Thursday, September 1, 2011

I'm with the (book)band

Happy September!!


On this, the first day of September, and a day closer to the end of this blistering hot Texas summer and drought (hopefully) I come bearing tidings of a new collaboration/invention to share!!

So, picture it, our bookclub is celebrating our 6th anniversary and Selina and I know that we have to do something to top last year’s awesome (if I do say so myself) 5th anniversary bags. So this time, we thought small, kept the elements of silk screening on cloth, and took it to the next level, because that is just the kind of crazy craft-inistas that we are.

Selina came up with the tag line…which is so good that I can’t waste it here—yet. And we brainstormed on a way to incorporate it into our project. Originally, we thought a button badge type thing, but the hardware for a good set was too far out of our price range. Then we moved on to buttons, (called cover buttons) like the cloth covered kind that you can use for diy projects. I didn't even know these existed!! The idea was to (make the silkscreen first) then silkscreen  the quote onto the cloth, then cover the button…then to thread a length of elastic through to make a loop and sew together. Viola, a headband for your book to mark pages! Ingeniously (not) called a bookband!

Some tips to remember...
When silk screening, we found that the tighter the weave, the better
and for the cover buttons, a less stretchy fabric works better as well, your print won't be crooked.

Of course, none of this came together easily, we like to try things out the hard way first just to make sure we aren't missing anything...as evidenced in the pix with the rejects...
Last night was the party and they were a hit. yay!!
my screen...so proud of it. the 4th time was a charm this time.

We tried it with yellow ink, but it wasn't as readable as the black..

the tools of the trade

the finished product

All wrapped up and ready to go..

And don't miss Selina's post on our craft!!!

6 comments:

  1. I like cute bookmarks and I cannot lie!!!

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  2. OMG. You are the most awesome crafted around!! I bet if I asked for your autograph you would silk screen it. Why don't you most more of your amazing work?? Your fans want more!!!

    -Not Selina

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  3. Do u sell these?? I want to order 1,000,000,000. Would love to see more posts!!!

    -Definitely not Selina.

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  4. U must love crafts. I do too! Why don't u post more often??

    -For real. This is not Selina.

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  5. Will you post more often? I love your blog. And you.

    - Anderson Cooper

    P.S. I do not know anyone by the name Selina.

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  6. I like these so much, they are great!!

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