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Sunday, October 26th, 2008
10:08 pm
Looking for an angora rabbit!
Hello all. I am in search of a baby English Angora rabbit. I live in Maryland, but am willing to drive a bit to get a bunny. If you breed rabbits, or can direct me to someone who breeds English Angoras, I'd really appreciate the information. Thanks!!
Sunday, March 2nd, 2008
11:03 am
Random Musings on the Material Aspect of Fashion
I know, I know, I haven't responded to any of the comments on my last entry and I'm not going to be around much to talk today, either. I have three blogs to write and a ficathon assignment to finish today. I've also accepted a job helping write an ebook and my first deadline is thursday and I have research to do on that. Still, this has been on my mind since Wednesday night, and I don't really have anywhere else to discuss it with people who will have thoughts and opinions on it. And so I take a bit of time out to blather in my LJ, even though I may not comment on any of the comments for another two or three days.

Some of you with particularly delicate sensibilities may wish to stop reading now and not be subjected to my thoughts. I'm going to get a bit graphic and discuss things that some people clearly find entirely too disturbing to even consider. I'm warning you now that though I have no problem with anything under discussion on this topic, some of my best friends have already shown themselves unable to cope with the concept at all. Therefore, I'm putting a cut. Anything you read beyond that cut, on your head be it. Also, anyone who cannot cope with Project Runway talk, you'll likely want to be on your way, since it was that show that prompted these musings and the reasons for this will be revealed in great, steaming detail, even though this isn't a Project Runway discussion per se.

(personal note to Fabrisse: if you see this entry DO NOT ATTEMPT TO READ IT. You won't be able to handle it, and you know I still love you, anyway. I don't want you to upset yourself.)

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Current Mood: curious
Friday, December 28th, 2007
3:12 pm
Felting soap

Hey guys. I'm going to be felting soap pretty soon. I remember reading that you can needle felt soap by poking the needing into the wool and soap...just like regular needle felting. But I've also read that you should wet-felt the wool. 

Which is the better method?

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007
11:45 am
A challenge

This challenge comes from fiberfic and the Bodice Ripper Awards. If you answer this challenge, we would love for the story to be posted at fiberfic and nominated at the Bodice Ripper Awards.

Write a story where at least one character is involved with a fibercraft in some way.
Here is a list of crafts to choose from:

  • quilting
  • crochet
  • knitting
  • Spinning
  • Dyeing
  • Weaving
  • Macramé
  • Lace making (needle, bobbin, knit, crochet, tatting, etc.)
  • Embroidery (cross stitch, stumpwork, crewel, etc.)
  • Needlepoint
  • Dressmaking
  • Tailoring
  • Felting
  • Kumi-himo
  • Smocking
Saturday, October 27th, 2007
10:28 am
Fic: Road To California, B/G FRT
Title: Road To California
Author: Gileswench
Contact: gileswench@yahoo.com
Date: 10/27/07
Spoilers: Small ones for the entire series and the end of Angel, as well.
Summary: Giles keeps finding himself obligated to go to California. It’s rarely easy.
Rating: FRT for angst and multiple canon character death, mostly.
Pairing: B/G eventually
Category: challengefic, drabbles
Distribution: If you've had my permission in the past, you have it now. All others, ask and ye shall receive.
Feedback: Constructive criticism always welcome. Praise abjectly sought.
Disclaimer: It all belongs to Joss, Mutant Enemy, etc., etc., etc. I just let them have all the fun Joss won't. I own nothing except my twisted mind which you really don't want. Please don't sue.
Notes: This one comes to you courtesy of Pythia’s challenge at the fiberfic LJ comm. for a series of interrelated drabbles based on the names of quilt square patterns. Somehow, this one seemed to appropriate to ignore.

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Current Mood: accomplished
Thursday, October 25th, 2007
9:15 am
Fibercraft on television
So, since nobody else has raised a discussion topic, I've got one for us.

Have you seen any television characters doing any fibercrafts? Who? What were they doing? Were they competant?

And I'll start the ball rolling with my favorite show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

In seven seasons, the only fibercraft scene I can think of is in the episode Fear, Itself where Joyce alters an old Halloween costume for Buffy to wear. She's let out an old Little Red Riding Hood costume Buffy last wore when she was twelve. It's indicated that Joyce sewed the costume in the first place. Joyce seems to have made it quite well, since it's lasted six years and there was enough seam allowence to let it out all around. Of course, the fact that Buffy is now significantly thinner than she was at, say, sixteen, leads me to believe the outfit didn't need very much letting out. And how precisely was Joyce using a sewing machine to move the hook and eye closure she seems to have been working on when the scene started?

Methinks nobody at Mutant Enemy has ever sewed on a button.

EDITED because I really do know how to spell 'Halloween.'

Current Mood: geeky
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007
1:34 pm
A poll about this comm
Poll #1076326 Whither our withering community?

What sort of fiber projects are you working on?

Bobbin/needle lace/tatting
Other (will explain in comments)

What sort of fanfic are you writing

Plotty genfic
Other (will explain in comments)

What does this comm need to get it more active?

More prompts/challenges
More patterns/instructions
More fandom discussions of fiber
More fiberous discussions of fandom
Other (will explain in comments)

Tell me what you want to see, what you want to do, and how you want to go about it.

Current Mood: curious
Sunday, October 21st, 2007
7:42 pm
Potholder ficlet
Title: Best Birthday Ever
Rating: FRT
Summary: Buffy invites Giles over for dinner on his birthday.
Spoilers: none
Warnings: none
Disclaimer: These are not my characters. They belong to Joss, Twentieth Century Fox, UPN, WB & Mutant Enemy. This is purely for fun.


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9:06 am
A challenge to get this comm going
Hey all,

I suddenly realized this morning that the last time anyone posted here was in June. That's waaaaay too long.

And so it is that I'm going to toss out a challenge for you all. You can post fics, drabbles, essays, childhood memories, patterns...whatever you come up with that fits the topic in some vague way. I don't even care how tenuous the connection is. If you can come up with some wispy reason why it goes with the topic, go ahead and post away!

What topic, you may ask? This one:


Have fun, folks! Let's see how many variations we can come up with on this theme.

Current Mood: quixotic
Sunday, June 24th, 2007
7:00 pm
Quilt Block Drabbles: Wild Goose Chase
Title: Wild Goose Chase
Author: Pythia
Fandom: BTVS
Pairings: None
Rating: G
Summary: Three variations on the life of Rupert Giles.
Warnings: None
Spoilers: Seasons Two, Four and Seven
Word Count: 3x100
Notes: These are quilt block drabbles – short pieces inspired by the name of a traditional quilt block. Like every quilt block ever made, there are a great many possible variations in just one design …
Wild Goose Chase.
6:23 pm
Quilt block drabbles: A challenge

Thought I'd give this idea a spin here - since it seemed an appropriate place to share it!

There are some wonderfully evocative names for traditional quilt blocks: Courthouse Steps, Jacob's Ladder, Drunkard's Path, Devil's Claw, Irish Puzzle, Friendship Star ...  and it occured to me that they'd make great prompts for shorts fics and drabbles.

So here's the challenge - pick a quilt block and write at least two short pieces (drabbles up to 500 words each) that are inspired by the name of the block, and are variations of the same idea/style/approach.  Not quite sure what I mean?  See my next post for my own example ...

If you're not familiar with traditional blocks (and all their variations) here are a few more that might inspire you:

Double Pyramid              Card Trick                Rolling Stone       Best of all
Road to California           Storm at Sea           Fair and Square
Chinese Fan                    Log Cabin                Dresden Plate
Attic Window                     Light and Dark        The House that Jack Built
Heroes and Rockets      Spider's Den            Midsummer Night
Wheel of Time                 Next Door Neighbour        Home for Christmas

There are many, many more - but that's twenty five possible inspirations to start off with ...

2:14 pm
Special offer on Mariner's Compass software
For those of you with a quilting/patchwork persuasion, Quilt Pro Systems currently have a special offer on volume 2 of their Block Factory Mariner's Compass CDs - it's $10 off if you download it on-line (costing slighly more if you want the physical CD) and the offer lasts until June30th.

I have volume one (and have just purchased Vol 2)  The Block Factory's come packed with patterns -  most of them can be worked as templates or foundation piecing - and since Mariner's compass are notoriously tricky to draw up by hand, having software around to provide pre-printed (and sizeable!)  patterns is a definite plus!

Website is at: http://www.quiltpro.com  

Note that the Block Factory software doesn't need any of the other quilting software loaded to run - although I believe you can load the blocks into Quilt-pro itself if you want to include them in a bigger quilt design.

And, of course, a Mariner's Compass quilt would be a perfect project (or present) for a Pirates fan!  *g*

Current Mood: creative
Wednesday, June 20th, 2007
3:14 pm
Here are a few neat resources to have a look at:

Movie Fashions: How to Sew, Crochet and Knit Clothes from your Favorite Movies


Quidditch striped sports socks (there is a small fee for this pattern)


A whole website of Doctor Who scarves :)


Current Mood: chipper
1:35 pm
Welcome to Fiberfic
Howdy fellow fanficcers and fibercrafters!

I've gone and done it. I've created a community. So come join and play with the pretty characters and pretty threads.

I'm Gileswench, for those who don't know me. I've been writing Buffy the Vampire Slayer fanfic for nearly seven years and making bobbin lace for seventeen years. I know there are others out there who combine a love of fandom and a love of fiber, so I hope you'll come join me.

Current Mood: hopeful
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