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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Linen portrait of my beautiful sister on: January 10, 2009 05:49:44 PM
I used 32 ct Belfast linen in antique white for this portrait of my sister.  I used either two or four strands of cotton floss.  The stitches were almost all split stitch, but I used a few satin and back stitches also.

I framed it with black cotton, by following instructions for quilt binding.  The mitered corners came out great after I ironed them. Smiley

The photo looks wrinkled because its linen, but its less noticeable in real life.

I made a thin fabric tube on the back and it is hanging by a wooden skewer.  I love it!

One of the mitered corners

Comments and criticism welcome  Smiley
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Floss question and removing stitches. on: December 07, 2008 05:50:53 PM

I spent a few hours today working on my first ever needle work project.  It is a very small stretched canvas.  I drew the design in pencil (that's why the canvas looks dirty), then completed an outline in split stitch and I quite liked it at this point (that's when I took the photo).

I used cotton embroidery floss, from the dollar store.  I thought it was too thick and didn't like it, so I pulled a single strand from it and used that instead (it was made up of six strands).  Does it sound as though I am using the wrong floss?  

I wanted to cover up the grubby canvas by filling in with colored floss.  I started off with herringbone stitch, but didn't think it looked very good and reverted back to split stitch.  This is when everything started to look horribly wrong.  I decided to pull out my stitches and start again.  Is that a big no no in needlework, because its a horrible mess now and I think I have destroyed the canvas underneath?  Luckily it was only a 1.5" x 1.5" canvas and I'm happy to consider it an experiment.

If anybody has any tips on filling in outlines, that would be great.  Also is it possible to pull out stitches and what's the best floss to use?


13  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / What kind of sewing is the cheapest ? on: November 19, 2008 04:35:17 PM
Hobbies that require buying fabric can get very expensive.  I have been thinking of ways to reduce the cost (thrift stores etc).  Now I am trying to figure out which fabric craft is the cheapest. Perhaps hand embroidery of small items involves the least expensive supplies and equipment.  Does anybody else have an opinion on this?  I am a quilter and love fabric, but its breaking my budget.  If I cut back on quilting and mix up my craft time with some embroidery, it will work out cheaper in the long run.. right?
14  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Deep Sea Angler Fish Pumpkin with bio-luminescent lure on: October 31, 2008 08:03:01 PM
Happy Samhain
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Here is the pumpkin I carved.  It is intended to look like a Deep Sea Angler Fish, with a bio-luminescent lure, which I made out of a straw from 7 11 and some twisted paper rope.  The teeth are wooden toothpicks.
15  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / buying FQ bundles on the internet? on: October 09, 2008 09:44:20 AM
Hi, I absolutely love the well known brand of Batik fabric (Bali), and have wanted a fat quarter bundle for quite a while.

The thing is, my local quilt shop sells bundles of 10 FQs for 51.46, but I can buy them on the internet for $26.51 (inc shipping).

As much as I would like to support my local quilt shop.  I would also like to be able to afford to buy fabric.

Does anybody have any experience of buying batik fat quarters on the internet?

I am worried that they will be inferior copies, but if they are good quality just without the brand name, then that would be a great find.

Does anybody have any stories/opinions they can share on this?

Cheers Smiley
16  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / I don't understand the binding ...:( on: September 14, 2008 04:58:24 PM
Hi I am kind of new to quilting, but when I started I started three at the same time.

Anyway, I dont have any problems with putting the quilt top together, or making the sandwich, but I am dreading the impending binding of the quilts.

I am looking forward to getting the raw edges of the sandwich wrapped up, and Im pretty sure I understand mitred corners. 

The thing that I am not sure about is the binding strip itself and its raw edges.

I have thought about sewing the binding strip into a tube, so that there are no raw edges, then folding this over the edge of the quilt and sewing, but that would be sewing through one layer of batting, the quilt bottom, the quilt top, plus four layers of binding material, which seems like an awful lot.

Does anybody have any suggestions?  I love making the quilt tops, but it would be such a shame to go to all the effort of putting the quilt together and ruining it with awful binding.

Am I missing some neat little trick that everybody else knows about?

EDIT:  I am also planning on hand tying the quilt, as I don't have a walking foot.  So, the only part when I have to sew through batting is the binding.
17  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Felt Infant Shoes from recycled materials on: August 19, 2008 11:41:58 PM
Felt Infant Shoes

I made these shoes with a friend for her son, using a pattern modified from patternbee.com .

The felt was made by washing a thrifted lambswool sweater in very hot water.  The cuffs are tubes made from a small thrifted cotton t-shirt, and a rubber kitchen mat was sewn onto the sole for friction.

I am not sure how functional they are as outdoor shoes  Roll Eyes, but the felt was really soft and warm, so they would definitely make good slippers! Smiley
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