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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Looking for instructions for coiled baskets made from newspapers/food labels? on: July 31, 2008 06:25:25 PM
Hi all--

I've been making coiled baskets lately but recently saw at Jo-Ann's coiled baskets made from newspaper that had been wrapped into very tight reeds. Does anyone know of a book or on-line tutorial for coiled baskets that use recycled newspapers or wrappers rolled into these tiny tubes? I'm wondering if you soak the paper like you would other basket-making material, and any tips for making the paper reeds in the first place----it seems like a cheap and earth-freindly way to make baskets.....  Grin thanks!!
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: empire waist top & first amigurumi on: April 28, 2008 05:38:36 PM
LOVE the top. Do ya think you could post a tute of some sort? I'm dying to make one---is it cotton?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Questions about machine knitting--any help appreciated! Thank you! on: April 26, 2008 12:40:46 PM
 Cheesy Hi there!

I just got back from thrifting with a friend and while at the thrift store found a box containing what appears to be a basically NIB Empisal metal knitting machine from the 60s. I have no idea how to work one (I knit on needles) but for $12 how could I resist? The parts appear to be all still in the plastic, but the only think missing is the directions! I also can not find a model number on the machine to determine what gage it's for.

I want to try it, but need a lot of direction. Is there a website or book anyone can recommend so I can figure out if (a) all the parts are there (b)what yarn to use and (c) how to cast on and knit? It appears in great shape, the box is a bit water damaged but no rust anywhere, all the needles appear there and straight.....
it's a lovely mint green color and the box has the brand name and button closures but nothing else.

Also, any hints on how to store and care for it?

Thanks a ton for helping this machine knitting newbie! Craftster Community Rocks!  Grin
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: My first tunic and skirt! on: April 21, 2008 07:44:24 PM
Both are cute but I LOVE the tunic! How did you do it? Did you make up the pattern?
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: has anyone heard of "Lee"?? on: January 08, 2008 07:45:22 PM
There's a write-up on the history of these paintings in the book "Thrift Score" by (I think) Al Hoff......
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Who is your favourite artist? on: January 08, 2008 07:40:30 PM
Emily Carr. Grin
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: For an art project: I need something that rotates or moves... on: January 08, 2008 07:38:33 PM
I'd hit the thrift store, and see what they have for under ten bucks---an old kid's record player? Maybe some sort of motorized toy? A toaster!
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Painting ideas?? on: January 08, 2008 07:34:48 PM
I love to get inspiration by looking at other artists, and there are tons of talented people on etsy.com. I might see an element in one of their paintings that interests me and gives me an idea for something else.....
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: A Paint-A-Long of Sorts? on: January 08, 2008 07:29:54 PM
I'd paint-a-long......it might be nice to pick something for us all to paint to---say, paint in response to the same poem, or our interpretation of an emotion or season, just to see what sort of variety we all come up with..... 
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Looking for Northern Virginia Artists Who Teach...... on: January 08, 2008 07:25:36 PM
So, I signed up for an acrylics class that I was VERY excited about and....when I showed up tonight, it had been cancelled. I was the only one who had signed up! Do any of you know of a great instructor in the Northern Virginia area (I live in Chantilly, which is in Fairfax County, outside the Beltway) who teaches acrylics? I've done watercolor but would like to learn something new. I can find lots of stuff inside the Beltway, but it all seems to start at 6 pm and with traffic I'll never make it. Is there a website somewhere to find fine arts instructors?  ;)Thank you for any help you can give!
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