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Happy crafting!

Probably a stupid question, but ...

I want to have a Halloween party and include carving those foam pumpkins you can get at craft stores or dollar stores. Would I need to buy specific carving utensils or would something like plastic knives cut through the foam just as well? It would save a lot of money if I could just get a package of plastic knives instead of trying to get enough carving utensils for each guest to have their own, but I feel like the plastic knives wouldn't cut through the thick foam very well, if at all, and that trying to use them might be a disaster.

World Cardmaking Day October 5

I have a lousy cold, but I was able to sit down and make some thank you cards. I wish I could have invited someone over, but I don't want to pass this germ around.

Bird thank you cards

World Cardmaking Day October 5

Any plans to get the gang together and make cards?

Quadriga vintage ad

I really enjoy browsing vintage_ads. It's rare for crafty ads to show up, however. I thought this one for Quadriga cloth was pretty cute given the time of year. Quadriga is more of a tech term now, but in the 40s and 50s it was a cotton fabric. Click for larger.

Grandma was a wartime spy ;-)

Fascinating article on the role of steganography - encoding secret messages - into knit objects during war time.



World Wide Knit in Public Day

Apparently yesterday was World Wide Knit in Public Day along with National Best Friends Day, National Rose (Wine) Day, National Upsy Daisy Day and National Name Your Poison Day. Who knew?

Did you knit in public at an official event or is every day Knit in Public Day for you?


Simple Card Designs

Hi friends, just some simple cardmaking designs I came up with for my friend's craft club. She's working more and we're thinking it might be best to send people home with kits. It's really hard to come up with simple ideas, especially since not everyone has a giant craft stash at home :D

Simple Card designs

TBT! Handmade Nation

Here's another gem from my art history craft. We spent the final lecture class on handmade and indie craft and it was a total time capsule. I go to a lot of handmade sales as a shopper or a seller and noticed that the vibe of the shows has changed and I couldn't figure out why. That's because the "urban hipster aesthetic" has grown up some and the styles that were kind of out there and grungy are now mainstream. The markets have gotten slicker and less DIY seeming...and if other markets are like our original hipster market, the table prices have gone up up up. It used to be $160 for a table ten years ago, now it's over $300!

Anyway, my instructor highlighted a couple of problematic things with the video. One is that the guerilla knitting group Knitta Please which appropriated urban culture. The young folk in my class thought the group was trying too hard to be edgy with the name. Another is the artist that makes latch hook rugs out of pornographic pictures. The problem there is not so much the nudity, but there's something cringy about making a product featuring women's bodies that gets walked all over. As my instructor noted, sometimes there was a lack of criticality in the projects. Some of the artists featured are still quite active in the crafty scene. It's fascinating to go back in time.

There is a companion book of the same name. The documentary come out in 2009 - this clip is from 2007.

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