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Finishing an Embroidery Hoop

I am quickly nearing the end of an embroidery hoop project, and am not sure how to finish it. I plan to display the project within the hoop itself, but am in search of guidance on how to finish the ...
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What happened to slant-needle sewing machines?

Slant-needle sewing machines used to be all the rage, and it's easy to see why: being able to see what you're sewing better is great. But nobody makes them anymore. Instead, most modern machines have ...
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Why is my papier mache balloon changing size between layers?

This is actually something I have observed with my wife's pinatas. I understand that as it dries it should shrink a little but I have seen papier mache balloons shrink leaving a wrinkled mass. I ...
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How can I resize this crocheted hat pattern for an infant?

I want to make an infant-sized version of this hat (PDF). The current pattern (assuming correct gauge) makes a hat with an 18.5" (47cm) circumference. It seems that a common size for a newborn/infant ...
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What kind of bamboo should I use for making a Chinese fan?

I've started making a functional fan, and I was wondering what kind of wood or bamboo (I prefer bamboo) I should use to make the body of the fan. I kinda searched around using words like "thin", but ...
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What circular knitting needles can I use if I am allergic to nickel?

I'm a knitter who's allergic to nickel. Are there any circular knitting needles made without nickel, chrome, or stainless steel?
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What are other techniques to draw a circle besides using or mimicking a compass tool?

I would like to draw circles and ellipses more accurately without relying on a compass (or spinning my paper around). This seems like a simple google-searchable question, but most of the results are ...
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How can I shrink hand knitted wool blend hat to original size?

Over a year ago I was gifted a lovely cat ear hat that was hand knit by an artist on Etsy. I love wearing it but since I've worn it so many times (and sometimes wear headphones over it while at work) ...
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Dim lighting with colored pencils

I asked a similar question to this recently (Shading dark scenes) but this time I want to know how I can get a colored pencil drawing to look very shadowy and dark. How do I color the picture where ...
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Photo transfer on wood

Does anyone know if its possible to do a photo transfer (using a laser printed photo) to wood without mod podge or using something cheaper. I want to do some transfers for my cub scout den but it ...
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How can I make the detail of this map stand out better?

I have been etching a map of the United States into 9 slate sheets (8" by 11" ~1/4" thick) Originally my goal was to try and inlay wire into the groove that I cut with a Dremel. I found colored "...
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Historical glue from beeswax and stone meal?

During my search for a way to mount a metal spearhead (iron) to a wooden shaft (ash) with acceptable historical correctness, I stumbled upon a short note (german only, sorry) speaking of a glue made ...
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Is it standard to fill in every cross stitch square or is it acceptable/preferable to leave some blank?

I'm planning to start a cross stitch project soon using one of the online cross stitch pattern creators so that I can use an image of my choice instead of finding an existing pattern that I like. The ...
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What is the way to clean kneaded eraser?

I can see black patches on it. What is the way to clean the kneaded eraser such that it doesn't leave any marks on the paper?
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How to find the contours of a 3D object?

In Drawing Realistic Textures in Pencil, the author says that we should shade according to the contours of an object. As an example he has shown a cone shaped flat bottomed flower pot, which was quite ...
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How to draw mandala when I intend to color it with pencil colors?

Mandala drawings: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandala Color pencils are not strong enough to hide the normal pencil. Example: Orange color pencil will not hide the underlying HB graphite pencil ...
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What is a split primary palette?

I'm looking at building out a gouache palette and I came across the term "split primary" palette. What is that and why would I want to have that?
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What's the term for the opposite drawing style to hyperrealism?

I'm learning how to draw, and I'm trying to find the name of my favorite style so I can find more resources about it. The style is reasonably minimalistic, using only the necessary detail to make ...
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How to start a pencil portrait without using an outline of features?

I enjoy drawing head portraits in pencil, but I've found that sketching an outline of the prominent features often lead me astray. For example, due to shadows my eye is sometimes approximating the ...
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How can I artificially age paper without staining or dyeing?

For several applications, I don’t like the cool look of modern bright white paper. For some valuable prints, I prefer natural white paper without optical brightening agents. In some cases, however, I ...
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How can I protect my pencil & charcoal drawings once complete?

I have now built up a small portfolio of pencil/charcoal drawings. Most of the time they are kept in my folders, but sometimes they are viewed by friends and relatives. And on the odd occasion ...
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How to get dark colors on paper through pencil colors?

I use these Faber Castell colors for school children: This is what I have tried: Despite after repeatedly coloring the same areas with these pencil colors, I could not get better results. Though I ...
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What kind of stitch makes up t-shirt seams on commercial grade clothing?

I recently decided to take up sewing, but the stitches I use to hold two pieces of fabric together (like the side seams of a shirt for example) is a simple lock stitch. My machine (like most I've seen)...
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Will a children's pullover rescale for an adult?

I bought some natural-grey handspun wool in a Slovenian village and want to make a rustic pullover with a classic aran pattern out of it. The problem is that, although the wool wraps to 9 wpi (which ...
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Is it possible to melt a glass bottle without a kiln?

I've seen these cheese plates, art, spoonrests etc. are made of melted glass bottles. Is it possible to melt these in a normal household oven? Or do you need something like a kiln? If it is possible ...
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What can I do to avoid brush strokes in my Mod Podge?

If I am using Mod Podge as a finish on something small, like 2x4 letter blocks, I apply the adhesive with a paint brush. When it dries, I can clearly see the brush strokes. Is it the brush I am ...
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How to measure the distance to horizon line one-point perspective?

I am drawing a room, which is 10m x 10m (or whatever units). I am drawing it in one point perspective. How do I determine exactly where to draw the back wall? As in, how far back.
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How can I draw realistic hair with pencil?

I've always loved drawing people and my medium of choice has been standard drawing pencils, but I often struggle with hair - specifically long hair. I've come across a couple techniques that have ...
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Sew Hidden Seam

I have a leather couch that the seam on the arm split. How can I sew this up without showing the stiches (or least obvious that it was hand sewn)?
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What materials can I use for faux stained glass?

I found this old colouring book that made pseudo stained glass. You colour it in however you want and then tear the page out and place it on the window. Certainly faster and cheaper then actual ...
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How do I get my Envelopener to cut cleanly every time?

The Envelopener is a letter opener/paper cutter that's favored by origami folders because it cuts along folds precisely, there's no way you're gonna injure yourself, and it's highly portable. It's ...
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What medium should be kept beneath the paper for papercutting?

Natural conclusion that we can draw from this question about cutting small circles is that it is obvious the cutting tool or implement would need to be very sharp to be effective. I used to use ...
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What features should I look for in circular knitting needles to make them easier to use with my arthritis?

I have arthritis in my hands and the smaller length needles are a little hard to hold onto. Would longer needles help, if they exist? Is there anything else to consider, such as needle material (wood ...
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What are the key disciplines of realistic drawing?

I hear a lot of drawing instructors say to "focus on the fundamentals", but I am unclear as to what the fundamentals of drawing are. For many of the other arts, the fundamentals are clear, in music, ...
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Tool for sealing paper ends

Is there a tool that can seal paper similar to a paper wrapper on a plastic straw. Or how else can a fold the end that will look neat?
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What should I use to connect my empty toilet paper rolls?

I'm building a pyramid made out of empty toiler paper rolls. I'm creating the pyramid as a bunch of rows, with the first row being a singe tube, the second one has two tubes connected, etc. (When it ...
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What is a “triple interlocking stitch”?

I'm looking at the stitching on my hammock, wondering what kind of stitch it is and how to do it myself. I see this marketed as a "triple interlocking stitch." But searching on Google only brings up ...
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Keep pencil leads from breaking during transportation?

I sharpen my drawing pencils the "proper" way, with a knife. This leaves a large portion of exposed material (graphite, colored pencil, charcoal), usually 3/4 in. to 1.5 in. long. My issue is finding ...
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What is the best way to create a stencil for a large spray paint image?

I am looking to create a stencil for the attached image that I edited in Photoshop: My girlfriend is a big fan of Bowie's work and her birthday is coming up. My plan is to spray paint the image onto ...
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How should I go about designing clothing for a teddy bear?

While I can sew on a sewing machine, I've never created a pattern myself, and only seldom worked with them. Now we decided to create a jacket or a nightdress for our teddy bear. The problem is how to ...
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How can I cover my desk chair's seat?

My desk chair has started peeling. I think the cat scratched it, and now more comes off after every seating. Here's what the seat shape looks like: After looking into this a bit more, I realized ...
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How can I get that translucent effect on Jack O' Lanterns?

I've tried to mimic to translucent technique that people use on really detailed Jack O' Lanterns, such as this: However, whenever I try I either can't get the husk thin enough, or I go too thin and ...
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Is there a standard angle to use for drawing and drafting tables?

I just moved into a new place, and plan on creating a desk that can be used as a computer desk, quilting desk, and drawing/drafting table. While often it will be a flat surface parallel with the floor,...
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What are good methods to attach glass to wood?

I'm a woodworker and I really like turning. While I've made some beautiful goblets on my lathe, I'm always a little leery about recommending them for actual drinking. On top of that many of them do ...
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When working in a visual medium, how do I avoid incorrect color?

Sometimes, when working on a drawing or painting at home, the final result will look incorrect when shown outside or in different light. How can I ensure color correctness when working on my art?
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How can I keep track of my stitches when crocheting with fuzzy yarn?

I'm used to crocheting with worsted weight yarn, mostly making amigurumi and stuffed animals. So, when I picked up a ball of fuzzy yarn to make a zebra mane a while ago, I really struggled to find my ...
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What is a chopin chain?

I'm trying to select a chain for a pendant, and one of the options is "chopin" chain, vs a "rope" chain (which looks the same to me). What's the difference, where does this style of chain come from?
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How to prevent Tunisian crochet from curling?

When I tried to make a simple Tunisian crochet scarf using the "Tunisian Simple Stitch", the edges of my scarf kept curling. Is there a way to prevent that while crocheting and is there a way to fix ...
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What kind of paper can I use in place of U.S. currency for origami?

Using U.S. currency to fashion Origami models is wonderful due to the paper's thinness, tensile strength, pleasing texture, and ability to provide sharp creases. However, the small size of the bills ...
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How to wind a hank of yarn without a swift?

I recently acquired several hanks of yarn. They're very pretty and I can't wait to knit them up! Unfortunately I do not own a swift or a ball winder. I've only done this once before and it was a ...

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