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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Clouds Factory on: February 28, 2014 01:47:01 PM
That sound you just heard was my wallet groaning!  Tongue
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: New material on: February 28, 2014 01:43:08 PM
Make sure you use shorter thread lengths. Due to the plastic being more rough than fabric, the thread has a tendency to catch on the plastic and wind up shredding your floss.

Happy stitching!  Cool
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do I know how much material for each project? on: February 28, 2014 01:41:12 PM
This is my favorite fabric calculator:


HTH! Smiley
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sterling Archer bloody mary full of vodka on: February 02, 2014 08:52:48 AM
Looks great!  Smiley
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Thread count & floss strands on: February 02, 2014 08:52:03 AM
Generally speaking, I would probably either stitch this one over one or on a higher thread count. GAST threads tend to run a bit thin, but not as badly as Weeks Dye Works, IMO. If you wanted to stick to 2 over 2 on 28 count, you could convert the threads to silks. Silks tend to be a LOT thicker than cottons and thus have better coverage.

That being said, however, I think it looks great!  Smiley
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help finding the name of out of print kit? on: January 31, 2014 05:29:35 PM
Not the kit but looks to be a free download. I've never used this site, so I don't know if they are reputable or not. At least it has the kit number though, Dimensions 03864

I found this- http://cross-stitching-blog.com/archives/3888

Actually, this is pirated material. Ebay or Etsy would be your best bet.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Filament on: January 31, 2014 05:27:00 PM
Ditto the Thread Heaven. Also, work with short lengths. This will help prevent it snagging and knotting up.

I would also suggest a cheap pair of scissors to cut the metallics with. I never use my 'good' embroidery scissors with metallic threads as the metallics can wear down the blades faster than regular cotton embroidery floss and silks can. I keep a cheap pair of them in my bag for just snipping metallic threads.

8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Christmas At Hawk Run Hollow on: January 31, 2014 05:22:11 PM
My mind boggles at the patience....   Shocked

I had to smile at this, because I am one of the most impatient people on the planet. In this instance, it's more a case of dogged perseverance than patience.  Cool

Thank you ladies, for all of your kind comments. Smiley
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Christmas At Hawk Run Hollow on: January 30, 2014 01:17:18 PM
Picked this back up after fizzling out on stitching all of the snow in Block Two. FINALLY finished that up yesterday, so I'm back to stitching on a HAED again (http://heavenandearthdesigns.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=604_85&products_id=2675).

This is my Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow piece, Blocks One through Three. Here are the deets:

Design: Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow

Designer: Carriage House Samplings

Fabric: 40 count Picture This Plus Newcastle linen in Legacy

Fibers Used: Needlepoint, Inc. silk flosses in 123, 124, 127, 128, 155A, 158, 159, 184A, 186, 204, 206, 241, 242, 244, 251, 293, 303, 313, 316, 331, 345, 401, 422, 473, 475, 512, 523, 524A, 526, 527, 548, 556, 587, 623, 636, 671, 692, 693, 694, 695, 722, 724, 725, 765, 767, 856, 867, 871, 902, 912, 928, 951, 957, 963, 972, 976, 982, 987, 991BB, and 993. The Thread Gatherer's Silk n' Colors #035 Mint Frost.

Stitcher's Notes: Stitched a tiny 'W' for the gate. I let DH choose which house would be 'ours' in this piece and he really liked the house in block two over the one in block four. Letter taken from the book
ABC Miniatures au point de croix by Franoise Prax for Marabout.

And here is a picture of Blocks One through Three shown together:

TFL! Smiley
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you organize your floss? on: January 30, 2014 01:12:29 PM
I prefer the Floss Away bags for storing my floss. (http://www.joann.com/floss-a-way-econo-pack-100-bags/9847393.html).

I have found that after a few months of being on bobbins, the floss has a tendency to develop kinks that create huge problems later on. I then have to use a Floss Friend (http://www.nordicneedle.com/prod/6997.html) in order to ensure that this does not happen. This was one of the many lessons I learned from stitching on HAEDs. (https://www.heavenandearthdesigns.com/).

HTH! Smiley
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