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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Vinyl Christmas Brooches... OPINIONS NEEDED!! on: December 13, 2005 05:19:57 PM
Hello craftsters! Cheesy

Christmas is coming (less than 2 weeks... !!!!) and i've decided to make gifts for my friends, and tried out this idea... Christmas themed vinyl/leather brooches.

I'm unsure if they are givable as Christmas gifts... here are some pics (sorry for poor digi cam quality)
and PLEASE RESPOND WITH CRITICISM, OPINION ETC.  i'm really curious as to what you guys think of them, and to be sure if they are givable or not.. thanks!  Smiley







once again....




p.s. if anyone happened to have any tips on sewing vinyl.. plz share!!
22  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: A Hoodie Sewalong? Why not? on: November 11, 2005 02:26:39 PM
has this post died out?? i've actually wanted to make a hoodie myself(for the same reason this post started, the incoming chilly air!!) but  i couldn't really find a pattern for it and the one i found was about friggin 20 dollars!!! and sweater fabrics are pretty darn expensive too..  Sad  Does anyone have any tips on getting started (such as pattern, tute, fabric...) for cheap$$$!!! I hope this sewalong start again and i want to see more of your completed sweaters!
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: [Help!tute troubles...]Whipped up hobo bag + feminine bohemian book bag on: October 31, 2005 05:18:26 PM
Wow! it feels like AGES since I posted this...
thanks for your comments!

Can you make a tut for the feminie boho bag with the white crocheted gusset? I really like that one.  Grin

I actually made a tutorial (as you can see in the title..) but had some problems with being able to see the picture files clearly, not small and squished.  you can see them in the second page (i think..)
it is still kinda weird looking but if you can bear with the poor quality, it might be able to help you out  Smiley
24  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: frilliest pumps on: September 26, 2005 02:36:14 PM
those are one of the most ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE shoes i've ever seen! soooo cute!
25  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Painted Brown with Ivory white Stripes Shoes! [step by step pics included] on: September 26, 2005 02:34:33 PM
Those are so cute! I've thought about painting shoes, but are they kinda stiff when you wear them? Or does the paint ever flake off?
I was kinda wondering the same things....do they feel really stiff or hard to walk in?  I kinda have this weird idea that I want to make a really tall boot out of my converse and paint stuff all the way up.....you know, like sew on more canvas to the top of the shoe to make it boot-like.....hmmmm

nope, its not really stiff at all to walk in (well, my shoes DID cost $3.95, and not the comfiest shoes ever) but the paint doesn't really affect it. paint does not flake off at all and sticks well to the shoe material and there is not one crack in my shoe yet, although i did read somewhere that a few of the polka dots someone painted on their shoes cracked, but the rest are fine.  the only thing i don't like about the acrylic paint is that it gives off a slight shine, unlike normal shoes, because of the solid paint.  i've heard that using fabric paint, or adding fabric medium to the acrylic paint will give it more durability, but just acrylic worked fine, as long as you don't mind the lustre,or the lesser(?) durability.

ps. that converse-boots idea sounds very cool and original! i've never heard of anything like that before... good luck!
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: recon wardrobe *lotsa images* on: September 26, 2005 02:19:50 PM
wow i absolutely love the last skirt!! i love the colour and the flowyness of it
is it a circle skirt(made with large square fabric)?
27  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Painted Brown with Ivory white Stripes Shoes! [step by step pics included] on: September 23, 2005 09:13:39 AM
those look great!
to answer your questions, if you used only acrylic paint it probably bled because it was too diluted, you need to make sure it's kind of thick.  otherwise the bleeding is caused by the fabric absorbing the paint, regardless of where your tape is placed.  and using a fabric medium is a good idea as long as it doesn't make your paint too watery.

wow! thanks for your awesome tip! now that i think about it, I think you're right.. i kinda dipped the brush in water a little so that the paint will spread easier (didn't think about spreading easier BEYOND the tape)
28  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Painting Shoes... Fabric paint or Acrylic paint? (with pictures) on: September 19, 2005 06:25:34 PM
Smiley just wanted to say that i just recently started using a textile medium with acrylics for fabric and the results are impressive. tha paint remains flexible, and you only have to heat set for like 20 secs! i am finding this is a good investment for beginners who want to do thier own screening.

yes! i'm pretty glad i learned about the "(blank)mediums" 
thanks for the tip on paint on clothing! i've always been wanting to do something like that..

oh and btw i did paint my shoes (with just acrylic because i didn't know any better) and posted a while ago.. here's the link:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=50413.0
29  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: a Price for Marble Magnets?? and Locker Deco ideas needed! on: September 08, 2005 05:03:41 PM
thank you both so much!
Ezri_B , your locker must've looked awesome!! my jaws would literally drop if I saw someone's locker at my school looked like that
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: New shirt and pants YAYNESS on: August 30, 2005 07:45:14 PM
Are all those clothing made from scratch(meaning just fabric)?
and was it your first time making them?
the pants look like they have great shape! although the stitching at the front looks crooked...
good job!
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