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1  UNITED STATES / Rhode Island / Re: Yo! on: March 02, 2005 09:14:26 PM
yeah, hey, sorry we didn't realize you guys were meeting up with us!  i really need to get back on this craftster more...  i hope you'll come again, it was fun meeting more nice crafty girls!

*erica
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making Leather-Covered Books on: November 28, 2004 05:46:57 PM
wow, i'm so sorry i disappeared like that.  i've been totally overwhelmed with making creatures for the holidays & my roommate's camera died.  but now i am armed with a digital camera all my own (small & shiny, too)  so i'm going to get back to you soon with some instructions.  not in time for your friend's birthday, but maybe for a few holidays....

*e
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing together tiny limbs. on: October 22, 2004 04:37:20 PM
i love making my strange creatures with long skinny arms & tails.  pointy, too.  i use a chopstick to turn the legs right side out & also to stuff.  you have to use little bits of stuffing at a time, especially at first to get some in the tip of the arm, or else it'll clump & be lumpy.  when i cut the fabric it has a point & i trim that off before turning, but not too close so there's a little wad of fabric in the end.  that keeps me from poking through the end with the chopstick (not a very pointy chopstick either.) 

to attach all the arms & legs & heads & tails on my little guys i make a front & back side, pin all the parts inside like a sandwich, sew most of the way around, & then flip it right side out.  that way all the limbs are sewn on, instead of hand-sewing them.


4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making Leather-Covered Books on: September 24, 2004 11:28:19 AM
that type of journal isn't glued at all!  the signatures (folded paper) are sewn directly to the leather, the decorative stitching isn't just decorative.  i could post a little tutorial if you want, let me know.  i'd try to now, but i'm a work!  shhhh, don't tell them i'm on craftster!

*e
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: not so clear on binding... on: September 24, 2004 11:24:26 AM
there's a book artist keith smith who writes wonderful bookbinding books, several of which are non-adhesive bindings.  they're hard to find sometimes, but you can order them.  they seem expensive, but he prints them himself & the instructions actually make sense.

http://www.keithsmithbooks.com/mybooks.htm
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: bowling balls on: September 22, 2004 03:54:18 PM
that furniture is amazing!  i can never decide what to do with my bowling ball.  i have one that i use, but also another pretty amber colored one that i just leave rolling around the living room so people can come in & say "hey,do you bowl?  is that your ball?"

*e
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Antique display questions on: September 21, 2004 05:46:06 PM
wouldn't you need a really big box?!  a common way of displaying a quilt is to sew on a tube/channel of fabric along the top edge at the back to slip a rod through, sort of like a curtain.  that pulls more evenly along the whole quilt than using clips or ties.  you could also just drape it halfway over a rod. 
you should finish the quilt top!  that would be really nice to do, however many years later!
*e
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: tips for newb on quiltin on: September 21, 2004 05:38:58 PM
log cabin squares are an easy way to start, especially if you do the strip-piecing method.  it goes really quickly & isn't too fussy.

*e
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Why Paper Piecing? on: September 21, 2004 05:36:26 PM
post pictures of what you make!  i'm curious to see what others are doing with paperpiecing.  it took me a few tries & several messups to figure it out, but now it feels like i could make anything...

*e
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: altoids can speakers from readymade? anyone do it? on: September 19, 2004 12:06:50 PM
i was wondering why everyone was making neat little ipod cozies, then my boyfriend got one & carried it in his pocket & it got scratched up.  i think i'm going to have to make one now myself!  i'd do the walkman thing, but my walkman still works & i don't think i'm electronically handy enough for those speakers.  readymade makes it all seem so easy until you try to do it!
*e
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