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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Spinning kit? on: June 19, 2014 03:52:29 PM
HI Everyone!

             About ten years ago I started to get into spinning but  had to quit because i was a poor college student. Boo! Now I have both money and free time and I want to get back and try spinning again. What do I need to buy as a beginning spinner to get going? I'm looking at a bunch of websites and no one really addresses that. I've still got my drop spindles and some wool and flax fiber that I think will be okay to learn on (it's ten years old). But do I really need to buy carding supplies too? Do I need a niddy noddy? Should I bite the bullet and pony up for a wheel? In case it's relevant I'm learning to knit and I already do embroidery so that's the kind of threads I'd like to spin.

Most importantly where do I look to find a meatspace spinning group? Any suggestions for finding groups in my area?
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Need some advice for drafting a pattern on: April 15, 2012 09:42:03 PM
As far as I know you can't buy a plushie of this anywhere. I looked. Cry

I've decided to make my first plushie. My son just picked up Warp for the ps3. I want to make him a plushie of the alien.  Can anyone give me a tip for drafting the pattern? Where do I start? Will I need to make a muslin? The alien is basically a cylinder with a bigger end on one side and elongated cylinders for arms legs and antennas. Are these shapes going to be hard to sew?. It *looks* simple but that can be deceptive. I've been sewing for a few years and have drafted simple clothes projects before. Also can anyone think of a way to get that transparent shell look to the outer body or would that unnecessarily complicate things?

Forgot to add that I have been playing around with craft paper  to draft a pattern and am having trouble working out fitting the pieces together and being abe to tell if i'm  going to be able to make the joins of the limbs to the body round like they are in the picture.

here's a pic:

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / super mario bros and court jester x-stitch on: March 06, 2012 09:59:03 PM
Two little projects i banged out over the last two weeks for fun. The second one is a diagram of the flagon scene from the Court Jester.

Sorry about the overexposure on this first image.

And closeups:

Court Jester:

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / owl pouch on: February 19, 2012 03:21:59 PM
I made this little owl pouch for Solitary Cricket in the make my collectible swap. I was inspired by this little owl by Sandy Grafik that I saw on redbubble.com and the Mister Owl coin purse over at Alternative Outfitters. The edges of the pouch look stiff because I used fabric paint over the satin stitching binding the edges to try to make the edges more durable. I really didn't like the way that ended up working out but didn't have time to remake the entire thing. Solitary Cricket seems to like it though so maybe it's just me? If anyone has any suggestion on how to do a durable edge treatment let me know. Does bias tape or quilt edging stand up to the wear and tear a coin purse will have? I'm thinking specifically about the edges standing up to being rubbed. Anyway here it is:



5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / simple x-mas present on: February 08, 2012 08:27:11 PM
I keep meaning to post this and then not doing so. This was my parents x-mas present this year. It's your basic blackwork done on 18 count linen with one strand of six strand cotton floss. The whole thing is a 12.5 by 12.5 inch square. side The figures are pretty traditional but so are my parents. Grin

6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / make my collectible swap necklace on: February 08, 2012 08:05:03 PM
This is the necklace I made for hggdm in the make my collectible swap. Her list of collectibles had "old/costume jewelry" on it; she also had a nifty looking painting on her pinterest that I decided to incorporate. The picture inside the pendant of this necklace and the blue tag are made from those inkjet shrinky dinks. The rest of the necklace is bits and pieces I already had. I used alcohol inks on the bits to make them look old and corroded. The clock part of this necklace is functional (as long as it didn't get damaged in the USPS.) The cracks on the pendant glass were achieved using Inkssentials Crackle Accent; it works great on glass. Ignore the dates on the pics. I was too lazy to reset the time settings on my camera.

Here is the necklace as a whole:

this is a closer picture of the pendant

it's kind of hard to see it in my photos but the middle part of this image is inside the pendant

closeup of the clock face

closeup of the hand

closeup of the tag side

The little blue tag is also made from  an inkjet shrinky dink. The font I used is named 'all used up'  and the quote is from Ben Franklin : "Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of."
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