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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / binding a cardboard book? on: April 19, 2006 10:16:49 AM
I'm making a book from cardboard boxes, about 12 pages. Its for an art project on recycling, hence the choice of materials! I know how to do chinese style binding, and coptic stitch, but I dont know how to do this. I think if it was chinese style you wouldn't be able to open the book- because the card wouldn't bend like paper- and coptic stitch, well, the card wont be folded! Does anyone have any ideas for how to go about doing it? Help would be much appreciated!
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Alternatives to 'official' silk screen mesh? on: March 25, 2006 06:14:04 AM
I've seen people using nylon tights in the faux-screening tutorials, but for real, photo emulsion screening- is there any fabric you can use for the screens besides official screen mesh? It's so expensive, and i figure something like a fine weave net curtain might work... but I'm just not sure, and I don't want to waste masses of emulsion!

Anyone got experience of using some other fabric for screens? I wanna make several large screens, and I just cant afford 50p per inch of the stuff!


3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Felting a too large sweater question on: January 11, 2006 08:18:58 AM
I bought a sweater- it's 80% wool, 20% polydamide. I've been doing some research on felting and just want to ask a couple of questions first-

- will this blend even felt? I've read some places that blends do felt, other places that they don't ... confusion!

- how much is the sweater going to shrink? I know its different for different wools, but can anyone give an estimate? Basically, the sweater is too big for me, but I'd like to be able to wear it once it's felted- I just want to make something warmer and thicker- and I'm worried it's gonna shrink to baby sized! Which would be sad.

It's really annoying, because I can't make a swatch, I'm blatantly going to ruin this thing by just sticking it in the washing machine and getting something teeny and rock hard out.

Many thanks.
title edited to idendify type of shringing desired - that is,  secondary "felting"  and moving question to clothing. 

Please see Felting FAQ https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=68351.0
The felting boards focus on Felting as a primary process.  GraceOblivious,felting moderator

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / teeny little stuffed ornaments. on: December 22, 2005 12:34:06 PM
These were just for fun- but given the time of year, are appropriate for xmas trees... but I just made the loops to sort of hang around on things!

The little faces are hand embroidered. They vary from 4.5 to 6 cm tall. Like fat little thumbs!


Haha, this was a silly post.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Badges from badge maker! on: December 22, 2005 12:30:24 PM
I'm not sure if this should go in this forum... but I used bits of an old textbook for some of them, so I guess that's reconstruction, and they're jewlery! Kinda.

Anyway, I got a badge-a-minit on ebay, it does 2.5inch badges- nice and big!

This is just one little batch I made with my friend yesterday. Four are hers: 'mass and inertia', 'escaping from our planet', 'cunt' and 'square peg'. The others I made. They're all original drawings/paintings... I need me a photocopier so I dont have to draw stuff twice!


The focus isn't great so for the ones that are hard to read:

the baby one says "press-ups"
the bit of face&peach corsses says "pulling" and "pushing"
the black and white abstract one says "cunt" in the middle (swearing! tut tut)
the second half-naked tree one says "muscles"

Just silly, but they were fun!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Sewn photo wallet... gift for my mother on: December 22, 2005 12:24:07 PM
This is just a little thing I made  for my mum this Christmas. I do photography at school so I did the prints in the darkroom- they're a little  bigger than a credit card. Half of them are from a roll of film my mum took when I was really little that I found, the other half from photos I took on a day out with her a couple of weeks ago. She loves gardens and nature, and the old photos are of her (now passed away) mother's garden.

I just sewed like it was a flat belt, and added a strip in the middle to hold the photos in, if that makes sense. Really easy.

Sorry the photos are kind of crappy, my camera's not so good in the winter darkness!


That's it closed. It folds in from both sides, and ties with lace.




The inside, and then with the photos lifting out- there's four in each little pocket.


I'm pleased with it... I mean, it's goofily made and my sewing isn't straight, but i think she'll like it!
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / dolls house furniture? on: November 11, 2005 10:52:21 AM
Hey, I am looking for sites with tutorials on making dolls house furniture at home- I know I've seen a site or book like this before; how-tos for things made with cardboard and fabric etc, not things that require woodworking. Does anyone know anywhere like this? I can of course work out how to make a simple (craptastic) bed/ chair/ etc from card but I am certain I saw some things on techniques to make things look a bit less rubbish.

Any help, super appreciated! Thanks!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / clothing trades on: October 16, 2005 11:07:15 AM
So... say you had something you could make several of, like a silk-screened tshirt or a stencil or applique or something. If you wanted to do trades with other craftsters, kindof like private swaps, how would you go about it? I just can't for the life of me figure out where you'd post such a thing, or how you'd guarantee you wouldn't get someone just receiving your item and never sending anything back, if it wasn't an official swap.

I know I've seen people offer to trade on posts on the clothing board, hence why I post this here, but that event seems few and far between.. I don't know if you should post a pic of whatever it is you make with 'Hey- anyone wanna trade?' in the title, or if you should post on the craft swaps board, or what!

I looked at the classifieds, which seems to go with this kindof idea, but it looks like nobody really checks them... especially in the classifieds support board, where everyone says they have pretty bad luck with the classifieds! I just think it would be really fun to do little low-key swaps like this.

Sorry if this is in totally the wrong place, do tell me and I'll move it. Equally sorry if it's a really dumb query!
9  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / velvet and lace ballet shoes on: September 02, 2005 11:43:22 AM
I had a pair of pretty red ballet shoes that I wore to absolute death, due to my having man-sized feet and thereby no other women's shoes. You can't really see in the picture but the fronts of them were totally torn and scuffed, and they had a spectacular amount of London dirt on them, despite being washed several times. Even I, tramp that I am, could no longer get away with wearing them without the mockery of my friends. So I decided to cover them.

I drafted a pattern from the shoe (centre), cut it out of grey velvet, and just glued it onto the shoe with copydex, which stinks like rotting fish.

Then I added lace at the back to cover that ugly seam, and little bows and buttons to the front. Because I recently decided I ought to become more ladylike, and because without it they looked like big ol' slippers.

Those are the only pictures I have, it's hard to photograph your own feet well!
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