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21  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: The 2006 wishlist swap! on: January 20, 2006 03:24:20 PM
Wish list:

Wine charms

Table runner in fun colors or patterns (around 70 inches long)

Really Big Pillows - as in large enough to be floor pillows

Knitted or Crocheted Leg warmers

Anything with faeries on it (shirts, jewelry, bags... whatever)

Unique earrings

Interesting necklace

Shirts with funny things about vegetables on them

A t-shirt with a treble clef on it

Yummy smelling candels

Recipe Cards

Handmade stationary - something with butterflies or pirates on it

Handmade soaps (in eucalyptus, rosemary, mint, lavendar or something yummy like that)

Stitch markers from crochet

A little big about me: I'm twenty-four and I live right out side Washington DC.  I work in a small health food coop
and hope to have my own health food store some day.  I'm into a lot of role playing and video gaming.  I love to
read - especially science fiction or fantasy.  I'm also really into music and have played the flute for most of my
life.  I am also part of the Society of Creative Anachronism, which is kind of like the Ren Faire, but more for our
own amusment then for profit or show.  I wear a size 14 or large (misses, not juniors).

Yay for getting to be a part of this!
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Are Kimono-style sweaters really Kimono Style? on: January 11, 2006 01:29:41 PM
I agree with Chellechan...

"unforgiveable" might be a bit strong.  Grin I've found that many people that live in Asia have been misinformed and have misconceptions about America too.

Unforgivable is a pretty strong word.  While I am just as tired as the next person of everything east oriental being called Chinese except for "japanimation" (gag), I also think that it would be a bit unreasonable to expect that Americans would be able to tell most Chinese traditional dress from Japanese traditional dress from Korean traditional dres, etc.  Just as it would be unreasonable to expect that most people in China would be able to tell English traditional dress from French traditional dress from Italian traditional dress.  For that matter, most Americans can't tell the difference between those.  For one thing, the style of dress does not vary that greatly from culture to culture in any geographic region and for another, the style that is considered traditional varies from century to century.

I think that instead of getting angry at ignorance, we should try to educate when we know something ourselves.  :-)
23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: blackwork cross stitch??? on: January 10, 2006 08:51:47 PM
Here's a few more notes on Blackwork (and redwork)...

First of all, blackwork wasn't used just as trimmings and edges.  During the heights of its popularity (the Tudor and Elizabethen eras in England)  the extremely wealthy covered EVERYTHING with this.  If you ever look at a picture of Elizabeth I, notice how the fluffy shirt (called a chemise) peeking out from the dress appears to be patterned; that pattern is blackwork.

On blackwork vs redwork:  Basically the whole blackwork thing started in Italy and moved through Europe.  In parts of Italy, people decided they would rather do it in almost all red and called it Redwork.  Most of the rest of Europe was pretty happy sticking to black thread.

Both Blackwork and Redwork are relatively geometric patterns that are open (in other words, just lines, not really filled in).  Both are usually worked in using a double running stitch, but thats not necessary.  They do not have to be worked on even-weave fabric and if you are trying to work "in period" you'll want to work on linen that is not even weave.

And Blackwork Embroidery by Moyra McNeill, Elizabeth Geddes is a really great book.  Its published by Dover Books.  You can probably get it on any big internet book seller, but if you're interested in supporting small businesses - www.pillagedvillage.com has this book and lots of great stuff.

Oh, and Blackwork isn't really cross-stitch, it is its own form of embroidery.  *grin*
24  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Do the colors on my page clash? Hard to look at? on: January 08, 2006 08:34:36 AM
I really like the banner itself - but I think you are right about it not working with the rest of the page.  I think the fade in the background of the banner combinded with the soft shiny look of the lettering makes the whole thing just a little bit too soft to work with the clear lines of the rest of the page.  You might try making the contrast between the lettering and the background a bit more severe.

My other comment is on your photo of your products.  Over all, they are great quality images, really well laid out and clear.  But I think that the bright red satin might be detracting from your actual products (which are fantastic!), its so bright and a bit distracting.  Oh, and the earrings on the wine glass for display is pure brilliance.

Good luck!
25  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: YAY. My first stencil everrrrrrrrrrrr everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.[DFA 1979] on: January 03, 2006 06:34:01 PM
Thats really cool!  I would definately NOT put it in the washing machine.  Wash it by hand with gentle detergent and cold water.  Next time mix your paint with fabric medium so your beautiful work will last longer!
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Crafter New Year's Resolutions? on: December 31, 2005 11:25:21 PM
Make Christmas presents before December 2006
Actually work on my Lady of Shallot Theresa Wentzler Cross Stich
Learn to knit (I"m tired of only being able to crochet)
Build another Tudor gown complete with blackwork chemise that is stiched on non-even weave linen and based off a period pattern
Finish afgan that was promised years ago to my sweetie
Get a loom and learn to use it
Finish at least as many projects as I start

Hmmm... that list is seeming awfully big - better get to work!

Happy New Years Craftsters!
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Which is easier for a beginner to learn on: December 31, 2005 07:52:07 AM
From what I have been able to gather, which ever you learn to do first is the one that is easiest to learn.  When you learn to knit first, you have a harder time learning to crochet and when you learn to crochet first, you have a harder time learning to knit. 

As far as the difference between them - Knitting gives more range of shapes you are able to make, but crochet give more variation of individual stiches.

Have fun with your yarn either way!
28  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yarn As Therapy on: December 31, 2005 07:31:29 AM
They also make these little half gloves with the fingers and thumb cut out that are made out of nylon or spandex or something.  Wearing them really helps keep your hands from getting tired.  I used to have a pair for practice my flute, but I've seen them in craft stores lately.  They really help and they might be something else you could get your granny to help her hands.

And spending lots of time with her, is of course the best therapy of all.
29  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: stupid question on: December 31, 2005 07:19:36 AM
Crocheting "around" the post of a stitch isn't always done on edging.  It is often used to make the row you are currently working on raised or puffed up.  The post of the stitch is the "tall" part.  I hope that made sense.
30  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where to buy Castille Bars on: December 09, 2005 07:59:29 PM
Your local health food store (or if you have to go to a whole foods, or wild oats store) should have a bunch.  The brand of soap you are looking for is Dr. Bronner's.  Dr. Bronner's makes all sorts of different scented ones, but also just plain old castille (they all sell liquid castille) and its really nice, high quality and doesn't have a lot of junk in it.  Also, its not too expensive.

Good luck on your quest!
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