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41  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Re: Beat the cold and make some new friends! on: April 07, 2008 06:11:30 PM
Hi peps-
Sunday was fun, thanks Hollydaze and Bat-Girl!  Hollydaze- I bookmarked that henna site, sweet!

I love the idea of a potential picnic conversion!
Hmm, places on a bus route...  Ginko's is on Snelling / Minnehaha - tons of buses, not so many good picnic spots though.
Nokomis Beach Coffee shop might work - just off Lake Nokomis (for picnicking) and I believe on a bus route (the 22 I think).  I haven't been there in a while, I hope it's still in business.  I don't think it's as big as Ginkos or The Coffee Grounds
Diamonds is a huge coffee shop, lots of room. It's on Central Ave just north of downtown, so there are several buses. No parks though.
42  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Re: Beat the cold and make some new friends! on: March 27, 2008 06:20:39 AM
The 6th (2 Sundays from now) 3pm is great by me.
That's a nifty coffee shop! 
43  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Re: Beat the cold and make some new friends! on: March 26, 2008 07:54:01 AM
Should we try for this Sunday?  I could do anytime.  Perhaps 6 or 7pm to be after the B-day party?  Or we could meet before, 11am or so? 
The other Sunday is still good with me.
Ginko's is a great spot.  Bear Crossing right on Como Lake is good too, but I'm not sure of their hours.
44  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Re: Some fake screen-printing shirts, image heavy on: March 24, 2008 05:25:02 PM
This type of screen printing is super-fast and easy to do.
I got the silk screen from a local art store, but you might be able to find some at a fabric store.  I've heard of people using cheese-cloth, but I don't think it would wash as clean as silk screen.  I got the plastic embroidery hoops at JoAnn Fabrics.
45  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Some fake screen-printing shirts, image heavy on: March 23, 2008 10:12:55 AM

First off, I love craftster!  It so inspirational!

I've had a lot of fun making fake screen-printing. I say fake because I don't use the photo-emulsion.  But I do use silk screen.  There are some great online tutorials for this, such as this one:


The basic idea is this - print out an image you want to screen print (from a photo you turn into back / white for high contrast, or letters, basically I print it 'cause I can't freehand things).  Then you put some silk screen into a plastic embroidery hoop.  You tape the paper to the screen and trace the image with a pen onto the silk screen.  Then remove the paper part.  Now you very carefully paint water-resistent glue (Mod-Podge) everywhere you don't want the ink to go.  Once that's tried, you then put it over the shirt you want to screen print (put paper under the fabric so it doesn't soak through to the back.  Then I typically gently brush on the ink (I used Speedball fabric screen printing ink).  Then I firmly press the ink through the a firm spatula in one left-to-right stroke.  Then you're done!  Rinse off the silk screen promptly and you can use it over many times.  The ink has to be ironed to be set.

The last shirt I did some simple embroidery around.  I didn't use interfacing on the back, but next time I will because shirts have too much give!


Thanks for looking  Cheesy

46  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Re: Beat the cold and make some new friends! on: March 23, 2008 05:51:38 AM
I could do either Sunday, although not the evening of the 6th.  Looking forward to it!
47  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Two gifts for two friends on: March 23, 2008 05:21:31 AM
The pieces are both delicate and strong - what a cool combo!  Very beautiful, I'm impressed.
48  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Re: Beat the cold and make some new friends! on: March 21, 2008 05:14:06 PM
Argh, I can't believe this snow.  At least it's pretty!
I'd be up for some crafting!  My schedule can be a bit hectic - I'll just keep checking in, and if a date is set I'll do my best to make it.
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