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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: # of strands on: September 12, 2009 02:29:06 AM
I usually use 1-2 strands.  I don't use 3 or more strands very often, but I do sometimes for stitches like french knots, couching, basket-weave and whipped chain stitch.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Embroidery near the edge on: August 07, 2009 02:26:34 AM
I've sewn on strips of fabric to make my stitching fabric big enough for my q-snap.  Works great!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hey Cross-stitchers... Fabric Question... on: August 07, 2009 02:25:07 AM
That looks like jobelan to me.  It's really soft, it's quite nice to work with.  You need to order that or go to a needlework store.  It comes in higher counts so for cross stitch you generally stitch over 2 threads unless you want really tiny x's!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Aida - Charles Craft vs Zweigart/Wichelt on: July 22, 2009 08:31:26 AM
Definitely Zweigart.  Zweigart sells some of the nicest linens too.  The only thing I buy from Wichelt is jobelan.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Question on Q-snaps on: June 11, 2009 08:05:50 AM
If you are using thinner fabrics with your q-snaps, and they are slipping out, you can cut strips of flannel or terry cloth and put them under the clamp with the fabric.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ironing Cross-stitch? on: June 05, 2009 03:46:20 PM
You can iron it.  I usually put a towel down and then put the project face down on it and iron the back - it helps keep the stitches from getting smushed too much.  If you know your floss and fabric is color-fast a little spray from your iron will help.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Mini Hoop Stitchery on: June 05, 2009 03:43:38 PM
You did a great job on that!  Grin  I know what you mean about the metallic thread, but it looks so good.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: From hand drawn art to embroidery pattern... please help! on: May 31, 2009 05:25:48 AM
Hi, I create designs with vector lines.  I use Illustrator, but there are free programs, Inkscape being one of them.  Generating pdf's is simple.  There are free programs that allow you to print them like cutepdf.  I don't have any tips on how to make nice jpgs from scanned images, maybe if you used a strong black line then used a image manipulation program to clean it up.
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pearl cotton vs regular floss on: May 15, 2009 03:09:14 AM
There are no "rules" for when to use pearl cotton instead of stranded cotton.  It all depends on what effect you want to achieve.  I've used it in many projects. Experiment a little.  It has quite a different look than regular floss.
This is my latest finish:
 

The leaves and and the wisteria are done with #5 pearl cotton.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: reproducing the Bayeux Tapestry on: May 01, 2009 02:29:09 AM
So what if it takes a long time?  It's your dream project.  Go for it! Cheesy
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