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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Halloween Swag Bag (8 pics) on: September 24, 2009 07:59:17 AM
So this is my first topic, first time showing off anything I've made on Craftster be kind  Embarrassed

I've only recently started to get interested in embroidery/hand stitching having been into knitting and crochet for a few years.

I copied a design in a craft magazine for a little kitty kat and decided to mess around. The outline is done using Perle/Pearl cotton and the inside colouring is done using 2 strands of floss. My stitches are urm, a variety of back stitch and other stitches that are long (I used a book to practice some of them, and now I've forgotten their names, d'oh!). I stitched them onto lemon cotton.

The cat:

The ghost:

The pumpkin:

and lastly, the witches hat (my favourite)

I then decided I'd cut the lil embroidery images out and sew them on to some fabric. I picked out some orange Gingham fabric (cos orange is Halloween-y, right?) and found some black drawstringy string. I began sewing the bits and pieces together using my Singer sewing machine, but the tension of the machine didn't agree with the fabric, so only some of the work is done by machine, about 75% is by hand! The stitching on the inside is probably the neatest I've ever sewn:

Side One of the flattened swag bag:

Side Two:

And the finished bag, all sewn up and filled with goodies - not candy, because I dont have any candy:

I didn't think the project as a whole would've taken me so long, but I'm happy enough with the finished work
2  U.K. AND IRELAND / SCOTLAND / Perle / Pearl Cotton in Glasgow on: September 22, 2009 08:47:46 AM
Hello fellow Craftsters. I'm new to Craftster and I have a query for my fellow West Coasters.

I have recently taken up embroidery and have been using stranded cotton / floss. I had purchased some Perle cotton from Hobbycraft at the Fort but I don't get there very often because I don't drive. I've been trying other Glasgow stores for Perle cotton but with no luck (I've tried Mandors, John Lewis, Forge Market some other crafty stores in Lanarkshire), does anyone where else I'd be able to purchase?

I've had a look online, and some online stores do have fairly good deals but I'd prefer to see the cotton in person so I can choose my colours if possible!

While I'm here, are there any crafty shops in Glasgow outwith the kinda big stores I've mentioned that are worth checking out? I'm into most crafts!

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