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1  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Letterpress Workshops? on: December 08, 2005 05:18:01 AM
I'm interested in letterpress printing and am curious to know if anyone knows of someone (or group) who either runs letterpress workshops or who has a press and would share what they know about printing on a press. I've done some searching on the internet and it looks like a lot of the workshops and presses are based in Universities and only open to students.

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Selvedge on: October 30, 2005 11:43:43 AM
Selvedge is a magazine about textiles in all it's forms. It is a lovely magazine with gorgeous photography and interesting articles but an eye-popping price tag (7.50/ US$20 per issue). I'm thinking about asking for a subscription for Christmas. Not technically a DIY magazine, but it's been pretty inspiring.

3  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Tax Questions on: October 18, 2005 09:42:15 AM
I'm wondering if anyone has looked into paying taxes or registering their company names. I came up with a name for my website and haven't registered it. I read that I didn't have to register for VAT unless I sold over 60,000 worth of product a year (highly, highly unlikely, so far I've only sold one thing for 35), but what about paying taxes on stuff that I've sold. I'm not running my website as a business. The way I look at it, I'm just selling a few pieces here and there because I like making felt and I can't wear everything I make. It's not how I support myself, which is good because I've spent more than I've made. I also work at an office job so I don't think I could count myself as self employed.

4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / First (short) Yarn on: October 03, 2005 02:46:42 AM
I picked up a CD spinner at a country fair last weekend and here's a photo of the first yarn I made on it.

I made it with some merino roving and a tiny bit of silk. I'm pretty pleased with it but I don't know what I can make with it as it is quite a short but chunky length of yarn. I haven't measured it but I guess it's about 25 feet. I thought I'd knit it up into a neck gaiter or something but I don't even know if I have enough for that. Any suggestions?

5  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Nuno Felt Scarf on: September 16, 2005 02:58:13 PM
I went to a felt making workshop earlier this week and I made my first piece of nuno felt. It was made with with some silk chiffon, wool and reclaimed denim fibres. I'm pleased with how it turned out and I've been able to wear it for the last couple of days as it has been unseasonably chilly.

Close up of both sides of the scarf.

One of my favourite parts of the scarf is the piece of reclaimed denim where you can still see the weave. I was hoping it wouldn't fall off when I was done felting it and it's stayed on. I wish I had brought my camera to document the process for a tutorial but I left it at home. D'oh! Next time I'll try to remember.

6  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Felt Flower Tie - wet felted on: September 08, 2005 06:24:50 AM

I live in a tiny cottage and was trying to figure out if I could wet felt something on a smaller scale. Here's a flower and leaf necktie that I made as an experiment. I tried to embroider some embellishments onto the flower part but realised very quickly that I don't know how to do embroidery and have decided to leave it plain.

I'm not sure that I can repeat this as I didn't measure how much roving I had laid out, but I've been thinking about trying again with other pairs of things (pair of lucky dice, bee and beehive?)
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Glueless Accordion/Regular Books on: September 08, 2005 03:01:40 AM
This is my first post, I've been reading craftster obsessively for the past month and have finally got around to photographing and posting a project. Here are some books I made with separate covers but without the use of any glue. The covers are attached to the pages of the books by some clever folds and friction (I guess). Each book has removable spines that allow pages to be flipped like a regular book, remove the spines and the book expands to be an accordion book.

I made these with acid free paper I got at a couple of art supply and craft shops, but I am interested in making the covers out of old wallpaper samples, when I find them.
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