Thanks for the link, Tom. It was very interesting to see those very elaborate costumes. But I don't think I'll become an armorer anytime soon. I won't lie, Laura--I still feel bad about the destruction of the cord. It was great fun dyeing it (and sometimes a bit harrowing), and I'm very glad to know that we can easily dye the crinkle poly for the lining (that was a true miracle--now you'll be able to get the color you want and have it be affordable). But I mourn the loss of the cord. Oh well, maybe this new stuff you have coming will be better. We know it dyes, as Kay_Dee used it, but I think we can monitor the color much better this time--no navy added! I'm also thinking we may use fray check for the ends of the cord, since this bourdon cord sounds like something that could very easily fray, which would be problematic, even for a seasoned embroiderer. I'm going to check the JoAnn's site and see if the crinkle poly will remain on sale, because if it is, we're going to pick some up tomorrow night. 50% off is just too good to miss! In the meantime, take your time sewing, especially after this weekend. There's lots of time, and we can really smack the asteroid at full throttle tomorrow night, when you feel a little stronger. On another note, the thermal detonator arrived last week (I would have posted about it then, but my grandfather's funeral took obvious precedence). After purchasing N batteries for it at Batteries Plus (I guess N batteries are used for hospital equipment and phones, so I'm told they're more common than I initially thought--in short, I'd never heard of them before), I turned it on and the largest smile I've had in weeks. It is a little louder than I thought, but I could care less about that! I am simply in love with it, and it really was worth the $200 I had to cough up to get it. I could never make a prop even remotely close to the look and feel of this one, and even though Bob might have been able to rig lighting for it, we could never have reproduced such sound. In short, it was really worth it! It also came with a beautiful case, so it's on display on the sideboard in the dining room. I'll be sure to bring it along for the next gathering, so everyone can have a look. Anyway, back to the sewing I go. I haven't started any major costumes yet, but I am diligently working on the Bespin embroidery upgrade. Hope everyone else's costumes are going well.