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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Doctor Who bag, a new generation on: July 12, 2013 04:23:36 AM
I was asked by a really nice lady to make a Doctor Who bag for her daughter's birthday and how could I say no? I decided to include some new patches that make reference to some of the older seasons, and also to the newest!

22  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / New screen printed Fat Quarters! Rabbits and foxes and daleks, oh my! on: June 16, 2013 09:50:58 AM
I've been printing my own fat quarters for a while now and have made a bunch of new ones, some inspired by partners in the recent Fabric Printing Swap. I've done a bunch more Doctor Who and Harry Potter themed prints, and then some fun foxes, rabbits, squids and more  Grin Which one is your favorite? I can't pick mine  Smiley

23  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 87 ENTRIES / Circles, a pretty geometry lesson on: June 10, 2013 03:23:35 PM
I was inspired by beautiful geometric art to make this hoop. It features a circle within a circle and rays emitting from certain points within the inner circle.

24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Portraits in a Bag - Teesha Moore to the next level on: June 06, 2013 05:27:26 PM
I recently was lucky enough to swap with the fantastic Jennieingram who asked if I could possibly make a bag incorporating many of her loves. I was very excited to rise to the challenge and it came together wonderfully. I sometimes find mixing themes to be a bit challenging to make all the patches look like they belong on the same bag, but I really think this worked out well. I really hope to get the chance to make more of these "portrait" style bags.

Some of the themes I incoporated in this bag are Harry Potter, Doctor Who, tea, crafting, celtic knots, art nouveau, flying keys/clocks, among other things.

25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Arrested Development patchwork wall hanging on: June 05, 2013 04:27:59 AM
This is my first foray into making wall hangings with the Teesha Moore style patches, but I'd like to think it turned out pretty well. I was inspired by Arrested Development which I have only recently fell in love with  Smiley I love a show with amazing quotes.

26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Fabric Printing Swap Gallery on: May 18, 2013 02:31:08 PM
The place where we share all our printed fabric goodies!

Team sheepBlue

fancybutch –> kawaiihelen
kawaiihelen -> fancybutch

goatgoddess –> PerfectlyBohemian
PerfectlyBohemian -> goatgoddess

ivoryh1632–> lo{ve}
lo{ve} -> ivoryh1632

edelC –> kawaiihelen
kawaiihelen -> edelC

craftADDchick –> smashu
smashu -> craftADDchick

unicornlasers –> noushi
noushi -> unicornlasers

sloth003 –> Leapfeetfirst
LeapFeetFirst -> sloth003

Abbeeroad –> waggonswest
waggonswest -> Abbeeroad

megstar –> ivoryh1632
ivoryh1632 -> megstar

Jen Sews –> nolansmomster
nolansmomster -> Jen Sews

mcook72677 –> lo{ve}
lo{ve} -> mcooK72677

goatgoddess –> waggonswest
waggonswest -> goatgoddess

craftADDchick[/color] –> ptarmic wumpus
ptarmic wumpus -> craftADDchick

Feedback Left
Sending Late (with communication)
Contact Organizer
27  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 86 ENTRIES / Gnome Alone - Beware the Hoopla on: May 02, 2013 04:20:58 AM
I can't believe I never posted this before outside of the gallery, but in any case, I made a hoopla for the fantastic erica_tattoos in the 6th Round of the Embroidery Hoopla swap. She listed gnomes as a theme, and I stalked her to find out she likes zombies as well, so could a more perfect match be made? Of course not.

I used a bit of fabric paint to give the guts a bit more of a juicy feeling  Cheesy

28  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Fabric Printing Swap Sign up Closed, Send out 6/3 on: April 13, 2013 09:04:00 PM

Swap name: Fabric Printing Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: sheepBlue
Co-organizer: craftyADDchick
Sign-up: April 14th – May 1st
Date to send: June 3rd
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
Additional Age requirement? Must be 16 years or older

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
- Is at least 18 years old: 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 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

In this swap we will be making a Fat Quarter (18 inches by 22 inches) of original one-of-a-kind printed fabric for our partners. We are only going to swap the FQ, no extras required, so we can focus on making awesome prints! If partners agree you may send a larger piece of printed fabric and/or extras, but they are not required and you must check with your partner to see if it is ok. You can choose between having one or two partners, and there are a world of choices when it comes to technique and materials! Feel free to experiment with screen printing, block prints, monoprints, potato printing, and any other form of printing under the sun.

Also please make sure that what  you send to your partner(s) is color-fast and will survive future trips through the laundry.

Everyone needs to keep in contact both with the organizer and their partner; please try to post to the thread at least once a week to let us know how you're doing and please don’t leave your partner or myself hanging if we PM you!

Please make sure you post in this thread for updates as soon as you sign-up/think about signing up.

Organizer's Note: I reserve the right to refuse anyone. If you have feedback that shows a history of very late sending, ill-communication, incomplete packages, lack of DC#'s, etc. I may refuse you. I want this to be a flake-free swap.

Here are some tutorials on craftster and around the web for some inspiration:

How to Screen Print at Home
How to print your own fabric
Monoprints on Fabric
LimeRiot's Bubblewrap Printing Tutorial
LimeRiot's Toilet rock Printed Bag With Tutorial
maximumRABBIT's foam stamp tutorial
Sunprinting with Cyanotype
Block printing on fabric
Homemade Block printing with things found around the Home!
Potato Printing
My own screen printing tutorial for printing at home!


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer: sheepBlue

Name of swap: Fabric Printing 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 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Do you want 1 or 2 partners? Or are you open to either option?

Do you have any allergies that your partner(s) should be aware of? Do you have allergens in your home?

Would you describe your printing skills as beginner, intermediate, or advanced?

Colors you like:

Colors you don't like:

Symbols/patterns you like:

Symbols/patterns you don't like:

Please list 5 themes/ideas to help your partner know the kinds of things you might like (they can be more specific, ie dolphins, or less specific, ie the ocean - crafting from these themes is not strictly required but helpful for creative guidance):

Is there any project you have in mind for the fabric you will be receiving?

Pinterest? Links? Stalking aids?

Want to go above and beyond the minimum requirement?

Do you have a camera or access to a camera? Can you post pictures?

Anything else you would like for your partner to know about you...


Approved Swappers:

1. sheepBlue Smiley
2. craftADDchick Smiley
3. ptarmic wumpus Smiley
4. edelC Smiley
5. kawaiihelen Smiley
6. Nolansmomster Smiley
7. smashu Smiley
8. sezouli Smiley
9. Jen Sews Smiley
10. Abbeeroad Smiley
11. megstar Smiley
12. sloth003 Smiley
13. Unicornlasers Smiley
14. Bobomom Smiley
15. hayleylujah Smiley
16. leather and lace Smiley
17. PerfectlyBohemian Smiley
18. LeapFeetFirst Smiley
19. luckdragon Smiley
20. Wise One Smiley
21. noushi Smiley
22. goatgoddess Smiley
23. ivoryh1632 Smiley
24. waggonswest Smiley
25. fancybutch Smiley
26. Eiseldora Smiley
27. mcook72677  Smiley
28. lo{ve} Smiley
29. loulew28 Smiley

preg_replace('/(.{49})/', '$1 ', '___________________________________________________')


Team craftyADDchick

sloth003 – edelC
sheepBlue - smashu
Abbeeroad – ptarmic wumpus
megstar – sezouli
loulew28 - bobomom
Jen Sews – leather and lace
sezouli – sheepBlue
nolansmomster – PerfectlyBohemian
luckdragon – eiseldora
leather and lace – hayleylujah
eiseldora – bobomom
loulew28 – Wise One
mcook72677 - hayleylujah
luckdragon - sheepBlue

Team sheepBlue

fancybutch – kawaiihelen
goatgoddess – PerfectlyBohemian
ivoryh1632 – lo{ve}
edelC – kawaiihelen
craftADDchick – smashu
unicornlasers – noushi
sloth003 – Leapfeetfirst
Abbeeroad – waggonswest
megstar – ivoryh1632
Jen Sews – nolansmomster
mcook72677 – lo{ve}
goatgoddess – waggonswest
craftADDchick – ptarmic wumpus
29  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Screen Printing with Drawing Fluid and Screen Filler - A How To at Home! on: April 02, 2013 07:21:33 PM

Screen printing is a magical thrilling process in which you can create original designs and print endlessly to create your very own textiles. I thought I'd share my love of screen printing here, and break it down so anyone can try this at home (where I do all my printing!)

The first thing you will need is a screen printing frame to work with. I made another tutorial on how to build your own, but if you don't want to do that, you can always buy one pre-made from websites like dickblick.com.

Once you've gotten a frame for printing you need to start thinking about what sort of image you want to print. There are many ways you can go about applying an image to your frame for screen printing and I'm going to concentrate on one of the techniques I use the most: drawing fluid/screen filler. This particular application method is great for getting painterly effects, precise drawings, and gives you a lot of control in how your image looks as you draw it as you can make adjustments as you go.

In this tutorial I'm going to break it down into 3 different processes: applying the drawing fluid, applying the screen filler, and then the fun part, printing!

To apply the drawing fluid you will need:

-Screen printing frame
-Drawing fluid
-Paint brushes
-Image you want to transfer 

This should actually be prepared at least a day before you're actually ready to print.

Step 1: Find/draw/create an image you want to print. For this method thin lines and intricate detail are not impossible but are difficult to achieve so keep that in mind.

Step 2: Tape the image loosely to the recessed side of the frame so that you can see it through the screen.

Step 3: Using a paint brush (smaller brushes mean finer lines, bigger brushes mean more coverage) transfer your image to your screen with the drawing fluid. Be careful not to put too much drawing fluid on the screen at one time, it will pool and create thick gloppy areas that we do not want!

Step 4: Remove the taped image and check the image on your screen by holding it up to a light source to find any small areas that need another layer of drawing fluid to ensure you've thoroughly filled it in.

Step 5: Wash your paint brush(es) and let the drawing fluid dry thoroughly, at least 3 to 4 hours. It might take less if you have less fluid to dry.

OK now you're ready to move onto applying the screen filler. This part is tricky and takes some practice to get down so don't be discouraged if it takes you a few tries to get the hang of it.

You'll need:

-Screen printing frame with drawing fluid thoroughly dried
-A squeegee or stiff piece of cardboard that is as wide as your frame
-A spoon
-A stipple brush or stiff brush
-Sponge and sink (sorry, not pictured)

Step 1: Lay down newspaper or something to protect your working surface

Step 2: Place your screen down, flat side up.

Step 3: Get your screen filler and shake well.

Step 4: Open the bottle and carefully pour onto one side. Don't be stingey! If you don't have enough filler it won't spread smoothly and then all your work will be ruined and you'll have to start over. However, don't pour so much that it's dripping over the edge. Practice will help to master this delicate balance. (Worse case scenario: You make a horrible mess and it doesn't spread nicely, run it to a sink and wash it out quickly. You'll have to do the drawing fluid steps over again but it beats having to either buy screen cleaner or replace the mesh completely).

Step 5: Taking your squeegee (or in this case a piece of folded cereal cardboard - I find it easier to use for spreading screen filler), gently but quickly pull the filler to cover the entire screen. (My apologies, in the photos above, I had an impossible time trying to get an action shot). You'll know you've done it correctly when the drawing fluid can be seen easily and all other surface is covered by the filler. Any excess filler can be returned back to the bottle if possible or washed with a wet sponge. BE VERY CAREFUL when you're cleaning up the frame that no stray water drops hit your frame – until the screen filler is dry it will be marred by water.

Step 6: Let the frame dry again thoroughly – this time overnight would be best.

Step 7: Once the frame is dry, take it to the sink and run cold water on your frame. The drawing fluid is water soluble and will dissolve in the water, leaving you an excellent durable stencil to print with! If you have a little bit of trouble with screen filler blocking areas that had drawing fluid in it, try scrubbing with a rough paint brush or stipple brush.

Now you're ready to start printing!

You will need:

-Prepared screen printing frame
-Squeegee (doesn't have to be fancy or elaborate, I bought mine relatively cheaply off Amazon)
-Screenprinting inks (water based is easiest to work with – Speedball brand is easily found in craft stores, or dharmatrading.com, or dickblick.com)
-Spoons, spatula, non-food-eating containers
-Clear contact paper
-Masking tape
-Towel (one that you don't mind staining)
-Blow dryer (optional)
-Cloth covered printing surface (for example I use a piece of plexiglass covered with scrap fabric) 
-Fabric to be printed (follow the directions on your screen printing ink, typically 100% cotton works best)

Before starting: Prepare your work surface. Take your piece of scrap fabric and tape it securely to the surface of where you will be working. This serves to absorb any excess ink that will bleed through your fabric. I use a piece of plexiglass that I've taped a large piece of fabric to as an example. YOU DO NOT WANT TO PRINT DIRECTLY ONTO A TABLE OR FLOOR! IT WILL BLEED THROUGH AND STAIN!

Step 1: Lay out the fabric you are going to print on. If this is an item of clothing make sure that you have something sandwiched in between like cardboard to prevent bleeding on the back side of the clothes.

Step 2: If there is any other open areas on your screen besides the image you will be printing (as my screen does) cover the open areas with contact paper to ensure that ink will not print anywhere but through the image you have created. It is also a good idea to put contact paper or masking tape around the edges where the screen filler meets with the duct tape edges as bleeding can sometimes happen there as well. Flip the screen over so that the flat side of the screen is on the table and rub the recessed side of the screen with your hand vigorously. This creates heat which will help the contact paper bond even more with the screen.

Step 3: Figure out where you are going to be printing and lay the frame down.

Step 4: Spoon a liberal amount of ink onto the duct tape area at the top of your frame.

Step 5: Place your squeegee at the top making sure to dab it in the ink first, and pull down firmly and smoothly to the bottom of the frame.

Step 6: Gently lift the frame. The fabric may cling to the frame so gently peel it away. Voila! You've printed. If you want to continue printing, either use your hair dryer to blow dry the first print so that you can keep printing without worry that it'll smear, or be mindful that as you continue printing, your frame doesn't overlap the wet ink causing it to smear.

Step 7: Once you're done printing in the color of your choice, clean the frame right away! (Hint: It's best to work close to a working sink if at all possible) Do not let the ink dry on your frame because that will quickly ruin it. You should be able to leave the contact paper on the frame while washing, but be gentle. It needs to dry again to properly adhere for printing. You can speed up the drying time by blow drying the screen.

Step 8: Pick your next color and print some more!

When you are all done make sure to clean your screens thoroughly so no ink remains on the mesh, and keep all of your leftover inks in air-tight containers such as Tupperware. 

Finishing tips: Most screen printing inks need to be heat set, so make sure after the ink has dried to iron your image on the “no steam” setting for a couple of minutes before washing.

Here are some examples of things I have screen printed using the drawing fluid/screen filler method!


30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Leather cording on: March 28, 2013 09:37:52 AM
I really love the look of black leather cording on a necklace, but my problem is that the kind I've bought was wrapped up tightly and now has kinks in the leather that won't let my necklaces hang straight. Does anyone have any suggestions for getting the weird kinks out of the cording so it hangs right? Help??
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