen, with the word “serigrafia” (italian for screen printing) first in green drawing fluid and then as a stencil surrounded by red screen filler, written using the Stay Puft font.)

yeah, it worked, I'm not sure I'll use this technique a lot, since I'm not painting things free hand, anyway, so I can just use the UV sensitive thing anyway.

However, to make things a bit more interesting, I tried to print using two colours in a gradient:

(pictures of 8 strips of paper with the word “serigrafia” first in two stripes, magenta and black, then in a magenta -> black very irregular gradient and in the last few strips it's mostly black with bits of magenta).

The strips of paper will be glued to a cardboard box where I'm keeping my screen printing supplies (that's why I did them in the first place, beside the experimenting bits)

it worked!

My third attempt to #screenPrint a qr-code was a success! (nothing like correctly inverting the image to allow a phone to recognise the code :D )

(picture of two scraps of fabric, one black, the other one blue, with QR-codes and “get the source” screenprinted in white)

I'm going to keep this screen, because I expect to use it multiple times in the future, to print it on garments and accessories, and/or to make small patches to sew on them, as applicable.

I've also found a good way to keep the screen stable when exposing it to the free UV lamp in the sky :D

(picture of a small cutting board (not really visible) covered in black felt, with a screen, a sheet of tracing paper with a printed design and a sheet of syntetic glass on top, everything kept together with binder clips).

And then there was this, which isn't experimental or anything.

(picture of a pair of pockets in blue with yellow binding and a #screenPrint of white cat silhouettes: on the left two cats are carefully ignoring each other, while on the right a cat is ready to pounce on another one which is stretching, and a third one looks at them from a safe place.)

Done with plastic stencils (made with product packaging) based on clipart found on

I've also received some wood frames and tried to make another screen with curtain fabric and white glue: this was a success.

(picture of a wooden frame with fabric nailed on it and a right to repair logo painted in glue)

(picture of some black jeans fabric with the right to repair logo printed in white in a fuzzy and irregular way)

I've washed the screen from the back and I can confirm that the glue part survived: I think I will check it for holes and retouch it a bit the next time I'll use it, but it shouldn't need a lot.


A few updates on #screenPrint progress.

I've tried making a screen with the photoemulsion: even printing the design on tracing paper instead of transparent and using the sun for exposure (instead of a lamp) it worked nicely and printed sharp and precise.

except, I missed the fact that inkscape had not actually inverted all of the design, and thus the QRcode I tried to print was unreadable :(

(picture of a screen for screen printing with green, cured, photoemulsion)

(picture of something that resemble, but isn't, a pair of QRcodes)

At least, I know what went wrong and I can fix it on the next attempt.

I've also found that the kit I've bought doesn't have enough screen cleaning fluid for the number of screens I can do with the available photoemulsion, so I'm waiting a bit until I can get some screens I don't have to reuse (for a few designs that I plan to print multiple times) and more screen cleaning fluid.

Uops, I forgot to post a picture of the @Gruppo Linux Como lake penguin


no, it's not perfect, and I should practice a bit more, but the LUG t-shirts are close to becoming a *thing*.

And I've taken a picture; the brown one is for my mother.

(3 small bolts of fabric in light brown, red and almost electric blue, seen from the side)

And I forgot to mention that there may also have been a cut of black lace, probably enough for an overskirt and to decorate a shirtwaist, and I didn't take a picture either (uops).

Experimental #screenPrint, day I've lost count :D

Art print on quality paper in a suitable mediu… no, really, more like in-joke from an IRC channel, printed on red MÅLA paper in negative with a grainy white area of paint all around it.

Anybody wants the original? only one copy, it's going to sell for a lot of money when I'll become famous :D

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