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1  Ohio / Ohio: Central / anyone know where I can find a ring mandrel / sizer in Columbus? on: September 28, 2007 06:22:34 AM
I am in need of a ring mandrel (with sizes engraved or otherwise marked). Before I go off on a wild goose chase (as is often the case with supply hunts in Columbus...) I figured I would ask if anyone has gotten one around here. I don't want to spend a fortune, but I would rather buy one locally than order something off the internet sight unseen. Thanks!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / where can I find these -OR- where can I find instructions on how to make them? on: July 22, 2007 07:51:05 AM

Made these earrings from some beads I got at Joann's. According to the package, the line is "Rustic Accents" and is made by "Horizon Group USA." Alas, hours (HOURS!) of internet searching has turned up no information whatsoever on where I can get more. "Horizon Group" has a website, but it looks like a work in progress because there isn't much content at all.

So then I figured I would try to find out how to make them. Which proved to be equally difficult! From what I can tell, the answer seems to be contained in a book called "Make Wire Beads" by Lisa Van Herik, but this book is out of print (and is $60 on half.com, $40 on amazon.com, even though the list price is $17.95; also, the publisher's website talks about where to order the book, but the link does not allow one to purchase it), the library here doesnt have it, and I am getting very frustrated!

Any ideas?? If anyone has the book, could you at least confirm or deny that the book has what I want before I continue to obsess about it? And if anyone could point out a link to some instructions online, that would be awesome too. And lastly, if anyone knows where I can buy more of these beads, I'd like to know that as well.

THANKS!!!!! Smiley
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: a smorgasbord of amigurumi goodness--lots of pictures on: April 13, 2007 03:12:14 PM
these are fabulous!!
I am totally jealous.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Lazy man's corset! on: July 21, 2006 10:20:07 PM
That looks so great! I love the red fabric. And you are beautiful, by the way!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: homemade anxiety. opinions? pics on: March 04, 2006 03:53:55 PM
Wear it with pride! I really it, and I would definitely wear it as is. Very cute design too.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fat girls and skirts.... on: February 27, 2006 08:58:58 AM
Re: Chafing

Soothing Care "Chafing Relief Powder-Gel" by Monostat is wonderful! I think I actually read about it on this thread like 6 months ago. You can find it with the other Monostat products in any pharmacy-type store. It was only like $6 and I am still using the same tube I got last summer.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Anthropologie-inspired capelet + Tutorial! on: February 24, 2006 12:14:09 PM
Wow, this is just lovely. Thanks so much for sharing your pattern! I am totally getting supplies to make this tonight!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: a Thank you for this board on: February 22, 2006 11:52:13 AM
This is pretty cool. I haven't been on Craftster in months, but now that we have this board I think I will have to come back more often!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: slouchy tote/purse with nifty strap...first post! on: December 04, 2005 09:28:24 AM
Thanks, all! The cat says thanks for the compliment also.

I boycott Wal-mart mainly because they treat their employees badly & no one should have to put up with that. But I agree that customer service there is terrible; things are dirty & cheaply made; it pretty much is a ring of hell. But I have to confess: I went in there last week in a knitting needle emergency and spent $4.47 [hangs head in shame.]

I made the bag using the Jordy bag tutorial but I changed the dimensions. I made the cut-out in the corners about 3 inches square to make the sides wider and the bottom shorter than a regular Jordy. I also made the strap 3 inches wide. The extra-wide sides are what gives the bag the slouchy shape.  The wide strap is great because it really stays on the shoulder.

Thanks again!

10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sigh. Silly beginner questions on drop spindle on: November 24, 2005 04:17:29 PM
So, if the spindle starts spinning in the wrong direction, that doesn't mean that I've done it wrong? If I stop it from spinning that way and draft some more, it should turn out fine?

And, here's another question: is this problem at all related to the fact that when I got to wind the yarn onto the spindle, it all twists up on itself unless I pull it completely taut as I wind it on? (Or, am I supposed to be pulling it taut during winding?)

I've been practicing all day, and my yarn has a fairly consistent thickness. I just don't know what will happen when I go to take it off the spindle: is the twist going to unravel as soon as I take it off the spindle, leaving me with a very long strip of untwisted fiber?

I'm telling you, I need a book called "Spinning for the Stupidest People on Earth." I just don't understand!!!
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