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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Paper Beads: How to make? on: January 01, 2007 12:59:52 PM
anyone making those paper beads out of recycled magazine or catalog pages? they look fun to make!

i am looking for some general directions.  specifically, are people finding best results rolling around a straw and then leaving the straw inside (just cutting between the beads when dry)? are tiny drink straws used? also, what type of "shellac" is used to seal it?

thanks in advance for any info...
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Summer craft sale success? on: January 29, 2006 08:23:34 AM
Hey- Just curious about summer craft sales. Are they successful? Do they draw crowds of buyers? Thanks, E.
3  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / summer craftshows- successful? on: January 29, 2006 08:20:31 AM
Just curious from anyone who has participated in a summer craftshow- are they successful? Do people buy?  It seems obvious that winter sales are successful due to holidays, but how bout summertime? Thanks~ E
4  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Simplicity 4966, EASY bias skirt on: August 06, 2005 09:35:28 AM
Simplicity 4966 is a really easy skirt--- its cut on the bias so that makes it fit naturally, and so there are no darts! The only thing to be careful about is the zipper on the side.  I sewed the seams on the outside and serged them in pink/orange/lime, then topstitched them down.  I also added a sheer poly ribbon to the bottom. 

I would just recommend that you use a fabric that's not too stiff-- I used a lightweight black denim, it kinda sticks out a little at the bottom (more obvious in the profile).
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Lined ZIPPER Pouches swap on: March 14, 2005 04:34:47 PM
Post your pics here of the zip pouches!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Real Butterfly Wings and RESIN on: March 06, 2005 09:38:42 AM
I saw the coolest pin made out of one butterfly wing, that was apparently lightly coated with resin. Any ideas how to do this without ruining the delicate wing?? The only thing I could find online was this: http://www.emmacaton.com/ but this still looks too thick...

I'm wondering if it would work to first spray the wing with some acrylic clear spray-on sealer, then paint it with the resin. I've never worked with resin, and don't know if its even possible to "paint" it on!

Oh, this is from that same site as above, but really weird...
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Lined Zipper Pouch: times three (Signup CLOSED; Mail by 3/28) on: February 15, 2005 07:57:52 PM

Craftster member who is organizing this swap: edamame
Sign-up date range:Feb 16-Mar 1
Date to send item by: 3/28/05

Limited to a certain number of people? NO
Non-U.S. participants allowed? YES
All ages allowed? Or 18+? ALL AGES

Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders"
list and will not allow those members to participate: YES

Organizer has been a member for at least 1 month and will
make sure that every participant has been a member for
at least 1 month: YES

Details of swap:
Make (and receive) three lined zipper pouches, to be sent out to three different swap participants. Couldnt your life use a little more organization??

Please follow these guidelines:
1)   Finished size no larger than 8 inches wide. Smaller is fine! Should be able to fit inside your average purse or tote-bag. Suitable for organizing coins, tampons, lipstick, pencils, etc.
2)   Embellish as you please! Use this opportunity to challenge yourself with techniques you would like to practice such as photo transfer, embroidery, beading, or working with unusual fabrics/vinyl You choose whether all three sent are different or the same.
3)   For general instructions on how-to check out the following tutorials: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=22875.0;topics

You MUST be willing to comply by the following rules to participate:

Ship out ON or BEFORE due date
PM me with delivery confirmation number
Acknowledge that you received your item, and (duh) thank your partner

If you want to participate, send me the following info via PM:

Name of swap: Lined Zipper Pouches
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / ugly monster zip bag, grrr on: January 29, 2005 07:05:02 PM
I've decided I love the lined zip pouch. So much, that I made one out of fake fur, felt, and creepy plastic eyes.   I now have little bits of synthetic fur all over my house.

It is lined with dark blue denim.

I think it looks a little like my grumpy kitty...
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Embellished lined zipper pouch? on: January 24, 2005 06:51:30 PM
Would any body be interested in an embellished lined-zipper-pouch swap??  People could make and recieve two or three different ones. They are quick to make, a good size to experiment without necessarily a huge amount of time invested, and postage would be cheap...

( I just learned how to put in a zipper  Shocked How exciting! )
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Market string bag: Pattern? on: December 18, 2004 06:03:19 AM
Can you help?
I am looking for a pattern to make a string-bag, preferably knit. Its the kind of thing that people might bring to the farmers market or beach, its really stretchy.

 Here's a link to a similar bag:

I've seen a couple of 70s-style patterns online that are crochet... but not exactly what I'm looking for.
Thank you!!
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