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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / What are current floss prices? on: April 15, 2011 10:43:16 AM
I'm gearing up for my next BAP, and am trying to sort out where the best floss prices are. There's a Hobby Lobby and a Michaels in my area, but they're both about 30-45 minutes away (in different directions.) My local needlework store carries DMC, at 50 cents a skein! Ouch. Online prices seem comparable to the LNS. I'm hoping to find out what the chains are charging before I go a-questing. Needing at least 54 skeins...I'd like to save what money I can.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Harley Quinn Cross-stitch on: March 05, 2011 08:13:38 PM
If you peek into the Big Project SAL thread, you've seen this girl in progress. But now she's all done!
I'm a Harley Quinn fangirl, and wanted to do my first "big" project. So I found some awesome pixel art and ran it through a patternmaker. Much fiddling later, I had a pattern. After two months (and a week...) of stitching, she's all done.

She's worked one over one on 25ct Lugana, so yes, those are some bitty stitches. Finished size is 9 inches by 14 inches 225 x 350 stitches. Plan to get her framed when I can afford it. Now, to plan my next BAP...
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / What's your favorite type of hoop or frame? on: March 01, 2009 11:13:59 AM
As I spend more time embroidering (both cross-stitch and traditional,) I ger extraordinarily frustrated with my cheap hoops of both plastic and wood. It seems like I'm constantly retightening my fabric and hoop! I've been considering the more expensive options, but wanted some feedback before making a purchase.

What's your favorite style to use? Does it change with the style of needlework?
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Montgomery Ward 1260 on: February 03, 2009 05:45:26 PM
I just purchased a Montgomery Ward URR 1260 (Zig Zag Sewing Machine) from a local thrift store for $20 (Score!) I can't find anything about this particular model online, and was hoping you vintage gurus could help me out. There's a local sewing repair place I plan on hitting tomorrow, since bits of the tension regulator are missing, along with a needle. Other, the machine seems to run beautifully. Does anyone have any experience or knowledge of these machine? Or any of the older MW machines, for that matter? It's a table-mounted beauty with a knee pedal. Luckily, it came with the manual! I can't look for a serial number or anything yet, since it's not getting picked up until tomorrow evening. I promise pictures!
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Machine oil on: February 01, 2009 01:48:38 PM
It took a few years of ownership for the idea that my machine needs oiling to occur to me. Now that my brain has finally started, I'm wondering where I can get oil. Must I wait for my local shop to be open, or can I find it at Walmart?
I feel like such a git for neglecting maintenance on my poor machine. I swear, it won't happen again! (And I STILL might have to take the bugger in to fix the tension.)
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Jellyfish tote! on: January 28, 2009 01:52:55 PM
Definitely my most painful project to date. Stitching canvas was an adventure that bent at least three of my needles >.<
However, the end result was so worth it! I plan on using this as a green shopping bag to keep in my purse. It makes me so happy!

The pattern is from Sublime Stitching's Craft Pad. I used split stitch and satin stitch with four strands of floss for the design. There's also the lovely little iridescent seed beads. The top bits (heads?) of the jellies are a mix of thread colors from the tentacles.
The amount of satin stitch almost killed me. What was I thinking?! It was my first real go at it, so it's not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. The fabric weave didn't help much. Still, it's all held up in the wash so far. Even the beads!
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Attaching seed beads on: January 21, 2009 09:41:34 AM
What's the best method for adding seed beads to embroidery? I want something relatively sturdy, as the project will be going through the wash.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / My first Sublime piece - left-handed drumkit on: January 15, 2009 09:03:54 PM
Left-handed because I put the transfer on the front instead of the back! It's all done in backstitch, then crayon-tinted. I rather like the effect given when the crayon's done around the stitches. It's to be framed eventually.

Apologies for the link. Since I haven't posted before now, it won't let me just post the image.
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