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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Quillingtastic Monograms of Quillingness?! on: January 19, 2012 06:23:44 PM
Quite excellent. Some quilling is, IMO, rather trite. Yours is not, it is clever and very well done. Inspiring in fact.
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: I made a meerkat on: September 27, 2007 03:56:23 PM
It's the expression. He has the most exquisite and endearing expression.
3  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Questions for those who dye...cashmere! on: September 24, 2007 01:38:02 PM
I have another link for you. Lots of good information there.
http://www.pburch.net/dyeing.shtml
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Most favourite bag I've ever made! on: September 24, 2007 01:34:02 PM
I like that fabric. It looks very Tlingit (Pacific NW American Indians).
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: Machine Embroidery - Sunflower on: September 24, 2007 01:15:25 PM
Ooh, lovely!
Good thing you provided a picture of the garment. I would not have known what it looked like otherwise.
I would wear something like that. Thanks for the inspiration.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Asia is more than Japan swap on: September 24, 2007 01:01:08 PM
My partner was ScottSkipper.
She is unable to post pictures at this time so I am posting pictures of what I sent.

I used old encyclopedias to reference the subjects for this bag. 
I refer to it as a "moon bag" because the moon has strong symbolism in Asian culture. I used a circle pattern to cut it. Both sides are decorated with embroidery. The design was made with appliqud habotai silk. I accomplished the color of the silk using fiber reactive dye.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/coyotl/1332136982/
My partner likes nautical themes. So, for this side I used an image of a type of Asian broad bottomed boat. I really loved the sails and the rigging.




http://www.flickr.com/photos/coyotl/1331249619/
This is a Thai Buddhist Temple Guardian. The encyclopedia image cut him off at the arms. So, I had to come up with an idea for the rest of the arms and the hands. I chose to use mudra gestures for the hands.

The body of the bag is heavy cotton canvass--what I use for paintings.
Dimensions are: bag  ~13" diameter. Strap ~19 x 1.5"
It is lined in a gold-yellow polyester fabric I had in my stash.


Slippers
Made from buckskin. Motif symbolizes the wind which is at the back of the wearer to move her forward.

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Beaded Fringe Earrings, Yippee! on: September 23, 2007 08:42:30 AM
If you are serious in wanting a suitable transparent beading thread consider Fireline http://www.bluesagebeads.com/product_p/fireline.htm
It is actually a fishing line and you can probably find it at a local sporting goods store--for a better price. It comes in different gauges and is known for being a bit stiffer than the nylon threads. So that factor may be a detraction or an advantage depending on what you are making.

The link is only one source for example. You can get it other places.

Oh, and you can get Nymo at any beading store--maybe even at a discount store like Wal Mart. You can pre-stretch it, it only has a little give in it. After pulling off the length I'm going to use I firmly grasp each end and tug on it. You will feel it give (stretch) a little.

There is an alternative to Nymo that frays less, C-Lon.
http://beadwork.about.com/od/beadworkbookprodrevs/fr/C_lon_thread.htm  An internet search will yield many suppliers.
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: Machine Embroidery - Sunflower on: September 23, 2007 08:09:52 AM
Whatcha' gonna do with it?
Do you have a specific plan for the fabric?
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Painting with acrylic paint on wood. "HELP!!!" on: September 14, 2007 12:58:24 PM
It's looking good.
Can you give some background on the symbolism? Or have you done that already and I am obtuse?
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: My Sofa likes to Dance on: September 04, 2007 02:47:29 PM
If the legs screw off, you could try replacing them with bun feet instead. That style is less likely to gouge the wood of the flooring at least.
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