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301  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: how to make iron on transfers for embroidery on: August 26, 2006 04:49:04 AM
Needlenthread covers this topic here:


Good luck!
302  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: help with hankies please! on: August 26, 2006 03:48:38 AM
Try EmbroiderThis! http://www.embroiderthis.com/handkerchiefs.html ---- but they aren't really cheap. I wonder if you couldn't find some less expensive plain cotton ones at Wal-mart or something. But if you want something a little fancy (since it's a wedding) they do have some lace-lined cotton ones, and some linen hankies.
303  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tea Towels // Flour Sacks // other blank resources on: August 25, 2006 04:21:11 PM
Another place with ready-to-embroidery stuff is:


They have some nice hankies and towels and aprons and table cloths such....
304  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Want to learn embroidery on: August 25, 2006 04:15:06 PM
I agree that Sharon Bogan's site, inaminuteago, is one of the best ones out there if you're looking for good stitch instructions. Besides her stitch dictionary, check out her crazy quilting displays and her examples of her own work: http://inaminuteago.com/ - that's the link again.

I also like http://www.needlecrafter.com - there are some really nice patterns on there.

Needlenthread is pretty good - the explanations are good, I think, anyway, and it focuses mostly on basic stitches so you don't have run through the ones that might be more complex than you're looking for: http://www.needlenthread.com
They also have some good book recommendations on there for stitch dictionaries and such.

Speaking of the split stitch - how do you all do it???! I swear, all the diagrams show it being split from behind - coming up behind the thread on the fabric. I'm sure there's a reason for that, but I find it a lot easier going down from the top. Just my opinion.... Undecided
305  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Clover Embrodidery Stitching Tool?? on: August 25, 2006 11:32:32 AM
Russian punch embroidery is enjoying a pretty big come-back in popularity. I used to do it as a kid, too, but the designs are a little more sophisticated now, and you can get different guage needles, for finer work. It's a quick way to "embroider," that's for sure.

I think the Japanese use something similar for satin stitch and long and short stitch - at least, I've seen pictures of a Japanese embroidery technique where the lady is working on top of the fabric and using only one hand to "punch" the fabric while making the stitches. The only thing that I wonder about is the loops on the back. How secure would they be?
306  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Shared pattern/pattern links on: August 25, 2006 11:26:43 AM
Oh, man! Where has this forum been all my life??! Or rather, where have I been? This place is great! I could spend hours. Ok - pattern links...

I like the butterflies on this site:

and the daisies:

I like the patterns on this lady's site:
You have to click "new designs" in the top right column, and then you click "design library" when you go to that page.

Must go explore more....

Thanks heaps for the fun site!
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