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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: I need your help, crafsters! Pattern conversion. on: October 21, 2011 08:26:41 AM
I don't know if your conversion will work, but a quick swatch will tell you Smiley  2.5mm hook would be between a B or a C- pretty much any craft store like Michael's will sell them.  Good luck!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need Help with Circles on: October 11, 2011 07:52:53 AM
To make the circles in to squares, all you need to do is add a couple of extra stitches 4 times in the last round to make corners.  This lady has pretty good directions: http://crochet-mania.blogspot.com/2010/01/crochet-circle-to-square-2.html

Then there are many methods to join the squares together.  You can use whipstitch, backstitch, mattress stich, or single crochet all around.  Google for tutorials on any of these, or here's a website to start: http://www.crochetcabana.com/tutorials/joining_squares.htm

Good luck and hope that helps Smiley
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Large cross stitch help on: September 30, 2011 05:00:04 AM
Hehehe, well all the tips still apply, and when you finish this project and are totally hooked on the awesomeness that is cross stitching, you can tackle a really big project!  Each big project stitchalong lasts a whole year, so you've got time  Grin
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Large cross stitch help on: September 29, 2011 08:40:18 AM
The grid makes it so, so much easier.  Hardcore cross stitchers look at it as a crutch, but eh, do what you gotta do Smiley  And yeah, buy the EZ guideline stuff- it's totally worth it, and a spool lasts a long time.  Much better than stressing over little bits of red thread.

And I thought of a few more things:

Usually you're supposed to start stitching from the center of the pattern, but with big things, it makes more sense to be to start from the corner.  Just make sure you center the pattern on the fabric so you don't run out!

And since you'll be working on the same piece of fabric for a long time, make sure your hands are clean when you stitch or else you'll have super grimey aida by the end.  I think most people have to wash the finished piece anyway.

Lastly, more stuff to buy, but also inexpensive: Q-snaps are so much better than hoops.  They don't crease the fabric as much and you can get bigger ones.  Best thing before actually buying a scroll frame (which I eventually did, but costs a whole lot more). 
http://www.better-cross-stitch-patterns.com/q-snap-frame.html

Good luck and come join us on the big project thread soon!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 6 Gallery!! (Send 9/12/11) on: September 29, 2011 08:21:21 AM
I love, love stitched trees!  And yeah, I kept giggling when stitching Venus's hair... there.  It looks like a big tuft of 'private hair' Wink

Mrs_P, you can buy iron-on transfer paper from places like Staples or lots of craft stores.  Then you print the image on with an inkjet printer (which I had to run all over town to find- apparently people all use laser jets now), and iron the image right on to the fabric!  It makes for a really fun project with kids on t-shirts or tote bags too Smiley

I just never thought of using it for embroidery, but then it comes out like stitching patterned fabric!  I got the idea from the stitchalong here: http://www.feelingstitchy.com/2011/08/august-stitch-along-week-4.html
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 6 Gallery!! (Send 9/12/11) on: September 28, 2011 06:14:06 PM
Hahaha this is an awesome gallery!  I haven't had time to make a compiled hoopla wall for this round yet, but hopefully work will give me a break and I can do it then Smiley

Anyway, on to my hoops!  This is the one I sent to sinellia- she said on her pinterest that she'd love an embroidered version of the Birth of Venus by Botticelli, but that would be awfully hard.  So I thought really hard and came up with the idea of doing an iron-on transfer, and then embroidering parts of that.  I've never done anything like that before, but I think it came out pretty well Smiley  I only stitched some of it, and even then, I sent kinda late  Undecided

Whole hoop:


Closeup of flowers:


My favorite part- closeup of the lady who is holding a blanket(?) to cover Venus' shameless nudity  Cheesy


And this is the hoop that sinellia sent me:


I love all the colors and how all the critters look so happy and cozy!  It's even more perfect, since I just got back from a trip to the aquarium last week- so adorable  Grin  Thank you sinellia!
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Large cross stitch help on: September 28, 2011 06:51:23 AM
I also cross stitched when I was little, and then never touched the stuff again till I saw the Big Project threads Smiley  Following a pattern over several pages isn't hard, but you do need to be more careful and more organized than with little patterns.  The biggest thing that helped me was stitching a grid, like here: http://crossstitch.about.com/od/tipsfabric/qt/griddingtips.htm

It's kind of a pain, but I get mixed up really quickly otherwise.  And I invested in this, which is basically just red fishing line, but so much nicer than thread- no red fuzzies to worry about: http://crossstitch.about.com/od/optionaltools/p/rseasycountguid.htm

And enlarge the patterns as much as you need to.  Depending on how many colors there are, some of those symbols start looking very similar!

Maybe ask in the big project thread too- lots of more experienced stitchers there... I'm only working on my second big piece Smiley
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Trouble getting hat to correct size on: September 28, 2011 06:42:43 AM
It's annoying that the pattern author doesn't give you gauge measurements.  Maybe you can email her and ask how big the hat should be after the first few rounds?  That way you don't have to make an entire hat to figure out it's the wrong size Smiley

As for crochet coming out in different sizes with different people (even with the same hook and yarn), well, people just crochet differently- some tighter, some looser.  That's why most patterns tell you to make a gauge swatch first  Undecided  Hope that helps and hope you get it figured out!  I'm sure there's a baby that will appreciate the tiny hat though Smiley
9  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Left over material= 26 toys for shelter cats on: September 13, 2011 12:40:22 PM
That is an adorable idea- I keep meaning to  do something like this, but start making things too complicated  Roll Eyes

I LOVE this idea. Mostly because I love cats. And crafting. So this is the perfect combination.

Does anyone know where you can buy catnip? Is it easy to find/inexpensive to buy?

room eleven, any pet shop (even chains like Petsmart/Petco) will sell catnip- you can get a tub for only a few dollars, and since you only need a pinch or two per toy, it goes a long way!  It'll be with the cat toys Smiley
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Blankets for Bastrop - help with wildfire relief on: September 13, 2011 12:35:55 PM
Thanks for letting us know about the project!  You might also want to post in the Crafting for Good and not Evil board: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=73.0
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