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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Tips on sewing with velvet on: November 05, 2005 09:40:02 AM
I am sewing velvet and cotton fabrics together and am having a tough time with the tension between the 2 fabrics. When I sew with the grain of the fabric, everything's fine, but sewing across is not working at all. I'm using a standard sewing machine (Elna 1000) and metal foot. Any suggestions/tips on special foots or tension adjustments when working with slippery fabrics like Velvet? I do have a serger - am I better off using that?  I have been sewing for 20 years and can't remember having these problems in the past, but then again, I sew mostly with cotton blends and courdoroy. Any help would be appreciated!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Call for Pattern Submissions - Paid! on: September 09, 2005 03:26:18 PM
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / SuperCrafty Accepting Pattern Submissions - Paid! on: September 09, 2005 03:24:04 PM
SuperCrafty.com is accepting knitting and crochet pattern submissions for customer newsletters, our website and a mini mag zine. We need patterns using current GGH, Muench, Berroco, Mango Moon, Anny Blatt, Bouton D'Or and/or Karabella yarns only. We pay for accepted patterns, or you can get free yarn! For more info, please download the submission form and guidelines here: http://www.auctionartists.com/patternsubmission.doc

Or, email me directly with questions. We accept patterns on a rolling basis, but the first deadline for the the mini mag is September 30.


Allison Keech Sanka
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Bling Mug examples/photo - help! on: July 23, 2005 09:58:03 AM
I have been trying to find photos or samples of Snoop Dogg or other rap stars holding a mug or stein encrusted with swarovski crystals with their name, a slogan or saying on it. I am sure I saw a photo of him with one in some magazine but I cannot remember where. Amazingly, I have come up with nothing on google or yahoo.  I would like to see samples of some so I can come up with some designs for a gift for my brother, who is a rap and hip hop producer and just got his first artist signed to a major label!

Can anyone post links or photo examples please? TIA for help!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / How do I attach lace to veil? (lots of pics) on: June 12, 2005 01:49:01 PM
I am designing and making my wedding veil for my August 20 wedding. It will be nearly 80 inches and I would like to make it a double layer veil. (I gave up on making my dress - not enough time, but found a beautiful one by Paloma Blanca, pictured below.)

I have 108" ivory veil tulle cut in rounded edge, and am making a second layer with an edging of 100 year old lace on top.  It's beautiful and matches the veil perfectly. See pics below.

First, so you think is this too much with my dress?

I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions on how to attach it so that the binding does not detract from the beauty of the lace?  I was thinking of either hand sewing it on the the edge of the tulle and finding a very lightweight thin matte ribbon to put over it, or hand rolling and sewing the seam on the underside of the veil and just leaving as is.

Secondly, any thoughts on what to so with the edge of the under-layer?

Thanks so much in advance!




Here's my dress!

6  California / California: South / Craft Supplies Yard Sale - Sunday 3/20 Los Angeles - GREAT DEALS! on: March 14, 2005 11:15:20 AM
The Crafty Girls and Boys of Stitch n' Bitch Los Angeles bring you their first ever

Craft Supplies Yard Sale
Sunday, March 20th, 2005
10 am 2pm
1327 South Stanley Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90019

Several members of Stitch N Bitch Los Angeles will be selling some of our vast stashes of knitting, art, crafting, sewing, craft and crocheting supplies. Many items are brand new and are priced cheap to sell, sell, sell!

Yarn - TONS of YARN!
Picture frames
Fabric - Vintage and Brand New!
Magnetic snaps
Glue guns and sticks
Latch hook yarn
Roll of piping/cording filler for custom cord
20 lbs. of bath salts
Several rolls of cording with lip
Feather trim & patches
Bolts of plain cotton fabric
Unused patterns
Plastic baby safety pins
Silk flowers
Silk bags
Purse handles
Make your own lampshade kit
Some scrapbooking stuff
Painting & drawing supplies
Vintage bottle caps - all unused
Craft Magazines - Knitting, Budget Living, Crafts Report

...and more!!

It will be great - don't miss out! See you Sunday!
7  California / California: South / Help Wanted X Post - Los Angeles freelance photographer/photoshop on: March 11, 2005 09:43:25 PM
Hi SoCal Craftsters,
This is an x-post for a help wanted for a photographer/photoshop assistant I posted in the classifieds:


Thanks for reading,
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Accept American Express at Craft Fairs on: September 15, 2004 06:15:11 PM
I found something so great I had to share it. After being in business 3 years, I am finally able to take American Express at craft fairs without a merchant account, and without a rediculously expensive wireless terminal.  I had investigated this in the past and had come up with price quotes at about $100 per month. I had decided it just wasn't worth it, and just took cash and checks.

Then I found this...

On the American Express website, you can sign up to accept American Express cards, and there is a way to process them from a cell phone, no expensive equipment needed and just $5 per month maintenance fee. There is NO per transaction fee, which as many of you know is a huge savings - merchant credit card services like Paymentech charge 2-4% plus about 30 cents per card swipe.

Sounds too good to be true, doesn't it?  Well, it's for real!

In order to accept and process AMEX in the field, you will need to get the phone processing, called Dial Payment System. Signing up for this is a 2 part process, which takes a few days to set up.

First, you will need to set up a merchant account with American Express - which costs just $5 per month.  Signup takes about 5 minutes - you need to have a business checking account and all the info ready when you sign up. You can do the signup online or by phone. Call AMEX(800-528-0682) and ask to sign up for the Dial Payment System program.  There is a one-time $25 setup fee for this program. You can call from your cell phone and process credit cards right there in the field, at shows from your phone.  You will need to give Amex a week to set up your account, so be sure to plan ahead!

Here is information and instructions on this great program.

Here is the link to general information on accepting American Express cards.

I signed up this week and plan to try everything out this weekend at a show I'm doing in Brentwood, CA.  I'll keep everyone posted.
9  California / California: Central / Feria Urbana Craft Show in San Francisco 6/26 on: June 19, 2004 10:04:54 AM

Saturday, June 26 from 12-5, Happy Home Designs will be at Feria Urbana at the Canvas Gallery in San Francisco. We have recently discovered the joys of urban gardening and BBQ'ing in our new backyard patio, so we have some new items that are great for these summer activities:
  • BBQ Aprons with vintage 70's iron ons
  • Garden planters made from vintage finds
  • Windchimes constructed of unexpected elements

Admission is FREE! Following is information on the event. Craftsters in the Bay Area, please come by and pass the word on to your Bay Area friends.  Thank you for supporting small business and for buying handmade.

Saturday, June 26, 12-5pm
The Canvas Cafe & Gallery
1200 9th Ave at Lincoln, San Francisco
(415) 504-0060
Happy Home Designs
10  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Painted Dr. Scholls - Tutorial on: April 12, 2004 11:00:05 AM
Here are some cute painted Dr. Scholls shoes I saw for $165:

And here's my version of them:

Cost: $34.99 for the shoes + supplies I already had around: masking tape, plastic bags, scissors, an X-acto knife, sandpaper, small paintbrushes, wood primer, regular wall paint, Polycrylic to seal.  You need a few days to make them, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to allow paint and sealant to dry. Otherwise it will be clumpy.

Here's how to make them:
1. Lightly sand wood surface of shoes to prep for primer. Clean dust with a slightly damp cloth.
2. Cover the leather strap entirely (inside and out) with plastic and masking tape. Tuck the masking tape  and plastic ends under the leather strap edges to protect it from getting painted.
3. Line the side of the sole of the shoes (the white part that shows on the side) with masking tape. Take some time to do this exactly along the line around the base of the shoes.
4. Prime the wood shoe base and let dry overnight.
5. Paint 2 coats of base color (depending on color and desired opacity.) Allow to dry at least 4 hours in between coats, and then overnight before you paint design.
6. To make polka dots, I traced a nickel and made a stencil, cutting it using an X-Acto knife. It's a little tricky to apply the paint, but a stencil made from a flexible vinyl can bend over the corners of the shoe, and if you lightly apply the paint, you have a template of where you will be painting the dots. Allow the paint to dry about 2 hours.
7. Using a small, firm brush and sweeping strokes (makes the edge smoother), paint the dots.  You may need to paint a few coats to make them opaque. Be sure to wait an hour or 2 in between coats. (Otherwise the paint will be clumpy.) Allow to dry overnight.
8. Paint 2-3 coats of Polycrylic semi gloss sealer, allowing coats to dry at least 3-4 hours in between coats.
9. Now you're ready to remove the plastic and tape. Run the X-Acto knife carefully around the edge of the masking tape along the edge of the sole's side to create a cut in the paint and sealant. This will keep the paint from peeling off the shoe when you remove the masking tape. Do this along the edges of the strap that may have paint on them. Also, be sure to separate the strap along the inside of the shoe. Using the X-Acto knife, trim any stray varnish and paint that may have dripped down between the strap and the shoe base's side - this will ensure that the strap lies flat along the shoe base.
10. Carefully and slowly peel the masking tape off around the shoe base, and remove the plastic and tape on the strap.
11. Press down any paint that may be peeling up along the edges, then paint 2 more layers of Polycrylic along the sole, where the paint ends. Do this also where the strap meets the shoe base along the inside.  This will seal the paint edges in and hopefully keep it from peeling. It's OK to get the Polycrylic on the sole.
12. Allow to dry completely overnight before wearing.

If you do make them or do other designs, please post them here - I'd love to see what everyone does!
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