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21  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Two Tiny Anime/Manga Things Swap; Signups DONE, Send Aug 30th on: September 04, 2010 11:09:55 AM
It might not be a bad idea if everyone who has sent would post in the swap thread, as the organizer hasn't been on since August 23rd.  You know, just in case. 
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: craftalong to post a project on every completed projects board in craftster 2010 on: September 03, 2010 10:34:42 AM
I think you got a bit too excited to post your projects, edelC. The second and third links took me to "post a new topic"!  Smiley

The links for the last two are:
poppet:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=358510.msg4199471#msg4199471

bag:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=358511.msg4199472#msg4199472

You did a great job on all of them, by the way. They look great!
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: craftalong to post a project on every completed projects board in craftster 2010 on: September 01, 2010 04:34:34 PM
From what I can tell, the key to machine embroidery is the stabilizer. So much so that I've seen multiple classes with a kit with various stabilizers.

There almost has to be directions online. I think www.patternreview.c om had an embroidery class with a set of stabilizers (though it's not running right now), and sewbaby.com has a stabilizer sampler pack, though I recall it having more than three for some reason.

Most of the others who do machine embroidery probably have a really awful project in the scrap pile that's from when they were first starting out. I'm sure most of them do a test run with their fabric/stabilizer/thread to make sure it's going to come out, and adjust everything accordingly.

I was thinking of cheating and doing my embroidery project when I go to a local sewing expo at the end of the month. They have the fabric already hooped and stabilized, so it's really easy.  Smiley
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Kai-Mei Socks from Sock Innovation on: August 31, 2010 11:49:28 AM
I should have known it was from Sock Innovation without even reading the name. Cookie A does some amazing patterns!

I was also amazed that I could look at Ravelry without logging in. When did that happen??

Anyway, great color, great socks!  It would be a shame to cover those up with shoes!
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: craftalong to post a project on every completed projects board in craftster 2010 on: August 31, 2010 11:33:42 AM
I was going to do machine embroidery on the insulated bag I made, but it was a last minute project (like the day after official send-outs), and the first attempt didn't turn out at all. So I cut a new piece and scrapped the embroidery idea for that project.  Smiley

I've heard of people using nail polish as a sealer for polymer clay, but I have no idea how well it holds up. It is something that's going to be handled a lot (button, zipper pull), or something decorative?  If it's something that's mostly decorative, I don't think it should be a problem.  The author of the site EdelC mentioned wrote up a response on sealers here.
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: craftalong to post a project on every completed projects board in craftster 2010 on: August 30, 2010 08:21:48 AM
Great pictures, Edel!  I'm either going to work on the stenciling board, or I'll be making a dress to wear to the funeral I'm going to on Wednesday. My childhood friend's mother died last week. I haven't really seen her in about 15 years, but since I spent a lot of my time in the summer at their house, I'm going to pay my respects. Unfortunately, my wardrobe doesn't have much of anything that's black, and the black I do have tends to be velour (which is too hot for this weather).  I'm just not sure I'll wear a black sundress later if I make one now. Undecided
27  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: my three best photos from my holidays on: August 30, 2010 08:13:10 AM
I like the top one, too! I like the clouds, and the bird silhouette in the second one, but I'm thinking cropping the picture will unbalance it a little (presuming you're cropping out the power lines. If you're keeping the power lines, then I'm way off).  Wink

Would love to see more of the pictures from your trip!
28  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Pansy dress on: August 30, 2010 07:47:15 AM
Purple was my favorite color  when I was a kid, and I love pansies! I spent several months trying to figure out something that would work with the fabric before I bought it. Finally, when it was clear there wasn't much left, I just bought the last piece. About 7 years ago.  Smiley  I was originally going to make a shirt out of it, but I like that I managed to get an entire outfit out of it.

That's funny about your critics, katsrevenge! I'm not sure if I'd be happier this way or your way. I tend to let my daughter know when something she made has potential problems, and I don't think she likes it any more than I like wandering around with the straps uneven.  Cheesy

I should point out that I think my daughter took this picture from about the least flattering angle possible, and the flash somehow filled in under the bust so that it looks like it goes straight down from the bust, which it doesn't.

Thanks for the tips, Karen.  I haven't decided how much more I want to play with it, but I'll keep those suggestions in mind if I do decide to make changes. 
29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Butterfly earrings and bracelet on: August 30, 2010 06:38:55 AM
Thanks!  I put a lot of time into it between the beading and the pattern design. I'm glad someone else likes it, too!
30  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Pansy dress on: August 29, 2010 06:03:47 PM
I was actually going to loosen the straps up a bit because  it's up further than I wanted (the top bodice piece doesn't go down far enough, though it's hard to see in this picture). I suppose if I moved the straps out (like you're suggesting) instead, it might fix both problems at the same time.  Smiley  I was a bit dismayed when I put up the picture and saw that because I didn't notice it when I was wearing it, and no one around here bothered to tell me.  Roll Eyes 

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