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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / hemming "t-shirt fabric?" on: April 14, 2008 09:00:07 AM
Being a short craftster, I often have trouble finding things that fit me well. I found a really beautiful dress (made in t-shirt fabric... jersey? I think??)... but it needs to be hemmed. I know that the hem there now is serged, but I don't have a serger (I do have a sewing machine that I know pretty well). I'm afraid when I hem it, it will look funny with a straight running stitch, so do I use a zig-zag? I think its a 4-way stretch (i'm not much of a fabric guru) and i'm afraid that the hem will "pucker" or look funny.

What is the "proper," or best, way to do this?

Thanks in advance!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Beard Cap. on: March 10, 2008 01:12:00 PM
This was posted in the clothing forum, but this thing definitely seems to be knitted or crocheted:
http://kitsunenoir.com/blog/2007/11/18/the-bearded-cap-by-vik-prjonsdottir/

Its a freakin' hat with a beard/mustache combo attached! I definitely need to make one of these. I don't exactly trust my abilities to make something this awesome, but I would love to see anyone who has tried to make one, and I thought this would be something fun to share.

And... just in time for the spring season. Roll Eyes

edited to add: a side profile picture:
http://www.likecool.com/Beard_Cap--Hat--Style.html
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / My Wild and Wonderful Home (Lewisburg, WV) on: March 05, 2008 07:01:06 PM
OOOOKAY. First of all, I really didn't have time to make this, but I am super homesick this week (I'm going to school in south carolina), and I had to do it (even though I have midterms this week... ack!)

I am from Lewisburg, West Virginia. It is the county seat of Greenbrier County, and was founded by General Andrew Lewis in 1751. Lewisburg is a small town (though large by my end of the state's standards) with a population of about 3500 people. The thing about Greenbrier County is that the towns are really small, so you know almost everyone not only in your town, but in the towns around you, and each part of the towns around you are part of your own town's identity.
Lewisburg is a very arts-influenced town. We have a Carnegie Hall Smiley (one of my second homes), a black box theater, and one of the few Ostheopathic medicine schools in the country.
My favorite part of Lewisburg is the large lawn shared by the community college and carnegie hall, just a few blocks from my house, where everyone goes to enjoy a nice day. Smiley
We are stuck in a valley in the Appalachian Mountains, and sit on the Greenbrier River, and host the State Fair of West Virginia every August.

For my project, I wanted to show elements of my hometown (kind of area) and tie them together with one large element.
Here's what I came up with:


Details:

These three (right to left) are the symbol for the dance company I was in when I lived at home (Trillium), a rhododendron flower, which is the state flower of West Virginia, (this has special meaning to me, we have a huge one in our front lawn that blooms every spring, it used to signal that it was about time for school to let out and summer to begin Smiley ), and the spring house at the Greenbrier Hotel. The Greenbrier is a 4 star resort that employs most of Greenbrier County. We can't afford to stay there :S but we do go and walk around the grounds because they are so beautiful and the food is excellent  Cheesy.


The final two images (again, right to left) are a ginko leaf and a corinthian column. In the college yard that I mentioned earlier, there is a huge ginko tree that I have always sat under, no matter the weather or the day. It is my favorite tree in the world, and coming from a huge outdoor freak like I am, that is a big deal Smiley. The corinthian column symbolizes Carnegie Hall, which funds the arts in my community and made my love for art grow. They have an art day camp for younger kids that I used to go to, and then I volunteered teaching there. I learned how to weave, throw clay, cook, print, collage, paper mache... it was endless and amazing.


Suprise! the letters turn over to spell...


Lewisburg West Virginia Smiley


The top of the mobile (I guess it would be a mobile?) Is cardboard, that I painted to look like mountains. The New River Gorge Bridge is in between two of the mountains. Okay, technically, the bridge isn't that close to my hometown (about 50 miles away), but it is a symbol for homecoming for me (I drive over it to get home) and is one of the most beautiful places in West Virginia. I couldn't resist, and I wanted a way to represent my love for the river. Smiley
I wrote on there "My Wild and Wonderful Home." This is a play on a saying on signs here "Wild and Wonderful West Virginia"
The strings that connect the pictures to the mountains are Blue, Red, Orange, Burgundy, and Gold. Blue and Gold stand for the state colors, and red, orange, and burgundy are colors that remind me of fall, my favorite season in West Virginia.


Smiley I hope you liked it, I didn't get to spend that much time thinking about it because I have midterms and a project to finish by the end of the week. :S

P.s. wow, i just previewed this, and the photography is horrible... i'm sorry, I'm in a very small dorm room and the door was the only blank place to take a picture of it. :S the colors are a lot better IRL.
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / inchie-inspired self portrait on: January 31, 2008 06:12:52 PM
I have been seeing everyone's inchies on here (and loving them).  I don't know exactly how you put them all together, but I remember seeing a post where someone had them all one one page and then cut them out after they were colored... this gave me an idea. So, as I normally do when I have a million things to do, I sat down and started this self portrait.
I took a 5X7 picture of myself and cut it into 1inch by 1 inch squares. I labeled them in rows, like A1, B2, etc. and shuffled them around on my desk.
Then, I took some marker paper and cut that into 2 inch by 2 inch squares.  I took my markers and colored each square separately, without looking at the other squares as to how they lined up. Then, I referred to the numbers I had and glued them alltogether to make this funky self portrait Tongue

(I still need to modpodge over it and glue it to something so it will lie flat, but I was so excited about this that I had to share now! Tongue)




and here's the poor picture I cut up for reference:


This was sooo fun, and it only took about 3 hours... I used prismacolor markers on marker layout paper, and glued it to some plain 11X14 white drawing paper.
Oh, and I trimmed the edges, so it isn't exactly 11X14.

P.s. when i printed the picture, the words "fire chief" did NOT show up on the picture... I wish htey had, now, because that would have been fun to see how it turned out. Embarrassed  oh well. I'm definitely inspired to do more of these!
5  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Is anyone else having this problem? "Black Hole" on: December 23, 2007 10:39:05 AM
I've dubbed this the "black hole"... its this random gray stripe that has shown up on threads... mostly in the "hottest new topics" category... when my mouse hits the stripe I can't scroll down the page anymore. (This has been happening for about a month now). Not exactly the worst thing in the world, but it can get annoying...

Here's a screenshot of what it looks like:


 Undecided

Is it a problem with the site? Or could it just be my browser? I use firefox, but it hasn't happened on any other sites.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Anybody play guitar? NEED HELP with making a guitar strap! on: December 05, 2007 01:04:48 PM
So, my brother asked for a guitar strap for Christmas, which I feel like I should be able to do... but I want to make a thicker strap (with padding, etc.), so the most common way of making the strap adjustable (with the little plastic toggle thing... which probably has a name) isn't really an option. After searching for different types of adjustable straps, I found something that looks like this:


How does this work?  Huh I really want to do something similar to this... or is there another way that guitar straps adjust (strings, or something... when I look at the adjustable straps, some use different methods, but I really can't figure out how they work... there's not really any good pictures of the adjustable piece, and most of the pictures are really small.

I had planned on going to a music store and looking at the different straps, but I am an out of state student and I can't find any stores around here (and I'm not that familiar with the area)... of course, I found the fabric/craft store quickly  Wink... but that's getting off topic.

Thanks in advance for any and all help!!! Once I figure it out, I'll put up a picture of the finished product Smiley
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Happy ThankZgiving on: November 05, 2007 03:09:03 PM


this is my first ATC and my first venture into the world of zetti.... though I teach collage and art classes to elementary kids in the summertime... so i've had a lot of experience making interesting combinations.

my turkey's tailfeathers are made of magazine, newspaper, and take out menu pages (some colored). the arms were drawn in black ink, the body was 3 layers of acrylic paint in various colors.  the hat and face were a cutout I found in my scrap box, colored with some markers... the background is construction paper. Smiley
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / first try at fair isle on: October 22, 2007 04:27:16 PM
ok, so this is my first post on the knitting board...
i started knitting about a year ago, i taught myself from a book (and i'm a continental knitter, at that...
i've never finished anything great, i'm still learning and halfway finishing millions of projects.

i'm currently working on my "first" FO, a blanket (afghan?) for my boyfriend for christmas, but i figured i'd take a bit of a break today and use up some of my extra yarn and try some fair isle (i've never knit with two colors before... :S)

and here's what i came up with:
(not very exciting, but i'd like to get some feedback from some of the more experienced knitters, because my roommate is not exactly the knitting pro...)

A "mu" iclicker holder!!!!! yay physics geek...
the iclicker is something we use in lecture, its a remote so the professor can quiz us during class... i have a joke about (the greek letter) mu with my friends... so i figured my iclicker could enjoy a sweater (it is fall...)

(actually its just a knit practice square i sewed up the side... i'm not happy with the seam)


close up of the mu


the top part (i did moss stitch, using white for the purl and blue for the knit stitches...)


the iclicker peeking out, all lit up because he's warm Smiley

sorry for the crappy webcam pictures (and my creepy face and dorm room peeking out the sides  Undecided, but the digital camera is out of batteries... as usual...

so, how does it look for a first-timer Smiley
comments/tips welcome!
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / TRANSFORMERS! on: September 16, 2007 07:25:02 PM
My friend showed me a video on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akNJ6S2UqsE

that shows people who have made transformer costumes that really transform into vehicles!!!!!

I hope this inspires someone, I was thinking it would.
I'd love to be one for halloween, but i am having trouble figuring out where i'd keep the darn thing in this tiny dorm room. Angry
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / portfolio/binder help? on: November 20, 2006 06:18:29 PM
i figure some of you may be design/art majors, or perhaps may have a knowledge of office supplies...

one of the colleges i'm applying to requires i send in my portfolio as pictures displayed in a flat binder.  what is a flat binder? some sites say its different from a 3 ring binder, others may say its the same thing... i know a regular 3 ring binder will not lay level with only 20 pages in it... and i'm really confused.  it will also be a really bad thing if they reject my portfolio... considering all the fees and the fact that i will not be considered for admission without sending one in.

does anyone know what the heck they're talking about??? Embarrassed
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