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151  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: (pic heavy) bag shirts :D on: November 04, 2005 12:27:29 PM
I'm not sure where you are in the world, but if you're in the US you can shop at DickBlick.com and they have little pots of fabric paint.  They aren't the kind in tubes that you squeeze on; you use foam brushes to sort of "spounce" the paint on.  They're super cheap and there shouldn't be a problem with them showing up on black.  If you buy the sampler pack there's even a pot of white paint in there.  I only know about it because I want to start stenciling, too.  Smiley  Good luck!
152  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: My huge crocheted plastic bag tote bag on: November 04, 2005 05:19:14 AM
Heh.  Smiley  Yeah, it'll do that.  I always think before I start a new one "Do I really want to deal with this giant pain in the ass?"  But they're just so cool that I always end up making more.  We do probably 99% of our shopping at two stores, so we really only have brown bags and white bags.  When my mom found out I was making these again she mailed me a big box of plastic bags (which is only notable because she's in the US and I'm in England) and begged me to make her one.  The breadbags are really good for rugs since they're so rugged (if you'll pardon the unintentional pun), but they are a bugger to work with.  I won't even mess around with those anymore.  I'm too impatient.  Anyway, I LOVE your bag!  It's so colorful and festive.
153  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Hello Kitty purse on: November 04, 2005 05:11:24 AM
PurpleHeather, it is wonky.  Even if no one else could tell, I would always know it's wonky.  Thanks, though.   Grin

Shsh, thank you so much!  That third link is actually where I got the basic shape for the bag.  Even though I didn't know how to get mine to look as good as that.  And it was sort of on short notice that I had to make this bag, so I didn't have time to send off for her pattern.  I might do that now, though, since this stupid thing is vexing me so much.  BUT the second link is a great resource - I think that might be just what I was looking for!  After I'm done with the three projects I'm doing now (two of which have to be done by tomorrow, yikes!) I'm going to start another purse using that method for just the face.  Thanks again!
154  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: (pic heavy) bag shirts :D on: November 04, 2005 01:40:42 AM
I love the hoodie.  I'm not a big fan of lace, but I really dig the meditating figure.  Did you use acrylics or fabric paint?  I know nothing about stenciling so I don't know what you're supposed to use, but I know acrylics will crack with time.
155  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: First ever stencilling projects--white stripes and bird with latin on: November 04, 2005 01:23:00 AM
Freakin' awesome.  I wish my first attempts at things could look so wicked.
156  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: My 1st project, I'd love to hear from you. on: November 04, 2005 12:11:00 AM
That makes me want to lay down on the couch, curl up, and turn on some mindless TV to stop the thoughts from flowing.  I have to say that's the first time that cross-stitch has made me cry (well, for reasons other than a stabbed finger).  I have to agree that "wow" seems to be the only word able to describe the feeling provoked by this piece.  I glanced at it and thought "well, that's pretty good, but it's sort of lame 'cause there's nothing happening."  And then I saw the plane.  I can't get over how the skyline is solid and dark, and the plane is so light, almost like a figment of your imagination until you really concentrate on it.  I'm humbled by the thought and love that went into this piece.  Thanks for bringing cross-stitch into the world of art.  You are awesome.
157  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: My first Embroidery piece on: November 04, 2005 12:01:30 AM
You should totally turn it into a bag.  That is so pretty!
158  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Hello Kitty purse on: November 03, 2005 03:50:26 PM
Thanks, Miyoko.  I did try to follow their directions for an oval but it still looked really weird.  The half circle, rectangle, half circle idea is a good one.  I'll have to try it again and see if I can get it to turn out better this time.
159  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: Anyone interested in doing a fair? on: November 03, 2005 03:27:53 PM
Oh, wait, I guess I hadn't joined the group yet, just signed up for MySpace.  Now I've joined.  Smiley  But I still can't post for a week.  You're right, PFC: MySpace is a big fat meanie.
160  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: My huge crocheted plastic bag tote bag on: November 03, 2005 10:37:22 AM
Nope, I did the linked loops method.  I've made other things with the continuous strip, and it's just not as strong.  The photo quality's not that great, but when you're really close to the bag you can see the knots where they loops join.  It adds to the charm of plastic bag crochet, if you ask me.  Smiley
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