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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Chinese themed crafts for Chinese language students? on: March 29, 2011 01:23:05 PM
Hey there!
I am a private Chinese tutor, and I am looking for suggestions for fun and easy Chinese themed crafts.
So far I have done:
*Cutout of double happiness character.
*Creating your own Beijing Opera mask and learning about the meanings of the colors.

Ideas I'd like to develop but need more inspiration:
*Using calligraphy - I have the tools, but no idea
*Year of the rabbit theme
*Dragons theme
*Colors in China and their meanings
*Something with silk or brocade?
*China - pottery

Thanks/Xiexie in advance for any advice!!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Wedding Gift and Garter (garter pattern link added) on: July 09, 2006 05:32:07 PM
beautiful job!!
I just watched the movie Tristan and Isolde, and the trees remind me of the end of their story- how Isolde planted two trees on the place where they used to meet, and the trees grew intertwined.
*Sniff* I love that story!
Once again, props for taking time to create such a masterpiece!
-anna
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Mosaic Art Project turned Quilt on: June 05, 2006 11:22:15 PM
I created this for a project in a humanities class. We had to make a mosaic using early Christian symbols. Everyone was doing either tile/grout or paper triangles, but I wanted to try something I knew more about.
Sewing!
I decided that a quilt is basically a mosaic- the cloth pieces=tesserae and the actual quilting stitches=the grout.
The picture is a sunrise with the light touching the cypress trees. The cypress trees represent death and the sunrise represents the advent of christ and the ressurection.
The quilt itself is all diamond pieces, about two inches in length. The stitching is white thread, and I did not quilt around every little diamond, I skipped rows. It is kinda hard to see in the picture. The quilt is about 3.5 feet x 3 feet.



I definately suggest making a quilt sometime in your life, this was my first and it was quite a challenge, even for its small size. It taught me a serious lesson about how good it feels to finish such an in-depth project and not cut corners.
4  COOKING / Dessert / summer popsicles on: June 05, 2006 10:49:18 PM
I came upon this idea while making a smoothie-
there was no one to eat my leftover smoothieness, so I froze some in a cup. The next day when I ate it I was surprised at how refreshing it was.
Inspiration attack!!
I remembered having popsicle molds when I was a kid, and I loved them, so I thought I should try it again!
I went to target and bought some molds for about 3 dollars, and then over the past few weeks I have stocked up on various frozen fruits that were on sale.
In my freezer I have containers special for
-strawberries
-raspberries/blackberries
-blueberries
-mango
-pineapple (you can't buy this frozen, but if you buy a pineapple when they are on sale and then chop it up and freeze it, it tastes amazing just to snack on it when it is cold cold cold)

I combined different amounts of those with about 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt, a little orange juice or pineapple juice frozen concentrate, and then some liquid juice. Lately I have had fresh peach and raspberry, so I added those after the frozen fruit. Then I zipped it up, and poured it into my popsicle molds! I feel like I have a fancy smoothie joint in my kitchen!
Then by the end of the day when I am properly hot, I grab a super yummy popsicle from my freezer!
try it! It's worth it!

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Spirograph Hat and Patches (picture heavy) on: April 05, 2006 10:31:04 PM
Such a fantastic idea! The blue ones kinda remind me of nasa!! Your stitches are so clean and pretty -
I have a few questions (I have only embroidered a few times)

how many threads wide was your thread? (The floss I use is usually 6 threads, and I was taught to split it to 3) but yours look so nice and bold.
did you start at one point of the spirograph and just continue along the line until you got back where you started?

thanks and good job again!
-anna
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Re: Kitten in a beaker and others on: November 07, 2005 08:40:15 PM
I totally recognized that little sister....
you're shirts are great! good job!
<3 anna b.
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: hardcore sewing machine with not so hardcore fabric? on: August 02, 2005 03:47:25 PM
that is hilarious!!!
but I wonder why I'm a bit scared now...
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / hardcore sewing machine with not so hardcore fabric? on: August 02, 2005 01:56:33 PM
my brother is totally into the whole airsoft games stuff, he even sews his own camouflage gear and clothing!
We have this old sewing machine and it's tension is all messed up- even after we've taken it in to be fixed twice. (they promised it wouldn't get messed up again... but surprise. it still is wonky.) So my bro decided to go find a tough machine that would sew through the many layers of thick material he works with.
I have been taking a break from sewing things because of my anger towards our sewing machine, but I'm not sure if it's ok to sew with regular type cloths on this beast of a machine.
does anyone have any experience with this?
thankss!!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: Promalong - Making your own Prom dress? Join the club! on: May 01, 2005 12:24:33 PM
to answer some questions:
there is elastic in the top around my neck, but it doesnt do much good when i lift up my arms. The dress is really tight around the armholes, and when we put the zipper in, it will be way tight around the waist too.
I would be using the same dress skirt for the ribbon sleeves idea, sos as to not waste pretty fabric. But the top I will probably get some new fabric (it should only be about 10 dollars to get enough.)  Then make a simple tubetop type deal and attach a bunch o ribbons.
Im going to try tacking some ribbons on a sleeveless dress I have already to see how it looks.

I think the pattern I had would have worked better with an all-around stretchy fabric. Or maybe if it didnt have so many layers to it (the pattern called for an underlining) so it wouldnt be so bulky.

any ideas of how I can incorporate the ribbons into the rest of the dress, or the outfit? I thought about having the one halter ribbon be really long in the back so the tied ends would dangle down my back.
any other ideas/comments would be GREATLY appreciated!!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: Promalong - Making your own Prom dress? Join the club! on: May 01, 2005 12:06:53 AM
ah! the stress!
I didn't think Id be making my dress this year, but when I saw this pattern (http://store.sewingtoday.com/cgi-bin/butterick/shop.cgi?s.item.B6926=x&TI=10003&page=4), I fell in love with it. My mom and I got light blue/ice colored fabric for it, with a see-through same colored layer on the bottom. I was so stoked for this dress. But then we finished making the top part, and it is absolutely terrible! I can't move my arms, and when I put them up (i.e. around my guy's neck) the ENTIRE dress top shifts up with my arms. It's rediculous.
So now we're stuck with a dress that is half done and prettymuch ruined.
We spent about 70 on the fabric and I am pretty sad that we hit a dead end. So thats my sad tale...
I was thinking about an interesting idea to shnazz up a tube-top style dress. Those seem to be easier to make than this complicated sleeve deal Ive got right now. What if I got a bunch of ribbons, (think that gree-ribbon-dress-style) and sewed them to the front and back of the dress so they loop over my shoulder (some can fall off the shoulder) And then have one ribbon tie around the neck halter-style. The ribbons would not be all concentrated in one spot, but kinda spread out over maybe 4 fingers length on each side of the front. And in the back some could even crisscross for effect and better support i suppose.
Has anyone tried something like this before?
Does anyone think this sounds cool/pretty?
I'd really like to try this, regardless of whether it goes on my prom dress or not...

thanks craftsters, this prom thread has been super
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