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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects in 2011 on: October 11, 2011 08:20:32 PM
#8 - rainbow bag!

isn't that birthday candle fabric amazing! I'm still amazed... Wink

I adore the sailor ribbon. I've been hoarding it for years without ever finding an excuse to use it before.

the strap is selvage edges, you can only kind of see here, but it's awesome.

I hope you can tell I'm very happy with how this worked out!  Grin

More details on my blog if you care to travel to see: http://blotchandthrum.com/blog/?p=314
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects in 2011 on: July 19, 2011 07:21:38 PM
I've not checked for a bit, but I got one big thing underway or done, depending on how you look at it. Wink

Papermaking!  A friend of mine is putting on a DIY youth thing this weekend, and I'm signed up to demonstrate (although, it wasn't specified what), and after racking my brain for something neat and unusual that doesn't require a lot of $$, I finally thought of paper making!

I have all the stuff already, as I went through a phase of obsessive paper making some years ago (3? is my best guess).

But I had some kinks to work out, especially with the "giving the kids something to take home" part and after watching some YouTube videos and some experimentation, I've hit on a manner of making it work. Which is ironing! With an iron, you can go from an empty deckle and a tub of pulp to a half sheet of paper in about six minutes. It won't lie flat, but it's paper!

And then I made some properly (sort of - sadly, a not great sheet was on top of the stack)

And tonight I experimented with a mold and deckle set made from a plastic blueberry container, a piece of plastic needlework canvas and a four inch bit of window screen.

And that works alright. Not as good as the real thing, but less $$, which seems to be the point of the demonstration.  That you can do this stuff at home without much investment of capital. However, I can't think of a means to get around needing a blender...?
13  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: "not for commercial use" fabrics and quilting for profit on: July 16, 2011 07:00:52 PM
dude, thanks. Having read that, I'm inclined to agree.
14  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / "not for commercial use" fabrics and quilting for profit on: July 16, 2011 02:06:23 PM
So, I don't know if this is getting more frequent or if I've been paying more attention, but it seems that a number of fabrics in the store now have "not for commercial use" or something similar on their selvages.

Now, I don't do a lot of quilting for profit (alright, I don't do any proper quilting, practically ever) but I do now and then use some fabrics, and every time I get something perfect, and then I see that label, my heart sinks, and I toss it to the side.  I'm considering purging the ones currently in my stash. That the company that makes them is trying to dictate my use of them makes me quite angry, really.  Yarn manufactures, knitting being my other main interest, would never do this...

What is the deal with this, and how do you deal with this?

I try to not get them, but I don't always notice. Not that I do a lot of selling, or any, but I want to know that if I ever do, I can go into my stash and not worry about license.

But maybe I'm crazy?

What do you think?
15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Ongoing spin-along! (or fiber stash busting event!) on: June 24, 2011 08:02:08 PM
I've a majacraft Suzie, and it's great, but they're pricey wheels... I had an ashford traveler, which is a fine beginning wheel, but I soon became frustrated that I could not make it spin fast enough for a fine yarn. Which is all I like to do...  Your basic travelling wheel only has two ratios (or is it four?), where as something like a Suzie has five grooves on the whorl and five on the wheel, leading to many, many possible combinations - plus you can get both a high speed and a low speed whorl, if the one that came with the wheel isn't fulfilling your needs. I wanted a wheel where I wouldn't have to ever get another wheel, because I'd never reach its limitations... I could see myself buying incrementally better wheels and figured I'd just get out ahead of it at the start.  Wink

I would suggest a modern wheel over an antique, as they're only designed with a specific aim in mind. an antique wheel is built for one fiber, and one fiber only, be it cotton or flax or long wool or what have you, chances are, that's not the thing you'll be spinning! Also, in order to get one that works, you have to know what you are looking at. 

If you are serious about getting the perfect wheel for you, and not just a starter wheel, you need to find a shop or a fiber fair where you can try out several different makes.
16  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Fabric Scrap Swap.. (sign up 06/05/11 to 06/19/11; send by 06/27/11) on: June 12, 2011 04:44:53 AM
I'd love to do this! but I don't have enough scraps. I would end up cutting up stash into "scrap sizes" (though, I do that anyway, sometimes....)  Wink

I should probably wait until I've done stuff with my stash to generate scraps, right? for the next round or the round after that.
17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The Stash Neutral Fat Quarter Supply swap gallery on: June 06, 2011 08:09:35 PM
wow, I like those clocks, too.

Thanks for a great swap everyone! I have given everyone feedback at this point, but let me know if there are issues.

I think we should post what we make with our new fabrics to the gallery, too! but no pressure. Wink
18  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: The Stash Neutral Fat Quarter Supply swap! sign ups closed, send out 6/1 on: June 06, 2011 11:05:00 AM
alright, so who's considering joining the scrap swap?  I'm sorely tempted...
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The Stash Neutral Fat Quarter Supply swap gallery on: June 06, 2011 11:03:09 AM
eee! the bees are amazing.  I've got that baseball fabric, by the way. Wink
20  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Alice In Wonderland Croquet Wickets on: June 06, 2011 04:44:50 AM
this is amazing!
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