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1  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Animal Shelter Blankets/Beds on: March 21, 2009 02:14:47 PM
That's a great idea for a pet bed, I'm going to have to try it! I have a lot of old towels. And there are more than enough pet shelters in Memphis to take them. Sad

I'm glad the cats and dogs that you worked with had someone that cared for them while they were there. They were very lucky for that.
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: ATC paper - what do you use? on: March 21, 2009 01:57:08 PM
Strathmore makes pre-cut ATC packs in different types of paper. They make an Assorted Pack with 12 sheets: 2 sheets - vellum bristol, smooth bristol, textured, canvas, watercolor and 1 sheet of illustration board and acrylic paper. If you want a variety on the cheap you might check it out. I found them at my local art store but also sell them on www.dickblick.com for $1.25 a pack.  And it could save you some $$$ getting to try different papers for so little cash. .

Hope this helps!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: Recent swap ATCs - Alphabet and Love/Hate on: March 21, 2009 01:43:17 PM
Whoa, those are crazy awesome. I tried embroidery once...and it looked nothing like that. Wink Good work! That robot blows my mind.
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: Newbie with photos to share on: March 21, 2009 01:39:15 PM
The heart reminds me a little of Jim Dine's work, as he uses that image a lot. The way you handle paint is different, but he might be neat to look up if you haven't heard of him yet. Have you ever done a series of the same image/composition that you paint/draw/watercolor in different ways?
I also liked the dog a lot. It reminds me of a children's book illustration or something similarly whimsical.

Keep up the great work!

5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Newbie Q - Hand sewn, applique goodness? on: March 21, 2009 01:17:37 PM
Well, I'm not really into patches much either. I just happened to buy a coat that looks so freaking similar. It'll be a good way to impress my bf. Wink

I'll start with the felt piece idea first i guess and if that looks bad move on to something else. And I really like the idea of the bonding web instead of sewing since my stitches always look hideous. Might go shopping and do some experimentation. Smiley

Thanks for the suggestions!
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Newbie Q - Hand sewn, applique goodness? on: March 20, 2009 05:57:37 PM
I'm very new to craftster and sewing in general. I have a machine that I can't use (yet) so for this project I'd like to hand sew. I have a two part query for all of the sewing geniuses here. Smiley

Part 1: I'm wanting to make a patch for a coat. I have a specific design in mind and would like to know the best way to create a patch. I was almost thinking of making an applique with felt (or something) with simple shapes I could cut out and stitch to a base? I got this idea from this pic on etsy.... << That's Posh Plushies on Etsy, btw >>

And I'd like my patch to look like Han Solo's Hoth jacket patch....which in case you don't immediately remember what that looks like, here it is: . So any help on how to make this would be wonderful!

Part 2: How in the world do I put this on my jacket? I don't know. It's made of a navy blue, woven sweatshirt like fabric but it's much thicker. And it's lined. So I know I can't sew through it (I guess?). My first (bad) idea would be to just glue it, but that seems too easy. So any advice in doing that would be helpful. I'd like to attach it on the chest where there are no buttons or seams or anything.

I know this is a lot to ask, I'm just hoping there is a kind soul out there ready to give advice to a totally newbie.
I've got all summer to figure it out, I just need somewhere to start.
Any help would be great!
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Re: free or discounted books? on: March 20, 2009 05:49:43 PM
www.bookcrossing.com is pretty cool.
8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Books on Felting? on: March 20, 2009 05:45:02 PM
I'm always very impressed with felted items, but the most I've done in fiber arts is weave and sort of sew. Could anyone suggest a good book on felting? For the absolute beginner? Thanks  Cheesy
9  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #37 - Decorate with Buttons - Due Apr 1 - Apr 5 2009 on: March 20, 2009 05:43:26 PM
I am so doing this. I've been wanting to make a purse of mine more fabulous (and instantly match everything I own) by sewing on all of the replacement buttons you get with clothes.  Grin
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: Panthermoon's ATC Gallery UPDATED 3-10-09 on: March 20, 2009 05:28:49 PM
So many great ATCs! I especially love the alphabet ones! Smiley
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