No Sew Fleece Blankets

Written by Loretta Oliver

What you'll need:

1-2 yds. of print outerwear fleece 1-2 yds. of a solid outerwear fleece Tape measure rotary cutting supplies if you have them, if not that is okay, just userepparttar tape measure and a pair of scissors

How to make

*Square your fabric edges by folding corners to meet flat edges and trimming to square it up.

*Removerepparttar 116239 selvages (fabric fray)

*Placerepparttar 116240 two fabrics over each other, wrong sides together.

*Cut a 5" square from each ofrepparttar 116241 4 corners

* To cut fringe, lay fabric on rotary cutting mat, (keep both together, you can pin them inrepparttar 116242 canter if needed, if you have a rotary or scissor that will cut through both yards at once) and cut strips 1 inch wide and 5 inches deeprepparttar 116243 whole way aroundrepparttar 116244 fabric. If your rotary or scissor wont cut both atrepparttar 116245 same time, that is okay just make sure to keep your strips evenly spaced.

*Using a overhand knot, tierepparttar 116246 front and back fringe together (loop swoop and pull knot)repparttar 116247 whole way aroundrepparttar 116248 blanket. Be careful not to pull too hard, you could stretchrepparttar 116249 fabric out and distort your blanket.

Tips for Collecting Silver

Written by Kathleen Sullivan

"How can I tell if my flatware is sterling or silverplated?" This is our most frequently-asked question. If it doesn't haverepparttar word "sterling", then it most likely is not sterling silver. The word "sterling" is found on American silver dating after 1860. Early American silver is very rare and was usually marked with onlyrepparttar 116238 maker's name or initials. Silverplate hasrepparttar 116239 maker or company name and often includes terms such as "A1" or "quadruple plate". These are various descriptions ofrepparttar 116240 amount of applied silver.

Whether you choose to collect sterling or silverplate,repparttar 116241 following tips apply.

Choose a Style, Era or Maker. Reflect upon your lifestyle and personal taste, then make choices that will be a good fit. There are many specialty areas of silver collecting. Some collectors are devoted to a pattern while others collect a particular maker or era. Some only collect a particular type of piece, such as fish servers or tea strainers, and many expand into all areas.

Mix-n-Match. The mixing and matching of patterns has great aesthetic appeal on any table. This is a wonderful option particularly with hard-to-find, discontinued flatware patterns and is often a must for affordable entertaining.

Wear or Damage. Signs of use do not necessarily detract from value while damage may or may not. Slight damage on a rare flatware or hollow ware piece will not significantly reduce value, if at all. Be wary of buying tarnished silver as it can hide otherwise obvious wear, damage or repair. The price of a tarnished piece should be signficantly lower than retail becauserepparttar 116242 true condition of a tarnished piece is unknown.

Monograms. Many collectors viewrepparttar 116243 old, elaborate monograms as a lost art form and historically important. It does not detract fromrepparttar 116244 desirability or value of a piece. Ifrepparttar 116245 pieces you collect are readily available without monograms, they are, in this case, more valuable if they do not or never had one. Monogram removal can damage a piece and is, in most cases, easily detectable.

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