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1  UNITED STATES / Alabama / Re:Birmingham(ers?) on: May 04, 2004 10:33:15 AM
I would be interested in a get-together. Just let me know when. Does anyone live in Homewood that I could get a ride with. I live behind the police station.

2  UNITED STATES / Alabama / Re:Birmingham(ers?) on: April 22, 2004 06:20:41 AM
> yes, just write me. i'm hoping . I'm hoping B'ham craftsters can get together soon.
> i'm not that far from hoover, my sis lives in Vestavia/Hoover area -
> knows all the good shopping
> Linda
3  UNITED STATES / Alabama / Re:Birmingham(ers?) on: April 19, 2004 01:22:28 PM
another welcome to b'ham.

i don't knit, but would be glad  to do anything to make you feel welcome, help you find a group.  I'm in the Homewood area.

Linda from B'ham
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re:DIY tailor's dummy on: April 16, 2004 07:00:45 AM

The dummy is such a fun and helpful idea - I HATE taking something off and on to fit it, it's difficult when your're doing it alone, too. I see these simple linen shifts in stores for $80!! and think "I'v got to make these myself!"

anyway - it looks like a fun project to do with with my sisters, we usually end up laughing hysterically over anything we do together anyway. Guess what we're doing at the next family reunion?! (there are 6 of us)

I've looked at directions from the referenced web site and it looks to me like the paper tape method might be the easiest - what do you experienced sewers have to say?
thanks, Linda in B'ham

by the way, you Birminghamers:
SUNDAY is earthday at the botanical gardens and will prolly have lots of recycling ideas AND

if you've never been to this you're really missing something -HUGE every-other-year-sale with very cheap prices - you can furnish your house and your wardrobe completely here:
April 24-25 Bargain Carousel/ Eastwood Mall; the "thousand-family yard sale" sponsored by the Junior League of Birmingham that features everything from furniture to clothes; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 24 and 1-4 p.m. April 25; free admission; 871-0840, extension 134.
AND -School of Fine Arts Bizarre Bazarr is the same weekend.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / intricate but quick, simple quilt pattern on: April 05, 2004 01:23:36 PM
I'm looking for a quilt pattern that looks very intricate, but is quick and easy, preferably not using blocks.
Not that I'm trying to mispresent myself. I just thought it would be fun to make one in a night. I'm a beginner at quilting but not sewing.
I have tried search engines and quilting sites with no luck. Maybe my quest isn't realistic, but I thought if someone knew some tricky way of cutting and turning fabrics that would go quickly, or reverse quilting or origami quilting or whatever, that I might be able to finish ONE quilt.
you're come thru for me on my other quests here, i bet one of you has the answer.
thanks, Linda in B'ham.
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / rag rug, use for denim etc on: April 05, 2004 07:18:09 AM
Here a couple of interesting ways to make rugs from below site, they have illustrations at the site.

Extension activity 2: make a rag rug
You will need 4 pieces of wood 300mm long and 25mm square, 4 screws, glue and 24 nails (20mm panel pins would do), to make the loom. You will also need string and strips of material.

1.   Hammer 12 nails in one of the pieces of wood, 20mm apart and starting 30mm in from the end.

2.   Repeat with another piece of wood.

3.   Make the frame by gluing and screwing the corners.

4.   String the frame as shown.

5.   Weave the strips of material between the string.

6.   When the loom is full tie pieces of material at each end of the string loops as shown.

7.   Remove the rag rug from the loom.
Textiles extension activity 1: weaving
(If you use netting of some kind, this could be rug also)

You will need either an old bicycle wheel with spokes, a piece of mesh like chicken wire, or an old piece of netting.

You will also need strips of material. You could cut old clothes, curtains or sheets into strips or use old tights and thick wool.

You could also cut different coloured plastic bags into long strips. How?

Before you start cutting think where you want your creation to hang and think about the colours that you want to use. Dont create waste!

Weave the spokes or mesh to your own design and colour scheme.
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / upholstery Fringe on: April 02, 2004 08:19:04 AM
I have many yards of satiny fringe. It's the heavy upholstery kind, in different colors, about 3" wide.  A store gave it away when it changed locations (along with beautiful silk flowers and big rolls of fabric - was I lucky to be in the right place at the right time or what!?)
You can't trim the fringe because because it is all one long piece that makes up the top band also.  Besides lamps, purses, pillows, furniture throws and bedspread trim, anyone have any idea what can be done with it? I've given a lot away, but am still left with over 50 yards - I just couldn't let it go in the trash.

I'm the one that asked about the door beads (got many great answers, when I remembered I had the fringe I thought about trying just hanging fringe on a pressure rod - so I will try that, but still looking for other uses.

thanks for your help, Linda in B'ham
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re:DOOR BEADS (or facsimile) on: April 01, 2004 11:00:08 AM
WOW, thanks guys! you've got lots of great ideas.

I'm the one who has the formica chips, but they would be heavy and unfriendly to rush through as I take my burning pots off the stove.

the other ideas sound feasible. I do have a lot of fabric and paper samples around I could use.

You are opening up possibilities to me - If we all got together in one place I bet there's NOTHING we couldn't make!
Wouldn't it be fun to decorate one of those houses make completely of recycled materials. People may laugh at funky recycled stuff, but one day, when the earth starts tilting even more because of all the garbage in the United States, we can say we told you so.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / DOOR BEADS (or facsimile) on: April 01, 2004 08:04:08 AM
I want to make a door hanging something the door beads hang within the door frame. I want to limit view to my craft room from my living room without blocking out the light coming thru. I don't want purchase something - want to make it myself. Beads are too expensive. I'd like to recycle something.

Anyone have any great ideas?Huh??

thanks, Linda in B'ham Huh Huh Huh
10  UNITED STATES / Alabama / Re:wallpaper sample books on: March 29, 2004 12:05:24 PM
I live in the midst of interior decorating stores, a couple paint stores. Most of the ones I have came from a paint store. I found them on the sidewalk. I haven't had any luck going around asking for sample books-they don't have any or they're spoken for. They just seem to throw them out when they're ready. But if you get friendly with a store they might save them for you. I wish you lived close by, I'm tired of my wallpaper pieces and  you could have some. I think they change out every year.
I've made some greeting cards and decoupage crafts from them.

I got fabric sample books from a decorating business that  was moving to a different location. I find those thrown out on the sidewalk also.
Good Luck
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