We answered your questions! I can’t believe you missed it! We gathered a panel of crafty question answering experts to take your calls, Facebook questions, and tweets and oh boy were there some good ones.
Haley Pierson-Cox from The Zen of Making,Vicki O’Dell, The Creative Goddess, and Jenny Barnett-Rohrs from Craft Test Dummies made up our panel and they were fantastic! We were a little all over the place today, but here’s a quick run down of some of the questions and quick answers.
If you missed the show, no worries, you can listen to it online anytime, right here!
Question Number 1: Laura asked “What is the one crafting product that you simply cannot live without?”
Simone: “Paper, paper, and more paper.”
Haley: Loves the Clover Seams Right for all her sewing projects!
Jenny: Her go-to is dry adhesive, which is usually a tape runner.
Vicki: Well, she’s all over the place, but she says her go-to is a good reliable Sharpie marker! Sometimes the simplest items are the most important.
Question Number 2: Chanel asked “What is the best way of sewing interfacing or bating into a purse?”
Haley suggested using fusible interfacing because it fuses right into the fabric and you can work with it as one piece.
Amy asked Jenny how to use water-color markers. Her advice was to color as you would normally and then go in after with a water brush or wet brush and brush it over to give it a cool water color effect. This technique works for water color markers, water color pencils, etc.
Question Number 3: Suzy asked “Naturally I’m curious about what to except from the CHA trade show. Anything note-worthy?”
Vicki: There are a lot of different companies that give sneak peeks right about now. Checking the company sites will let you see all the sneak peeks they’re releasing to get people excited for the show.
Jenny: Jenny tries to not really check out the sneak peeks, because she likes approaching the show with fresh eyes. Which is a great way to show up at the show and get excited!
Question Number 4: Amy asked “Do you have any suggestions of how to incorporate mixed-media into something that’s more of an experimentation project”
Vicki: Go to your favorite craft store and buy something from one corner of the store and another thing from a different corner of the store, then put it together you’ve created mixed media! So if you buy some scrapbook paper and some wire and jewelry bits to make one item, you’ve created mixed media.
Question Number 5: Jackie asked “I’ve knitted 24 5-inch stockings for an advent calendar but I need to put the numbers 1-24 on them. Chain over stitching does not work. Any suggestions please?”
Haley: Depends on the style you want to keep. Sewing on little felt numbers would be a cute way to add them. You can also use the mending method. Take the color yarn you want and then hand stitch right over the knit stitches you’ve already made so it looks a little like color work, but it’s actually a method of embroidery.
Question Number 6: “How do you use glues like Mod Podge with inkjet printed photos.”
Amy: Mod Podge will smear the inks, but you can spray the picture with sealant and let it dry before you Mod Podge. Also, this method has not been tested by Amy, you can freeze the photo for 12 hours before putting on the Mod Podge.
Question Number 7: “Where do you get your pictures printed?”
Vicki: She prints hers right at home because she’s got three different kinds of printers and two scanners. Lucky lady!
Jenny: Usually prints at home because she’s the type of gal whose inspiration hits at 2 am.
Haley: Does not do a whole lot of printing, but prefers printing at home.
Question Number 8: “How do you reverse a crochet pattern so that the alphabet will come out in the correct left to right order? How do you read the graph.”
Haley: If the graph appears correct, then you might be entering your stitches on the incorrect side. If you’re looking at the graph you are going to start left to right, the second row of stitches you are going to read right to left.
Question Number 9: Simone (who is scared by jewelry) asked “What is the easiest project that I could start with if I wanted to make a piece of jewelry?”
Vicki: Has a project called the “World’s Easiest Necklace” on her blog, that take very little time and very little expertise!
Question Number 9: Joan asked “What type of glue should I use when attaching wooden letters to a Mod Podge surface.”
Jenny: You can actually use more Mod Podge! Because wood is porous it’ll stick to the already Mod Podge surface.
Question Number 10: Amy asked “What is a good way for someone to get started for someone who has never crafted before?”
Jenny: Do some research! YouTube videos and online tutorials are perfect for that. Once you know what you want to do, you have to build your basic tool kit to get started. Knowing what you are interested in creating, will help you pick the right type of products to get started. This is also the key to avoiding craft fails.
Phew! That was quiet a bit huh? I didn’t get to cover everything though, so to make sure you didn’t miss anything don’t forget to listen in the archives for all the crafty knowledge.
Mod Podge Prize Pack!
To enter to win the prize pack you’ll have to listen to the July edition of the radio show to get the “secret word” to enter in the comments section. It’s that easy! How can you not want an awesome sampler prize pack from Mod Podge? The prize includes Amy’s new book all about Mod Podge along with a huge sampler set of all the different kinds of Mod Podge.
- Contest open to US and Canada residents 18+
- One comment/entry per person.
- Contest closes July 13, 2012 at 11:59p CST.
- Please enter the super secret password from the radio show in the comments in order to be entered.
- Winners will be posted on this blog Monday, July 16th and notified by email
Thanks all! Hope to see you next month, August 14th, for another great show!