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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Purple Fairy Tree on Tote on: April 20, 2009 12:40:58 PM
That is stunning! great work!
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered cushion with tatted edging on: April 20, 2009 12:35:46 PM
yay, more compliments!  Grin Thank you, thank you!
13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered cushion with tatted edging on: April 16, 2009 11:54:20 AM
Thanks!  Grin
14  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered cushion with tatted edging on: April 15, 2009 12:55:09 PM
Thanks for all your responses! Smiley I gave it to her on Sunday, and she seemed to like it. Sometimes it's hard to tell if she's just being polite though. Cheesy  Fiberartsy, thanks for the compliment, but I assure you my stitches are much sloppier than they look in the photo! I was really surprised when I saw the pic--I think it helps that it's slightly out of focus  Cheesy You should give tatting a try. Once you get the hang of it, it's not hard.
15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered cushion with tatted edging on: April 15, 2009 12:20:25 PM
Recently my in-laws bought a flat on the south coast of England. My mother in law mentioned that the decor will be Victorian, so I immediately thought "hmmm, what can I make for them as a housewarming present?" I love looking at intricate Victorian embroidery, so I decided to make an embroidered cushion. I had to go with a fairly simple design though, as I have a bad habit of starting things and never finishing them. Here is the result:

I used white linen that I bought on ebay. I searched long and hard online for information about Victorian embroidery, but found surprisingly little. Most of the search results were shops selling supplies and patterns. The pattern I used is based on something I saw in a shop and took a liking to. The purple is actually a little more vibrant than it appears in this photo. In hindsight I probably should have used less vibrant colours for a more authentic look. The finished cushion is about 10 inches x 6 inches. It took me two entire days of nonstop tatting to make the edging, but I'm really pleased with the result. I used heavy duty (size 20) white silk thread for the tatting, and it was a pleasure to work with.
Closeup of the tatting:

Closeup of the embroidery:


Thanks for looking  Smiley


16  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 4/1/09 - Macrame is Back-rame! on: April 01, 2009 09:16:32 AM
Wow, this thread actually broke my heart. I got through almost the whole first page, getting more irate with every post I read, until I realised what day it is  Cheesy

It's interesting how the herd instinct kicks in. In spite of being really angry at the death of craftster, in the back of my mind I was thinking "macrame is popular? really? Maybe I should go scour ebay for some supplies!"
17  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Soap making tutorial! on: March 26, 2009 03:50:11 PM
It's been about 10 years since I last took a chemistry class, so apologies if I'm misunderstanding the question, but ....
Lye calculators give the amount of both lye and water to use. The amount of water, I think, is based on the total weight of the oils, and is given not as an exact amount, but as a range, so you can use more or less water depending on your preference & level of experience. The last soap I made used 140g of lye (100% NaOH), which is 3.5 moles, according to my sources. The water was 250-375g..I think I settled for something around 350. I didn't check the exact volume of my solution, but it should have been around 10 moles/litre.
18  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: C'mon you lotion gurus, help a girl out! on: March 24, 2009 12:59:47 PM
It will be many years before I achieve guru status, but I recently tried this recipe for lotion bars, which was successful (except for my smell problem). I made bars instead of trying liquid lotion because I didn't want to mess around with preservatives.

Also, awhile back I was given a free sample of L'occitane face cream, which was really nice. It turned out to be mainly shea butter, and even had a similar texture to shea butter. So, since I now have loads of shea butter lying around, I started using it on my face. There doesn't seem to be any noticeable difference between the plain shea butter and the L'occitane concoction (which retails for somewhere around 30 per 50ml pot  Shocked). Just a suggestion if you're looking for something to use on your face.
19  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Soap making tutorial! on: March 24, 2009 12:45:35 PM
Your soap looks great, Nesse! Congrats on taking the plunge Smiley
20  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: A question about dodgy essential oil on: March 24, 2009 12:43:12 PM
Hmmm my guess is maybe you weren't expecting patchoulli EO to smell like that? A lot of times when you buy "x-scented" products, they have additives and other things. I remember the first time I smelled chamomile EO I was sooooo disappointed because everything I had ever purchased in commercial products hadn't smelled like that! The same thing happened with my SIL; I made her some lavender scented soap and she had expected it to smell like Johnson's Bedtime Bath -- which smells great, but is NOT pure lavender, lol. 

My advice is to keep playing with it. EOs are kinda funny like that. Also, as you noted with your lotion bars, some scents can be ho-hum in one application and overwhelming in another. So just keep at it!  Smiley

You're exactly right! The thing is, I have deodorant from Lush that's scented with patchouli essential oil only (at least according to the ingredients list), so I really thought there must be something wrong if my patchouli oil didn't smell like that. I also have a friend who wears patchouli oil as perfume and smells exactly like my deodorant, but I haven't had the chance to ask her whether hers is essential oil, or some sort of synthetic fragrance. Anyway, I guess I'm learning about essential oils the hard way Smiley
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