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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: What to do with a headboard on: May 02, 2010 02:50:58 PM
If it doesn't weigh too much, it would make a great wall hanging! But even if it's heavy, it can be leaned against the wall as a decorative element.
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Jar Lids on: May 02, 2010 02:42:39 PM
ThriftyFun tackled that one a little while back: http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf60768970.tip.html

We've reused ours before. We're usually preserving jelly rather than canning veggies though, don't know if that makes a difference.
3  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to dye Jaquard patterning? (the style NOT the dye brand) on: April 24, 2010 08:42:34 AM
It is a major pain to do without several yards of space to work in and something like a warping board to hold the yarn parallel. The closest I've come to instructions is ikat dyeing tutorials. Maybe if you dye painted a knitted blank (like the commercially available sock blanks)?
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is Walmart getting rid of fabric?? on: April 22, 2010 12:16:52 PM
As far as I can tell, nobody with ties to the WM home office has chimed in, so I will. Wal-Mart doesn't like to compete with specialty stores that can get better volume pricing than they can, so they are phasing out a lot of the craft supplies as each existing store is remodeled. Fabric by the yard in particular, because they have no good way to keep fabric from walking out the door.

The three new or remodeled stores in this area still have some sewing supplies, and sometimes fat quarter bundles or other quilting cuts, but no fabrics by the yard. Unless there's a huge change in demand or one of the big chain craft stores goes out of business, it's unlikely that WM will carry fabrics by the yard again. However, they *are* waiting longer between remodels because of the economy, so if your local store still has their fabric they probably will for a while longer.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Beading Straight Pins on: November 25, 2009 08:52:43 PM
I use E-6000 for that sort of thing. It works best if the hole of the bead is not much larger than the pin, so if the beads have bigger holes you may need to use a smaller-holed bead inside or under the larger bead to hold it in place. Did that make any sense?
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need your ideas for this antique "organizer"... on: November 18, 2009 04:08:51 PM
Can you upload the picture to Flickr or somewhere and post a link to it? I used to use an old card catalog unit from the library and the modular plastic boxes from Darice, and I had the placard slot for labels but I found it more useful to put a few of each type of bead on a safety pin and hook the pin over the handle - that way I could see which beads were where. Of course, that worked best with seed beads and smaller crystals.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Does anyone know a good place to get these? on: November 18, 2009 04:00:13 PM
Traditions is a store brand for Hobby Lobby. They don't really do wholesale, but if you have a local store and fill out a tax exemption form, they will not charge sales tax and my store is really good about ordering whatever quantity I request. Granted, sometimes it takes a few weeks! I can't remember or find who the actual manufacturer is anymore, which bugs me. But you can't beat metallized plastic for lightweight, smooth holes, and still looking good!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Use for Tribeads?!?!?! on: November 18, 2009 03:44:35 PM
I like them in crewel-type embroidery projects. They add a little shine and extra dimension while laying nicely and having large enough holes for the wool. I also ran across a vintage safety pin jewelry book that used the tribeads with E beads (about the same size as 6/0 seed beads), and the results were rather pretty. They stacked two tribeads together, and it looked more like a fancy rondelle. I imagine that would translate to stringing a necklace or bracelet pretty well.

9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: The weirdest things we could spin? A game! on: November 18, 2009 03:04:29 PM
Well, I'm really just spinning the inner bark, and I peeled it off my mulberry tree prunings. I figured, if paper could be made from it I could probably spin it. I've spun the bark directly off the stick for twine, and I'm planning to soak a batch of bark to pound into the softer fibers used in making paper. I'm hoping that will give me something less like basketry material and more like yarn.  Tongue
10  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Re: 2 Handspun Woven Shawls- my first 2 weaving projects! (lots of photos!) on: November 18, 2009 02:55:31 PM
Wow! I love the way your yarns wove up! Your shawls make me wanna get out my loom.
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