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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Storage of supplies and studio location? on: August 22, 2012 01:33:22 PM
Hello there. I'm recently back from college, and I'm reorganizing my room. At the moment, my art supplies (and art for that matter) aren't too well protected and categorized.
The main reason is due to the fact that I only have one room (my bedroom) to store my things; that and my mother is moving to a new house.

At the moment, my supplies are in a tupperware container under my bed, and my paintings are stored next to my boudoir.

Just wondering from other artists, how do you store your materials? Where do you store your artwork? Do you have a studio you go to, or a room in the house, or do you just set up where you are? How do you carry your materials for travel and on location artstuffs? Unfortunately I don't know too many other artists in my community and there's no art center nearby so... internet! talk to me!

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Different question about Shirring on: August 17, 2012 03:29:26 PM
I'm really frustrated because I can barely find info about people hand sewing on the web.

I want to know if anyone has done shirring with elastic thread by hand. I know it can be done, I just can't find anyone who has done it. I also can't find tutorials on it.

I do not want tutorials  or pics of machine sewn shirring.

I REALLY want to shir this skirt (and other dresses) by hand, but I cannot find any techniques, and whenever I search for it, the search engine gives me machine shirred tutorials and images. (machine sewing uses two threads as opposed to one with hand sewing, so its kinda hard to adapt.)

Is anyone a hand-sewer that has done shirring by hand? Do you have any pictures? Do you have any tutorials?
I guess I can figure it out with an immense amount of trial and error, but I'd rather not waste my small supply of elastic thread on something that might not work. D=

My best idea so far is to use the running stitch and just knot it when I reach the end of the fabric, but I worry it won't look neat and nice that way.

FYI, I'm making lolita shirts, skirts, and dresses.

Any help is appreciated!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / To line a dress or not to line a dress. on: April 12, 2012 07:03:46 PM
I'm doing the coffee date dress from burdastyle's website.

I fixed the patterns to my plus sized dimensions. I cut the pattern pieces.
I"m using quilting cotton, it seems like medium weight quilting cotton. Do I have to line the dress? I don't really want to, but I want something that can stand up to wearing. I"m thinking this will be a spring or summer dress.

How do you know when you should line a dress? Or do you always line your dresses? How do you line your dresses? Sew the right sides together then flip around and iron? I can never tell in pictures if other people lined their dresses or not.
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / EG Lolita Swap on: October 10, 2010 07:32:29 PM
I am a lolita and I think we should make a lolita swap. Get lots of cool swag and such.
All forms of lolita, including aristocrat and gothic.

I cam not qualified to be organizer to this swap.  Would someone be interested in running it, and or participating in it?
I sent in an app for a lolita swap a while ago but that was a no go for whatever reason. It was originally for Lolita skirts.
Let's discuss? Everything about lolita is exciting.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Reusing swap ideas? on: July 28, 2010 11:25:41 AM
Hi, I would like to start an interest thread for a swap. But the exact idea I want to do (a general lolita fashion swap) has already been done.
Is it a problem if I suggest a lolita swap? or do I have to come up with a completely new idea?
(This swap was done and over about 2 years ago and there haven't been signs of new swaps.)
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Large bag of wine corks, another of bottle caps on: July 26, 2010 09:34:01 AM
Some of these corks have pretty designs on them of grapes and the like.
Some are more rubbery, some are more wood textured.

Anyway, I have a gallon bag of them because I didn't want my mother to get rid of them, for some reason.
I have another gallon bag of beer bottle caps. All different kinds.

What should I do with these two sets of items? The idea can be what to do with them together, or separate.

Thanks for any help.
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