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gunmetalskies:

Here’s a “life-hack” for you.Apparently concentrated Kool-Aid can be used as a pretty effective leather dye.I was making a drink while cutting the snaps off some new straps for my pauldrons and I got curious, so I tried it, thinking, “ok even if this works, it will just wash out.”Nope.It took the “dye” (undiluted) in about 3 seconds. After drying for about an hour and a half, it would not wash off in the hottest tap-water. It would not wash out after soaking for 30 minutes.It did not wash out until I BOILED it, and even then, only by a tiny bit and it gave it a weathered look that was kind of cool.Add some waterproofing and I’d wager it would survive even that.That rich red is only one application too.Plus it smells great, lol.So there you go, cheap, fruity smelling leather dye in all the colors Kool-Aid has to offer.

gunmetalskies:

Here’s a “life-hack” for you.

Apparently concentrated Kool-Aid can be used as a pretty effective leather dye.

I was making a drink while cutting the snaps off some new straps for my pauldrons and I got curious, so I tried it, thinking, “ok even if this works, it will just wash out.”

Nope.

It took the “dye” (undiluted) in about 3 seconds. After drying for about an hour and a half, it would not wash off in the hottest tap-water. It would not wash out after soaking for 30 minutes.
It did not wash out until I BOILED it, and even then, only by a tiny bit and it gave it a weathered look that was kind of cool.
Add some waterproofing and I’d wager it would survive even that.

That rich red is only one application too.
Plus it smells great, lol.

So there you go, cheap, fruity smelling leather dye in all the colors Kool-Aid has to offer.






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cosplaytutorial:

For those who are planning to start sewing their own cosplays this year this might be helpful: How to take measurements!

Waist Front / Waist Back:
http://www.sempstress.org/measurement/measuring-the-waist-frontback-waist/

How to Take Measurements:
http://makinglatexclothing.com/2008/12/how-to-take-measurements/

Instructions for Taking Measurements:
http://mangakaresource.weebly.com/1/post/2011/01/sewing-measurements.html

(Source: cosplaytutorial, via anatomicalart)

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emilyonthewall:

Also available as a PDF on Ravelry.

As per request, the headband companion to the Song of the Lonely Mountain scarf chart! This line says "To dungeons deep and caverns old" (this is probably my favouritest line in the whole song. BY GOLLY, THIS SONG!)

The chart is slightly different than the knitted exampled, because I changed the “I would do it differently the second time around” bits! The spaces between letters and words are very tight, so you can certainly adapt it to be wider and more “Dwarvish” (I just really wanted to cram the whole line into a tight space). And the border isn’t very exciting, sorry.

You can knit it vertically as I have, or horizontally in the round, or use it as a trim for a sweater or some larger project. I just chose to knit it as a straight piece then pin it, because I couldn’t be bothered to determine the gauge—and I had this LOVELY pin from my gorgeous buddy. It ended up being much too long, and I would use smaller needles / yarn if I did it again.

Of course, do be very careful with the gauge! (I think an elastic would also help the headband stay in place.)

Filed under the hobbit knitting patterns let's be real I'll probably try to transcribe the whole first verse as a scarf