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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / How to make a soft hem on: November 09, 2010 03:01:32 AM
I have a soft flowy synthetic chiffon material which I want to use for doll skirts which will be approximately 20cm ( 8 inches) long. My problem is that when I hem the fabric with a baby hem the edge becomes stiff thus hindering the skirt from flowing... it becomes more of a mushroom skirt. Does anyone know of a supple hem which retains the flowy qualities of chiffon?
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Hidden treassures on: June 14, 2008 12:53:36 PM
Yesterday I went to the local wall paint and wall paper shop with my dad to help him find a wallpaper. After having looked at the books filled with wallpaper samples I got, what seemed like, a brilliant idea. These wallpaper samples could be used for paper crafts, for book covers or something else. So, I asked the lady in the store what they do with the sample books once they have no use for them anymore, it turns out that they give the sample books away! So, I quickly got signed up on a list of people who wants such sample books.

I thought this was such a great thing that I had to share my, not so novel, idea. Perhaps not all stores give these sample books away but at least some do. So stop by your local shop and see what they do with their sample books!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Sweet as candy: the red mini book (with pics!) on: May 25, 2008 11:23:47 PM
Bookbinding is something very addictive. Even for 18yr old girls who should be finishing up school papers since grades will be set June second. My sister sat in my bed eating candy last night, and I saw that she had a couple bright red moam wrappers... and the idea came to me; why not make a moam wrapper book? Said and done and the book was begun.

This is my desk, it really has nothing to do with the project but I just wanted to illustrate that I really have no place to work... oh the desk of my dreams with turned legs and beautiful wood where art thou?

Making the holes is in my opinion the hardest thing about coptic binding, I actually saw this tecnique on youtube somewhere (can't remember when or where though) I make a guide with holes in it the same height as my signatures and then lay it in my signatures when making the holes with my big scary sailing needle.

This is sort of a size reference, but not really. In my hands the book looks bigger than it is, well I actually have the same size hands now as my cousin had when she was ten yrs old. The actual measurements is 1,16x1,77 inches.

I don't really wanna show you people this. This is the binding, which was supposed to be all cute and smooth... but the truth is that i ripped the spine on my front cover and had to reinforce it with paper before continuing binding and eventually gluing the front and back signature shut. I actually think that it was the moistness from the glue when i put a layer of paper on to the moam wrapper that made it more fragile... or perhaps the dental floss was too sharp.

This is just a lousy closeup of the moam strawberry, a bad picture but I just think that strawberry is so darn cute.

Thanks for looking at my candy wrapper book. Comments and suggestions are as always appreciated, but please be kind this is only my second book.
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My first bookbinding attempt, mother's day gift on: May 25, 2008 02:44:06 AM
So, I've always loved books (well, which little girl doesn't love the smell of old books?) and bookbinding seemed like such a fascinating thing. This is by no means an advanced book, it's quite simple compared to the books made by the many talented artists here at craftster, but I'm still kind of proud of having mastered the coptic stitch. This book was a mother's day gift for my mom (in sweden mother's day is the last sunday of may). The front cover is made from a card by the victoria and albert museum of london, the back cover is made from cardboard and the binding is made from a thin cotton yarn. It has 18 pages of 80 gram paper divided in to 6 signatures.

I'm not sure if it shows but the front cover has some relief in it...

This is the binding (ofcourse), sorry for the bad lighting I took the pic at night...

The back cover isn't really this speckled, and it's really a bit darker, just the color looks wrong due to the bad lighting...

Thanks for looking, any comments and/or suggestions would be appriciated.
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