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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Owly Apron on: August 31, 2011 08:28:15 AM
Even though I like sewing a lot, I hardly ever post any projects here! This was my first time sewing from a pattern--- something I was previously terrified of, but now I'm wondering why?? It was so easy! I used Simplicity 2626, it was apron C (pictured in the upper left if you're looking at the pattern cover). I didn't use the shoulder ruffle (just hemmed the outer edge), and skipped the pockets altogether per my mom's request.

She just started a store called Owl Make It, so obviously her theme is owls! She's at our local Farmer's Market selling her soap.









Fun, right?? So if anyone likes sewing but is scared of patterns, start with an apron! I made my own double fold bias binding with the little bias tape maker from Clover--- I have the 1" and the 2" and I love them.
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / What Tee and Clothing Blanks Do You Use? Made in USA vs not? on: August 03, 2011 07:45:25 PM
I'm wanting to really get into screen printing (beyond the hobby phase), and I'm wondering if anyone has experience with good blank T's and where they get them from. I really prefer made in the USA, but American Apparel is so expensive and the sizes run so small! Also, they no longer participate in co-ops, so I don't see an easy way to get less than 400 of something at a decent price.

I've had Monag reccomended to me, they do have factories overseas but appear to have decent policies:
http://www.monag.com/link1.asp

Dharma Trading Co. is made in the USA and their prices are decent, but if you want colors other than black or white you have to dye them yourself (they also sell the dye)! I'm curious as to how the color stands up and the quality of their products.
http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/10850288-AA.shtml?lnav=clothing_women.html

How important do you guys think made in the USA is to potential customers/gift recipients?

If anyone has any insight on this, I would so appreciate it!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Timeless Stoneware and Silk Necklace or Wrap Bracelet on: January 19, 2011 08:45:05 AM
Sooo, this is the first topic I've ever created, even though I've been looking through and swapping on craftster forever. I think it's the first thing I made that came entirely out of my own head that I'm actually proud of in a long time.









The watch face pendant piece I made several months ago, when I was having a clay day with my mom. I don't usually work with ceramics, but my parents have for years aand have a pottery studio with a kiln. After it was fired the first time, I glazed it with a two toned glaze that is kind of gray/brown, and where it pools in the details it's a gray blue. When that dried, I took a damp cloth and rubbed the glaze off in spots, to make it look antiqued, then fired it again.

A few weeks ago I was browsing etsy with some crafting money to spend, and came across the most beautiful collection of recycled sari silk ribbon in all kinds of different colors.

Then today I took a much needed personal day from work, and selected the silks I wanted to use, cut and knotted the necklace. I am really loving the mixed media feel and experience from using such different mediums.

Let me know what you think!  Smiley
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Decoupage Photographs? on: December 09, 2008 10:36:12 AM
I was wondering if anyone has any experience on decoupaging photographs. I was thinking about decoupaging three photographs I've taken onto square pieces of wood, and then attaching them to a rectangular piece of wood for a wall hanging for a Christmas present.  Smiley

I've never done decoupage before, and I've had someone tell me that it can distort pictures.

Anyone know about this?

Thanks!
Molly
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Screens come out with the "distressed" look, what am I doing wrong? on: August 11, 2007 02:41:00 PM
I'm a newbie at screenprinting, and my first two screens have both come out looking 'distressed' instead of crisp. I use the photo emulsion method. The second one I power sprayed and then scrubbed and scrubbed to no avail.

Do you think I'm over exposing them? Or do I need to double up on transparencies?

They actually look pretty awesome the way they are, but I would like to do crisper screens in the future!
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