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21  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The wonder of fill stitches on: May 12, 2009 01:21:09 PM
Urban Threads Dia De Los Muertos - a hand stitched present for my friend/boss

22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Urban Threads vs. Sublime Stitching on: May 04, 2009 05:55:47 PM
Okay ladies and gents, I asked Kitty if this was okay to post, and she wondered why it hadn't been brought up sooner!

Is everyone aware that Urban Threads was accused of plaigarizing Sublime Stitching Designs?  A third party site called Boing Boing is mounting a smear campaign saying against UT, stating that it is a big conglomerate picking on poor little SS which is a single owner business.

It gets more fun, as Dinosaur and Robots, a site owned by one of the members of Boing Boing, posted pics of UT and SS designs....AND THE DESIGNS WERE ALTERED TO MAKE THEM LOOK MORE ALIKE!!!  Angry

Personally, I think both sites lean so heavily on general popular commercial themes,  tattoo and commercial art from the 50's and 60's that neither can justifiably stand up and say "I got here first."  From what I've read on UT, Niamh herself admits her stuff is pop art. 

I'd like to hear what Jenny has to say, and why she's letting bloggers all over the web stick up for her instead of addressing this herself.  My understanding is that Sublime Stitching is huge, with tons of media exposure and I guess her fans even have their own board on some craft site  Huh

I also find it muy reprehensible that this third party blogger used two embroidery companies' reputations as a way to get more hits on his site(s)!

I have no affiliation for either group, but I find it wonky that a site as successful as Sublime Stitching, which is primarily for hand stitching needs help from a third party defending itself against a site like Urban Threads, which is a site primarily for machine embroidery!

I will rant more on this on my blog, but I'd like to know if anyone else gives a shrill soprano hoot about this!??? 
23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / She shoots, she scores (tons 'o img) on: April 12, 2009 09:42:33 AM
This Goddess is well pleased...I just got a great deal on embroidery supplies and the Stanley Cup playoffs start next week!!

I took a tip from fellow embroiderist in my area and started scoping out classifieds, EBay and especially Craigslist, and I highly recommend it to this group, 'cuz look what I found not 10 miles from my house...

Another local crafter is clearing out her x-stitch supplies as her eyes are going and she's more into oil painting now.  She had tons of Aida cloth, frames, kits and books but I was all about her floss stash and mounting boards. 

This is four boards never opened, a canvas work book and 576 full and partial skeins for $45.  That computes to about 8 cents a skein, and even if half of them are used the cost goes to 15 cents a skein!

Try garage sales, church sales and even thrift stores...if the thread has been kept dry and dust free it lasts for years!

Good hunting to you, and Go Red Wings!
24  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The bag is finally done! on: April 12, 2009 09:10:31 AM
Well after much dithering, I finally finished my bag! 

Here's the bunny..

and the Ninja...

The bag back:

...and the front:

Comments welcome, and Happy Easter/Passover/Beltane, etc.!
25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My new craft bag and exposing your (crafty) self in public! (IMG Zaftig!) on: March 31, 2009 06:43:15 PM
I apologize in advance for the length; please scroll to the pics at the bottom if I'm boring you...

I got in a very bad funk last summer over life and when it knocks you down and takes your lunch money.  I began crafting again as therapy...creating something always makes me feel better about myself.

And as a former professional actress, I've always craved attention from total strangers.  As a middle-class midwesterner of middle years, I've grown very tired of 'keeping up with the latest fashions' which in this area means buying mass-produced garbage made by underpaid people in undeveloped areas.

That has all combined to make me a shameless exhibitionist of my crafting...I do it everywhere!  I'm fairly lucky because where I live crafting has always been in style, so I gets lots of positive comments and wishful "I wish I could do thats"!  So my fellow crafters I say; get out there and flaunt what you be makin'!

That said,  here are the pics of my new craft tote, which is still a WIP (work in progress)

She's a vintage piece done in Black Work on the bag back (the lame caption is my own, but that's what she's sayin' to me when I look at her!)

The left front pocket is my favorite Urban Threads design:

He's going to have black fabric paint adorn his nifty ninja togs!  But my teen-age son says,
"If you see a ninja, he isn't a ninja (it's a joke in his high school)

And this is the right front pocket, a free design from Urban Threads:

As a little girl I actually had a bunny that ate knitting and crocheted pieces!

Finally my cat Ben wanted to help so I let him model:

Let me know what you think, I'm a big girl!
26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Stitching on plastic placemats on: March 24, 2009 06:45:19 PM
I've seen a few examples of stitching on window screens and thought it was cool.  Then yesterday in my weekly jaunt through Dollar Tree I found plastic placemat  that look just like screens.

They come in black and white, and I got the wicked idea to do a white work border on the black one and vice versa on the white one. My only worry is the rough edges on the mats snagging floss.

Has anyone already tried this?  Please let me know, and if I get a result I can live with I'll post!

27  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / New Appliques for Onesies on: March 24, 2009 06:15:03 PM
So I finally finished these little bits of embroidery, now I have to applique them onto onesies and send 'em to Florida to my Niece Roseanna and her new daughter, Lili!  Please forgive my lousy photography skills...I'll post the finished pieces and try to take better pictures!

A Fairy Baby!  He's done in mostly satin stitch with a little daisy stitch in the wings and french knots on the flowers.  I used 3 strands of floss throughout, but I think it's a little too chunky.

And here's the Angel Girl....

I got smart and used 2 strands with her, and I'm pleased with the way she turned out...she reminds me of the new mom, Roseanna, as a little girl!
28  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Question on Q-snaps on: March 19, 2009 05:34:20 PM

Until I got on this board I'd never heard of Q-snaps.  I have since found them in my local craft stores, but the smallest I've found is 11" by 11".

Are they only for heavy fabrics like Aida or muslin? On small pieces like baby items or the corners of tea towels, how would they work?

Finally, do they stay in your lap without holding, so you can do needle-work two-handed, or do you need a frame for that?

Any enlightenment would be greatly appreciated!
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Need a tights pattern for a curvy woman! on: March 04, 2009 07:10:24 PM
I'm sure there is/are patterns listed here or links for hand-knitted tights, but I could not find them in the searches.

Does anyone out there have a pattern or directions to knit footless women's tights?  I had a few pair back in the day and having just learned to knit I'd love to make some.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
30  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Hearty Bean & Sausage Soup - Super Easy! on: March 04, 2009 03:58:43 PM
This is what I make on chilly winter nights in the middle of a busy week. It's easy, delicious and very wholesome!  I just buy (or bake a dough boy) loaf of French Bread and call it dinner!

1 quart of beef broth
1 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. dried sweet marjoram
1/4 cup dried minced onion
1/2 cup Chardonnay
1 lb. smoked sausage or kielbasa, cut into fork-size chunks

1 can each, undrained, of:

Diced tomatoes
Great Northern Beans
Black Beans
French Style Green Beans
Whole Kernel Corn

(You can use any beans you like)

Put everything in your dutch oven and simmer 15-20 minutes, until sausage is tender and onions reconstitute.  Stir and skim the foam from time to time.  You can thicken this with a little flour and water if you like.

***If you use regular canned broth, beans and corn, you do not need salt!!!

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