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1  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Om Sweet Om Pillowcase *image heavy* on: April 04, 2006 09:02:22 PM
So I started these pillowcases like *forever* ago for my mom (probably last spring for Mother's Day 2005) and am JUST NOW finishing. My mistake? Metallic thread, which got me so riled I had to put the project away for a while. Finally, it's done. Life is short, so I gave them to her already!

They are done on really, really soft Ralph Lauren pillowcases that were DREAMY to stitch on! I know the colors seem muted, but I was trying to match her existing sheet set.





2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Fluorescent thread for embroidery? on: March 25, 2006 12:04:34 AM
This is a fairly random question, but a friend of mine specializes in black light painting (she is a scenic artist for Disney and paints with black light/fluorescent paints) and she just curated a gallery showing featuring all "black light artists." There were all kinds of mixed media, but mostly painting. There was one mixed media piece that featured fabric, and some stitching (kind of like quilting) but the artist said she painted the thread after it was incorporate in the piece.

So here's my question: Does anyone know if there is fluorescent embroidery thread or thread that could be used that would show up in black light? I'd love to participate in the next black light exhibit, but embroidery is really my thing - I can't paint at all. I thought of soaking the thread in paint, but then how would it be for stitching?

Thanks for the input!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / New to scrapping - Question about paper inserts on: March 15, 2006 09:06:47 PM
This may seem like a very DUMB question, but I bought the CUTEST 12x12 Mickey album to put all our DisneyWorld 2005 pictures in (bought it online) and when it arrived it had no pages in it, just the page protectors! Since I've only done two Creative Memories albums before (and those come with the pages) I was fairly stumped. I went back to the website (Joann.com) only to find that they don't sell the inserts anymore (album was on clearance). It's 12x12 side loading postbound.

So here's my question: if you are not using a CM album, and the dumb album doesn't come with the page inserts, what do you use for the paper that you put all the pictures on? Cardstock? Is there a preferred kind?

I bought the cutest paper, stickers, punches, etc at DisneyWorld. They have a whole scrapbooking store! I went nuts! But now all the stuff is just sitting here because I can't figure out the paper thingie. I've been looking for refills everywhere. I guess they don't exist.

I promised myself I'd do this book before we went to Orlando again (two months from now!) so help from more experienced scrappers is greatly appreciated!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Tear Away Stabilizer - HELP on: March 02, 2006 09:21:53 PM
This should really go in the Stitch N Botch section, because I am embroidering on a little onesie for my new niece and I am using Sulky tear-away medium weight stabilizer (one sheet under the pattern in an embroidery hoop). Well, I went to tear it away and half of my little Maneki Neko came undone! The stitches are all loose and half the face came away! I'm so MAD. Am I doing it wrong?  Huh

Do you think it will help if I wet or carefully CUT away some of the stabilizer before I continue?

Or should I go and get the water-soluble stabilizer and throw this other junk away? What in the world do people use it for if it tears out all your stitches?

I am frustrated.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Rhinestone hotfix vs. Bedazzler? on: January 01, 2006 07:02:32 PM
Anyone have experience with hotfix rhinestone adhesion (where you use the tool that heats up to tamp down the crystals that already have glue on the back) vs. the plunger-type machine (made by Be-Dazzler or Westrim)? I have read a couple of posts that say the glue on the hotfix rhinestones doesn't seem to hold, but can't seem to find any posts that tell me whether the Be-Dazzler is worth the money.

I notice that they are currently going for BUCKS (more than $50) on e-bay, and I'm also worried that I won't be able to find supplies once I do buy one.

The Westrim tool seems cool but only does rhinestones in the silver "Tiffany" settings, unlike the Be-Dazzler, which I guess does studs too.

As you can see, I've done a lot of online research, and gathered what I can from other Craftster threads (thanks, Craftsters!) but I haven't read a lot of "testimonials" from folks that have used these products. Can anyone tell me the truth?

I'm dying to attach rhinestones to my creations!

Thanks,
Wanda
6  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Advanced Embroidery? (pictures!) on: December 28, 2005 10:27:22 PM
Well, this might be an esoteric, non-Sublime Stitching related topic, but I am wondering what makes embroidery skills "advanced" as opposed to beginner? Is it the complexity of the pattern, the skill level of the crafter (i.e., the size of the stitches and the neatness of the back of the piece) or the way that the pattern is executed, i.e., embellishments, etc.?

Also, is it me, or do some of Jenny's newer designs seem a bit more complicated than the earlier ones? I am not saying this as a negative thing, but I just completed the monkeys and they were very detailed, then on another pillowcase, I did the robot/rocket and that seemed much larger and less detailed and therefore, easier.

Right now, I am struggling with the bones of the Dia de Los Muertos bride and groom. Lots of little stitches! But I thought the sugar skull was easy!

What do you think? Is there beginner/intermediate/advanced ratings, or is just what you bring to it? (like most things in life). Or am I just batty from those little skeletons?

Wanda



7  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Lucha Libre with BLING! NEW PICS HERE! on: December 26, 2005 07:28:52 PM
Okay, so I want to do the Lucha Libre pattern and add a little BLING. Like maybe some metallic thread (yes, I know about how evil it is) or some sew on sequins or glue on crystals. Any suggestions? I once made a bra that had sequins all over it (this was in the 80s - think Madonna) but I can't recall how I did it! French knots through the center? My friend says there are easier ways - glue on Swarovksi crystals. Anyone know about this stuff?

Wanda
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Getting Organized! Stitching patterns, thread, etc. on: December 26, 2005 05:47:30 PM
I just read the thread from punkrockgirl on keeping floss organized, now I'm wondering what other suggestions y'all have for keeping all your embroidery crafting supplies organized. I've got my floss on the plastic spools in a box (you know the kind), although I like the Stitchbow method, and those little plastic baggies. I put all my patterns (mostly Sublime Stitching) in plastic page protectors, and I have those in a notebook that I store separately. My problem is that I want to store my plastic boxes of floss, plus my tools, and all my blanks (pillow cases, towels, etc) in one place.

Before I drop some dough at JoAnn's on an ArtBin organizer or something like that, do you have any suggestions for a gal like me?

Right now everything is in a big Nordstrom Shopping bag. Not too classy! Well, sort of...

Thanks!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Too Ugly for Children? Tell me the Truth! on: November 01, 2005 08:18:33 PM
Okay, so I made this bib for my nephew using one of Jenny's patterns and my mom says it is simply too "dark" for a child and too "disturbing." My sister agreed. It's been sitting around for quite a while. My nephew is now TWO. I tried adding some mauve edging to "soften" it, but maybe it needs words? Additional designs? A permanent home at the Goodwill? My mom says to "find some of my punker friends" to give it to, but none of them have infant boys right now.

What do you all think? Did I seriously miss the mark here? I don't have kids so maybe I don't know what's "appropriate"? Well, I think it's cute, but it won't fit me. I'd like to fix it, but I really don't think my conservative family deserves it now!
What should I do with it?

Wanda

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knit Elvis Wig on: January 29, 2004 07:51:54 PM
I don't knit, but if I did, I would make this! It's a free pattern from THE SHED, which appears to be some kind of British poetry, music and knitting collaborative.http://www.theshed.co.uk/elviswig.html

I can't get the picture to post, but it's an Elvis wig that is knitted! Think of it!
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