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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Wil Wheaton Sprite XStitch on: January 31, 2014 10:48:44 AM
I sure hope so! Apparently he talked about them on the Nerdist, which I didn't know until later. He's a really nice guy, affable and attentive to fans. Both sprite stitches were fun to make, and I was super stoked to get them to the people I made them for. That's the best part of crafting/arting, getting things you make for other people TO those people no matter if they're friends, family or further removed. I love making things FOR people best.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Wil Wheaton Sprite XStitch on: January 27, 2014 07:49:09 PM
It reads, "Don't be a dick." I made one for Anne as well. Modified this design and flipped it.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: TARDIS Dice Bag on: December 23, 2011 08:44:03 PM
Thanks guys!

bubbles1979, Do you mean interfacing, like to stiffen it? I used a nice, solid, quilting weight, tightly woven cotton, so it held its shape well enough just tightly stretched in an embroidery hoop. If you mean after it was finished, I did line it, pretty much a bag inside the bag, to protect the back of the work from snags if anything sharp (pens, pencils, swords) gets put inside. Hope that answered your question!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / TARDIS Dice Bag on: December 23, 2011 05:57:23 PM
Being a Whovian myself I am well versed in the Doctor... Heh. I made this dice bag for my secret Santee. I hand drew out the TARDIS shape then stitched over using running and satin stitch. I was going to do the windows and light in white but chose the yellowy cream colour instead. I liked the look of an almost glow it gave them. I only wish I'd been able to get glow in the dark thread in time. The back is some print I had left from Spoonflower. I had made a skirt and happened to have a bit left. It was perfect for this project.





5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: This thread is now 20% cooler on: December 23, 2011 05:49:20 PM
Brohoof! Love it. I'm going to share this with everypony!
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do I avoid hems that flip? on: December 08, 2011 05:03:49 PM
I make sure to press ever. single. hem. I never just fold over. Part of the pressing is like a check to make sure you don't end up unevenly turned. Sometimes a hem can kind of bunch on itself and crinkle because the part being hemmed has changed width unevenly. Crease a piece of paper but crease it unevenly and kind of push in along it. It's hard to explain, but you end up with this odd ripple across the width of the hem. That can make a hem twist up. Also, a very wide, untaped/interfaced hem will roll/flip on itself sometimes as it gets washed, dried and recreased. The key is to press, reinforce wide hems, hem narrowly when you can. Ironing the HECK out of a twisting hem can fix it sometimes, if it's a matter of the hem having been messed up by laundering. Nothing but a redo will fix a construction related issue

Another thing that works is if you double fold the hem. Basically, find your length you want and mark it (chalk, tailor's pen, pin) and fold in, press, fold a second time, press and stitch. You'd have the raw edge encased inside the second fold. This is really good for lightweight fabrics and dress pants. Basically, the double fold reinforces the hem to prevent it from getting mangled into a twist. It won't work on some fabrics, heavy corduroy and heavy denim come to mind first.
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Miniature woodland terrariums on: December 07, 2011 10:20:21 PM
I made some really bizarre sounds over the bunny one. Kind of like a cross between a squee and something else indefinable. There is NO concept of scale until you see the penny. They're adorable and SO bitty.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Wil Wheaton Sprite XStitch on: December 06, 2011 06:38:42 PM
silentblair, Oooooo, thanks for the heads up on the Nerdist show. I'll need to DVR that!
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do I avoid hems that flip? on: December 04, 2011 10:21:07 PM
I have the same problem every once in a while. I usually tear out the hem, iron really well to kill the existing creases. Then I repress in the new hem, really carefully, and add hem tape: http://www.amazon.com/Dritz-Stitch-Witchery-Regular-Tape/dp/B0001DSIHI

It's fusible bonding, very flexible and soft. When you put it into them creased hem and carefully iron over again the webbing melts. Let it dry then sew your hem like normal. It gives a nice shape to your hem. I like it especially on skirts because it adds the tiniest bit of stiffness to the hemline, less then horsehair braid but more then nothing. I always use it when I alter my husband's pant length. You can also look for "no sew hemming tape." It's available at most crafting/fabric stores, I just gave the link to show the reference. I never use it by itself tho some say you can. I just feel better having a nice, stitched hem.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Unicorns Are F***ing Rock and Roll on: December 02, 2011 05:51:20 PM
Thanks! The fat, happy unicorn against the quote is what made me giggle while working it.
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