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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: dean nomerus dinonurhead tynomosaurus hug the wraptor piggy back buddy II on: August 24, 2008 03:26:31 PM
I think he's awesome!  I can think of so many people I'd love to knit him for!

By the way, my fiance wants to know where the name comes from - we worked out the "dinonurhead" bit.

lol!

when i finished him, i emailed my husband asking what to name him, since i always get stuck on that part. he typed out a whole list but when it showed up in my email the line breaks had disappeared... i could tell he meant to separate them but i liked the idea of him having a really epic name, so i just used the list of names as one.

dean NOMerus
din(e)-on-ur-head
tyNOMasaurus hug
the wraptor
piggy back buddy II (because i did another hat of the same style so this would be the second)

Smiley
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: dean nomerus dinonurhead tynomosaurus hug the wraptor piggy back buddy II on: August 04, 2008 06:30:35 AM
wow, thanks, everyone  Grin.  it's good to know there's at least some demand. i'm moving to another country next week so it might get pushed off a bit, but i'll post here if/when it's finally done.


thanks again for the support
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / dean nomerus dinonurhead tynomosaurus hug the wraptor piggy back buddy II on: August 02, 2008 11:13:56 AM
hehe, i just can't resist typing out his whole name. but you can call him dean nomerus for short. he is a head-eating dinosaur but you'll forgive him for it-- he's just too darn cute

here he comes.....

gotcha.


he's made in caron simply soft, size 6 needles. took under a week. i wrote the pattern up as i went along but i think its too complicated to actually release. i also don't know if there's enough interest in actually making him that it would be worth the time. i'd love some feedback!

more photos and info on ravelry and my blog
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: ron paul r(evol)ution shirts on: July 07, 2008 09:19:29 AM
i printed them on a piece of card stock paper and cut out rectangles around them, like any stencil. then to make them reusable i covered the front and back with packaging tape (the clear kind). and then i cut out the stencils with an xacto and sprayed the back with a stencil adhesive-- the kind that says it can be picked up and repositioned as needed. i used textile medium and acrylic paint and then as soon as it was a little bit dry i peeled the stencil off and wiped it off with a wet paper towel, so that when i stuck it down on another shirt it wouldn't bleed. then i just resprayed with adhesive and repeated, and the stencils are still in perfect condition to be used at least ten more times. if a little piece looks like it's going to fall off (RP's face is a little flimsy), i plan to use a little more packaging tape to secure where the bit is connected to the bulk of the stencil.


Hmm, I wonder if it would be any easier or more effective to use, like, contact paper instead of packaging tape? I've had trouble with smooth surfaces of packaging tape in the past. Or maybe a combination of the two.

But thanks for the directions!

i thought about that but i have had problems with contact paper not being so sticky. the great thing about packaging tape is it's really thin and really sticky so you don't have to worry about the blade pulling up bits of the tape. also you don't have to worry about bits of paint getting between the layers and making it ripple. give it a try, though-- it couldnt hurt!

(and about the smooth surface problem, i know what you mean. i just laid the strips of tape flat, sticky side up on a table, and then pushed the stencil down quickly and used the handle of a scissor to push out any air bubbles. they weren't totally flat but the bits that weren't didn't seem to make a difference on the stencil)
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: ron paul r(evol)ution shirts on: July 07, 2008 08:14:35 AM
Ahhhhh!!!! *want want want*

When giving directions to my apartment, I end with "it's the one with the four-foot Ron Paul sign in the window. You can't miss it."

...and nobody ever does miss it.

ooh ooh put me down for one of those signs! lol, i love that.

Taxes are retarded, and these shirts are AWESOME. 

Grin

I 3V0J Capitalism and Minarchism so naturally, I 3V0J Ron Paul.

I will never cease to be amazed at how incredible his campaign was. It was so... authentic and self-propelled. It's grassroots news, hand-painted signs and home-made t-shirts that keep me interested in American politics. So thanks. 

i totally agree. too bad he got entirely shut out my the mainstream media. if you look at the google trends of paul compared to mccain, it's absolutely ridiculous how biased the news stories are in comparison with the internet interest.

anyways, here's the way i made the stencils
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i printed them on a piece of card stock paper and cut out rectangles around them, like any stencil. then to make them reusable i covered the front and back with packaging tape (the clear kind). and then i cut out the stencils with an xacto and sprayed the back with a stencil adhesive-- the kind that says it can be picked up and repositioned as needed. i used textile medium and acrylic paint and then as soon as it was a little bit dry i peeled the stencil off and wiped it off with a wet paper towel, so that when i stuck it down on another shirt it wouldn't bleed. then i just resprayed with adhesive and repeated, and the stencils are still in perfect condition to be used at least ten more times. if a little piece looks like it's going to fall off (RP's face is a little flimsy), i plan to use a little more packaging tape to secure where the bit is connected to the bulk of the stencil.

i don't know a way to save a freezer paper stencil, sorry! but i hope this was helpful (i can do an illustrated tutorial if this isn't clear)

edit: ps. here's the larger version of the image-- to show the cleanness of the lines
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / ron paul r(evol)ution shirts on: July 07, 2008 06:25:11 AM
i know he's out of the race, but my husband and I are still huge ron paul fans. i just started stencilling again so i thought i'd give some shirts a go.



i'm really happy with the way they turned out, especially since i just made it up as i went along and kind of made up my own technique to make them reusable. i always hated spending an hour cutting out a stencil i could only use once or maybe twice.

i hope you like them. comments/criticism appreciated!
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: paper punch stencils on: July 07, 2008 06:17:13 AM
thanks everyone!!

The white one with red hearts is my favorite. That must have taken forever, but it looks great!

that one actually took less than an hour... once i knew what i wanted to do. because each stencil repeat takes, like, one second, and then you can pick it up, wipe it off with a tissue (just in case there's any paint left on it), and reposition. Smiley

I love that gun shot wound look really cool. How do you make the shirts tho? glue paint???

not sure i understand the question... but the paint i used is one part textile medium, two parts acrylic paint
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / paper punch stencils on: July 06, 2008 07:58:02 PM
i don't know if i made up this technique or not. i can't find it anywhere but i'm also not an expert stenciller by any means. i used an index card, clear packing tape, and a craft punch to make a teeny tiny stencil. then i used it over and over and over to make different designs.

this is my favourite one by far. the whole design is done on the back-- it's supposed to look like a gunshot wound from far away but then when you look closer it's all made of different colour hearts.



here are a few of the other layouts i tried. all of them wrap around from the front to the back of the shirts



i'm totally in love with all my new shirts. i can't wait to go back to the dollar store and get a bunch of new hole punches.

comments/criticism appreciated!
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help: Ron Paul stencil on: July 06, 2008 08:44:20 AM
I want to make a shirt for my Fiance who just happens to be in love with Ron Paul... in fact... I do believe his shirt will say " I have a man crush on Ron Paul"  Tongue

anyways, I found this stencil, and he looks so happy, I had to share it with you

http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa299/Utah4RonPaul/FaceStencil2.jpg

OMG thanks so much for the link... cutting this out RIGHT NOW
10  CANADA / Ontario / sewing machine repair in toronto?? on: June 28, 2008 07:34:46 AM
hi ya'll. i'm relatively new to toronto and i was wondering if anyone knew a really good place to get a singer sewing machine serviced. i don't have that much money but i'd like to at least go to a authorized place and know that it worked out for someone else.

any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
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