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1  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Summer in London on: March 25, 2007 09:07:02 PM
This summer I'm going to be taking courses at CSM in London and I'll be needing to find a place to stay for three months.  I've been looking through gumtree and craig's list at studio apartments and flatshares, but I was wondering if anyone could offer any advice on neighborhoods.  I've heard Hoxton and Shoreditch have good artist communities (is that even true, still?) but I've also heard they can be dodgy.  What about Camden/Kentish town?  Or is there another neighborhood that is better?  Any advice?

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / reinforcing knitting on: November 12, 2006 07:31:43 PM
I knitted a headband and I am afraid it will stretch out too much over time.  Is there a way to reinforce knitting so it doesn't stretch?  (like, i would assume one would want to do in a handle of a purse)?

3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / how can i promote my web site? on: July 14, 2006 04:41:00 PM
i started a web site in january and i haven't put a lot of effort into it yet.  but honestly, i don't know where to start.  how can i get my name out there?  does anyone have any experience in this?  thanks!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Fabric Paint: how durable is it? on: January 04, 2006 07:06:08 PM
I recently painted some shirts and jackets with fabric paint, but I am worried the paint will come off in the wash. Is there like a fabric paint sealant or something I can use?  I would hate to ruin these clothes.  Thanks.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / fairtrade fashion on: October 06, 2005 09:03:13 AM
Does anyone know anything about fairtrade fashion, especially in the UK?  I have found some sources, like project magazine:  http://www.project-magazine.com/  but I would like to find out more about places that sell fairtrade clothing or fairtrade materials.  Any info would be much appreciated.  Thanks!
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 2 ENTRIES / falling leaves halter on: June 26, 2005 12:57:42 PM
i bought 3 sweatshirts (pink, purple and teal) at the thrift store near my house.  the total price was $5.60.  here is a pic of 2 of the sweatshirts (sorry, i cut the other one before i took the picture, but i think you can imagine what it looked like).

i cut the pink one into a halter style and used the remaining fabric from the sleeves to make a skirt and i surged all the edges.  the sweatshirt was really big, so i also took it in at the sides so it was more form-fitting.  then i cut leave-like shapes out of the purple and teal sweatshirts and surged the edges.  i sewed them down, overlapping some from one point on my left hip.  the pin is a crochet flower pin i already had.

and here is a closeup of the leaves:
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / comic strip wallets on: January 04, 2004 12:38:48 AM
ok, well i dont have any pictures of one yet, our scanner is broken right now, but hopefully i can post some soon, but i wil try to explain as best as i can.  ok, the idea came when one of my friends showed me a wallet she had bought that was made out of a page from a sesame street book.  i thought it was super cool, so i decided to try to make one.  i used an archie comic book, which turned out to be great because the pages are the perfect size for my method.  ok, what you do is first look through the book and find a comic that you like that is at least three pages long (that is if you want it to all match) then tear them out and cut off the rough edges.  then tape two of the pages together, just overlap the white margins a little bit, so you can still see all of the comics.  I like working on a flat surface, and i just tape the two pages together with a little bit of tape, just enough so they are attached.  I use this clear packaging tape, kind of like duct tape i guess, but clear.  Then I take it in long strips and just cover the page front and back by going down the page in horizontal strips.  then, fold the sheet hot dog style and tape the edges together, first i tape on the inside of the fold and then i tape the outside, that just reinforces it.  Then, cut out one row of the comic strip from the third page, so usually thats like 2 little boxes next to eachother, cut off the white border on the outside of the two boxes (but leave the white in between the boxes, because you want them to be connected) then cover that strip in the tape, front and back.  Then, tape that in the lower left hand corner of whatever side you designate to be the inside of your wallet (tape only the bottom and sides, so that it is a pocket).  Then, cut out another row from the third sheet in the same manner, and cover it in tape.  tape half of this stip to the wallet, inside of the pocket, and then fold the other half into the pocket.  that is a credit card/license/gift card holder (the second strip is attached to the wallet part and then goes over the cards and tucks in to the pocket, so that the cards dont fall out) then fold the wallet in half and place under something heavy overnight so that it flattens out.  its really not hard at all, keeping the tape from sticking to everything is the hardest part.  The wallet that my friend bought looked like it was actually laminated, so you may want to try that.  I have made at least 30 of these wallets for friends and almost everywhere i go ppl comment on my wallet.  Some ppl asked me to make them for them to give as christmas presents and ive had a lot of people even offer me money for one.  Im sorry that i couldnt post a picture, hopefully these directions werent too confusing!  

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