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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Less impasto with a lino print? on: February 06, 2011 08:17:39 AM
Hey guys!

I had some design ideas for cards that I wanted to test out, but I don't know enough about linoprinting to make even fields of color. I've gotten nice impasto which works well on some designs, but not everything I want to make will look good that way. I'm using speedball's waterbased inks on a butcher tray with a soft rubber brayer.

Here's the best of my impasto ones:



Can anyone give me some tips? I've done internet searches and looked up videos on youtube, but there's something that I'm just not getting. Incidentally, I started using my brayer to load rubber stamps with ink and it works really well if you want a nice, light clear print. I used to have a lot of trouble getting good results with larger rubber stamps, but the brayer has solved that for me.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dilemma on: July 06, 2006 03:51:41 PM
Have you considered making something out of that yarn for yourself in memory of your grandma? I know you're blue now, but you have lots of good memories of your grandma -- its not like you started making a gift for your boyfriend only to find out that he cheated on you. If you like the yarn, you should try and make something that reminds you of her in some way...
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Trouble making the knitted frill on Butterfly from Rowan 37. on: July 06, 2006 03:48:37 PM
I'm having trouble making the frill on butterfly. It's just never gelled into a repeatable shape... I'm not certain where it falls apart for me, although I plan on spending this evening figuring it out. Are there any eratta out there for this pattern?Is there an obvious mistake that everyone makes right away?
4  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / Re: Learning to knit in NY on: January 29, 2006 05:52:43 PM
>Sew Fast Sew Easy, New York City's best place to learn sewing, also teaches beginning and intermediate knitting.

Are you kidding me?!?! There are plenty of great places out there to take knitting classes, but SFSE would be at the bottom of my list for this reason:

http://www.freetostitchfreetobitch.org/

Instead, I would take a beginner's class at a local knit shop, pick up a copy of Stitch N Bitch, ask a friend for help or show up to your local stitch'n'bitch and ask if anyone there will take you under their wing... There are a bunch of online knitting groups that meet up on a regular basis. Do a search for "knitting" under yahoo groups or meetup.com and show up to a meeting! There are two knit cafes in the city that have a pretty consistant crowd of people who would be glad to help out:

http://www.thepointnyc.com/
http://www.knitnewyork.com/

...if you do decide to teach yourself and run into snags, most yarn shops have staff that are willing to help you out for a minute or two, especially if you're patient and choose a time when the shop is quiet.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What about us AMPLE Knitters?? on: January 29, 2006 05:22:22 PM
There are a bunch of articles up on knitty that deal with patterns and how/when to resize them. I've learned how to take apart patterns so that they fit me perfectly [well, as perfectly as my math skills allow] by reading through the advice on that site. I have the reverse problem: I barely fill out my push-up bra and I'm usually smaller than the "Small" size. When I started out resizing patterns, I just did it in baby steps. I measured a few favorite sweaters to see what already worked for me. I made a few camisoles that fit well and then got the bust on normal sweaters to work. Now I'm worrying about sleeves and necklines. Like any other skill, resizing patterns takes courage and practice, but you're a smart girl and I'm confident that you can figure it out...

Another thing: when I hit a pattern that I just can't understand, I make a version of it by drawing out the measurements onto a light weight knit fabric and sewing up the sides. That way I can also see if the neck line suits me and change the ease to fit. It takes work, but if you're going to spend a month making something, you might as well get the math right before you start. There's no sense in making something that you don't wear and love.
6  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / Re: crafty classes in NYC? on: January 18, 2006 03:50:37 PM
I wouldn't go to Sew Fast Sew Easy if you have a choice. They've started chasing down knitting circles and other people who have "Stitch and Bitch" in their names and sending out cease and desist letters. There are so many alternatives to them for sewing and crafting classes in New York -- almost every craft store offers classes, and you can find some great teachers.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting needles on airplanes? on: November 27, 2005 04:44:20 PM
For the record, I had no problem flying with my needles [I hedged my bets and had bamboo ones with me] and a kit full of darning needles and a pair of blunt scissors from any of the airports and airlines on my trip to Africa. I landed in JFK, Addis Ababa, Cairo, Heathrow and Schipol [Amsterdam]. My backpack did get a couple of extra rounds through the xray machine, but no one took anything. Two different security people asked if I was a knitter and then waved me through. Then again, I make it easy on everyone by removing everything metal and putting it in my bag before I get to the screening lines and taking off my shoes in America [I bring flip flops]. I really think the key is to not take anything that you'll cry over if/when they confiscate it.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: I need a friend who knits!!! on: October 30, 2005 10:00:51 PM
Try going to one of the stitch and bitches:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/stitchnbitch/

You'll meet plenty of friendly addicts knitters there.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting needles on airplanes? on: October 30, 2005 09:58:29 PM
Anyone know the rules for Africa? I'm going to London on American, then Alexandria, Egypt and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on British Mediterranean. I'm not certain, but I think I have to go through customs again in London. Any idea? I've printed out my TSA list, and I have half a sweater going. I do need to buy bamboo needles for the plane, and I guess I'll just pack a second set in my checked bag...
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fat girls and skirts.... on: October 30, 2005 09:15:18 PM
I love this thread! You guys are awesome. I'm a skinny girl, but I wish that more people were able to talk as openly about their bodies and self image and issues as you guys do. You rock...

Can I also chime in about mewler's problem with non-elastic boots? I walk everywhere I go, and while I'm not really in shape otherwise, I have pretty nice looking calves. Whoever came up with the measurement they use for zip up boots must be smoking something. I've never found a pair that fit, and now I just avoid them completely. I've found a bunch of really nice lace up boots, and I just look at that style. They aren't as sleek as the others, but I can wear them without being hobbled and uncomfortable. If they're uncomfortable in the store, they're going to be worse walking home...

Someone else was talking about how clothes will fit them in smaller sizes while at other times the size just won't be right. A lot of manufacturers do vanity sizing so that women feel better about themselves and buy more of the "smaller" clothes. I can wear anything from a size 0 to a size 8 depending on the shop. I actually think it's pretty horrible, but I do find myself feeling better when I wear the larger "normal" sizes than when I get a garment that makes me feel like a scrawny freak. The moral of the story is, if it doesn't fit, don't worry about it and get something that flatters you and your body. You haven't changed from store to store -- they have... Vanity sizing is just a stupid bit of psychology that's supposed to make people feel better and buy more clothes. It's the same fashion industry nonsense as choirgirl's mannequin story. We are tons smarter than they are.
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