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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Movable ATC Template on: August 17, 2014 01:53:03 PM
I made this template for two different ATCs. One has a spinning wheel and the other has a pull tab. Feel free to post your projects here if you use them.

Cut away all white areas. Assemble in order of ABC or 123. Easy peasy.

2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 100 ENTRIES / 1960s Mod Art Scrap Shower Curtain on: July 07, 2014 01:32:49 PM
Contents:

The 'wave' is comprised of 100 pieces
5 additional pieces make up the sheet
9 pieces make the ties
and the thread.

One of my eco and organizational goals for 2014 is to destash and buy less. I created this shower curtain from cotton scraps that were not cut to fit. Pieces were placed according to their best fit. This saves time and scissor use. I will treat it with water repellant to help deter mold but the lightweight unlined fabric will dry quickly.

My new bathroom has the blue foil wall treatment shown on the right. It is from the 1960s. I tried to pattern the pieces to create waves or water with movement in the style of expressionist modern art of the era. Some of the fabric scraps I was allowed to play with when learning to sew were cottons and bark cloth from the 1960s in deep blues with shapes layered to create organic seeming environments, much like the sea. A commonality in modern art is to recreate something traditional. I have included a shoutout to the fan shapes commonly seen in old quilts (upper center-right). There is a small window which will backlight the wave once it is hung in the bathroom.

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / I'd like my feedback on: May 20, 2014 06:03:30 AM
When is an organizer supposed to enter feedback? I keep waiting and missing swaps. There is nothing in the faq.

It should be entered within a week of receipt of the package. I've completed my duties and that gives the recipient and the organizer time to complete their end of things. Otherwise there shouldn't be a limit on how many swaps I can enter because it doesn't reflect the actual number of swaps I have in progress.
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Tutorial - French Knot Jointed Paper Doll on: November 08, 2013 04:03:32 AM
Here is a little tute on my paper dolls. I use a French knot which is an embroidery technique. If you have never done that, practice a couple on some scrap before attempting your doll.


Choose paints, glues, and sealants that will not stick or chip.
I started with some drawing paper glued onto card stock. I know glue sticks and all sorts of adhesives exist but I have found good old Elmer's and homemade glues to work the best. Press your glued items between heavy books for a few hours while drying.

Draw your doll out. Plan for space to connect the joints so you don't accidentally shorten your doll. Now is a good time to clear coat and seal your drawing.


Carefully cut out your doll. Smooth edges are helpful for a smooth moving doll.


Test the placement of your parts and add the holes for the knots.


Start from the back, leaving a tail to tie off. Holding the tail with your thumb helps to not pull it out.


I'm using the full 6 ply of embroidery floss. The knot has three or more loops.


Take your thread back to the backside and tie it off with a finishing knot large enough to not pull through.


Add a tiny dab of glue to your knot to help hold it.

5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Paper Dolls on: September 17, 2013 07:19:02 PM
Here are a few jointed dolls I recently made.





6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Checkerboard Square on: June 27, 2013 07:19:52 PM
Here is the completed squares I did for a swap. There are a few more color variations. I think I should have basted the triangles to keep the stretch from bubbling the center of the block.

7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Blue Pinwheel Quilt Square on: May 20, 2013 01:52:48 PM
I made this for a swap for someone who likes blue.

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