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31  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Fair-Trade Fabrics? on: December 21, 2009 06:38:42 AM
I am on a new mission to learn to create my new clothing (so as to avoid supporting the current clothing industry and it's dependence on sweat shops).  In order to do this effectively I recognize the need to also buy fabric not created in sweat shops...

That being said, does anyone have any places/websites they know of that sells Fair-Trade Fabric??
32  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Embroidered Quilt- Beginner's Questions on: December 02, 2009 12:40:56 PM
definitely embroider the pieces first, or even after you've created the top of the quilt.  dont try to embroider through batting.  i did something similar when i made a quilt for a friends wedding; i embroidered their names and the date of the wedding.  then i layered it together.  i decided to hand-outline each square to pull the layers together with a simple stitch, which proved to look really cool, but took forever.  you can also connect the layers with yarn, then tying them off.  you would only do this sporatically...you can see this in most baby blankets.
33  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: What would you do with this dresser? [img] on: December 02, 2009 12:34:38 PM
i would agree with leaving it mixed, dark and light stain. looks great.  change the knobs, though.  i found some really cool vintage ones at an antique store...that might be an option to give them some of your personality.
34  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: A ton of Free Cycled Furniture.. Need Input. on: December 02, 2009 12:31:31 PM
decoupage is way fun with furniture!  cut pics from magazines or phrases or whatever catches your attention.  use modge-podge to glue them on, then cover with a spray sealant.  good stuff.

i once saw a project idea of furniture covered with different colors of duct tape.  may be an option.
35  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: dorm ideas? on: December 02, 2009 12:28:12 PM
the best investment i made was for those plastic drawer thingys...they be stacked anywhere, in the closet, etc and also have fabric draped over them to create end tables. 

my campus had a laminator, so i spent a couple hours searching my fav mags, cutting out scenes i liked and then laminating them to hang on the walls. 

if you can elevate anything, do it!  (raise the bed, etc).  you can then create almost another level, like put the desk under the bed, or add a futon to function as a couch.  a lot of campuses offer "lofts" or frames that are raised off the ground and can house your mattress.  then you can always decorate that to personalize.
36  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: need some ideas on: December 02, 2009 12:22:52 PM
my aunt did a really cool craft with my sis and i when we were kids that turned an ordinary kitchen chair into a keepsake that we still keep around.  she painted it in a checkerboard fashion, then i got to decorate the black squares and my sis the white.  cool way to involve others.

also, in college, we had a coffee table in the living room that everyone could "decorate" as they wished.  we kept paints out and magazines for decoupage...it too became a huge memory piece, as we all still recall it (long after it had gone to Goodwill).

for those plastic drawer boxes, they can always be covered with fabric and used as endtables.  fabric can make just about anything look like furniture.
37  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: pearls of wisdom: what do you know now... on: November 20, 2009 07:09:16 AM
i am not currently running my own business, but have done some marketing consulting for those starting/running their own.  (willing to barter if anyone needs some one-to-one marketing lovin'!)

one of the most important things i tell people is to "talk."  email something to EVERY one of your contacts--friends, family, coworkers, etc--telling about your new venture and how they can partner with you to grow your project.  encourage them to forward the email to friends who may also be interested.  do this on a regular basis. 

it's a known fact that the more you hear about something, the more likely you are to think about it. obviously that's been abused in our society...hideous car or other commercials come to mind as being obnoxious.  but we still remember them, don't we...

so "talk."  have confidence that you're offering something the world wants and needs to know about.   Cool
38  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: What are your bad sewing habits? on: November 20, 2009 05:44:11 AM
i could never really conform to "proper" sewing, so i do whatever feels right in the moment.  here are some of my (not so) shining examples:

biting thread to cut it, if no scissors present (or just in the other room and i'm too lazy to get them)

i, too, start too many projects and/or dream up projects that are too big for the time frame i have to finish them in

my craft supplies are currently strewn all over the floor of my closet b/c i don't provide ample storage

i don't know the names of any stitches i use...the truth is they are probably not even recognized stitches, but the hold the fabric together! 

i never knot correctly.

i prefer hand-stitching to my machine b/c it's more personal, but also hinders me finishing a project in any amount of time.

and i must say, for the record, that i don't feel any of this is "bad."  figuring out how to do it is part of the creativeness i crave when working on projects.  using a machine often feels like it's too fast and doesn't give me time to allow the project to develop.
39  UNITED STATES / Indiana / Re: Craft Fairs / Craft Shows in Central Indiana in Nov. or Dec.? on: November 12, 2009 11:28:45 AM
The Christmas Gift and Hobby Show at the State Fairgrounds runs this weekend.
40  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Random Swap Round 2 - Signups CLOSED - Send date November 6 (extension) on: November 11, 2009 11:11:19 AM
that whale is amazing!  so you, "dinosaur"!!
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