Monday, April 28, 2008


i picked up my paper piecing for a quilter's stitch and bitch this past sunday and it was fantastic. i also wandered through the MADE show at the Gladstone, which was inspirational! what beautiful stuff people are making these days. i also decided to *TRY* using acrylic yarn to crochet characters. usually i'm a yarn snob and will only work with real wool, but i've read enough advice now about how to get characters to look right, that i'm willing to try using the plastic stuff. has anyone else ever had a big change of heart when it came to a craft technique or material?as part of the Toronto Craft Alert's goal to galvanize the city's craft community, we'd like to get a bit of a discussion going. discuss any crafty topic you like... we'll be re-posting this thread every monday morning, so that the discussions can continue in the comments section of this post.


Blogger angelune@TCA said...

except for the rain today, we've had some exceptional weather in the last few weeks. it's time to start wandering the city. does anyone have any recommendations for some crafty places to explore? maybe some out-of-the-way stores or studios that you want to share with the rest of Toronto?

10:32 a.m.  
Blogger Ele said...

Good question angelune! I think I'll lurk here waiting for suggestions. You can also check this thread:


12:52 p.m.  
Blogger I Heart That! Dance said...

Morning girls! (and boy, if Dave ever shows up)

I've missed posting here the last couple of weeks -- booooo to bubonic plague style flus.

I live in West Miss, so there's a dearth of the unusual out here, but with all the good weather we had last week, I've been thinking of getting out to some flea markets. Not sure which ones yet!

So to answer your Q in the main post, I have been contemplating exploring other media, specifically resin. I have fun filling my bag orders still, but really, the creative part of that process is done for now. And well, resin looks cool. SO it's time to push back the limits of my comfort zone once again and see what I can come up with.

Although I probably shouldn't give in to the temptation to encase everything I see in resin and wear it as some kind of jewellery. That sort of thing might lead to back problems to say the least :D

1:44 p.m.  
Blogger Ele said...

Hey I_heart,

A propos of nothing, what sort of physics do you do?

I've never tried resin, though I do have to work with various epoxies on the job.


6:36 p.m.  
Blogger toronto craft alert said...

thanks for that link minouette. i'll have to poach it for links for the blog (& personal knowledge). much appreciated! xjenx

6:47 p.m.  
Blogger I Heart That! Dance said...

Hi min! I am a theoretical physicist, and I do computer simulations of protein folding. But I am kind of Over It. I'm doing a postdoc now, and I'm not 100% sure I want to continue with the academic life.

But that will require a whole separate post LOL

Actually it was Craftster that got me thinking about resin -- that place can be a problem sometimes. I see stuff there and I get all obsessive.

10:36 p.m.  
Blogger Ele said...

I_heart is right, by the way... craftster is addictive. ;)

I'm an applied physicist (marine geophysics) and research associate myself, I_heart. Small world!

Ele (aka minouette)

11:33 a.m.  
Blogger I Heart That! Dance said...

Toronto heavy treasury on Etsy!

Including the TCA shop :D And you min! Marine geophysics sounds like more fun than what I do -- probably less "windowless office" involved :P

12:03 p.m.  

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