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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Look what materialized in my living room! on: February 15, 2010 09:16:45 PM
"Oh, you are gorgeous!"

really, just... *squee*

well, maybe
*squee*, WOW, OMG OMG OMG OMG, and "This Rocks" too!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / SUPER AWESOME link for all sewers, but esp for newbs! on: February 10, 2010 05:55:28 AM
I craft like I play music - by ear. I'm completely unschooled, yet I've got enough of a knack for it that I can kinda get away with it. Having recon'd enough t-shirts I'm venturing into the world of using real live commercial sewing patterns for the first time and feeling a SERIOUS case of The Dumb Huh While stumbling around for online help I found this website:


It's chock-full of lessons, tips, and techniques on every aspect of  Shocked EVERYTHING  Shocked you could possibly imagine to do with sewing!!!
Still very surprised I have never seen this link here on Crackster...
If you are spankin' new to sewing, OR experienced and looking for good advice on a specific technique do yourself a favor and give it a peek.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: The amazing feejee mermaid... FROM BORNEO! (with tutorial) on: January 22, 2010 06:17:31 AM
WOW WOW WOW  Shocked

*bounces around the room with amazement!*
Go Ars, another STUNNING post.

(please come hang pretty things on my walls, or just come hang on my wall?)

This rocks - and gets fav'd too.

(ed. to remove extra letters, i think i must have slobbered on my keyboard and my fingers slipped Wink )
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Vintage Bloomer tut! on: January 10, 2010 08:17:15 AM
And the bit about changing your underwear once or twice a week...

Yes, very useful advice!

I found another good pattern drafting pdf too...

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Vintage Bloomer tut! on: January 07, 2010 08:51:00 AM
I've been on a potential bloomer kick (meaning I haven't made any, but I think I must Smiley ) and after only finding a scant handful of tut links around here I found this:


It is from the book "A Girl's Problems in Home Economics" c.1926, which appears to be a classroom text. It's so freakin' detailed you even get told to watch your sewing posture!

I don't know if I'll follow it to the letter, but it's a really great source for checking out construction...

Hope some fellow Cracksters enjoy it like I did
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Dr. Who - Tom Baker Sock Monkey on: December 07, 2009 05:20:30 AM
this is BEYOND chock-full-of-awesome!!!
i <3 him, great job!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Meet steve. on: August 16, 2009 06:46:53 AM
another stellar job, ars

this rocks for sure, button pressed Smiley
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Jam Jar Garden on: March 17, 2009 10:20:57 AM
i love it! hope you'll let us know how it grows
9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Zombie Cheerleader on: January 24, 2009 10:47:08 AM
sweet costume and great job on those bites!
10  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: tips on how to make a mask on: January 24, 2009 06:10:41 AM
Hi and welcome to Crackster!

I can't remember the Zeffirelli mask, so I'm kind of at a loss for what to suggest...

What material would you like to make the mask out of?
Would you like it to be decorative or wearable (and if wearable, how often and where - meaning, how sturdy/waterproof/comfortable, etc?)

Laminated paper is a great starter method for getting into maskmaking, cheap too! I use brown paper shopping bags and good old Elmer's. Here's a link with some good info - scroll down to where it says 'Papier-Mache' http://www.squidoo.com/maskmaking#module1460028 - this is basically the method I'm referring too, though when I do it I use my fingers and apply straight glue (not the 50/50 glue/water) to the paper and smooth it in place.
This method also assumes you have a form to work from - you can also start with a band around your head, with crossing strips to form a crown, and strips glued end to end coming down across your face to start building up the front.

grrr - sorry I can't 'splain better - I just moved and can't take pix or scans to make this more coherent! I'm happy to walk you thru some tips if you want, feel free to PM me - I've made dozens and dozens of masks this way (and it just occurs to me I never posted any here...) and it's a great method.

BTW - the above link mentions 2 books that I consider my BIBLES! It's the first two on her list:

The Prop Builders Mask-Making Handbook by Thurston James
Maskmaking by Carole Silven

The James book can be hard to find (and pricey!), but I just peeked at Amazon and they have lots of copies of Carole's book used from about 4 bucks!!! Do yourself a HUGE happy service and pick up a copy, I go back to it every time I feel 'dry' in inspiration, and it's a great jumping-off point.
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