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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Recycled Sweater Coat: An intense experiment on: January 08, 2013 12:17:21 PM
So beautiful! Tempted to make a trip to a thrift store and make one of my own!
Do it! It was so easy and much fun to do.

Beautiful coat dear!

If you guys are interested in learning how to make a coat very easily yourself, and also learning a ton of fabulous ...

I know who she is, but since it was not her work that inspired me I saw no need to mention who she is. I understand you wanting to give her credit, but I think you could have made your comment in a less advertisy way.

I'm sorry, but Katwise really is the person who came up with the whole upcycled, sweater coat with swingy skirt thing - there are hundreds of imitators who began copying her when she started selling online rather than in the lots of a Grateful Dead concert. She's spent decades developing her design. Not only that - but you're getting questions on how you made it, and Katwise wrote a tutorial with tons of really helpful information on exactly how to make it so that it lasts and lasts. She did this so that it was a fair playing field for everyone. I'd be curious to see who inspired you, but honestly, it's her design - do you think they weren't "inspired" by her? Smiley ALSO, the video you linked to that you found on youtube? That IS Katwise - that video is an add on helper to her PDF tutorial. So how can you say you weren't inspired by her designs? Her video is what you watched to learn how to put it together!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Recycled Sweater Coat: An intense experiment on: December 18, 2012 09:21:31 AM
Beautiful coat dear!

If you guys are interested in learning how to make a coat very easily yourself, and also learning a ton of fabulous history about the *ORIGINAL* inventor and creator of this style coat, Katwise, you should head over to her etsy and purchase her $9 PDF tutorial. Full instructions on how to do what she does, including what kinds of sweaters you should use or not use and beautiful pictures from her travels all over the world and how making her coats made it possible. I know Craftster doesn't like advertising type stuff in their messages but it is sort of a Sad to see folks replicating Katwise's hard work and years of trial and error without knowing anything about her. So check it out! I'm not associated with her at all, btw, just a friendly credit giving elf Wink

3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Babylock BL3-407 Changed my needle and now NO stitches at all! Yay! on: May 16, 2012 06:38:59 PM
Wow, I have not posted using this Craftster account since I was 15!! Crazy how time flies, but here I am and in dire need of some crafty assistance.

My mother gave me life, and also the gift of serging with her Babylock bl3-407. She had used it for many years when she was my age, then packaged it up around '97 and there it sat in her craft space until this year. When we unpackaged it, it was still threaded! So we cleaned some dust out of the parts and I set to learning how to stitch on it. She still had the original manual and more, so when it came time for me to change threads, I didn't have any problems.

But then I had to go and get cocky and try to change the needle to a different size and weight for my fabric. That's when all hell broke loose, because I changed the needle (with a proper needle, mind you!) and rethreaded and... nothing. The machine literally does not form any stitch of any kind. At most, the needle thread will make a faux stitch on the front side of the fabric, but because the bottom two loopers aren't doing anything with eachother, the "stitches" can just be gently pulled out in one long unbroken piece. I have spent several hours trying to diagnose what is going on here, and so has my mother and I'm torn between throwing the damn thing out the window, and huddling in a corner away from it crying.

Does anyone have any kind of wisdom or experience they can impart? I realize the machine is older, but I can't understand how it could go into a box in good condition, come out of a box in good condition, be used gently, be threaded correctly and work, and then when a single needle is changed, just refuse to do anything. There has to be something I'm just missing in the complexity of the serger, right? All hope is not lost, right? RIGHT? Ugh. Anyway, if any of you crafty ladies or gents have any suggestions, I would be most appreciative.

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: You know you're a Craftster when... (part THREE!) on: June 19, 2010 01:58:36 PM
YKYACW... you decide Father's Day is the perfect occasion to try out the embroidery hoop/mod podge silk screening method. But then you think it would be cool if the card you made was two colors. And had an inner message. So you end up making 3 separate screens for a card your dad will only look at for 10 seconds before he digs into his candy.  Undecided
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Over the top nails on: August 27, 2008 07:12:30 PM
ooooohh!! I haven't seen anyone else on craftster whose done fake nails. LOVE THEM.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: in desperate need of a 2nd [or 3rd or 18th or 284] opinion on: August 19, 2008 12:27:19 AM
Crap, call me heinous and tacky but I love it. I got the Phoenix theme without much prompting and I just overall think the composition, fabric choice, and flow are well chosen and done.
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / New Collage on: July 14, 2008 08:00:17 PM
Bought some canvases the other day and finally had a day off of work to play.
Am I a professional artist? Hell no, but I love this anyway.
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for Japanese Memo pads on: July 10, 2008 11:02:39 PM
There is a Japanese bookstore in Lil' Tokyo, in LA that is the absolute greatest on earth. I literally brought home 250 dollars worth of notepads, journals, stickers and books when i went last month. If you vacation anywhere, do it there.
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Bind it all - Only system? on: July 09, 2008 10:32:23 AM
I work in a scrapbooking store and have the chance to get a Bind-it-all for pretty cheap. But doing research on other binding systems has come up blank. I only know my boss who has a BIA, but of course she'll give me a good review because she's getting my money! Does anyone who have it have anything positive or negative to say about it or another binding system??

10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Postcard art swap? on: June 28, 2008 11:18:09 PM
Lately I've been very very into painting, collaging, decorating and mailing out my own postcards - mini works of art. I know that the post secret swap is going on but I'm wondering if anyone is interested in just getting unique pieces of art in their mailbox right now - I know I'm DYING for some mail.
I can't organize yet, but I'd really love to see this happen.
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