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Now this product has potential: heating patches for clothes. They're supposed to be lightweight, flexible, and efficient.  

For me, the usability comes down to comfort: if it feels like soft fabric I can use it, but not if it's scratchy or stiff.  If soft, it would represent a big improvement over adding yet! another! layer! or stuffing a hot sock down my sweater.  There are all kinds of products to trap heat or put heat in, but most of them are clunky.  A truly lightweight one would be awesome, and I would pay extra for it if it was in my budget.
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While the rest of the world is going apeshit trying to ban hijab, Japan has introduced wagara kimono hijabs for the pleasure of their Muslim folks.   Not just plain hijabs that work with kimonos, but actual wagara -- Japanese aesthetics like sakura blossoms for springtime, so they actually match in ways that look nice and feel Japanese.  Fusion at its best.  <3 Japan.  
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This post upholds that you don't have to be good at a hobby to enjoy it.   

This is true if you enjoy doing the hobby for its own sake by yourself and/or the results are still usable.  Many people and hobbies fall into that category.  Our Imbolc candles got the colors a bit scrambled but they still turned out very pretty. 

The premise is also true if you value your hobby for something other than its appearance or other technical finesse.  My yard may look more like a jungle than a Midwest Living cover, but well, that's because I modeled it after a jungle and not a magazine ... and my detritus food chain is 3 days to apex which is a thing I am proud of.  The toads aren't grading me on how it looks.

However, the premise may not be true if you're trying to make something look like the picture on the box, and failing that goal makes you sad instead of happy.  It definitely is not true if what you want is a craft community but when you go to a quilting circle the other people pick on you.  :/

There are many reasons to take up a hobby.  One is because you enjoy it.  Another is you like doing it with friends.  Perhaps you want the finished product.  Maybe you need a way to practice your manual dexterity that is not boring-ass therapy exercises.  Some folks do it to preserve their culture.  All of these are equally valid; do what works for you.

Leave us not forget the historic value of things that were, in their time, thought mediocre or inferior.  Sometimes people don't recognize greatness for a few decades.  Other times, those everyman examples are all we have left.  All art has value, some is just more practiced or popular than others.  So don't be ashamed of what you do, or what you like.
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While doing research, I came across these patterns for making rag toys.  I had a lot of homemade toys when I was little, and I loved them.

http://www.sewingsupport.com/sewing-how-to/free-patterns-and-projects/dolls/dolls.html

https://allcrafts.net/sewing/stuffedanimalssewing.htm

And in case you want to dress them ...

https://www.allfreesewing.com/Miscellaneous-Projects/Free-Doll-Clothes-Patterns-DIY-Accessories

https://feltmagnet.com/textiles-sewing/all-free-doll-clothes-patterns


EDIT 2/8/19: [personal profile] pantha has reminded me of this awesome pattern for a giant squid pillow.  Very popular in Kraken.  :D


 
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This poem came out of the March 20, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] curiosity. It also fills the "wise" square in my 1/31/18 You Are card for the Valentines Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by a pool with [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] fuzzyred, and [personal profile] mama_kestrel. It belongs to the Yellow Unicorns series.

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This poem came out of the December 4, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "relaxation" square in my 12-1-18 card for the Summer in December fest. This poem belongs to the Calliope thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem came out of the December 4, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alatefeline and [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "summer colors" square in my 12-1-18 card for the Summer in December Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] fuzzyred.   It belongs to the Dr. Infanta thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem blends cute and creepy motifs.

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The Winterfaire spreads out as far as the eye can see. Some booths show streamers of red and green, while others sport blue and silver. All of them offer treasure after shining treasure. Music fills the air with lyrics of Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, and Yule. From the Wordsmith's Forge comes the bright chiming of words being hammered into literature. Delicious scents of hot chocolate, spiced cider, peppermint, baking cookies, and gingerbread tantalize the appetite. Smiling, laughing shoppers amble from booth to booth with lists in hand. Vendors grin back, calling out, "Come try, come buy...!"

I know a lot of artists, writers, musicians, crafters, and other talented folks who make some of their living from their creative endeavors. I don't always have the money to support them as much as I'd like, but what I can do is set up a virtual faire where vendors can offer their wares to an audience that likes crafts, literature, and small businesses. For those of you doing your holiday shopping, here's an opportunity to buy something made with love, something unusual or unique, in a way that helps make it possible for creative people to go on creating wonders. And there will be no traffic jams, stampedes, or gunfights at the Winterfaire!



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This poem is spillover from the October 2, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "something useful" square in my 9-2-18 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest, and the "energy" square in my 9-30-18 card for the Fall Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Steamsmith series.

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Here's a fascinating post about engineering issues in pattern design and the manufacture of shirts or coats. 

I will say that I like a little ease at the top of my sleeve caps.  Perfectly matched sleeves usually don't fit right.  But maybe that's because they weren't cut right -- I can't recall seeing a shirt with forward-shifted seams.

I have drafted my own patterns, and modified ones I have, to get results that otherwise weren't available.  Couldn't find one for a swordsman's shirt, for instance, so I just made the long cuffs and stuck them on a basic pirate shirt.  I learned that forearms are not as simple as they look -- the pattern has a lot of subtle curves.  But I did get it to work.
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This poem came out of the April 3, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] redsixwing. It also fills the square in my 4-1-18 card for the Spring Fest Bingo. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] satsuma. It belongs to the series Path of the Paladins.

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 ... has been developed.

So now I want jewelry of these things.  It looks straightforward to make with wire and beads.
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 This article talks about the use of horse skulls to improve acoustics.  Okay, that's a practical component.  But you notice that the cultures doing this are very fond of horses.  There's definitely a ritualistic aspect.  Because if there wasn't -- if the horse wasn't special -- then we'd see a variety of different skulls and probably other objects as well.  This is supported by separate finds regarding horse heads and horses in other finds of mystical significance in the same areas.
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 The files for them are now freely available.  I foresee a lot of Darwin Awards.  Making a gun is not actually all that difficult.  Making one that won't explode when you fire it has been a project of the centuries, and takes considerably more skill and luck. It gives a whole new meaning to "You'll shoot your eye out!"  I would not be surprised if exploding plastic guns do a great deal more to discourage people from making them than the government ever could. 
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Local-America has only a few renowned glass beaches, all of them dating from when towns and factories would dump trash on some nearby beach. Decades later, the actual garbage had washed away and the glass parts were tumbled into smooth, awesome beach glass.

However, beach glass is gorgeous and people pick it up. Over time, the quantity diminishes if not replenished. Putting fresh glass onto a beach in active use is, obviously, not a great idea. Enter a solution ...

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