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1  Call for vendors -- GLAM Indie Craft Show in Gainesville, FL in Florida: North by sassafras on: September 06, 2011 08:19:01 AM
Every year, GLAM Indie Craft Show serves up a fresh holiday shopping experience in the heart of downtown Gainesville. We're currently looking for artists and crafters who make unique items that will appeal to discerning shoppers who expect high-quality, handmade products. If that's you, then we'd love to have you apply!

Event date: Sunday, Dec. 4 from noon-5pm
Location: Villa East in downtown Gainesville, FL
Online application: http://glamcraftshow.com/apply
Application deadline: September 30 at 11:55pm

Previous events have featured more than 30 local vendors selling upcycled wallets, handmade jewelry and accessories, mens and ladies silk-screened T-shirts, funky home decor, hand-spun yarns, reflective cycling apparel, baby bibs, fitness hoops, amigurumi, and more.

For more information, visit http://glamcraftshow.com.
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2  GLAM Indie Craft Show -- Gainesville, FL in Florida: Central by sassafras on: September 01, 2010 09:17:16 AM
Each year, GLAM Indie Craft Show serves up a fresh holiday shopping experience in the heart of downtown Gainesville. Shoppers are treated to a full buffet of fresh, one-of-a-kind gifts created by local designers. With the growing interest in buying local, GLAM provides a unique way for socially minded shoppers to purchase products that were handcrafted within their own community, and to connect with the people who made them.

For more information visit http://glamcraftshow.com.

Interested in being a vendor? Applications are being accepted at http://glamcraftshow.com/apply. You are encouraged to apply before the end of September, since spaces are limited.


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3  GLAM Indie Craft Show -- Gainesville, FL in Florida: North by sassafras on: September 01, 2010 09:16:09 AM
Each year, GLAM Indie Craft Show serves up a fresh holiday shopping experience in the heart of downtown Gainesville. Shoppers are treated to a full buffet of fresh, one-of-a-kind gifts created by local designers. With the growing interest in buying local, GLAM provides a unique way for socially minded shoppers to purchase products that were handcrafted within their own community, and to connect with the people who made them.

For more information visit http://glamcraftshow.com.

Interested in being a vendor? Applications are being accepted at http://glamcraftshow.com/apply. You are encouraged to apply before the end of September, since spaces are limited.


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4  Re: Any Craftsters in Gainesville? in Florida: North by sassafras on: September 01, 2010 09:13:54 AM
There are indeed a lot of crafty types in Gainesville, but to my knowledge, there still isn't a formalized group that meets. I keep thinking about trying to organize one, but just haven't carved out the time amidst the other things I do.

The good news is that we are having an indie craft show here in Gainesville this fall! GLAM Indie Craft Show will take place Sunday, Dec. 5 from 1-5pm at the Thelma Boltin Center. Even if you aren't sure you're ready to sell your creations at a show, it's a blast to just come and hang out with other crafty types. All the crafters last year raved about how great it was to meet other cool crafters. Plus we're having a DJ and yummy food for sale, so it's a great way to spend an afternoon.

If you're interested in being a vendor, applications are being accepted through the month of September via http://glamcraftshow.com/apply. Apply early, since spaces are limited.

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5  Re: Felted Mittens from Recyled Sweater - Ridiculously easy!!! TUTORIAL in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sassafras on: December 22, 2005 03:04:08 PM
Just saw another idea for felted sweaters on Crafters Coast to Coast -- making a book cover:
http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/cr_sewing_accessories/article/0,1789,HGTV_3321_3869644,00.html

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6  Re: Felted Mittens from Recyled Sweater - Ridiculously easy!!! TUTORIAL in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sassafras on: December 21, 2005 02:59:37 AM
is it possible to make the other kinds of hats...like the 20's looking bucket-like hat, fedora, etc. with this type of felting??

You may be able to, but I know the felt for those kind of hats is typically a lot stiffer.  I don't know about everyone else's, but my recon sweater felt is a little on the floppy side.   Maybe one of the more expert felters could tell you for sure? 

I've made a lot of cool things from recycled sweaters (pillow covers, purses, flower pins, iPod cozies). I find that lambswool sweaters with small cables (~1/2") shrink up nice and thick. They'd probably work well for garments that need more structure.






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7  Re: sweater boots! in Shoes: Completed Projects by sassafras on: December 21, 2005 02:26:00 AM
So, I have these...Sandals Cheesy And I like the wedgy look of them, and I don't really like them haha, they need a new look.  How do you suggest going about doing this?  Here's some pics of them if it helps.




Maybe, I could sew it to the actual like flat of the shoes like, the black part that's all squishy Tongue  Also, would you suggest cutting off the strappy things?

Yeah, I think you should do something else with the sandals. Doesn't seem like they have enough inherent stability for this project. Your feet will be flopping all over the place.

Why not wrap the sandal straps with some funky ribbon and embellish with some sequins/beads/whatnot? You can have a sassy pair of pool shoes for the summer!
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8  Pat the bunny! in Costumes: Completed Projects by sassafras on: December 21, 2005 01:49:04 AM
Okay, some of you may wonder why I attempted such a daunting project. Well, it just seemed worth it. One of my boyfriend's best friends from New Orleans used to have a bunny suit, and he wore it to every Mardi Gras for the last 13 years.

Needless to say, Hurricane Katrina flooded his house and the bunny suit got trashed. My boyfriend and I looked into buying a new bunny "mascot" costume, but they cost ~$300 and up. Gulp.
A friend of mine enlightened me that with a little chicken wire and some spray foam, I could make one myself. You can too, and here's how!

1. WIRE FRAME
Use chickenwire to sculpt a framework for the head. This isn't an exact science -- you just gotta go with it. I started by building a collar to sit on the shoulders. In retrospect, I wish I'd made this a little smaller. I think it looks a bit bulky in the finished product. Next, I attached a cylinder to make the head itself. I tapered this at the top by scrunching and folding the wire. Finally, I added the contoured parts -- cheeks and the back of the head. I took small rectangles of chicken wire, shaped them until they looked good, and then wired them onto the main head.

Be sure to wear gloves -- elbow length if you've got 'em. The chickenwire is nasty stuff and scratched me up pretty good, even WITH the gloves.

2. FOAM
Line the wire form with a garbage bag and stuff it with newspaper. Use that spray foam stuff to coat the head. You want the kind that says it dries hard and can be sanded/painted. I recommend the "Great Stuff" brand. You don't have to spray underneath the chicken wire -- the foam will stick to it just fine. Remember that the foam expands a bunch, so don't use too much to start out with -- you can always go back and add more if you need to. Overall, I think I used four cans.

Let the foam cure for a day or so. It will look fairly blobby (see left side of picture), but you can shape it pretty easily and smooth things out (right side). I found that a non-serrated kitchen knife works best for shaving the foam. Just be sure to have a good knife sharpener handy -- the stuff really seemed to dull my knife. With a bit of patience and imagination, you can get the head looking like a bunny (or whatever animal you're making).

Here's a shot with the eyes, mouth, nose and ears attached. I used drywall sanding screens to cover the openings for the eyes and mouth (dontcha love wandering the hardware store looking for just the right odds and ends!). These work great because they look opaque from a distance, but you can see through them when you have the head on. I dry fit these but didn't glue them in until the fur was all done. The nose is a piece of velveteen that I stretched over the foam under-nose and glued in place prior to the white fur. The ears were made from the same pattern as the suit (McCall's 8953).

3. FUR!!!
So I used McCall's 8953 for the suit, making a few alterations along the way. I added patch pockets to the inside of the suit and lengthened it for my 6'7" friend. That was the easy part. The hard part was fitting the fur on the head.
I draped the fur over the head, made some markings, and sewed some seams. Amazingly, I was able to make a "sleeve" of fur that fit pretty tight over the top part of the head. I sprayed the fur and the head with 3M Super 77 spray adhesive and glued 'er in place. It was a little tough to deal with the bottom part of the head because the fur tended to bunch around the neck. I stuck it down as good as I could but ended up making a bunch hand-stitched darts around the neck and collar. Last, but not least, I glued the eye and mouth coverings in place with some E-6000 carefully applied around the openings.

All in all I think it turned out pretty great!



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9  tree quilt / flower mini-quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by sassafras on: June 07, 2004 11:15:50 AM
Hi everyone. I've been a craftster junkie for awhile but never realized there was a quilt forum until today! After seeing all your beautiful quilts I wanted to share my own.

So far I've completed two lap sized quilts. One was a stars-and-stripes themed quilt that I gave as a wedding present to friends who married on the Fourth of July. Another was a vibrant, primary colors baby quilt that my sister and I made for our newborn cousin. Sadly, I can't find the photos of these right now.

Here's a picture of a small (18"x24") wall hanging that I made. It was inspired by books I had seen on impressionist quilting. One cool thing I wanted to point out was that I used the "wrong side" of some of the squares for a more muted look (see detail). This can be an easy way to get greater range of values in your quilts without having to buy a bunch more fabrics (of course, who doesn't ever need more fabric? ;-) Don't mind the big red wax stain -- no amount of determination has been able to get all the wax out.





And then here is the quilt I've been working in FOREVER. I started it in college. Since I didn't bring my sewing machine to college with me I pieced all the tree blocks by hand. I finished the blocks just before my senior year and pieced the blocks and the sashing together by machine. I've been working on hand-quilting it ever since! I just don't work on it regularly -- I go in fits and spurts. Anyhow, here's the pictures of the twin-sized quilt and a close-up of a block. And don't mind the safety pins in this one - they're holding everything together.





Thanks for looking! It's so nice to have people who appreciate craftiness to share my work with!
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10  mini-altar / fertility shrine in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sassafras on: June 06, 2004 11:59:40 PM
Okay, so I've posted responses to other people's fabulous projects but this is my first shot at posting a project. I wrote about this project a little while back in a post about recycled bike parts but didn't have a way to post pictures. Well, one scanner and digital camera later I'm finally ready!

I created this mini-altar / fertility shrine for two friends of mine who are trying to have a baby. I posted a tutorial and pictures at http://sassycrafter.tripod.com. Please check them out and let me know what you think!

edit: (I would've posted pictures directly into this post but I'm still learning how. Sorry! The link above should work.)
edit2: (Okay, I think I figured out how to put a photo into this post... let's try it...)
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