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121  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Re: Too Ugly for Children? Tell me the Truth! on: November 02, 2005 11:03:31 AM
You could cut out a complimentary bib-shaped piece of fabric and sew it together to make a handbag/purse thingy.  Give it to a rockin teenage babysitter or something.  I think it's awesome.
122  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Re: New to embroidery on: November 02, 2005 11:00:19 AM
Don't worry, even without any advanced skills it is possible to turn out a great project!  See lots of first-timers posts on this forum.  Jenny's patterns make it easy.  My only advise from my first few mistakes is to be sure and use thinner floss (ie. fewer strands) for details and tight curves.  It looks neater that way
123  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Re: Outlining satin stitch on: October 30, 2005 06:57:42 PM
Thanks for all the feedback!  I did my second tea towel and played around with satin stitch some more.  I think I do neatest by outlining first, then filling in with the satin stitch.  I am not neat enough yet to satin stitch without outlining but I will work on it.  Here's how the tea towels came out,  I made them as a gift for some friends who let me stay at their house while I was travelling for work:


I am having so much fun with this I'm branching out.  I finally thought of something I could embroider which would be cool enough to give my brother!  A guitar strap! I bought a cheap black strap ($6) and some nice black fabric and I'm going to embroider on the fabric and then sew it to the strap when I'm done (hide the back!)  The black wild cat is the first bit on the strap.  I am going for sort of a dark forest theme with nocturnal creatures, dark pools of water reflecting the moon, big dark spruce trees with silver moss, etc.  Not sure what else I will add.  Now I wish I had waited to start until I could get Jenny's rock and roll!  I LOVE the big old amp. 
124  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Outlining satin stitch on: October 24, 2005 10:11:40 PM
Hi everyone,
I apologize if this has already been discussed, I'm new to craftster.  I just got my first kit and I'm working on my first tea towel (thanks jenny!).  I outlined the patterns in split stitch, then decided to fill in the leaves.  I was wondering should I have done the satin stitch first, then outlined them?  Would that be neater?  Or am I just sloppy with my satin stitch?  It seems to be overlapping the outline a bit on the pineapple.  Any pointers would be much appreciated!  Thanks.
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