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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Patterns on: March 26, 2005 08:41:41 PM
Consider putting them up on e-Bay.
Donate them to a theater group who may need to make "vintage" clothing
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: embroidery floss on: March 26, 2005 08:39:27 PM
Tassels
cover pens like yarn over/around tin cans
draw lines with glue and glue them on HuhHuh??
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: my crewel world.... on: March 26, 2005 08:14:56 PM
Ditto on the early Erica Wilson - She put out several more books too.

For all of those who love to dig through used book stores and second hand stores, crewel work is a good way to go.  Periodically, I'm still seeing what were very expensive kits for the time, for a pittance at the second hand stores and garage sales in neighborhoods where folks are retiring and moving out of area.  Often, I'll see crewel books at the second hand stores and they are in the used book stores too.  What you'll find in the early '60's versus the late '60's is that the early '60's left much more of the design work to the stitcher.  By the late '60's the books were much more of a "pattern book".   
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need some advice - re: what to do with finished cross-sitch on: March 26, 2005 08:06:11 PM
There is a newer book out that addresses that very question:

http://www.needleworkdesign.com/main.html   

Summer Louise Trusswell book on finishing @$25-$30


The following discusses framing:

http://www.otherwonders.com/hanging/index.html



I have the directions for a nice finish of a flat and an odd shaped ornament but, I didn't record what site I got them from!  If I did - I didn't annotate my list so that I know what was so special about the address.


I have a number of older "Crafts 'n Things" and "Cross Stich and Country Crafts" magazines in which the assembly instructions for something cross stitched are pretty straight forward.  You might check out the local library to see if they have much in their sewing and craft book selection or magazine selection. 

Often smaller motifs are used for scissor pouches, needle cases, sachets, doll clothing, and pieced into quilts.  Another way that they are used is mounted in/on large(er) mounting boards and frames.  They can also be prepared for use as applique using the newer glues and/or interfacings.  Also, check out where felt figures are used. 
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: experimenting with embroidery, needlepoint,.. need ideas on: March 26, 2005 07:37:48 PM
Martha Pullen has a web site and a PBS TV show with many of the older styles done with new and old techniques.  She also does a lot of work for Sew Beautiful magazine. 

There is very little free on her web site.  However, many of the things she does on the show is in the Sew Beautiful magazine.  Among which is putting "filmy materials" onto to "base materials".  She also does lace edged cutouts - lets see how badly I can butcher the spelling - entridoe.  Of course she has a southern accent but let me try it using just the sounds - en tra dough.

I will guess that your project is not one modeled after turn of the (last) century underpinnings, little girl pinafores, and heart embellished pillows.  However, if you have time, you might find something useful, technique wise, within an archive of Sew Beautiful magazines at the library.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: kill boredom...HOW? on: March 26, 2005 06:49:59 PM
Somewhere down the main/home listing is a board on crafting with recycled items.  You might want to take a look and see if anything peeks your fancy.  For me, reading it often leads me to other ideas than just those posted.

But, if it were me, I'ld start by listing the office supply, measuring, cutting, paper, and textile types of things you own, and what is available for use around the house.  I'ld also peel an eye on the garbage cans and waste baskets in the house to get a feel for what is being tossed out.  If you're budget strapped, then buying suuplies and tools for a whole new craft or even an individual project is out of the question.  However, until you've really figured out what you do have, you won't know what you have to work with.  At the same time, don't forget to ask before you decide that dad's collection of nuts and bolts are about nothing, the left over paint in the garage is available for your use, it's ok to use mom's sewing scissors on cardboard or to cut wires, or even that "your" dresser is the ideal place to use a utility knife. 

There is a LOT that can be done in the paper craft world.  Check out some and see if they are adaptable to what you own.  Often advertizement slicks can be substituted for magazine pictures.  In general, you need scissors and glue for many paper crafts.

Cardboard can be used for MANY things from making picture frames to making cloth covered boxes.  Much of what can be done in the wood working world can be adapted to cardboard too.  Need a cheap, obtainable source of thinner cardboard?  Use cereal boxes, hamburger helper boxes, or other boxes from the kitchen.  Cut out the front and the back and glue the two together go "get rid of the adverizement"; if you're making shapes or elsewise cutting it down further, you might want to cut out the final shapes and then glue.  You might be able to get your parents to allow you to ask for carboard boxes being thrown away at stores too.  Some are good for projects in their existing dimentions and other's you may want to cut up.  Once you have a plain brown "canvas" of cardboard, you're ready to decorate it by gluing things to it, painting it, or covering it with cloth.  If you use the patterns for making cloth covered, cardboard picture frames - you can have a picture frame ready for glued on embelishments.  These could include peices of broken jewlery, broken hair bobbles, yarn, some duct tape roses, cardbaord cut-outs covered in foil, twigs, small interesting rocks, nuts and bolts, pieces of advertizements cut out for their color or cut out for their pictures, pieces of shaped wire from even a bread tie, etc...  The question that remains is only what you want to depict, how 3-D do you want it, and what is your color scheme.    Again, with cardboard as opposed to thin wood, you can make ornaments, mobiles, present tags - virtually anything.  If decor items are in short supply, think shapes that can carry themselves using cookie cutters, clip art, your own art, coloring books, etc... Currently very popular are cloth and paper covered boxes.  Put that duct tape to work and generate some dividers in your boxes before covering them.  Often, gift warpping paper works well as long as the box is a "plain canvas" or the paper is thick enough to cover any writing on the box.    You will need a pencil, ruler, straight edge, sicssors, and glue to do these types of things.  Often, it is nice to have some waxed paper or plastic wrap under the things you glue so that you don't glue them to the surface you're drying them on.  For the thicker cardboard, you will need a utility knife or exacto knife and something to cut on such as a board on a flat surface. - Again, don't forget to check in with your parents as some of these things can damage you and the things around you.

It sounds like you are in serious need of things that are textile or cloth based.  For goodness sake, don't ruin clothing for the sake of crafting or your parents will become truely displeased!  However, keep your eyes peeled for the ripped, torn, and tattered cloth things that are being tossed and ask if you can have them.  Once the seams are cut open, you will have crafting cloth and/or zippers and/or ready made pockets and/or buttons and/or already embroidered motifs ready to remove and use eslewise.  If your family uses things until they are truely dead, then maybe someone you know doesn't.

Towards "canvases" for your creations, for pictures try white computer paper - glue it on a bigger piece of cardboard for a ready frame.  Use paint, crayons, pencil, glued on paper, glued on cloth, you name it.  For textile or sewn creations, what do you have in your wardrobe or in terms of bags?  Do you have plain sheets and/or pillow cases that you can sew something to? - Remember that your felt may shrink and bleed in the regular wash and to match what you put on your "canvas" with how it is to be washed.  Brown grocery sacks can be cut along the seams to make a single sheet of paper.  You can do a lot with water colors out of a paint set; try doing some lines with various types of water soluable ink pens and then water coloring over them.

For other ideas - Do you have access to the public library?  Check out the kid's craft section.  Many of those ideas work for little kids as well as adults - needless to say, the adult versions are often more perfected.  I've seen some of the "kid's" crafts for sale at arts and crafts fairs and between the finess of the adult and their artistic capability for color and compostition, they aren't anything like the grade school projects!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Attempts at crafty organization on: March 26, 2005 05:45:16 PM
For those just starting the organizing thing or wanting to revisist it, the following site is great:

www.flylady.com


I love plastic zip lock type baggies of all different sizes.  I put scraps of paper on the inside rather than write on them so I can re-use them.  There is nothing to prevent one from putting sorted items into smaller baggies and then the smaller baggies into a larger one. 

For some items, I like the various food storage containers from "permenant" to "disposable". 
 
If you're just starting out, you can build a series of cubbies by folding the flaps of cardbaord boxes in and stacking them on their sides. Or, put the lid on the bottom of an apple box and stack.  These move well also.

In our area, we can get shelf frame works , in wood, for free from stores that sell bulk and packaged flower bulbs.  They are surprisingly strong for how light they are.  You can outfit them with shelves using a variety of materials including cardboard.  Or you can put plastic or cardboard boxes on them.

What ever you do, if you're starting from a serious lack of organization, start to organize a bit before going out and buying "storage solutions".  If you're not quite sure how much you have of any one item or groups of items, you can't really know what you need or would want.  Freebie, disposable, cardboard boxes that you can write on and plastic baggies you can see through are a great way to start to group and organize your stashes.  In our area, we can pretty readily get clear bags in the produce department; they aren't very sturdy but if placed in a box, would work for an initial sort.  Even a box of gallon sized, zip lock bags are a more affordable interiem until you get sorted enough to know what would work best.

If you're starting with an unknown quantity, it is often easier to to do a rough sort into general categories/boxes first.  Then sort through each box/category; maybe even more than one sort within each box or category.  For example, you might sort anything that writes and erases from ball point pens to specialty writing things in the first sort; or as a continual sort as you find them.  From there, you might sort sewing versus calligraphy versus general office and craft supply of writing things.  From there you would know enough of what you own to be able to make decisions about how to do a final sort and storage of what you own.  Often, you can obtain shoe, grocery, pet store, and general stock boxes free for the asking at the stores you frequent to contain your interiem sorts. - Again, there is nothing that says you can't load an apple box with smaller boxes of other things.

In your sorting endevours, sometimes a grouping of things becomes easy to define although it is no where near the bulk of the items.  Go ahead and put those things into a final resting place and pat yourself on the back.  Sometimes, in the effort to get on to something else besides organizing, it is just as well to leave a grouping of items in larger sort for the time being such as the books or magazines - that they are all gathered and in the book shelf becomes just fine as opposed to organized by topic, title, date, or author.  When you have the rest under control, it is bothersome to search the book shelf, and you have a momement, you can further orgainize the bookshelf then.

As you sort and organize, don't forget to re-aquaint yourself with what you own and get it located adequately that you don't re-buy - that's a serious first step.  As you re-aquaint yourself with what you own, don't forget to ask yourself if what you own can be worked into your upcoming project list.  Even if it won't work for someone you know and you just can't toss it, can it be worked up and donated as a completed project somewhere?  Or, if it's something that you're really not interested in anymore, can it be traded for something that does?  - Figuring out what do to with what you already own is a serious second step.  Lastly, before buying a stash item, don't forget to ask yourself when you're going to work it or use it, where are you going to store it, would you be better off saving your money for a larger ticket item, could you buy the same or similar item again, and could you buy the same or similar item again at an equivalent price.  Sometimes the item is either too special or old, or at such a good price that adding to the stash is really the desirable answer.     
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Vintage Marimekko? on: March 26, 2005 04:44:22 PM
Raw wood contains sap and resins that eat and destroy fabric.  You might want to cost your wood frame with a sealer.  You can get clear sealers in matte through high gloss.  Often, if you buy them in a can and paint them on, it is MUCH cheaper.  Check with your local hardware or box hardware store.  Off the top of my head, I think poly-urethane and not varnish nor shellac (varnish and shellac are themselves made with resins).
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: dremel tool anyone? on: March 26, 2005 04:38:19 PM
Corded is probably a better bet if it's going to be used as a general purpose tool.

However, as you may have realized, the cost of the Dremel is not in the Dremel itself but rather, in the cost of the attachements - it's "worse" than a router!

Towards hubby:  Did you know that there is a chain saw sharpening kit?  Did you know that there is a Dremel golf spike kit?  Did you know that if you got a Dremel, he would have years and years of gift ideas for you from the Dremel attachement world; don't forget that some of those items are "supplies" and must be replaced?   
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: guitar strap adjuster? on: March 26, 2005 04:30:03 PM
I don't fully know what you are speaking of but, have you tried the following types of stores/locations:

Tandy - They aren't near as big as they were but I think they still exist.  They are into
            leather and other craft type items

I guess I shouldn't assume anything; have you checked out JoAnn's Fabrics and Crafts, Hancock Fabricks and Crafts, Ben Franklin Fabrics and Crafts, Michael's Crafts?

Guitar or Music stores in your area and on-line?

REI - Recreational Equipment Incorporated - They have a web site.  REI is a sports
        outfitter including various climbing and outdoor sports.  Among other things, they
        sell various webbings by the yard and various fittings.
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