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31  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Urban Threads vs. Sublime Stitching on: July 31, 2010 08:53:16 AM
I'm afraid I have to disagree with you. What both companies did was introduce a whole new generation to embroidery. By saying that they dumbed it down is to insult anyone new who picks up on a needle and tries embroidery. I'm glad that you found confidence to freehand and to do your own patterns. A large amount of people who were introduced to embroidery via these companies have done the same. Newbies are just as valuable as "older" stitchers.
Kittykill, I have been such a fan of you so it pains me if my words are misconstrued and misunderstood.  Dumbing down meant no complex fancy stitches or threads, just clean easy outlines for entry level stitching.  And there is no way in heck I would ever think older stitchers are of more value, not sure if you misinterpreted my words or if I didn't express it well.  My point was the younger stitchers are lucky to have images that they are enthusiastic to stitch.  When I began cross stitching, it was geese in bonnets and country crap!  Can you feel my pain?
Imagine how many more young stitchers are picking up a needle as opposed to when it was thought of as "old lady" craft/crap?  It's a wonderful era of creativity.  Craftster is the perfect venue for inspiration and challenge to the staid traditional attitudes of handwork.
Hope you geese-in-bonnets people aren't offended  . . . .
32  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hey peeps...ALL walmarts that still cary fabric...Read on on: July 30, 2010 09:28:05 PM
Yeah, I bought a bolt last night!  My store's selection was pretty pathetic, mostly cheap pastel knit but I found a  lightweight cotton plaid shirting fabric.  It was pre-washed last night and waiting to be made into summery pj pants.
33  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Urban Threads vs. Sublime Stitching on: July 30, 2010 09:08:51 PM
Both companies are regurgitating old images and packaging it as "original".  We "older" stitchers appreciate not being locked into geese-with-bonnets pattern hell but really and truly, what both companies did was "dumb down" embroidery with easy outline stitches and with that, I now have more confidence to trace and freehand my own designs.  Frankly, I am a little over the mass nonconformity marketing of skulls, tattoos, pin-up girls, etc.  It's Embroidery Top 40.
34  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: does it REALLY matter if you don't prewash? on: July 30, 2010 08:28:56 PM
As a someone once advised me, pre-wash and dry in a manner MORE harsh than you will later use.  That way, there are no surprises later.  
Last night I washed 5 yards of shirting cotton in hot and dried the crap outta it.  Normally, I don't subject cotton to those levels of heat.
If the fabric is super stinky with dye odors, I add a small amount of fragrant shampoo to the laundry water.
Oh wait, one more tip, if I suspect any chance of color running, I toss a Carbona dye grabber cloth in the wash.  It is a laundry miracle.  Read my (unsolicited/non-compensated) review of it at below link.

http://skitzoleezrastudio.blogspot.com/2009/07/carbona-dye-grabber.html
35  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tips and Tricks for Craft Rooms! on: July 16, 2010 06:33:52 PM

A teaser pic for ya---
if you'd like to see my craft room, here are links:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=187483.msg1965216#msg1965216
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=347
For larger images, check out my blog postings
http://skitzoleezrastudio.blogspot.com/search/label/craft%20room
36  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Star Wars light saber on: July 14, 2010 09:20:40 PM
Thanks Rai2Fai2!
I really considered not sewing it . . . but wasn't totally sure the fabric wouldn't lift later. 
After ironing and before sewing: it almost looked silk screened.
37  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Star Wars light saber on: July 14, 2010 07:06:21 PM

Easy applique with Wonder Under iron-on stuff and then machine sewn. 
Details here http://skitzoleezrastudio.blogspot.com/2010/07/light-saber-t-shirts.html
Plus, a helpful link for drawing a light saber.
http://www.dragoart.com/tuts/1266/1/1/how-to-draw-a-lightsaber.htm
Lights! Lights!  Lights!  Yeah!
38  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: empty gift cards?? on: July 13, 2010 08:05:04 PM
I use them for craft projects like pin backs, etc. How about cutting them into shapes, punching a hole and stringing like a garland? Oh, wait, decorate with border, punch a hole, add contact info for custom luggage tag.
39  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: My Craft Room! ^_^ (pic intensive) on: July 08, 2010 06:47:17 PM
Really wonderful!
Thanks for sharing your space with us!
(Your bookcases are the same color as MY craft room.)
40  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tips and Tricks for Craft Rooms! on: July 01, 2010 10:03:31 PM
Hey, that's my photograph on the top left hand corner of your inspiration board. 
It is on my blog http://skitzoleezrastudio.blogspot.com/2007/09/what-i-did-on-my-summer-vacation.html
and flickr account http://www.flickr.com/photos/skitzoleezra/3962896355/.
Glad you included it but others might want credit for the their photos.
LOVE looking at craft rooms and organization ideas! 
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