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  • Plastic Smithing: How To Make your own HDPE Plastic Anything (DIY plastic lumber)

    The ingenuity of creative minds never ceases to amaze. When I hear people despair about the worsening condition of the planet, I point them in the direction of posts such as this one. Here's another, related link you might enjoy: http://preciousplastic.com/en/

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  • wordswork commented on Penolopy Bulnick's instructable How to Dehydrate Apples6 months ago
    How to Dehydrate Apples

    These are a fantastic snack food! I've experimented with using a spice shaker to add cinnamon and various other spices at different times: very yummy, very healthy! Hallowe'en? I can't give the neighbourhood kids anything I won't eat so they got apple chips. Not sure how happy they were ....

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  • wordswork commented on wordswork's instructable Bobbin Lace6 months ago
    Bobbin Lace

    Thanks, Penolopy! It is hugely fun! My instructor is talking about filming tutorials, but I have no idea how long that will take. Certainly check out youtube.com for anything related to bobbin lace? Too, if you have any needlework or fiber craft guilds in your area, someone might be available for a demonstration? Cheers,Rose Anne

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  • wordswork commented on wordswork's instructable Bobbin Lace7 months ago
    Bobbin Lace

    You are so right, Brian. Thanks for pointing it out. I hope to at least have piqued people's interest to the point of looking into the many existing and lengthy online tutorials and pages in books dedicated to learning just one simple stitch (never mind combining stitches). As an utter novice, I hesitate to say more (in an instructable) for fear of explaining something incorrectly.

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  • wordswork commented on wordswork's instructable Bobbin Lace7 months ago
    Bobbin Lace

    Thanks for your note, Parisusa. My instructor has an abundance of supplies and lent them to us for the first few lessons. Isn't that a great way to begin? We (our class) had the opportunity to try and see if we liked it before spending any money on anything besides thread. Perhaps check with your local community and arts colleges to see if they have teachers who might have a similar "sharing" attitude? Bolsters / pillows can be a bit expensive. I've seen beginner kits for as much as $150 (Canadian) with bolster / pillow, 24 bobbins and a small booklet of patterns. Of the online options, I've only visited (and not purchased from) http://www.vansciverbobbinlace.com/index.html and http://www.mielkesfiberarts.com/. They both look pretty good to me, and thanks for asking.Wi...see more »Thanks for your note, Parisusa. My instructor has an abundance of supplies and lent them to us for the first few lessons. Isn't that a great way to begin? We (our class) had the opportunity to try and see if we liked it before spending any money on anything besides thread. Perhaps check with your local community and arts colleges to see if they have teachers who might have a similar "sharing" attitude? Bolsters / pillows can be a bit expensive. I've seen beginner kits for as much as $150 (Canadian) with bolster / pillow, 24 bobbins and a small booklet of patterns. Of the online options, I've only visited (and not purchased from) http://www.vansciverbobbinlace.com/index.html and http://www.mielkesfiberarts.com/. They both look pretty good to me, and thanks for asking.Wishing you every success!RoseAnne

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  • wordswork entered Bobbin Lace in the String Challenge contest 7 months ago
  • wordswork posted an instructable Bobbin Lace7 months ago