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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / cleaning old book covers - esp. ones with flocking on: April 30, 2007 11:51:12 AM
I don't post in this category often, so I hope this isn't one of those questions that gets asked all the time and people roll their eyes when they see it again... (I did do a search and didn't see anything)

Anyway, I have a bunch of old book covers that I'm planning on using to make some journals. But some of them are really dirty. I bought some stuff called absorene that was recommended somewhere else, but it's not really working as well as I had hoped. Maybe I'm using it wrong. Or maybe my expectations are too high.

I also tried using rubbing alcohol. On smooth book covers that works pretty well, but it tends to take off some of the color. So it's not ideal.

Also, is there anything I can do about flocking? (I think it's called flocking. I mean the little spots that form on books. I think it might be mold or mildew or something awful like that...)

I have this AWESOME book cover called "Look Out for Pirates!" that I am so in love with, but it has some flocking. Sad
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / What do do with old book covers/ can I cut them with an electric saw? on: February 22, 2007 08:03:46 AM
I have a bunch of old book covers. They're left over from cutting images out of the books to make buttons and stuff--and I just can't throw ANYTHING away if there I can possibly make something out of it.

Some of the covers have the spines attached, and some of them don't. I thought that the ones that do have spines could cover some blank journals. But what about the ones without?

Also, if I want to cut the covers, what would be the best way? bookboard is sooo difficult to cut as it is, and we're talking about bookboard + book cloth. Has anyone ever tried cutting bookboard with an electric saw? I don't even have a saw, and I don't even know what kind of electric saw to try... but if it would work I think it might be worth it to get one. I'm sure I could find other uses for it.
3  Illinois / Illinois: North / I need someone in Chicago to teach me how to use my spinning wheel! on: January 11, 2007 06:30:57 PM
I bought myself a spinning wheel a few months back, but I haven't been able to figure out how to use it. I've watched countless instructional videos online, but to no avail. I need some hands-on help!

Sooo.... I was thinking that there MUST be someone in Chicago who knows how to spin who can show me how. And you can pick some stuff from my etsy shop in exchange. (Including custom buttons, magnets or pocket mirrors if you want.)

Preferably the person would actually live in Chicago or be willing to come to Chicago to teach me. We can do the actual lesson at your place, my place or some other location. My wheel is a Babe's (made out of pvc piping) so I think I can take it apart to transport it without hurting it.
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