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I saw a costume described as being decorated with "liquid sequins."
Does anyone know what it actually is and where to get it.    It looked
like it must be some sort of shiny material that resembed
sequins...but I really don't know for sure.

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Bridal/prom at your local TSWLTH (Telegraph and 18 Mile? Nice store!)
It's a meshy knit with shiny circles affixed to it, like sequins but
not sewn on. They don't fall off because they're part of the material,
and it's easier to sew than sequined fabric. Once you see it, this
description will become very clear!

Oh! I might have something like that on (found at a thrift) in the lead
photo on my Maison Bleue site.


--Karen D.

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Oh yeah....I know the fabric you are talking about exactly.  Sometimes
the sequins are smaller and sometimes they are larger.  The material
tends to "gum up" the needle so every so often you have to stop and
clean the needle to prevent thread clumping and breakage......right?
Now, what I don't get is what does TSWLTH stand for?  And give us the
link to your Maison Bleue site please. (lazy me)


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Joy Hardie wrote:

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The Store We Love To Hate, aka Joann's Craft and Fabrics. I'm hitting
there in 58 minutes and 30 seconds. Big sale today which means big lines
and grumpy employees. You can't beat their prices on some things, but
most days, the store is dirty, poorly organized/stocked, and a few
employees could use some customer etiquette lessons. Thus, TSWLTH.

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I finally hit the store at Long Lake and Telegraph when I read your
message and found my sale there 1 hour before closing!
Thanks for the "heads up."  Luckily my daughter helped me find what we
needed for my brothers annual "birthday outfit."  Will get that done
this week thanks to you and my great cost savings!!
Joy....thanks for the idea on the tablecloth.  That's a great idea.
Joy in Michigan


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Joy wrote:
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Nope, they don't break off, they don't gum up the needle, they just sit
there. Uniform sized.

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Is there not a fabric store on Telegraph near Long Lake? I might have
the mile road wrong.

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Google (heard of it?) is your friend!

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There are two varieties of mock sequin fabric.  One has meshier (is that
even a word?), less stretchy background fabric - you'd need to line it
to be decent - and it is indeed guilty of all of the above.  There's
another variety with smaller "sequins" on a denser, smoother, stretchier
fabric that's not bad at all to work with.


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On Thu, 22 Sep 2005 17:50:25 GMT, Joy Hardie

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I haven't the foggiest, but in the very late fifties,
someone marketed "Liquid Embroidery" -- fabric paint in
toothpaste tubes, dispensed through something like the
business end of a ball-point pen.   It was rather poor as an
imitation of embroidery, but an excellent and easy way to
maintain an autograph tablecloth.  

I still have my autograph tablecloth -- which is done
entirely in embroidery floss -- but we no longer have people
to dinner, so I haven't added any signatures in this
millennium.  I used to wonder what the rule would be if I
ever had someone famous to dinner.  The rule of etiquette
for such a situation is "Treat him like everyone else, and
don't ask for his autograph" -- but everyone else is asked
to sign the tablecloth . . .

Joy Beeson
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Hello Joy,

I like your signature table cloth idea.  What type of fabric is best to use?
I think it would be a really cute idea for grandchildren to write something
on their birthdays or special holidays and then look back at the changes in
their writing and thoughts.  I don't have grandchildren, yet, so I'll stash
away the idea for the future.  Thanks.


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Mom used muslin sheeting, because it came wide enough to fit
the table.  (She always used the autograph cloth for holiday
dinners, because it was the only one big enough for the
kitchen table when it was stretched out to seat twelve.)  I
used osnaburg because it was handy -- osnaburg was slightly
finer and a great deal more durable than it is now.  

Anything washable that's opaque and quite plain should work.

Almost all fabrics are wide enough to make tablecloths these
days, but they often lack selvages.   (In reading a textile
dictionary on line, I learned that they are woven even wider
than that, and slit into strips after weaving.   And I
thought it was just because they blow the weft through
instead of using a shuttle!)   Sometimes you get a "tuck"
selvage, in which the ends of the blown weft are tucked back
in to make a sheet-style selvage, with a slightly fuzzy
streak on the wrong side where the tucked ends poke out.
Sometimes tuck selvages are quite good, sometimes they are
fuzzy on both sides, sometimes there is a porous streak at
the ends of the tucked ends.

White linen is easy to get stains out of, often has a real
selvage, and is fairly easy to come by these days -- nothing
but crash was available when I started housekeeping -- but
you have to watch out for spun lint.   Linen-spinning
equipment is expensive, but if you grind flax fibers, they
can be spun on the cotton-spinning equipment you already
have.   It can be disconcerting if you use linen for
something that is subject to hard wear and then find it
shedding like a cat.  (Ah, well, I have lots of scraps to
make patches with.  I'll make the seat double when I have to
replace it.)  Medium-weight linen would probably be the
easiest to work with.  

I embroidered dates in counted cross stitch around the edges
of the table, then embroidered the names in the same color
as the date until I embroidered another one.  The last three
parties I threw were each embroidered in a different color.

(I've just been editing my 1995 diary, where I mention the
last party.)

[snipped:  account of embroidering last year's names just in
time to wash the cloth for this year's New Year's Day
Breakfast Ride (which started at 1:00 pm).]

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Joy Beeson
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Joy do you mean that only one person came to your party?  How awful....

Michelle Giordano

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On Mon, 26 Sep 2005 12:48:37 -0600, "Doug&Michelle"

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Not only that, my doctor had forbidden me to take part, so
he had to ride around the block all alone.   When he came
back, he said the roads were horrible -- which is why nobody
else came.  Also, if I recall correctly, earlier entries in
the diary said that I'd forgotten to send out the

The New Year's Day Breakfast Ride (roll-out at one in the
afternoon) was a club event -- I used to be the newsletter
editor, and the December issue went out two weeks early
because of the election ballot, and there wasn't any January
issue, which meant that I had to have the details of the New
Year's Day Ride in October -- the only way I could get the
announcement that early was to lead the ride myself.    When
I quit editing, I quit thinking so far in advance, and
missed the deadline for putting the announcement in the

With nasty roads and no invitations, one guest was doing
pretty well.  The two of us had a nice visit, and DH grooved
on having most of a gallon of whole-milk cocoa in the
fridge.  But there was always cocoa left over, even the year
we had an anomalous warm spell and a dozen people showed up,
including an entire cross-country ski expedition, if I
recall correctly.  Which reminds me of the time a
cross-country ski trip I'd planned to take got rained out,
but that is a three-page story, and I don't think my account
of it mentioned sewing in any way.  (The path we chose had
been under a frozen river a few days before.)  

Joy Beeson
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Wow you have such great forsight in writing everything down so
eloquently.  Your family is blessed with your rich transcriptions.
Joy in Michigan.

On Tue, 27 Sep 2005 13:30:48 GMT, joy beeson

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Thanks for the fabric tip.  I'll look around for some table cloth fabric
that will accept, and hold, the Sharpie pen ink.


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