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21  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Bead it Forward for Breast Cancer 2008 Quilt on: August 23, 2007 05:52:33 PM
Donation project where each participant makes and donates a 1.5 X 1.5 BEADED square.

The squares will be sewn into a beaded quilt and the quilt auctioned off. All the money from the auction is given to breast cancer research.

This is not the first year for this. The 2007 project is already complete and can be seen via the link.

Beaded squares for 2008 have the theme "Roses" and are not due until April 1, 2008. Plenty of time for procrastinators to get one done.

Please use the links to read more.
22  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Asia is more than Japan Swap: Signups CLOSED. Send out by August 25. on: August 19, 2007 09:57:54 PM

I'd cry but I don't have time.

That just BEGS to be a country music song.

LOL! Cheesy
23  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Asia is more than Japan Swap: Signups CLOSED. Send out by August 25. on: August 19, 2007 11:53:55 AM
I hit a major SNAFU yesterday. An error in measurement has caused me to have to remake one item.  Cry
I'd cry but I don't have time.
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: yet another men's button shirt recon on: August 13, 2007 09:29:11 PM
I especially love all the little detail around the pocket. It is so sweet.
25  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Painting with acrylic paint on wood. "HELP!!!" on: August 09, 2007 11:53:18 AM
Right. The purpose of the primer is to seal the surface--ie, the wood.

Your expensive acrylic paints will perform better on primer and you won't need to use as much--because, as jessvict said--the first coat won't be soaking into the raw wood. A 4x4 painting is going to use a lot of paint. Those little hobby sized bottles aren't going to be enough. You are going to need large 150ml tubes or 8oz pots at least if you aren't using pint cans.

If you like the look af the raw wood, there is clear gesso. Or you could use another WATER based clear coat as the primer. Just sand it afterwards with fine grit to give it enough tooth to grab on to the paint.
26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Using metallic thread is like kicking Mr T in the face... on: August 09, 2007 11:29:33 AM
For the skeins of embroidery/needlework metallic thread--work short or couch it.

Metallic threads for machine stitching hold up much better. It is more fine though and using more than one strand at a time might create problems--you will have to experiment. I use a lot of this for hand embroidery. Probably more economical too than the other stuff.

For either, I use a large eye needle so the hole the thread passes through is bigger than the diameter of the thread.
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: painting t-shirts on: August 09, 2007 11:14:20 AM
There are products that you mix with the acrylic paint to make it bond better with the fabric, textile medums/binders. I am sure your average hobby/craft store carries it.

If you are up for online shopping and purchasing--I recommend dharma. If necessary, contact them, they can tell you what your options are.

You might want to start by perusing these

28  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Embroider a page for a sampler book swap! on: August 09, 2007 10:56:56 AM
I like the idea. This is something I would do.

If anyne needs inspiration check out the Take a Stitch Tuesday group at flickr. They do a different stitch each week and are already half through the year. But, you can see every stitch done so far and the instructions on how to do them.

The Flickr group

The list (not current but it has a long list of the first stitches done with links to the instructions)

The blog with the most current stitch

In the text, the name of the stitch is a link to her dictionary where she shows you how to do it.

29  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Asia is more than Japan Swap: Signups CLOSED. Send out by August 25. on: August 07, 2007 10:26:42 AM
This is both an FYI and a rant.
I just got back from the post office. I had a few things to send off and wanted Delivery Confirmation for one of them. The clerk tells me I have to pay for Priority Mail to get deliver confirmation! That means instead of costing $0.58 to mail it would cost closer to $6.00!

To top it off, the "government" worker, the PUBLIC SERVANT who's salary we taxpayers pay, has lousy customer service skills. She behaved as if I came in and thoughtlessly inconvenienced her day. She is always like that. I may have to make a complaint to the Postmaster.

If this is how it is going to be I'm not going to be able to participate in many swaps here because delivery confirmation is required. I understand and agree with the reasoning behind it--but I can't afford it. And, I am now so pissed at the USPS that I don't want to give them any more of my money than I have to.

Update: progress is still being made on my project. The silk dyed gorgeous. I used a different mordant and I like it much better. Pieces were cut out a few days ago and sewing has begun.

What's up with the rest of you?

30  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Re: Let's do a new challenge, shall we? on: August 07, 2007 10:14:40 AM
It's looking like illustrated quotations is in the lead.
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