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11  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Potential Felt Exposure on: July 25, 2006 07:23:17 PM
Hiya Felters,
Hope you're all staying cool in the summer heat, I know it's hot, but it is a great time to be wet felting. lol.  Roll Eyes yea right..... Grin
So I have recently been contacted for a couple of future craft sales - the one I am looking at is for Sept 23rd, in a great, hip neighbourhood here in Vancouver- with loads of very cool crafty-people. What I am wondering is if any of my lovely friends here on the felting board want to send me any felted items for me to sell for you? This would be a good opportunity to expose the hipper, and funkier side of felting, as well as all of its glorious variations, textures, and possibilities.

I am not confirmed at this very moment, because I wanted to see if anyone would be interested first. I would only take a 30% consignment fee (totally negotiable) and the details can be discussed thoroughly.
Let me know if anyone is interested (I know you're out there  Wink YOU know who you are! lol)

Thanks and sending out lotsa good summertime mojo to you all.  Smiley
12  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / New Vessels on: July 09, 2006 05:05:51 PM
Hi everyone-  Smiley My intention was to post these last week, but my computer has died a miserable death and I am currently praying to the computer gods that i haven't lost hundreds of hours of work in all my files... Cry
BUT i do look at these sitting in the corner and i feel a bit better.  Wink I am also experimenting with needle felting and feathers!! Its coming out really cool and i will hopefully get a chance to share those too.  Smiley anyhoo here they are:

I posted this originally inside-out in the vessels gallery, but then decided it simply needed MORE, turned it right side out and wah-lah! I look at it and I think of those deep-sea volcanic chimneys..lol  Cheesy

my 'Melon' vessel. with a wee strip of pink angora. (yum!) I think i will have to add some funky vines or leaves to it.

red and hot pink merino with a brown interior-with spun bamboo silk ...its really thick. I will be adding something strange to the top of it as well when i get the time.
thanks and i hope you like 'em.  Smiley
13  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / The CANADIAN ETSY LIST- The Trans-Canada Highway Team! :) on: June 16, 2006 10:09:26 AM
I thought 'Street Team' didn't really fit for all of us in this wide-spread coutry of ours.
Hello Canadian Etsy Shop Owners-
I have been communicating on Craftster.org, as well as in a thread in the Etsy forums about getting a list together of Canadian Etsy Shops.
The advantages of this can/could be:
-A targeted list of Canadian located shops that provide handmade items for the discerning Cdn. Buyer.
-Group promotions, and advertising.
-Specific area meetings and groups formed.
-More communication with your fellow Canadian business owners, encouragement, inspiration, motivation.. and more!!!
I hope to add more info to this list, like specific location, or shop specialty.
Lets group together and work on brainstorming some good ideas to get the word out more. Smiley

Go to: http://www.etsy.com/forums_topic.php?thread_id=12743
for the beginning of something beautiul.  Wink
Hi Canadian Craftsters
There was mention of building up a list of Canadian Etsy Shop owners for team efforts on promotion, sales, and the lot on another thread on here. (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=44653.msg956887#msg956887)
Anyone around the Canada board interested in getting in on this list? Please post here.
My plan is to take your etsy shop link and post it in a thread on the Etsy forums- for a start. Get a running list going.
Then we can collectively go from there with additional ideas, like targets, promotions, and so on. Power in numbers right?  Wink
With the post the way it is between the US and Canada- as well as many other factors, we could definately use some more strength for the Canadian buyers market.
Anyhoo- I look forward to hearing from you all.
Thanks.  Smiley
15  CANADA / British Columbia / Call for Vendors - 'I <3 Crafts' Crafters Bazaar on: April 22, 2006 01:38:35 PM
Hey all- I don;'t know if this is posted elsewhere or not, but this gal' is great and she wants vendors-
here it is:

Thanks for your interest in 'I heart Crafts' I am excited about the response I've gotten from vendors so far, however the Legion Hall on Commercial Drive is a large space and so I am still looking more people fill tables. Please pass this info on to your crafty friends - time is flying by!
So The Crafters Bazaar is at 2205 Commercial Drive, that is right across the street from JJ Beans Coffee Shop at 6th and Commercial. 
Saturday May 27th.
Setup will be at 10am - doors open at 11am - doors close at 5pm - and we're all out by 6pm.
As for promotion - I will be postering and fylering all over the city (let me know if you want to help) and  I'll send out an email to the 500+ people on Seamripper's mailing list. My partner in crime Chrissy Poulos who is seamrippers media contact with send out a press release to all the local papers.
Commercial drive is already a popular destination on Saturday afternoons so with the promotion were doing I'm confident we'll get lots of traffic!   
Table fees will be $20 for 4 feet and $30 for 6 feet. There are 6 foot tables and 8 foot tables which I am planning on splitting, If you would like an 8 footer that will be $40 bucks.
I need to receive all payments by May 17th so that i can  pay for the rental of the hall. Please email [email protected] for more info.
There will no jury process for this faire as there is plenty of space for every one - however the policy is that everything sold must be hand made locally by you - that means nothing imported or manufactured.
Also, as a fundraiser for Seamrippers Craft Collective there will be a silent auction - let me know if you would like to donate something hand made or if you have any connections for local business gift certificates or services etc.
Ok so start your crafting engines!
let me know if you have any questions and send me a confirmation email if you want to get involved, please specify what you are going to sell and how much table space you would like.
xo Charlotte

GO SEAMRIPPERS!!! - they recently lost their downtown space and are in the midst of trying to find a good new space to keep running- your participation supports the coolest n' hippest independent craft group in town.  Wink
Hope I'll see you there!
 Smiley thanks!
16  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Desperate Plea-! Help! I have a week!!! on: April 20, 2006 11:39:24 AM
Hi lovely felters and crafters.
I am in a bit of a bind!
I am sitting here panicking and thought to myself *who else could I share my panic with but the folks with all the answers-and ideas-here on craftster?* aw..  Smiley

So here's the score:
I have been obviously OVER-occupied with stuff going on in my life- With that art show we had this month and my mum being in town for 3 weeks- life has been hectic as all hell. Without the sanity and pure calm that comes from my beloved hubby/bf/spouse/partner (some of you know him by the name of Joe.  Wink ) I DEFINITELY wouldn't be standing here at this very moment. haha.aw-!
anyhoo- Its his birthday--in 8 DAYS!!!!!!!  Shocked  Shocked   Shocked
I am in big trouble. I havent much $$$ as the usual story goes- and since fibre is aplenty instead... I need/want/desire/am desperate for ALL the amazing nifty ideas that you can possibly throw at me
-about what i can make/create out of fibre for my beloved. He has slippers  Wink (posted somewhere around here.)
Can you guys help me??  Undecided
I sure would appreciate it if you could

Some things about him-
he's a taurus (obviously) and likes to be real home-y. likes to eat (french canadian)drink and be merry.. Photographer - musician (bass)- likes the outdoors- fishing- and i think he is cooler than macgyver- (i mean there's a machete in our closet!) he'd be THE GUY to have with you for an apocalypse or something...heheheh..or when lost in the woods...
I can think of more later- but I am desperate for help!!!
17  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / 2 ideas for feedback on: April 04, 2006 10:53:21 AM
Hello beloved felters.
I came up with 2 ideas and wanted some feedback on this from ya'll to see if what I am thinking might actually work some day...... NOT to say I have time for any of this at the moment...but worth talking about. right?

*Felting is getting 'hot n' hip', and I am planning on doing some research into space that will take my felted goodies for retail-here in Vancouver. I don't often like doing the retail route for a lot of reasons - but if I were to find a good artist run centre/gallery/retail space then- it's a different story. At the same time- I am also seeking spaces to try & start a felting class in a good space...That being said- i thought it would be an AWESOME idea to do some sort of felting/fibre show. Hypothetically- I would put a call out for really unique one-of-a-kind felted 'art pieces' for it and set up a show based on a particular theme or show name. This is where the brainstorming comes in..........ideas like teamwang's easter bunny is kinda where i'm going on this... as well as functional/fashionable items.....

*idea #2  Wink - i just posted a reply on the spinning thread- where they are discussing the sizes of their fibre stashes. (and it blows me away- as well as encourages me to BUY MORE FIBRE!!! hahaha!)
I mentioned if they were at all interested in doing a fibre stash swap to get rid of some older stuff and recieve some newer stuff....I dunno- just thought that with all the fibre addicts on here-  we could be making use of the addictions and help clean out our stashes.....
Anyhoo- just my 2 cents today.
thanks for hearing me.

18  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Tutorial: Wet-Felt Vessel on: March 17, 2006 11:06:11 AM
Here's the beginning of the Wet Felting Vessel Tutorial-
I have to stagger the pics and the posts, so bear with me here- there's TONS of info-
This project is also something that can be done over a few days- so i am going to cut up the tute for that reason.  Plus- I'll probably need a few days to sort it out.
If I forget anything along the way please feel free to let me know!  Smiley In the meantime- familiarize yourself with the 'Mongolian Wet felting tutorial' https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=56350.0
for basic technique and such- This could be a more intermediate project depending on your skills. but i promise i will try my best to make it easy.

let's start everyone with materials and supplies-

And prepping your Balloon as a mold-

The container on the far right is the container i used instead of the glass or jar on the top picture-
This is important. you need something shallow and wide enough to comfortably sit your filled ballon in while doing other things (see picture below)
 try out a few things and see what works for you. The metal bowl pictured was bought in a 2-pack at the dollar store for ....a dollar.   Grin
It will wobble no matter what..especially with soap on it...so be careful here. the extra air helps it from totally exploding if it bounces away on you. hopefully. this is for one of those good humoured days.  Wink

When you get to the step of laying the fibres you'll cover the whole thing in a thin layer of soap and water. This helps the fibres stick. BUT- Also more of a challenge if the ballon decides to make a run for it across your table... Gentle touches help here.... dont bounce around and get all excited quite yet. that will come soon enough....  Smiley

Your pantyhose! Cut the legs off and tie. Save the pantyhose legs for another felt project.  Wink

***THREE more things I remembered you DEFINITELY need for this project:
1. An extra set of hands. Preferably attached to a body -  Smiley This should probably be a friend or someone you at least like... lol. after you've used their hands- feel free to tell 'em to get lost.  Wink
2. ***Good music. Something uppity- to keep you movin' & shakin' ...May I suggest some good n' proper rockn'roll..?
3. A microwave to keep things consistently warm. NOT crucial! You can still do this project without it. Just keep running the hot water on your taps.  Wink
More below.  Smiley Thank you beautiful mods for moving this.
19  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / April Feltalong (#5) Gallery- VESSELS! :) on: March 08, 2006 11:49:22 AM
This is the vessel i made whilst working on a 'make a vessel' tutorial for (-perhaps?-) April's Feltalong.. it's supposed to be wet felting that month, and JaneDoe mentioned it to me in another thread somewhere... so I made a vessel, and took some pics...
now i have over 60 photos to go thru and edit...  Shocked ha! ha! its more work than i thought..  Grin
anyways- here it is..

i think it worked out WAY better than i expected too.
hope you like it as much as i do.  Smiley
20  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / felt cuffs---UPDATED on: February 10, 2006 10:13:37 AM
Hiya folks
It's me again.  Grin
 I got 3 of my first felting needles EVER from the lovely teamwang the other day (tah again, miss. wang Smiley ) and was originally going to add details to the cuffs I made. And then I had a bad day and broke ALL 3 on a little tiny bird!!!!! WAaaaHhhh!!! I knew it was a sign when the first 2 broke, but did i stop?? Hell, no!!!
Teamwang then emailed me back laughing her arse off and telling me in the year that she's been doing needle felting she's NEVER broken a single needle. heheh. okay...so we both know what is a better choice for me....
off to buy a few more needles this weekend...
So I just finished a round of felt cuffs that I want to further embellish and add stuff to... I made them with the wet felt technique and used up all the lovely sample colours I dyed myself with the local store's kool-aid selection. I used a natural coloured merino to dye with, so the colours came out more...earthy.
(See far left cuff for original colour) -This is a very bad scan purely out of laziness...

Off to spend all my money on more roving, koolaid and Balloons!! next project is felted vessels!!!!!!!! YAY!

Heyho folks!
I have finally finished my cuffs I posted above, and thought I would see what you thought. I'd rather just update 'em on the first page anyway.
They are accented with extra needle felted goodies, wool, embroidery floss and glass beads.
the cuff with the orange spots has coral beads on it.
I'll be putting snaps on all of them too....
do you think they would sell??? I know I've got my fave. heeheehee.

close ups with the crap-cam.  Grin
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