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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: What is the best medium for strong graphic images...for designing fabric ran on: August 18, 2009 04:42:10 PM
You can use anything for designing your fabric, it's about the graphic quality of your art, not the medium so much.  (Like is it bold shapes and clear lines/strong graphic quality, or washes of colour/not so graphic)
When you work with acrylics, are you working quickly, while the paints are wet, or letting each colour dry as you work?  I would assume that working the colours while wet would soften the look where the paints blend.

There is a great book about designing fabric by Karin Jerstop and Eva Kohlmark that may be useful for learning how to translate your artwork into fabric designs and repeats.
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / DIY Drawing Donkey- know of any online plans? on: August 18, 2009 08:29:20 AM
I am trying to find plans online for building a drawing donkey or art horse, the kind you would find in a life drawing class.  Googling has come up with nothing so far... I figured a savvy craftser member may know where I can find plans online.

TIA for any and all help.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Budget Bridal Shower on: June 01, 2008 04:41:29 PM
I'll share my bridal party theme, the "secret" garden... we are gifting the bride with garden stuff and sexy things!
For decor we'll just get some potted plants she can later use in her garden, and for favours I plan on giving everyone a seed packet tied with a ribbon and thank you.

My own bridal shower was a sweet tea party where everyone left with a teacup & saucer (most were from freecycle, others were thrifted).  Everyone loved it, me especially!  My mum & bridesmaids all made sandwiches and small sweets, and they had teas and lemonade on hand.  It was pretty low-key, but very novel!

Are there other bridesmaids that can help you?  Maybe the bride's mum or an aunt wants to help??  You'd be surprised how many people will pitch in out of love for the guest of honour, don't feel like you need to do it all yourself.
Good luck!
4  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: HAHAHA!!! April Fools on: April 01, 2008 06:49:28 PM
I'm so glad I popped in tonight!!!

5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: X-Mas Crafting for Dad? on: December 03, 2007 06:01:50 PM
If he wants fireplace matches, what about crafting a nice box for the mantle that fits the matches?  Or knitting a cozy to slip on the match box?
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: do you know anything about cloth russian dolls??? (pictures inside) on: November 24, 2007 08:06:48 AM
Hello caradee,  The dolls are very sweet.  I would love instructions!

Found a little historical information here:


Yes, this was the only bit I could find too.

Can I just reiterate how much I love craftster?  Thanks for all the help ladies!!

And, I'll make a tutorial soon (so you can make them before any christmas holidays), they are quite easy.
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: do you know anything about cloth russian dolls??? (pictures inside) on: November 24, 2007 08:04:55 AM
I was looking to see what I could find.

I didn't find anything that tell's you how to make them. But I did find another lady who took a class. In her blog it tells a bit of the story.


hehe, that is my mum!!!

Thanks though!!
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / do you know anything about cloth russian dolls??? (pictures inside) on: November 23, 2007 11:46:11 PM
So my mum was lucky enough to take a workshop on making a traditional North russian folk doll.  They are made only by wrapping thread around rags/fabric scraps.  She taught me how, and mentioned there is folklore attached to the doll, based on her breasts and other features.   These dolls were to ward off evil, and bring good fortune.  I am looking for more specific information, but she was never given a name for them beyond "russian folk dolls".

Any good leads?  They are so much fun to make, and I am planning on showing my girlfriends how they are made next weekend... I just wanted to be able to share more of the folklore.

Google is not proving to be very useful for me.  I've been searching it for days.

excuse my mum's poor photography!!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 50%+ handmade holiday presents 2007 edition? on: November 21, 2007 08:44:15 PM
Alright, I am going to try my best.  I've meant to join in years past (a last year I certainly would have accomplished my goals, I did hand make most gifts! laptop cozies, needle rolls and cross stitching all around.)

I will have to update my post as I go, but here's a start/place holder.

Dave (husband) --
Sister -- cup cozy,
Brother -- cup cozy,
Sister-in-Law -- cup cozy,
Brother-in-Law -- cup cozy,
Mum --
Dad --
Mum-in-law --
Father-in-law -- cup cozy,
Father-in-law's wife -- cup cozy,
Gran --
BFF's 1-5 -- Pillowcases with cowboy hunk fabric.  Klassy!
Sister's BF -- cup cozy,
Brother's GF -- cup cozy,
Dave's Gran --
Dave's Psycho Granny --
Stocking partner (my family, not drawn yet) --
Secret Santa -- cup cozy, felt ornaments
Boss -- cup cozy, felt ornaments
Far away young cousins (2 boys, 2 girls aged 4-11) --
Far away aunts & uncles --
10  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: ideas to colourize my wedding dress on: August 05, 2007 08:11:05 AM
Perhaps you should dye and shrink test one of the scraps?
Measure it and record the measurement.  Then process the dye, dry and remeasure to see how much shrinkage.

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