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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Mario Bros. DS Lite Case on: July 16, 2007 10:04:35 AM
Thanks everyone!

Yes, I charted my own patterns.  I did it all from scratch--it was really fun.  Actually, I designed more than I used; I drew patterns for a fire flower and a twee mushroom (the tiny blue ones from the new game, idk what they're really called), but they didn't work into the design. 

Glad you like it.
2  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Re: Who's who? on: July 06, 2007 07:31:21 AM
Nice to meet you as well.  I'm not *technically* a librarian until next May.  I'm a Serials Manager at present, and just four classes away from the degree. 

So little time for crafting!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Wild Things mural (a bit photo heavy) on: July 06, 2007 07:24:29 AM
Wonderful!  I love that your kids were a part of it.  I always worry that I'll be too much of a perfectionist when I have kids! 

Clearly, I'm a fan  Wink
4  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Re: Who's who? on: July 03, 2007 08:53:47 AM
I'm a Twin Cities girl myself!  I'm surprised at how many of the Minnesota people are fellow library people. 

Is there some sort of Minnesota Library Crafter phenomenon?

My Twin Cities fabric experience:
The JoAnn by Lexinton/hwy 94 has the worst selection and terrible service.  The one in Roseville is nice.  I just about fell over with how wonderful Treadle Yard goods is, and Crafty Planet is very nice if you can find it. 

I'm not a big beader, because it causes me great pain, but there is an Amazing bead shop in Downtown Anoka.  Actually, downtown Anoka is full of cute botiques, antique stores, and shops.  There's a purse/bag co op thingy that's only open once a month!
5  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Re: Creative Places to WORK in the Twin Cities... on: July 03, 2007 08:37:06 AM
Try the MPLS craigslist for an idea of what kinds of jobs are out there; that's how I got most of my previous jobs.  It really depends on what you're trying to do/what your qualifications are.  Jobs in the arts here are very competitive, but not impossible.

I just moved from Uptown to Cathedral Hill in St. Paul--I love it so much!  I got a job in St. Paul, and the drive home every night made me really crabby--so I moved. If you love Uptown, that's definitely where you should live; it's rather annoying to go there if you don't live there due to traffic and everything.  But when you live there it's great because you can walk or bike. 

Again, the craigslist here is great.  Welcome!
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Rocket Butt Onesies on: June 21, 2007 10:19:56 AM
Thanks for all your nice words~

I used fabric glue to attach the appliques, then just stitched around them to seal the edges/decorate. 

I used Stem stitch,
a variation on daisy chain,
and blanket stitch, respectively. 

Thanks again
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP! Best book to help me learn embroidery? on: June 18, 2007 10:02:00 AM
Janet at Primrose Design holds 'stitch school' every week and gives amazing tutorials on different stitches, great advice about getting started, finishing a piece--everything you need to know for free! 

I hadn't done embroidery in YEARS and I found her site and it totally inspired me.  I've been embroidering like crazy lately!

Have fun.

http://primrosedesign.blogspot.com/
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: which stitch is best to outline on onesies? on: June 18, 2007 09:58:17 AM
Hi!  I made the Rocket Butt/Sheriff Onesies. 

The stitches I used are

Modified chain (rocket butt)--moderate
Stem stitch (Solomon)--easy
Blanket stitch (sheriff)--pretty easy

Janet at Primrose Design offers GREAT tutorials on stitches.  Look here: http://primrosedesign.blogspot.com/

I answer a similar question about using a stabilizer here:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=176641.0

Hope this helps!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Embroidering on a Onesie? on: June 15, 2007 11:18:26 AM
I'm sure people will have different advice, but I just finished three embroidered onsies.  Here's the link so you check out the results of my advice  Wink http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=176710.msg1827717;topicseen#msg1827717

I used fabric glue to applique a patch of fabric that i embroidered the edges of, so that was quite stiff, but for the words under each picture, I just stitched them right on--no stabilizer or anything.

 I did use a hoop, but I didn't pull it super tight.  I mostly used it to keep the extra fabric out of the way and to help me stitch straight.  I also made sure not to pull my stitches really tight.   

I know other people on here use a stabilizer, but I just went for it.

Hope that helps a bit!
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Rocket Butt Onesies on: June 14, 2007 06:06:28 PM
I'm sending these as a surprise to my favorite raptor baby (I didn't know people could make noises like that!). 

Very fun to do.  I bought the fabric for the appliques here: http://www.craftyplanet.com/









I used to hate embroidery because I thought it was so much harder than cross stitch, but now I love it because it's soooo  much faster!
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