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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / emboss faux leather? on: August 31, 2011 04:50:09 PM
I hope its ok to post this on this board, I couldn't decide where to post and figured my best chances of finding someone who works with faux leather would probably be here. I want to know if faux leather can be embossed the same way real leather can. What techniques work the best? Is there any certain type of faux leather I should look for that embosses better than others?

There are no stores near me that sell faux leather fabric and I really want to know if its possible before spending money for shipping if I buy it online. Thanks for your time!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / where to buy mix of beads? on: July 28, 2011 03:16:19 PM
Hi! I'm new to beading and I have a very random collection so far, so I'm looking to buy a mix of beeds, like a grab bag, instead of picking out all of the individual beads because until I get more familiar with different types of beads and what works best for what I want to do, its very overwhelming for me. I've looked on a couple of bead sites and haven't found any, does anyone know where I can buy a decent random mix of beads at a good price?

Also since I do not have a lot of extra money to spend, any tips for how can I get more familiar with beads and jewelry making supplies? Thank you for your time!
3  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / great info for sewing beds for shelter animals on: June 19, 2011 03:13:03 PM
I found a blog that has a bunch of really good information you need to know before sewing beds for animals in shelters, like how big they should be and what works best for the shelters, and tutorials. Thought some of you may be interested.

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / keeping feathers nice? on: June 12, 2011 06:31:30 PM
Hi! I couldn't figure out where to post this and decided on here because I know I've been seeing a lot of feather jewelry on etsy lately so maybe theres a chance some of you use them for yours too. Hope this is the best board to use.
I've been making a bunch of feather hair accessories lately and I've noticed that no matter how carefully I store them the individual feathers seem to separate and don't look very smooth anymore. Any tips on how to make sure they stay in good condition? Thanks for your time!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / adjustable waist toddler dress? on: May 14, 2011 03:43:38 PM
Hi! I have a super stretchy adult tank top that I want to turn into a dress for a 2 year old but I don't know her waist size and thats the only part I'm not sure how to make fit her. I was going to just add a tie at the waist that would make a bow in the back so her mom could tie it to her size but then I realized the fabric would gather too much in the back. Does anyone have any ideas how I can make the waist smaller but still stretchy or a little bit adjustable?
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / painting on plastic and ceramic? on: March 17, 2011 12:45:16 PM
I bought a ceramic soap dispenser and a plastic container from the store that I want to paint. I've tried using acrylics, outdoor acrylics, and enamel paints but they all scratch off, even after using polyurethane to try to seal it. I also tried sanding it with rough sandpaper but it barely scratched the surface on the ceramic and it scratched the plastic up good but the paint is still coming off. Can anyone help me figure out what to use or how to prepare the surface? I need to get it done by Sunday and I'm completely lost. Thanks for your time!
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / painting ceramics? on: March 17, 2011 12:27:15 PM
I bought a ceramic soap dispenser from the store that I want to paint. I've tried using acrylics, outdoor acrylics, and enamel paints but they all scratch off, even after using polyurethane to try to seal it. I also tried sanding it with rough sandpaper but it barely scratched the surface. Can anyone help me figure out what to use or how to prepare the surface? I need to get it done by Sunday and I'm completely lost. Thanks for your time!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Washington DC themed bathroom? on: February 15, 2011 03:56:49 PM
Hi! My friend has asked me to make some art and and anything else I can think of to go in her Washington DC themed bathroom but I'm having a hard time coming up with ideas. I was thinking of painting some pictures of its historical buildings but other than that I'm lost. Any ideas?
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / how to pick yarn online on: January 09, 2011 03:27:26 PM
Hi! I'm very new to crocheting and unfortuanetly I'm not able to go to the store so I'm hoping someone here can give me advice on picking yarn online. I'm looking for something to make amirugumis and a scarf like this:

It says it needs 4ply fingering yarn 60% alpaca, 20% nylon, and 20%merino.
If I find a 4ply fingering yarn can I use that or should it be the same makeup as the yarn they used?

What yarn will be the best value for making amirugumis?  It'd be great to find one kind that I know is a safe choice and won't be needing to buy another kind for another amirugumi.

The whole yarn chosing thing is very overwhelming to me and doing in online makes it so much harder! Can anyone give me some tips or what to look for in the yarn that will give me an idea of what it will feel like?

Also I prefer to avoid yarns from animal sources like wool and merino unless its from a small family farm, so is there any type of chart that shows what plant based yarn could be an substituted? I tried searching online but didn't find any.

I'm sorry my questions don't really go together but I'm so confused about so many things regarding yarn, I just tried to get my main questions out of the way. Basically it involves yarn I probably have a question about it so feel free to throw in any tips or advice you may have.
Thank you for your time!
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / make lion pattern smaller? on: January 09, 2011 01:20:49 PM
Hi! I'm a beginner crocheter trying to find a pattern for a cute amigurumi lion. I found several I'm interested in but they are double the size that I want my lion to be. Using a smaller hook can I just cut each of the numbers they give in half? Like this for example-

~worsted weight or thinner yarn ( i used a yarn i had in my stash that was missing the label, it's soft and somewhat silky feeling, thinner than worsted, i remember the color was honey)

~2 balls of fun fur yarn (i used lion brand fun fur in copper)

~F or G hook (i used f because my yarn was kinda thin and i didn't want stuffing poking through)

note: this pattern is worked in spirals. do not join rounds. use a stitch marker to keep your place.

with body color yarn, ch 2 (or do the magic ring)
round 1: 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook (or in magic ring)
round 2: 2 sc in each stitch around. (12 sts)
round 3: *1 sc in next st, 2 sc in following st* 6 times (18 sts)
round 4-6: 1 sc in each st around (18) bind off leaving a long tail to sew to face later

Instead of sc 6 in 2nd chain could I sc 3?
Or doesn anyone have a pattern they know of that is for a cute amigurumi lion below 6"? I found a couple but they look too cartoonish.

Also a lot of the patterns use regular yarn and crochet the mane, can I just substitute furry yarn? I want my lion to have a big furry mane. I had no idea how many varieties of crocheted lions there are! Thanks for your time!
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