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1  Wisconsin / Wisconsin: Southeast / Non-Fabric Fashion Class :: Milwaukee on: June 14, 2006 11:08:18 PM
Saturday, June 17 | 10 a.m.- 4p.m.
"NON-FABRIC FASHION" WORKSHOP
Discovery World, Pier Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI
10am-4pm
FREE* (Original $40-50 fee waived at last minute and class in now being run on donation basis!)

"Express yourself with a wardrobe made from unconventional materials. Explore concepts and techniques of making wearable art and fashions from anything but fabric. Design and make your own creations in this hands-on full day session."

"Prima Debris will represent Haute Trash (hautetrash.org) and travel to Milwaukee to take part in leading a "Non-Fabric Fashion" workshop at a Summer Initiative at the all new Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin on Lake Michigan. She'll be joining forces with Gene & Bridget Hayes, of "Luxury Rehab" to present the day-long seminar. Prima will be focusing on basic design and construction techniques for students aged 17 and up. Participants will create their own outfits from non-traditional materials, and will have the opportunity to model their designs in an afternoon Haute Trash fashion show. For more information, or to register for the workshop, visit www.pierwisconsin.c om."

REGISTER SOON if interested!!!! All info is on website : www.pierwisconsin.c om (go to summer activities, then    adults, then design...)  Sounds like it should be CRAFTSTER worthy!!!
2  COOKING / Dessert / Natillas? (Spanish Custard Dessert) on: May 24, 2006 08:52:22 PM
Does anyone have a really good recipe for Natillas?  I've found some online, but I'm looking for a more traditional spanish recipe.  There is some sort of bread or cookies in the custard, but I'm not sure what they are and if anyone has any advice on if i should use heavy whipping cream versus milk?  If anyone has any suggestions, it would be super!!! (preferably before Memorial day).

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 24 hrs. of madness = NEW BAG!!! on: June 23, 2005 12:01:37 AM
Ok, I reallllly would appreciate some feedback on this bag, lets hear some deconstructive criticism! Is this bag too boring?  I'm thinking it looks too commercial... but at the same time I love it.  

Or maybe it's just because I've starred at it too long.  My home-made pattern went to hell and back... and then this came out.  

http://www.angelfire.com/indie/cedu/other/OPH017.jpg

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Swap? on: June 18, 2005 05:07:12 PM
In honor of Tim Burtons soon to be released film "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" starring Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka....

...maybe we should start a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Swap??

For those interested, do you think it should be done after the movie is out in theaters? (July 15th)
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Zippers in Hobo/Cresent bags? on: June 18, 2005 01:16:12 PM
I love making hobo bags, with a cresent shaped opening.... but when I put the zipper in, it can't handle the curve and the zipper won't operate right!!! I used a brass "jean" zipper, should I be using a nylon plastic zipper instead?

Yeah ok I guess I could just use a snap/button/velcro closure, but I like zippers on bags because it prevents everything from falling out.

Anyone have this problem or any solutions?
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / 1st Annual Bags and Jewels Competition - Five Star Reviews on: May 19, 2005 10:39:27 AM
Hey Craftsters...

So I recieved an email from Five Star Reviews inviting me to participate in their 1st Annual Bags and Jewels Competition.  Has anyone had experience with Five Star Reviews (www.fivestarreviews .com) before?  Did anyone else recieve this e-mail?

Here's a summary of the e-mail I got:

We are gearing up for our 1st Annual Bags and Jewels Competition, which will
award the top accessory designs such as handbags, jewelry, hair pieces, and
more. We were recommended by one of our guest fashion columnists to visit
your web site and wanted to extend an official nomination in our awards
competition. You have a truly unique style, and we'd be honored to have you
participate this year. There will be 3 Editor's Pick Awards, ranking 1st,
2nd, and 3rd, plus an honorable mention, and several specialty categories.
The grand jury winners will receive an official Five Star Reviews award
logo, certificate and a feature story on our magazine's front page. Our
fashion channel's special guest judges, as well as our chief editorial staff
will be judging designs based on originality, packaging, design materials
and overall look and appeal. What we need from our participants is a design
sample (would prefer a physical sample, but photos can suffice if you cannot
provide one) you'd like to enter for the competition as well any information
that you feel makes your company so unique and special.


There is a $25 dollar fee.  I've never even heard of them before, and in their e-mail they made it sound like they had an actual newstand magazine or something... and If I haven't heard of them, then I'm sure the majority of the nation hasn't either.  So I'm not too sure if they are as great as they sound.

I searched the Switchboards to see if any other craft biz worked with them, and it turns out they do review as expensive advertising, when really one would think the purpose of a review is to publicize a personally chosen product for pro-bono???

Just looking to see if anyone else has anything to say about Five Star Reviews before I decide to enter the contest...
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / How do you decorate your bags? on: May 01, 2005 05:13:34 PM
I thought I'd start a thread about purse, bags, & wallet embellishments & ideas!  How do you make yours unique? What do you use to decorate it? 

I like using unique & vintage appliques, charms & buttons.... and I know I'm not the only one.  Does anyone use something different?

Here are some links for embellishments, ribbon, beads, & hardware to decorate handbags:

http://www.mjtrim.com
http://www.lesbonribbon.com/oscommerce/index.php
http://www.umei.com/
http://www.jcarolinecreative.com/
http://www.cheeptrims.com/
http://www.greenberg-hammer.com/store.asp
http://www.buttonshoppe.com/collection.htm
http://www.ribbongirls.net
http://www.beadshop.com

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Fiberboard for Base & Frame Support on: April 28, 2005 07:18:31 PM
Has anyone used Bontex Mori-Fresh Cellulose Fiberboard for handbag frame & bottom support?  I have been desperately searching for a supplier ever since a year ago I was able to sample the product!  I like it because it comes in sheets and you can cut it to any dimension & it is sewable... not to mention bacteria, fungi & mold resistant!

I tried to access the manufacturers webpage, www.bontex.com, to order sheets, but for some reason I can't access the ordering page.

Has anyone else used a similar product?  Through google searches, I found something called "Bag-E-Bottoms" but I don't think it is sewable and it only comes in a few small sizes. 



9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / A Treasury of Needle Arts: Thread for Thread, Stitch for Stitch on: April 26, 2005 06:46:04 PM
Title: "A Treasury of Needle Arts: Thread for Thread, Stitch for Stitch"
Publisher: Drake Publishers, Inc, New York, 1974

This is an AWESOME vintage book that I recieved from my mother's collection.  It's a volume of all principal forms of the art of needlework - sewing, knitting, crocheting, embroidering and lacework.  It has clear and colored illustrations, instructions, and patterns for diy projects & techniques.

It's an "encyclopedia" for the crafter... unfortunately without an index.  While it  lacks a table of contents for quick reference, the book's abundance of resources makes it my #1 companion in the crafting world.

Does anyone else have this book? 
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Tips for sewing/cutting Silk Chiffon? on: April 15, 2005 12:26:37 AM
I recently purchased a bunch of silk chiffon & silk georgette fabric to make clothing.  It's my first time using the stuff, and so far I've wasted half of it!!!

The stuff is so slinky and slippery it has a mind of it's own... How the heck do you sew with this stuff!??! Are there any tips anyone has?  I don't want to use anymore from fear of wasting it in my experiments!!!

Thanks!!
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