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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Cross-stitchers: favorite way to finish small items? on: January 06, 2009 06:35:18 PM
I love to cross-stitch and am looking for creative ways to "finish" pieces.  I like to make smaller (i.e. manageable!) pieces rather than huge ones.  I have framed quite a few and and also bought little plastic coaster kits from Michael's.  And now I'd like to branch out!  But where can I find other little accessories, ornament kits, and doo-dads that are just waiting for my finished little pieces?  Online links are appreciated, or US chain stores.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Waste Canvas... on: October 18, 2007 04:02:27 PM
Any tips or tricks for using waste canvas?  I wanted to cross-stitch onto a little baby hat so I practiced with waste canvas on piece cut from an old tshirt...it came out horribly.  The stitches were all loose and yukky.  Halp!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Subversive-style kitchen phrases? on: September 03, 2007 06:58:29 PM
I have been doing lots of cross-stitched coasters recently (very cheap at Michael's and also fast) and I recently found a trivet kit that I want to stitch something for.  I'm trying to come up with a cute Subversive-type phrase (already did "Bitch in Kitchen") to stitch.  Any suggestions?
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Baby sampler patterns? on: February 21, 2007 10:04:25 PM
When I was a baby my aunt cross-stitched and framed one of those cute little things with my name, date of birth and weight, plus various cutesie designs.  It hung in my room for a long time.  A friend of mine is having a baby and I'd like to make one for his lil one.  However I can't find patterns anywhere!   Joann's didn't have any good pattern books and I can't find any online.  I don't want anything super-complicated but I am a fairly experienced cross-stitcher. 

Can someone point me towards a good source or post a pattern they have?
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Tutorial - how to turn your stitching into a cute little hanging! on: March 27, 2006 11:25:33 PM
So you've finished your cross-sitch.  You don't have the sewing machine skills to make it into a pillow, but its not the right dimensions for a frame.  What's a craftster to do?

I came up with a way to make a very cute little hanging that can be hung pretty much anywhere.


Materials:
- finished project
- steam-a-seam2-lite 1/2-in on a spool (or any heat-activated fuseable web material, preferably the double-stick kind)
- iron
- flat surface to iron on
- scissors (although I recommend sucking it up and buying a rotary tool and mat, its soooo worth it and really not very expensive)
- ribbon
- light-colored cotton or linen backing material (use a spare piece if you have one lying around, or pick up a quarter flat)
- a needle or pin

1. Trim the edges of your project so there is an even border of fabric around your design.  I did a 1-inch border.
2. Fray each edge.  Starting on the right side, gently pull the outer strip (it is probably already coming off a bit as aida likes to fray).  Decide how wide you want your fray (I did five strips).  Pull each strip gently.  When it gets stuck, use the needle or pin to push it out.
3. Measure your aida legnth and width (not including the fray). Cut a piece of your backing material to be an inch longer and wider.
4. Cut a 1/2-in square out of each corner of the backing. You now have little 1/2-in wide "flaps" on each side of your material.
5. Cut 8 pieces of fuseable web:  4 the width of your project and 4 the length.
7. Lay the material down, wrong side up. Lay a piece of fuseable web on a flap, fold the flap over (so the fuseable web sandwiched inbetween) and iron it.  Do this for all four flaps. Now you have a nice pice of "hemmed" material.
8. Cut two little squares of fuseable web.  Stick one on each end of the ribbon, then stick the ribbon on the top two corners of your project, on the back side.  Iron this.
9. Stick your remaining fuseable web on the edges of the back of the backing material.  Lay the project face down, and stick the backing material down, face up.  Iron.

Now you have a cute little hanging, perfect for hanging on a wall, bulletin board, knob or on any random corner or hook.

Notes:
- I was really worried that the fuseable web would come through the holes in the aida and get all gummy, but this was not the case at all.
- The reason I say to use light-colored backing is because darker material will show through and make your project look less bright. Of course, if you used dark aida, use dark backing fabric.
- This can also be done with regular embroidery on any non-heat-sensitive material.  Skip step 2, and in step 3 cut the backing the same size.  Do steps 4 and 7 for the project material as well.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / face x-stitch? on: March 19, 2006 02:17:42 PM
Every time I say "I don't know what to cross-stitch next" my roommate says "me!" so I think it would be funny to do a little mini-portrait.  I don't want to do anything elaborate like a custom portrait, just a litle picture of a girl and I'll give it red hair so it's obviously her (you can spot this girl from a mile away!). 

Can anyone point me in the direction of free patterns of faces?  I can't find anything good.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / beads instead of french knots? on: February 27, 2006 11:54:56 PM
I've heard that in some instances it works to sew on a little seed bead (say, for an eye or other detail) instead of the dreaded French knot.  Have any of you ever tried this?  Tips/tricks/advice?
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Keeping it neat... on: February 01, 2006 09:50:32 AM
I'm used to stitching on 14-count aida but I bought a kit that has smaller squares (I haven't measured it but I imagine it's 18 or so) and I'm finding it much more difficult!  It's hard to make all the x's look neat.  Any tips?  Normally when I do patterns I do the entire pattern one direction and then come back and finish the x's (rather than doing each full x before the next)..would I have more luck with the smaller weave if I did full x's?
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Cross-stitch essert patterns? on: December 30, 2005 02:48:25 PM
I want to cross-stitch a pillow that says "Life is short, Eat dessert first" and has a little picture of a cake or cupcake or something.  Does anyone have a good pattern they'd like to share?
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