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1  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Re: kool-aid on: August 10, 2006 07:34:09 PM
I had a go with using raro and the results were brilliant! For a 50g skein of yarn I used 3 packets of raro (I wanted really bright results) and 1/2 a cup of white vinegar. I soaked the yarn in vinegar and water first, then made a dyebath with the raro, vinegar and about 2 cups cold water. then I added my skein, and put it on a low heat. Once it reaches a certain temperature, the water goes clear and the yarn sucks up all the colour.
So far it seems colourfast. Those weird ones like "blue raspberry" seem to work the best, it's put me off drinking the stuff though.
Will post pics this weekend of my raro yarn.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Touched by His Noodly Appendage on: November 26, 2005 02:48:44 PM
I was wondering how long it would be before Pastafarianism hit Craftster. Great skills!
3  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Re: Anyone know of NZ fibre websites? on: November 24, 2005 12:06:13 PM
For spinning fleece (including luscious multi-dyed uncarded fleecy stuff that spins up kinda shiny) I mailorder from Ashfords in Ashburton.You can order via web too.

4  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Re: Shrinky Dink in NZ? on: July 13, 2005 03:34:01 PM
I picked up some printable shrinky plastic at Warehouse Stationery last year but they don't seem to stock it anymore. Which is a shame because I became addicted to the stuff and want more! The brand was Celcast (http://www.celcast.com.au), and it cost me around $12 for 5 sheets. I have just emailed them to see where to buy it from now, will post back when I get a reply.

Another good source of the no. 6 plastic (polystyrene) is those lids they put on takeaway coffee. They come in black too - I cut out spades and clubs from some black lids to make a playing card symbol charm bracelet. I made red hearts and diamonds out of white lids and coloured them with red permanent marker which works really well as long as you let the ink dry before you bake it (I learned this the hard way after getting sticky baked permanent ink all over me  Smiley)

Apparently if you sand one side of the plastic you can use coloured pencils to draw on it, but I haven't actually tried this.
5  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: URGENT - KNITTERS Craft Vic- Scarf Festival - Knit Out Opportunity on: June 17, 2005 04:45:54 PM
I am flying into Melbourne first thing that Saturday morning from Christchurch (to see James Marsters' concert on Saturday night and a Buffy conference on Sunday). I would love to join in the knit out on Saturday arvo if it's happening, that would be such a bonus! Yay!  :-)
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Re: Free 1940's Knitting Patterns from V & A museum in London UK on: June 06, 2005 01:30:19 PM
Thanks for that link, what an outstanding website! I am not sure about the "Pants and Vest in Mesh Stitch" pattern, those are enormous pants. Fishnet tights though, I have been looking for a vintage fishnet pattern for ages. Brilliant!

7  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Re: Do you have a web page? on: April 08, 2005 08:10:13 PM
It all depends... you don't have to be registered for GST unless you are likely to bring in NZ$40,000 a year from your sales (I think - pays to check on the IRD's website which has all that sort of info - www.ird.govt.nz ).
I had an offshore client that I did not have to charge gst to, but I had to for my NZ clients when I ran my graphic design business. I found the IRD very helpful when I had questions about starting my business, so check out their website.

Regarding your shop website, there are a number of local companies that offer a set up shopping cart system that you hire monthly rather than get a web developer to build one from scratch for you (which can be expensive). Or there are things like Paypal. I am looking into these options myself at the moment so I will post my findings when I know more. Hope this helps a little.
8  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Re: Possibility of Swap? on: April 06, 2005 02:18:15 PM
Erm, is it too late to join in swap? Just saw the thread. cool.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Needlefelted Friendly Alien pin! on: April 04, 2005 01:01:54 PM
Thanks! For the green bits I just arranged the wool on the foam base roughly how I wanted them, and paid careful attention to the edges first to get the outer shaping right, then needle the inside area like crazy. Next I peeled it off when it was flattening and needled the other side until it was as dense as I required.

The arms and legs were just a thin strip (about 12cm by 1cm) that I folded lengthwise and twisted, leaving the "hand" or "foot" free. Then needled like crazy, twisting the limbs again if they were getting too wide.

For the eyes and mouth I cheated a bit! I got a clump of black wool, flattened it down on the foam base, and needled it until it was a good flat piece of felt. then I cut out the shapes with scissors, and needled them on to the green face.

The key to getting the shapes clean is to really focus on those edges, if a few wisps stray outside the shape then fold them back over into the design and needle those edges in.
Hope that helped.
10  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Re: kool aid dying - wool on: April 03, 2005 11:27:13 PM
Hey, a helpful craftster member just alerted me to somewhere you can buy Koolaid online in NZ (and those altoids tins):
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