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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: About to toss my machine out the window! on: July 05, 2006 06:06:43 PM
If it makes you feel any better, I was having some major troubles this weekend with like yards of tangles on the bottom of my fabric, and I played all around with the tension and cleaning everything over and over, only to realize I was using the wrong bobbin for my machine. Not advisable. It was ALMOST the same, but alas...  Tongue

And I really love that sew-a-lot site - thanks so much for posting that!

Good luck!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: COLOUR CRAFTALONG on: June 26, 2006 07:31:14 PM
Hey everyone! I'm glad you like my shirt! It didn't come out quite like I wanted it to, so I'm a tad self-conscious. So all the kind words are very warm and fuzzy and appreciated. :-)

Thanks miss-a-choo! "Faux" silk-screening is, I guess, like a cheater version of silkscreening. Cheaper, and either much more or much less complicated depending on how you look at it. OK, that probably made no sense. Here's a link to some other shirts I made, and there's a link to the tutorial I used. Muy simpl-o. Grin If you look in the silk-screening board, there's a lot of discussion of the pro's and cons.


Fudge-girl - copy away!!! Did you mean the re-con? Or the stencil design? I've been making some puffed sleeve shirts from Jessiesmess's tute:


and I got the sign language font from:

I think it's called Galletano.

AusLan? Is that for real? (I can never tell when people are messing with me.  Wink ) I've never heard of that. How could it look different? It's still done with the hands, right? I'm so confused....

And taped-on-wings - that yarn is so totally beautiful. I don't knit or anything. I think I'd just sit and look at it in a pretty bowl. Yummy.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: COLOUR CRAFTALONG on: June 26, 2006 01:51:38 PM
Oh how cool! Everything looks so fabulous! I love pink!

OK, so here's mine...

I took a big old man's t-shirt and cut it up and made puffed sleeves (I'm still deciding how long I want it. It kind of looks like a too-short-nightie right now, so I'll probably take it up a few inches.) Once I was done, I died it pink, and then "faux" screen-printed my name in sign language. It's a tad off-center  Wink but I'm ok with that.

And I am way psyched for yellow. It's really not my color, but I found two really great sheets at goodwill, and I think I'm going to make a sundress (or two!)
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Re: First "faux" silk-screens - TONS of pics on: June 14, 2006 11:22:16 AM
Thanks! So, if you use the screen inks, do they wash out with water? (I mean from your supplies, not from the t-shirt) Can you use a brush/sponge, or do you have to get a squeegee? I heard that the texture is way nicer with inks, so I may indeed dabble. (starter kits, you say?) I just had scads of acrylic already....

And you're totally right about all the little dots. I think I might go back over it with more glue to cover those up, but some of them look kind of cool with some of the designs. But it does make it kind of hard to read the words.  Cheesy

but I admit, that the little teeny bit that I have read about emulsion sounds REALLY cool. I mean, it does all the work, right? You don't even have to trace anything? Or maybe I misunderstood. Anyhoo, if so many die-hard screenprinters love it, there must be something cool about it. But my craft area is already taking over the living room and my boyfriend is going to flip out if I buy any more supplies. (but I need it!!!) He calls it my 'crack addiction'.  Roll Eyes

And can I just say, that stenciling with contact paper sucks. Maybe it's just the brand I got, but it's too thin and it keeps tearing when I take it off the backing. I have some freezer paper on order, so hopefully that will come soon and change my life. I love my screenprinting, but I've been huffing too much mod-podge. Getting loopy. Might search the office for old stacks of overhead sheets too.......
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Collage-y / decoupage-y mini-journals - & Mod-Podge question on: June 14, 2006 11:09:28 AM
Oh cool! I didn't know that product existed. I have a coupon to an art store.... I told myself I wouldn't buy anything else crafty for a while tho. But maybe just this once....

In the mean time, I might try the cornstarch on some of the other mod-podge-y projects I have laying around. I made a bunch of magnets, as gifts, and had to wrap them in wax paper, because it was the only thing I could find that didn't stick to it. So the matte medium may open up whole new worlds for me. Thank you!!!!!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: COLOUR CRAFTALONG on: June 13, 2006 04:19:16 PM
Thanks for the compliments guys and gals.  The one that cracked me up was lazydayzee:

"I have no idea how you made that, it looks like quilting, weaving, embroidery all together."

No idea, huh?  That's EXACTLY how I made it!  The ice-cream globs are 1" strips of fabric ironed onto adhesive backing and then machine embroidered over the joins, the cones were 3/4" strips woven together, ironed the same and then cut out and zigzagged to secure them.  Then I just put it all together like patchwork - now off you go, use those ideas to make something even better!   Cheesy

LMAO!!!  Cheesy Too funny! I was staring at it, and staring at it, and kept thinking that it must be some type of craft that I'd never heard of with a fancy french name. Does it have a name? You're way creative! I will definitely file this away and break it out at some unsuspected crafty moment in the future.

I'm still giggling. I'm such a good guesser.... Wink
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Father's Day / Re: Only one and a half day to go... Childish dad. Please help me! on: June 13, 2006 10:16:53 AM
You know those flat marble magnets? I kind of wanted to make some of those with pictures of me and my brothers. I mean, it's sweet, but not over-the-top, and they're useful. I just need to find some pictures and shrink them down. But maybe you could do a set of magnets with pictures of old time gas pumps? Like pictures from old magazines? An idea...
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Father's Day / Re: Does ANYONE have ANY ideas for a father's day gift?!! on: June 13, 2006 10:13:46 AM
Well, it's not crafty at all, but my dad is really hard to do anything for. So this year, I downloaded a bunch of Noam Chomsky lectures/speeches/interviews from BearShare and burned them onto CDs. My dad's a big lefty political activist, and he'll just love them. He would probably love anything from the CarTalk guys too. NPR Rocks bay-bee!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: COLOUR CRAFTALONG on: June 13, 2006 08:54:02 AM
Oh wow! Stephen Weaver - Such a beautiful ice-cream pillow! I have no idea how you made that, it looks like quilting, weaving, embroidery all together. So pretty.

Indieannajess - beautiful scarf! It looks so shiny and soft!

And an update on my June project - I am half done with my t-shirt. I already did all the cutting and sewing, but now I want to dye it pink (it's off-white) and stencil something fabulous on it. I want to be all done by Thursday, so I can take it with me on a trip, so I'll do my very very best to post by the weekend.

Yay! This is an awesome motivator! All my crafts lately have been for other people, and this is forcing me to make one for myself! Yay!
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / First "faux" silk-screens - TONS of pics on: June 13, 2006 08:40:45 AM
Hi there! I needed to make some presents, and I loved this tutorial:


I had everything at the house already, so I gave it a go. I think it turned out really well, and was really happy that I didn't have to try to turn a kind of complex pattern into a stencil. Because I suck at that. Seriously, this was way easier, although it kind of took a while doing all the painting.

I'm including some pics of the process too.

This is the logo of a band my brother loves, Amadan - they do Celtic rock and are from Portland, Oregon, our hometown. I thought he definitely needed a t-shirt, and I emailed the band and they were SO nice, and sent me a clean image of the logo.

So I did the tracing thing - this hurt my wrist, and annoyed me that I had to trace the pattern twice. But I found an easier way - see below.

Now this may not be news, but as I was painting on the Mod-Podge, I accidentally got some on a glass frame that was in the way. I of course noticed it after it had dried, but it just peeled right off! So... I've made a couple others (below) using a big picture frame. After I attached my fabric to the frame, instead of tracing the picture onto the fabric, I put the image I wanted to trace under the glass from the frame, put the frame with the fabric on top of the glass, and then painted the Mod-Podge directly onto the fabric, hence onto the glass. Let it dry, and then peeled the entire thing off the glass. Tada! No tracing! It may be an imperfect method, but it made it SO much easier for me.

Ok, more pics..

Finished design (yes, I had to touch up a couple areas, since I was really afraid of over-saturating the design and didn't want it to smoodge all over the place)

And finished t-shirt!

OK, here are some other shirts I made for him too.

This is an ad for the same band, that I found online somewhere. Thought it was pretty bad-ass.

Close-up. It came out all blurry, but I think it looks cool that way. I also had to fill in a couple spots afterward. But the only real problem was that the white has since turned kind of grey-ish. It still looks ok, but I need to work on how to get a true white. (using acrylic/fabric medium. I'm afraid of screen inks. Photo-emulsion sounds scary-complicated!)

And this is a combo stencil / faux-silkscreen. This was actually the first one I did onto an actual shirt, as a test, but I placed the image way too low, so I added the words/title in up top. Didn't do a great job of matching the greys, but maybe it will look intentional.... Right?  Wink

What do you think? This is in the right folder, right? I'm still fairly new, and really really new to the stencil/silk-screen thang.

Thanks for looking!
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