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1  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Craft ideas and projects for Senior Citizens class on: January 07, 2009 01:54:13 PM
I have been asked to teach a monthly craft class at our local senior citizens center.  It would be held in the morning before lunch, so time is limited to about 2 hours.  We live in a small community, so I'm guessing there wouldn't be over 10 (we'll be lucky if we have 5!)  Cheesy  I need some project ideas that would be suitable, especially since I don't know the experience level.  Here are some of the ideas I've come up with so far:

Rubber stamping/handmade cards
Stamped stone coasters
Simple beaded bracelets
Decorated votive holders
Polymer clay pendant/pin

I would like to stay away from items like macaroni angels and plastic canvas, as I think they have already done these types of items. Thanks for your thoughts!!!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: I want to make this... on: September 16, 2008 02:13:59 PM
Congrats on your desire to sew!!!  It's a fairly simple dress, but there are a few skills needed.  I'm not sure how much of a beginner you are so you might try making one out of inexpensive fabric first. Be sure you try installing a zipper as that is probably the toughest part of this project. Your local extension office would be a good resource too.  they usually have someone to help the 4-H kids with their sewing and would probably be glad to help you too if you run into trouble.  I would definitely look for a commercial pattern.  If Kansas were closer I would help you! 

As for the fabric pinwheels--You might try a fabric stiffener found at your local craft store.  You brush it on, let it dry and iron your fabric.  I don't know if that would be stiff enough, but maybe.  Especially if you put enough on! Cheesy Your other option is to fuse it to paper with fusible web.  Hope this helps.
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 27 ENTRIES / Re: A Midsummer's Night Dream Light - Soooo many pics... on: May 06, 2008 12:47:02 PM
absolutely beautiful!! I hope I'll find the time to make one for my girls.....a fairy piece!!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Silly Sock Question on: May 02, 2008 10:52:21 AM
You can also get some nylon reinforcement thread and just knit it in with your yarn.  Some yarn shops carry this, or you can get it from sewing stores.  We used to call it "woolly nylon" but when I said that the other day in the sewing store she looked at me like I was crazy.  It's just a stretchy nylon thread usually used in sergers.
5  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Re: First Weaving Attempt & Homemade Loom on: May 02, 2008 10:42:10 AM
I've been trying to decide what kind of loom I can afford and have the space for and you have solved my problem brilliantly!!!  I commend you on your resourcefulness and I will be making a trip to the local hardware store ASAP!!!  Thank you!!! 
6  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: newbie, with a couple questions on: May 02, 2008 10:21:28 AM
We used to dye cotton fabrics with coffee and tea, so don't see why you can't dye natural yarns with it.  I've used Wilton dye for brown, and it came out a beautiful color, although I wish I would have added more dye for a darker color.  Still looks nice and can overdye it if I decide it's too light.  Also, you can use Rit dye and come out with fantastic colors.  I know going from white to black isn't a good option, but I used Rit to make a self striping sock yarn and the colors were vibrant and gorgeous!  Not all of the color will absorb though, because it contains two types of dyes...one for natural fibers and one for synthetics.  Rit also has a custom color chart on their site that you can mix their dyes for more options.  I've found the cake dye and Rit to be the easiest since I can get those right here where I live.  Because Alpaca is a natural fiber, you should have no trouble dyeing it like wool.  Have fun!  I'm addicted now, and love to experiment!!  Even some of my mistakes have turned out fabulous!
7  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: vinegar and kool-aid on: May 02, 2008 10:07:33 AM
That article is where I started too.  I decided to use the vinegar to help with color fastness.  I have had really great success, even when felting the project.  I didn't use the detergent in the presoak once, and the yarn came out OK...it was solid, but had slight shade variations, almost a heather.  I've also used cake icing dye (like wiltons) using the same processes.  That works really great too!
8  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where do people get their undyed yarns? on: May 02, 2008 09:57:02 AM
I have found a place in Cleveland, TN.  R&M Yarns has a brick and mortar store or you can order online at www.rmyarns.com.  I've ordered several times and since we used to live there, I like to stop by when we go for a visit.  they just started carrying superwash sock yarn and I've used the new zealand wool.  Good prices.  Hope this helps. 
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