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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Spring time thank you cards (reduction linoleum) on: April 21, 2010 12:38:15 PM
Some cute springtime linoleum reduction cut thank you notes!  Pretty simple.  Four press runs (light green, blue, medium green, dark green), removing two leaves or so at a time from the grassy section.  I have some in-progress shots that I can post here or on my blog if anyone is interested.

Front:

Back:  (hard to see, but it has my name, the season, and a cute little block I found of a squirrel gesturing)
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Lap quilt disappointment on: March 29, 2010 07:48:07 AM
I got a bunch of small already pieced squares from the woman that gave me my current stash.  I had a couple days over spring break, so I thought I'd piece them together, and that it would be easy peasy.  False.  Nothing turned out with a good right angle, even the backing cloth I bought (at Joann's though, so what was I expecting).  I think it's going to become a little rug for next to my bed, or the thing I put my computer on when it's on my lap and overheating.

The other issue is I rushed.  I think I've come to realize in quilting that you're supposed to take your time and enjoy the process. Oh well, lessons learned for next time!

(there are a few in progress pics on my blog: http://craftyincollege.wordpress.com/ )

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My first quilt! on: March 21, 2010 06:43:27 PM
I made a quilt a few years ago before heading off to college.  It was twin sized (for my dorm bed) but then it didn't go with my general room decor so I left it home. 

The quilt top is a lot more flat in real life, instead of being kind of pulled as the image appears.  It looks a little loose because it's just tied.  (I wasn't feeling up for actual machine stitch quilting on my first quilt!)  I also had some issues with the batting.  Either the batting or the black fabric that I used was of a poor quality so little fibers from the batting have been springing through the black fabric.  If I'm feeling inspired this summer I think I might go back and take it apart and use a nicer batting.  I think it could look really cool with some free motion quilting on the black areas. 

C & c appreciated!


4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Bind-O-Rama: a bunch of book structures! on: March 10, 2010 08:04:14 PM
In my book arts class we had a "Bind-o-rama" session where we each taught a book structure.  Here's the fruits of our labors:

The whole gang:



From left working clockwise:
-Plain 4 signatures on tape in book cloth and board
-Flag book
-Secret Belgian binding
-Dos-a-dos
-One signature book
-Piano Hinge book on skewers
-Simple accordion
-Simple pamphlet stitch with tabbed cover.

Comments and critiques appreciated!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bite Me Cross Stitch on: March 05, 2010 02:43:14 PM
My mom says "bite me" a lot in this adorable/annoying ironic way.  So I thought I'd stitch this up and send it to her as a surprise.  (Inspired by the Subversive Cross Stitch pattern, but I wanted something a little simpler.)  It's on 18ct Aida, and the frame is from Target.  Comments and critiques please!!

(Oh and I forgot to take a photo before heading to the post office, so I delicately arranged it on a pile of dirty snow.  Felt appropriate.)  






(Edited for spelling. Blech.)
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / leaving room for framing? on: February 21, 2010 05:42:58 PM
So this is a little bit of a dumb question, but I'm doing my own pattern for the first time and wondering how much space to leave on the outside of the embroidered area so that I will have margins for framing.  (Sorry if that language was convoluted)

Thanks!
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Acid resist on a linoleum block? on: February 20, 2010 02:29:23 PM
Has anyone used acid to carve a linoleum block?  I read about it in an older craft book where they used nitric acid to slightly degrade the surface and create a sort of sandy surface.  The book was from circa 1970 though, and I'm wondering if there is a new way of doing this, or if I'm going to be making some seriously toxic gases.

Thanks!
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