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1  Texas / Texas: Central / crafty job availability? on: February 13, 2009 05:00:35 PM
Hello Austin-ites!

Hubby and I are seriously considering moving to Austin this year and my biggest concern is finding a job.

I would like to find some sort or sewing or crafty job with full time hours. I dont care if its a factory job or what, but I've had no luck on job search sites. I've got a decent resume, can get some awesome references and I can do all sorts of sewing and related stuff.

Can anyone tell me if there are a decent amount of jobs like this available and where I might be able to find them? (online specifically?)

Thanks and maybe see you soon?...
2  Ohio / Ohio: Southwest / Enon crafters? on: October 07, 2008 06:07:21 PM
I'm going to be moving to Enon in a couple weeks and I'm wondering if there are any local craft groups. Or maybe in Fairborn or Springfield? Anyone involved with GRCHA?

I live in Dayton right now, so Its not a big move. I'm just so excited to be moving out of the city and onto a farm. Smiley

I'm interested in sewing, quilting, crochet, fine arts, some papercrafts and I think I may be getting a spinning wheel for Christmas (shhhhh!).
3  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Coffee dyeing and mordant questions... on: March 15, 2008 08:14:45 AM
I've got some Patons Classic Wool Merino in Winter White that I'd like to dye with coffee. This is going to be my first dyeing experiment, so I've got a question or two....

I'm using this book http://www.amazon.com/Readers-Digest-Back-Basics-Traditional/dp/B000Z2NUVO/ref=sr_1_19?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1205593481&sr=1-19 as a guide and it says to use unmordanted wool when you're dyeing with coffee. If I'm using a store bought yarn, does that mean its already been mordanted?

The details on the yarn are 100% Pure New Wool, hand wash, dry flat, and its 3 1/2 oz / 100 g to a skein and I've got two skeins to dye. I've got quite a bit of stale coffee grounds. Do the dyeing properties of coffee change with its age? The grounds I've got are 1-2 years old.

Thanks in advance!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Invitation question... on: April 15, 2007 08:57:53 PM
Hello! I'm working on invitations for my wedding and I'm thinking of making postcard response cards (as opposed to a card in an envelope). Has anyone done this before? I dont think I've seen it done before but I cant think why not. Can anyone think of a reason I might not want to do this?

- Less cost in materials
- Less cost in postage both ways
- Informal (matches the feel of my wedding)

- ? You tell me!
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / rosemary potato salad recipe? on: April 06, 2007 04:15:22 PM
Hello! A while back I had some rosemary potato salad at a friends party, and now I cant find a recipe for it anywhere. It cant be hard, but I'm not a great cook and so I'd like to have a recipe to work with if possible.

It was made with red potatoes and some sort of oil, rosemary (obviously) and served cold. And it was delicious.  Cheesy

Anyone have any ideas?
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Sunset art quilt on: April 03, 2007 08:53:17 PM
This is another art quilt/wall hanging for an art benefit I am participating in on thursday.

I am really happy with the way this turned out. The finished product is very very close to what I saw in my head before I started the project. It was inspired by a sunset I saw at my inlaws house a couple weeks ago.

The  black silhouette part is velveteen, the other fabrics are a mix of batiks, quilting fabric, and the part that is pink-white is a piece of white fabric I washed (accidentally) with something red and it ended up looking tie-dyed.  Wink The majority of the fabrics are from my stash. I used wonder-under to affix the pieces to the batting, then quilted it and the backing together. Its about 12" by 36"

7  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Sweet Pea Shawl in green on: April 03, 2007 08:40:50 PM
This is the Sweet Pea Shawl from the Happy Hooker. I left off the fringe and I think I like it better without it. This shawl went pretty fast, and I like the pattern because you really cant see the mistakes I made!
I used some recycled yarn from an old sweater. Its cotton/wool/something else.

8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Mermaid Quilted wall hanging! on: March 17, 2007 12:30:04 AM
AKA "How I keep out of trouble"

I've been wanting to make this for a while, but finally got some motivation because I've got space at an art show April 5th.

All the fabric (except the backing) is scraps I brought home from work (free!). The backing is actually a batik in shades of blue, not purple like it looks in the picture. The mermaid is fused and hand-stitched, everything else is machine sewn. It turned out to be about 36" square.


Finished close up (with backing- but the backing is more blue less purple)

Before finishing

ETA: I forgot to put the size.
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Soldering iron and synthetic fabrics? on: March 16, 2007 05:03:55 PM
I got a book at the libary today and got incredibly inspired. Its:

"Fusing Fabric: Creative Cutting, Bonding and Mark-Making With the Soldering Iron" by Margaret Beal

Its got some fantastic ideas about fusing synthetic fabrics (nylon organza, chiffon, acrylic felt) and some of it has machine embroidery too. The results are more art than craft so I posted this on the art board.  Smiley

If anyone has read this book, I would love to discuss ideas or see some finished projects.

My fiancee is out tonight and his soldering iron is sitting in plain view. I think its going to get some excercise tonight. I've got all the supplies I need to start! I'll post pics when I get something made.  Grin
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Penguin Shirt Reconstruction on: March 06, 2007 07:27:48 PM
So I was thrift shopping for sweaters to recycle the yarn... and I found this huge turtleneck with the cutest penguins on it. I forgot to take a before picture. Oops. Here's the after pics:

I made the sleeves kind of pouffy and put a little band at the bottom of the sleeves, took in the sides of the shirt, and took the turtleneck off, shortened it to a normal tshirt collar size and reattached it. Hooray for my serger!
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