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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / wet felting - how felted will it get? on: June 05, 2012 05:28:44 AM
just a quick question - how firm will something that has been wet felted get? I have knitted a square and run it through the machine a few times. It's shrunk quite a bit but it's still quite squishy and if I hold it up to the light there's still some holes. So I guess I'm wondering if I should bother running it through the machine again to get it firmer or is it as far as it will go?

Thanks!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / stitching ribbon on a quilt - will it work? on: February 17, 2012 05:54:49 AM
hi everyone

I want to do a monopoly quilt for my dad and have been doing the maths. Unless I make a bed size quilt (I only want to do lap size) the black border between the properties (sorry I don't have a pic to show what I mean)will be tiny and I will go mental trying to cut and sew something like that. So my thought was to get some 3/8" ribbon and sew it on, but I'm worried it will pucker or shrink weird to the quilt fabric. Do you think it would work? Any other ideas?
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / generic Christmas gifts for extended family (males)? on: December 09, 2011 10:39:22 PM
Hi guys

I'm planning on doing a scrub of some sort in jars for the girls of my family (aunties/female cousins) but not sure that this would work for the boys! Anyone have ideas for a batch-type pressie? How long would a jar of cookies last (freshness-wise not time to get eaten!) if they were in airtight rubber seal jars?

thanks!
Mel
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / covering/ decorating plastic placemats? on: April 15, 2011 08:59:37 PM
Hi there

my husband works for a beverage distribution company and has recently received some promtional plastic placemats. I thought that they would be good for our outdoor table as its glass topped and the mats have that non-slip backing on them, but I wanted to cover the promotional bit.

I was thinking of covering by glueing some cool fabric over the top, but thought it would make it difficult to clean as it won't be wipe clean like the plastic, nor can I put them through the wash like a completely fabric placemat. Anyone have any suggestions how I might be able to to make these placemats look nice without having too much hassle to clean?

thanks!   
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / WoW Alliance Shield t shirt on: June 14, 2010 06:05:56 AM
This is an idea I had for DH for Christmas and then it became for our anniversary in May... then it was finished last week... DH loves WoW and is very definitely "For the Alliance!" I hope you like it.

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cross stitch bookmark 50th birthday present on: November 08, 2009 02:18:44 AM
This is my first posted project. I had an idea to make this for my Aunty who turned 50 this year. When my sister and I were little she was always calling us old on our bithdays. As little girls we thought this was absolutely terrible, so I thought it was time to get her back!  Grin

Sorry I couldn't get better photos, digital camera was playing games (of the not nice kind) and I had to use my phone.



7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Finishing the back of a cross stitch? on: September 12, 2009 07:14:01 PM
Hi cross stitchers

I've been doing cross stitches for years, but mostly just samplers and mostly still tucked neatly away in my cross stitch box! (Terrible I know, I should do SOMETHING with them). Anyway I have decided to get my craft on and make a lot of pressies for Christmas this year and was thinking about putting some cross stitch on some useful items like tea towels and balnkets. BUT I don't really know how to finish it off so it is neat and secure. I always have just finished my threads by running the end of the floss under 4 or 5 stitches on the back, but had a thought that this wouldn't be the best for something that will be washed.

Would fusible interfacing be useful or is there another way to secure the threads?

thanks!
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