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21  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / tension problem - help would be really appreciated on: November 13, 2006 07:54:09 PM
Well I just got a new machine, Brother XL-2220, to do me while I'm out of the country.

So I'm having problems getting a good stitch.

The thread on the top of the fabric is pretty much just lying on top with loops from the underside thread being pulled through to the top.  The stitching underneath is slightly loose as well.  Now the wierd thing is everytime I do a test the first 2 or 3 stitches seem to be near perfect before it reverts to making bad stitches.

I have read all online sites I could find and they all say its the lower tension I'm having problems with but adjusting that doesn't seem to make any difference Sad

Any ideas and help guys?  It would be really appreciated
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / drawing on fabric on: November 06, 2006 11:35:16 PM
Hi all.  I was hoping for a little help please  Smiley

I am helping a charity put together a stall at their christmas party.  Now my idea was that I would donate a few of my hand made soft toys as prizes and because of that I thought that it would be nice to do a soft toy related competition to win them.

I thought it would be a good idea to make up some very basic doll blanks and was going to get the kids to decorate them, but I'm not sure what the best way to do it is?  I was thinking that fabric pens would be the safest and cleanest way to do things but due to it being a charity I'm trying to keep costs for them as low as possible.  So I was wondering if normal felt tip pens would be ok for decorating on a cotton doll blank and is it child safe?  Or can anyone think of other relatively cheap and mess free ways to decorate the doll blanks?

The method has to be as child safe and friendly as possible seen as they will be taking away their entry at the end of the day.

Or can you think of any other competition that the kids can participate in to win the dolls?  I would kind of like to keep it on a crafty theme though.

Also does this sound like a good idea for a competition?  I also figured that I would put a little loop in the top of each doll blanks head, so they  can turn them into ornaments for the christmas tree, and then every kid can take away the doll they made after the competition, therefore if they aren't lucky enough to win then they are still taking something away!  Also can anyone think of good categories to judge the dolls on?
23  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Drawing on fabric on: November 06, 2006 11:32:38 PM
Hi all.  I was hoping for a little help please  Smiley

I am helping a charity put together a stall at their christmas party.  Now my idea was that I would donate a few of my hand made soft toys as prizes and because of that I thought that it would be nice to do a soft toy related competition to win them.

I thought it would be a good idea to make up some very basic doll blanks and was going to get the kids to decorate them, but I'm not sure what the best way to do it is?  I was thinking that fabric pens would be the safest and cleanest way to do things but due to it being a charity I'm trying to keep costs for them as low as possible.  So I was wondering if normal felt tip pens would be ok for decorating on a cotton doll blank and is it child safe?  Or can anyone think of other relatively cheap and mess free ways to decorate the doll blanks?

The method has to be as child safe and friendly as possible seen as they will be taking away their entry at the end of the day.

Thanks
24  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / drawing on fabric on: November 06, 2006 11:28:53 PM
Hi all.  I was hoping for a little help please Smiley

I am helping a charity put together a stall at their christmas party.  Now my idea was that I would donate a few of my hand made soft toys as prizes and because of that I thought that it would be nice to do a soft toy related competition to win them.

I thought it would be a good idea to make up some very basic doll blanks and was going to get the kids to decorate them, but I'm not sure what the best way to do it is?  I was thinking that fabric pens would be the safest and cleanest way to do things but due to it being a charity I'm trying to keep costs for them as low as possible.  So I was wondering if normal felt tip pens would be ok for decorating on a cotton doll blank and is it child safe?  Or can anyone think of other relatively cheap and mess free ways to decorate the doll blanks?

The method has to be as child safe and friendly as possible seen as they will be taking away their entry at the end of the day.

Or can you think of any other competition that the kids can participate in to win the dolls?  I would kind of like to keep it on a crafty theme though.

Also does this sound like a good idea for a competition?  I also figured that I would put a little loop in the top of each doll blanks head, so they  can turn them into ornaments for the christmas tree, and then every kid can take away the doll they made after the competition, therefore if they aren't lucky enough to win then they are still taking something away!  Also can anyone think of good categories to judge the dolls on?
25  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / tubby teddy - test on: November 01, 2006 10:55:59 PM
Hey all.  This is my first attempt at a teddy bear.  I used a free pattern from planet teddy bear that doesn't appear to be there anymore - if I find it I will post it.

Because it was a trial teddy I decided that I would make him out of some spare fabric.  He was all hand stitched as well.  Now that I feel that he has turned out quite well I think I am going to make a personalised fur one for my little sisters 18th, with embroidered name on its foot.

So heres the pics:



His ears aren't lop sided like the middle photo suggests (see the first one is fine!), it was just the angle it was taken at and how his head was sitting at the time.

I just love how his oversized feet mean that he can stand unsupported without falling over.

So now I just have to finalise a few modifications I want to make to the pattern before I get started on the one for my sister.

What do people think?  Comments would be appreciated.

and sorry about the blurry photos, I don't have the steadiest of hands!
26  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / christmas stocking challenge? on: October 26, 2006 07:55:42 PM
Hey folks

I was lying in bed last night thinking about what crafts I have to do this christmas and I was thinking that I am going to make up a few stockings for people this year. 

It dawned on me that this would possibly make a good challenge and appropriate seen as it's nearing christmas after all.

I thought that it would be a very versatile challenge as you can sew, knit, crochet (with wool/yarn or whatever medium that you want), embroider, wet felt etc etc your stocking.  There are also many other different ways to make a stocking and I'm sure you crafters can think of many ways to make the traditional stocking your own!

What do folks think of the idea?
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / knitted gingerbread house charity fundraiser on: August 28, 2006 12:02:34 PM
read more about it here in the charities board of craftster:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=117408.0

I hope its ok to post this here as well, seen as I'm not sure how many knitters look at the fundraiser/charity boards.

I am taking part in this and knitting up various bits and pieces to send along to help in the construction of the gingerbread house.  Its a good project for both beginner and advanced knitters to take part in.
28  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / U.K. AND IRELAND / knitted gingerbread house charity fundraiser on: August 28, 2006 11:53:51 AM
Calling all knitters:

from the http://www.bhkc.co.uk/data/knitting_for_charity.htm website (scroll down slightly for this project).  This is a project based in the UK:

Help us knit our Giant Gingerbread House

Alison Murray organiser writes:
"Last year we raised over 10,000 for North Devon Hospice knitting our 25 foot Christmas Tree. This year we are raising money for both North Devon Hospice and Great Ormond Street Hospital for sick children by knitting a Giant Gingerbread House. The house will be about the size of an average living room and will be set in a knitted wood. The knitted interior of the house will also be on view. As this is a much larger project we plan to finish for June 2007 with the finished house on view at Atlantic Village for the summer 2007 and then on to London to raise more funds for our charities. We need squares, sweets, cakes, cookies, leaves, flowers and gingerbread men."

If you would like to help please send 2 (cheques payable to North Devon Hospice please) together with a S.A.E. to: -
Giant Gingerbread House (BHK), Atlantic Village, Clovelly Road, Bideford, North Devon, EX39 3QU

In your pack you will receive knitting patterns and more details.

I sent away for my pack and received it within a week.  It details what is required and it also has some patterns to lend a helping hand, although it is said that any other appropriate items may be made and sent.

This project is truly addaptable for both new and competent knitters, as items range from basic squares (stocking stitch or fancy, whichever you prefer) to items such as gingerbread men, and like I say you can be inventive too.

You also get your name entered in a recipe book as well, at the end when the house is constructed!

I hope some others from this site will join me in making up items for the gingerbread house, as it is raising money for a couple of really good charities!

edit:  sketches of the house can be found on the above site link
29  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / knitted gingerbread house charity fundraiser on: August 28, 2006 10:46:14 AM
Calling all knitters:

from the http://www.bhkc.co.uk/data/knitting_for_charity.htm website (scroll down slightly for this project).  This is a project based in the UK:

Help us knit our Giant Gingerbread House

Alison Murray organiser writes:
"Last year we raised over 10,000 for North Devon Hospice knitting our 25 foot Christmas Tree. This year we are raising money for both North Devon Hospice and Great Ormond Street Hospital for sick children by knitting a Giant Gingerbread House. The house will be about the size of an average living room and will be set in a knitted wood. The knitted interior of the house will also be on view. As this is a much larger project we plan to finish for June 2007 with the finished house on view at Atlantic Village for the summer 2007 and then on to London to raise more funds for our charities. We need squares, sweets, cakes, cookies, leaves, flowers and gingerbread men."

If you would like to help please send 2 (cheques payable to North Devon Hospice please) together with a S.A.E. to: -
Giant Gingerbread House (BHK), Atlantic Village, Clovelly Road, Bideford, North Devon, EX39 3QU

In your pack you will receive knitting patterns and more details.


I sent away for my pack and received it within a week.  It details what is required and it also has some patterns to lend a helping hand, although it is said that any other appropriate items may be made and sent.

This project is truly addaptable for both new and competent knitters, as items range from basic squares (stocking stitch or fancy, whichever you prefer) to items such as gingerbread men, and like I say you can be inventive too.

You also get your name entered in a recipe book as well, at the end when the house is constructed!

I hope some others from this site will join me in making up items for the gingerbread house, as it is raising money for a couple of really good charities!

edit:  sketches of the house can be found on the above site link
30  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / first quilt and incredibly proud of it on: August 23, 2006 04:18:48 PM
Stick with me here folks.  Right, my uncles fiances daughter has just had a baby and after walking around shops I decided that I didn't want any shop bought stuff for the baby and so thought that I would try to make a quilt.  So I went and bought loads of brightly coloured fabric and designed my own simple pattern and heres the results.

The quilt in all its glory:



a close up of the square I designed.  Its made up of 8 squares and 4 rectangles per square:



and here it is all tied up and ready to go (I also embroidered the recipients name, my name and the date on the back, which you can just see in the picture):



It isn't the most perfect quilt, with some pieces not matching up exactly, but a lot of time and love has went into the making of the quilt and I am extremely proud of the results.  The mother of the baby and my auntie-to-be seemed really impressed with it, especially when they found out it was hand made and personalised, which made me feel even more proud.

details of the quilt:  I machine pieced it.  I wimped out of binding and decided to place right sides of top and backing together with wadding on top and sew together three sides of the quilt and most of the fourth side, then I turned it the right way around and slip stitched the opening closed.  I then hand quilted the whole thing using stitch in the ditch.

any comments?  suggestions?

ps I think I have the quilting bug and I really want to get started on another one but I don't know what to do next now as there are so many options.
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