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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / marking stencil lines/paths. what should i use? on: April 12, 2005 09:01:41 AM
hi. i'm envisioning a multi stencil/layered project. i want to be able to mark a path for the objects i'm placing on the shirts and hoodies to line up along. i'm thinking of drawing lines on the shirt with sewing pencil. i use screenprinting ink for my stencilling projects. my one concern is that when i heat set the ink, the pencil will become indelible too.

any suggestions?

i've thought about chalk and soap, but i'm afraid that soap will react with the ink, and that chalk will rub off too easily.

2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Twister hoodie. on: March 23, 2005 02:27:21 AM
i wear hoodies a lot for work.

they get stained.

here's how i got rid of them:

yay! let's play Twister!

dot detail.
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / S Star tee. on: March 20, 2005 11:40:21 AM
i made this for one of the women i work for because she is a superstar and her name starts with S. the star, i'm happy with. it's done with screenprinting ink. the "S"? not so much. i will never use acrylic paint and fabric medium again. it bleeds, even with a freezer paper stencil, and the consistency is not smooth enough.

so ultimately, this shirt will be redone.

but i thought y'all might like having a looksee:
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / TUTORIAL: rhinestone heart pendant. on: March 13, 2005 12:31:24 AM
my friend Amy and i walked into a store in Napa called Wildcat about a month ago. there were these rhinestone heart pendants on ball chains that we thought were hot. they wanted $68 for one. HAW!

so with materials i already had (aluminum foil, polymer clay, micro glitter and rhinestones), i started this:

i need a gooseneck lamp and a tripod.

i tried to give you an idea of the full extent of the bling.

i'm going to finish the sides tomorrow.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / my old jeans have new life as a shoulderbag. on: February 11, 2005 03:08:04 PM
i cut out a bunch of 8.5 x 8.5 " squares and then sewed two across and three down in alternating shades of denim. i made a lining and a flap, stitched the back pockets of a pair of jeans to the flap, attached the waistband of an old jean jacket as a strap, shoved all of my stuff in (three books, DVDs, makeup, meds, wallet, keys, cellphone, digital camera) and split.

i liked the way it looked on the flatbed of this pickup.

detail of the jean jacket shoulderstrap.

with flap open.

the inside.

detail of front pockets.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Fabric Flower Barrettes on: January 21, 2005 01:27:29 PM
hi! i just got a digital camera, and so i wanted to show off some fabric flower barrettes that i made last night. i got the template for the flowers from here. here are the piccies:

i'm going to make a couple of pins as well to dress up my jean jackets.

you like?
7  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Skully Neckline Question--WAIT! I still need help as of 1.10! on: January 09, 2005 11:16:35 PM
hi, y'all. i referred to this thread to get me started. (thanks to Ne for the clarification.)

now i'm at this part:

BO 2 sts at neck edge at beg of every other row until 18 (19, 21, 22) sts rem on each shoulder.

does this mean i start binding off on this first row or the following one? the principle is clear: i'm making it narrower on both sides to build the shoulders and make the neckline dip more pronounced. what i don't understand is when to begin binding off.


your (hellbent to finish this sweater) pal,
afro d.

ETA: out of curiousity, i counted the stitches on each side of the bound off area. when i'm looking at the WS, i've got 30 sts on the left side, and only 28 on the right. i'm thinking that this means that i don't BO until the next row, so that the sides even out. is this correct? or did i screw something up? i suppose i should add, for clarification, that i am making the 47" chest version. thanks again!

E(once again)TA: d'oh! neck edge! ack.  i really don't want to frog, but if i don't, i know the neckline won't fall right. well, at least i figured it out for myself before i got impatient enough to go too far.  Grin

YET ANOTHER EDIT:  i frogged back to just before i started to bind off in the center, and i ended up with 29 stitches on each side. okay, that's right. yay! but then, when i started binding off the two stitches on either side closest to the neck edge, it was so loose. i frogged again, and noticed some stitches with uneven tension before i started to shape the sleeveholes (which is another reason you shouldn't knit drunk), so i frogged back just before that point. no problem, as it knits up quick, and i'll get back to where i was in about 15 minutes or so.

but i'm just concerned about the looseness around the neckline. does this make sense? am i doing it correctly?  that is, binding off from the center outward on both sides?

help me, please!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Swank Green Floral Bag. on: July 13, 2004 01:50:55 AM
i made this for BagLady for a recent handbag swap.
it was so hard to give away that i had to make one of my own:

now praise me.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / 101 Dalmations skirt. on: July 12, 2004 08:29:21 PM
i made this for my friend's five year old. she said it was "really cool."  because, really...who doesn't love puppies?

(you should excuse my moldy balcony.)
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Star Wraparound Skirt. on: June 12, 2004 07:21:09 PM
i decided to finish my first wrap skirt today.
(my mirror is dirty, and so are your thoughts.)

the front.

the left.

the right side. after much tugging and readjusting, i remembered that i have a black girl's booty, which means that the back of the skirt is just going to appear longer than the front, unless i compensate for said rise in back and alter the pattern (which i will in the future. not now.)
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