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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / storing finished projects? on: April 11, 2008 07:41:13 PM
I tried searching and couldn't find anything with the search terms I used.  So I apologize if I missed this being answered elsewhere.

I have some projects (finished and half-finished) from when I was younger and my taste was, um, more eclectic.  ;-)  I'd like to finish them up before starting some more.  I don't want to actually use them yet (by framing or making into a pillow or such).  I just want to store them so if I end up being able to use them (in my house or give as gifts) they are not ruined.

I was thinking the easiest would be to lay them out flat, pile them up (with acid free tissue in between?), and roll them up into a tube.  And because I'm anal-retentive, I would keep a list of what is in there so I use them as needed.

Would that work?  Any other suggestions?  How do you store your unused finished projects?  Thanks :-)

2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / looking for some fabric, any ideas? on: March 28, 2008 10:08:41 AM
I'm not sure if this is exactly the right place to post this but figure it's as good as any.  :-)

I don't actually have a specific fabric I'm looking for, just a general idea (I thought that would make it easier) and after wandering through four stores yesterday I thought I would ask here.

I want to make my husband some packets for tea/hot chocolate/oatmeal/DS and such.  He's pretty geeky (which I love).  My only requirement (other than fitting my definition of geeky) is that the pattern is small enough to be used on projects that are only about 4 inches square (at the smallest).

He loves WoW, Spam (the "meat"), video games (not the violent ones though), computers, Linux (I was thinking maybe something based on the penguin logo for that, it can't be too cartoony though), arcade games, Monty Python, etc...  He/We can also be pretty child-like too, like Shrek, SpongeBob, VeggieTales.  I do want it to be something that, if he pulls it out while in front of clients, it wouldn't be too embarrassing.

Anyone have suggestions of fabric or even stores that would be geared more towards that type of fabric?  Thanks so much!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / need color opinions for nursery xstitch on: March 25, 2008 03:55:41 AM
I am creating a pattern for a birth record to give to a friend.  I'm basing it off the Wendy B Bee nursery set.  I'm planning on using the sage green and butter yellow from the set as the colors of a border.  Obviously the bee will be black and yellow.  :-)  I'm planning on using a darker/brighter/denser version of the yellow border for the yellow in the bee.  I'm stuck though on the color for the writing of the actual birth record.

Would you use black or a darker/brighter/denser version of the sage green?  Thanks :-)

(Sorry if that's not the right term for the color.  I'm trying to think of the correct word and it's just not coming to me.  The colors of the border are not pastel but they are on the softer side.  I just don't feel they would be enough to stand up to the black of the bee or easily readable as the writing.)
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Painting Rubber Duckies? on: January 20, 2008 03:53:16 PM
I've been a lurker for a while but finally registered today to ask some random questions.   Smiley

I am hosting a baby shower for a friend who is due the day before St Patrick's Day.  And the shower is the weekend prior to St Valentine's Day.  The "theme" is actually pretty random.  A little bit Irish, a bit "hearty", the nursery theme is "under the sea", colors for the shower are green and yellow (mostly because I already have some shower decor in those colors and also as an inside joke since the other hostess and I are huge Packer fans and the couple having the baby are Bears fans  Roll Eyes ).  I want to use rubber duckies as decorations.

I found some Irish rubber duckies but they are down right scary looking.  I thought I could just purchase some plain duckies and stencil/freehand some shamrocks and hearts on the side.  So, what type of paint would I use for that?  I am not a painter at all and my knowledge in that area is nil.  I tried searching previous postings but they all seemed to relate to sealing something to make it waterproof.  Would that actually be the only/best way to do this?  Also, is there any particular type of paintbrush I should be using?

Thanks :-)

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