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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: What kind of dye is used on DMC floss? on: December 19, 2009 02:46:07 PM
Thanks syri!  That's great information.  I have an indoor worm compost bin that works really, really well.  I think it can handle the threads in no time.  I never did get an answer from the DMC company about their dyes.  They probably thought my question was a joke.  Smiley
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: What kind of dye is used on DMC floss? on: December 18, 2009 02:29:53 PM
Thanks HN!  I've always had the same concern about putting the threads outside.  What if they contain something hazardous for the birds and I don't know it?  I'm probably overthinking this.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / What kind of dye is used on DMC floss? on: December 17, 2009 10:09:40 AM
Does anyone know what kind of dye is used on DMC floss?

This is a totally weird question, I know.  I embroider a lot, and I have a lot of waste threads.  I would like to compost them (cotton is compostable), but since I use my compost in my veggie garden, I'm a bit worried about the dyes on the waste threads.  If they use heavy metals, I don't want to add them to my garden, not even in the slightest trace amounts.  I've e-mailed DMC to ask this question of them, but I haven't heard back from them yet.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Eternal WIP Sampler on: October 14, 2009 07:00:24 AM
I need to post a new picture -- I've added a lot more.  @pinkanddinky, I'm using an evenweave linen -- the threads in the fabric are very easy to see and are very straight.  It's pretty easy to  just follow the threads and the stitches come out straight.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Eternal WIP Sampler on: September 27, 2009 04:54:53 PM
That piece is short -- about 10x10 inches.  I've actually finished that piece (I'll post a pic as soon as I'm home during daylight to take one!).  I've started another piece that's about 20x10 inches.  I need to figure out how to piece them together.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Eternal WIP Sampler on: September 27, 2009 09:14:56 AM
Thanks.  That is a cool idea LovieDovieAnn.  It's a really fun way to practice all the stitches.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Eternal WIP Sampler on: September 25, 2009 02:52:39 PM
I had planned to do them all in red, but your idea is really interesting!  I'm really liking the red though -- now I'm conflicted!  Smiley
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Eternal WIP Sampler on: September 25, 2009 12:44:25 PM
Thanks!  It's been really, really fun to work on.  Once I finish the angled stitches, I'm going to start on stars and knots, then loops and curves.  It's really a nice way to break me out of my groove.
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Eternal WIP Sampler on: September 25, 2009 07:54:49 AM

I am working on an embroidery sampler.  It's going to be an eternal work in progress.  I was inspired by SharonB's sampler on pintangle.  I plan for my sampler to be 5.5 inches wide and however long it ends up.

So far, I've only worked this little redwork section, but I'm really liking it.  In this section, I am working only angular stitches, with no knots or round shapes at all.  With the exception of back stitch and straight stitch (which I'm using to define sections and emphasize the band shape, and also to rest my brain), I have tried to avoid repeating stitches, although I made one accidental repetition.  Here's a list of all the stitches I've used so far, by row:

1: back stitch
2: running stitch
3: back stitch
4: detached straight stitches, arranged like flower stems.
5: back stitch
6: half-cross stitch
7: chevron
8: half-cross, reversed
9: back stitch
10: fly stitch
11: cross stitch
12: detached straight stitches, stacked
13: back stitch
14: Bosnian stitch
15: sheaf stitch
16: back stitch
17: back stitch
18: straight stitch triangles (look at the left end of this row, I worked in the year, 2009)
19: Bosnian stitch, reversed
20: back stitch
21: St. George's cross stitch
22: back stitch
23: herringbone
24: buttonhole stitch
25: ermine stitch
26: zipper stitch
27: cross stitch
28: holbein stitch
29: back stitch
30: detached straight stitches
31 (in progress): back stitch
10  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Re: Back-to-School Forest Friends Dress 4 pics on: September 10, 2009 07:02:49 AM
That's so cute!  I love the pink squirrel!

I notice the design is close to the edge of the fabric.  Did you use a hoop?
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