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111  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making? on: September 20, 2009 10:43:32 AM
Friend #3- This is the only one I'm really stumped on. We recently broke up but since we're still good friends I want to make him something. He's a gamer, loves WoW, is really into computer stuff- any ideas? Huh

Game stuff also works really well in cross stitch. Cross stitch is also really easy, even if you've never done it before. There are tons of gaming related x stitch pieces on the Needlework board.

112  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What am I getting myself into? on: September 18, 2009 01:44:01 PM
Yes, I am making that exact quilt. I ordered a kit online for my first quilt. All the fabrics are from the same brand (Red Rooster Fabrics) so they all match. There were 25 different fabrics in my kit, mostly fat eights.

I am still cutting... I really do need to do an awful amount of cutting really tiny pieces .. 1,75" squares. I have now cut all the dark large squares, that need to be sewn to the small light squares that I'm nearly done cutting, it is tempting to start sewing these already. Just cutting heaps of fabric isn't really motivating me, I start off cutting then stop after half an hour or less because I'm tired of it.

Thanks for the advice about the masking tape! I'd never heard of that... I already wondered how I'd keep my lines straight, I can't even write straight!
113  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making? on: September 07, 2009 12:51:47 PM
I'm glad I'm not the only one who starts thinking about Christmas in the middle of the summer. In fact, I usually do my Christmas cards in the summer, because I'm a student and our exams are right after Christmas. I don't really have time to craft in December... Although the courses have started again, I don't have much coursework until Oct so I try to finish up before then.

Where I live we don't make Christmas gifts for each other, but I always make cards for everyone. I don't send out a lot of cards, only to people I really care about, not to acquintances or something. I try to make a personalized card for everyone.

Also, this year by Christmas I might be living in my own apartment!! So I need to get crafting to decorate my home! It still feels so strange to think about it, but this Christmas I need to go decorating my own place...! And just in case this apartment thing won't work out before December, I'll need them next year.

So far I have 5 finished cards, and 2 are nearly finished. I'll also need ornaments for in my Christmas tree for when I move out. I want to do more crafts, but I want finish those before I take up anything else.
114  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What am I getting myself into? on: July 22, 2009 10:58:41 AM
Thanks for the advice! I just received the fabric and the pattern yesterday and it definitely seems not too difficult. I guess I'll just finish the top first, then see what I'm going to do about the quilting.
115  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / What am I getting myself into? on: July 16, 2009 02:02:00 PM
So, a while ago I decided I wanted to quilt. I originally drew up a pattern for a quilt that was going to be huge (I wanted it to touch the floor on all 4 sides of a big double bed...  it would be 4 meters or something) but I decided that might be just a little bit too big for a first time. Tongue

So, instead, I opted for a readymade pattern and ordered a pattern & fabric from Red Rooster Fabrics, I haven't received it yet. The pattern is called In Full Bloom.  I think it's going going to be about 1m x 1m, so that's a lot better than my original plan....  here's the link to the pattern:  http://www.redroosterfabrics.com/content7369.html

I have no idea though, if this is difficult to make or not. I've looked through the pattern (it's available for free on the website) and it doesn't seem very difficult, and I am experienced in sewing, but I'm just a bit insecure because this is going to be my first project.

Also, I have no idea what to do for the actual quilting? I am going to do it by hand - I sew but I'm not fond of sewing machines - but I have no idea what kind of 'design' I should use. I've never seen any quilts in real life, except for some log cabin cushion covers, quilting is very unknown where I live. I really don't know what kind of thread and needle I should use for the quilting.

Thanks in advance!!
116  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / What kind of craft products would sell? on: March 11, 2009 11:22:08 AM
I am a student and I also have a chronic illness that is very uncontrollable - I could be feeling well today and in hospital tomorrow. It makes it hard for me to keep a regular job like most students. I'm a big crafter, crafting is certainly work that I'm physically able to do as I can work whenever I'm well.

I would like to make some extra money to make it a little easier for me to pay my way through university. I can do a lot of crafts, but I'm not sure what kind of items people would like to buy. I have no experience in buying crafts; I always make everything I need myself. I'm not sure where to sell, maybe through the internet as there are no craft fairs in my area. I know a couple of websites where you can sell items.

I can do embroidery, sewing, quilting, am improving my knitting / crochet skills right now, and I also do a lot of papercraft. I can do a lot and I have a lot of ideas,  I just really don't know what kind of items people would buy...  Huh thanks in advance!
117  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Lots of vintage cross stitch patterns on: December 01, 2008 04:17:56 PM
I hope this is the right place to post this link ... http://myauntsattic.web-log.nl/ is the weblog of a Dutch woman who digitalized lots of very old cross stitch patterns that had been in her family for a long time.

Don't worry, the weblog is not completely in Dutch: at the end of every blog post there's a message in English too. All her patterns are copy right free. Have fun with them! Smiley
118  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: glow in the dark thread? on: December 01, 2008 04:07:06 PM
DMC produces a glow in the dark thread in their Light Effects range, the number is E940. A shop selling DMC should have it, or should be able to order it for you. I don't know about other brands, but the DMC thread is quite easy to work with. It's much better than metallic floss in my opinion. 
119  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Disney stitch along? on: December 01, 2008 09:48:02 AM
I'd love to! I'm still not sure what I'll want to stitch but I've been wanting to do some Disney for a while now.

I might stitch a Pooh design for the festive season - there was a nice one in the I think september issue of the UK cross stitcher.
120  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Disney stitch along? on: October 11, 2008 06:10:43 AM
Sounds nice. I have a few disney patterns that I still want to make, but i'll need to buy some fabric first.
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