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1  CANADA / Ontario / Fabric stores in Toronto? on: October 10, 2005 06:52:31 AM
Hey guys!

I need to know of some fabric stores in Toronto that have a good selection and fair pricing. I prefer to hit the downtown area since I live there but if you know of some in surrounding areas please put those down too, I will venture anywhere to get some good fabric and notions for my x-mas present making!

Thanks! Smiley

-Stace
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Embroidery Questions From A Beginner on: June 28, 2005 06:33:40 PM
Hi guys,

I have a few questions about embroidering:

Firstly, I am going to embroider a towel and put a grommet and a hook in the top corner for it to clip to my dad's golf bag. I saw someone advise someone else on here to embroider on the band part of the towel near the bottom if it has one instead of directly on the terry cloth bit. Is it true that that gives the best results? I haven't bought the towel yet so if the answer is yes I will just be sure to get that kind.

Secondly, this towel will be washed a lot since it'll get sweaty from golfing. I heard something about using a type of paper to ensure it stays on. I don't have a machine embroiderer and I've never done it by hand on a project though I've practiced on scrap paper. How do I secure my embroidery? Do I need to get the paper? I'm also afraid of the thread's security itself. Will it unravel if I embroider like I sew, meaning tying a big knot in the back to prevent the thread from unravelling?

Thirdly, I know people use hoops to pull the fabric taut for embroidering. I don't have a ring here, but my mother has one that I'm sure I can use if I go home sometime soon. But what's the quality difference? Are hoops mandatory? What would you guys advise for each of those issues? You all seem like experts! Smiley

I guess this is an obvious thing to say but I'm new at this so any tips would be greatly appreciated! Thanks a bunch!!

-Stace
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Crafting to help get over a break up? on: June 22, 2005 03:19:52 PM
Hi everyone,

I'll start off by saying that I broke up with my boyfriend of nearly three years just a few days ago. Ironically, this all happened before my sister's wedding and I am now taking my roommate as my date. As a type of coping mechanism, I suppose, I have really wanted to get back into the things I used to love but have not found time for recently. I believe being single may free me up some time and some drive to be a tad more selfish and do some more craft-related things for me. I used to make him stuff for birthdays and such and before, when I was single, I used to make myself handbags and such. That had all stopped but now I'm rather excited to rekindle my fire with crafting!

Thus, I am asking for information about your best "selfish crafts". A few things about me as a crafter: As of right now I don't own a sewing machine, though I occasionally have access to one when I am home but that is only about once a month. I don't want to make any more handbags, but I do want to do something for me to keep or use. I'd like to expand my knowledge base and use materials or processes or media that I've never used before but, at the same time, I'm a student and I can't afford many supplies. All suggestions are welcome, I just want to get back into the crafty swing of things because I'm sure this will help me feel better.

I myself was thinking about doing some sort of wall or cieling art. I live in an apartment and wanted to try paper crafts perhaps, since I *think* paper should be relatively cheap. I was thinking about turning my entire cieling into a mobile using string. I'm not sure if my landlord would like that idea, since I'd likely leave little tack holes throughout my cieling, but I was thinking about making thousands of tiny green (to match my room, green or brown even) paper stars to hang up. So, like I said, all suggestions are much appreciated. Even if they are just small crafts to keep me occupied (kind of like what I had in mind with my mobile idea) I'd really love your input.

Thanks again, guys!

-Stace, digging to find her crafty side again!
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Printing and Materials Question on: January 29, 2005 06:34:02 PM
Hi everyone,

I noticed that a lot of people have printed their stencils out on cardstock and cut them out. I am deathly afraid to run anything heavier than a piece of regular computer paper through my printer. I fear I may jam it and, being a student, my printer is my life! Haha so I was wondering, is it possible to use acetate sheets instead? Does anyone know if they are easier or harder to cut or if they do or do not print well?

Another little question about cardstock: Must you change your printer settings to run it through? Would you need to change the settings with acetate?

Thanks a bunch guys!

-Stace

5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Oekaki, Shi Painter and PaintBBS on: November 28, 2004 04:57:16 PM
Hi, guys!

Okay, so I've heard of all three of these before and seen the lovely work done with them. But what in the heck are they exactly? How can I get started playing around with them? If anyone has a bit of a beginner's tutorial or some explanations I'd be very grateful. The work done on these programs just look absolutely lovely. Do you have to pay for the software to make those images? Or can it be downloaded for free? Any tips on how to get started?

I'm sure one of my knowledgeable fellow Craftsters knows! Smiley

Thanks,

-Stace
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Making a lovely drawstring top like the one here? on: May 09, 2004 11:01:26 AM
Now, if I wasn't an uberpoor University student maybe I'd buy this and support the designer, but as of right now I can't afford it - $97 US translates to WAY TOO MUCH in Canadian dollars, and the shipping will kill me!  Roll Eyes

So this is the shirt I want to make:

http://www.girlshop.com/shop/girls/catalog/product.asp?pf%5Fid=mdk%2D316&bt=mdk

I figure a light, breathable fabric with a bit of stretch would be perfect for this type of shirt. What do you guys think? Post me some fabric suggestions.  Smiley

Also, I am very afraid of messing up the two side drawstring parts. I am going to make my shirt all black and use black thread so that any really horrible sewing mistakes can be pretty well masked, but I am not sure I have my head around the mechanics of sewing drawstrings in, I've never tried them before.

If anyone has a pattern similar to this, suggestions about the fabric I should use or ways to install these two side drawstrings I would be ever-so-grateful! It's heating up here and I need a nice breezy summer top! Smiley Thanks everyone!

-Stace
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / URGENT: HEAT SETTING: NEED QUICK RESPONSE on: March 28, 2004 04:59:40 PM
hi guys!

i want to wear my jazzy new shirt this week and i'm leaving home to go back to school, so i need to know about heat-setting with acrylic paint mixed with textile medium.

my bottle says wait 7 days then heatset. i thought i could do it when it's dry, so i was going to do it tonight. a little help please? do i wait 7 days or can i do it now safely?

thanks so much!

-stace
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Stenciling questions on: March 21, 2004 06:41:09 PM
hi everyone!

i bought textile medium to mix in with my acrylic paint for stenciling on t-shirts.

i have two questions about the medium:

first of all, the package says to mix 2 parts medium to 1 part acrylic paint, but i could've swore i read somewhere on here to mix them 1:1. do the amounts vary according to the product brand or is the consensus that mixing them 1:1 is more effective?

other questions: for heat setting, my instructions say to let the stenciled shirt dry for SEVEN DAYS (wow) before heat setting. I assumed after maybe a day you could heat set it. am i totally wrong in that assumption? lol

thanks so much everyone!

-stace
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / It's true - guys are hard to buy for! on: March 15, 2004 06:46:51 PM
My boyfriend has been amazing to me and I need to do something special for him. I have a few things planned, but I also want to make him something...

Guys on the board - What would you LOVE to have your girlfriend make for you?

Girls can respond too of course.  Tongue Just keep in mind I need ideas of things I can make to give a guy.

I know this is a very broad topic, I'm just looking for broad, unique ideas at the moment anyways.

Thanks so much!

-Stace
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Wedding Invitations on: January 18, 2004 01:18:31 PM
I am in charge of wedding invitations for my sister's wedding. I have some great ideas, but I need to know how I can affix regular computer paper to cardstock without getting out the glue (which will just make the paper ripple) . . . I thought of Mod Podge, but I am afraid it will make the paper ripple as well. Has anyone tried to do this before? What should I use to make it look professional? Thanks guys!

-Stace
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