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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Felt Christmas stocking from the 60's on: September 24, 2007 02:13:08 PM
sure!  Can't hurt, might help
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: looking for a slippers pattern I lost on: September 21, 2007 08:02:22 AM
I'm pretty sure I have a printed copy of this pattern at home.  I can e-mail it to you Monday if you give me an address
13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Felt Christmas stocking from the 60's on: September 19, 2007 02:59:35 PM
When my brother and I were little, our aunt made us Christmas stockings from red felt with white tops.  I've had these stored for a few years.  My plan is to surprise him and his wife by cleaning and repairing his stocking and making her one to go with it. 

I can figure the pattern.  The problem is the felt aplaques.  All I can find are the very cartoony teacher's bulletin board patterns with big roundish lines.  That wouldn't match at all.  Ours are from the mid-sixties, not the mid-70's.  Does anyone have any suggestions?  Or a 45 year old pattern...

Mine has a snowman with a dog.  Brother's has a train on it.   I'm thinking oranament, candycane or gingerbread man for her.
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Sweatshirt to cardigan on: September 12, 2007 08:50:21 AM
I want to turn a sweatshirt into a cardigan.  I'm going to start with the basic off-white crewneck sweatshirt that says "TEXAS" in orange.  I want to remove the ribbing at the sleeves and bottom and turn it into a lightweight jacket.  Also, I plan on turning it around so that TEXAS is in the back.  My question is what would you edge this with?  The obvious choice is polar fleece, but I also am considering felt or binding tape.  I'm looking for ideas.  This will be a casual jacket for going to games and running around town.  If the idea works well, I'd like to make a couple of office jackets out of solid color sweatshirts.  I work in one of those offices where it's always cold and I'm tired of keeping the same old gray sweater up here. Time for a little fun.  So suggestions welcome.  I can knit, but I'm not that great at it.  I can sew (no serger) and I can embroider.  Ideas?
15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: First Cross Stitch Project! on: May 29, 2007 12:50:18 PM
Very neat stitching.  And I agree with the sentiment.

As for your question regarding the back stitching, I think I see what you're doing.  Look at your chart.  Do you see some small symbols?  Say your yellow thread is a square and you see one grid with a tiny square?  That's an indication that instead of a full stitch, you're supposed to take a half stitch.  You do one stitch that goes along the back stitch from hole to hole.  Then on the cross stitch, you only go halfway and instead of reinserting your thread at the hole, you go through the middle of the square.

Now this threw me for a huge loop when I first started doing counted cross stitch.  "Whaddya mean?  I thought that was the whole point of this canvas!!! In the hole, out the hole!  What's with the middle of the canvas!  Cheaters!!!"  But it does make the designs more versitile.
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sweet Cherries and polka dots together finally! on: May 15, 2007 01:33:17 PM
I've got that fabric and it's one of my favorite skirts.  Then two years ago, a neighor couple moved in.  They're nice as can be, but not a lot of sewing skills.  So imagine my face when I realize that the lopsided, too short, not wide enough, uneven kitchen curtain she's put up is out of the same fabric as my favorite skirt. 
17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: No more poking needles in armrests ... an embroidery armrest organizer on: May 14, 2007 02:50:18 PM
My father broke me of sticking needles in the furniture when I first started to embroider.  I won't elaborate, but I was only nine.  Such language! Shocking!

Anyway, I have always done what my grandmother did and stick my needle in my shirt.  That's fine for on the bus, but I like this organizer much better. Great idea.
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Chalk hem marker on: April 26, 2007 10:09:02 AM
Has anyone used one of the self-marking hem markers where you do the ol' stand/turn/stand/turn and mark the hem yourself with a blower and chalk?  I would love to have even hems again. 
19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ink Stains on: April 20, 2007 03:04:27 PM
Hair spray like Aqua Net.  Spray, dab, repeat.  Oh, and put your project on something that can absorb the ink and keep moving it around.  Paper towel, scrap felt, your little brother's t-shirt, etc.
20  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Singer 500 series? Something, anything on: April 06, 2007 02:12:42 PM
Oh, dear.  The 401 is what I have that I've had to fix over and over.  It will sew ok for awhile and then it will start picking up huge gobs of thread underneath and eat the fabric.
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