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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: big boob( jugs, melons) ladies out there please help me get the right dress on: August 06, 2008 09:20:02 AM
I think it depends on a) how big her boobs actually are (different people have different ideas of what is big!) and b) whether she feels the need to disguise them - she may be proud of them!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Costume for the school Royal Tournament on: May 21, 2008 03:21:43 PM
Thanks to Muria for the tip on moving it - I have never been in a forum where you could do that yourself!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Costume for the school Royal Tournament on: May 21, 2008 04:54:04 AM
Made from sari silk and lots of shirring!

Sorry about the face - we are a bit funny about pictures of the kids online.

ETA I am an idiot and posted this in the wrong place!  Could it be moved, pretty please?
4  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: Time to review policy on pet crafts? on: May 06, 2008 01:52:23 PM
Yup, I had read that reply before I added my thoughts.

Can Craftster truly say that the craft comes before all ethical or moral questions?  It would surprise me if the answer really is yes.  Is there any scenario at all which you would act upon?

If someone posts something that breaks the law, would you leave the thread so long as discussion is only about the craft?
5  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: Time to review policy on pet crafts? on: May 04, 2008 12:17:38 PM
I was one of those posting concerns on the fish thread, and one of my points was ridiculed, but I think bears repeating - and maybe explaining better!

We cannot entirely keep morality and lack of cruelty out of craft discussions.  I can envision  a scenario where someone made a beautiful cage - intricate metalwork, decorated with hand crafted beads and fabric geegaws...In their amazing work of art they keep a person.  Maybe it's a relative of their's, maybe it's someone they dragged off the street.

Are we meant to say "Lovely metalwork!" and ignore the ethics of keeping a person in a cage? (I know this is a sensitive subject with the current news story etc,  but my point is possibly more valid than ever as a result)

Now, I know that is pretty extreme, but to many of us animal welfare is of a similar (or even equal) level of ethics.  The law requires us not to inflict suffering on animals.  I agree that telling someone they are being cruel is inflamatory, but when people point out that the craft may be causing suffering I would expect someone to take a pause rather than just get all defensive and snarky.

Yes, this is a craft forum and craft comes first and foremost.  But that doesn't mean ethics can be shrugged off entirely.  That's how cruelty does take place.

Bah!  Animals, eh?  It doesn't matter too much if they have a sad life.  That's how it comes across.  And maybe some people here really think that - I know I come across plenty like that irl.

If you can only say it in a PM and to a mod, then nobody else knows that there are reservations about the item in question.  And we all know that zillions of people across the world visit craftster, so do we want to advertise things that may be bad for the animals in question?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: 1960's dress from a vintage pattern on: April 04, 2008 11:40:01 AM
Well, hello you!

It is beautiful.  I'd wear it in real life, not just for a dressing up party!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Tee skirt on: March 29, 2008 12:17:16 PM
Brilliant idea!  Now I have yet another thing on my to do list!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Tee skirt on: March 29, 2008 09:47:11 AM
What a cool idea - what kind of waistband is it?
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Two threads at once? on: March 27, 2008 02:04:42 PM
Sorry if this is answered elsewhere - I looked and couldn't find it.

A book I looked at talked about knitting with 2 threads at once, but the illustration showed 2 threads coming from 1 ball, which makes no sense to me!  Do you use 2 balls at once?
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Coffeepot fishbowl on: March 26, 2008 11:31:53 AM
Not trying to be rude or anything, guys, but this isn't really the place for fish care advice...

Quote from: retroeva
Keep the comments on the craft itself. The fish in these containers have healthy fins and beautiful coloration and the owners that make these tanks obviously care about the fish or else this really creative tank wouldnt have been made. So if you like how the colors compliment each other really well or if you think that some greenery would be good or if it inspires you to make a fish tank out of a lamp, thats awesome and you should comment here.

Well I am sorry, but if it is cruel, it is cruel.  It could be a healthy looking fish because it just came from the pet shop, not because it is happy living in that pot.
If there was a craft to admire that involved a person being shut in a small glass box - but the box was beautifully made - I would expect people to be posting "get that person out of that box!"
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