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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Stupid Sock Creatures Swap on: June 15, 2009 04:02:25 PM
I posted this idea for a swap a year or so ago and didn't get too many bites to follow through.  It is unfortunate because I think it would be a blast! I propose we conduct a Stupid Sock Creatures swap.  The idea came from the book with the same name. Here is a link to check it outhttp://classicmonkey.com/Pages/page4.html Partners could send one another a small bag of several socks and any other items they would want included in the completed creature.  Their partner would then create a creature using the supplies and write a creative back-story. Any takers?
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Giving Canned Goods as Gifts on: August 27, 2008 09:29:26 AM
I recently got into canning this summer and its addictive to say the least. I was planning on giving jams and jellies as gifts for the upcomming holiday season. My question is if any of you have come across or used any creative means of presenting them. I'm familiar with the scrap of fabric tied on top with a ribbon, but what else is there?
3  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / 2 Hats 5 Pics on: June 08, 2008 03:45:52 PM
So I recently got into both wet and needle felting and wanted to show off some of my work. First off is a vintage inspired pillbox hat with an orchid "flower spike" on the side. I made this to show at my local orchid show.

Here is a close up of the flowers on the side. I am especially fond of the second to the bottom that is made to look as though it is in the process of opening.

Side view

And the front
Secondly, a felt fedora. They sell fedora blocks online, but I was unwilled to shell out 30 bucks so I ended up buying one of those cheap plastic hats from a local costume shop. I covered to whole thing in duct tape to reinforce it and shoved an old sweater inside. After making the basic felted shape I did the final fulling on top of the block with just tons of hot soap and water. A bit of blue velvet ribbon, a gold vintage button, and a peacock feather and I have myself a feminine version of the classic Indiana Jones hat Wink


Side with all the goodies
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Tea/Cofee Cozy Swap on: May 27, 2008 01:25:26 PM
Can't wait to see all of your beverage accessories swaddled in custom knit sweaters!
5  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Felt and Polymer Clay on: May 11, 2008 09:52:31 PM
I have seen several vendors on etsy who sell hand felted items with polymer clay accents glued on. For example, a needle felted unicorn with a polyclay horn and hooves. Has anyone here tried this? I'm just curious how densely felted the item has to be for this to be effective. What type of glue do you use? Are the results fairly stable? Thanks!
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Tea/Coffee Cozy Swap (SIGNUP 4/26/08-5/15/08 ; MAIL BY 6/1/08) on: April 26, 2008 06:36:27 PM
Swap name:Tea Cozy Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:SlickMariaVic
Sign-up date range:
Date to send item by:6/1/08

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

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Age requirement?13

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: NO
- 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:
Do you find that your beverage of coice is getting cold far too fast for your tastes? Or maybe your teapot/french press is unsightly in its current condition and could use some cute-ening up? If so, this swap is for you! Participants will send their partner a cozy in their craft of choice (ie. sewn, quilted, knitted, crocheted) along with a small gift either purchased or crafted (ie. favorite tea/coffee, box for holding teas, recipe cards, etc)

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 type of cozy would you like to recieve (tea/coffee/mug)?
What are the detailed dimensions of said item?
What type of cozy do you plan on sending? (knit, crochet, quilted, etc)
What type of cozy would you like to recieve? (knit, crochet, quilted, etc)
Describe yourself and your personal style.
Anything else you feel your partner should know.


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

Here is a link offering several free knitted patterns for various cozies to get your minds turning Wink


Partner List
hheever <-----> zatanna
Craftrica <-----> zombiecazz
mrsflibble <-----> Mojen
HSG <-----> Beetastic
frogger <-----> jshires
superhooker <-----> SlickMariaVic

This should be a good one! I'm so excited to see what you all make!

7  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Sturdy Wool for Felting? on: March 30, 2008 07:47:50 AM
The felting book I purchased said to use Norwegian C-1 batts to create felt durable enough for items such as slippers and hats. The stuff is like 40 dollars a pound though! I was wondering if there are any other fibers that would create a nice sturdy material. Corriedale, maybe?
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Anthropologie Hooded Scarf KO on: December 24, 2007 08:01:24 PM
The 160$ inspiration
The result, a hooded scarf for my boyfriend's sister for Christmas, finished at the very last minute! I tried to make it as close as possible, except I didn't add the pockets. Oh and I used Wool-ease. My sister is modeling  Wink
9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Mad Dash to Christmas-Along on: December 13, 2007 03:39:47 AM
I know some of you out there are knitting gifts for others during the holidays, and I don't know about you, but I think I filled my plate a bit too full. I just thought it would be nice to have people post pics and give them even more of an incentive to finish!
10  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Nuno Felting for Sewing-I want this jacket! on: November 09, 2007 03:42:24 AM
Sorry for the vague subject line! So I was reading a book that discussed Nuno felting, and from the finished product they made a cape and skirt. I was flipping through a Vogue Sewing Magazine *I don't really sew very often* and found a model wearing this coat http://img.sewingtoday.com/cat/20000/itm_img/V8307.jpg and fell in love. The coat is great and the stiffness of the fabric looks like it may work well for this technique. My question is would you guys recommend that I just felt a large sheet and cut my pieces out of that? I really love the look of the raw netting edge, so could I just cut a piece of fabric out 1/3 or so larger than the finished product to account for shrinking, just for say the collar? I've never used this technique before so any advice would be very apreciated.
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