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111  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: help with organising threads whilst cross-stitching on: August 11, 2007 03:49:19 PM
I've had a rule like that for a while now.

It doesn't work.  Grin
112  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: I think I"m done making my friends baby quilts on: August 10, 2007 04:24:48 PM

A little off topic, but I'm a educated dressmaker and friends keep expecting me to make them clothes for free or way cheaper than my usual rates.. That really bugs me!! They don't appreciate how time-consuming dressmaking is.. Here's an example:

I work part-time at a grocery store and my boss wondered if I could reconstruct 2 uniforms to fit her 10 year old daughter and my other coworker's 8-year old son, for some event. I said sure and didn't mention payment at that time, cause I assumed I'd be paid for it (how naive of me). Then a couple of days later she tells me she can't pay me for it, but I can get some free groceries... By that time it's too late to back out, cause she's promised the kids who are really exited and I couldn't bring myself to break their hearts.. She has no idea ho much work reconstructing is!!

Sorry. I didn't mean to go off topic, I just had to get some frustration of my chest..

Sounds familiar. I'm only able to do a very little bit of sewing, but my mum is an educated dressmaker, just like you. (she's not doing it for a job though). She does sometimes make things for me, and I'll just iron or clean or cook for her to pay for the work, and I pay the fabric, but everybody just expects her - and me - to make things for them. Even people I don't really know, like the mum of a girl in my class. She asked me to make a coat for her son.. well, she wanted leather in it so I could tell her my old machine isn't fit for leather. Then she asked me if my full time working mum couldn't do it!  I told her no, but she really expected me or my mum just to make a coat for her son that I had never met, for free.

Do they think we can do magic?

I prefer clothes that are made especially for me, they fit better and look exactly how you want them to look .. but quality is expensive.

And I can't imagine anyone not loving your quilt. It's so beautiful... did you design it yourself? (Off topic again)
113  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Nintendo/Videogame stitchalong? on: August 09, 2007 03:09:52 PM
i also am wanting to do some sort of xstitch sampler deal for my nerdy brother.....though he is 30-something, he has a "game/computer" room with a real arcade game he is re-building, and lots of classic game systems and such..so i thought a cool framed xstitch of Zelda, Metroid (his favs) and the like would be neato for him to hang up? but im not sure how large of a project i wanna get myself into...

i also loove darklilac!!! so i will def be using it to make my pattern

any suggestions on how large of a sampler, if i should do a single picture ( like zelda by himself) or do a variety of lets say, Metroid things together??

I want to make something like a screen shot, with Mario and maybe some evil guy, and a game like border around it and maybe his name in a Nintendo type font.

My younger brother is only 12, but most of his fav games are older than he is. He likes Metroid, too, but I thought it might look better if it looks like a real game.

I found black aida a while ago, the piece is 35 by 45 cm so the sampler is probably going to be around 25 by 35 cm, for the framing.

I just thought that it might be cool if I used his game name instead of his real name. Or both.
114  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Big Project Stitchalong 2007 on: August 09, 2007 03:01:07 PM

Oh, and Psmommy.. it's august 10 !  Wink
115  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Using metallic thread is like kicking Mr T in the face... on: August 06, 2007 01:02:37 PM
I've heard about people using vaseline or the kind of grease you use for instruments. I haven't tried it yet, but I will soon.
116  EUROPE / GERMANY / Trier + questions about germany on: July 26, 2007 01:15:14 PM
I'm a Dutch girl going on holiday to Trier tomorrow. (I'm sorry, I'm bit late!) and I was wondering if anyone knows about nice craft stores - especially embroidery, but I'm also doing other crafts - in Trier or the surrrounding area?

Germany is very famous in the Netherlands because they have so many embroidery products, I know people who travel to Germany only because of that ... but I'll need to find a craft store for that!

Are craft stores generallly easy to find? In here they are well hidden and usually not in the centre of town. And could anybody tell me about German embroidery / cross stitch magazines that are worth to be brought home + shown off with?

Ich wnschte, dass ich mit Ihnen auf Deutsch sprechen knnte, aber ich habe vergessen fast die ganze Grammatik die ich gelernt habe auf die Schule. Es tut mir Leid.  Sad
117  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Re: Scrap Bag Scatter Rug on: July 24, 2007 05:08:46 PM
I tried to make something like that. It's very difficult, I never did more than a few meters.

In an old crafts book of me from the seventies something similar is mentioned, but made of old tights Undecided
118  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Neato Sunshine piece... its gonna be a pouch! on: July 24, 2007 05:05:37 PM
They are beautiful!

I wish I could make things like that.
119  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Not to sound totally retarded but.... on: July 24, 2007 05:04:23 PM
I have used it in the past but I'm too lazy for it now  Tongue

I found out that pencil works really good usually.
120  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Not to sound totally retarded but.... on: July 24, 2007 09:47:52 AM
I have always used an H-pencil. Preferably 2H. Smiley HB or B would probably wouldn't erase easily.

I usually trace existing patterns (colour books are great!) because I'm not talented enough to draw my own patterns. I have drawn words in the past, but I did that on graph paper, that's a lot easier.
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