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1  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / craft or art supplies you need to get out of your stash? on: March 09, 2009 01:48:46 AM
Hi fellow portland craftsters!
 I recently started volunteering with an awesome organization that puts art supplies in he hands of kids! They act as an intermediary between individuals who donate materials or cash and organizations that have arts/crafts classes for kids. As the first to get cut from school curriculums, these programs are vital to creating new gereations of craftsters and artists. Please visit the site if you want more info and pm me if you have anything you would like to donate or great leads on where I may get a lot of donations.

http://www.zcgallery.org/dreaming.html

THANKS SO MUCH!!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / what would you sew with if.... on: February 04, 2009 07:03:01 PM
you got to use an industrial machine! It can sew leather, rubber, and fur as far as I know. So my question is simple, what would you sew if you had access to this baby?

 Bike tires is a good start, but I was wondering if anyone had good ideas for fabrics or fabric like material that would actually be sew-able on such a machine.


Thanks!!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / other crafts to use up cheap yarn? on: November 08, 2008 04:36:27 PM
So, I realize on the knitting board this may be blasphemous, but I need to seriously get rid of most of my stash and I am not looking to do so by knitting it! I have a suitcase full of yarn that just isn't working for me. Every time I try to knit with my acrylic blends/cheap-o//thrift store finds I just find it much less rewarding that working with some beautiful yarn.

As of now I plan to give it to a worthy cause, but with x-mas approaching I was curious to see if there are any other ideas for using my yarn stash to make gifts!! I am having trouble coming up with ideas but I cant be the only person that just needs to use up some grocery store yarn!

Thanks!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / my grandma needs new clasps! on: October 19, 2008 07:18:53 PM
Okay, my grandma showed me a few necklaces that are important to her that she cn no longer wear because it is too difficult to close and open the clasp. I was thinking magnetic clasps and then she showed me the ones she had already bought for the job. The issue was that they were too strong and small for her to really pull apart.


For one necklace I can get her a new chain, but I really think she would prefer not to do that since my uncle made it for her and he has since passed away.

I would REALLY appreciate help with this and I bet other ppl would as well!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / cat chow dress on: October 01, 2008 07:08:21 PM
She is an awesome artist that makes dresses out of zippers (and other materials). I thought she may inspire some of us to create beyond the obvious. also I met her and she is totally rad. This dress is made out of ONE ZIPPER so you zip it all the way up to wear it. What an awesome wedding dress this would be. and so cheap. happy crafting!!


zipper dress:
http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.dressaday.com/122405_catchow.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.dressaday.com/2005/12/cat-chow-my-hero.html&h=375&w=233&sz=19&hl=en&start=1&um=1&usg=__UOqL_HKQ_Buhc6DaU2pcJnkg6ww=&tbnid=5u8E2PuZOyMjjM:&tbnh=122&tbnw=76&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dcat%2Bchow%2Bzipper%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26sa%3DG


her site:
http://www.cat-chow.com/

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / some artistic inspiration on: September 28, 2008 02:01:59 PM
I saw this womans work at the Museum of Contemorary Craft in Portland, OR this week and I thought some craftsters, particularly crocheters would get some inspiration out of it.

Here is the website with her stuff--
http://www.museumofcontemporarycraft.org/manufractured/artists/splan.html


she makes crocheted doilies that replicate the dna of viruses like HIV. Theya re really pretty cool. Another thing she does involves peeling off her skin and making a dress from it and making wallpaper designs with her blood. Anyhow--the crochet one is very craftster-esque I feel. Enjoy!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / origen of army men bowls? on: September 25, 2008 09:37:50 PM
So I was checkin out what they have at my local craft museum amd came across an artist who makes....melted army men bowls!@!#  WHAT!!!!

She says she started in 2002 so I guess that may predate crafter's making these. I was just wandering if anyone knew about this artist and had been inspired to melt things. Anyhow here is the link.

http://www.dominicwilcox.com/warbowl.html

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / faux Fur shrug/jacket? on: August 08, 2008 11:43:44 PM
So I have some awesome purple fur fabric that I want to make a glamorous shrug with. I dont have tons to waste so I want to make a great pattern. Any ideas or tutes?? If not, I'll post what I end up with eventually!

I cant find a good reference pic at the moment, but something that is closeable in the front
and has sleeves.
Thanks
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / paper cutting on: May 16, 2008 04:18:29 AM
  I learned about paper cutting from an artist workshop at my college this year taught by Nikki Mcclure. She is awesome and I have even seen her calender advertised on here. This is a link to her site. http://www.nikkimcclure.com/

 
  This is my very small paper cutting project. It is easy to make it come out looking beautiful. You basically just cut out negative spaces with an exacto knife on thick cardstock as if you were making a stencil. The art is the "stencil" and you can put another piece of paper behind it in a special color or mount it on a board or in a frame. I have more to post later when I find them.


  Here is a simple mothers day card I made using this technique.



  Here is the paper cut before being glued down.



  This is the image source.




  You use grafite to transfer your image. You scribble on the back in pencil and then trace over the top onto the card stock you will be cutting. The image is then transfered and you just need to figure out what to cut to make the image work for you. If you make a mistake you can probably hide it when you glue the whole this down.





Let me know if you have any questions!
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / embroidered fabric mother's day card! on: May 16, 2008 04:04:49 AM
My mom is coming into town this weekend so I bought myself some extra time to finish her gift. I made a fabric card by ironing on interfacing to polyester, embroidering on the inner and  outer layers separately and then stitching all the sides together and ironing it down the middle.






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