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21  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Re: Take swaps out of "hot new projects" on: September 10, 2011 04:55:54 AM
For example, in the new ABC inchies sign up thread there is discussion about how to make inchies, what you can cut them with, etc. Sometimes there are links to great craftster projects that are related which can give you inspiration also

But what usually happens is, there is a thumbnail picture and I can tell that it is, for example, something from Doctor Who, but I can't tell exactly what. Is it a painting? A shadowbox? A sculpture? So I click, and . . . nope. It is a promo photo from the show's website being used to advertise the swap. Thought I was going to see some awesome Doctor Who project someone posted, instead it's not a pic of a Craftster project at all. That's when I'm all "grr."

And to tell you the truth, the minor annoyance at that, when it happens over and over, actually kind of sours me on the whole idea of doing swaps at all. Instead of the first mental association with swaps being "Looks like a fun thing to do!" it is "Those things that trick me into clicking on them."
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How can I fix the top of this dress? on: August 06, 2011 06:48:48 PM
That's a cute idea too! I ended up finding thread that was close enough, imo, and sewing it down. I sewed it very carefully so the new stitching was exactly parallel to the neckline, and I think it looks fine.
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How can I fix the top of this dress? on: July 21, 2011 11:40:05 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions everyone! I will try the spray starch+iron first and see if that works. If not, I can try the fusible stuff on an old stained t-shirt first and see if it puckers. I'll save sewing it down as a last resort, and if I have to try that I'll just be super careful.
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How can I fix the top of this dress? on: July 20, 2011 03:58:11 PM
I bought this Old Navy Dress which I love! It looks like this:

Unfortunately, the top of it keeps doing this:

I don't know what that's called, when the neckline has this strip of an extra layer of fabric behind it, but whatever it's called it just doesn't want to lay flat because the neckline keeps curling forward.

The options I've thought of are:

1. Every time I wear it, tape it with double stick tape and just take the tape out when I wash it and use a new piece next time I wear it.
2. Find thread that color and sew it down like a 1/4 inch in, being very careful to go exactly parallel to the collar so it looks intentional.
3. Some kind of iron-in permanent sticky stuff? Does that exist?

I do have a sewing machine, but I'm at the "can hem a pair of pants" ability level. I'm afraid with option 2 it would maybe still keep flipping up, but I'm not sure. And for number 3, I don't want it to look all puckered or bulky.

If you can help me with this I will be forever grateful! Thank you!
25  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making striped leggings? on: July 09, 2011 10:08:03 AM
Hmm. I'm going to try on some scrap fabric first, some old sleeves I cut off a stretchy t-shirt to make it short sleeved. I'll see what it does.
26  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Making striped leggings? on: July 07, 2011 10:41:18 PM
I really desperately want striped leggings. Not tights, because tights suck. I want to run my plan by y'all and see if you think I should go for it, or if I'm just gonna ruin my leggings.

I am going to start with solid teal color leggings (kinda stretchy cotton jersey if you aren't familiar with leggings as I mean the word) and add black stripes. I thought I would use masking tape to . . . er mask where the stripes won't be, and use black fabric spray paint to add the stripes. I've been reading about fabric spray paint here: http://www.simplyspray.com/ and they make some paint specifically for stencils, but it looks like it will end up thick like a screen print, whereas the basic spray actually becomes like it's part of the fabric. I really want to use the not-stencil one, so it looks like my leggings are made of striped fabric, not like I . . . painted the stripes on. But I'm afraid it might bleed under the tape, of course.

My other concern is that this is just a terrible idea to start with, to try to paint on something that will then stretch out when I put it on.  Thoughts?
27  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Christopher's Room, my first big installation! on: May 15, 2011 04:19:06 PM
I would really like to buy that story when it gets published, that is amazing! I hope the artwork in it is just like this installation. It's beautiful.
28  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Altered Altoid Tin Tutorial on: February 27, 2011 06:21:48 AM
When I use matte Mod Podge it's always tacky, even after several days. Perhaps I'm in a more humid climate? Anyway, any brand of spray on clear acrylic sealer works just fine to remove tackiness.
29  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 59 ENTRIES / Re: Lil Boy Grows Up! Into a Sexy Girl?!?! on: February 09, 2011 03:10:55 AM
Ooo, neat! Dumb question: did you sew on the chain? I can't see any stitches. And does it keep the fabric from unraveling or did you have to finish that edge first?
30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Glass marble magnets: alternative to Diamond glaze? on: November 28, 2010 07:37:59 AM
So, every tutorial I've ever read on how to make those magnets where you use the flat glass marbles and glue pretty paper to the back, it always says use Diamond Glaze. I cannot find this glue in any stores around me, not Michaels, not Hobby Lobby, not Walmart, not home improvement stores . . . so, does anyone know of another glue that may be comparable? I'm trying DecoArt Triple Thick Glaze, because I have some, and it seems to be working fine but since I've never used Diamond Glaze to compare, I don't know what I'm missing or if the marbles are just gonna one day pop off the paper or something.
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