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561  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: You know you're a craftster when... (part THREE!) on: March 28, 2008 02:39:15 PM
YKYACW your second bedroom's closet is your craft closet and it's so full that you can barely open it . . . don't even think about possibly trying to squeeze a guest's luggage in there for a weekend.  Plus, when you do spend time in the depths of the closet, it's like going shopping . . . new projects, new yarn, new craft books . . .
562  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: crafts in a plane on: March 28, 2008 02:33:22 PM
I also use nail clippers in place of scissors for embroidery projects.  To keep things simple, I usually bring along something that doesn't need a pattern or just has the background to complete, so I don't have to have a lot of extra "stuff" out on the plane.  I've also found that plastic canvas projects are good.  You can cut the plastic canvas and yarn ahead of time, the pieces are usually manageable in size, and many projects can be done without a pattern (or the pattern can be easily memorized). 

A craft project, plus a book, sudoku or crosswords, and my ipod will keep me content on even the longest international flights. 
563  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / Re: Bemidji, MN - First City on the Mississippi on: March 06, 2008 09:56:14 AM
This is great!  My dad grew up in Bemidji, so our family goes back every other year or so on a day trip . . . and always takes a picture of us with Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. 
564  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / Re: Horace the Elephant on: March 06, 2008 09:49:12 AM
I love Horace!  He's so cute visiting all of the notable places in your city.  Shots like these always make my laugh  Cheesy
565  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Blackwork...gone too far on: March 05, 2008 02:52:54 PM
I will unpick if I figure out I've made a mistake in time to easily correct the problem (meaning before I stitch all around the problem-area with other colors) or if it's crucial to the integrity of the design.

If it's something that can be tweaked, I'll definitely go that route.  I just need to keep good mental or written notes about what my revised plan is, especially if it's a project that I will work on for a while, set aside, and then pick up again at a later date.  Honestly, I don't think any of my larger works are 100% to pattern.   Smiley
566  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: any punch embroiderers around? on: March 05, 2008 02:45:24 PM
My mom recommended punch embroidery to me this summer, and I just bought all of the supplies + a few kits over the holidays.  I've finished 1 1/2 kits and really enjoy the medium.  It's kind of addictive though . . . I end up punching until my hand hurts just because I want to see the pattern emerge. 

I have a few more kits to do and then I think I'll be in a position to start thinking about creating designs/moving past "canned" patterns.

The one thing that I haven't quite figured out (but haven't spent much time contemplating) is what I'll do with the completed pieces.  One can only have so many framed pieces and pillows in a given apartment.   Grin
567  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Woe be unto the lowly cross-stitcher on: March 05, 2008 02:38:12 PM
I love cross stitching!  This was the first craft I learned as a little girl, so have now been cross-stitching for over 25 years (wow, I feel old saying that). 

I must admit that I go through cross-stitching phases and have been more focused on crewel embroidery over the past few months.  However, I always drift back to cross-stitch and it's the medium where I'm most comfortable tackling large, difficult projects.

For kits/patterns, I enjoy sifting through ebay for vintage kits from the '70s.  Whenever I run across a now-rare Ben Franklin store (usually in small towns in Minnesota while on vacation), I can also usually find something.  I also love Herrschnerr's for all sorts of things.

Happy stitching!
568  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Big Project Stitchalong 2008 on: March 05, 2008 02:21:28 PM

I have the exact same unfinished piece in my stack of projects that must be finished in 2008!  You've inspired me to move this one up in the list . . . now I must go home and see how much more stiching I need to do.  Based on memory, I'd say that I've probably completed about the same amount as you have, but have been focusing on different areas.  

I was more focused on the left hand side of the picture . . . maybe because I'm left-handed???

Anyway, it's so interesting to see how different stitchers approach a project.   Smiley
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