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leannerd
« on: January 29, 2010 03:07:20 PM »

Hey all,

My mom is renovating her kitchen this summer and has already picked out the theme (Go Green- Sage green, beige, dk. brown, and leaves and vines) and I wanted to make her something for it.  I'm brainstorming about quilted hot pads, since she's had the same mis-matched worn out hot pads and oven mitts since I can remember.  I would like to do some hand embroidery on them, too, since I've recently rediscovered cross stitch and want to get into embroidery.  However, I'm worried that the heat will mess up the floss. I could easily leave out the embroidery, but I think it would just add a little something extra.

Has anyone embroidered on hot pads or anything like them before? Am I worried for nothing?

Help and advice are much appreciated. Cheesy

Also, I'm sorry if this question has been asked before! I looked and didn't see it.
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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2010 05:26:59 PM »

I think the biggest thing to keep in mind when dealing with heat exposure is to make sure your floss is 100% cotton.  Synthetics have a tendency to melt, which can make a mess and even leak through on to the user's hands.  Ouch! 

Over time the colors might get a little discolored, but I don't think it will be any worse than regular oven mitts over time.
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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2010 08:06:22 AM »

You could always embroider around the very edges or on the back side of a pot holder. Or around the wrist part of oven mitts... Then at least the heat wouldn't be directly on the floss?
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« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2010 11:04:37 AM »

Ooh, okay. Thanks for the help.

I don't have a concrete design yet, so going around the edges might be what I end up doing.

Thanks again!

Also, is DMC generally 100% cotton, or does it vary?
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« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2010 02:11:10 PM »

I think the regular DMC stuff, (ie- not the satin or light effects or anything shiny or  special like that other than their Linen) is all 100% cotton.  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2010 01:14:13 PM »

No matter what you do.. do not forget the cotton to be safe.
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