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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: A beginners toddler sweater? on: July 29, 2007 06:07:38 PM
i really like haiku on knitty.  it's simple and it's gorgeous.
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: knitting blog suggestions? on: July 29, 2007 06:05:01 PM
i blog on typepad and i really love it.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Pattern for a Teen Age Boy's Sweater? on: July 25, 2007 01:16:31 PM
i need a really great basic sweater pattern for a teenage boy who is going to school in connecticut.  i've kettle-dyed some bulky merino wool in colors he picked and the patterning on the swatch is so nice that i really just want a simple, basic pullover, maybe a raglan.  he's 14, but very small, maybe more like a 12 year old, and i'm looking for a nice, comfy, keep me warm kind of pattern.  any ideas for me?
4  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dyeing alpaca on: July 25, 2007 01:03:07 PM
whoever told you alpaca did not take dye well must have had a bad experience.

i've been dyeing fiber for over ten years, and alpaca is one of my very favorite fibers to dye.  it takes color nicely and evenly.

your best bet is to use acid dyes (the acid you use to set them is vinegar) and expect beautiful colors!  if i can help at all, feel free to email me.  i've got a link to a dyeing tutorial on my blog, as well.

here's some alpaca eye candy for you!

5  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: dyed & handpainted fabric with directions on: June 20, 2007 05:26:36 AM
Wow, that looks fabulous! I"ve never thought of stamping on fabric. Hmm...Wink

it really is amazing.  you can also overdye preprinted fabrics and then stamp on them, or foil them to accent them.  i just don't seem to ever get tired of doing this.
6  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / dyed & handpainted fabric with directions on: June 19, 2007 10:30:30 PM

this is fabric that i first crackle dyed and then stamped/painted on.  i like doing different designs in the same palette so the fabric all coordinates for use.

i don't have a full blown tutorial yet, but there are directions for the basics of how to proceed & also a link to my crackle dye tutorial on my blog along with more pictures.  http://joycevance.typepad.com/joyce_makes_art/2007/06/fabric_painting.html

please let me know if you have any suggestions on the directions as i would like to do a good tutorial on this for people new to stamping on fabric.
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: She-Mootah. More Zakke on: June 17, 2007 03:59:04 AM

this is how wikipedia defines zakka, but i'm not sure that catches the full sense of it.  i think it has expanded to included a group of crafters who make cool, kitschy, idiosyncratic things.  everything from echino fabric bags to plushy monsters.

i first saw it at www.zakkacraft.com
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / She-Mootah. More Zakke on: June 16, 2007 06:10:37 PM
Somehow, I have managed to make my kids as Zakka obsessed as I am.  My daughter really liked my sons Mootah, so I had to come up with a She-Mootah for her.

This one is done using my hand-dyed and handpainted fabrics, but I've just scored some japanese fabrics and some new kaffe fasset, so I think I may have to make a couple more.  The details are on my blog if anyone is interested.
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Strange Stuffed Cat Influenced by Miyazaki/Anime/Zakka on: May 30, 2007 11:03:51 PM
i don't really sew, but we love Miyazaki's The Cat Returns, and since we have a big fat Mootah Cat of our own, I had to make a stuffed one.

This may actually cause me to learn how to sew the right way so i can make a few more.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Altered Knits Felted Market Bag on: May 27, 2007 07:34:57 AM
I just finished a slightly modified version of the felted Market Bag from Alterknits.  It was a great pattern, and easy knit, and something I'm going to use a lot.

There are a few more photos on my blog.  The bag is knit mostly from Peace Fleece (that wonderful Sheplova Mushroom color, that I seem to use for everything!)
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