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1  UNITED STATES / Washington, D.C. / Anyone around? on: July 03, 2013 09:45:57 PM
So after years living all over the place, I moved to DC and decided to log back into Craftster... Is anyone still around in the DC area? 
2  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / LATIN AMERICA / Re: Colombia? on: April 10, 2009 10:21:46 PM
Craftster in Colombia present!

Currently living in Medelln.

It depends what you call "good" places to buy supplies, we dont have anything like joanns or michaels or big box stores, but downtown medelln has many "pasamaneras" and stores where they sell sewing notions, crochet needles, string, thread, yarn, buttons, snaps, metal findings, and stuff I dont even know what it is for. The difference is that you cant browse, everything is behind a counter, so you kinda have to know what you are looking for, or go when they aren't very busy and ask for them to hand over everything so you can examine the packages!

La Reina is a chain store that does beading, embroidery and other workshops and sells the notions, they are mostly everywhere in Medelln.

As for traditional crafting, I'm not really familiar with it. Many artisans are working in novel techniques (like jewelry with melon seeds or orange peels) but the "sharing" culture is not very popular here. However, women still do a lot of embroidery, they knit, they crochet, they sew, they do bobbin lace and cutwork and other lovely stuff.
3  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Re: City Guides for crafters .... What about Latinamerica? on: October 06, 2008 06:04:16 PM
Id love to have a Latin American board! I currently live in Colombia, but back in Costa Rica I organized a StitchnBitch group and everything Tongue 

I'm casting my vote. I do believe that it is a terrible gap to not have a Latin American Board... Even if there isnt *much* interest at the moment, once people see that it is up, they would flock over there Smiley

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: 2 more jersey dresses - lace yokes + scoop necks! on: September 10, 2008 10:45:16 AM
You look just like Kate Nash in the pictures, and I LOVE this dress, looks awesome.
5  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Re-sewn Converse! on: April 15, 2008 06:03:03 PM
Funny: my converse always wear out on the sole and rubber parts waaaaaaay before the fabric. I would never be able to work this one out. However, I AM saving my fabric uppers to make some kind of purse Cheesy
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: DIY Cloth Pads Tutorial on: January 28, 2008 04:38:09 PM
Theres an actual NGO that has this type of information, I found it through Google.


I believe it is located in Australia and they have good ideas to look into: some organizations are receiving cloth squares, but no sewn products. Also, some are not accepting cloth pads, only disposable ones, because theres lack of water to make reusing products higienic. That would certainly be true in many refugee shelters all around the world, also that privacy to wash and dry rags would be scarce. 

However, donations could be made to teen shelters, or teen information centers, so that when they ask about menstruation, they could be given information on the option of using cloth pads or cups.

7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: DIY Cloth Pads Tutorial on: January 24, 2008 08:30:09 AM
Ive been following this thread forever... and today I stumbled on something that really caught my eye.

In India, theres this NGO that uses fabric donated by urban women to make cloth pads for rural women who are so poor they usually have to share their rags with other family members. We are talking extreme poverty, where they have to lay their children down in holes inside their huts and cover them with leaves.

Heres the article http://www.goonj.org/sanitary%20napkins.php

and here is a touching video where the founder of Goonj talks about how they use and repurpose clothing for many different uses, including this subject which is not quite talked about. http://www.globalonenessproject.org/video/Anshu-Gupta/1

Their pads are truly basic, just a 1x1 cloth that can be easily washed and sun dried, since they dont have dryers (which is how we get our cloth pads to dry in the middle)

Maybe this is something all of us crafters can do. Think that there are women out there who dont have the means to even get a piece of rag to use on those days... and try to find them and as women, unite to their need.
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: DIY Cloth Pads Tutorial on: December 27, 2007 09:42:41 PM
I made my cloth pads, but I somehow misunderstood and used polar fleece instead of cotton flannel, and I lined them with rain jacket material and they were really slippery on my underwear. I used snaps, but then the pad would twirl around the underwear, and I was wearing the pad against my thigh.

The most uncomfortable things ever, and I didnt understand what I had done wrong until my sister pointed it out.

The liners I made were really wonky as well, although I did use the rick rack option, the wonky liners still slipped around and made me stain.

I wore them for a couple of periods, and decided Im not a cloth pad girl. I dont have the discipline to soak, wash or take care of pads, and my health deserves better than that. So I got a divacup, and life is better now. Im still keeping pads away from landfills.

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: First sock! on: December 27, 2007 08:21:55 PM
Not only did I finish the other sock, I already knit a second pair!

These are broadripple on the knitty issue. Amazing socks to knit. I mixed the short row heel with the sl1k1 double thickness, and got extra sturdy heels. It was HARD to pick up the 5 wraps on the edges of the short rows, but I got it done!

10  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: Newsboy cap with variegated yarn on: December 27, 2007 08:10:51 PM
It doesn´t really need the elastic, but if you want to use it, go ahead...

The elastic tends to stick to the needle and doesn´t slip off smoothly off the needles. You also have to remember to knit it taut, so that it does work as "elastic" and brings together the stitches.
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