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81  Re: FOC swap 3 reveal!! in The Swap Gallery by hoxierice on: August 11, 2006 11:19:26 AM
jesintexas sent me a thank you and a birthday gift for another swap. The birthday gift was two "samplers" of acid dye, 12 colors total! And the thank you for this swap was some handmade notecards

Maybe she saw that I was asking for notecards, or maybe she realized that all my secret FOC notes in her packages came from scraps of computer paper! Tongue

Thanks I will use them...but not for secret swaps because I just showed them to the world Wink
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82  Re: July 2006 Birthday Swap GALLERY!! in The Swap Gallery by hoxierice on: August 11, 2006 11:14:11 AM
Also I am glad mickele liked her sewing kit, and finished her bag! I had a great time making the kit and was happy to share my skills with someone else. Along with a "sewing for dummies" pattern I added my own instructions and some tools and samples. Not only is it hard to teach someone about sewing without being there it is also hard to pick out fabric for someone that you don't know! So I am glad you liked the fabric too!

Here are some of my samples

And she sent me a really nice thank you. I hope this will get you started on a new craft/skill/adventure/love....
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83  Re: July 2006 Birthday Swap GALLERY!! in The Swap Gallery by hoxierice on: August 11, 2006 11:07:02 AM
I got some awesome acid dyes from jesintexas

Two "samplers" a total of twelve colors!! (One is shown, the other is in the box) "Springtime" and "Summertime". I am very excited to start to use them! I forgot to add to the picture the birthday card she sent which was very cute. Also included was my thank you note from a different swap with some handmade notecards.

Thanks again!
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84  Hesperia: A Waldorf Doll From A Waldorf Student in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by hoxierice on: August 03, 2006 07:33:54 PM
I saw that someone wants to do a Waldorf doll swap and while I don't have the time to participate in such a swap. I did think "Hey, I have a Waldorf doll I made and a digital camera"

I made her when I was in high school (not a Waldorf HS, at the time my school only went through 8th grade).

Her hair is starting to dread after years of travel and being stuffed in bags. I also made her clothes, the jacket I created without a pattern. She has many names, but my favorite is Hesperia...we were doing Shakespeare's "As You Like It" at the time and someone's line was "Hesperia, the princess' gentlewoman" and that was about the time she was being "born".

She is a 12" doll from a Magic Cabin kit with help from my mom who has made many Waldorf dolls, my brother and I both have beat up 16" dolls. She also has made Little Blossom and The Mermaid I wish she made me one of those! And her own scaled down 1/2 size version that was so little and so cute! Along with other Waldorf inspired toys. If I were at home I would run around the house and take pictures of all the things she made because they are incredible! I inherited her craftiness, but unfortunately I also inherited tendency to only half complete projects. (Hisperia just has a jumper and not a dress to go under it!) My mom thought craftster was really neat, but she isn't the type of person to use it.
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85  Re: LOST Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by hoxierice on: July 26, 2006 06:53:01 AM
So I have been bad and not posted pictures yet, but I was on vacation. So here they are now. This is what gleep sent to me.

First I love the Ursula card! OK we have the back of the t-shirt she sent to me, two mugs with Oceanic tags for some passengers one on a beach scene (with a polar bear) and one on an ocean background (with a shark), and a tote.

Here is an amazing box decorated with a beach theme and inside were the cutest pom-pom animals. A shark with a dharma symbol on the fin and a polar bear. I think I might attach magnets to them so I can see them on my fridge every day!
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86  Re: DIY Craft Kit Round 5!! in The Swap Gallery by hoxierice on: July 26, 2006 06:47:24 AM
I received my tatting kit from lady4feet yesterday

Nothing to show for it yet, but last night I did a lot of practicing and I think I have gotten the technique, now it is putting everything together to actually make something.

By the way my boyfriend thinks I am insane. He understands my sewing and knitting, but tatting I guess is just too ridiculously tiny.
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87  Pole wrapping shibori img heavy in Dyeing: Completed Projects by hoxierice on: July 01, 2006 12:28:04 PM
I was asked how I made this scarf here for the sea swap. And since there is no dye techniques board... Shamelessly plugging my desire for one! Here are the answers to tenrec's questions.
I looked at your process photos, and then tried to google it but I couldn't find a really basic explanation of what you do... do you scrunch the rope together?  And then just stir the whole thing in the dye?

OK, I learned about this technique from this book and another book on fabric dyeing techniques. This book has a lot of information on all types of shibori, with explanations and examples.
Pole wrapping shibori works best with a long skinny piece of fabric rather than a square. Which is why scarves work nice check dharmatrading for them.

Here is my photoset with pictures of the process and final products.

Start by taping one corner to the end of the pole Pictures are clickable

Wind and wrap the scarf down the pole taping the edges that meet together

Tape the string to the top of the pole and wind string over the scarf, removing the tape as needed.

Do not wind too much at one time or you will have a hard time scrunching the silk down. This is what it looks like all scrunched (and dyed)

Next (forget that it is dyed) I put the pole in a pot of dye. Tall pots are nice because you can put the pole into it and the whole scrunched scarf is covered in dye

If you want the wrinkles wait for it to dry completely then unwind the string.
A finished piece (no not the same one the all scruchned picutre!)

For mine I started with a dyed scarf. I like color so I dyed the scarf first then did the pole wrapping and dyed it again.

Thanks for looking and being interested. I am glad more people will know how to do this, but it was fun to have a craft that I loved and I was the only one doing it.
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88  Re: DIY Kit Swap - Round 4 in The Swap Gallery by hoxierice on: June 29, 2006 08:30:03 AM
So I was taking pictures and realized that I hadn't taken pictures of my package from susperstitch. So here is my embroidery kit. I must have put most of the embroidery floss she gave me away because there was a whole lot more. I don't have anything to show yet, but I did got to the store and buy specific colors to match my bathroom!

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89  Re: dye techniques? in Suggest New Boards and New Features by hoxierice on: June 29, 2006 08:26:22 AM
Since there is no board I don't know where to answer this question. It is a good way to show the need for the board, but tell me if this is inappropriate You need to use a frame, (while I am not an expert) it is the only way that I have heard of it being done. You need a frame or to fashion something to keep the silk
a) taut
 b) suspended
Because if it is stretched you can paint on it without the risk of it shifting/moving around. And if the silk is laying on something silk is thin and the dye/paint will seep through and possibly travel to parts you didn't want it to go.

Stretching silk on a frame

You need:
A frame
Needle and thread
Rubber bands

There are several things you can do for a frame. If you have the tools, wood, nails/staples you can make oneduh, it doesn't have to be fancy I needs to have a surface that push pins will stick too and it needs to be fairly smooth so it doesn't snag the silk. It doesn't need to be as long as you piece of silk. Some places, but not dharmatrading, have silk/batik frames, but it is easy and cheaper to make your own, or modify something. Such as an old large picture frame or frame/stretcher for canvas for painting. In Michaels in the "Needlework" section they have needlework frames. There are expensive stands and scroll type frames, but they also have a make your own type frame. I cant remember what they are called, but it comes like this:

They come in a package of two sides so you need to buy two packages. This is so that you can create the size of frame that you want. If you buy two 20inch packages you get a square 20inch frame. If you buy a 20inch package and a 15inch package you get a 15x20inch frame. There are notches in the ends so they fit together to make a frame. Depending on the lengths you buy, it is probably a total of 5-6 dollars to make one frame.

You can also use a large wooden embroidery hoop, but you need to use it in the same way I will show for the frame! Dont use it like an embroidery hoop, because you cant get to all the edges of the silk and if you are using a resist it will muck up your lines! I found that at Jo-Ann's the 18 embroidery hoop was MUCH CHEEPER than at Michaels. I guess you could get an embroidery hoop and you could end up with two frames. (The inner hoop and the outher hoop).

OK now you are going to suspend your silk. Take your needle and thread and make thread loops all along the edges of the silk. A loop about ever six inches:

Attach the rubber bands to the thread loops and arrange the pushpins on the frame so that when you loop the rubber bands around the pushpins the silk is taut in the frame.

You can see that one of my thread loops broke and you cant see that put slack in the silk, which is bad. You an even pull on your silk. If the loops are too far apart then where the silk is suspended is very tight, but there is slack in between the suspension points which makes it hard to paint, and creates valleys where the paint will pool.

You can see that the silk is too long for the frame, but with the loops and pushpins you can just move from section to section. Just make sure that your silk is dry before you go on to the next section.

So I did all this then found:
which also has the information.

But, if you have more questions. I would be happy to *try* and answer them!
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90  Re: Sea Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by hoxierice on: June 27, 2006 01:38:45 PM
So here is the stuff astronogirl sent to me

A stenciled shirt and bag for groceries or library books! the other side of the bag has some decorative sea buttons.
A lovely noisy bracelet with sea creature and sea related charms on it. Jewelry is foreign to me so I think it is amazing. I also like that it moves and makes noise.
A sea turtle coin purse
Lovely hair pins made of actual sea shells picked up on the beach. What a great idea!
Sea paperclips!
And sea cd. Or as I like to call it a sea-d. I haven't listened to it yet, but I think it is way cool and yeah for Booby Darin and The Little Mermaid!

Thanks again astronogirl!
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