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1  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Say What? on: February 04, 2008 09:54:29 AM
I have no idea if this has ever been suggested before and I apologize if I am stepping on toes, but....

How about crafting a proverb? Take your favorite saying, idiom proverb, etc. and craft it!

Some examples:

"A stitch in time saves nine"
"Don't count you chickens before they hatch"

I bet there are some awesome proverbs from foreign countries!

Just a suggestion...  Grin
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Superstar Logo Barter!!! on: April 18, 2007 09:19:22 AM
A friend of mine hooked me up with a fabulous graphic artist in Dallas for my new logo. She bartered her services for some sewn samples. This is what I am sending her... yes I know the pics suck - Avadon I'm not!  Wink

A patchwork, vinyl lined tote; a mannicure bag; a coin purse; lanyard and covered journal

Some details:

3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Pattern Pricing Conundrum!!?? on: April 16, 2007 10:44:47 AM
I am starting a pattern line... soon!
I know what prices I would like to sell my patters for. They will be professionally printed and packaged with clear instructions and images. I was just wondering what price the Craftster set would be willing to pay for unique patterns.
The line will consist of handbags of all sizes, clothing and sewing accessories mostly based on "quiling" details... with a twist!

There are a MILLION patternmaking companies out there and I know their prices, but I was just wondering how much you would or have paid for a cool pattern?
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Patchwork Messenger Bag on: April 02, 2007 08:15:56 PM
I made this bag a little while ago. It was a gift for my mother. The fabrics range from denim to Asian brocade. The entire bag is quilted -even the velveteen front! The back mimics the front medallion design and functions as a back pocket which closes with a covered button. The front closes with a parachute clip and the inside has 2 welt pockets. The strap is channel stitched in variegated thread and is adjustable with a slide. Comments welcome!!!



5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bubblegum Bag on: March 13, 2007 06:28:16 PM
First off I want to apologize for the horrible pics.
This bag was created for a friend's charity auction. The fabric is a cotton stripe. It has an adjustable shoulder strap, zippered top and matching detachable lanyard. The bottom is box mitered for dimension. There is a clear vinyl pocket in the front big enough for a picture from a fashion magazine! The inside is lined with a pre-quilted cotton polka dot. There is a black mesh pocket with a zipper. The pattern is my own design. Enjoy!!

6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / HEART TO HEART POSTCARD PROJECT on: January 19, 2007 07:08:43 AM
Couldn't find this on the site, not sure if we can post this type of information and I know it's kind-a short notice but....
Quilts' Inc. is promoting this project. It's a fiber postcard project for wounded soilders. here's the link:


It's called the Heart to Heart Postcard Project. Check it out if you are interested....
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Sparkle!! on: October 02, 2006 08:05:02 AM
At my day job, we sell pressure sensitve adhesive vinly for sign making. They send up a ton of new samples every quarter or so. The colorful bits of the jacket are the sample chips they put the new color swatches on. They are about 2 inches wide and I ended up cutting them into 1/2" wide strips then sewed them on individualy with a zig zag stitch - row after row after row..... The sleeve is my own design- there is a shaped slit on the inseam that allows the wearer to move her hands without disrupting the shape of the sleeve. The dress is a simple strapless cut-and-sew jersey with a lettuce edge at the hem and a 3 foot long train. Sadly, no detail shots of this dress exist.

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Alot of draping! on: October 02, 2006 07:53:59 AM
Years ago I bought TONS of this gun metal gray taffetta. I held on to it until I couldn't stand it anymore. I wanted to create a dress with visual punch, but only using one color. I used a mock Fortuny pleating technique to wrinkle and distress the short base of the dress and then busted out my draping techniques to complete the drapes and train. The model liked the dress so much I gave it to her as payment for the photoshoot!

A detail of the back...

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Menswear Suiting on: September 30, 2006 02:43:29 AM
This is another portfolio piece. The jacket and pants have been patchworked from menswear suitings collected over the years. The jacket is based on an origami concept in that there are only 3 pattern pieces and they fold in such a way to form the shape of the sleeves. The pants have an attached apron with welt pockets and the shirt is a recovered Brooks Brothers button-down I got at the thrift store - I redraped it and reconstructed it into a wrap top.

Constructive critiques and comments are welcome!

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Goth Prom Dress? on: September 29, 2006 12:42:36 PM
I had to make a few garments for a portfolio presentation. They were modeled and professionaly photographed.
The bolero is made of tiny scraps of fabric sewn to water soluable stabalizer and then rinsed and dried. The bustier is olive green drapery taffeta with seams outlined in velvet ribbon and a lace up back. The skirt is 3 different fabrics layered and draped on a yoked waist. All of the patterns are my own drafts and/or drapes.

I guess I was channeling my dark side with this one!! Grin

Constructive comments are always welcome.

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