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41  California / California: South / LA/Anaheim - Anime Expo? on: June 25, 2006 05:40:44 PM
Is anyone planning on going to Anime Expo - or am I the only super Anime nerd in So Cal?

Wear your craftster swag to the con!
42  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / loopy de loopy on: May 29, 2006 07:44:07 PM
I made this on Saturday. I've posted the necklace on http://community.livejournal.com/craftgrrl/

It was practice for some swap goodies:



and here it on (be patient, my web server doesn't like this image for some reason):



hope you like!
43  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / design transfer onto fabric on: May 26, 2006 01:39:42 PM
ok, so someone may have posted this before, but I think my man is a super genius for figuring this out!

I was whining last night about transferring desgins and images to fabric so I could do fancier embroidery and images that were more my style. Free hand drawing is soooo hard, chalk sucks to lay down your images with, and sublime stitching patterns are not really my style.

So what did he come up with??

Using our printer with glossy paper and some water!

Here's how it works:

1. pic your image
2. stuff some glossy photo paper in your printer
3. make sure your printer ink is water soluble
4. Print
5. lay your fabric (right side) on the paper
6. dampen the back of the fabric a tiny bit, just enough to soak through. If your fabris is kind of thin, you'll see the image coming through.
7. Pull the fabric up before the ink starts to bleed
8. Let dry
9. Stitch away!!!!

I haven't tried it on dark fabric, and the color I printed with was as close to the fabric color as I could get and still see it clearly.

The ink also won't come out of the fabric until you wash it. When printing directly on the fabric - I couldn't get the ink to wash out, but the water transfer method washed right out. 

Anyone wants pictures to follow along with, I'll take some this weekend.
44  California / California: South / LA - Bead store closing on: April 13, 2006 12:17:16 AM
The bead shop at the corner of Las Palmas and Sunset, in Hollywood, is going out of business and having a half off sale. They are open 10 to 4 monday through friday.

The store has actually had a sign on the door for AGES that said "closed due to illness" the 50% off signs went up today.

Thanks!
animegirlie
45  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Fjord dress - NEED HELP!! on: March 26, 2006 01:59:17 PM
ok - I'm trying to make this dress:

http://www.elsewares.com/commerce/Russian-Owl-Dress_MPD302.html
Second version shows how it's made better:
http://www.elsewares.com/commerce/Crest-Dress_MPD578.html

I love it! ok - here's the pattern I made:


I ended up making the body portion in 2 peices, I thought I'd make it easy on myself. HA!

Here's how it looks on:




thank you seaofstars - for the lovely fabric, thisis what I intended it for.

Sorry for the washed out pics, I was trying to get the contrast high enough to see what I'm talking about:

Here's the bad part:

arm up - you can almost see my nipple for the arm pit!!

and with the arm down there is a flap of fabric that hangs down.

I'm thinking I need a dart on the sides and to sew up the front part ( I pulled into my cleavage for more coverage before I took the pics - the whole internet doesn't need to see that much of my boob!)

What do you ladies think?? What should I do here? I don't want to scrap the whole thing!!

Thanks in advance!
46  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / 3-D, wait, no 5-D wall art! on: February 18, 2006 10:59:56 PM
Ok - There's this art show organized by the art directors at my office. You'll guess where I work if you recognize the D's. ^_^

I'm looking for some commentary on the actual piece - anyone?

mixed media:

Copper
silver leaf
acetate
found objects


Thanks for looking!
47  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / New Necklace on: January 14, 2006 04:33:06 PM
Inspired by Jade Adornments on Craftgrrl http://www.livejournal.com/users/njadean/

I made this over the New Year's weekend:


The beads are glass, rose quartz, plastic, and fiber optic glass.

Hope you like!

Cross posting to Craft Grrl as well http://www.livejournal.com/community/craftgrrl/
48  California / California: South / Jewelry supply in Hollywood on: December 27, 2005 01:33:01 PM
Anyone know of a good jewelry supply store in or near Hollywood? Dying for some fiddley bits for jewelry making, but don't need enough to buy online. (The little place at the corner of Las Palmas and Sunset has not been open once since I moved here almost 2 years ago.)
49  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Tension Question - newbie-ish knitter on: March 22, 2005 12:54:03 PM
Huh Okay - I'm confused about holding the yarn when I knit .....

If I hold the yarn like all the pictures I see online (like the pic at the top of this page: http://www.wonderful-things.com/newknit2.htm) my stitches are REALLY tight and I have a hard time getting the needle through.  I hold the needles with both hands and wrap the yarn around with my right index and try to keep the tension even. 

If I don't hold the yarn like this I hold both needles with my left hand as they are shown in the picture, and wrap the yarn around with my right hand. I sort of get tension as I hold the yarn loosely between my thumb and index finger with the needle wraped in the rest of my fingers. This gives me nice even stitches if I only knit and don't purl. If I try k1p1 this way, it's a loose jumbled up mess.

I wish I could get pictures, but I can't at the moment - no digi cam.

I would normally go ask the person who taught me this craft, but it was my mom and she lives halfway across the country now. And I know no other knitters.... (yes, this is me begging for sympathy in hopes that somebody will give me some pointers)

HELP!!!!  It's making me crazy Shocked Nothing looks right!!
50  California / California: South / HGTV IN SO CAL on: September 29, 2004 02:44:05 PM
http://losangeles.craigslist.org/tlg/43996813.html
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