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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Feedback for Embroidery Idea on: June 29, 2012 11:09:16 AM
I'm thinking of making simple embroideries to sell.
They would, of course, have the blue ink removed and would be matted to a 5x7.
I was thinking of selling them for 15$ each
I thought they would be cute for babies rooms.

These are the ones I have embroidered, they haven't been matted yet.
What do you think?

2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / How do you promote your etsy? on: February 14, 2012 04:15:26 PM
I'm finding it incredibly difficult to promote my etsy store.
It seems like on ANY forum ANYWHERE it's frowned upon to even mention that you actually sell your art.
It's seen as "fishing" for sales, when really people are just saying that they have one.

So, how do you promote your store?
3  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Playing with Natural Dyes on: February 14, 2012 08:42:06 AM
I adore natural dyes. I love the process! I find it fun and adventurous!

So, I decided to dye some wool with red onion skins!
Here's how they turned out!

What do you guys think?

Baby Merino

Super wash Merino

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting a Shawl, need help! on: January 19, 2012 11:50:44 AM
I'm knitting this shawl

But I don't understand the last two charts, why are there greyed out areas? How do I knit these?
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Quilt binding on: January 15, 2012 09:44:25 AM
Is a quilt still *technically* a quilt without a binding?
I usually hand sew all my binding and I HATE it.

I really enjoy crazy quilting but find that a binding takes away from the crazy quilting. So I was considering making a quilt with no binding, just right sides sewn together and some top stitching around the edges afterwards.

Would this still be considered a quilt? And would I be able to put it through standards at  a craft council without bound edges?

6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / The 20$ Product on: December 28, 2011 06:41:16 AM
I recently graduated from a textile program at college. We learned that the best thing to sell is a 20$ product, however we were trained to use high quality materials and to put in an abundance of detail, resulting in our products taking hours and hours to make and dollars and dollars in materials. We never learned how to make a quick and easy lower price point item.
I'm finding it difficult to come up with something because everything takes me a minimum of 4 hours to make due to my training.
I'm predominately knitting and embroidery/quilting. (NOT cross stitch)

So, what are your favourite 20$ products?
Do you have any suggestions for me?
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Need prototype feedback! on: November 20, 2011 07:20:59 PM
I just created my first apron pattern, it's a two tiered apron with lace trim and a sweetheart bib.

I was in love with creating this apron, and am very proud of it!
But, like all creations I'm sure it's not 100% perfect.
So I was wondering if you lovelies could give me some feed back!

I noticed when I put it on that the bib is a bit big, so I'm going to scale it down a little bit, but that's the only thing that I could see wrong with it.

Also, should I find a way to hide the raw edges on the inside of the apron?
Every apron I have has the raw edges showing inside so I'm not sure how to hide them or if I even should.

I'm sorry the picture isn't that greatest. Most of my sewing supplies, including my judy, are no where near where I'm currently living.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting a Sweater, need help! on: October 18, 2011 11:38:54 AM
I'm knitting  my very first sweater and I'm having trouble understanding what I'm supposed to do on the front.

This is the instruction for the Left Front

With smaller straight needles, using B, cast on 42(46-50-58-62-70) sts.  Change to MC and work in ribbing same as back for 1", end on RS.  Change to larger needles and p the next row, dec 5(5-3-7-5-9) sts across 37(41-47-51-57-61) sts.  Work in Pat St until piece measures 4(4-4-4-5-5) from beg, end on WS.

Dec Row (RS):  K1, k2 tog, work to end 36(40-46-50-56-60) sts.  Rep this dec every 2 3 times more 33(37-43-47-53-57) sts.  Work even until piece measures 12(12-12-12-13-13) from beg, end on WS.

Inc Row (RS):  K1, M1k work to end 34(38-44-48-54-58) sts.  Rep this inc every 1 3 times more.  AT THE SAME TIME, when piece measures 13(13-13-13-14-14) from beg, end on WS.

Shape Neck:  Next Row (RS):  Work to last 3 sts, SSK, k1.  Continuing to work inc row as before, dec 1 st at neck edge in this manner every (1--1--1) 11(10-11-10-11-10) times more.  When all side incs have been completed and piece measures 16(16-16-16-17-17) from beg, end on WS.

Shape Armhole:  Continuing to work neck decs, bind off 3(3-4-5-7-8) sts at beg of the next RS row, then 2 sts at beg of the following RS row.  Dec 1 st at armhole edge in same manner as back every RS row 6(8-10-11-12-13) sts.  When all armhole and neck decs have been completed, work even on 14(17-19-22-24-27) sts until armhole measures 8(8-8-8-9-9), end on WS.  Bind off 4(5-7-8-8-9) sts at armhole edge once, then 5(6-6-7-8-9) sts twice for shoulder.

The bold and italicised part is what I don't understand. The first part says "ep this inc every 1 3 times more.  AT THE SAME TIME, "
at the same time as what?
and the second part says "Work to last 3 sts, SSK, k1.  Continuing to work inc row as before, dec 1 st at neck edge in this manner every (1--1--1) 11(10-11-10-11-10) times more.  When all side incs have been completed and piece measures 16(16-16-16-17-17) from beg"
Am i decreasing while I'm increasing? why are they listed as separate rows?
It says that I have to decrease 1 every inch 10x which would be 10 inches
but the measurements listed say that I go from 12" to 16" that can't be 1 decrease every inch 10 times.

Can someone explain this to me please?
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