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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / how to actualize big x-stitched map of U.S.? on: February 09, 2010 01:28:35 PM
hello! I'm moving into my first apartment with my husband soon and came up with an idea to decorate a wall in my living room but I have no idea how to go about it! I'd love to get input from you talented folks.

I want to get a huge, huge piece of fabric and cross-stitch a map of the United States (I want it to be really big, like over 5'). My husband's in the military so I would love a big map that I could mark in some way for every place we've lived. I know there's wallpaper and posters out there, I just want to do it myself and it'd be unique (also the place is rented of course so no painting, etc).

What I'm fuzzy on is what kind of fabric I could use for this and if it's still cross-stitch if I make the x's bigger so as not to spend a year and ruin my eyesight making it? I just want it to have the look of cross-stitch. Oh yeah, and how the hell to get a map of the United States on the fabric in the first place! I tried googling for a pattern but no dice.

I don't want it to be a topography map btw, just the kind with a couple different colors. I'll probably do brown, two shades of blue, and white and hang it using dowels.

Thank you!!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / family portrait on: September 12, 2009 07:18:10 PM
I haven't posted in forever! wowee

My sister and niece, from this photo:
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / 3/8" boning on: May 25, 2009 04:14:41 PM
Hi, I was hoping someone could help me with this! I have Simplicity pattern 2884, for which I need 3/4 yd. of 3/8" of featherweight boning. (Is featherweight the same as featherlite?)

Anyways, I've been searching my local Jo Ann's for boning that's 3/8" wide and can't find it anywhere. But, a google search gave me this result:

The title says it's 3/8" wide but the picture and the description describes it as 1/4" boning with 1/2" cover, and on other sites those same measurements are given for boning described 1/2" wide. I've definitely seen that at Jo Ann's, but not described as 3/8".

Can someone just tell me what to buy, please? I just want to get the dress over with, at this point!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / M*A*S*H - my first portrait on: May 16, 2009 07:30:20 PM
hey all! it's been a while. i just finished my first embroidered portrait, it's of the character margaret houlihan from my favorite tv show m*a*s*h. this is actually for my tattoo artist who also likes m*a*s*h, i'm going to make a much bigger hawkeye soon for myself.

ugly puckering thread at the top is metallic, argh. what else

in progress shot:

and for fun here's a little wolf in sheep's clothing i stitched, inspired by a sam the sham and the pharaohs song:
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Pearl cotton vs regular floss on: April 11, 2009 04:52:16 PM
When I was much more of a n00b, I bought two pearl cotton balls in size 8 (or 10/12, I'm too lazy to go look), one black one white, thinking it was the same as regular floss. Obviously I was wrong, and it has sat unused by me. So I'm wondering: when do you use pearl/perle cotton over regular, 6-ply embroidery floss, and why? What is it that you like about it? Any pictures would be great!
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / lots of small things on: March 18, 2009 12:51:58 PM
Lately I've preferred projects I can finish in a couple hours, (I just don't know what I'd do with bigger pieces - I don't have the sewing skills to make a pillow or bag) so here are the little things I've been stitching:

Wizard of Oz-themed pins

Hootie hoo.

And some plain ol' monogram brooches here and there. I need to get out of this funk soon, though, my sister is about to pop out a baby and it needs some fancy embroidered onesies!

Thanks for looking! :]
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / What's your fill-style? on: March 12, 2009 09:44:56 AM
Do you like satin stitch? Prefer long-and-short? Hate both of those?

I don't know if it's laziness or what, but I've never been stitching anything and thought "oh man, I'd love to do satin stitch there." I like coloring with crayons, leaving it alone, or filling it in sparsely with lines or seed stitches.

What about you?
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Beginner embroidery - DBZ, owl, abhaya mudra. on: February 16, 2009 12:50:39 PM
I'm a bit nervous about posting! I am new to Craftster and to embroidery, but I just wanted to share what I've been doing lately..

A card for my husband, Piccolo from Dragon Ball Z. I embroidered it and then stitched it to blue poster board, the next is the same thing but on yellow.

'Owl miss you' card.

Abhaya mudra. I need to wash and iron this, but it's pretty much done. I know the hand is wonky, bah! I want to get an extra hoop, spray paint it white, and shazzam wall art. I don't know what to do with the excess fabric though, tips? I guess I was thinking of trimming it up and cutting out a round of felt to glue to the back so you couldn't see the embroidery on the back of the fabric.

Thanks for looking! My project is a small-scale version of the Flapper with Headress (http://needlecrafter.com/SearchKey/SearchKeywords_detail.php?refNum=10049) in pink, red, and white (started!) and for a friend I want to stitch up some orange, black, and white koi.
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