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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: price of dmc floss went up again! on: April 20, 2009 08:28:18 AM
I have access to one craft store in Manhattan and it is a whopping 60 cents per skein!  They say that everything is more expensive here, and in this case they're way right.

When I need a big batch of DMC, I either bite the bullet and ride the train for 45 minutes to the Michael's in Queens (to get the price you guys are paying) or buy online and pay through the nose for shipping.  I typically only buy online if I'm also buying fabric or other hard to find stuff to justify the shipping.  Sigh.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Debate: Machine vs Hand Embroidery on: April 20, 2009 08:22:16 AM
I think I prefer hand embroidery - although I have seen some stunning free motion machine embroidery.  Free motion seems to involve more artistry, planning, and technique rather than just choosing a stock design and pressing a button on an embroidery machine.

I think that ultimately, when the human eye looks at something machine-made, we can "feel" that it's missing the human element.  Does that sound weird?  That's the only way I can describe it - a lot of machine embroidered stuff leaves me cold, but the simplest hand-embroidered motif sends me over the moon...

But again, they serve different purposes - if you're gonna embroider 10,000 sports caps, you pull out the embroidery machine. If you're gonna embroider something special for someone special, then it's hand embroidery.  But ultimately what draws my eye is not the sports cap (I don't even see it as embroidered, though it is) - it's the handwork that's special to me.
3  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 9/6/07 - Tidied up the rules about sending people to your blog on: April 19, 2009 10:03:31 AM
I've been wondering about people who post links to tutorials on their business site.  The tutorials try to sell you something to complete the tutorial - I feel weird about this, like I'm being advertised to in a sneaky way.  Have any of you seen these / feel weird about them, too?
4  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Re: Mother's Day Gift on: May 03, 2008 07:46:27 AM
Very beautiful! Smiley
5  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Re: Anyone have problem with size of Tshirt Stabilizer from Sublime? on: May 03, 2008 07:45:21 AM
Just a reminder that Jenny did address this issue, as well as others that have been floating around on this forum in the new x - x Constructive Feedback Lounge x - x.

Hopefully everyone will take the time to read it.  Wink

Thank you for reminding us Smiley

Double thank you.  Smiley
6  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Re: Anyone have problem with size of Tshirt Stabilizer from Sublime? on: May 02, 2008 01:32:51 PM
Although the embroidery designs they produce are truly sublime, the prices on the stablizer as well as on some other goods are outrageous. 

I think the prices reflect perfectly that Sublime Stitching is a small business and can't afford to offer the huge discounts that a big chain store can.  But in the end, who do you want to support? A huge chain store where hourly workers can't vouch for or offer any help on their product or a hand-picked item that's been tested by someone who cares about the end result? 

Not everybody can afford to support a small business by buying goods at a higher price. But I think it's really unfair to pick on a small business for offering a high quality product at a price they can afford. If I can afford the extra bucks I shop small business every time, because they're the ones offering unique stuff, and the last thing this world needs is another mega-big chain store.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Sideshow embroideries on: January 04, 2008 07:05:50 AM
These are fabulous - congratulations on having your work in an art show - that's awesome! Smiley
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sad Girl embroidery, or Dia de las Muertas on: November 02, 2007 09:14:53 AM

Hello my Craftster peeps!  It's been a long time since I've posted here, just wanted to say hi and show you my latest project.  I actually finished her a month or so ago, but waited until Dia de los Muertos to unveil her...

I've been working on her forever, she was started in March.  I used my own drawing and a few borrowed elements - the 2 banners are from Jenny Hart's Stitch-It kit, the two birds are from a vintage Vogart transfer, and the sacred heart was traced and altered from a Craphound image.  The fabric is just a piece of white pillowcase, I stretched and stapled it over wooden stretcher bars you can find at any art supply store.

I really love the cross-stitch lettering at the top, which is a cross stitch font I found online:

The words in Spanish are "Siempre Pensando en Ti" (Always Thinking of You), "Eternamente en Mi Corazon" (Eternally in my Heart), and "Me Duele Tanto" (It Hurts me so Much). When I began the piece, I was thinking of my own emotions, people I miss, and things I've lost over the years.  But as I made it I also began reading about the murdered women in Juarez, and it took on a new meaning for me...

In any case, I hope you enjoy Sad girl, and thanks all of you, for always inspiring me!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered mini pillow on: September 25, 2007 01:13:02 PM
10  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel? on: September 20, 2007 09:12:51 AM
Awww.... sheesh.  I hope you guys find the towel!  And I totally volunteer for the next tour! 
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