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281  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / How to post your entry for the One Pattern, Many Stitches Challenge on: October 08, 2008 09:45:39 AM
This folder is for entries in the Needlework Challenge- One Pattern, Many Stitches. The entry period is from Feb 25th-March 25th 2009. After that a poll for voting will be set up.

* One entry per person.

* Start a new thread for your entry and give the subject of the thread a unique title so voters can remember what it was at a glance when they vote. Do NOT POST YOUR PROJECT ON THIS THREAD.

* Post pictures of "making of" the project, if you've got them.

* If your project was inspired by something else you've seen someone do, please give credit.

Can't wait to see what you all came up with!!!
282  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Little girl pillowcases-image heavy on: October 07, 2008 07:31:48 PM
I thought these little girls were so cute. I couldn't resist making pillowcases.

283  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Ghastly One on: October 07, 2008 07:25:46 PM
If you have ever seen the movie or listen to the band then this needs no explanation but if you haven't here's the info on. The movie is more than a "B" movie, it's probably a "z" movie Smiley. And the band, well, they just rock.

Anyhoo....here is my tribute to both.
284  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Jar of Whimsies Round 3 Gallery on: September 19, 2008 09:36:04 AM
Hey! Post your goodies here!
285  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / DIY Lounge Schedule For September on: September 16, 2008 08:58:28 PM
Here is the schedule (including prices) for the DIY lounge classes for September. You can also check out their site. http://www.diylounge.com/index.php

collage and DIY Lounge locations and hours

4429 SE Woodstock
Portland, OR 97206
fax 503-777-1943

1639 NE Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211
fax 503-249-2192

Hours: M-F 10:00am-8:00pm
Sat & Sun 10:00am-6:00pm
Copyright Basics for Artists and Craftspeople
September 20th

This two-hour, interactive workshop will focus on copyrights and how they are used in contracts for creative people of all kinds. We will discuss practical information on various legal topics related to the protection and sales of artwork.
Copyright topics will include the most important concepts that every visual artist should know, including how to register your work with the Copyright Office, fair use rights, copyright infringement, and the public domain. Copyright Basics for Artists and Craftspeople

Make Your Own Paint Brush
September 21st 10:30am-1:30pm
This paintbrush class will be an introduction on how to make your own paintbrush.  This class will focus on carving a handle out of wood and on how to apply the brush hair to the handle.

Copyright Basics                                                 $25    
copyright basicsCopyright Basics for Artists and Craftspeople
September 20th

This two-hour, interactive workshop will focus on copyrights and how they are used in contracts for creative people of all kinds. We will discuss practical information on various legal topics related to the protection and sales of artwork.
Copyright topics will include the most important concepts that every visual artist should know, including how to register your work with the Copyright Office, fair use rights, copyright infringement, and the public domain. Copyright Basics for Artists and Craftspeople

Make Your Own Paint Brush                             $60    
Making PaintbrushMake Your Own Paint Brush
September 21st 10:30am-1:30pm
This paintbrush class will be an introduction on how to make your own paintbrush.  This class will focus on carving a handle out of wood and on how to apply the brush hair to the handle. Make Your Own Paint Brush

Crafting Collage
September 14th 11:00am-3:00pm
This basic collage class will teach you techniques utilizing acrylic paint, paper and found objects. We will discuss color theory, composition, and a very basic formula for implementing future collages. The methods discussed and practiced in this workshop are open-ended exercises, meaning this class can be taken multiple times, and each time a new process can be explored. This workshop is for both the beginner and advanced artist.

Write a Business Plan PAINLESSLY 3
September 16th 6:00pm-8:00pm
Business plans are a positive way for you to guide your business, take yourself seriously and vision the lifestyle you dream of. During this class students will get clear about their strengths and weaknesses and the traits that set them apart from their competitors.  They will learn to educate themselves on their niche market by surveying competition, rates, and clientele.  Students will also learn to decide on rates or new services they can offer to match their strengths.

Artmaking as Playfull Prayer
September 17th & 24th
October 1, 8, 15, 22
6:30pm-9:30pm (each day)
In this workshop, we explore art-making as a playful, joyous, and non-judgmental way of reconnecting with the creative self and our sources of inspiration. This six-week workshop is for anyone who wants to rediscover their own creative power and connection to the greater world. We start by looking at images of art from different places and spiritual traditions - it's a great warm-up and participants often end up re-examining how they think about art.
$225 (full series)

Maximizing Your blog's Potential; Marketing, SEO & Web Presence
September 17th 6:30pm-8:30pm
In this class, you will learn about: SEO (search engine optimization),social bookmarking, blog directories - how to utilize them and which ones are best for your content, feeds & syndication i.e RSS 2.0 & Atom 1.0 - full site vs. comment only, where to post and how not to waste your time. And, most importantly, you will learn to generate revenue through ad serving, affiliate advertising & corporate sponsorship.

Images on Fabric: Transfer, Print, Embellish
September 18th & 25th
6:30pm-9:30pm (each day)
In this class we'll experiment with a variety of different ways to give fabric your own personal touch. We'll start by using Paintstiks with texture rubbings, masks, and stencils; then we'll add different types of paint and markers into the mix. Next, we'll play with transfers - moving color and black and white photocopies onto fabric using mediums and solvents. We'll also do printing on fabric by making our own foam and found object "stamps" or printing blocks.
$65 (both classes)

Artmaking for Parents and Little Ones
September 19th & 26th
10:15am-11:00am (each class)
As the weather gets less inviting, bring your little one inside to make some art together. Learn how art strengthens development. Experiment with non-toxic, home-made (when possible) art materials. This is one class in a series of process oriented classes. Each week there is a new class offered. Series of classes include: squishy materials, painting, printmaking, and collage/mosaic.
$20 (each class)

Open Lounge Night - for Artists and Crafters
September 19th & 26th
6:00pm-10:00pm (each class)
Whatever your needs may be from; inspiration after a week of work, a break from the family, maybe a project that must get done, art supply therapy, or all of it---we're just what the crafty-doc ordered. The Lounge will be open to facilitate your artistic desires and the store will be open to fulfill your shopping cravings!
$5 (each class)

Silk Screening 101
September 20th 11:00am-4:00pm
Have you always wanted to make your own tee shirts? Have you always felt intimidated by the printing process? Come to this workshop and learn how to transfer drawings and photographs to just about anything by using the photo emulsion silk-screening process. Not only will you learn how to "burn" your image into a screen, but you will also learn how to set-up your own silk-screening studio in your home.

Basic Beading
September 21st 1:00pm-5:00pm
If you want to get comfortable using basic jewelry making tools, wire, and store-bought findings and beads to create your own simple jewelry, this is the class for you! With this introductory class, you'll learn to navigate the basic tools of beading and the bare bones of wire manipulation and using findings, chain, and nylon-coated beading wire to create your own beaded jewelry.

Working with Wax Series 1: Basic Beeswax Collage
September 21st 2:30pm-6:00pm
Enjoy the ancient art of working with melted beeswax by making beautiful, translucent collages with beeswax instead of glue! You will learn and practice a wide variety of techniques including layering objects like paper, thread, and fabric, transparency, and wax stamping.

Cut and Paste Collage
September 23rd 6:00pm-8:00pm
Come to this workshop and explore the restorative powers of collage. This paper collage workshop is the best way to wind down after a busy day at work. Glue sticks, scissors, and an endless assortment of papers will be provided to help guide you on a two-hour creative journey. All levels welcome.

Write a Business Plan PAINLESSLY 4
September 23rd 6:00pm-8:00pm
This class covers the financial stuff.   Financial documents/tracking sheets are important for charting your progress and setting goals.  If you haven't done ANY financial planning, use this class to start keeping documents and setting one-five year goals.  Learn the basics of accounting and tax reporting for sole proprietors.

Soy Candles: Sustainable and Seductive
September 24th 6:30pm-8:00pm
Join us as we utilize reclaimed containers such as teacups, vases and jars to create a beautiful scented candle to burn or give as a gift.  The basics of handling molten wax, wicking, adding scents and colors will be covered in this fun and informative class.

Paint-Making Series: Class 2 - Modern Synthetic Pigments
September 26th 6:00pm-7:30pm
Wouldn't it be great to have the ability to make the exact color and amount of paint you want?  Here's your chance to learn an economical alternative to buying ready-made paints.  This class is the second in a two class series in which students learn to make their own paint.  As part of this class, each student will experience the whole process of making paint and will leave with a 150ml tube of their own handmade paint!

Working with Wax Series 2: Basic Painting with Wax (Beginning Encaustic)
September 27th 1:30pm-6:00pm
Learn the ancient art of Encaustic painting. You will learn everything you need to know to get started on your own! You will learn about basic supplies and you will also have time to explore a variety different techniques such as painting, building textures, collaging with paper and/or small ephemera, and several different mark making techniques.  All supplies are provided.

286  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Redwork and WIP cross stitch on: September 15, 2008 02:02:53 PM
I made this redwork/blackwork haunted house. The ghost and the frame are glow in the dark. I will try to take a closer picture.

Here's my WIP. It's a pillow. The inside of the flowers are going to be lime green beads.
287  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Would you like to see? on: September 09, 2008 07:58:06 PM
Hey guys~
I know some of you get the newsletters from crafty businesses around town but would you like to see them on here weekly/monthly. Maybe show who has classes, stuff going on? Would anyone be down for that?
288  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Jar of Whimsies Round 3 (Sign up 9/8-9/15. Send out 10/15) on: September 08, 2008 02:24:15 PM
Swap name: Jar of Mini Whimsies Round 3
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: kittykill
Sign-up date range: 9/8-9/15
Date to send item by: 10/15

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
Age requirement? 16+

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: Yes
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: Yes
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: Yes
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: Yes

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: Yes
- Has posted at least 15 times: Yes
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: Yes
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: Yes
- Does not have any negative feedback: Yes
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old: Yes

Details of swap:
Jar of Mini Whimsies Round 3

This is a swap where you will fill a container (as determined by your partner and you, either glass, plastic, cardboard, etc.) with trinkets, baubles, buttons, beads, charms, miniature toys and anything else that will fit into your container.

Please check out the original Jar of Mini Whimsies gallery for ideas and inspiration!

If you want to participate, please fill out the questionnaire and send via PM.

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 13 years old (yes/no)

What size of container would you be willing to send:

Approximately 15 ounces (approx 500ml) (3/4 of a UK pint)
Approximately 30 ounces (approx 1000ml) (1.5 of a UK pint)

What are your favorite colors?
What are your least favorite colors?
Do you have a website, wist, myspace, etc?
Are you allergic to anything?
Would you like to receive craft supplies in your container?
What kind of crafts do you do?
What would make you very happy to receive in your container?
Are you willing to post and thank your partner and have good communication?
Anything else you want to add?


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.


289  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Fall Needlework Challenge-UPDATE! Time to Vote! on: September 08, 2008 02:13:50 PM
Hi all~

Voting has begun!

Voting will end on October 19th
290  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / September Featured Project and Interview on: September 08, 2008 01:49:31 PM
This month's featured project and interview comes from the wonderful beelisty. I am constantly blown away by everything beelisty does. Enjoy!

1. Tell me a little about the project

This portrait was taken from a photo of my paternal grandparents.  The original photo was taken in May 1943 when they had been married for only a year and a half, and before they had any children.  I chose to stitch this photo for my grandparents as a gift for Christmas-- I gave it to them on December 25, 2007.  When Grandma pulled it out of the gift bag and unwrapped it from the tissue paper, she said "Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle!"  Grandpa, who was pretty sick that day, was so impressed with the work and had many detail oriented questions about the number of colors, size of the canvas, how long it took.  He did needlepoint, cross-stitch, and crewel work himself when he was younger. 

The details on the work itself are that it was stitched on 22 hardanger canvas with a palette of 39 colors, and the finished work measures about 4.5x4.5 inches for a total of 10,500 stitches.

At the time, it was the most detailed portrait I had done with the largest palette-- since then, I have completed a 4x6 inch portrait of Hillary Clinton & Barack Obama with a 73 color palette, but I chose this portrait to spotlight instead as a tribute to my grandpa, who passed away this week at the age of 97.5.  They were married nearly 67 years!!   The work is matted/framed and on display in their home in Cincinnati, OH.

2. Tell me a little about yourself

I'm originally from Cincinnati, OH but currently live in St. Paul, MN with my partner and our two cats.  My day job is in admissions at a university, but I would stitch 24/7 if I could!  I'm a voracious reader and I love stitching while listening to music-- mostly woxy.com.  I really enjoy making the little samplers, but stitching portraits is my favorite! 

3. What/who inspires you?

I suppose I take my inspiration from many places.  I love stitching portraits of people I respect or consider icons.  I get inspiration from my partner, K. who gives me lots of ideas, and from anyone who is interested enough in the craft to stop to ask me about it!  I can't sit still, so I always carry a project with me and do a lot of work in coffeehouses or sitting outside during my lunch break at work.  I have met many people this way, and even got a commission for a portrait from someone I met in Sitwell's, a coffeehouse in Cincinnati.  He walked up while I was stitching Patsy Cline and said "Can you do that to anyone?" And I said "Sure, if they've got a photo and some money!" and I took a digital picture of him right then & there, stitched the portrait over the 3 weeks between Thanksgiving & Christmas holidays, then delivered it to him when I returned to Cincinnati for Christmas.  Recently I fielded questions from a group of children ages 5-11, and they gave me some of the best ideas for people to stitch portraits of-- how did I not think of Oprah!?  She's on my list for after I finish this one of Grace Kelly. 

4. How long have you been stitching and how did you get started?

I grew up knowing that Grandpa stitched, and my mom did off & on, as did my aunt, and I grew up w/ a lot of needle art around the house.  I used to draw comics, and then I started to crochet as an attempt to quit smoking (didn't work), but I knew I was still trying to find the right thing to do with my hands.  When I saw Julie Jackson's Subversive Cross-Stitch kits advertised in Bitch Magazine several years ago, I thought "I should try that!" So I ordered "Irony is not dead" and stitched it up.  I finished it on February 7, 2005 according to my journal.  I loved it-- immediately I started drawing my own patterns on graph paper and then started using PC Stitch as well. 

5. What would you tell inspiring needlework craftsters?

I would tell them to always use 3 strands of floss when stitching on dark canvas (like navy blue or black).  I would tell them to start out simple then work their way up to harder projects-- I've sold patterns to a few folks who said "This looks easier than it is!".  I'd also tell aspiring needle artists that anyone who says that what we do isn't art is just jealous-- someone told me that it's no different from paint by numbers-- and I said that I think a well done paint by numbers is art too. 
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