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1  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / The Color Orange - Human rights and the Olympic Games on: April 17, 2008 06:07:53 AM
Hi all, I'd like to direct your attention to the crafty part of a campaign for human rights.

Crafty people can support the campaign The Color Orange for human rights by making orange items and donating them to people who will attend the Olympic Games or related events.

From the Color Orange website  http://www.thecolororange.net/:
We are launching the project The Color Orange to highlight the violations of the human rights in China on the occasion of the Olympic Games in Beijing August 2008.

The idea is both sophisticated and simple: We want to introduce The Color Orange as a symbol of the protest against the human rights violations in China. The strict censorship can ban the use of obvious symbols of human rights, but the use of The Color Orange cannot be banned.

So we will encourage sports people and spectators to make vast and creative use of the color for clothing and all sorts of accessories. It can be anything, like an orange hat, camera bag, tie, pen, paper, dress, suit, bag etc. Even pealing an orange will be considered a poignant statement.

Contacts between crafters and receivers of orange wearables are made through use of Flickr, a website for free publishing of photographs. Crafters will make a picture of their crafted orange item and receivers can contact the crafter directly by commenting on their picture or sending a mail message through Flickr. Receivers are asked to make a picture of them wearing the item, preferably at the OG, and posting the picture on flickr too. There is a Flickr special interest group for this purpose, you find it here: http://flickr.com/groups/755098@N22
The pictures posted to the group are public - anyone can see them.

The group will function as a galery for the crafted items as well as a galery of people wearing handcrafted, orange items at the Olympics or related events, thereby also contributing to raising awareness.The Flickr medium also provides for a discussion forum about the craft part of the campaign. However, we will also try (in the Flickr group and in coordination with the overall campaign) to find other ways to get items to be worn at the Olympic Games.

Knitters, spinners and crocheters that are members of Ravelry can join the special interest group there, follow this link: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/color-orange---human-rights-and-the-olympic-games

If you're interested but do not have a Flickr account you can also just reply to this post. And if you like the idea but do not want to craft, you can also just try to spread the news about the Color Orange campaign (or the crafty part of it) on the net or in your personal space. All of that would help!
CHEERS, Rineke
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / bag with buttons on: June 30, 2007 10:17:12 AM

sewn from thrifted bedlinen, stencilled using freezer paper method, with vintage buttons. Pattern from the danish magazine Kreative Kvinder (juni 2007)
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / I've found an alternative for freezer paper on: June 24, 2007 07:29:52 AM
Living in Denmark, I was truly irritated at the fact that I could not get freezer paper anywhere. The other day I stood with a roll of, I thought, gift paper. It turned out not to be gift paper but book-covering paper. On the label it said: This paper is coated with plastic for extra endurance. Do you ever have moments where you can almost see that little lightbulb appearing next to your head? Well this was one.

I tried it out and it actually works. A roll of plastic-coated book covering paper costs 19 danish kroner, that's about 3.5 dollars, and it is a couple of meters.  The colours on it do not matter - although if you want to trace motives through it, you may find this easier with a light colour. The colours do not stick to the fabric. I found out not to go over the stencil with the iron (on hot for cotton) more then once (if you do that EVERYTHING will stick - eventually it will come off and you'll still have a nice result but that will take hours...).

I am so happy about this! You can see one result of the book-covering paper stencilling herehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/tingletangle/576113214/
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / mary jane slippers and ballerina's felted/unfelted on: March 23, 2007 07:09:43 AM
I made a pattern for these which you can find on my blog. Felted mary jane version:

Felted Ballerina version:

Unfelted ballerina version in DK cotton:

Hope you like them!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / little hellokittybag on: March 23, 2007 07:04:43 AM
Found a pattern for a Hello Kitty Granny square here:
Made it into a little bag to hang around a child's neck. This is the front.

this is the back

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / pomatomus fingerless gloves - modified on: December 05, 2006 02:13:22 AM

hey everybody. I made pomatomusses like a lot of people have, only I don't like knitting socks so I made them as fingerless gloves. Comments are welcome.

cheers Rineke

Two things to add:
1. directions for making these are posted on my blog
2. I swear I didn't know! But look here at some other people's version of pomatomus fingerless gloves:

<a href="http://craftoholic.blogspot.com/2006/03/mermaid-gloves.html">craftoholics</a></li>
<a href="http://www.frecklegirl.com/blog/2006/10/30/pomatomus-fingerless-glove-1/">frecklegirl</a></li>
<a href="http://www.catduck.com/Clog/CategoryView,category,Gloves%2cMermaid.aspx">catduck</a></li>
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Irie hat with dreadlocks on: November 22, 2006 03:42:14 AM

I designed and made this hat. The hat itself is knitted, the dreads are 'fingerknitted' and crocheted - afterwards they were felted in the washing machine. A free pattern will soon be published on my blog.

Thanks for looking.
8  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / How to (not) make a model in duct tape for custom fitting... on: October 27, 2006 05:21:49 AM
I thought it would be handy to have a model of my foot, e.g. when felting slippers or so, so I put on an old sock and placed duct tape all over. It went well. But after 24 hours it looked more like a piece of art:

Has anybody else had this problem? Is it just the quality of the duct tape or??
Please help me!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Who do I owe credit? NOW with a (hopefully) working picture! on: October 23, 2006 12:09:39 AM

Hi everybody,

I made this bag inspired by a tutorial I think I saw on this board. I did not actually use the tutorial, read it once or twice, and then drew up my own pattern, and added a flap.

I do want to give credit though, of course, to the maker of the tutorial! Who is it?

The bag is made of two new, cheap pillowcases. Inside fabric as the outside flap.

(other comments welcome too, of course).

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / fingerless gloves from 'one skein' - now with picture on: September 22, 2006 08:57:57 AM
the book One Skein by Leigh radford has these fingerless gloves in them that I made. the yarn is grey sock yarn which I dyed with egg-dye (used for dying eggs at easter time - it works just like other food colouring).

Hope you like!
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