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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Plushie Program on: August 24, 2008 11:16:34 PM
Has anyone else seen this? I was just googling for some tips on how to make a custom plush doll and came across this video.  It looks really cool! Check it out:


I believe I read it was designed in Tokyo and it basically just lets you draw (crude) 2D shapes and it turns it into a 3D model while creating a pattern for you to print and follow. Looks really awesome, especially for someone like me who is a beginner and not very good at being artistic. I don't know what the status of it is, I would research it but I'm a little pressed for time, so I will have to do that later. But it'd be cool if it came out for personal use sometime soon (or is already).  Let me know what you guys think, or if you've seen this before or know of something similar that is available. 
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Ouija Board Fabric? on: August 14, 2008 04:35:05 PM
So I've been digging around on Google, and searching through the Halloween sections of the fabric sites listed here, but I have come up empty handed.  With Halloween coming up, I was hoping that if someone spots some Ouija Board fabric they could let me know here.  Don't really have any plans for it yet, but I'd love to find some. Thanks for reading!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Long and Short Stitch on: August 10, 2008 06:06:54 PM
This is probably going to sound really silly. But I am terribly new to embroidery, so I have a lot to learn. I'm also really new to this site, but I'm loving it so far! Anyway, on to the question...

I am working on a pattern (one that's probably way past my ability level, but I'm stubborn) and it requires a long and short stitch for certain areas. Most of the areas are sort of circular, at least around the edges.  I've practiced the stitch several times on scrap pieces of fabric and even tried several times in the actual pattern I'm working on and for some reason it just does not work for me. So I'm wondering if any of you have any tips?

My main problem is that the stitches sometimes go crooked (slant instead of are straight up and down) and then the short stitches sometimes disappear under the long ones. Maybe I am making them too close together? 

I tried drawing straight horizontal lines across the patten, in the middle, so I can follow those and avoid making crooked stitches and that sort of worked, but what do you do when you get to a curved part of the pattern?  Sorry if I'm being confusing. The pattern I'm working on is a bird and leaf (?) from the lap quilt in the Doodle Stitching book.  I know that project is probably not for noobs like me, but so far I've done pretty good on the patchwork. My split stitch and satin stitch came out looking better than I thought it would, so I decided to keep going. But this long and short stitch is really giving me a hard time, so any tips would be appreciated. Mostly just need to know how to handle the curved edges, as the book only explains how to do the stitch along a straight line. Thanks for reading this!

P.S. I tried searching the forum for topics that already handled this issue, but I couldn't find anything. Either I didn't search well enough, or I'm just really bad at embroidery and am coming up with issues in stitches that aren't supposed to be hard! But if there already is a topic handling this, let me know!
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