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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: photo album / journal questions on: June 10, 2004 08:49:41 AM
If you take a look at my photo album tutorial you'll see how to hinge the cover so that the binding never moves.
2  CANADA / Alberta / Re: calgary, anyone? on: June 07, 2004 12:06:50 PM
Pleat - try the Alberta Craft Council. They have a gallery in Edmonton but not Calgary, by the looks of it.

From there, found the following on the "call for artists" page:
Calgary Art Market
November 18 - 21, 2004
Apply early! Processing will start April 1, 2004
What:   210 artisans, 18th Annual, Juried, High Quality Event
In the Telus Convention Centre (City Centre)
Calgary, AB

Call toll free: 1-877-929-9933
or 1-250-672-2411
Marlene Loney
Art Market Productions Inc.
P.O. Box 190, Barriere, BC. V0E 1E0

Also found this site that lists some craft sales in the area but it doesn't look like it gets updated very frequently.

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Stab-bound Photo Album Tutorial on: June 06, 2004 08:01:45 PM
I finally got around to making an album of our wedding photos for my mom:




It contains 10 sheets: a title page, eight photo pages, and a blank page at the end (we eloped and took most of the pictures ourselves, so we didn't have a lot). Finished size is 11 1/8" wide by 8 1/2" high.

Instructions are here.

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: coptic bound book on: May 31, 2004 12:24:56 PM
Since everyone else is doing it...  I made these this weekend. The blue and white one is a single-needle Coptic binding described in Keith Smith's Volume I Non-Adhesive Binding: Books Without Paste or Glue, and the red and black one is a four-needle Coptic binding described in his Volume III Non-Adhesive Binding: Exposed Spine Sewings.

The red and black one saw the last of the leftover paper from the concertina project. It looks nice but it is very heavy and fibrous and was a sucky paper to work with - the fibres came off on the brush when gluing, and dyed the glue, and it bleeds when it gets wet. The blue-and-white patterned paper is a very nice Italian paper I found at Paper Source.
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: coptic bound book on: May 26, 2004 08:42:29 AM
Keith Smith's book is definitely a good bet. Also, the third volume in his non-adhesive binding series, Volume III Non-Adhesive Binding: Exposed Spine Sewings has a several more Coptic stitches, including some done with needles on both ends of the thread. I learned Coptic binding with a four-needle, two-thread method that seemed much less complicated than the single-needle sewings.

You can buy the books from Keith Smith's website.
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Accordian photo album on: May 11, 2004 05:53:52 PM
In Calgary, where I live, there are a couple of stores that carry it in a .072" thickness, which is great for small books like this one.

On the 'net, you can order it from http://paper-source.com (or buy it from their stores, if you are lucky enough to live in a city that has one). They have a .098" thickness. And Dick Blick sells it in several different thicknesses, as does Talas.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / custom shower curtain on: April 02, 2004 10:11:20 AM
Dismayed by the cost of the shower curtains that I liked in stores ($60CDN!!!), I decided to make my own:



About 2-1/3 yards/2m each of at least two fabrics,  45"/115cm wide
1 package of 12 grommets
1 vinyl shower curtain liner

To determine how much fabric you need, buy the vinyl liner first. The average size seems to be about 70" long by 72" wide; you will want enough fabric that you can piece together a sheet 11" longer and 5" wider than your liner so that you have enough for hemming. Also, a note about grommets: make sure that you buy grommets with holes that are larger than your shower curtain hooks!

Wash and dry the fabric. The curtain is likely going to get wet from time to time, and at least it will be exposed to high humidity while in use, so it should be a fairly resilient fabric - poly/cotton blends work well as they usually don't require much ironing (unless you're the type of person who likes ironing things like shower curtains and sheets, in which case, knock yourself out with 100% cotton!).

Rip the fabric longwise into strips of random width. Since you'll be sewing with a 1/2" seam allowance, the narrowest strip should be at least 3"; my widest was about 14". The nice thing about ripping is that they should all be straight, which makes the next step easier: sew the strips together on the long edges, mixing up the colours and widths however you please, until you have a piece 11" longer than your liner. Cut the width to 5" wider than your liner. Press all the seams toward the bottom of your shower curtain.

For the top hem, fold the top 3" toward the wrong side of the fabric, and then fold 3" down again, over the first fold - this will give you three layers of fabric, and no raw edges at the top or bottom. Sew this down about 3/8" from the top of the curtain and again about 3/8" from the bottom of the folded edge. For the bottom hem, fold 2" toward the wrong side of the fabric and then over again, and sew down the same way. For the side hems, fold 1" toward the wrong side of the fabric, and then over again. Your hemmed curtain will be about an inch longer and wider than the liner.

Lay the curtain right-side down on the floor, and place the vinyl liner on top of it so that the top edges are flush and the liner is centered width-wise. Make a mark through each of the holes in the liner, onto the curtain fabric. Follow the instructions on your grommet kit to put the grommets in (they usually come with a little tool and you have to hammer them).

That's about it. The total cost of my curtain, including the vinyl liner, was $22CDN, thanks in part to a great deal on the fabric ($2.42/metre!). It took about 2 hours to complete.

8  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Helping children in need in Massachussetts on: March 04, 2004 12:49:54 PM
"Afghan Erin" Rosen-Watson started collecting afghans for children in foster care in Massachussets as a 4H project when she was 13 years old. That was in 2000, and since then she has expanded to helping children in critical care and shelters. She's looking for volunteers to knit/crochet squares or whole afghans, or to help assemble squares into afghans. She also accepts donations of yarn, old knitting/crochet needles, etc.

After discovering that many children enter foster care with few belongings, often carried in garbage bags, she began her "Essential Care Packet Project," in which she assembles basic necessities in a tote or duffle bag. For this project, she's looking for people to sew bags as well as donations of items to fill them. (She even gives the pattern for a tote bag.)

Really rather impressive for a sixteen-year-old.

I bet there are shelters and organizations in other cities that could use similar items, too.
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re:Book Jackets? on: March 01, 2004 12:08:16 PM
How about gluing the front and back onto separate pieces of bookboard/matt board/cardboard for covers for a blank journal?
10  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:working on "under the hoodie"! on: February 26, 2004 11:56:51 AM
I usually wrap the skeins around my knees - I'll have to try the neck thing!
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