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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Sea Glass on: August 16, 2007 04:24:18 PM
I just discovered that sea glass looks pretty cool just sitting in one of my old Atlas jars with some seashells on my windowsill.

I also discovered that some places sell cheap fake sea glass...  Sad By that I mean it's sharp-edged and obviously just flat frosted glass that's been broken up and poorly tumbled. I just saw the bag at the store at a great price, thought "Cool!" and didn't notice till I got home and dumped it out. Disappointing.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Thread crochet-hand cramps normal? on: July 28, 2007 10:26:50 PM
I think you're struggling with the teeny hook from what you said about being ok with an H hook. It's hard to feel like you have a good grip on a hook that's so much teenier, which tends to make a gal clench it harder...and boom. Cramping. Someone suggested masking tape, and what occurred to me was that gripper tape you can put on things. It's kind of spongey, and I know you can get it in the Lee Valley Tools catalog (or their website) for cheap. (BTW...It's full of all kinds of other cool stuff, usually cheaper than anywhere else!)
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Your own original design Stitchalong on: July 28, 2007 10:18:48 PM
It's about the only kind I do, so sure! Smiley
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Magazine bowls on: July 22, 2007 04:03:18 PM
Just to make sure I'm getting this...Is the whole thing a big spiral, or are the  rings for the sides independent of each other (i.e., concentric circles)?

(God forbid I mess up and RUIN some old magazines... snort)
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: magazine bowls (first project post!) TUTE ADDED!!! (have pic hosting issues. on: July 22, 2007 03:48:54 PM
I also made some flower pots and was wondering if anyone knows if the mod podge would be able to hold the dirt and water, or if i should seal it with something else.

Mod Podge is WATER SOLUBLE. It will dissolve if you put anything wet in it. Other than using some nasty industrial expoxy-esque goo none of us would want to work with anyway, why not just put a container inside it? If the fit isn't perfect, just put some Spanish Moss (or the new, less messy American Moss) that looks kind of like grass on top of the dirt. Voila!
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: My split stitch sucks on: July 22, 2007 12:04:27 AM
What you have there is a chain stitch, not a stem stitch. Stem stitch (from my encyclopedia of stitches): "...is one of the most frequently used outline stitches. It is quick and easy to work and follows intricate curves and linear designs well. Each stitch should be kept quite small and of an even size... Work stem stitch upwards...always keeping the thread to the right of the needle. When the thread is kept to the left of the needle, the effect of the stitch is slightly different and it is then known as outline stitch."

Both of these are super-common and probably in the tutorials. They're what's used to make the gorgeous curvy lines you see in vintage stuff-- When you look really closely, it almost looks like a tiny rope. 'Hope that's helpful. And...practice makes perfect!
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: My split stitch sucks on: July 20, 2007 10:07:24 PM
My tip would be to ditch the split stitch, mainly for the reasons you are already familiar with. (Yeah, I know a lot of people like it.) Stem stitch takes a little practice, but is so cool-looking when you get the hang of it. And no trying to split that thread exactly in half! It's also great for fill if you do multiple lines side by side, and if you use variegated thread you're shading!

There's a pic of a jean jacket in my gallery with a big rock cliff that's almost entirely done this way. See what you think.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Know anything about vintage Chenille embroidery? on: July 20, 2007 09:42:43 PM
The "fuzzy" patches like you see on letter jackets can be made with a punch-needle. There's a whole discussion about those in here someplace. They leave those loops above the fabric that give the design such a nice texture.
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Gimp Search! on: July 19, 2007 05:32:35 PM
I have searched high and low for gimp. There are lots of trims that are labeled "gimp," but what I'm trying to find is just the plain wrapped cord those are made from. It's thinner than the silk cord you find everywhere, and not quite as shiny. It used to be very common, but nowadays it's not. (Maybe the term is still used across the pond?)

What I'd love to find is green, which I need for some millinery flower stems. So...If you happen to be trolling and see "gimp" that isn't twisted into fancy trim, I'd LOVE to find a source. [If by some miracle someone has it laying around, I'd swap about anything I have for some.] There may be some fancy Japanese equivalent, but I don't know what to call it.

Thus endeth the gimp lesson.  Wink
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Embroider with beads around edges? on: July 19, 2007 03:35:06 PM
Depending on your edge, it might be quicker and look the same if you string your beads on monofilament (like fishing line), then tack it to the edge between the beads. They stay aligned a little better, too.
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