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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Oh no! Cross-stitched in only one strand not two... on: January 31, 2012 04:46:53 AM
This is only the second thing I have ever tried to cross stitch. It's a card for valentines day. Smiley

Basically, I started yesterday with an area that required one strand but wasn't pleased with it so scrapped the whole thing. This morning I started it with a different colour and just used one strand. I've managed to do quite a lot, with fractionals which I'm really pleased with myself for learning. BUT...looking again the directions say to do it with two strands.

Will it matter greatly if I now continue with one strand for the lot, or should I do it with two from now on? I can't scrap this again now. It's a lion, the background should be one strand, the lion should be two. Basically a light area of it's face has been done in one.

I hope that makes sense.

Thank you.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Help! Need a leotard pattern and advice for a tiny 3 year old on: November 04, 2011 09:39:11 AM
My daughter has just started gymnastics and loves it. The problem is it's an official club with pretty tight rules and children need to be in leotards. She is 3 but only 86cm and very skinny. They're also extremely expensive for what they are. Does anyone have a link to a suitable pattern or web directions that I could follow please?

Thank you!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Toddler Dress (with tutorial link) on: March 13, 2011 01:48:32 AM
So pleased with myself! This is my first completed clothing item.  I used fabric I already had for the bodice and picked up some red polycotton for the skirt. I need to aplique a chunky flower cut from the same fabric as the bodice onto the lower left of the dress I haven't done that as I've never aplique'd before and don't know how!  

Here's the tutorial I used:


Here's my dress and my more than willing model:

4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / My 30th in March and a new sewing machine...any advice? on: January 02, 2011 02:49:16 PM
I've been using a freecycled one that has given up and we can't get parts for that, so now I'm using my Mums which is lovely but I need my own.  I'm hoping that I'll be able to get one around my 30th birthday with family donations!  

I have big aspirations so would like one that does a lot, but I am just a beginner.  I'd also like something that will last a long time, or at least one which has freely available parts!  I don't have a large budget though I was thinking around 150.  Wondering what to get, and whether I should go for a great quality refurb or brand new?

Anyone have any thoughts?

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / My first project completed! :) So happy with these hanging hearts on: January 02, 2011 10:56:11 AM
Ok I know for you experts these are nothing at all, just a few minutes at a machine and voil!  But for me however, still a complete novice, this is an achievement!

Some little soft hanging hearts to go on my 2 year old daughters door handle.  Smiley  Stuffed with an old soft, stretchy t.shirt cut into strips!  The hanger is wide ribbon folded and stitched - I only had wide ribbon around.  I hand stitched the first one, then machined the other two.  My first real experiment with machining curves too and happy to discover I could just leave the needle in and rotate a bit!  Easy peasy.

So happy with these and my other half loves them too.  Now I'm going to use the same fabric to make a matching heart shaped cushion. That's got to be the same but bigger so should be easy enough.  

Thanks to my Mum for the Cath Kidston Sew book she got me for Christmas which provided fresh inspiration, and to the loan of the sewing machine Smiley

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Patchwork beanbag cover on: June 05, 2010 01:15:45 AM
Hi everyone,

I'm totally new!  I have acquired a very old Riccar sewing machine and am diving head first into projects - this is always my way of learning anything new, in at the deep end!

So the first thing I did after figuring out the machine was to turn one of my toddlers small fairy dresses into a cute little bag for her.  It's fab! Smiley  Nothing too complicated. 

My next project is to make a bean bag cover. We are getting a standard large bean bag and I plan to get patches in various pinks and whites to make a patchwork cover.  I'm wondering if anyone can give me any pointers?  My Mum can sew well and she thinks it will be nice, but I'm hoping for some tutorials or something if someone could kindly direct me?


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