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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Hoopla A-Long 2013-2015 on: February 05, 2015 12:46:01 PM
thanks AugustBell! It's my favorite Disney movie too!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Hoopla A-Long 2013-2015 on: January 27, 2015 01:38:21 PM
Thank you everyone!

Yes, the border is done in chain stitch. Well, technically reverse chain stitch. I found this simple tutorial from Jenny at Sublime Stitching http://sublimestitching.com/pages/how-to-chain-stitch though she calls it Simple Chain Stitch. The result is the same as regular chain stitch, and I love how it really played into the intertwined Celtic vine look I was going for.

And honestly it didn't take me very long. Maybe an hour or two per color. The best thing I did prepwise, was to color in each strip with a correlating colored pencil, so when it was time to stitch, I just followed the same color as the thread. Otherwise, (knowing me) I would've ended up ripping out sections repeatedly.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Hoopla A-Long 2013-2015 on: January 27, 2015 02:54:43 AM
Thanks Bushbaby. I found it on a Celtic Knot coloring page search.

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Hoopla A-Long 2013-2015 on: January 26, 2015 07:52:06 PM
Here's one of my favorite quotes from Brave. It's been awhile since I pulled out my embroidery hoop and floss. It was a lot of fun. And it's been great seeing everyone else's projects.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Common Knitting Problems? on: October 28, 2013 11:02:27 AM
Thanks soozeq! I'll try that the next time it happens.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Common Knitting Problems? on: October 28, 2013 07:41:17 AM
How do you store your yarn? Lately it's just in shopping bags in my closet, though I'm going to bust out some space saver bags for my stash.

Do you carry it around to different rooms/ public places? I use various tote bags or purses. Nothing with Velcro. As for skeins rolling around, I don't normally have that problem, because I either pull from the center of the skein or wind it into a center pull cake. Another tactic to not have rolling yarn would be to keep it in your tote bag and just pull from that.

Any other simple problems you'd like to gripe about? (I'd love to hear them!) I have a tendency to yarn over in random spots making a perfect hole the next time I pass over. It's frustrating when I notice it a few rows up. Then I have to tink back to get it out. I'm sure there's a way to fix it, but I haven't figured that out yet.

And lastly, this doesn't have to be reserved for knitting. If you hate something about a task in your morning routine, or wish some product existed.... let me know! Nothing I can think of specifically, just wish my kids listened and followed directions better.  Roll Eyes

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Halloween Fancy Lad on: September 29, 2013 07:20:35 AM
He's very fancy...and Halloween-y. Love it!
8  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Hat-along -- 13 in '13! on: September 27, 2013 06:25:16 AM
Wow! That1girl, you've been busy!

Yofi, I may just have to make the Wild Things Rumpus hat for my 2 yr old son. Totally adorable!!!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Shaggy the Stoned Goat on: September 27, 2013 06:22:42 AM
Yeah Gamemom42 I like the look of framed pieces myself.

I do like the hoopla look too. Actually, I never thought of framing it in a hoop until I saw them here in the forum, since my mom always professionally framed her work. And I don't have friends that embroider/cross stitch. So seeing what everyone posts here is really fun to see!

10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: silver or metal on embroidery - will it stain? on: September 26, 2013 06:28:17 AM
It might stain. I would think that anything that can "tarnish" will eventually stain the fabric.

I wonder if you could cover the spoon or buttons in clear shellac? That way you'd keep the shiny-ness, but it would cut down on eventual tarnishing (by blocking out the air) and it provides a barrier between the fabric and the item.

I know some women do this with cheap metal jewelry. Especially those that have metal allergies. I would imagine it would work with embroidery too.

Just make sure the shellac covers the items (maybe you just want the back of the button/spoon covered cause you want the tarnishing effect to show). And let them dry completely.

Might work. Never tried it though.
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