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51  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / eyelash yarn on: May 08, 2004 08:01:15 AM

okay,
i'm just wondering if anybody can tell me why the singly colored eyelash yarn is straight while the "fur" of the multi eyelash yarn is sort of curly? Thanks.
52  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / pillow case embroidery and other gift ideas on: May 07, 2004 12:56:27 PM
a couple questions...

1. anybody have preferences on where to get pillocases to embroider? Some have that icky satin trim that I'd like to avoid, but still on the cheap?
2. do I need to use stabilizer for pillowcase embroidery?
3. besides aunt martha's, can you recommend a place to get pillowcase specific patterns?

You may have guessed, this is whatI'm planning to give everybody for christmas this year. Some will get jenny hart's pinup girls, but I'm not sure my grandparents for instance, are ready for that. I'm also planning to branch out into tea towels and maybe placemats, and I have at least one baby gift, too. I'm new to embroidery and obsessed, so I'm just trying to pick y'alls brains about whats good and all. Any suggestions are welcome.
53  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / bucilla stamped embroidery on: May 07, 2004 12:49:07 PM
Hey. I thought, in order to work up to jenny hart's designs, I would start out with a little kit from bucilla at michael's. Let me warn others against this. Not only oes the kit come without floss (not an unmitigated bad, as I can adapt the color scheme, but inconvenient) you are also left to hem up and attach the lace to your work after you are done. And worse of all, the fabric is SUPER CHEAP. It's nearly see through. But I have nearly perfected the satin stitch, so it's not all bad, I just wanted to complain as I had high hopes and was quasi-shot down. ANybody else have complaints about embroidery products out there?
54  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / blackwork cross stitch??? on: March 23, 2004 02:30:39 PM
Hey. I have recently become interested in this art form, and was wondering if anyone out in carftster land shared this enthusiasm? All I've done so far are a couple of free patterns I've founbd on the internet. Just wondering if anybody had any knowledge or interest in this stuff.

55  UNITED STATES / Georgia / show and tell - what are you working on? on: March 19, 2004 10:21:11 AM
I just started the fireworks scarf from Stitch n Bitch and it took a couple tries to find the right yarn combination, I'm thrilled with what I've got now. (I do NOT recommend using white yarn as your base color, it looks sickly.) I'm using black chenille yarn, and hot pink eyelash yarn, so it's both velvety and funky. I'll post pictures when I get a couple more inches done. BTW, I got a pair of wooden needles for this project and they really are less slippery than metal.
56  Georgia / Georgia: Central / atlanta area field trips on: March 18, 2004 09:30:34 AM
Hey. I was just wondering what people would recommend besides art supply and thrift stores for crafting related field trips in the ATL. For sheer vintage overstimulation, I recommend the antique row in chamblee. No real chance of finding a super bargain but lots to see, especially at broad street and the one I can't remember at the east end of the cross street with all the vintage burger king playthings in the yard. Biggard, or something like that. Also, the lakewood antiques market where you CAN find bargains, and get an idea of what other people in ATL are crafting and selling. I'm just wondering if there's some great stuff to see out there that I'm missing. Also, this would be a good place to see if anybody was interested in like going to lakewood or wherever together (or meeting up there) with crafty stuff in mind.
57  New York / New York: South / Poughkeepsie Crafting? on: March 17, 2004 02:19:33 PM
I know there are a couple quilt shops in the area, but I was wondering if there are any Dutchess Coutny crafters out there? I may be moving there soon, so if there is a scene, that would be the coolest. If not, is there anybody out there interested in crafting in the area? With an awesome market like Stormville around you could SUPER ideas.
58  Georgia / Georgia: Central / crafting and Meetup.com on: March 17, 2004 03:57:45 AM
Hey. Anybody else out there going to the knitting meetup tonight? It's at seven at the caribou coffee at 1551 Piedmont downtown/midtown. I should be there. I'll be the really pregnant girl. Also, there's a crochet meetup on like april 6th or something. But they haven't picked a place yet. Are there any other crafting related meetups that I'm missing out on? Just checking.
59  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / book cover clock on: March 13, 2004 03:52:33 AM
I was only told about this, but it did sound really cute. At this adorable gift shop downtown, a lady was telling me about a clock she had seen that was made from the hardcover of an old children's book. I have no idea how you'd finish the previously bound edge, but it sounds like possibly a great baby gift. Can anybody take this one and run with it a little? I'm supposing it would even work for old nancy drew books and things like that. Also, what would you use to punch the hole in the middle of the book? I'm pretty new to hardcore crafting, so I'm not sure of the toolular needs there.
60  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Quilting Book on: March 13, 2004 03:47:14 AM
The book that I've been using to teach myself quilting is The Weekend Quilt by Leslie Linsley. It's out of print, but you can find copies pretty cheap online at either amazon or abebooks.com (a good resource for oop books). I've made two full size quilts and a baby quilt so far, and the easier patterns tend to be pretty forgiving to the mismatched seams and general unwillingness to line up perfectly that has gone along with at least my newbie quilterness. It has nineteen different patterns and while I don't agree with most (or any) of the color choices used in the pictures, the patterns are easy to follow, adapt, and they give you lots of techniques to speed up your quilting. If you put your mind to it, you could probably get one done in a weekend, as the title seems to suggest. I've got a bid on the sequel, More Weekend Quilts, on ebay, (it was $1) so I'll let you know if it's as good, later.
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