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« on: June 30, 2008 04:36:50 PM »

I recently bought this 1976 book by Better Homes and Gardens from Book Buyers in Moyuntain View, CA.  I was grabbed by the cover project, which I quite like:

It's an embroidered butterfly with shiny metal inlays fastened on with shisa stitch.  It's the same stitch used to put those little round mirrors on saris and other traditional Indian garments.  The mirror or inlay isn't pierced by the thread, just held securely in a little frame made of thread.  This project uses bits cut from soda cans for the inlays!  I looked around at the grocery store, and I don't think today's cans have big enough areas of solid color to be used for this, so I'm wondering what to use instead; I was thinking maybe pieces of old CDs.

I'm going to post a few pics in separate posts of this thread, so no one post is too pic-heavy.  I hope no one minds my filling up the "recent with pics" page with these un-recent projects!
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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2008 04:39:24 PM »

This picture is just so perfectly 1970s:


The houseplants, the smock, sitting cross-legged on the floor, making chamois pillows... it's just so very 70s.

I don't know why the scan has that kind of checkerboard look; it's not there in the original photo.
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« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2008 04:40:33 PM »

Feather mandalas!  I actually think these are really pretty:
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« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2008 04:43:02 PM »

And two final projects, a wood scrap headboard:

and some textured crocheted pillows:


Again, I don't know what caused the checkerboard effect.

There were also some omigosh-what-WERE-they-thinking pics, especially in the knitting section, but I thought I'd rather post the projects and pics that I actually like in one way or another. 
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« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2008 04:45:21 PM »

That is an awesome find!  Old school craft books are such treasures. I love, love, love the headboard(painted white - totally modern)
BTW What if you used the "inside" of the soda can, that's all silver.
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« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2008 04:48:17 PM »

Part of what I like are the different colors of the inlays.  But maybe it would be possible to paint plain shiny metal with transparent colors (glass paint, maybe?) to get the effect.
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« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2008 04:55:47 PM »

Not even the store brand cans have enough solid color on them?
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« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2008 05:12:32 PM »

Not even the store brand cans have enough solid color on them?
Oooh, that's a good idea.  I was at a fancy place that doesn't ahve store brands.  I'll take a look next time I'm at Safeway; maybe they'll have something more suitable.  Thanks!
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« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2008 05:54:39 PM »

Very cool find! Love the headboard idea.

For the metal you can get metal flashing cheap from Lowe's and use metal spray paint for the colors you want. Or just spray paint the drink cans on the inside.
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« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2008 06:11:11 PM »

 Grin Seriously awesome!
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