Site news, gleanings, stuff...
Epson Chip Resetter
31 August 2005
From Gloria Hansen -- This site: http://www.misterinkjet.com/epson_resetter_instructions.htm has a little movie that shows how the resetter works (although it takes a few seconds before it starts to work).
This site: http://www.epsonchipresetter.com sells the resetter for less money.
Credit Card company for artists
14 January 2005
From Susan Robin Sorrell -- a credit card company that was formed to take care of craft artists..http://www.teamac.com. You can get the old fashion credit card machine, without hooking up to a phone terminal or computer.
Digital to slide, again
10 January 2005
People have used Express Digital Images: http://www.expressdigitalimages.com with good results. Another place that is less expensive and very good quality is http://www.color-imaging.com. The site doesn't look very professional, but the 35mm slide quality and price are both excellent.
Principles of Pricing Art
29 October 2004
From Robert Genn's website: http://www.painterskeys.com/l_printfriendly.asp?mylet=040217
QA recommended digital to slide places
21 September 2004
Compiled by Holly Knott
- Express Digital Images - http://www.expressdigitalimages.com
- Photo-Lab.net - http://www.photo-lab.net
- Shutterbug Photo Imaging - http://www.color-imaging.com
- VisualHorizons - http://www.visualhorizons.com
Good Boston area photographer
23 August 2004
81 Spring St
Watertown, MA 02472-3461
Phone: (617) 924-1985
he is so good he doesn't need to bracket . . . nails it first shot everytime. has a 20 slide minimum
Van's low budget photo studio
16 August 2004
A decent setup for photographing fine art, built by G. Armour Van Horn: http://www.domainvanhorn.com/dropbox/photo/
Good quality image printing paper
12 August 2004
Epson archival matt and Epson premium luster paper from http://www.bhphotovideo.com/ or http://www.atlex.com -- from Gloria Hansen
Printing on Fabric
16 June 2004
From Lisa Chipetine - I believe she can print up to 54" inches wide. The first yard is approximately $200 and each additional is $100 once she has the image. Here is the firm:
Linda Sumkin / Digital Printing / LTS Designs / Work: 212-629-6889 / E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org / 8 West 36th Street 6th Floor, New York City, NY
Robert Genn on "Sticky"
11 June 2004
"Fortunately, pure abstract qualities can make art sticky as well. While there are many of these qualities--here are the magic five: Gray to rest the eye. Gradation in a large area--or interlocking gradations. Warm against cool or cool against warm. Strong value pattern when reduced to black and white. Colour surprise. Put those five into any painting and a viewer's eyes will tend to stick to it." From Robert Genn, http://www.painterskeys.com
Karen Bell-professional Quilt photographer
10 June 2004
Karen comes highly recommended by Paula Nadelstern. Contact Karen at: email@example.com
-- from Lisa Chipetine, www.threadplay.com
The Walker System
To hang on the Walker System, a piece must have hooks on the back and 3/4" below the top of the piece. The Dick Blick site shows a Walker System hook, but doesn't give dimensions. A point of interest: the hook is too thick to use with a standard toothed metal picture frame hanger. What seems to work is holes drilled into a quilt hanging slat that can have a wire or fishline loop tied through them. If anyone can send me a better picture of how to hang a quilt on the Walker System, I'll be happy to credit you. Thanks!
Copyright: Fair Use tests
31 March 2004
Excellent discussion of what constitutes Fair Use: http://www.utsystem.edu/ogc/intellectualproperty/copypol2.htm#test
Interfacing for silk
22 March 2004
Touch o'Gold interfacing is the softest, most pliable interfacing I've ever used (despite the dorky name), and I believe it is low-temp usage. I've only seen it at eQuilter, but to be honest I've never looked for it any place else, either. Here's the link: http://www.equilter.com/cgi-bin/webc.cgi/st_prod.html?p_prodid=3856&sid=31U9Hz0-02hy1JX-20104059386.f9
Track your quilts
To track where your quilts are, and all related dates: QuiltingPro by Terri Gavin, firstname.lastname@example.org www.quiltingpro.com
Digital to Slide
15 September 2003
Shutterbug Photo in Aiken, SC does a good job. Their website is www.color-imaging.com and you can email them at email@example.com . Slides cost $1.75 each, additional slides of the same image cost $1.00 each. This site directs you to http://www.photo-lab.net/, which says it's only for prints, but just pretend you're uploading your .jpg for prints. Once it's uploaded, you'll be allowed to select "35 mm slide".
Label Copyright language
2 Sept 2003
From Sandra Leichner: [quilt's name] images and design are copyrighted and protected by American & International copyright law. No copies or derivatives of these designs may be made, sold, published or exhibited without the written consent of the artist.
27 August 2003
From Carolyn Lee Veslage:
Christine L. Johnston, CIC
Harris-Shcolnik & Associates
1750 East Glendale Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85020-5505
800-688-7472 x 282
602-264-1234 x 282
The insurance policy is a floater under the one he set up for The Society of Quilters through The Hartford Insurance Co. It's the same policy that covers IQA's Festival.
The minimum policy is $20,000 with a $500 deductible per claim for a $200 premium.
Excellent slide dupe service
From Lucky Shie: Tedz E-6 Film Processing in Columbus
Ted Landers did incredible work, including enlarging some of the cropped images to fit the slide mount space more fully. The slides are very excellent dupes, super color, well mounted. The prices are amazing: $.60 per dupe!!!! This is a tiny company and they will do this same custom fussing with your slides, Ted sez. They have a new web site: Tedze6.com
Black Dye Refresh
You can get on-line washing instructions for using a machine at ProChem's website and just remember it takes a LOT of black dye and salt if you are doing a full load like I did - and I use a slow speed - either delicate or hand wash - to keep stuff from getting torn up. I think I used 10 TBSP of black 602 to get great color and I was dyeing a lot of stuff - yoga pants, knit shorts, yoga tops, camisoles, couple of long sleeved cotton tops etc. While black is a hard color to get on top of another color, it is really easy on top of old washed out and faded black. I am careful to keep a watch on my water temperature to keep stuff from shrinking. . . I also do a fairly long dyebath - I add the clothes (washed and rinsed with no fabric softener) to the black dye bath in the washer (water, dye and salt) and add the soda ash water in 15 minute increments of 1/3 each time. I then agitate very slowly for an hour and a half. Then rinse a few times. I would have line dried before Synthrapol wash but it was raining, again, so I gave up and just went ahead and did my Synthrapol washes and rinses after rinsing a few times after dyeing. -- Marian Reid
Wide Freezer Paper
15 July 2003
Wide freezer paper? Uline at uline.com sells 24" rolls of 1,100', 40lbs, $50, Item #S-7047.
[DyersLIST] PFD yarn
24 June 2003
From: "Kimberly Baxter Packwood" firstname.lastname@example.org My first two choices would be Test Fabrics, and Brown Sheep yarn, they have PFD you have to ask for it. Brown Sheep is in Mitchell Nebraska, and they dye all their yarn on site, wool, cotton, silk
Testing Yarn /Fabric for Fiber Type
24 June 2003
From: Kris Abshire email@example.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: [DyersLIST] Testing Yarn /Fabric for Fiber Type
To everyone who finds need to test yarns/fabrics - in response to Carol's message (below). Following is from "The Weaver's Companion" book, a compendium from Handwoven Magazine, publisher Interweave Press. (for fabric, test with a snippet - blends will take some extra thought to determine...)
(1) Light a match or candle (2) Using tweezers, hold a short length of yarn horizontally, and slowlyfeed the yarn into the edge of a flame and observe what happens.
WOOL: Burns slowly in an open flame, and self-extinquishes when removed from the flame. It has a characteristic "burning hair" odor and produces an irregular dark ash.
SILK: Burns slowly in an open flame, and self-extinguishes when removed from the flame. It has a characteristic "burning hair" odor and produces a crushable black ash.
LINEN: Burns quickly in an open flame, and continues to glow when removed from the flame. Smells like burning grass and produces a gray, feathery-smooth edge.
COTTON: Burns quickly in an open flame, and continues to glow when removed from the flame. Smells like burning paper and produces a gray, feathery-smooth edge.
RAYON: Burns quickly in an open flame, and continues to glow when removed from the flame. Smells like burning paper and produces a gray, feathery-smooth edge.
ACETATE: Burns and melts in an open flame, and continues to burn and melt when removed from the flame. Produces a brittle, hard, black bead.
ACRYLIC: Burns and melts at a low temperature, gives off toxic fumes, and melted residue is very hot. Produces a brittle, hard, black bead.
MODACRYLICS: Burns very slowly and melts in an open flame, and self-extinquishes when removed from the flame. Produces a brittle, hard, black bead.
NYLON: Burns slowly and melts in an open flame, and self-extinguishes when removed from the flame. Produces a hard, gray bead.
OLEFIN: Burns and melts in an open flame, continues to burn and melt briefly when removed from the flame, and then self-extinquishes. Produces a hard, tan bead.
POLYESTER: Burns slowly and melts in an open flame, and self-extinguishes when removed from the flame. Produces a hard, black bead.
9 June 2003
Keep in mind that acrylic works just great without changing the hand if you add GAC 900, made by Golden. Don't know how I'd live without it. / Rayna Gilman
Long Shipping Boxes
28 May 2003
A 4x4x60 inch box that weighs 6 pounds will not have an extra charge tacked on for excessive size. Nor will a box that is 6x6x60. An 8x8" box will get an excessive weight fee. My suggestion is to use two boxes and ship them at the same time, there is a minimum for each shipment, but FedEx counts two boxes going to one place as one shipment. 8x8x48 is max size that doesn't incur UPS surcharge.
28 May 2003
From Jeri Riggs: prep silamide for threading by using chapstick (or beeswax, I'd guess) to point the end of the thread.
From Rooby: Silamide only comes in one size, on either 900yd spools or 40yd cards. Nymo comes in different sizes: 00, 0, B, D, F (from thinnest to thickest).
Art Quilt links
27 May 2003
Quilt 21: American Art Quilts, http://www.quiltart.com
APNQ - Association of Pacific Northwest Quilters, http://www.apnq.org
AQS - American Quilters' Society, http://www.aqsquilt.com
AQ@S - Art Quilts at Sedgwick, http://www.aqats.com
IHQS - Indiana Heritage Quilt Show, http://www.ihqs-quiltshow.org
IQF - International Quilt Festival, http://www.quilts.com
New York Quilts, http://www.nyquilts.org
NQA - National Quilting Association, http://www.nqaquilts.org
PIQF - Pacific International Quilt Festival, http://www.quiltfest.com
PNQE - Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza,,http://www.quiltfest.com
QA! - Quilt America!, http://www.quiltamerica.info
QHC - Quilters' Heritage Celebration, http://www.qhconline.com
QN - Quilt National, http://www.quiltnational.com
Quilt Odyssey, http://www.quiltodyssey.com
QTQ - Quilting the Quilt, http://www.quiltingthequilt.com
R2Ca - Road to California, http://www.road2ca.com
SAQA - Studio Art Quilt Associaton - http://saqa.com
VQF - Vermont Quilt Festival, http://www.vqf.org
WFW - Williamsburg Festival Week, http://www.quiltfest.com
WQ&T - World Quilt & Textile, http://www.quiltfest.com
Foil Intro Package
May 27 2003
Send $20 check (the don't take charge) for a sample kit of 24 sheet of foil in various colors, 1 pint water based adhesive, instructions for application. Free UPS ground within US / Screen-Trans Development Corporation, 100 Grand St. Moonachi, NJ 07074
Soda ash -- huge quantities for low prices
Leslie's Pool Supply (in 600 cities in US) sells soda ash in 5 and 10 lb buckets and 50 lb bags. The funny thing is the 5 and 10 lb buckets are way more expensive than the 50 lbs - like $7 for 5 lbs, $13 for 10 lbs and $15 for the 50 lb bag
How to set watercolor/pencil on fabric
From: "Maxine" -- Maxquilts@worldnet.att.net -- For those of us who are too far away to drop into Friends in Lowell (which really does sound wonderful!) Can you share the secret for setting watercolor and watercolor pencil on fabric? thin, thin, thin coat of matte medium after heat setting . . . or a thin coat of ProChem colorless extender . . . basically what I do is seal it.
Site News: Calendar begun!
21 May 2003
Two shows that I possibly stand a chance of getting slides submitted.
Site news: Garments page begun!
20 May 2003
Good photographs of the Gee's Bend Vest are up now.
Digital to Slide
19 May 2003
Express Digital Images
(Recommendation from QuiltArt list)
Their customer service is very good, turn-around time great, and the quality and
price are top notch. For economy service (24 hour job and shipped out that
day for overnight delivery), the fee is $4.75 for the first slides and $1.75
for each duplicate. There is also an "extra time" service that cost $1.95
for the first slides and $1.75 for each duplicate. I've used both services
(they have some faster services too) and found that the "extra time" got
slides to me in about a week--generally fine for my needs.
Images should be a 300 dpi jpeg (maximum quality over compression is best).
The aspect ratio should be 1.5:1 (same as 35mm film)--such as 6 inches x 4
How to photograph your art
19 May 2003
From Rick Lee's Tutorial
What you need:
- 35mm camera that has a good lense - point and shoot probably isn't adeguate, but if it's all you've got, you can give it a try.
- 2 clamp lights from home depot http://www.rickleephoto.com/rlartcopying.htm has a photo of what this is
- 2 3200k lightbulbs - from camera store (don't expect Walmart to have this)
- tungsten slide film - from camera store
Put the bulbs in the clamp lights; clamp them onto something about 4-6 foot high and 45 degrees from your art http://www.rickleephoto.com/rlartcopying.htm has a photo of this
**Turn off the room lights or the slides will be yellowish**
Easy cheap resist
19 May 2003
Use Elmer's Blue School Gel as a water-based resist, if you're not doing immersion.
Site news: Birth of a gleanings
19 May 2003
No, I don't do diaries. I do, however, find myself at work wanting things from the home computer, or at home wanting things from the work one. Where better to stash your stuff?