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1  Who wants to make my screen? (I'm paying for this) in Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions by lise on: May 22, 2005 03:19:25 AM
I'm a design student, and my graduation show/Jury is coming up (June 22).
One of the projects I worked on is a motif for a textile company, who wanted to create a junior line.
I'd like to have this pattern printed on fabric for the show, instead of just on paper, and I was thinking of silkscreening it.
However since it's really intricate, I can't handcut it to create the screen, but I think it could be burnt (insolated?) on emulsion.
I don't have the equipement for this so I was wondering if anyone would be willing to create the screen for me, and I'll do the printing (I want to do a few color variations on different fabrics).
Off course I would pay you for this (or make you a custom something in felt if you'd prefer).
Here is what the motif looks like:

Click for close-up.
The level of detail is pretty high, so I'd need something like 150 count polyester mesh... I think.

Anyone interested? Or maybe you know someone who would be willing to do this?
The screen would have to be a bit bigger than a piece of computer paper (about 11 x 14 "). And it doesn't have to be perfect. I just want a nicer result than what I got with transfer paper.
Thank you!
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2  Re: Tutorial: Felt beads in Felting: Discussion and Questions by lise on: May 17, 2005 01:22:48 AM
New beads made with wool and silk. The silk felts into this little marble looking shiny web ontop of the wool bead.

I made these to demonstrate the things that could be done with the kits I put together
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3  Re: Tutorial: Felt beads in Felting: Discussion and Questions by lise on: April 13, 2005 01:08:02 PM
Hey all,
I thought I'd revive this old thread with a picture of a fat necklace I felted last week.

Huge beads are fun too because they're very lightweight, so you can make really big jewelry that won't strain your neck :-)
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4  Re: Folded Fabric Flower pin/hair clip tutorial in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by lise on: February 10, 2005 01:12:31 AM
Here's my first try at the flower pins:

I'm sure I'm doing something wrong though because I've got raw edges in the back that I sorta sewed ( pretty badly) and is now covered by a little white cardboard disk to hide the mess. But I'm definitely going to practice once I get my hands on some pretty fabric.
Thanks for the tutorial!
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5  Re: Tutorial: Felt beads in Felting: Discussion and Questions by lise on: January 03, 2005 02:46:19 PM
Ah Rebel, that one's tough! I never purchase wool in ounces! The imperial system is a nightmare for me, but I tried a conversion website, and  it gives me 200g = about 7 oz, that's the weight of a medium sized handbag, like this one .
A bead doesn't weigh much though, it won't even make a difference on my letter scale!

When I first started buying wool, I liked assorted packs with a lot of different colors in it. I got some off ebay (can't remember the seller's ID), and I think outback fibers makes sampler packs as well now.  And I got a bunch of natural (white) wool that I dye myself, so that I have more freedom with the color choices.
Off course I'd recommend you check local farms as well. Personally I really prefer buying from local and smaller businesses where I know the sheeps are treated well.

Also, go for merino or corriedale, or similar fine wools because they felt much faster than coarse wools. Wool that's too white might not felt well because of the harsh treatments it goes through since it's necessarily bleached. Not to mention that's it's not eco-friendly.
I like to know what kind of dyes the farmer uses on the wool as well, and I really try to go for organic/plant dyes as well, but again, that's an issue I'm pretty concerned about  but I don't want to sound like I'm lecturing   Wink

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6  Re: Tutorial: Felt beads in Felting: Discussion and Questions by lise on: January 03, 2005 11:06:06 AM
Emy, the soap is usefull in feltmaking for 2 things:
Its PH helps to open up the scales on the wool fiber's surface. They tangle with friction and then lock. Moisture and heat do this as well, soap just does it further.
It acts as a lubricant when you felt so you don't disturb the fibers too much and they stay where you want them to be.
That said,  a neutral PH soap like dove won't help in the PH factor, and a soap that doesn't lather much won't be very good either.
Now I'm a felter so I've got my hands in soapy water a lot, so I try to use a soap that doesn't damage my skin too much. I try to stay away from using detergents like dish soap all the time because they're harsher on the skin and the environment. (though they make great foam and fast!)  And I like soaps that have a discreet scent too because the smell will stay in the wool no matter how much I rinse and I don't like that.

Wow, I wonder how much more I can write about soap!
A lot of fellow american felters use Ivory. I never have though so I can't vouch for it...

rabid.dustbunny let me know about that shop if you remember it, my parents have a beach house in St Nazaire, so I'm very likely to spend some time around there next summer...

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7  Re: Tutorial: Felt beads in Felting: Discussion and Questions by lise on: January 02, 2005 12:10:14 PM
Thank you all!
A great source for wool roving is www.outbackfibers.com They have the best colors IMO.
olenka, for the green bracelet, the beads are the same, except when I roll them between my palms, I don't try to make a perfectly round bead, so they come out a bit uneven, but that's how I like them
rabid.dustbunny , thanks for the comments on my website!  Are you a fellow Frenchie, or just good at the language?

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