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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / help my mom: is it possible to uncrinkle a crinkled fabric? on: March 09, 2010 05:45:21 PM
My mom bought a fabric that's a crinkle silk/cotton blend...problem is, she wants to uncrinkle it (I'm sure there's a more appropriate word....flatten? sorry, I'm on dayquil/flu-brain here...)

 She's tried a steamer and gentle ironing to no avail.. basically she just wants it to lie flat like a normal fabric. Any tips on how to uncrinkle?

Thank you for any help!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / a tip i picked up in physical therapy! (and tutorial) on: December 28, 2007 03:46:31 PM
i've been in a lot of pain these last few years due to wrist and arm injury from painting tiny paintings. my physical therapist i've been working with these last several months has really helped me understand what's happening to me exactly and how i can improve my work behaviors for the future with some stretches, exercises and changes in my work environment.

he taught me this trick, which i think will be useful for not just painters but also people who crochet and writers and jewelers and anyone who works with their hands, so i thought i'd share it here!!  i'm not a doctor obviously so this isn't medical advice or a replacement for it, but it's a little tip to reduce your likelihood for injury and possibly provide some relief from some existing work-related pain.  (if you're in serious pain, you should see a doctor immediately)

ok!  so here goes. you'll need:
1. your narrow instruments (paintbrushes, pencils, pens, knitting needles, anything with a pretty narrow diameter in the handle)
2. some tennis overgrip tape (you can get it at any sports store)
3. scissors

and that's it!  it'll take a minute of your time and could save you from a lot of needless suffering.  hope this is helpful to someone else out there!
xo susie
3  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / my solo art show in new york city, august 18th on: August 10, 2007 02:05:53 PM
hello craftsters!  i have a solo art show coming up on saturday, august 18th at giant robot new york. i've made some soft sculptures and drawings and all kinds of things and thought i should post about it here. if you can make it, please join me!

i'll post the details from the gallery below:

Teachers Pets, August 18, 2007 September 12, 2007
Reception: Saturday, August 18, 6:30 pm 10:00 pm
Giant Robot Gallery
437 East 9th Street
Between 1st Ave. & Ave. A, in the East Village
New York, New York 10009
(212) 674-GRNY (4769) | http://www.grny.net

Giant Robot is proud to present Teachers Pets, a solo art show by Susie Ghahremani at GRNY.

Ghahremani is a RISD graduate who has contributed work to Nickelodeon, Chronicle Books, and The New York Times, and was featured in the 2006 American Illustration publication. Illustrations by the San Diego artist have a patchwork appearance that is simple in design, complex in execution, and all-around pleasing to the eye. In addition to making two-dimensional art, she crafts tote bags, buttons, wallets, stationery, and other goodies.

Themes of the show include patterns and fine detail, animals and nature, and interior spaces with domesticated wildlife. Ghahremani titled it Teachers Pets because she takes imaginary animals and teaches them how to do her favorite things: play the piano, make origami, ride a bike, swing in a hammock without falling out. Approximately 200 paintings, soft sculptures, unframed line drawings, framed work, wood pieces, and miniatures will be on display.

A reception for Ghahremani will be held from 6:30 to 10:00 on Saturday, August 18.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / what should i do with my sliding mirror closet doors? on: February 13, 2007 03:02:24 PM
i have sliding mirror closet doors in my studio that once in awhile come in handy, and sure, they make the room (or my mess) look bigger, but i think it would be just great to do something temporary to make it add to the creative vibe of my studio!

it'd be cool to make it a huge chalkboard, only i'd be nervous about chalk residue getting on everything, so that's a no go.

dry erase or cork, where i could make an idea board onto it would be ok - but how to do that in a nonpermanent way?

any ideas, please help me out! the doors are about seven feet high and three feet wide - there are two of them and they slide side-to-side on tracks.

help me, craftster, you're my only hope!
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / sewing machine DIY tuneup? on: December 29, 2006 11:59:39 AM
i searched around craftster and couldn't find anything on this, but can anyone instruct a sort of basic DIY sewing machine tune-up?

i've dusted the inside of the machine and oiled all the moving parts, but i'd love to know what else i could do to help keep things running smoothly (adjusting tension, replacing the razor, anything else i don't know how to do..?)
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / all items must arrive by 12/14: gift basket for kati kim and her family on: December 06, 2006 02:04:41 PM
i'm going to organize a handmade gift basket for kati kim and her daughters. (if you don't know who she is or what happened to her family, please do a google news search)

if you're interested in participating, please send an email to susie at boygirlparty.com titled "kim family gift" and include your name, phone number, and items you might be sending (if you know them). the phone number is important in case something happens to your shipment and i need to contact you about it.
for the not-crafty, monetary donations can be made to the family at: http://jamesandkati.com/

back to the basket:

you can send one, two or three gifts - please don't send more than that.

kati is a very stylish lady with a clean aesthetic. click around here and you'll get an idea of her taste: http://www2.doe-sf.com/shop/whatsnew.html

for kati: i think what may work best in terms of gift giving are things that either are necessities, things she may need at this time like blank cards and handmade picture frames, or something that will pamper her: like bath products, lip balms, eye pillows, scarves, food items, teas, etc. vintage inspired items would work well.
i don't know if her ears are pierced, so earrings are probably not a good idea. please no religious items, as i don't know what religion the kim family is. please do not include a bunch of advertising extras for your business, this is meant to be a gift, not a sales pitch!

penelope is 4 and sabine is 7 months old, so please keep that in mind when designing or sending things for them. make sure all items are safe for children that you send! they seem to like animals a lot, so that seems like a good place to start, no matter what you're making.
please, of course, write notes of love and sympathy.

gifts must arrive no later than wednesday, december 14th. i know that's not a lot of time, i'm sorry - but i want to make sure she gets some love in the mail a.s.a.p.
my mailing address is:
susie ghahremani
p.o. box 16616
san diego, ca 92176
please email me if you need to send items via fed ex or ups and i'll give you a non-P.O. address.

i will wrap everything up in a big package and send it to kati next week. i'm more than happy to pay for postage to kati, of course. thanks, everybody, i know this will be great.
any questions?
7  California / California: South / BIRD CALL at giant robot, nov. 11 on: November 02, 2006 11:36:09 PM
hey, if anyone's in the area, i have an art show in los angeles opening on saturday, november 11th and will be there along with about 150 of my latest paintings. the show is titled "bird call" and takes place at giant robot at 2062 sawtelle blvd, which is a really cool gallery, store, magazine, restaurant, etc. if you haven't already been there (there's one in san francisco and new york as well!)

let me know if anyone needs more info, and please pass it on to anyone you know who may be interested in checking out the show or helping to spread the word! (i need help spreading the word!)

sneak peeks to follow soon. drop me a line if you have any questions, please!

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / custom framing online? pie in the sky? on: October 20, 2006 03:15:09 PM
has anyone ever ordered a frame for artwork online? is there a site you can recommend?
i need to order a bunch of frames, and all my local places here in san diego are so expensive, i would be spending thousands to frame my work! ugh. any recommendations are so much appreciated!
9  California / California: South / san diego sketchcrawl tomorrow!: sept 23 on: September 22, 2006 10:28:38 AM
any san diego people interested in participating in sketchcrawl here?
please rsvp!:  http://www.sketchcrawl.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=4724

basically, the idea is to just sit around as a group and sketch/draw. this event would be part of a larger, worldwide event, which you can read more about here!: http://www.sketchcrawl.com/blog/
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / sketchcrawl, tomorrow, sept 23! on: September 22, 2006 10:24:01 AM
hey guys! SketchCrawl is an event taking place on sept. 23rd during which artists all over the world meet in their city to get together and sit around and sketch and draw and stuff.

i thought some craftster people may be interested. if you are, find your city here and go!

what do you think?
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