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1  UNITED STATES / North Carolina / Artist space in the Triangle (close to Raleigh if possible)? on: August 29, 2009 08:40:15 PM

 I recently acquired a new 36' loom, a super cute spinning wheel, and an angry boyfriend. We will be moving in a few months and he pointed out there is no where in downtown Raleigh we can afford that would have the space needed for our combined hobbies. My solution: find an affordable space to put all my fiber art stuff in so I can feel like a "real" artist. Does anyone know of an artist co-op space or affordable studio space in the Triangle?

 Thank you!

 Oh and if anyone has a clue as to how to use a loom, you have free access to mine if you can show me at least how to start a project or I'm willing to pay for lessons if you have your own loom.

 Have a great night!
2  UNITED STATES / North Carolina / Re: Crafting for a Cause - Triangle Area on: June 26, 2009 10:58:43 PM
 Thank you so much trying to make it out. My entire next month is insane. Hopefully we get a better turnout ::fingers crossed:: Although most people vacation in summer. Good luck on your crazy weekend Smiley
3  UNITED STATES / North Carolina / Re: Crafting for a Cause - Triangle Area on: June 21, 2009 02:17:21 PM
 It's SO easy with the laser cutter cutting all the pieces out Smiley And the actual quilting process can be as easy or hard as you make it. Since I want to try and get as many finished that night as possible, I'm just going to do simple "X" stitches and I'm going to cheat and construct the quilts in the lazy quilter way (no binding, just top, border, batting and sewn-n-flip).

 I hope more people come out and I'm really happy you're coming back!
4  UNITED STATES / North Carolina / Crafting for a Cause - Triangle Area on: June 17, 2009 06:19:18 PM
Hello all!

 I know I posted a little about this in another thread, but I wanted to start a new one for this month and then just update it when we decided on new charities.

 TechShop Durham is happily hosting Crafting for a Cause night on the last Saturday of every month from 6pm until 10pm. Bring your sewing machines, knitting needles, etc and plan on having a great time meeting people and supporting a charity.

 This month we will be making blankets for Project Linus so be sure to bring some fabric appropriate for children ages 0 - 18. We have a laser cutter here that can cut quilt squares out of cotton fabric to make the piecing super quick, but alas, it cannot cut fleece so we will have to use good ole'fashioned scissors and rotary cutters for that Smiley

 You can find a map of our location and phone number for any questions herewww.techshopdurham.com.

 Last month I was super sick and couldn't make it to the event, but I hear there were some Craftsters there and I appreciate the turn out! See you soon!
5  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Questions about making stencils to use for etching glass on: June 01, 2009 10:12:27 AM
 If you can get access to a CNC Vinyl cutter or a laser cutter, holy wow does it make stencils a breeze! Especially if you're doing a multidepth etch. If you have access to a sandblaster, they also make everything a breeze. I'm spoiled and can use all of them, but try google-ing your local area to find a trophy store b/c a lot of them have cool giant printers or vinyl cutters for banner making and if you ask nicely and offer to volunteer a few hours a week, they usually let you use the equipment.
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to Get "Perfect Shapes" for blocks??? on: May 11, 2009 12:48:13 PM
This sounds a little crazy, but it works like nobody's business, but only for cotton and natural fibers.

 Laser cutter.

 At my work we have one and I have no idea how I quilted without one. They can cut with more precision than a person (obviously, they're LASERS!) and it's so quick I almost feel guilty. So check your area and see if anyone (trophy shop, prototyping place, etc) has a laser etcher they will let you access for a small fee. They have a computer program so you can cut any shape and makes applique nightmares a thing of the past.

 So there is my high tech answer, but seriously, search them out. And don't worry about them catching fire, just ask the shop owners to set it up for you. Then you can just watch it work!
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Photo Color Problem on: May 09, 2009 09:13:27 PM
 Have you tried lighting it from the back?
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Opinions on my Etsy Shop... on: May 09, 2009 09:12:40 PM

 Your descriptions are excellent! And your products are cool.
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Need advice! on: May 09, 2009 09:10:47 PM

 I think the site is very cute the way it is now (I didn't see it before). Your prices seem right in line with other organic products and I even thought the bibs were a steal! It's really awesome to see someone selling organics at prices that aren't absurd.

 And I agree about form contact rather than the pop-up blank e-mail.
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Help! The web designer won't listen! on: May 09, 2009 09:06:23 PM
Our website is dreary and not really informational. When I tried to approach the designer about it, he said if I was so smart then I should design the page. Only problem? Not sure how to improve it. I know that it needs to be more exciting, but I'm not sure how to jazz it up without making it look gaudy (I'm a pink & glitter kinda gal most of the time). Tips?

 The site is techshopdurham.com. Would something as simple as pictures be the best way to go? I don't think the site does a good job of actually explaining what we offer or provide, but again, not too sure if that goes on the front page or in a link. All I know is it needs something.

 Thank you so much!
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