I've been thinking-up some bracelet ideas based on the one I found here: http://www.ornamentea.com/TheShop/TutorialPages/EverydayWrappedBracelet.html The crystal trim I want to use has a little warning on it about how it contains lead and the state of CA says it is bad, blah blah. The usual warning about lead. I'm wondering if it has a lot or not. I'm also wondering, as long as it is only in the crystal part of the trim, would it matter since it will be sitting on top of cording?
I've been making pin/badges for my local yarn shop and they recently took some to a show. Someone saw them and sent me an e-mail asking about my rates for 100, 500, and 1000. I have the 100 covered, but the others are being a bit hard. I charge $0.75 each for up to 150 because that will cover my cost of material * 1.5 and my time. I'm not sure how to calculate the other ones. I know there is a price break in there, since there is less starting and stopping, but I don't know how to get the numbers. My fiancee tried to help, but the time it took me to get them printed was only a few mins, 5 at the most. I have the printer in my basement, so there usually aren't lines or big print jobs in front of me ^.~ I tried to look it up online, but I don't seem to know what to search for.
Edit: I've was told it was a good idea to figure at cost per button. Rounding up, it costs $0.66 to make each button (I forgot when I calculated it before that I actually doubled the cost of materials, it might also help that I am buying more at once than I was back then)
I have been commisioned to make some fabric flowers for someone. She has given me the template and all the fabric. She has some white satin that I am going to stiffen with some interfacing. She would like some black lace on top of this. The way the flowers are set-up is to have each petal cut out and attached, not a few big general flower shapes. It would take too long to sew around each petal for what she can afford (she is paying me an hourly rate) and my sewing machine isn't smart enough to do a satin stitch. I know spray glue would work to hold it for a short time, but I know that it won't hold long-time. I'm also concerned that if I try and use fusable web, it will fuse through the holes in the lace and stitch itself to my pressing cloth or iron. After those two, I'm out of ideas.
I was testing a pattern for a sock designer. It was a cable that looks a bit like a chainlink fence. As I was testing the pattern I thought it would make a good fingerless mitt. Here are the changes I would be making: I would have the cable start in another section of the chart and end in a different place. I would also change some of the knits and purls in the cable itself. She has you knit all the stitches that you move around, even if you purl them in the next round, I would purl them as I move them. Another note is that I wouldn't try and sell this pattern and make any money from this at all.
I've been watching Julie & Julia again and have been inspired to do something great. Last time I did this I spent two months pumping out baby hats for charity like a crazy person. That was loads of fun, but since I was only posting about it on my FaceBook I became a little lax about taking pictures. aka, I stopped taking any after the first month. Like in the movie, I want to create a blog about my new adventure. This might encourage me to take pictures and it will let people who aren't my friend on FB to see and possibly comment. I want to try a year of charity crafting. In the beginning I will mostly just be knitting and crocheting items and donating them. I'm thinking that if I become popular, I could try and create something pretty (a necklace or pair of earrings) and put it up for auction and donate the money from it. While I have this awesome plan figured out, I ran into a snag. I have no idea what to call my little project\blog. I want something cute\witty so people will remember it.
So I've been sewing cute little card holders out of fabric. They are just a simple little bi-fold with two pockets. Right now it can hold up to 12 plastic cards. I'm thinking of selling them on my Etsy store, so I was wondering of that would be big enough. I could make them a little bigger, but I'm not sure if that would matter or not.
So I now have some ink-jet printable fabric sheets I got from the quilting section at work. They have washing instructions that pretty much read: don't get this dirty. I want to make some anime card holders for Katsucon. On my way home, I wondered if I should try and buy some really thin clear vinyl to add on as a protector for the outside(the printed fabric), or if there is something better out there?
So I was in Jo Anns looking at the little kits that let you make you own covered buttons. I noticed that I could get one with a tool to help me, or one that has little teeth on the top section and says it needs no tools. I plan on making things like rings, purse buttons, clothing buttons and thumb-tacks with them and would like to use the one that is easiest and more secure. While I don't mind testing, I figured it would be easier to see if someone else has before me.
I'm torn between two kinds of clear filling agent for my bottle-caps. I like both of them, and they both look good. One is faster (if I mix it right) but the other is easier. So that only helped me decide a little. My next idea was to test to see how durable they are. I'm just not sure what I can make two of, out of bottlecaps, that would get the same wear and tear, and be more than usual. I know necklaces don't get too much wear and tear. I was thinking maybe a dangle on my purse, but I'm hoping for some other ideas ^.^