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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Monster madness! First screenprinted shirt, NSFW! on: August 06, 2010 09:34:45 AM
I figured an expletive was cause for nsfw, but that aside, I'm super proud of this little guy! He's my own design, and when I decided to print him, I knew that this text was the only option! I know I can't take him everywhere with me, as he's mildly offensive, but I hope you love him as much as I do!

I flooded the screen, and ran the ink twice, but he's still a bit spotty. I figure three of four next time. This was my first attempt, and the ink was much thicker than I anticipated!
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / yikes! Emulsion disaster! on: July 29, 2010 06:22:51 PM
So, I bought myself a nifty little speedball 3 set, emulsion, sensitizer, and cleaner. WELL. I added water to the senstizer and shook with all my might, stirred repeatedly with a rod, and added it to my emulsion. However. When I looked in the bottle, so make sure all was well. . . all was not. I cut up the bottle to check, and sure enough, there is still a layer of black along a large portion of the bottle still. I have no idea what to do. The screen is already coated, do I let it dry and then hope for the best? or is this going to end in a non-light-sensitive disaster? Sad Sad Sad Cry Cry
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Hand quilting. . . a Mini art quilt? on: July 05, 2010 03:13:48 PM
Mini Art quilts are fantastically exciting. I'm an art major, painting is my area, but I stumbled upon the galleries for past mini art quilt swaps, and they took my breath away. I wanted to make one! To make art! I thought about joining the current mini art quilt swap and testing my mettle!

I have never quilted before. ever.
In fact, I have done a little bit of hand sewing, a stuffie, a dress and a few skirts.
What I want to know is. . . can I hand quilt a mini art quilt? If some of my stitches got. . . ahem. . . creative and not quite your typical quilting style of stitchery, would that be a problem?
What is the big deal about batting? Do I have to sew my front panel to it, or can I piece together the top and sew the batting in between it and the back? Would it still be a quilt? Hellz bellz, What exaclty defines a quilt?

I feel very motivated, and very excited. But I fear what I have in mind wouldnt *quite* meet the parameters of a 'quilt'. Should I hold off, and experiment on my own, or let my confidence and eager hands create what I hope would match my minds view? Sign ups end the 17th, so I have a little time to decide, so I thought I'd tap the best resource available to me. (you crafty folks of the quilting boards!)
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / My 'Artist-punkette dress' . . . Fantastic Funky Fresh! on: April 28, 2010 05:47:02 PM
So, I am readying to embark upon my third adventure into the world of hand crafted clothing, and this time I though to myself "Hey! You're finally a member and no longer a lurker. . . you should ask for advice!" I felt rather clever after that gem Wink
 I feel I must explain, I am an art student at University. I love to paint, sculpt, anything with my hands! I've dabbled in a wide variety of crafts (soap, jewelry, poly clay, candles, book binding. . . the list goes on, much to my man's chagrin!) But sewing has never been, shall we say, a strong suit of mine! My previous two projects, a simple dress and sleepy pants, earned I'd say a C and B respectively. The dress was made of an old sheet, so no stretch. Skirt was lovely, bodice less so. Sleepy pants were a fantastic success (hurrah, as they were a gift for my man!) Made out of fleece, the pockets are only slightly ridiculous. But when its cold he wears them, so I am pleased.

However. . . this time I feel a sight more ambitious.

I want to craft myself a fantastic, funky, and fresh dress to sport when I'm feeling particularly arsty!
I actually drew out a simple plan. Forgive the colored picture, I was feeling rather generous of myself. (while I am a slender figure, my waist isn't quite that small. Alas  Wink )
So, I suppose what I'm asking is. . . help? Ladies of thrifty fingers, of fantastic fabric construction-ability, I need your assistance! any gems of wisdom you feel able to part with concerning the construction of this piece will, I promise, be treated with absolute respect!
Onto badly taken sketches-->

Now. the sad truth of this is, I dont own a sewing machine. I'm kind of gunning for the semi unfinished/rough look. I already have fabric, although the green is much closer to NEON GREEN than the cool, suave green of my crayon  Grin Its very bright against the royal purple.
I'd like the bottom to be ruffled, though not quite sure how to accomplish that.
The center spiral will be top stitched (I think thats what its called. . . ) onto the purple body of the dress with a purple thread (again, channeling the 'rough-ish' look). The material is a cotton with a little bit of give, but not as much a jersey.
I am unsure of quite where to start, measurements, how to stitch it together and have it stay in one piece, etc. Please, if you have any input, it would be most welcome!
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