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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Chain-stitch (coptic?) handmade journal on: January 30, 2005 07:10:07 AM
when i open the journals, there are gaps between the signatures. 

I have the same problem. I suspect part of the problem comes from using a thick thread, even though I still have that problem to a lesser extent even when I use regular thread.

In a codex, I generally dab a bit of glue on the spine after I've done the stitching to avoid this. Since the spine is hidden, it's not a big deal and the end result is much nicer. I really don't know what to do about coptic bindings though...
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Chain-stitch (coptic?) handmade journal on: January 27, 2005 12:18:24 PM
I wish I could say I made it myself, but no. It was purchased.

At first I wanted to do a bunch of things on the cover, but finally I decided to make it as simple as possible to showcase the paper.
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Wow! on: January 26, 2005 03:38:05 PM
I'm absolutely in love with your robots. It's just the right combination of cute, witty and geeky - perfect for me! I don't really need stationery, but you can expect a t-shirt order from me in a couple of weeks (I'm trying to regroup my cafepress purchases to save on shipping)
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Chain-stitch (coptic?) handmade journal on: January 25, 2005 06:57:05 PM
I found pictures of the matching codex-style book I made a little while ago. It's half the size of the chain-stitch one (quarter vs half of a regular letter page)




5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Chain-stitch (coptic?) handmade journal on: January 25, 2005 03:54:54 PM
Here's my first attempt at making a chain-stitch journal (I think it's the same thing as a coptic-stitch, but I'm not 100% sure)

 It won't exactly serve the purpose I initially had in mind (I needed a no-frills journal for my serious new job, but got carried away Smiley ) but it's still pretty nice. I'll have to do some more bookbinding this week I guess...



6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: "_____ in a box" gift ideas. on: December 22, 2004 03:39:13 PM
I'm thinking of making a "get lucky" kit for my single guy friends.

I'm thinking:
- four-leaf clover out of shrinky dink
- condom
- cd mix of sexy songs (maybe on those tiny cds)
- mints
- tiny handmade book with cheezy pickup lines, or maybe quotes from retro dating books

Any other ideas?
7  CANADA / Quebec / Re: Montreal Anyone ? on: December 20, 2004 03:17:00 PM
Probably everyone here knows this already, I am always the last to know everything Wink, but there is a cool craft fair Dec. 11, 12 & 18, 19 at Le Divan Orange, 4234 St. Laurent.  I think it will be fantastic. Grin

D*mn! I missed it... I saw an ad for the fair at university and wanted to see it, but then I forgot to put it in my planner...   Undecided

As for places to shop for crafts, what else do you suggest instead of Omer Deserres? I agree that their selection for crafty-crafts (things like beads, scrapbooking, etc...) is limited and their stuff is expensive, but their basic supplies  stuff (paint, brushes, papers, glues) are usually pretty good, no?
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: wool skirt, made on the bias on: December 20, 2004 07:43:51 AM
Did you use a commercial pattern or you drafted it yourself? If so, a tutorial would be nice...
9  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Fundraising ideas on: December 18, 2004 09:35:33 AM
Are you a student? We had an organization in college called Engineers without Borders who financed themselves selling lollipops in school. They'd be carrying lollipops with them at all times, and became the school's "candy pushers". People would go to them during pauses, etc... to get their daily sugar fix. It's good because it's inexpensive (even with a good profit margin: I think the candy cost something like 5 cents each and they sold them for a quarter) and it's a repeat purchase. It got them a lot of visibility, and they raised serious money like that. They bought the lollipops in big buckets at Costco, but I guess you could make your own candy.

Something else that might sell well would be custom stenciled t-shirts. Everyone needs t-shirts, it's hard to find t-shirts with fun/meaninful/not clich logos in stores, and it's something that is very fast to do once you've gotten the hang of it and have your stencils ready.

The good thing about this is that you wouldn't have to invest right away in lots of material. You just have to find a supplier of inexpensive t-shirts in a variety of colors and sizes, make a bunch of reusable stencils, and buy an assortment of inexpensive acrylic paint. You then make some sort of catalog to show what options are available. People could say, for instance, "oh, I'd like the alien in white over a green t-shirt", give a deposit (maybe enough to cover the cost of the materials), and you'd deliver the shirt a few days later. You might offer to draw custom stencils on demand for extra $$$ too. I suspect you could easily made 10$ of profit on a shirt, maybe more.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: new fabric--need ideas!! on: December 18, 2004 09:14:45 AM
I'd probably use a fabric like that as a lining for a messenger bag or something - just a touch of excentric on the inside of a more serious thing - because I don't think I could pull a whole project in that. But that's just me; I tend to be shy with patterns.

On the same theme, I have some (about a yard each) leftover cotton flannel from a previous project (washable pads... I went a bit overboard on the fabric I think). The flannel is baby blue and baby green, both with similar tiny flowers on it. Very babyish. Unfortunately, no one I know needs baby stuff.

Any ideas of what I could make with it?
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