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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Zigzag coming out straight? on: October 05, 2008 04:45:24 PM
I have a very old very temperamental sewing machine  Smiley

Today it pulled a new trick on me!  I'm trying to sew a zigzag stitch, and it's coming out as a straight line with only one or two "zigs" in it (on a 6" or so seam).  The needle is going back and forth fine, but for some reason the thread isn't catching on the left side.

Any ideas?
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Handspun Ski Headband on: July 07, 2008 10:39:12 PM

I made this headband out of my handspun yarn.  It's 3" wide and 20" around (stretches to fit my 24" head).  It's knit as a rectangle in stockinette stitch with a slipped edging, and the ends are grafted together.

Here is the yarn before being knit up, it's a 2 ply bulky weight spun from a black and white striped roving.

It took me about three hours to spin the yarn, an hour to ply it, and two hours to knit the headband.

Hope you like it!  I'd be happy to answer any questions Smiley
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Your Fiber Stash on: November 21, 2007 10:21:18 AM
This is the first time I've ever had a stash!  I went to a needlecraft convention last weekend and picked up some pretty fiber to work with.

1 oz Colonial top in Slate  (I love this stuff, so soft, so nice, and easy to spin!)

1 oz Colonial top in Koala

30 silk cocoons (about 1/2 oz)

"Mystery Roving" I ordered from ebay ages ago.  Can't remember what it is, any help identifying it would be great!

So show me your beautiful stash of fiber!
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Random Assortment of Paintings on: November 20, 2007 10:13:59 PM
Digital paintings, that is!

"La Vie en Noir"

A little wizard/magician guy

Funky afro lady

This is CRAFTSTER!  (sorry about the frame, forgot to crop this one)
5  Florida / Florida: Central / Two conventions in Tampa! on: November 19, 2007 03:03:50 PM



The first is mainly for weaving, but also includes spinning and dying yarn.

The second covers sewing, quilting, knitting, crochet, weaving, etc.

Go to the websites for class/vendor lists.
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Scrubs Name Badge on: October 30, 2007 09:50:01 PM
A friend of mine is being JD from Scrubs, so I Photoshopped him a name badge!

Feel free to print and use yourself, I know a lot of people do Scrubs costumes.

You can "laminate" it with packing tape or contact paper.
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / The complete spinning book by Candace Crockett. on: October 26, 2007 06:13:21 PM
Have you ever read this book? Is it any good?  Is it about wheel spinning, spindle spinning, or both?

I'm thinking about requesting this as an interlibrary loan, which would cost me about $10. Do you think it's worth it?

I can't find any reviews online of it, sadly.
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Translucent Paper on: October 25, 2007 09:09:58 PM
I'd like to make a sketchbook with translucent dotted pages.

Where do you get translucent paper? (rather not get it online since I'd like to feel the texture of it first)

Can you print on it with an inkjet to add a grid/dots/lines?

Is it harder to bind that regular paper/more fragile?

Thank you  Smiley
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Photo Tutorial: Making fake skin for stitches, scars, etc. on: October 14, 2007 11:58:21 AM
I've been playing with liquid latex for my Halloween costume which is going to have rather elaborate makeup, so I thought I'd give a tut on what I learned so far.

You'll need some liquid latex (get it at just about any costume store, ask the clerk and they'll know what you're talking about), a makeup sponge, a mirror, concealer/foundation in your skin tone, and a needle/thread (optional, for doing stitches)

Dip the sponge in the latex and pick up a little.

Dab the latex onto the mirror to make a really thin layer.  You want it to be as even as possible

Here's the layer of latex on the mirror.  Mine didn't come out very even, you'll see why that's a bad thing later.

Wait for the latex to dry.  Or blow-dry it on low if you're impatient.

Continue dabbing on thin layers and drying until the latex is the thickness you want.  If you're making a scar, you can do thicker, less even layers to make it look ragged, or build up very gradually for one that looks more healed over and old.  If you're going to make stitches (or just some peely skin), you don't need it to be as thick, so just add layers until it's not transparent anymore.

Peel off the latex.  Try not to let the edges roll up on themselves.  If they do, you can trim them off with a pair of sharp scissors or a razor blade.

Apply a little bit of liquid latex directly to your skin and stick on the "skin".  Let it dry for a moment.
If you want the skin to be really smooth, stick it with the side that was on the mirror up.  If you want it to be rougher, stick it the other way.  I chose the rough way.

Add more latex to blend the edge of the fake skin into your real skin.  Then apply your concealer/foundation.  In the picture I only blended the top left edge.

CAREFULLY stick the needle through the "skin".  Don't sew through your arm.  It hurts.

Result!  Creepy!
10  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / What's the cell phone for? on: October 09, 2007 11:39:47 PM
I noticed next to the title of one post in a thread, there was a little picture of a cell phone (all the other posts had a piece of paper).  I tried clicking it to see what would happen and it didn't change anything.

What's it for?
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