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1  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Re: unexpected bags challenge on: January 05, 2013 11:42:01 PM
I really love this!
It could be dangerous!
I have quite a few purses, bags, totes, and the like already.
If I start turning everything into a bag, I may have to buy or make more bags to hold all my bags.  Grin
2  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Re: Go Big! on: January 04, 2013 12:10:21 PM
I like this idea! Maybe it could be to make something that's usually small, BIG!! Like a big amigurumi or a giant shrine or something. Could be really neat!!

That would be so much fun!!  I'm thinking huge Gummy Bears, Huge one of those "little blue pills", or so many other things that could crop for that.

At least for a month challenge.

I also like the challenge for a long term challenge as well though.   Smiley
3  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with Low Water Immersion. on: December 20, 2012 04:41:00 PM
I do a lot of low water immersion dyeing,
the colors always end up a little muddy, so it's best to start with pure colors and let the secondary mixes happen naturally when two colors mix.

From the way I understand the fiber reactive dyes to work, heat is not going to help the turquoise dye if it's before the soda ash is added.

My method for LWI is to prewash, and then soak the fabric and then I'll either go one or two routes, one is cram the fabric into a container and then pour the dyes over.  I let that sit and usually pour off the extra dye and then add the soda ash mix.
OR I'll fold the fabric, and put in a shallow container, pour the dyes on, stll pour off any extra (like the black that was at the bottom of your container) and then added the soda ash mixture.

I never let them sit for 24 hours though.  In a warm room, anywhere from 45 minutes to just a couple of hours in plenty.

I also don't use synthrapol, (or however you spell that one), I use either Dharma's textile detergent or regular Dawn liquid soap, both work perfectly.
Hope that helps some.  Smiley
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 81 ENTRIES / Re: Tatted Flower and Butterfly arrangement on: December 17, 2012 08:28:23 PM
This is beautiful. I always thought tatting was a form of crochet. Duh!

There are actually a lot of people that think tatting and crochet are the same.  Shocked)  They are very different however. Shocked)
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 81 ENTRIES / Re: Tatted Flower and Butterfly arrangement on: December 16, 2012 08:42:09 AM
This is lovely.  I haven't tatted for ages. I don't even know if I can remember how.  You inspire me to have another go at it.

You should break out the shuttles again. Shocked). I am sure its like a bike, youll remember the way soon.  of course, I sell hand dyed thread, so I naturally feel like there should be more tatters in the world.  But, I also don't want the art to die.  Smiley
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 81 ENTRIES / Re: Tatted Flower and Butterfly arrangement on: December 16, 2012 08:36:01 AM
tatting is such an amazing thing.  one day I hope to learn it!  Your piece is amazing! Great work!
You should definitely try it, its so much fun!. and Thank you!
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 81 ENTRIES / Re: Tatted Flower and Butterfly arrangement on: December 11, 2012 01:34:17 PM
Did I do this right?
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 81 ENTRIES / Tatted Flower and Butterfly arrangement on: December 10, 2012 05:50:27 PM

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dZeR5vl6cYU/UMaOE4Ss3dI/AAAAAAAAC6U/ZS2Vh4L2JyI/s1600/DSCF0901.JPG

Here is my Just Thread It Challenge Entry! This is my very first challenge and I'm excited about it!
This tatted arrangement, was completely shuttle tatted, by myself.  With the exception of the pedestal type motif under the flower, all the thread is thread that I,myself, dyed by hand.

Tatting is a form of lace that is formed by knotting thread.  
9  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #81 - Just Thread It - Entries Due Dec 3 - Dec 10 on: November 13, 2012 04:18:40 PM
I'm in!  This will be my first challenge.  woohoo!
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