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1  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 05/11/10 - We have 200,000 members! on: May 11, 2010 11:09:29 PM
This is great! Thanks for all of your hard work to make this world a craftier and happier place!! Cheesy
2  UNITED STATES / Washington, D.C. / DC area sewing machine repair? on: October 13, 2008 12:51:51 PM
Hi everyone. My Brother XR-65 sewing machine has been due for a tune up for a few months and today my stitch length dial went of the fritz. Sad
 I started looking online for sewing machine repair shops, but noticed that a number in the DC area seem to only speak Spanish... which i do not speak well enough to communicate.
I am fairly new to the world of sewing machines... so I don't really know the ins and outs of getting a machine repaired.. so i was hoping someone could point me in the right direction.
I would love it if it was Metro accessible, but if not I'll just have to suck it up and find some way there.
Any help or advice would be much appreciated!
thanks Smiley
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Graffiti Embroidery Series No 2 on: September 17, 2008 07:36:31 PM
I am really fascinated by the juxtaposition of embroidery with the industrial background of a semi-trailer. Wow. I just think the unlikely pairing of graffiti and embroidery is really fabulous. Bravo. I have to admit I had to come back and take a double take. I find it stunning.
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: A Banjo In Your Beard on: September 10, 2008 07:31:03 PM
This is so lovely. I can almost hear the bluegrass music in the distance. It is great how you still have such a feeling of dimension while maintaining such simplicity. Great job!
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cleaning goo off my machine's needle? on: August 25, 2008 11:29:05 AM
Thanks peeps... yeah.. this was a brand spanking new needle and i just hate it when i do stupid stuff like this. I know they are cheap... but why keep getting more if I can fix it? waste not want not. I figured i would give house-hold cleaners a whirl and between some windex-multi cleaners and a manicure nail brush the thing is squeaky clean.
i also will no longer grab velcro out of a different drawer out of pure desperation. (surely a late b-day present can wait another day or two?)
thanks heaps.
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Cleaning goo off my machine's needle? on: August 24, 2008 03:18:56 PM
Soooo... I did something really not smart. I have done something similar before and obviously have not learned from the mistake. In a moment of weakness I stuck a piece of velcro with adhesive on the back (serious adhesive) onto a project and attempted to sew through it only to have it seriously gunk-ify my needle Angry.
Anyone out there have good tips on how to de-goo a needle?
If I figure something out I will let you know  Smiley
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Everyone LOOOOVES sheep! on: December 29, 2007 07:27:21 PM
That is hilarious! The gals in my alto section used to make sheep noises during the night of dress rehearsal as part of our ongoing "Messiah" tradition. That is great. Smiley
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Latex gloves and the quest for "the dress" on: July 21, 2006 07:09:36 PM
Hey everybody-
wow! Thanks for all the positive feedback. Its always neat to hear people's opinions... especially since many people were kind of weirded out by that piece...
Okay... I will attempt to answer all questions etc. in an orderly fashion.

jane_feebles- Yes. the dress is wearable in fact! It is tailored to one of my roommates who was very accommodating and calm and laughed a lot at it. Infact all of my pieces are made to fit people I know... and at my show opening I had live models... so that was fun.  Smiley

weedflower- Waterproof eh? Well from what my roomie says it hold water in pretty well... but I have no idea about keeping it out... its probably pretty close, although the seams are all stitched...soooo who knows!?

Imacloud728- other dresses..... yeah. I had eight others in my show from the series. materials included: cardboard, plastic, packing peanuts, cellophane, newspaper, tabloid newspapers/magazines, baseball card collecting pages.... i think thats it.... lots of dumpster diving.

ingysoup- Juried.. yes. It was in fact.. which was awesome to see. It was my first opening in a juried show and proved to be a lot of fun.

flower- I will see what i can do about posting some more pics here... I know I have some from my show.. I just have to find them. This was by far the most interesting piece i think, so I am afraid more pics might be a let down... but I just might oblige anyway because this is kinda fun.

Oh! and kateness- my kateness.... you crazy cat... you did look mighty sprightly in that cardboard masterpiece. I love ya!

Thanks to all of you.  Wink
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Latex gloves and the quest for "the dress" on: July 18, 2006 11:51:15 PM
To make a long story short(er) I am an art student... or was... I just graduated. I was required to do a solo senior show in order to graduate. I am a mixed media sorta gal for the most part and have really strong roots in sculpture and fashion photography.... so I opted to move my mixed media into a fashion-esque direction and create a series of "Disposable Dresses" out of materials that are commonly thrown away. A lot of my stuff borders on political commentary ... but I am still learning to hone those skills. Anyhow, I entered slides of this piece into a show in Chicago and got in! But... one of my fellow crafter friends has been urging me to post here just for kicks so here... without further delay.... is "Disposable Dress IV" .  It is a wearable piece made of a couple hundred latex gloves both machine and hand sewn, free formed/patterned, and detailed with brass grommets and satin ribbon. *phew*
so... yeah... enjoy or whatev...

this is the front

this is the back

this is the back detail

the first two photos are "catalogue" style that were matted and framed at my senior show as the piece was at another gallery when my personal exhibition opened  Smiley /  Cry

Much love
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: My boyfriend is studying abroad. on: July 19, 2005 01:27:52 AM
props to the quilt idea
i tend to pack light like a man and just returned from college abroad with two small suitcases and a backpack not too long ago. one of my pals made me a small light weight quilt that accompanied me and said backpack to many a youth hostile. plus it reminded me of my pal. learning from the guys i lived with, things like that really helped them remember home (those traveling types have soft hearts ya know  Wink ). that and any lonely planet book guide to the area with numbers of busses etc packed with random photos of home and friends and family helped me get to know my 'new home away from home' a TON better. ooo... and if this boyfriend of yours hikes or anything like that Nalgene bottles are something i found hard to find other than in the states. lucky for me my boyfriend sent one along with me and it was fantastic.... maybe not crafty.... but so worth remembering.
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