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11  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: Shibori Reversible Tote Bag on: July 04, 2009 06:17:36 PM
i think the colors are great! it's nice to have some variation, i like that the pocket and body have some definition from each other. when i dye i really never know how it's going to look in the end. i'm not a scientific dyer!
12  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Booga, Fairy Door, Black Widow, Flowers Pendant and Earrings on: July 01, 2009 10:14:53 AM
WOW, it is obvious you are very talented!! but i have to say, that pendant and the earrings..... i'm flabbergasted!!! the cane work is amazing and beautiful~ how did you make them so shiny?? *i know nothing about polymer clay!!* is it glaze??? it looks like you set them in resin! and, are they like beads, with holes through the middle? otherwise, how did you get the findings on them, ie the bale and the ear wires??
13  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dryer Lint on: June 27, 2009 05:50:02 PM
i've heard of other people spinning dryer lint, but i've never actually done it. funny story, i actually thought about doing it too. i also got a beautiful purple lint from some of my towels!!! it certainly was alluring and i thought about it for a long time. BUT, i don't know about you, but when i clean my lint trap, it comes out with a TON of dust. i don't know, maybe that's just something weird that happens in my house, but that's the reason i never did it, i can barely stand to clean the trap BC of the dust. to me that also is foreshadowing how short those fibers are. i think the wool lint is an interesting comment though!
14  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: bamboo fiber on: June 27, 2009 05:46:10 PM
you don't have to card dyed bamboo before you spin it. i've spun dyed bamboo many times, just as is. i will tell you it looks a little bedraggled sometimes after dyeing, but once spun, it will look and act totally normal. you could also predraft dyed bamboo before you spin it, but i've done that, and it pretty much falls apart once you loosen it up like that. bamboo is not my FAVORITE *nor the easiest* fiber to spin, but it's beautiful and the results are worth it.
15  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: HANDSPUN ART YARN WORKSHOP IN CENTRAL TEXAS!!!! on: June 27, 2009 12:28:17 PM
would everybody be willing to do the workshop in fredericksburg? it's about an hour west of san antonio. it's a really beautiful little town, lots of charm. it's german, VERY german, has a lot of historical sites there, even the national museum of the pacific war (WWll). anyways, my stepmother works at a few of the really amazing B&B's around there and i was thinking it would be AMAZING to do the class there!! there are big houses and little houses, so there's plenty of room to stay on location *plus MANY other hotels in fredericksburg* theres a pool, barn, even llamas!! i just don't know how far people are willing to travel. but if you've never been to fredericksburg, you would be in for a real treat!!!
16  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Tostones con tutora! - Twice-fried green plantains w/ tutorial! on: June 26, 2009 12:54:51 PM
WOW!!! i'm not at all a cook but i really enjoyed reading this! you have a great conversational writing style that's fun to read! bravo! now if only you could come to my house and make them FOR me. yes, that's how bad of a cook i am. i have no idea how my husband and TWO kids survive!! my poor family! lol
17  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: HANDSPUN ART YARN WORKSHOP IN CENTRAL TEXAS!!!! on: June 17, 2009 08:27:58 PM

jacey is pretty booked up until may or later of 2010.  the price ranges from about $160-$200 (depending on such variables as price of venue, etc.) the workshop lasts two days, but you can take only one day, and the prices vary accordingly. again, for more details check out jacey's [urlhttp://www.insubordiknit.com/workshops]workshop page on her website[/url]!

we haven't pegged any other info down because, we need to get about 10 people to sign up. so if you know anyone who would like to come, send them here so we can get an idea of how many people are interested. SEND THE WORD OUT!!!!

sewmamalady (and anyone else in the dallas/fort worth region): jacey did say that most of her requests are for DFW and she may consider doing a workshop there, too.

the reason we're trying to set one up a little further south is because there isn't much in the way of cool fiber stuff down here (shops, shows, classes, etc), everyone goes to DFW!!! we can also start a running list of who wants to do a workshop in your area. just leave a reply here, including what city you live in and which region you are closest to: dallas/forth worth or san antonio. that way i can start making lists of who wants to come and which region you'd like to take the class.

18  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / INSUBORDIKNIT WORKSHOP BOOKED: SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS!!! on: June 16, 2009 04:12:00 PM
calling all spinners in central texas (san antonio, austin, kerrville, fredericksburg, boerne, bandera, etc)!!! do you fawn *and drool* over those amazing "art" yarns, all the while wondering how on earth can YOU make them? do you ever wish you could take your spinning to new heights? have you ever considered taking an art yarn workshop but can't find one in this area???

here's your chance!! i need to gauge interest in a handspinning art yarn workshop in the area with jacey boggs from insubordiknit, check out her blog/website for her AMAZING WORK!!!*

for those interested, this would be a two day workshop detailing handspinning techniques such as: thick and thin yarn, twists/loops, knots/stacks, coils, racing stripe, auto wrap, foreign objects, supercoils, cocoons, halos, beehives, corespinning and more with an emphasis on making those yarns BALANCED and STABLE!!! art yarn that is balanced?? yes it's true! that alone is worth the price of admission!!!

we would need around 10 people willing to learn, the exact area is still open for discussion. if there are many people wishing to take the class, we will probably pick a central location so it's easy for everybody to get to! so let me know if you're interested so we can start planning soon!

for more information about the workshop, including pricing and reviews, go to the insubordinate website!!

also, feel free to pm me if you have any questions!!

19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: tin can stars on: June 16, 2009 12:50:25 PM
TUTE, TUTE, TUTE, TUTE!!!! oh, sorry, but i'm one more peson in the chorus that would LOVE to know step by step how to make this so i too can have my very own!!!

amazing job, BTW! everyone simply adores your project!!!
20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: My mean teachers didn't like my rich opulent applique embroidery! on: June 14, 2009 10:16:53 AM
i know there have already been tons of comments, but i still feel like i have something constructive to say!

After reading through the others coments.. The leaving the white does make it seem unbalanced..  as the botom half of the piece is heavy and the top left is empty.. The work is so pretty that you have done..  And looking at the work does make one hungry for a bit of balance onthe top..

i agreed with zenthistle's comment, but the first thing i thought when i looked at the piece was "did she a REASON for making the piece that way? was it intended or it was it left "unfinished"? because if you had a reason for making your piece that way, then it was completely justified. as soon as i read your reply:

The fabric is a pale blue colour, and the reason I left the space is to do with rule of thirds, I thought that if I embroidered and appliqued the top left corner the woman would look boxed in, and the design wouldn't have breathing space.

i understood why you did it. so i can see your prof's first glance opinion, but had you explained your reasoning to them, they may have understood a little bit more. this was not left undone out of laziness, but was a design choice, right or wrong.

after having said all that, i'm not a college prof, but i AM an experienced embroiderer and know how much time and effort went in to that piece *SATIN STITCH, AGGGHHH!!!* i think it is a wonderful piece and if you enjoy it, you should stick with it, regardless of your prof's less-than-constructive-criticism. maybe just be prepared in the future for a more callous point of view!! and just because you take a class in something, doesn't mean you have to major in it. i think you have a really interesting point of view.
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