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1  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / Needle Felting Supplies in BK/NYC on: May 23, 2009 10:28:46 PM
I know some craft stores but I can't seem to find a place that carries felting needles or wool roving. I'd rather get a lot of undyed wool and some needles than a little kit. Any suggestions?

I'd prefer the shop be in Brooklyn or the city.
2  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Sewing Machines for Refugees on: November 04, 2008 12:24:45 PM
I just read an article about a mother, a tailor, who was displaced, and left her sewing machine at home as she ran for her life. If it was stolen, she has no livelihood.

I say we help. I'm sure she's not the only seamstress out there, and I'm sure that sewing machines and other crafting supplies could maybe help feed someone.

Here's the article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7708329.stm
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Peacock Earth-- Materials Question on: October 29, 2008 09:28:01 PM
So, I have a concept for a display case that has the theme of Save the Earth and other such green-ness.

It's a peacock, in this position:

,with his tail spread fully outwards. In the middle of this tail is an earth model, better contrasted from the rest of the green and blue by some dark shading. At the bottom, there's some art nouveau lettering that reads "Keep it Well" I'm open to changing the lettering, the placing of the words, and the slogan itself.

I'm leaning towards relief sculpture, keeping in mind that this has to be taken in and out of a relatively small display case... though it will be by itself.

My question is about materials: I want to use only recycled materials for this. It's not just me working on this, and not everybody has artistic ability/experience. I'm pretty much alone in that sense. We're already collecting bottlecaps (from plastic bottles) and my friend and I have nice collections of beer bottle caps that we could probably dig into... there's scrap wood and bottles themselves as well... I'm not entirely sure even about how to start!


4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Save the World! on: October 27, 2008 08:08:10 PM
Apologies in advance for my language =P

So, I'm the resident art student at my school's environmentalist club, and I'd requested to run rampant with the display case. Then some asshole teacher decided to hijack it from me. They want to make an earth out of bottle caps. Over my fucking dead body they are. It doesn't work. People are going to point and say, "what's that?" and no-one will be able to answer them.

Trouble is, I need a design before Wednesday to pitch and get out there. This is MINE and those little bitches in that department will not steal it.

So, craftsters, I have some ideas, but can you help? Anything works, as long as it can be made with recycled materials.

Oh and P.S.: I want to make a goat skull out of recycled objects, but I'm not sure it will fit the project. And I need to be able to get other people involved, because they apparently want to "do stuff" =P Untalented bastards.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Wedding Gown? on: October 19, 2008 10:29:16 PM
So, I'm not getting married anytime soon, but I'm one of those chicks who's obsessed with planning. I'm really excited because I've finally found my dream dress, which I've sketched out and modified slightly in my sketches. Here's the original picture:

Pretty. =] I don't know the first thing about dressmaking. So, any tips on making the garment I have until...oh, forever, to make?

Tips: I want it to be a sort of extremely pale and possibly sparkling lavender, and my changes have included the addition of tiny flower embellishments and a layer of lace to the hem. (I hope that doesn't sound too gaudy, because it looks really beautiful on paper.)

At any rate, I realize I'll need an S-Line corset, which is awesome because I'm plenty sick of A-Lines. I want to know about material, fit, and patterns. You guys are amazing. Work your magic.

Any craftsters want to help out a very silly girl? She'll give you hugs!  Grin
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Adventures in Digital; some creepiness. on: August 15, 2008 11:59:03 PM
Here's a sweet little Madonna-ish looking doodle. I think she's sweet, and would like to improve her. Any suggestions?

Okay... here's where the slightly creepy starts. Turn away, sensitive ones!! I introduce Grethel!

.. And, as a bonus, a doodle on a marsmallow =P
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / The Spawn of Lillith & Edward Teach WARNING: OVERALL CREEPINESS & NUDITY! on: August 07, 2008 05:16:08 AM
This is Grethel. She lives in Bavaria, and she's a witch. She likes to eat babies && sheep's heads. =D

Okay, it's safe now, Grethel. You can come out.

One of my first adventures with digital work, but I'm an artist. I made Alicia (my other post) first, but creepy & textural, like Gertie here, is more my element. Any thoughts?

I hope my warning shows up!

8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Almost-Decent Digital on: August 07, 2008 01:17:24 AM
Forgive me if I can't figure out how to host this picture!!

So, I'm an art student, but I can't do digital art. It scares me. Anything I draw digitally ends up looking very third-grade, like I can't draw at all! I'm so ashamed.

But, I'm required to take a course in photoshop. Terrified, I decided to look up the fan artists who work digitally, and whom I used to love a few years ago, when I was still on deviantart. I figured I might get inspired, or learn something. To my surprise, I found that my favorite fan artist of all had traced most of her artwork. Bummer, right? Nope! It got me thinking! I can draw things traditionally, and scan them, or trace them, and fill them in on the comp! My PC doesn't have a scanner, so I decided to do a simple drawing and literally trace it: putting my paper over the screen, and edit it on MS Paint.
  It's far from the best I've ever done. But it's a new beginning for me, and just a tiny bit of hope.
   It's just sad that my epiphanies are other peoples' common sense.

I named her Alicia ^^
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Inventive Gift Wrap- What to use? on: June 29, 2008 03:36:51 AM
I'm going to my friend's nephew's briss tomorrow. I just got him a little onesie, but I figured I could get crafty with the gift wrap! I don't really know his mom, so I want it to look like normal gift wrap, unless it's something really out there  Any ideas?
10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Batteries? on: June 27, 2008 09:19:00 PM
I hate the thought of so many batteries filling up landfills, and all that scary acid really creeps me out. My mother's cordless mouse's batteries finally died, and I don't know if there's anything safe I could do with them. They're kodak, AAA. I was thinking earrings, but I don't know how to do that safely!

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