I recently acquired a new 36' loom, a super cute spinning wheel, and an angry boyfriend. We will be moving in a few months and he pointed out there is no where in downtown Raleigh we can afford that would have the space needed for our combined hobbies. My solution: find an affordable space to put all my fiber art stuff in so I can feel like a "real" artist. Does anyone know of an artist co-op space or affordable studio space in the Triangle?
Oh and if anyone has a clue as to how to use a loom, you have free access to mine if you can show me at least how to start a project or I'm willing to pay for lessons if you have your own loom.
I know I posted a little about this in another thread, but I wanted to start a new one for this month and then just update it when we decided on new charities.
TechShop Durham is happily hosting Crafting for a Cause night on the last Saturday of every month from 6pm until 10pm. Bring your sewing machines, knitting needles, etc and plan on having a great time meeting people and supporting a charity.
This month we will be making blankets for Project Linus so be sure to bring some fabric appropriate for children ages 0 - 18. We have a laser cutter here that can cut quilt squares out of cotton fabric to make the piecing super quick, but alas, it cannot cut fleece so we will have to use good ole'fashioned scissors and rotary cutters for that
Our website is dreary and not really informational. When I tried to approach the designer about it, he said if I was so smart then I should design the page. Only problem? Not sure how to improve it. I know that it needs to be more exciting, but I'm not sure how to jazz it up without making it look gaudy (I'm a pink & glitter kinda gal most of the time). Tips?
The site is techshopdurham.com. Would something as simple as pictures be the best way to go? I don't think the site does a good job of actually explaining what we offer or provide, but again, not too sure if that goes on the front page or in a link. All I know is it needs something.
Not sure if this goes here, but I'm not sure where to put it.
Is anyone else a little concerned with the new fad in turning plastic bags into clothes, bags, etc? It seems a lot of the buzz I'm hearing is people being excited to get new plastic bags rather than use cloth reusable ones. Now, I understand that the plastic bags are being converted to something more durable for long term use, but isn't it counter productive if people are now resorting back to getting new bags?
More plastic bags being consumed = more plastic bags being made = sad Earth
My business is actually a giant space with machines and set ups for metal working, woodworking, sewing, laser-ing, and a whole bunch of things crafty people would love to have access to without buying, but I don't know how to market it!
Everyone I talk to loves the concept, but traffic to the space is slow.
Does anyone know if there are kilns the public can use anywhere in the Triangle? I'm having trouble finding that info. Are there any pottery studios that allow you to fire your own pieces (not a paint your own plate place)?
There's a cool place opening in Durham (off Miami Blvd exit from 40) called TechShop. They have a sewing room with 2 "regular" sewing machines, an embroidery machine, a serger, and an industrial sewing machine. The place also has MIG, TIG, and Oxy-acetylene welding, a woodworking shop, machine shop, area to work on your cars, electronics shop, and a bunch of other stuff. They offer classes for all the machines and you can buy memberships so you have access to use everything (I think you need to take safety classes for the machines first).
The big opening is Saturday March 21st and they will have food and demos. All the info is on their page. I'm super excited about having access to a serger without the investment!
A year ago I took a class and the instructor assured me that for a lap quilt (especially a first one I was terrified of binding) I could put a strip of fusible web on the wrong side of the backing fabric, cut a slit in it, and then sew all 4 sides and turn it right side out. Sounds great except now I can't figure out the order and sides to sandwich together to make the flip work.
Ex: do I layer wrong side of backing fabric to the right side of topper, then place the batting? So confused!
Is this even really do-able? No one I've talked to has ever heard of this technique. Any input is appreciated!
My b/f gave my the glorious Bacon Cookbook which has only encouraged me in all things bacon related. So I ask, what is your favorite bacon recipe?
Mine is one developed in conjunction with my ex. Neither of us measure so here's a rough guestimate.
In a 9x13 pan slice new potatoes about 1/2" thick to cover the bottom. Then layer with 8 oz saurkraut, 6 oz pancetta, and 1 med/large sauteed vidalia onion. Then another layer of 1/2" thick new potato slices and 3 oz shredded Raclette cheese. Bake at 350 til melted. Serve with salt & pepper.
*Note:It is similar to the actual Swiss dish called Raclette. I advise sampling the cheese before buying it as it is a bit much for some peoples' taste buds.