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« on: September 13, 2006 09:45:10 AM »

Hello, everyone! i thought i should jaunt over here and introduce myself to my fellow Virginians! i live near Rocky Mount, which is 30 miles or so south of Roanoke. i love all kinds of crafts - paper art, bookmaking, polymer clay, sewing, collage, jewelry making... So, howdy, howdy everyone!
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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2006 09:54:20 PM »

Nice to meet you bluemama.

I am a student living in Blacksburg... I don't really have a lot of time for crafting, but lately I have taken to beading and jewelry making, and I can't stop! It's addictive!

I know there are knitting shops in the area, and an art store, but I don't really know where to get things like wire and beads.
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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2006 04:47:44 AM »

Hello, Ellatrue! i don't know where to find wire and beads in Blacksburg, but i know there's a neat bead shop in downtown Roanoke, if you're ever out that way. i can't remember the name, but i believe it's down the street from MM Coffee and Tea. And ofcourse there's the staples - Michael's and A.C. Moore. Hope this helps!
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« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2006 07:45:51 PM »

Do you know if there's a Michael's anywhere in Christiansburg? The Roanoke tip does help, I should be heading out there one of these weekends anyway.

What sort of bookmaking do you do? I don't know that I've ever heard of that. It sounds neat.
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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2006 08:04:43 PM »

i don't know anything about Christiansburg, so i'm not sure about the Michael's.  As far as bookmaking, i make journals. i do them from scratch, so that means i sew the pages together, cover matboard (for front/back covers) with fabric for the covers and slap the whole thing together. i also like to make miniature books and tag books.
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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2006 05:09:53 AM »

Do you give them as gifts?

My problem is that for a while I collected them, but never really filled them.
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« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2006 10:27:14 AM »

i have given them away as gifts, but in the future i hope to sell them. Instead of only making them for writing in (the paper i used for pages wasn't suited for much else) as i did in the past, i now try to make them more versatile by using heavier weight paper, cardstock or watercolor paper mixed with writing pages. i want to sell them someday, so to make more in less time i am starting to use less pages. i know a lot of people rarely fill them up, so this may help. i myself used to be a prolific write and would fill a journal sometimes in a few months, but not anymore! i craft a lot more than i write/draw anymore, that's for sure!
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« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2006 08:13:51 AM »

That Bead store is called Beads of Light....at least that is what it was called last time I was there...which was a couple years.

Anyway, its right by the market building with the food court in downtown roanoke.
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« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2006 06:39:36 PM »

That's the one! Thanks, bekahzzz!
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« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2006 07:35:51 PM »

Is there an address for the market building? I don't really know my way around Roanoke that well.
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