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Publishing a translation of copyrighted material

So, there was a poet who wrote poems in German in the 1940s. [more inside]
posted by goethean on Apr 10, 2014 - 4 answers

What's Destroying My Pants?

I keep having the same wear and tear on my suit pants (and to a lesser extent, jeans and khakis) and I want to know what is causing it and how to make it stop. In almost every pair the crotch begins to go quickly, tearing apart, piling, fraying, and being worn straight through with little holes. it's like I'm doing splits or high kicks all day. These occur across types of pants, tailored and not, stuff I swear frequently and stuff I hardly ever wear. As far as I know I'm buying the right size and try to wear them at my natural waist, just below the belly button and frequently with belts. I'm a guy with a bit of a gut and I don't go for marathon runs in my suit pants. For outfits I wear a lot I rotate the pants but within a year they're ruined and torn up. Is it the material? Am I sitting wrong? Hanging them wrong? Is there something I should be looking or/asking the tailor about? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 6, 2014 - 9 answers

The Making of the Mask

What material can I use to cover the eyes of my paper-mache mask? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Angel of Khaos on Oct 13, 2012 - 6 answers

Duvet tog boggle

I could use some duvet advice, re tog and filling. [more inside]
posted by taz on Sep 30, 2012 - 12 answers

DIY Thermochromism

Where do I find a small square of material that changes colour by touch? Is this even possible? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Aug 29, 2012 - 9 answers

What can I make from the fabric from my wedding dress's train?

I'm having the train removed from my wedding dress-- what can I do with the leftover material as a keepsake? [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on Jul 5, 2012 - 17 answers

Calling all artists: which paint should I use for vintage-style lettering on leather and treated canvas?

Calling all artists: which paint should I use for vintage-style lettering on leather and treated canvas? [more inside]
posted by aquafortis on Feb 26, 2012 - 2 answers

As The Skirt Turns

I'm looking for fabric to make a skirt or dress. I want a large format landscape printed parallel to the selvage, like this, not a repeating print across the fabric like this. Can you help me find one? Know of any fabric stores with this kind of stock? Google-fu has let me down.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Nov 29, 2011 - 13 answers

Absolutely no granite.

What are our options for a uniformly colored kitchen countertop? Laminate or ...? [more inside]
posted by lab.beetle on Nov 20, 2011 - 8 answers

Pen shiny. Me like.

Where can I get fluorescent green translucent polypropylene suitable for injection-molding a case with a living hinge? Failing that, what is the industry term for this luminescent/fluorescent effect? [more inside]
posted by designbot on Aug 19, 2011 - 4 answers

Cheapest material for an outdoor project

I want to make an outdoor installation in my neighborhood similar to the You are beautiful one here. What material should I use? [more inside]
posted by Roni Deutchbag on May 19, 2011 - 6 answers

My idea of just giving everyone beanbags was ignored.

What kind of table do I want and where can I get it? We've been unhappy with our dining table for some time now, it's too big (tall), it scratches easy, and seems to require near constant care because it's also serving as two people's work table. I'm looking for a small informal table that can work easily as a dining table and a work desk. Is there a name for the kind of table I want and where can I find it in the NYC area. Details follow. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Dec 28, 2010 - 11 answers

How to keep my cabinets cool?

My under cabinet lights are so hot they're heating up my cabinet shelves. Since I don't want to remove the lights, or drink from hot glasses, what liner or material can I use beneath my dishware and canned food to keep them from getting hot?
posted by ranunculus on Dec 12, 2010 - 12 answers

"If thou wilt be perfect, go sell what thou hast and give to the poor."

I'm sick to death of all the junk I've accumulated and would love to purge, but feel emotionally attached to my stuff. Please tell me some pros, cons and experiences involving donating (selling?) your worldly goods. Personal accounts of post-purge regret or enlightenment equally welcome. [more inside]
posted by Vrai on Oct 3, 2010 - 44 answers

How to get from acrylic to cashmere?

"When shopping for clothes, buy the best quality material you can afford". I want to do this, but I don't know much about fabric. Can you rank different fabrics for me, ranging from lowest to highest quality? [more inside]
posted by yawper on Oct 2, 2010 - 14 answers

creatively extend and speechify tefl/esl coursebook material?

I'm using textbooks for my tefl/esl classes (teaching English to adults). I'm looking for ways to use the coursebook material more creatively and extend practise time, and how to create speaking material from it. [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied on Jun 23, 2010 - 3 answers

Not a coal mine but...

I am looking to compare the cost (monetary AND environmental) of mining/producing 1 pound each of steel, aluminum and titanium. Any resources tracking this type of thing? [more inside]
posted by fluffycreature on Apr 23, 2010 - 14 answers

i need to buy some hemp material

Does anyone know where to buy Hemp linen material at a good price and reliable supplier. I have a project coming up and need about 20 yards by next week. Light weight natural linen is what i am looking for.
posted by aisleofview on Nov 23, 2009 - 4 answers

Edinburgh Fringe help needed

I will be performing a comedy act at theEdinburgh Fringe Festival in August. I need some LOCAL topics (such as Govt. footbal , local controversies. prominent celeb scandals. etc) to work into my act... my star player is a vile, psycho, homicidal puppet. Your contributions need not be funny." Leave that to me. Thanks
posted by Palmerpoodles on Apr 14, 2009 - 12 answers

Not at all kinky, sorry

Where can I find 2mm-4mm neoprene in the Chicago area (preferably the northern suburbs)? I'm looking for the stuff that is fabric coated on both sides. I can find it all over the place online, but I'm not having any luck with local suppliers. I'd like to buy locally because I'm in a bit of a time crunch and I'd like to make sure I'm getting what I need. [more inside]
posted by indyz on Mar 23, 2009 - 2 answers

What is the difference between card stock and construction paper?

What is the difference between card stock and construction paper? Any web searches reveal that they're of similar weight/size and are used in standard art projects, but being from non-US, they're not specific enough for me to understand what it is. Where I live, it's all "cardboard" to us =\ . [more inside]
posted by kreestar on Feb 5, 2009 - 17 answers

Alien Fruit Identifictation

My friend found this strange fruit somewhere in or around Oaxaca, Mexico. What is it?
posted by phrontist on Oct 11, 2008 - 6 answers

Looking for some eco-friendly pillow-construction suggestions.

I have a yen to make cool throw pillows to eventually sell, but I'm lost when it comes to eco-friendly materials. Help me, Mefites! [more inside]
posted by actionpact on Mar 11, 2008 - 7 answers

Where to find viscoelastic rubber...?

Can anyone tell me where to research/find bulk viscoelastic rubber, or molded rubber that has viscoelastic properties? I'm looking for a material that when stretched, takes its sweet time in returning to its original size/shape. Turns out there are no rubber stores in my area to browse, thus no experts to turn to. Most info I've found online is scientific discussions about rubber properties.
posted by pallen123 on Jan 9, 2008 - 3 answers

All threaded up with nothing to sew...

Inexpensive or reasonably priced fabric (dressmakers) available online (retail). Either within Australia (or ships here - without costing a fortune!). I'm after a bit of (cotton) broderie anglaise, lycra, some cotton drill and a rayon/cotton/stretch blend to be precise but.. whatever you've got - I'll take it!
posted by mu~ha~ha~ha~har on Jan 3, 2008 - 3 answers

Where (and What) Art Thou, Fake Whiskers

I'm making a rat costume for my son and I need to know where to buy "whiskers". [more inside]
posted by maryh on Oct 8, 2007 - 16 answers

books for travelling?

I'm about to go on a looooong plane trip (two stop overs, 22 hours total travel time.) Can anyone suggest a couple of books? I like non-fiction, true life stories (i.e., about slavery, mafias in different American towns, Irish potato famine, dustbowl accounts.... should be an easy read since I'll be on planes and in airports. Thanks!
posted by WaterSprite on Sep 5, 2005 - 22 answers

Finishing Stone Carving

I am just finishing a stone sculpture. First time at this. I am wondering what kind of hand finishers, grit, sand paper, wax, etc does one use for the fine finishing and polishing work. I am just about done with rasps. And, do you know what links are good resources.
posted by lag on Apr 11, 2005 - 3 answers

Chicago Brick

What does the term "Chicago brick" mean? I Googled and found plenty of references, but no definition. I have heard that it refers to houses done in multi-colored brick, but it may also refer to a certain type of brick. Interested in photos, any info about derivation of the term. Thanks!
posted by GaelFC on Mar 31, 2004 - 6 answers

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