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1  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / ***Reusable Pads for African Women*** on: March 19, 2008 09:11:11 PM
many of you may have seen the always and tampax ads about young women in africa missing school because they don't have adequate menstrual supplies. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rw5Sth65_zs

well, rather than giving a developing country a bunch of disposable plastic waste, it obviously makes a lot more sense to provide them with washable, reusable pads that they will never run out of.

check out http://www.goods4girls.org/ to donate new, hand-made cloth pads. they are based in seattle.

i'm going to set the goal of making at least one per month out of my scrap fabric. join me! Smiley
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / jumbo flyer for an ashford joy? on: October 21, 2007 10:41:14 PM
has anyone tried to make/alter a jumbo flyer for the ashford joy? or does anyone know whether any of the other ashford jumbo flyers fit the joy?

i really want to be able to ply my chunkier yarns without having to stop to un-stick the lumps.

i know that ashford does not plan to make a jumbo flyer for the joy at this point. any info or measurements would be helpful. danke  Wink
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / DIY Niddy Noddy *cheap & easy* TUTORIAL on: October 20, 2007 03:57:53 PM
so, i just got a brand spanking new ashford joy spinning wheel from my mom as a "congrats on getting your master's degree" gift + belated birthday gift. the joy is a great wheel, but it has small bobbins and i need to unwind the yarn i spin every 20 minutes or so...

enter the niddy noddy.



i got the idea of how to make it from this website:
http://knitting.designedlykristi.com/?p=260
and found these instructions helpful:
http://www.doctordirt.com/blog/niddy.html

you will need:
3 - 4 feet of 1/2" PVC pipe. (i got mine from home depot for $1.97 cdn. for 10')
2 PVC slip-on T-joints ($0.64 each) <-- slip-on means NO threads, smooth on the inside.
4 PVC slip-on 1/2" caps ($0.43 each)
dremel tool or hacksaw
sandpaper

1. measure a 15" piece, then 4 x 6" pieces and cut 'em up. (this will make a 2 yd/185 cm measure per loop.)
look at me with my dremel!


2. sand off the edges where you cut the pipe.

3. get all your pieces together:


4. assemble your niddy noddy to look like this:


once you've wound the yarn on, you can remove one of the caps to help slide the skein off more easily. AND, since all the joints are slip-on, you can also pull it apart for storage:


there you have it! for less than $5 and in only about half an hour, you too can have your own PVC niddy noddy.

adjust the centre post length to make various measures for your skeins.

hope this was helpful  Smiley
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / more faux screenprinting (*new images on pg 4*) on: March 01, 2006 08:18:00 AM
here are a few projects i've made using the good ol' faux screenprinting method described here:
http://community.livejournal.com/craftgrrl/3674467.html (except i use a small rubber spatula to pull the ink across the screen.

it's been discussed here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=36858.0
and here:http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=13401.0;topicseen

a couple of shirts using 2 separate screens



and a little cardinal bag


questions and comments welcome  Smiley
i will post a few more projects when i take more photos.
5  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / First Needle Felted Flower & Teeny Tiny Bead! on: February 18, 2006 08:30:53 PM
so i followed GraceOblivious's lead and picked up my needles today. after reading through all of her tutorials and this one here:
http://www.craftlog.org/craftlog/archives/001678.html

i took a little artistic flair and made this (about actual size):


sorry, the image is kind of blurry. no macro on the bf's camera.

i was so intimidated by the sharp, barbed, needles, but it isn't nearly as scary as i imagined.

edit: i got really close and personal with my needles on the ferry yesterday and made this:
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / WINGED CREATURE swap? (pigeon, owl, penguin, crow...) on: February 02, 2006 09:18:13 PM
anyone like the idea of a winged creature themed swap??? i have been noticing that a lot of swappers have favorites like owls and bird images, so i was just thinking of all the fun stuff...
 - peguin stuffies
 - bags with swallows embroidered on them
 - crow greeting cards
 - pigeons on a wire in silhouette across a shirt
 - owl jewellery
 - an ostrich pillow

i could go on.

i'm pretty new at this swapping thing and i doubt i could figure out the mod part, just throwing the idea out there!
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Vinyl Pouches with Geisha Iron-on Appliques on: January 18, 2006 10:16:09 AM
my first swap recepient is getting these geisha themed items. i ironed the images onto an old scrap of white fabric, then cut them out and used them like appliques.



the bottom left thing is a card wallet in case anyone is wondering, and it's just a laminated colour copy-- not iron on.

hopefully she likes the stuff!
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