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1041  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Embroidery Supplies Attraction/Addiction Rehab ! on: December 17, 2008 10:03:49 AM
Dear lady,

If buying some needles and skeins of thread every two weeks makes you happy, I say hooray!

I've actually come back to embroidery this year after a five-year break...my new glasses now allow me to do close-up work again. I started doing tea towels back when I was a girl in the disco era. 

I picked it up again this summer to make shower gifts for a niece, and found that when I stab fabric over and over to make something nice for someone I care about that it physically made me feel better.

So let us not call it an addiction; let us instead call it therapy!  Wink
1042  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pattern lines showing through finished work? on: December 16, 2008 07:04:01 PM
I will ask a question before I give a suggestion...

Is the fabric and thread you are using washable.  If so, I'd not worry about it until the piece is finished because usually the transfer ink goes away in the washing machine.

Another trick to try is to take a cotton swab dipped in Rubbing alcohol and try to lift some of the pattern ink from the back of your fabric.  Just swab gently until you can see more ink on the swab than the fabric.  (I learned this in my early embroidery days when I put patterns on clothing with an ink pen)

If you're working on wool, silk or rayon, PLEASE DON'T DO WHAT I JUST SUGGESTED! This technique works best on cotton and cotton/poly blends!

In that case you could try a pencil eraser rubbed gently on the fabric until the ink is a little lighter.  Sometimes this works on a piece, and sometimes it doesn't!

Good luck
1043  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: I'd hit that... on: December 15, 2008 05:15:01 PM
Oh, my gracious!  I just showed your work to my ten-year old son and now he wants me to do one!

Good work!
1044  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Cat Power on: December 15, 2008 05:09:46 PM
A cat as a sunburst...a great concept and you have reworked it beautifully!

1045  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Ribbon embroidery pouch on: December 15, 2008 05:06:36 PM
It's lovely!  Your swap partner is very lucky!
1046  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Schoolhouse Rock Tea Towels on: December 15, 2008 04:46:39 PM
Phe-flippin'-nomenal work!! Cool

You need to go out of your comfort zone more often, they're just great!

I don't know if you have Meijer's stores in your corner of the planet, but they sell five-packs of flour sack towels for $4.99 that are actually a little nicer than the Aunt Millie's towels at Hobby Nazi, and those are only two-packs!

My little sister and I grew up on School House Rock, too! And I will definitely start a set for her after the holidays (her birtday is the end of Feb).

OMG, I've been embroidering flour sacks for going on 3 decades!   The best flour sack towels out there now (Oh how I miss the Ben Franklin chain) can be ordered at Taste of Home (Reiman Publications).  A little pricey but they're big, soft and thirsty...easy to embroider and they actually work cleaning dishes too!

Lisa K.
1047  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: post your favorite gift foods here! on: November 17, 2008 05:40:07 PM
ORANGE BLOSSOMS (no baking needed!)

1 12-ounce bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup white sugar
3 tbsp. corn syrup
1/2 cup orange  juice (frozen, concentrate or fresh)
2 1/2 cups crushed vanilla wafers
1 cup finely chopped nuts (I use pecans)

Melt over hot water (not boiling) chocolate chips.  Remove from heat, stir in sugar and corn syrup.  Add orange juice, mix until well blended.  Allow to cool slightly (about 5-8 minutes), then add vanilla wafers and nuts, stir until well combined.

When mixture is cool enough to handle, form into one-inch balls; roll in colored sugar, chocolate jimmies or my personal favorite, NesQuik!

Seal tightly in foil or a tightly closed container, refrigerate.  These are best made a few days before, and keep for up to two weeks.  People love them and they're very cute in a holiday box or tin!

1048  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help me, Crafters! Just bought an antique machine and need how to use on: November 16, 2008 06:37:40 PM
Dear Sew-Classic,

Thank you so much for the link!  That's exactly what I needed!

To Xangomommy:

Yes, that is the condition she came in!  I took some lemon oil to the cabinet afterI took those pictures.

I will post more info and pics when I get her up and running!
1049  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help me, Crafters! Just bought an antique machine and need how to use on: November 14, 2008 05:35:48 PM
I haven't posted enough to show them here, but they're on my Flickr link:

1050  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Help me, Crafters! Just bought an antique machine and need how to use on: November 14, 2008 05:08:20 PM

I just bought the holy grail...at least what I consider one.  It's an 1890 New Home Heritage Treadle machine with a beautiful Cherry Coffin Top cabinet.  Found it in a corner of the local Salvation Army thrift shop. 

It's a well-maintained working model with a needle,  original box of tools and five threaded bobbins.  I'm checking the antique sewing machine sites for a manual, but advice from someone who owns and uses this treasure would be incredibly appreciated!  I would love to actually use this machine!
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