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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: help my mom: is it possible to uncrinkle a crinkled fabric? on: March 10, 2010 02:05:36 PM
thanks so much for the responses, guys. i've emailed them to my mom & will report back with results. If anyone else has a method to suggest, please let me know! Her experiment is ongoing...
thanks!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / help my mom: is it possible to uncrinkle a crinkled fabric? on: March 09, 2010 05:45:21 PM
My mom bought a fabric that's a crinkle silk/cotton blend...problem is, she wants to uncrinkle it (I'm sure there's a more appropriate word....flatten? sorry, I'm on dayquil/flu-brain here...)

 She's tried a steamer and gentle ironing to no avail.. basically she just wants it to lie flat like a normal fabric. Any tips on how to uncrinkle?

Thank you for any help!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: a tip i picked up in physical therapy! (and tutorial) on: January 13, 2008 04:37:19 PM
Oh, that's a great idea boygirlparty! I imagine those would work really well...and we can always fancy them up.

if you (or anyone else) does this, would you please let me know how it goes so i can pass it on to my occupational therapist?! he was interested to hear if it helped and i think it very sweet of him to offer free advice to the crafting community!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: a tip i picked up in physical therapy! (and tutorial) on: January 04, 2008 03:22:32 PM
i talked about the knitter's dilemma with my occupational therapist and he recommended possibly trying out wearing workman's grip gloves? i don't know the exact name for them, but they're gloves that people who work with wood and machinery use cause it pads their grip and gives them a better grip on the fine instruments they're using. he says if they're well fitting, he thinks it could provide a lot of relief for the pain a knitter feels from gripping tightly to needles

i did a google search and these came up:
http://www.redhillgeneralstore.com/clcgloves.htm

ok they're hideous, but maybe they'd do the trick.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: a tip i picked up in physical therapy! (and tutorial) on: December 29, 2007 05:42:12 PM
This sounds like a great idea.  I just have a question about using this for knitting needles.  I'm still a noob to knitting, so I apologize if the answer is obvious.  How would this apply to knitting?   It seems like it would affect the tension of the knitting and would make it loose?  Again, sorry if that's a dumb question. If this would work, though, that'd be great, b/c I can't feel my pinky finger. Smiley

i'm afraid this won't work for knitting needles Sad
have you tried using circulars?!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: a tip i picked up in physical therapy! (and tutorial) on: December 28, 2007 09:10:01 PM
no problem, guys!  my PT recommended this specifically because my hands would go numb as i worked, in addition to all the other pain i've developed in my wrist and arm!
it has significantly helped me, i hope it helps you too!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: a tip i picked up in physical therapy! (and tutorial) on: December 28, 2007 03:48:25 PM
oh yeah! and tennis tape is both absorbent and stretchy, so if you are able to, pull hard as you wind the tennis overgrip around your instrument and you'll get a really smooth, cushy grip -- it rules and is super easy to do!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / a tip i picked up in physical therapy! (and tutorial) on: December 28, 2007 03:46:31 PM
i've been in a lot of pain these last few years due to wrist and arm injury from painting tiny paintings. my physical therapist i've been working with these last several months has really helped me understand what's happening to me exactly and how i can improve my work behaviors for the future with some stretches, exercises and changes in my work environment.

he taught me this trick, which i think will be useful for not just painters but also people who crochet and writers and jewelers and anyone who works with their hands, so i thought i'd share it here!!  i'm not a doctor obviously so this isn't medical advice or a replacement for it, but it's a little tip to reduce your likelihood for injury and possibly provide some relief from some existing work-related pain.  (if you're in serious pain, you should see a doctor immediately)



ok!  so here goes. you'll need:
1. your narrow instruments (paintbrushes, pencils, pens, knitting needles, anything with a pretty narrow diameter in the handle)
2. some tennis overgrip tape (you can get it at any sports store)
3. scissors





and that's it!  it'll take a minute of your time and could save you from a lot of needless suffering.  hope this is helpful to someone else out there!
xo susie
9  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / Re: my solo art show in new york city, august 18th on: August 13, 2007 10:38:50 PM
a few sneak peeks!




please join me if you are able!
10  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / my solo art show in new york city, august 18th on: August 10, 2007 02:05:53 PM
hello craftsters!  i have a solo art show coming up on saturday, august 18th at giant robot new york. i've made some soft sculptures and drawings and all kinds of things and thought i should post about it here. if you can make it, please join me!

i'll post the details from the gallery below:



Teachers Pets, August 18, 2007 September 12, 2007
Reception: Saturday, August 18, 6:30 pm 10:00 pm
Giant Robot Gallery
437 East 9th Street
Between 1st Ave. & Ave. A, in the East Village
New York, New York 10009
(212) 674-GRNY (4769) | http://www.grny.net

Giant Robot is proud to present Teachers Pets, a solo art show by Susie Ghahremani at GRNY.

Ghahremani is a RISD graduate who has contributed work to Nickelodeon, Chronicle Books, and The New York Times, and was featured in the 2006 American Illustration publication. Illustrations by the San Diego artist have a patchwork appearance that is simple in design, complex in execution, and all-around pleasing to the eye. In addition to making two-dimensional art, she crafts tote bags, buttons, wallets, stationery, and other goodies.

Themes of the show include patterns and fine detail, animals and nature, and interior spaces with domesticated wildlife. Ghahremani titled it Teachers Pets because she takes imaginary animals and teaches them how to do her favorite things: play the piano, make origami, ride a bike, swing in a hammock without falling out. Approximately 200 paintings, soft sculptures, unframed line drawings, framed work, wood pieces, and miniatures will be on display.

A reception for Ghahremani will be held from 6:30 to 10:00 on Saturday, August 18.
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