Ask Ms. Makers

We’re pleased to offer our new advice column, with timely and empathetic solutions to your inquiries. Got a tough question about crafting or other life issues? Send in your question today!

DEAR MS. MAKERS: My sister-in-law stole my design idea for my Ukrainian Egg. I worked for hours on the egg and it was gorgeous. However, at recent family gathering she received praise for her egg! Can I sue for copyright infringement?

GENTLE READER: It seems unlikely that copyright laws would apply in this situation. And your hiring of an attorney would certainly put a damper on family togetherness at the next holiday gathering. Perhaps an unfortunate placement of your soup tureen on said egg would do the trick.  

DEAR MS. MAKERS: I recently spilled spaghetti sauce on a beloved denim shirt that I had repaired using Sashiko stitching. I love that shirt. Do you have any advice for stain removal?

GENTLE READER: We urge you to consider using a homemade napkin the next time. We recommend the following: scrape off any excess, then apply a dish soap solution (1 Tablespoon liquid dish soap to 10 ounces of water). Blot with a damp towel to remove any residue. If the stain persists, apply a few drops of White Vinegar.