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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Help with new son's nursery project?! on: April 04, 2009 07:39:04 PM
Ok, I need help, like tons...Smiley I have found these stickers.. for my new son's nursery (due July 4th) and would like to make little framed somethings from them. With one animal per frame, (Monkey, Elephant, Giraffe, Lion, and Crocodile) I would really like to try my hand at embroidering them. I am thinking because they are so simple, that it would be relatively easy to blow them up and then transfer them to some kind of fabric...So I have a few issues...I have cross stitched before, but years ago, and have never embroidered. I have found out, from reading the threads on here, that using Aida? cloth would not be the best idea for embroidery vs. cross stitch because of the little squares. But I don't know what to use...Smiley I would prefer not to use white, just cause I think it would look to stark, and I would love to do chocolate, but would that look bad with the monkey? I really really want to embroider, but I kinda feel silly and bad asking for so much help, but I figure you have to start somewhere, right? So, I need help 1.figuring out what cloth to use, 2.a definite idea on how to transfer these images....esp. since I've only ever done counted or stamped cross stich and I'm scared to free hand. I know I could print them out on iron-on transfer paper, then iron on to my fabric, but I'm not sure if that's the best idea. And 3.which embroidery stitches I should use!! I know it's a lot to ask and I feel like I should practically just pay someone to do this for me, but I really want to do this! Smiley Thank you so much in advance for any and all help! Thank you thank you thank you!! Smiley
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / First Post-Bumblebees Unite! on: March 21, 2009 03:57:33 PM
Ok, so I know the title is a little lame, but I couldn't get it out of my head, so it's what I went with. Smiley I've been craft-stalking on here for months, using the time I lurk on here as my creative outlet, as it seems all my projects need toddler-free time and/or money, both of which I am short on. Smiley A couple months ago, I came upon http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=284723.0 and loved it! I spent a few days/weeks mulling it over in my head as to who I should make my version for, and what punch I should use. My newest neice Ainslee, came to mind, whose nursery is done in yellow and green and bumblebees. I spent another week or so trying desperately to find a bumblebee punch big enough. No dice. All the bigger bee punches looked like angry school-mascot hornets, not what you'd want for a baby girls' room. I hit upon the idea of possibly using my Aunt's Cricut machine to cut out some bees. Thanks to her (Thanks Aunt Julie!) and my cousin Mandy's (Thanks Mandy!) Walk in My Garden (hehe) cartridge, I found my perfect bee. Then, my newest challange, paper...I wasn't thrilled with buying many different pages of paper to get different shades of yellow and green in such little quantities...where could I get a little amount of paper in gloriously different shades? Dadada....paint samples!!!! I am crazy about color, just crazy, it's sad really. But because of this I am VERY familiar with paint samples...Smiley So, longish story short...ish...I cut out all my bees, glued the little guys together and my studly military man husband helped me with the spacing to get them looking nice and neat in a graph. He also suggested the sequencing of colors since I hadn't quite figured that part out yet and was freaking out a little on how to make them look nice. Thanks Baby! Add some $1 Michaels ribbon and a Michaels' shadowbox frame, some Zots and there you go! So, here is my first post, with my first looooong back story. Let me know what you think! And thanks to tanechka, who inspired me, and to the others who inspired her as well. Oh, and here's to hoping I formatted all these links right...insert nervous sigh here. Here's a close up, though it's rather blurry (I was in a hurry to get out of the house and take it to the post office to send.) And another close up.. Thanks for looking! And hopefully commenting Smiley
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