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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Re: Linoleum stamps on: September 10, 2007 09:04:03 AM
Just the regular fabric paint. I tested with some thinned paint but it didn't make much difference to the print.

I also did some tests with acrylic paint, and they worked well. I decided to stay with the fabric paint after I found out that textile medium makes the paint flexible, so it wears better and lasts longer. The ink/paint deposit is so thin with these prints though, I don't think it would really make a difference even if you used acrylic.

You could probably get better prints with a bit more care, but I was going for speed as well, because it's a repeat and I had to cover quite a big area. There are more photos on my blog of some of the other prints I did.
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Re: Linoleum stamps on: September 10, 2007 01:08:33 AM

Printed with fabric paint and a linoleum block. I haven't managed to get the kind of ink coverage I would from silkscreen or stencil, but I'm happy with the texture.
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Re: Linoleum stamps on: August 28, 2007 03:19:33 PM
I've just been doing some experiments with lino printing onto fabric - no conclusive results yet (it doesn't look the way I want it to!) - but it's not looking hopeless either....

Just used regular fabric paint and a foam roller, because the paint is so soft. I'm thinking of thinning it down with some salt for the next run, to see if that prints better.

Also going to test acrylic paint - in my experience that stuff never comes out when you spill it on your clothes! The quick drying time shouldn't be a problem because I want to be able to work pretty fast anyway.

I'll let you know how it goes.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Cropped cardi... on: February 23, 2007 03:22:39 PM
That's lovely!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Little stripey dolls on: January 15, 2007 01:01:34 PM
Oh that's so cool! Thanks for posting the picture, and I'm really glad you liked the pattern.

Love the glasses!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Rowan Soul as a skirt on: January 15, 2007 12:57:37 PM
Wow! It's great!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knitted vase on: January 13, 2007 11:14:24 AM

Question: Does it have to be a "sock"? Wouldn't a "sleeve" work too?

It doesn't have to be a sock, but I wanted to be sure the glass wouldn't show at the bottom and didn't want seams. A sleeve would definitely work, though.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knitted vase on: January 13, 2007 11:12:18 AM
that is so cool
it reminds me of these beautiful little pieces



Thanks for those links - they're beautiful. I think I had something like this  http://www.loop.gb.com/designers/annettebugansky.html in mind as well.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: A Leia Hat for a stylin guy. on: January 11, 2007 10:33:26 AM
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted vase - now with vague instructions on: January 11, 2007 10:29:40 AM

Basically, it's a sock for a jam jar (or in this particular case, a pesto jar). I started with a flat round disc and then knitted further without increasing to turn it into a tube.

I made this at the suggestion of someone who was collecting knitted things for a photoshoot - I don't think it's exactly what she had in mind, the reference pics were of very plain, tweedy jug-shaped things. I'm thinking of doing a few more: a black mohair one with horizontal welts and a fawn fuzzy one with cables all over.

Here's how to do a flat round disc to start off with:

Using 4 dpns, cast on 8 sts and distribute over 3 needles, with 2 sts on the 1st needle and 3 sts each on the 2nd and 3rd needles. Join into a round and knit all sts through the back loop to keep the center flat.
1st round: Knit into front and back of each st (called inc 1)
2nd round: Knit to end.
3rd rnd: As first.
4th and 5th rnds: K to end
6th rnd: *Inc 1, k2, inc 1, rep from * to end
7th and 8th rnds: K to end
9th rnd: *Inc 1, K4, inc 1, rep from * to end
10th and 11th rnds: K to end
12th rnd: *Inc 1, K6, inc 1, rep from * to end.
13th and 14th rnds: K to end

... you get the idea. Keep measuring the knitting against the bottom of the jar - I only did about 8 rounds, using 2.5 mm needles and DK cotton.  (It's a small jar)

Then knit straight in the pattern of your choice. Ribbed patterns like the one I used need to be able to pull in, so the disc needs to be a little bigger than the bottom of the jar. At this point you can easily switch to a circular and magic loop it if that's easier.

The stitch pattern:
You need a multiple of 6 sts  - I think I had to k2tog twice to get the right amount of stitches
rnd 1 - 6: *P2, K4* rep from * to * to end
rnd 7 - 12: *K3, P2, K1* rep from * to * to end

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