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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: What the heck can I use instead of THIS? on: December 13, 2009 08:32:34 AM
I hadn't heard of yoyos before (not in the sewing context), but that sounds like a great idea. I'll give it a try.

2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / What the heck can I use instead of THIS? on: December 09, 2009 04:55:25 PM
I know this isn't exactly a perfect fit for this category, but I couldn't figure out where else to put it.

I'm not trying to figure out what to do with a particular item in order to recycle it, instead I'm trying to figure out how to use recycled materials to replace craft supplies I would otherwise have to order new.

I've been working on some projects utilizing cover buttons. They're so easy to use, I can't resist them (if you haven't used them and want to know how, I believe I saw a video tutorial for how to work with them on the Craftster home page).

I've used them to make bobby pins (I've included an image of finished bobby pins using them below), and I'm also working on making magnets, push pins, and ponytail holders with them.

I'm using designs I created digitally and had printed on organic cotton by spoonflower.com. I feel okay about using new organic cotton fabric (it's printed with eco-friendly inks), but not so good about the cover buttons.

I've considered cutting out round backs of recycled fabric, and sewing the front design and back together and stuffing it with recycled materials (I've used plastic bags as green stuffing alternative in other projects), which I think would work, though it would require a lot more work and result in a soft, sort of squishy finished piece.

I'm wondering about cutting out hard plastic forms from old shampoo bottles, etc. and wrapping the fabric around that instead of a cover button, but I can't figure out how to secure and finish the bottom.

Any ideas, suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: The knitty knitty bang bang wreath / Crafting under the influence on: December 09, 2009 04:29:43 PM
Beautiful project! I like the way the texture of the knitting contrasts with the ribbon detail.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Angel and Devil Dog Ornaments Using Custom Spoonflower Fabric on: December 08, 2009 05:16:02 PM
These dog-themed ornaments started as digital collages using public domain images from the Library of Congress and some vintage-style circus and sideshow inspired fonts.

I printed the designs with spoonflower.com and then used recycled fabric for the backing, and stuffed it with tightly-packed recycled plastic bags.

The strings (not shown in these pics) are thinly cut plastic strips from a translucent plastic shampoo bottle.

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: embroidery from my swaps IMAGE HEAVY on: December 07, 2009 10:45:17 PM
I love the dinosaur tea towels!
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Edward Gorey Doubtful Guest Stuffie on: December 07, 2009 10:20:49 PM
Nicely done! He's beautiful.
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Dr. Who - Tom Baker Sock Monkey on: December 07, 2009 10:19:34 PM
What a great idea. I think you've captured him. I particularly appreciate the signature scarf.
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Surreal Porcelain Doll Head Wall Hangings and Pendants. on: December 07, 2009 10:17:25 PM
These are exquisite! I love the colors and textures.
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: My favourite craft EVER! on: December 07, 2009 10:05:54 PM
What a great design. I'm impressed that you captured the way your friend looked in embroidery.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Butterfly fairy on: December 07, 2009 10:02:50 PM
This is gorgeous! The choice of design, colors, and the meticulous stitching all works perfectly together. I'm not sure I could ever use the towel - just look at it.
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