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1  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / RSS feeds for specific boards on: August 06, 2013 10:53:15 AM
I have a lot of different things going and it's hard for me to keep up with the craft forums. I saw that there was an RSS feed available here but when I set it up I got only 5 topics. I don't know what happened there; I know there's more going on here than just 5 new things. Smiley But the biggest problem was, they were from all over this site.

I do lots of different crafts, but not all of the ones covered here. I'd like to be able to keep up with discussions on just the ones I'm interested in but I can't seem to set up the feed that way, even when I try it when I'm on a particular board's page.

I see that this was discussed in 2009 and 2010 but there doesn't seem to be anything more recent than that. At the time it seemed that this wasn't a feature here; maybe it still isn't?

I know Google Reader's gone but there are lots of others still around and the one I use works within my browser, Firefox. It lets me keep up with lots of different things - news, blogs, regular sites, and even other forums (specific boards). So I know it's possible to set it up with a forum. It just doesn't seem to work here.

I thought maybe I could use Google Alerts as an alternative but so far no search I've tried is giving me the results I need. I'll keep working on that but it would still be really helpful to just do an RSS feed.

I've put this in the "suggestion" section but if it's available and I'm just missing it, could someone please direct me?

Thank you!
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / I need some feedback on my Squidoo lenses on: December 10, 2012 12:11:19 PM
I have 5 craft-related lenses - web pages - set up on Squidoo. They're mostly to provide info and tips on craft techniques, but they do make me a little money (and I do mean "little" Smiley  ) so I think this is probably the best place to post this.

I'm kind of concerned about some changes Squidoo made to the way the lenses display this past week. From what I've read the intention was to make them look better on the smaller screens used by mobile devices like tablets and smartphones. I don't know if they do because I don't have either of those, but on my regular monitor screen they don't look good at all.

If anyone here has the time could you please check out these lenses? You don't have to actually read them; I'm mainly interested in how they look to you and whether others are seeing them the way I am.

Here are the links:

Here are my questions:
1) How do these lenses look to you? Is the size of the fonts and images, or the entire page/lens, too big or too small, and is anything cut off? Does it hurt your eyes to look at them? Do you feel like you'd want to read more, or maybe not even read them at all?

2) What device are you using? Is it a laptop screen, regular monitor, tablet (what size), smartphone, or something else?

3) If you know the browser you're using, which one is it? Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, etc.?

4) If you know the operating system on your device, what is it? Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, or something else?

5) If you have time and can check out other lenses, how do they look? Like mine, or different? Squidoo does have different templates but mostly I'm interested in font and image size.

I'm trying to collect this information both as feedback for Squidoo and also for my own decision-making about whether to keep making pages there or go somewhere else.

Thanks in advance for your help.

3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Best stitch for hand sewing a straight seam? on: November 14, 2012 10:19:48 PM
While I'm asking sewing questions, here's another one.

I don't have a machine anymore, which is normally fine for the infrequent times I do any sewing; those are usually small repairs. But recently I had to resew part of a seam and I wasn't sure how to do it. Backstitching seemed the most effective but it was hard to keep the seam straight. Is there something else I should use for seams in the future, or is there a way to make sure the backstitch is straight?

Thank you!
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Broken parka zipper - fixable or time for a replacement? on: November 14, 2012 10:12:24 PM
The zipper on my parka lost its slider a couple of years ago. It has snaps also so I used those, and that worked for last winter, which was mild. Now we're heading into more cold weather and I would like a parka with a zipper that works, to help keep the wind out better. I was going to just buy a new parka but before I spend the money I thought I'd ask about repairing the zipper first.

I found a video that made it look like replacing the slider was easy. But after checking my parka I found that not only is the slider missing but it looks like the bottom piece on one side is broken as well. Also, I've read that sliders come in different sizes - they're numbered - and you have to match the size. I can't do that because I don't have the original slider.

I do lots of crafts but sewing isn't one of them, so I'm not up to replacing the entire zipper, especially with this one being one of those separating kinds. I did ask a tailor about it but she wanted more than $30. If anyone here can suggest a way that I can fix this zipper, or provide a link to instructions on how to do it, that would be great. So far I haven't found anything.

Thanks in advance for your help.

5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Looking for fiber content of this old thread on: March 31, 2012 08:35:36 AM
Hello all,
In clearing out my mother's sewing box I found a lot of thread spools, including these three that are labeled "Coats and Clark's Button and Carpet Thread":

Here's a closeup of one of the spools:

Sewing is not one of the crafts I do but I thought I could use this thread for bead crafts because it's thick and looks strong, and the neutral colors would be good choices. I'd like to have a better idea of how it will wear, though, so I have two questions:

1) Is anyone familiar with this thread, and if so, do you know the fiber content? I have some upholstery thread that I bought a few years ago that worked well for bead crochet; it was nylon. But this thread is much older - probably from the 1950s or '60s (if it helps, I can say that all the spools are wood; I just don't know when they switched to plastic spools). It is a bit shiny and when I look at it closely I can see the twist in it.

2) Would this still be good to use? I'm wondering if thread deteriorates over time. I ask not just for my own crafts but because I found a lot of other thread too, including Dual Duty and a bunch of spools of silk, and it would help me decide what to do with it.

I was going to contact Coats & Clark and ask them about it but their contact form asks for a lot of personal information and the page isn't secure, so I'm reluctant to do that. I could call them but I thought I'd try here first because I can include pictures. If you know anything about this thread I would really appreciate any information you could provide.

Thank you!

6  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Kumihimo cords made with a simple loom, with link to tutorial page on: December 28, 2011 09:18:49 AM
I've been looking for ways to make cords for my pendants and I really like the ones made with the little kumihimo looms. The technique I used for these was the simplest one I could find - only one thread is moved and it's always the same one. I like that because there's less chance I'll get confused and move the wrong thread.

Here are some of the cords I've made:

I also made a Squidoo lens (web page) with a tutorial for anyone who is interested in trying these. It's here:


There are more pictures there and an embedded video that shows the technique I learned. I also came up with a way to design color patterns using this method and that's explained there too, along with some charts I've used to plan my own designs. I set them up so they could be downloaded and used with a simple paint program, and I'd love feedback - especially if they don't work! Smiley

7  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Picture Hosting Support / Picture won't upload on: December 17, 2011 09:32:56 AM
I'm using the standard upload feature into my gallery. I can select the file and fill in all the fields but after I click "upload" there's a bit of a wait and then I get a blank page. I've tried several times, last night and today - nothing. I did check the gallery afterward to see if maybe the pic had made it there anyway, but it isn't there.

Any suggestions, anyone? Thanks!

8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Selling my cabs - individually or in groups? on: December 12, 2011 10:25:17 AM
Hello all,
I made some cabochons from melted embossing powder that I'd like to sell. There are 18 in all and I'm trying to decide whether to list them individually or as a group (or several groups).

I've been thinking about selling my jewelry for a while now. I have a free account set up with ArtFire that I haven't used - yet - and this might be a good way to start. Or I could put them on eBay; I do use that account from time to time, although not for things I've made.

Anyway - I'd appreciate any opinions or suggestions you have about how to do this. If you'd like to see what I'm talking about I just did a post here:

Thanks in advance for your help.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My cabochons on: December 12, 2011 10:13:33 AM
I made these from embossing powder melted in a Ranger Melting Pot. This is one side:

And this is the other:

I used both Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) and regular powder (plain and with glitter, of course Smiley ) because I didn't have a lot of colors of the UTEE and I wanted a bit more variety. After it was melted I poured it into either a silicon mold or a small cookie cutter shape.

I don't know if you can tell from the pictures but some are shiny on both sides while others are shiny on only one side. The un-shiny side was usually the one facing down. You can make the surface shiny with a heat gun and I tried that with some of them but if you overdo it they bubble and re-melt so after ruining a bunch I decided to just leave them the way they were. I actually kind of like the un-shiny side, it looks more - I don't know, natural maybe. (And I even kind of like the indentations made from the bubbles Smiley )

I did make a bunch more of these, but I put holes in those so I think they'd be called "pendants." The holes were kind of a pain to do so I decided to experiment with a few that didn't have them. That's this group. I think they'd be called cabochons.

I have individual pictures of these so if you want to see any *really* close up let me know.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first pair of toe-up socks, with link to more info & tips on: November 20, 2011 04:11:01 PM

I've always made socks from the leg down so this was new to me. But I really needed to find a way to make socks that didn't take so long; I would end up getting bored and putting them away, sometimes for years at a time. (Does anyone else do that or is it just me? Smiley ) I wanted to try this way because I thought it might be faster. And it was!

It didn't go completely smoothly; it took me 3 tries to get the toe right and I had to rip out the first heel because I underestimated how long I needed to make the foot (probably due to the different heel construction). But overall it was a lot of fun. And I made both socks in only 4 days! (instead of 4 years...)

I thought it was worth writing about in case anyone else was new to this. But it got so long it wouldn't have worked here or even on the article site I write for. So I decided to put it in a Squidoo lens, which is here:


If you already know how to make these there may not be anything new there. But if you're just thinking about it or have had some trouble, maybe my experience will help.

the rejuvenated sockmaker
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