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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Crochet Grocery Bag tote in progress on: November 28, 2005 08:23:48 AM
I'll update the original post, but you can run a search for 'plastic bag' through craftster or go to a longer post on this subject:

Yahoo back, yo!

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I heart hearts/making tshirts so much prettier on: August 30, 2005 12:24:19 PM
Hey all:

I haven't posted in way too long/more craft-less computer/but I wanted to share my latest obsession!  I'm sick of plain, solid clothes.  My house is full of them. 

I can't find the post, but sometime ago someone silkscreened an anatomical heart on her hoodie with a dotted line figure heart over it.  YUM. 

Using a diagram of a heart (I googled heart diagram and ran an image search--I used www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/anatomy/heart/labelinterior/label.GIF as my model), I came up with this:

It goes here on the t shirt:

I traced the image on to a sheet of fusible webbing, pulled off the back paper, stuck it to some other fabric (t shirt scraps are great b/c they don't fray as much), and cut out the image from the fabric with the fusible web stuck to it. 

I then placed it on the shirt, ironed to place, sewed the patch on with a 1/8 inch buffer, and then created the outlines I wanted with my sewing machine.

3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Plastic Grocery Bag Crocheted Clutch on: May 02, 2005 03:06:05 PM
Id use a high quality craft felt (something that wont pill up or rub away), embroidery floss, and a tapestry needle to line the purse.  If you wanted nicer fabric, you could always attach it to the felt with a quarter inch border of felt for attaching to the bags.  Sorry this idea isnt too detailedI cant imagine being able to sew through those bags with a machine or a small needle (get out your thimble!).

I think this is a great idea, but part of the appeal of these bags is their plastic easy-clean yum yum. You cant very well spill a cup of coffee all over a lined bag and simply hose it off! 
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Crochet Grocery Bag tote in progress on: January 10, 2005 08:59:58 AM
The purple bags are the sleeves that several newspapers come in during these snowy months!

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: yarn cozy! on: January 08, 2005 12:38:16 PM
The coke bin is a way cuter storage option than mine, but for those of you with scores and scores and scores of yarn like myself:

I use an over the door shoe hanger for my yarn.  Instead of holding 40 pairs of shoes, it stores many many many balls of yarn, patterns, and knitting notions.  I got a see through plastic one, which would be ugly if not for all the colors of yarn poking out.

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: "I heart sex" bags, to hold condoms, lube, and birth control on: November 10, 2004 07:46:36 PM
First of all, these are phenom. 

And on this issue,
I can answer this one cuz I work for them, because they are a non profit, they are not allowed to sell anything. Sorry. When you "buy" birth control, your basicly covering the cost it takes to run the clinic. I know it seems like you are paying for a service but in the end it all evens out.

Nothing specifically prohibits non-profits from selliing stuff.  Think about booster club teeshirts, buttons at rallies, and books/educational materials.  A non profit simply prohibits the members of the board of directors from personally profiting from the operation.

So it doesn't mean that all non profits have no money (although many of them do struggle to get by) or that they can't sell anything.  I think you should pitch this idea to your local sex toy store, though--as business is better in the local world!

7  Wisconsin / Wisconsin: Southeast / Re: **Mad Craft-mas Show and Sale** on: November 10, 2004 10:41:09 AM

The show will be held at In the Company of Thieves--formerly Speed Bump coffeehouse.

908 E Johnson St in Madison's near East Side.

908 E Johnson is parallel to E Washington and is a one way headed E (Gorham is it's counterpart running W). 

From Downtown, simply take Johnson avenue east a few mile or so.  Mapquest is probably better suited to handle specific requets.


8  Wisconsin / Wisconsin: Southeast / Re: **Mad Craft-mas Show and Sale** on: November 09, 2004 08:25:30 PM
Hey all.

I wanted to put in a plug for this event--if you are in or around Madison, Wisconsin over the next month stop by this coffee house and look over the work of four amazing women.  The work is not only DIY, intriguing, and fun, it focuses on the use of what other people call garbage!  We find the stuff others throw/give away and make beauty.

Butterfly Jester (Erika) used to work with the legendary Dr. Evermor http://www.drevermor.com and creates some bad-ass metal stuff.  She is gifted with metals, decorated her front lawn with huge steel flowers, and looks stunning in sequins. 

Emily Kircher, Recycling Artist is taking Wisconsin by storm.  A mad scientist gone mad craftster, Emily always has a phenomenal story about her day job to tell as she's showing you her latest creation.  Just ask!  A big hit at Art vs. Craft, Emily Kircher is my first internet friend. 

Get In My Mouth Stuff.  That's me.  Obsessed with my sewing machine, zippers, and, as late, making cozies for the sex toys of the world!  Every size is the right size!  I make stuff that eats your stuff.  Feminist Fireball, Crazy Craftster.  Show me your pro-choice button and get a discount.

herspiral is the artistic signature of dear Miriam.  Miriam has been running art day, a twice-a-month recycled materials art drop in program, for the better part of two years.  She supports art community, works at the local bookstore collective, takes risks, and documents the beauty in street art, junk, and nature's kick butt surprises. 

9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Old Singer Machine on: July 06, 2004 02:52:10 PM
Our old singer has a horizontal bobbin--is that the case with yours--self-threading?  I had to do some serious research before we got ours up and running.

Regardless, gettting that baby in for a tension check and oiling is a good idea.  And CyndiCat's suggestion is fabu. 

good luck and let's hear how it turns out!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: zipper pouches on: July 05, 2004 11:33:51 AM
very cool! it reminds me of this and this. i thought i remembered seeing another thread on zipper pouches but i can't seem to find it. great work, i have no patience for zippers!

Thanks!  The second link is to one of my purses--and the zipper pillow lady (garbage collector) and I pmed one another for a bit about our love of zippers.

There is a really superb zipper tutorial around here somewhere on how to put a zipper in a jordy (or any purse).  I share similar frustrations with zipper installation, which is why I decided to create things from only zippers.

For these babies, all you have to do is get out the zipper foot and sew several same length zippers together (end to pull, and you learn to stagger them a bit at the top so they line up better).  You'll have a large rectangle.  Self Healing Nylon zippers work best--particularly the kind that will not separate. 

Wrap the rectangle roughly into thirds so the ends meet one another on the front.  Make sure that the butt end is very close to the edge and the pull end is way further over.  This is so the zippers actually open into the pouch instead of the edge!  Pin and stitch again at the top and bottom. 

I always hand sew the front closures between each zipper b/c it takes just as long on a machine and I don't feel like I have the same control.  Mostly, just tack each end down to one another.

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