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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Can someone set up an embroidery pattern for my sewing machine? on: May 26, 2006 06:38:38 PM
My embroidery machine accepts .pes files.

Would anyone be willing to set up some patterns for me?
All I want are 7 words. (Each separate, so that would be 7 files) in a fancy-ish standard script.
(It's for a gift for my friend whose b-day is late july.)

It seems like it would be easy, but I don't know how to customize text on my machine yet.

I would (gladly) trade stuff (I make some cool stuff) or I could even paypal you.

ps: I apologize if this is in the wrong place
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Office Chair upholstored with bedskirt on: April 10, 2006 08:51:06 PM
Next time I do something like this, I'll be sure to take pix for a tutorial.


Since looking at an Office Depot catalogue, I think every chair is constructed differently. So it really depends on what you have.
This chair, had a panel on the back, which I pried off and covered. This kind of chair is best because you can hide the staples from the backrest.

All the other parts (armrests, seat) were just screwed onto the frame.

I've done this before too, but used a stretchy velour fabric which is super easy to use.

Get a good staple gun, because you'll be stapling a LOT. It's totally worth the 20 bucks. It's one of my favorite tools ever.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Office Chair upholstored with bedskirt on: January 30, 2006 02:49:58 AM
Thanks, everyone. 
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Office Chair upholstored with bedskirt on: December 13, 2005 11:29:04 PM

All you need is a screwdriver and a staple gun. These kinds of chairs come apart pretty easily - the hardest part is NOT losing all the screws.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Wonder how they did these on: December 13, 2005 11:21:19 PM
I'm guessing an iron-on transfer...possibly on cavas. They do this at Kinkos.

I used to work at Kinko's and I was actually the one who printed on canvas, watercolor paper, backlighting material (cool stuff), tyvex, etc... and these animals are not canvas. It's super stiff, and brittle, and the ink kinda cracks if you roll it too tightly, so sewing and turning it inside out is out of the question. (Though I sure tried...ohh...miss that job...)  (AND I think it's $18 a sq foot.)

I personally think these were silkscreened, because it seems more professional than inkjet transfers AND
you can use any color ink
make multiple prints
make any size
get a better fabric for sewing (not stiff, better drape, etc)
get a richer print
can print on fabric that may melt

Anyway, that is how I think THEY did it, though I guess a transfer would be easier.

when I was a kid I tried setting up a silkscreen exposing unit (It's a lightsensitive process) with tinfoil and pieplates and a garden hose - and had no luck, but I eventually took a class and it was real easy with their fancy setup.

Maybe I'll try the old-skool way again... I'm digging these pillows.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: DIY chrome refinishing? on: December 13, 2005 08:10:14 PM
Chroming is actually an electroplating process (I saw it on Martha stewart years ago). You  dip your stuff into a huge vat of liquid stuff, and I guess an electric current makes it stick to the metal. I figure if Martha does it, it's gotta be expensive.

I'm always salvaging old furniture, my favorite pieces are always chrome, but always in terrible shape. I have found that the best and cheapest way to fix crappy chrome is with lots of steel wool, and

***Rust-O-Leum spray paint in "chrome" ***
(I am actually doing this as we speak)

as long as you're a good spraypainter, and MASK, MASK, MASK everything else, it should come out ok.
Don't try to do everything in one coat. And with this paint, you really have to shake a lot.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Resin as kitchen island top? on: December 13, 2005 07:41:19 PM
I wouldn't even bother with the lamination. I've resined a bunch of stuff (color copies, magazines, etc...) and nothing smeared. It's not like painting anyway, the stuff just kinda sits there and works with gravity You can push it around, but the stuff is so thick, you're nowhere near the "ink".

I wouldn't slice vegetables on it, but I don't think resin is particularly scratchable. If it did get scratched though, you could just add another (thin) coat.

This is one of my favorite font sites. They have a whole bunch of FREE Fonts.
http://fontdiner.com/main.html  (click on FREE SILVERWARE)
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Office Chair upholstored with bedskirt on: December 13, 2005 07:08:00 PM
I got this strange bedspread or tablecloth from a garage sale.
I used it as a bedskirt, but my dog used to get stuck in the fancy trim and ripped it to shreds.

I used the remaining fabric to reupholster an ordinary office chair (and I used the scraps for curtains.)


and the back  
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Egg Tempera Painting on: November 05, 2005 09:23:31 AM
That looks fantastic, you should be proud. I bet the eggs make the paint really shinny huna?

Thank You

Yeah, the eggs actually did  make it quite shiny.
The last step is to pour warm linseed oil on top, it was amazing actually, the layering process really became apparent and everything sorta glowed. (More apparent in real life.)
10  Pennsylvania / Pennsylvania: Southeast / Re: Hellertown? on: October 31, 2005 03:48:26 AM
Wow!  Yay for Hellertownians!

There really isn't anything to do around here for Halloween.  All of the good haunted houses are at least 30-40 minutes away.

But there is the "Haunted Bridge" around.  But it's not really haunted.

I was going to have my friend from NJ and his kids visit me here, but it seem like every place is a million dollars.

The time/distance thing really isn't a big surprise - the nearest Dunkin Donuts is 15 minutes away!
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