I got a bug up my butt to make a new dangly thing for my baby to look at - she seems to like the color red and cheerful looking circles and none of the fancy toys I found online seemed to be exactly right. So I came up with this...
I want to buy a sewing machine, but I know absolutely nothing about them, except that whenever I used my mom's, I managed to mess it up somehow. Can anyone help me figure it out? I mostly want to use it for making stuffed toys, so I'll be sewing complicated shapes and weird materials. I remember in the past, I had a big problem with not being able to control the speed - are there machines that are better at letting you sew slo-o-o-owly? And can you sew fake fur, vinyl, etc. with a regular sewing machine, or do you need something special?
I made the pattern for this based on some little kitten avatars on the yahoo.jp site (they kind of resemble my cats - one stripy and one black). I printed out avatars of me and my husband as well, but I think doing the whole family is a little too ambitious at this early stage in my cross-stitch career. Anyway, what do I do with this now? I have been going back and forth between framing it or making a pillow...but those seem like such boring options. Is there something awesome I could do that I'm just not thinking of?
They could just as easily spell out anything else, so let's not get into a big political debate. I made 'em to wear around town during the Republican convention, and kept the ones on my bag until some guy stole the "S" off of it. "Top Bush" sounded kind of, well, interesting, but it wasn't really what I was getting at.
For Halloween of 2002, I made these eyeball and skull and bone cookies. Served them on a bed of gummi worms. "Yum", said my coworkers (demonic hellspawn that they are). "Yum yum yum". And then they were gone...
I bought this excellent crewel embroidery kit years ago on Ebay and finally got around to making it. It was fantastic! I loved that you can be really free-form with it, and how many different kinds of textures you can get. Now I'm all inspired to create some funky modern designs like the ones at Wool & Hoop (http://www.woolandhoop.com/)
And some close-ups showing the different kinds of stitching (it came with a very elaborate instructional diagram involving footnotes and arrows and explanations of each stitch, but after a while I got confident enough to kind of wing it):
The kit had instructions for turning it into a pillow, but I think I'm going to frame it. At any rate if you like embroidery, but also like getting kind of crazy and messing around in the middle of things, you should play around with this crewel stuff.
I've knitted before, but not very well, and in a disorganized fashion. I'm thinking if I could buy a kit that had needles, instructions, yarn, etc., it might help me get my act together and really learn how to do this properly. But the places I've seen online have kits for kind of ulgy socks and stuff, but nothing nice. Can you recommend any sites that sell decent kits for beginners?