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61  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Many questions about a project I'm considering - can anyone help? on: November 08, 2007 11:04:58 PM
Hi everyone,

First off, let me just say that I really have no idea about...well, really anything about spinning, so be aware that I'll probably come off sounding like a moron.

Moving on. I am taking a Social Justice class with a professor who has pretty much inspired me beyond belief. He is a great man, and we have had a few little conversations that have made me admire him even more not just for his knowledge in the classroom, but also for his passion outside of it.

He recently was talking about Gandhi in our class - in fact, we actually watched a film about him just yesterday. As some of you may know, one of his nonviolent ways of revolting against the British was to spin his own thread out of cotton and use it to make cloth to then make his traditional Indian garments, and he encouraged other Indians to do the same.

That bit of knowledge inspired me (as well as made Gandhi pretty much my hero), and I was thinking that I might attempt to make something out of handspun cloth for him in the fashion that Gandhi did as a little thank-you-for-inspiring-me gift at the end of the semester.

The only problem is, I know virtually nothing about spinning thread, or cloth...or anything like that, really...ha, I don't even really know if this is the right place to post this, but I'll give it a shot.

One, is this project even possible/heard of in this day and age?

Two, how ambitious is this craft I'm thinking of? I figure I'm probably only going to make a cuff/bracelet out of this cloth, but how long and how hard is the whole process?

Three, off of the top of your head, what type of equipment would I need and how would I get about purchasing it or finding somewhere to use it? I'm assuming a spinning wheel, but is there anything else? I figure there has to be...

Four, pretty much the same question about materials. Gandhi used cotton, so I'm figuring I might use that. Where could I find some (save picking it myself)? Would I need anything else?

Last but not least, five...um, does anyone have any experience with this whole process of handspinning thread and making it into cloth, or does anyone have any resources they'd like to share? I'd GREATLY appreciate ANY help or guidance I can get.

Please, feel free to include anything else I'm forgetting as well, and if there are some traditional Indian colors that you think I should use, please let me know about those too.

I figure if all else fails, I'll just buy handspun cloth (is that even the right term?) and make a cuff out of it instead, but I'd really like to try this the Gandhian way.

Wow, okay, thank you for reading all of that. You guys do some amazing work in here - nearly every time I pop my head in, I can find something to be envious of. Keep it all up and I hope that with his project I might learn how to join your ranks.

With bread and roses,

62  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / You say "goodbye", I say... on: November 05, 2007 08:20:36 PM
Hello! Allow me to *properly* introduce myself.

I'm Kayla, aka InstantKarma. I discovered this board when I was about thirteen, lurked for five years to attempt to perfect my skills, and finally joined up a couple weeks ago.

I craft reconstructed bags, jewelry, and occasionally clothing, and I stencil from time to time. My stuff usually has a nerd/geek spin to it, and I also have a thing for, shall we say, "adult" themed crafts.  Grin

I am currently trying to learn how to do chainmaille, crochet, and felt stuffies/plushies, and when I qualify for swaps, I would love to take part in some!

Hope to see you around!


63  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Dying fleece? on: November 05, 2007 08:10:28 PM
Hey all,

A while ago I bought some ivory-coloured fleece with the thought that I would make a plushie of myself for my boyfriend as I was thinking of going off of college then.

Well, I didn't go off to college, so no one needed a plushie.

Now I need brown and black fleece for a different project, and I was wondering if anyone knows if I can dye the fleece that I already have to those colours and how I would go about doing that.

Anyone have any information on this for me? I'd appreciate natural dye techniques if it's possible, but the bottom line is that I want to keep it still as soft as possible too.

Thanks in advance!
64  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Can someone help me enlarge this? on: November 05, 2007 12:08:21 PM
The boyfriend fell in love with this $40 hoodie at Heartbreakers (so weird for him to do)...

...and since his birthday's coming up, I wanted to stencil the image for him. As you can tell in the picture - it's pretty big.

Do any of you know of any way or anywhere I can go to get this enlarged to that size so I can stencil it? Any way would be preferred, as I'm kind of cheap.


65  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / First try at what I call "wire wrapping" - with a GEEKY twist... on: November 05, 2007 10:53:09 AM
Again, many apologies for the blurry pictures. I couldn't stop sniffling while I was taking the pictures due to my cold.

This is my first try at what I guess you could call "wire wrapping" - I'm not sure if there's a method to "real" wrapping or anything, but I figured it was as good of a name for this as any.

The D-20 is from a "free" bin at a garage sale, and the bead below it is a purple crystal.
The chain is just some cheap thing from Claire's.

EDITED to add better, less-blurry photos. Cheesy

What do you think?
66  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / From guitar picks to Catholic saints - this post has it all! on: October 29, 2007 06:53:35 PM
I made earrings...while I was supposed to be doing homework! Smiley

Hot Topic "Rock The Arts" guitar picks, Catholic saint medals, and Starburst wrappers...

...and glow-in-the-dark stars (that a DRAG QUEEN complimented me on!) and an old cell phone charm (I wanted to put this on an ear cuff, but I haven't found any with a loop to connect it to...).

A close-up of the guitar picks. As soon as I saw them by the register, I knew that they would become earrings when they got home. At .50 each, they were completely worth it.

A close-up of my favorites, the Catholic saint medals. One is St. Jude, the patron saint of lost causes, and the other is St. Joan of Arc, the patron saint of those who have been opposed by the church.

I hope you like them as much as I do!
I apologize for the blurry pictures, by the way - best I could do with my cruddy little camera.
Suggestions/comments are always welcome!

67  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Do NOT question authority. on: October 22, 2007 10:38:10 AM
Hey all,
This is probably the very first thing I ever stenciled in my life, using good ol' freezer paper (the parents thought I was nuts when I put it in our grocery cart). I think it came out pretty good for a first time, but I'm always welcome to critique.
Surprisingly, it didn't take but one coat of white paint to cover the black, which was nice. =]

68  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / I need suggestions on how to make a Valkyrie Skirt... on: October 21, 2007 02:00:41 PM
I didn't really know where to put this since it could go under a couple categories...so "Miscellaneous" sounded about right.

I'm going to my first-ever Anime Detour this spring. My boyfriend and I have decided to cosplay as Kazuki Muto and Tokiko Tsumura from Busou Renkin. His weapon is pretty easy to make - it's just a big sword - but mine is a little...different.

It's called a Valkyrie Skirt. It attaches to Tokiko's upper thighs and unfolds when in battle, and as seen in the pictures, it's pretty huge and can move in many different positions.

I cannot for the life of me figure out how I should do this. My boyfriend said to use Wonderflex, but I want it to be able to fold it up when I'm walking around and unfold it for pictures. I thought of maybe tearing apart a dollar-store umbrella and using the joints for the limbs and making some sort of umbrella/Wonderflex combo thing, but even that doesn't sound too great. I'm also not sure how to get it to attach to my thighs and stay there for, oh, three days or so. =] We thought maybe some sort of suspender belt would work, but that's as far as we got.

We don't have metalworking supplies or anything like that, and we're on sort of a tight budget - any ideas?

(Oh, by the way, this is my first post...Hi!)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v14/sthtwnwarrior/snapshot20061010220041_small.jpg - in the anime. They don't have to be that huge...but it gives you a good idea.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v14/sthtwnwarrior/tokiko06a98c6fe1vq1.jpg - a doll I found of her that might help you see some of the detail work a little better.

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