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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: My feet will EXTERMINATE you on: September 24, 2008 07:07:11 AM
Those are totally awesome!  Terrific idea and terrific painting.  I would wear them with pride (in Texas) Smiley
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: What can you make with embroidered scraps? on: June 24, 2008 08:49:29 AM
Artist Trading Cards!

I made some cool ones this spring with bits and pieces of stitched stuff, thread and fabric scraps.  Lay it out on heavy watercolor paper and then go glue crazy!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: cross stitching on an airplane on: June 17, 2008 09:15:56 AM
I've never had a problem stitching on a plane.  I take a clover cutter and usually also have nail clippers.  I have flown a couple of times recently and forgotten that I had scissors in my stitching bag and they have gone through fine.  I think the rules on scissor changed in the past couple of years, because I did loose a nice pair of scissors to security in 2004.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: 32 Count Black Aida or the Like? on: June 02, 2008 08:10:11 AM
I don't think you'll find a 32 count aida fabric, but you will find it in a linen/evenweave.  There is a 32 count black belfast linen, distributed by either Zweigart or Wichelt.  Your LNS should be able to order it if they don't have it in stock.  Or, if you're shopping online, there are shops that should either list it or be able to order it.  It may take a bit of hunting, because I think fewer people use black at such a high count!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cross Stitching: Lavender & Lace brand charts questions... on: June 02, 2008 08:05:15 AM
Once you get started using a linen or evenweave, you'll get used to doing "2 over 2" pretty easy.  28 count is my favorite size, as I tend to design things with quarter stitches, and having that hole in the middle makes it so much easier than aida fabric.  I've done a couple of L&L patterns (just not these) and they're fun to do.  I tend to leave the beading until last, but not everyone does that.

My Hobby Lobby has a small amount of evenweave fabrics, but also check at an LNS if you have one in your area or an ONS for some really cool hand-dyed fabric.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you keep your floss? on: May 28, 2008 08:08:01 AM
When I'm going to use a color, I wind it onto one of those bobbins, which I store in plastic boxes.  If I buy floss that is "extra" (i.e. not going into immediate use), I store it in a hardware organizer.  I got it at Lowe's and it is originally intended for nails and such, so it has a bunch of little plastic drawers.  I got the little DMC label stickers for numbering the drawers and put three different colors in each drawer.


7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Woe be unto the lowly cross-stitcher on: May 22, 2008 09:28:58 AM
For books, there aren't many that aren't 100 motifs and such.  However, Heather Holland-Daly of monsterbubbles designs recently published Stitch Graffitti, which is more modern.

Walmart is slowly closing up their sewing stuff.  Mine got rid of the cross-stitch section a while ago.

Check to see if there is an independent needlework store near you - www.hoffmandis.com has a pretty good list of shops.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: printing on aida on: June 29, 2007 01:53:04 PM
Hmmm...interesting idea - would love to see that article.  I've only printed on the quilter's printable fabric, which is only about as thick as cardstock (or less).  I'd at least check your printer's specs about what thickness of paper it can handle.
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Nintendo/Videogame stitchalong? on: June 26, 2007 12:35:33 PM
I did this design recently - only took about a week or so:


Used glow in the dark thread to add some extra fun!  Wasn't the easiest thing to stitch with, but I got it done.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: I can't find this one website....patternmaker? on: June 22, 2007 12:57:50 PM
There are a bunch of commercial programs that you can put your charts in (manual process, I don't know of anything that would quickly read your graph).  Two are PC Stitch and Pattern Maker.  I'm pretty sure you can check out a demo version of Pattern Maker at www.hobbyware.com - no affiliation, just a satisfied user.  Both should be available at the big box stores (michaels, hobby lobby, etc.)  Also there are other programs like Easy Cross, and some others I can't remember the name of.  A google search should give you web sites.
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