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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Stitch Diva fundraiser update on: August 01, 2007 09:25:01 AM
www.Stitchdiva.com is having a sale on its patterns to benefit two families in the crafty community with cancer.  25% off until tonight!  

Popular patterns like the Simple Knitted Bodice, Sahara, Goddess, etc.

Crochet patterns, also!

Thanks to you, Stitch Diva was able to raise over $1500 USD for each family! Smiley

From the newsletter:
We've ended the sale and run the numbers.  The verdict is in:  Knitters and crocheters take care of their own.

We raised a total of $3362.62 , which means that because of all your help, Stitch Diva studios is able to write them each a check for $1681.31.

We are humbled and inspired by your generosity.  Thank you for supporting such a worthy cause!
12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Secret Craftster swap (Round 3) Gallery! on: July 26, 2007 06:50:50 PM

Somebody already received!  Grin Grin Grin Grin

I've begun a pic folder.  Feel free to PM me to get my e-mail!
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Ravenclaw robe on: July 20, 2007 11:59:41 PM
The second time I sew something is always faster. Smiley  Finished in 2 days rather than over a week.

This is a fully-lined robe based on Simplicity 5840.  Getting the sleeves right is the tricky part.  Last time I made one (Slythern version, can be seen here: http://imagecave.com/albums.asp?album=WIP), I goofed them up and had to seam the sleeves together from the outside-- didn't make me happy.

This was made from black lining fabric (I'm cheap, and I liked that black), and the blue is from polyester prom fabric (best shade of blue, plus soft & shiny Smiley).

I waited too long to get a patch sent, so rather than paying $10 for one I liked, I decided to search the internet and print it onto dark shirt iron-on paper.  Tongue HP robe on the cheap. Smiley

Wore it, some school-uniformish clothes, and took my snazzy wand and HP bag from swaps with GirlBrett and Nyx_slittleDemon, respectively. 

14  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Secret Craftster swap (Round 3) - Sign-ups CLOSED! Big send out August 22 on: July 07, 2007 10:03:17 PM
Swap name: Secret Craftster swap (Round 3)
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: knittinfiasco and teddybearbones
Sign-up date range: July 8-21
Dates to send item by: July 28, Aug 8, and Aug 22.
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No
Restricted to people who all live in the same country?  No
All ages allowed? Yes, as long as anyone under 18 has parental permission.

Swap Organizer(s) himself/herself meets these conditions: Yes
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES

How this swap works: The Secret Craftster swap is a multiple-sendout swap.  You won't know whom is sending you things until the end (unless you decipher the clues! Wink).  There are 3 crafts that we ask you to send at minimum: 1 small, 1 medium, 1 large (please use craftster guidelines https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=6553.msg706081#msg706081).  The small craft is sent out by July 28, the medium by Aug 8, and the large by Aug 22.  In this swap, the co-corganizers have 1/2 the list (so they don't know who is their Secret Craftster, either!), so please pay attention to whom you pm your tracking numbers to!  Our wonderful swap mod, SevsOnlyGirl will be the holder of the master list. Smiley

We ask that you have completed at least one swap successfully since there will be multiple sent-outs, and being on-time is very important! Please make sure you can get in touch with your organizer at least 24 hours of each send out!  Even though this is a secret swap, negative feedback will still appear if you flake partway through!

The Gallery:
15  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Simply Spray on Dark? on: July 07, 2007 08:40:58 AM
Anyone know if Simply Spray will work on a black t-shirt?  I couldn't find Stencil Spray in red at the store. I'm asking at the Simply Spray forum, too, so if I get an answer there, I'll update.
16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / cicadas in resin on: July 02, 2007 06:05:38 PM
After some work, they've emerged! Smiley

There are of a nymph shell & a corpse, and (I think) adult male and female periodical cicadas (to learn more, check out http://insects.ummz.lsa.umich.edu/fauna/michigan_cicadas/Periodical/Index.html).

the bottom of my casts:

side views:

You can probably see that one is much clearer than the other, and there's a crack in the blurrier one.  Too much catalyst led to too much heat, which cracked it and partially melted my unorthodox 'mold.'  Not all plastic is suitable for polyester resin!  Roll Eyes
17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Polyester resin unstuck from mold :) on: June 25, 2007 01:50:19 PM
So, I had this idea to preserve the periodical cicada (for more info see this site--you'll get a taste of how noisy they can be if you turn on your sound! Smiley) shells and corpses in resin to make myself a cool bookweight (like this, but with 2 resin domes to be connected by a ribbon or something).

My problem is I chose a cheap plastic 'mold' that was the shape I wanted...but now they're stuck! I bought and used 2 layers of 'mold release' as directed, but nothing's moving. Sad   

Any suggestions on breaking the molds to get my crafts out without breaking them?
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Gallery Glass Window Etch by Plaid :( on: June 15, 2007 01:20:53 PM
Claims to "create that etched glass look."

Minimal instructions.  Doesn't achieve detail.  I tried using it like one would with real etching cream by putting contact paper on a mirror, then cut out the picture I wanted with a razor edge.  I peeled off the parts I wanted 'etched,' spread the Gallery Glass product, and wait for it to dry.  When it was dry to the touch I started peeling.  To my horror, this stuff didn't stay on the glass!  It stretched and peeled at the edges of the contact paper.  Sad The smaller sections came off completely!

I ended up cleaning the mirror (I'm not sure that the Gallery Glass would withstand pratical things like the occasional cleaning) and I'm out to buy the real stuff.
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Dissuasion: Wilton easyimage inron-on transfers on: June 13, 2007 05:16:51 PM
I just tried my first sheet.

Followed the directions.


The color of the shirt started coming through after the first press! The packaging lies. The whites don't stay white. Sad

I've used June Tailor Dark T-Shirt Transfers just fine.  Didn't have this crappy problem.
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Teach Yourself Visually knitting on: May 13, 2007 01:47:38 PM
I learned to knit form Teach Yourself VISUALLY Knitting & Crochet.  It's a good resource with explanations of laundry symbols, and a good section of stitch patterns and projects (ranging from a dishcloth to a starnded sweater), including some embellishment techniques.

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Knitting Design is of the same quality, with good general guidelines for different sizes and gauges. There is a master pattern for hats, vests, sweaters, and other wearables with tips on modifying them. http://www.amazon.com/Teach-Yourself-VISUALLY-Knitting-Design/dp/0470068175/ref=sr_1_1/002-1126476-6504866?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1179088892&sr=8-1 
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