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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Spit Splicing Brown Sheep Nature Spun "Snow" color? on: February 24, 2012 02:38:22 AM
Does anyone know if the Snow color for the Nature Spun yarn line by Brown Sheep Company is spit-splicable (http://brownsheep.com/yarns/nature-spun/item/740-snow?category_id=9)?

The Web site says that the Nature Spun line is feltable except for the colors Snow, Natural, Lullaby, and others. I'm not looking to make felted projects, but the yarn has to felt enough to join together an old tail of yarn with a new one. I'm looking to get Snow so that I can dye it to different colors and I want to get one-lb. cones so that I don't have to guess how many balls or skeins to use. I don't want to spend so much money on a shade of yarn that can't be spit spliced. I was informed by an employee via e-mail that the Snow color, a pure white, was bleached, so it doesn't felt because of that. Is that even true that bleach stops the fibers from being able to lock with themselves? I'd never heard of that before.

Hopefully, someone's had experience felting/spit splicing the Snow shade of Nature Spun to be able to help me.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Thoughts on "Makoto's Cross Stitch Super Collection"? on: July 07, 2011 02:23:13 AM
I don't have this book (unless it has another cover) but I have one of his books.

This is an English compilation of some of his Japanese books.

I think it's a nice reference guide, and some of the project ideas really inspired me!

Yep, the projects are neat. I like the embroidered trucker hats. I'll make my own eventually.

Here's a video of a Japanese television appearance of Makoto. He seems like such a fun person.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Thoughts on "Makoto's Cross Stitch Super Collection"? on: May 13, 2011 11:48:19 PM


Has anyone read Makoto's Cross Stitch Super Collection? Do you have any thoughts on it? I'd never had an interest in cross stitch before, but after finding this book at Barnes and Noble and flipping through it (I wish that I had the money to buy it, or that my library carried it; I'll request it at my local library), I'm now interested in learning how to cross stitch. Before, I'd only seen cross stitch on those plastic canvases that I guess people hang up on walls or set on tables. I'd never thought to cross stitch on other items (though I'd seen knitting books that suggested cross stitching on knitted fabric but the examples were uninteresting to me).

This is his Web site. Even though it's mentioned in his 2011 book, his Web site hasn't been updated since 2007, unfortunately.

I also just found his flickr. The photos seem to be from classes that he has taught. I wish that I could take a class with him.

Amazon.com has a typo in the first instance of the book's title. It misspelled his given name of Makoto as "Makato." It's right everywhere else on the page. Undecided
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Under the Sea on: May 12, 2011 12:39:11 AM
Here I thought that I was the only one who thought of using sequins for the scales of a mermaid tail. This is cute. What are you going to use the work for? Are you just going to hang it up like a painting?
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Arthur the Aardvark Knits! on: May 06, 2011 02:19:52 AM
Here's some background on Dr. Fugue: Arthur Plays the Blues. He had a bad reputation for doing something to his piano students with his knitting needles.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Scarves on: May 05, 2011 10:18:12 PM
You probably won't get this as it's been over a year since you've logged in here, but now that you have more experience, do you understand what some people meant when they posted that your stitches looked twisted for the yellow scarf?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered Dragon Sweater (victory dance) on: April 28, 2011 09:36:25 PM
That is impressive embellishing! I like it very much. I think that it would have been even better had the motif been bigger and taken up most of the front of the sweater.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How To Get Those Wrinkles Near Topstitching? on: April 15, 2011 07:49:03 PM
Thank you for the advice, smarmyclothes!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How To Get Those Wrinkles Near Topstitching? on: April 11, 2011 09:49:31 PM
smarmyclothes, that's what I was thinking. If I do that, how much will average cotton fabric (like denim) shrink? If I make something, say pants, should I make one size larger, or would it be fine to use my regular size?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lack of Motivation (not to be confused with lack of inspiration) on: April 05, 2011 08:55:31 PM
Do you get encouragement? I would imagine that that would help. I also have a lack of motivation for sewng, as well as for other things, but that I believe is due to not being raised encouragingly. My mother calls the creative things that I buy to make things "junk," and that brings down my spirits. I also haven't started anything since I don't have the funds to buy necessary materials and tools.

Just have your family or friends encourage you to finish your projects.
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