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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Bellydance Swap II Gallery on: October 27, 2008 08:18:18 AM
Okay since we have a sender we now have a gallery. Post your dancing loot here for all to ohh and ahh over!  Grin
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Pricing question on: September 12, 2008 09:08:28 AM
Hello there everyone, long time no post. Sorry about that been a busy gal.

Anywho I have a question that maybe you all could help me with. A contact has asked me to spin some yarn for a yarn shop that she is working with and she wants to know how much I charge per pound of fiber. What would you think is reasonable, this would be a wholesale order and I don't want to overcharge a friend but I also don't want to undercharge and not get a fair price. The fiber is a quality fiber with cashmere (which I would totally spin on my own) and I'm lost with regards to what to do.

Thanks for your help  Grin
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Bellydance Swap Round II (Sign ups 8/21/08 - 9/21/08) on: August 21, 2008 08:43:27 AM
Here's the current swap update:
1. Star217-Organizer, has received, partner has not, no communication since 11/21
2. Saturn-Has not received, but sent a package, positive & angel needed
3. Kenners-Sent (posted in thread) & Received
4. Paperwings-Sent, but we don't know if she has received yet, no post in gallery.
5. isqueak-Received but never sent, negative
6. mieljolie-Has not received, but sent a package, positive & angel needed
7. dinkytiny-Has neither sent or received, negative

Swap name: Bellydance Swap Round II
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Star217
Sign-up date range: 8/21/08 - 9/21/08
Date to send item by: 10/31/08

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

Age requirement? 16+ (under 18 please have parents permission)

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old: YES

Details of swap:
This swap will be for one large item and one small item. For large items I'm thinking costume pieces, hip scarfs, and intricate jewelry (or what ever you and your partner work out) for small items bindi's. zill covers, simple jewelry, hair clips...

All forms of bellydance are welcome to join. Beginners are more then welcome to join too. If you don't dance but are a musician feel free to join up as well. We love all contributions to the middle eastern dance and music scene.

Once you are approved please feel free to post a small pic of you in your costume that you will want things crafted for.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 13 years old (yes/no)
What style of dance do you practice/perform?
Are you a musician:
How long have you been dancing/playing:
Costume Colors:
Your favorite costume enhancer (Shells, Sequins, Beads, Fringe, Coins):
Would you like a particular costume piece:
Is there anything else you'd like in particular:
Is there something you absolutely don't want:
Any known allergies your partner should know about :
What can you make/do:
What would you most like to make for your swap partner:
Anything else you would like your partner to know:


1. Star217
2. Saturn
3. Kenners
4. Paperwings
5. isqueak (1st time swapper)
6. mieljolie (pending feedback)
7. dinkytiny

Blue means sent green means recieved and red means contact me ASAP
Star217 - Mieljolie
Meiljolie - Star217

Paperwings - Kenners
Kenners - Paperwings

Saturn - isqueak

isqueak - Dinkytiny

Dinkytiny - Saturn

4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Bellydance/Mermaid Costume on: July 11, 2008 07:49:44 AM
I know it's not halloween, but I'm wearing a costume in public anyway. Every year there's this insane parade out on Coney Island in NYC called the Mermaid Parade and people come dressed as (you guessed it) MERMAIDS!!!! Well they really come dressed as lots of things its more of a "Let your freak flag fly" day then an actual structured parade. For pics of the insanity click here but be warned there will be boobs! A bunch of friends and I decided to march this year and I had to make an awesome costume. I'm a bellydancer by night (and a fancier by day but don't tell anyone I have such a normal job) so I decided to combine a bellydancer and a mermaid and this is what I came up with.

I made the tail out of some lame fabrics, the base is textured and the bottom is simply a pleated triangle (no shaping needed) and I stuffed it with aqua tulle to give it a full look.
The top is a bra that I cut the straps off and replaced with sequined elastic trim to create a halter. Then I individually glued the sequins to the bra cups and sewed on the chains and pearls. I also had the center beads on jump-rings and the pearls side bits are sewn to the bra and strung on that elasticized jewelry wire (it's plastic I don't know the real name for it)

(Me and craftster user Molliemoo2883)
I also made her a tail out of sateen fabric and stuffed the bottom of it with tee-shirts for weight. She made her shirt with puff paint and my mom's help

Thanks for looking!
5  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Silk, where to buy? on: May 08, 2008 11:19:34 AM
Hello all. I am looking for some white silk skirts for dying. I've checked Dharma already and they don't have what I'm looking for. I'm looking for silk circle skirts floor length or panel skirts floor length, if you know of any suppliers please let me know. Thanks!!
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 5/2/08 on: May 02, 2008 07:41:30 AM
Okay so no one's started the thread yet I guess I have the honors.

The first up is girl scout cookie from a batt I recieved in a swap. It's alpaca, wool and angelina. Spun on my drop spindle worsted weight a little less then 2oz and 80 yards single.


The second yarn is also alpaca about 300 yards 3.3oz two ply sport weight spun using the long draw. I had a hard time prepping the alpaca and I realized the best way was to break out my very neglected hand cards and make some rolags.

7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Macros flower (NSFW naked plant reproductive organs) on: April 18, 2008 07:43:29 AM
Shot in natural light no flash macros setting un-retouched photo

If you want to see the super large version for clarity and sharpness click the link below
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Bellydance Swap Round 2?? on: April 01, 2008 01:22:18 PM
Okay there was a Bellydance swap way back in '05 or '06 but we need a new one.

All styles would be welcome triball, egyptian, goth, cabaret, turkish, and whatever fusion your booty bounces to.

I think people could make any varriety of things. Anyone out there interested??
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Some FO's to share on: March 19, 2008 10:19:23 AM
I feel bad I've been neglecting the knitting board here so I figured I'd post some FO's to show some love.

First up the Airy Lace Wrap from fitted knits

Mods: I shortened the ties by at least 2 feet and knit a hole in one side to thread a tie though. I also lengthened the body by one cable repeat.

Excuses from Magknits

Mods: I left off the ties (too busy for my taste)

The Sugar Plum Shrug from IK Holiday 2007

Mods: I knit this in yummy soft cashmere (bought on sale 50% off at WEBS) instead of scratchy mohair

Yes my dog loves getting in my frame when I take pictures.

And since I have so many new sweaters I knit one for the puppy too!
Warm and Woolly from Doggy Knits

Mods: Added stripes, lengthened the ribbing on both sides by 2 inches

10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Practice Poi on: March 08, 2008 04:19:05 PM
Hi all I just started poi spinning and though I love my store bought poi I thought I could make some real easy and cheap.

I posted the pattern on my blog alond with a short video of me spinning them so you can see how they work. If you want to make some please let me know how they turn out the pattern is here

I used some ugly stash yarn because I didn't know how the final product would turn out and I stuffed the poi balls with scaps of jersey fabric to make them heavy but not hurty (when I wack myself it's a shock but not painful) Grin

If you want to learn about poi I suggest http://www.homeofpoi.com/

Let me know what you think.
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