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1  UNITED STATES / Rhode Island / Seeking crafters! on: July 30, 2012 04:39:59 AM
Do you make fun, high-quality crafts and enjoy earning American dollars in exchange for your remarkable products? Or do you love someone who does?

Then please consider applying to the 11th Annual CRAFTLAND Show in Providence, RI. Crafters do not need to be present in order to sell their goods. The application is now available online through August 31st, 2012. http://www.craftlandshow.com/application12.html

The 11th Annual Craftland Show is a quirky month-long holiday sale located in downtown Providence, RI featuring an eclectic assortment of fine crafts and cutting-edge handmade items in a retail format (no booths!). The sale will take place from November 23 - December 31, 2012 in the year-round Craftland Shop at 235 Westminster Street, Providence RI 02903.

The Craftland Show 2012 application involves just three easy online steps: 1. Submitting your information, 2. Uploading photos of your work, and 3. Paying your application fee. Apply now! Or read the Frequently Asked Questions and then apply. http://craftland.myshopify.com/pages/faq

We're so excited to see what you make!!
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Waterproof Journal on: March 02, 2010 11:11:35 AM
Give polyethylene fiber paper a try - Tyvek! It comes in all sorts of weights and is fun to work with. You can usually find some on eBay!
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tension control! You know, in sewing, not in the brain. on: April 24, 2008 06:41:03 PM
Thanks Penlowe - I actually respond well to admonishments like that!  Smiley   All better now! thanks everyone! I did some cleaning and rethreading and examining all the settings and it appears to be fine now.
I still think the top tension control is set up wonkily, but if it makes no difference to the sewing, well then nevermind!

Thanks again!
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tension control! You know, in sewing, not in the brain. on: April 20, 2008 08:20:54 AM
Thanks so much Castaways - I'm definitely going to try that cleaning tip!
I have the manual and the diagrams have so little detail to them that it's hard to tell if the tension control is even assembled correctly though.

Ladylefay, that would be great if you could take a couple close-ups of the threading when you get a chance. I'd appreciate it so much! Thanks!
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Tension control! You know, in sewing, not in the brain. on: April 20, 2008 07:08:42 AM
I'm hoping one of you pro-sewers can help out an amateur.

I inherited a Kenmore model 1941 sewing machine from a studiomate. Seems in decent condition and I mostly understood the extremely vague threading instructions in the manual.

But the sewing is super tight and seems to get kind of stuck in the top tension control disks and the upper thread sometimes breaks. Upon inspection it's unclear where the thread is supposed to actually go through. And maybe that's because the spring guy is in the wrong spot? because maybe two of the
disks should be tucked together when they are currently separated by the spring loop? Don't know.

Here are pictures below. I know it's hard to diagnose from photos but wondered if there were any obviously misplaced bits... Or if you think this looks right:

Any ideas?
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Porn Rugs on: April 20, 2008 06:29:45 AM
Were you inspired by Whitney Lee?

7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: origami cd case (with tutorial) on: July 15, 2007 07:01:42 AM
Yeah, just wanted to say that I saw this post when it was listed and have been making mix cases this way since then! Thanks!

I use map paper and then just glue on the tiny version of the itunes playlist to the cover.

I've made two tiny modifications. For the final two folds on the top flap, I refold the corners so that the folds are on the inside (rather than just folded over). And then I add a tiny bit of double-stick tape on the inside of the top flaps so that it doesn't get caught when you're tucking and untucking it.

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Has anyone ever taught community education classes??? on: September 03, 2004 11:31:22 AM
Generally there's not much negotiating payment with community centers except for your materials fees. They usually have specific rates. And most often you are paid only for the actual class time worked. Because I do tons of prep work before a class (bookbinding), the director at one place I taught suggested I increase my materials fee to help compensate my time.

Find out if they provide a classroom or if it's to take place at your studio. Also ask if you are responsible for providing liability insurance. It's nice to be able to teach outside the studio but you definitely need to remember all your supplies - make lots of lists! Teaching at your studio can be easy since you have everything handy and know where it is. But it might be weird in certain cases to have the general public in your personal space. But maybe that's not even an option for you anyway!

In choosing what kind of classes to teach, your community center can be helpful on what fills up most in your area. And they're usually looking for people to teach certain classes that have been requested. But really you should just start out with classes that you are excited about and want to teach. Maybe just pick one or two to try for the first term.

Good luck!
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: What's a good way to learn about paper and bookmakingtechniques? on: August 12, 2004 05:39:32 AM
Hey there, I was lucky enough to start bookbinding in high school and then in college and then at an art school and then with a master binder. But a good start is really just to take a class with someone. You are truly in the epicenter of all things book and paper in Italy, so that should be pretty easy to find for you. But working with someone in person - even just for one or two classes,  is a helpful way to start because you can learn how to get down the basics like folding and gluing. When you develop good techniques, then learning from books at the library or online is much easier. Another website that has been super-helpful for me is http://www.philobiblon.com  . You can search the archives for particular topics like accordion folding or supply resources, or join the listserve. Don't let the curmudgeons turn you away.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: help! i'm a mess. on: June 26, 2004 01:56:13 PM
I also use clear plastic hanging shoe organizers for smallish things.
For large bolts of fabric, (in my case book cloth) I use gutters. I bought a couple plastic ones and sawed them down to size (about 3 feet long) and hung them up on my wall. I just roll up the fabric by itself and plop it into the gutter. Most of my cloth already comes on cardboard tubes, and so for a couple of the bolts, I just have two U-shaped hangers nailed on the wall and I plop the fabric on a roll into the hangers. You can use mailing tubes to wrap your fabric around. You can kind of see them here: http://www.ifnbooks.com/stores.html . Have fun mooooving.
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