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1  California / California: South / Re: Any UCSD Crafters Out There? on: May 28, 2008 05:36:47 PM
I don't attend UCSD, but I live quite nearby. I've just moved to SD this week, and am a bit surprised that for such a big city, there doesn't seem to be much concrete craft stuff going on.

I am looking forward to finding a craft ground to hang out with, though Smiley
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Labyrinth's Ludo Puppet (with process) on: February 03, 2007 10:13:45 PM
You, my dear, are soooo bloody talented, I can barely take it. I'm curious to hear more of the horros that turned you off of faux-fur for good.

3  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 2/3/07 - New Feature! The Craftopedia! on: February 03, 2007 10:12:34 PM
Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

!!!

I just couldn't help but add my emphasis.

How incredibly... well... craftster, of you.
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: New silkscreener- is this ok? on: September 17, 2006 08:08:37 AM
you can leave the photoemulsion on and store your screen in a cool, dark place, and that way it has all day to dry to the touch. that's a good thing. However, you definitely don't want to leave your screen exposing all day (i.e. on your lighttable or whatever) because when it's being exposed, it's sort of burning it into the screen to a degree... so an all-day exposure is unlikely to come out... unless, of course, you're exposing it with little regular tungsten lightbulbs. In that case, you'd probably need to expose it all day to have some effect.

good luck!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Diskette Coasters! on: August 09, 2006 01:41:51 PM
thanks a million for this idea. This should give my boy's birthday tomorrow a definite positive flair Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: quickie dress that anybody can make on: July 21, 2006 09:47:12 AM
Ambear mentioned this thread to me, and so I finally had a little time to myself to investigate. It's astonishing how inspiring it is. Kudos to you, rostitchery, for drawing our attention to this, and making it so available for us.

My mum had a lovely dress in the 70s that the infinity dress reminded me of. I agree with a few of the comments previously posted: the front is constantly astonishing, but the back sometimes leaves something to be desired. So, i said to myself, why not just choose my favourite look of the bunch (the one reminiscent of my mum's dress, with the cap sleeves) and finish it formally in the back? Unfortunately, this definitely reduces it from an infinite possibility of approaches to just a few, but I'm still hip to that. I decided to go slim on the skirt, so it sits somewhere between a-line and pencil. You can't see it, but it sits just past the knee.

Here are a couple of poor shots. Sorry, my main man isn't exactly the best photographer.




somehow, it came out looking pretty ritzy... i could comfortably wear it to a wedding, or celebration! Unfortunately, I really was intending it for daily usage. Anyone have any ideas on how to make it a little more casual? I was thinking about adding a skirt pocket, but I think it would look awkward. I might screenprint onto it.

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Click-Clack.... Typewriter Laptop Sleeve & Tote Set! Success!! on: May 30, 2006 07:16:35 AM
wow, you guys have really outdone yourselves with these comments! I thought this was a long-dead project Smiley

Thank you, thank you, thank you.... All your comments are very wonderful indeed, and delight me most thoroughly.
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pouch O Pads on: April 27, 2006 02:23:52 PM
I love that you're taking pampering to the next level Wink

Nice fabric combo!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: A photography set! Messenger-tote & laptop sleeve... on: April 27, 2006 02:20:24 PM
YAAYYYYYYY! I'm so relieved you're happy with it, Shutterbug, as I wasn't sure if you'd be prepared for the liberties I took on the design. Thank goodness! Guess I'll have to part with it, shortly.... Cry but I know it's going to a good home!  Smiley Err.. Edouardo? laptop? Camera? Do tell. Oh, and Can you pm me your email address?

Thanks to everyone for the lovely, positive comments. It's very gratifying to finish something like this, but it's extra gratifying if good feedback comes your way! I hope this inspires some new and exciting attempts at new and exciting things! (Please do post if so!)

and to answer Q's...
hurricane_sc: I'd be more than pleased to do a sewing-themed set for you, if you like. I just actually made a screen with a sewing machine on it, as I was planning on doing some, anyway! PM me, if you like Smiley
Talullahs-friendly: yeah, straps & flaps can get dangerous! My problem was mostly just that I've learned it isn't smart to create one long thin strip to serve as your strap and sides, altogether. Too much hassle. Better to make them independantly of one another. The difference is minimal.
Bluepie: The straps & appliqus are Vinyl. I don't work with leather, so i don't know exactly how it differs, but I imagine that they're quite similar textiles. The main bodies are both made of this heavy brown twill (perhaps my favourite fabric ever), and then the lining is just a plain polyester. Regarding your other q's, my rib is healing mostly, except when i accidentally walk into doors. yeah, that was fun today. it's not as bad as one would expect, except sleeping's not exactly comfy. Oh, and I'm studying Graphic Design. Once upon a time, i was majoring in fine arts, hence the silkscreening. It's kinda elaborate at first, but once you get the hang of it, it's really not as difficult as it may seem. There are just lots of steps to the process. You should totally get someone to show you the ropes.
Rainy: SO glad to hear you're feeling good about your set Smiley Fun to think it inspired this one!

Yeah! Great, feeling good....



10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A photography set! Messenger-tote & laptop sleeve... on: April 26, 2006 02:34:57 PM
Hi Crafty Folks!

It's been a while since I've posted. I had intense finals & then to top it all off, I broke a rib. Thank goodness summer is here!
So, as I finally have time to breathe (sort of, breathing becomes a hassle with rib issues), I finally have time to address all the commissions that came my way in the last 1/2 of the semester. Be forewarned, this is an image-heavy post!

This piece is a direct spinoff of my last set (some of you may have seen it already, it's the typewriter set). Shutterbug requested a set that's photography-themed, and asked that the tote have a flap instead of a zipper. So I ended up changing things around a lot, and I'm happy with the results, after quite a bit of messing about. I feel bad, i guess I'm coming across as a bit of a one-trick pony... but I assure you, I'll soon try something new and different... as it stands, catching up on the commissions will run my life for the next few weeks though!

Anyway, I hope Shutterbug is happy with the results, as I'm not really sure if she was expecting this new arrangement for the design. The messengerish tote is really large, to accomodate the laptop sleeve. there's tonnes of room for books & extras (she requested extra knitting space, also). There are two large inside lining pockets, and then right beneath the flap one large pocket, and then a zippered pocket on top of that pocket. They're simple, but they're my favourite part Smiley Oh, yeah, and I ought to mention the method to do this was silkscreening. My biggest struggle with this project is that I thought it'd be neat flow to have the squared-off sides of the bag just be the strap... but it caused me such a hassle. has anyone else made this horrible mistake? next time, i make the straps entirely independantly of the sides. It's not worth the doubling of the workload!!

Ok, Ok, I'm a talker. Here is a multitude of photos:

 
The SET! I'm addicted to sets, and themes. it's an illness.

The Messengeresque Tote. The strap looks short, but it's about 22" long. the bag's just wide!

These are the bag's guts.

the sleeve. same approach as my typewriter & vespa sleeves.
and last, but not least, my good buddy Syd models the merchandise....


Oy vey, I go on forever.
The end! What do you think, will she approve? I'm sure she'll be here soon to put in her own two cents, though. Cheesy
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