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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Do copyrights for knitting patterns ever expire? on: October 03, 2008 09:06:50 AM
Last year, I bought about 50lbs worth of old knitting magazines (mostly McCall's Needlework) at a flea market for two dollars.  The patterns are all from the 50s and 60s, and I'm just getting around to finishing a TOO COOL sweater from Fall/Winter 1955-56.  I'd love to share these patterns here, but I know I might be crossing the line with issues of copyright. 

However, I don't know if this is the case with only recent patterns or all patterns ever to hold a copyright.  These patterns are exclusive to the magazine, and are out of print (and have been for some time now!) and thus can't be bought new, so is copyright really an issue?  The copyright would be detrimental to the aesthetic beauty and the existence of the patterns themselves because it would mean that they'd only be "legal" in the original form, and because they can no longer be bought except by chance in a lot, it would essentially wipe them out of existence. 

What do you think about the legality of sharing vintage patterns freely?

Thanks craftster,
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Conor Oberst Doll ****Creepy IMG Heavy**** on: August 05, 2008 08:03:26 PM
Hello everyone. 

*I don't sculpt or sew and I've never made a doll, so be kind!*

I've been preparing for today for the past few weeks.  Today Conor Oberst of the band Bright Eyes released his first solo album since ~'96, and to prepare I made a 12" model of Conor himself.  I finished him this morning before *we* headed off to the record store.  I usually paint pictures of Conor, but thought that I'd do something different to mark the occasion. 

He is made from painted Sculpty, some linen, stuffing, thread, love, and **cough**human hair**cough**my hair**cough**

He comes complete with a handle of Jack Daniels. 

Clothes--knitted sweater (I made up the pattern as I went along) and jeans made from a favorite old pair.

I feel creepy undressing him...let alone making him in the first place...but here is the construction:

His right leg has "Waste of Paint" embroidered on it (I've never done any embroidery--a lot of firsts in this project!) 

And a little closer shot of his head:

What do you think?  Spare me the lecture of how unhealthy my obsession has become.  It was fun and I'm pretty proud of it even if it may not look exactly like him...think 1997 and squint your eyes?
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / "Pretty Birds" Moving Gift on: May 12, 2008 11:56:03 AM
Hi everyone!

This is a small "I'm moving" gift for a good neighbor-friend of mine.  He has a bird, too, so I thought he would appreciate this. 

I bought two plaster bird figures from Micheal's and painted them (with a modification to the parakeet's cere.)  I had been collecting my birds' feathers, so I made small holes in the plaster after I painted and glued some into place (I thought Kayla's crest feathers came out well!).  I sealed everything with matte Mod-Podge after mounting it to a wood platform I had lying around.  Here are the results:



Kayla preening herself:

Kayla again:

Kyle is a little camera shy... Smiley

I hope he likes it! 

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Standard record sleeve-->journal on: January 11, 2007 12:35:43 PM
Hi.  I know this has been done before...but I found a neat record sleeve and I made it into a journal.  It's my first journal...I hope you guys like it.  (It originally said "Calypso Holiday", but it would not all fit  Sad .)  I kind of made it up as I went along, but I think I used pretty much the standard book-making technique.

I made another one, but it's not as good...They are both pretty sturdy, though.  

Thank you for looking.
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