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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Embroidery hoops/stands on: May 23, 2019 12:44:14 PM
Have you checked out 123Stitch.com?  What size are you looking for?

I have not, I'll do that right now.

Even about size, I'm so ignorant. Because I simply have no material to compare it too. I do not stitch huge works (yet)... I automatically assume that the size of the finished work matters too?

See, I really know nothing... *slightly ashamed*
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Embroidery hoops/stands on: May 23, 2019 12:57:24 AM
Here we are again!

After months,if not years of only crocheting, I'm back to my needlework. I'm currently working on a pattern of the Dutch theme park De Efteling and whilst stitching, I realised again why I stopped.

I'm using a single hoop. This is what I was taught, and for smaller projects, this works like a charm. It can be a strain on the wrists sometimes, but I take it that I'm just getting old. The pattern I'm working on right now is actually quite long and big, and I have to deal with so much confetti. Following the #HAED on Instagram (those patterns are huuuuuge) I realised that there are so many possibilities out there to make my life easier. For this particular pattern I'd love to learn the parking technique. But that is a real struggle on a simple hoop that I have to store away every night.

I'm very limited in finding proper embroidery stands and hoops. I see all these amazing constructions on Instagram and YouTube, but I cannot find information on where they come from and so on. Limited, I say, because I live in Belgium and I cannot find a store that would stock these kind of items. I'd like to see some up close, experiment, just feel them.

I have a lapstand and I'm not happy with it. I really love the fit of my work on it, but I sit to far away from the frame. I must admit that I take the hoop quite high in my hand to look at my stitches.

I'd love for Craftster to make a pinned thread for hoops and stands. So people can share their information.
Right now, I'd love to find a proper website with decent information and maybe a shop with stands... Can anyone help?
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: That one blanket you always go back to on: March 09, 2019 02:27:13 AM
NoShowJr, that looks cute and intricate at the same time! I like your choice, thank you for sharing!

Lotuspixie, I seem to struggle with ripples. Round ripples, no problem. The horizontal ones... My tension is never good enough, and it saddens me.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / That one blanket you always go back to on: August 27, 2018 01:42:49 AM
Hi everyone!

Long time, no see! I have been absent for quite a while, due to personal problems (Fixed those) and Photobucket issues that bummed me out so hard that I saw no need anymore to share my work with you (Photobucket fixed those, luckily). So maybe you'll see more of me in the future.

I have a burning question for this wonderful community. Recently a lot of people in my circle of friends became pregnant. To those that I am close, I always want to crochet something. But I have lost my drive, so to speak. Not for crocheting itself, I still love doing that. But I have run out of ideas about what to make. One person gave me her desired blankie, so I made that. Or better, am struggling with it, as I don't really like it. The other blanket is almost on the needle. Person three (best friend in the entire world) will get an amigurumi item, something that I don't like either, but I just cannot find the right blanket pattern for her. And for my cousin, I am at a total loss.

So, I was wondering... What baby blanket pattern do you always go back to? What is that one pattern that always seem to work, regardless the colours you choose, or the person you're making it for?
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Strandkorb advice on: April 28, 2017 02:01:57 AM
Immaculata, thanks for that information! I speak Dutch indeed, and I live over an hour away from the border. Not that far, but still. I'm going to look into that material and maybe the DIY stores in Belgium can help me out. I'm thinking about just taking the cushion to the store with me Tongue.
Have done a quick search on 'koudschuim' and cannot find it easily in Belgium. Looks expensive too, no?
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Strandkorb advice on: April 19, 2017 11:46:46 AM
Wow, I have been away for way too long. No, in Belgium there are no Joann's, sadly. To be honest, craft stores are hard to find anyway. Still, as you guys said, it should be easy. I'll just give it a go, and walk to some store with said pillow Tongue. Summer is coming, so your timing is excellent, blupaisan! Thank you!
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Baby sandals on: September 14, 2016 12:08:19 AM
Last year, a dear friend and ex-teacher of mine, fathered a second daughter. I really wanted to make something for her, but it had to be small since it had to be mailed. My sister gave me this book: Super cute crochet for Litte Feet', by Vita Apala and I was hoping for an occassion to crochet some baby shoes. They baby was due in August, so the choice was easy and I went with a pair of sandals.

They looked cute and I still kind of like them, but they had so many flaws that I was sort of ashamed to send them out. They look fine, I admit that, but I had to frog them so often that I lost track. I really really struggled with the back of the sandals. I couldn't get help, because I made them while we were travelling in Ireland (best holiday EVER!), so maybe now is my time... The back is made in 'simple' dcs (UK pattern). Gradually, as you can see, you start dcing together to make it a smaller. While I followed the instructions to the letter (I do believe...), the sandals managed to get smaller and smaller until I had no dcs left with to crochet in. This is not a new problem for me. I tried a simple kitten pattern before (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/kitten-8) in which I had to do the exact same thing, and I simply can't. My stitches seem to melt before my eyes.

If someone knows a decent tutorial, or you just know what I'm doing wrong, I would be so grateful!!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Strandkorb advice on: September 13, 2016 02:06:25 AM
Years ago, for my mother's birthday, my father decided he wanted to give her a typical German Strandkorb.

This is me, left side, and a dear friend, in said Strandkorb. It might look familiar from old pictures and all that, but in Germany, they are still very popular, not just on beaches. Technically, they are quite expensive as well. It is not unusual to pay over 1000 for them. You find cheaper ones, just like ours, in a DIY, or flat pack. Let me tell you, the assembly wasn't easy Tongue. The cushions all came pre-upholstered (sp?) so that was easy. Plus, what makes it really handy, every cushion has its own zipper, so if you need to do some washing, that should be possible.

We have never tried this, as we are very clean people *ahum* and we take all the cushions outside the Strandkorb before winter and store them inside. We really love it, and despite its cheap look and flaws, it works. The Strandkorb is now well over 4 years old and we are currently encountering a problem for which I need some advice. The biggest cushion, that we sit on, it getting thin. It's up to the point where you cannot sit on the same spot for too long, before sort of sinking in the foam and ending up on the wooden bench underneath.

Everything else is still in great shape, it's just that one bum cushion Wink. Now, I'd love to refill the cushion, maybe with some beter quality foam (or something else, let me know!) to make it work again. As I've said, there is a zipper at the back (no picture there, sorry), but I've never taken the foam out. So I take it I must opt for soft foam still, to get it back into the fabric?
This is new ground for me, and I wanted your advice first before heading out to whatever DIY store with the cushion under me arm.
What do you guys think would be the best material to use? Is it even doable at all?
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Family Genealogy Tree Papercut on: September 13, 2016 01:47:05 AM
This is beyond words! Wow!!! What a piece of art, seriously. How long did it take you to just design it and cut it out?

10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: Tree of Life on: September 07, 2016 12:24:38 AM
Oh man, you make me want to get my own emboridery machine! This is so nice, and I really love the colours. Great job!!
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