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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Oh no! Cross-stitched in only one strand not two... on: January 31, 2012 07:08:49 AM
Thank you. It looks okay. I'll complete the rest with two, then if I need to I will unpick this face section and do that again! I didn't know if there are any hard and fast rules with this type of error.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! How to protect an embroidery in the hoop? on: January 31, 2012 04:48:12 AM
I'm new to cross stitch but purchased a magazine about it to give me some tips. In it, a lady had written in to say she uses a shower cap! She places it over the hoop to protect her projects.

Hope that helps!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Oh no! Cross-stitched in only one strand not two... on: January 31, 2012 04:46:53 AM
This is only the second thing I have ever tried to cross stitch. It's a card for valentines day. Smiley

Basically, I started yesterday with an area that required one strand but wasn't pleased with it so scrapped the whole thing. This morning I started it with a different colour and just used one strand. I've managed to do quite a lot, with fractionals which I'm really pleased with myself for learning. BUT...looking again the directions say to do it with two strands.

Will it matter greatly if I now continue with one strand for the lot, or should I do it with two from now on? I can't scrap this again now. It's a lion, the background should be one strand, the lion should be two. Basically a light area of it's face has been done in one.

I hope that makes sense.

Thank you.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Why?? Do you sew for your children? on: November 04, 2011 09:41:13 AM
I had to sew really as my daughter is small for her age so I'm forever adjusting. I'm a beginner but also love to make her clothes when I get time to. Yes, I really enjoy it. Smiley Oh and knowing I wont be totally freaking out when she announces the school fancy dress day/play/whatever in a few years time!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Help! Need a leotard pattern and advice for a tiny 3 year old on: November 04, 2011 09:39:11 AM
My daughter has just started gymnastics and loves it. The problem is it's an official club with pretty tight rules and children need to be in leotards. She is 3 but only 86cm and very skinny. They're also extremely expensive for what they are. Does anyone have a link to a suitable pattern or web directions that I could follow please?

Thank you!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vintage inspired high waisted jeans, circle skirt and matching top on: March 13, 2011 04:13:29 AM
Just peeked at your site I love your clothes.  I live near you actually, I'm buying a new machine on Friday from Franklins it's like mecca for sewing! Smiley
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vintage inspired high waisted jeans, circle skirt and matching top on: March 13, 2011 01:54:11 AM
You're so clever! I noticed the red buttons first of all but I love them, didn't even think of clowns until you mentioned them!  Everything looks amazing well done you!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Toddler Dress (with tutorial link) on: March 13, 2011 01:48:32 AM
So pleased with myself! This is my first completed clothing item.  I used fabric I already had for the bodice and picked up some red polycotton for the skirt. I need to aplique a chunky flower cut from the same fabric as the bodice onto the lower left of the dress I haven't done that as I've never aplique'd before and don't know how!  

Here's the tutorial I used:


Here's my dress and my more than willing model:

9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Getting a Juki! on: March 10, 2011 02:42:18 AM
Resurrecting my old thread!  So, I went with Mum to our chosen sewing shop which is a fantastic place.  It's where Mum traded in her old industrial Singer for a new machine 21 years ago and is quite loyal to.  The man (son of original owner) showed me why I shouldn't buy the Brother machine I'd been really keen on - it's all constructed on one piece of plastic! He had an example where the spool holder had broken, and the whole machine had to be replaced!  I was shown his current preference which was a Juki.  Apparently schools here in the UK are using these, plus factories all over the World so I'm confident in their durability and that the company isn't about to go bust! 

He sat with us, showed us every possible stitch and feature of the machine over about 45 minutes and was so helpful.  So, I'm sold on this machine http://sewreview.com/brands/juki/hzl-e61/ !  We put a small deposit down on it because it was ex display (displayed for one day, and never used!) and I'm picking it up in a week or two.  I'm looking forward to it.  It sounds lovely when it's running and seems to work beautifully.  I also get a 5 year warranty which is fab! Smiley

Good choice?
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first project completed! :) So happy with these hanging hearts on: January 03, 2011 02:44:21 PM
Thank you  Smiley  I drew, cut and stitched the heart cushion last night and found an old cushion in the shed to use the innards, so I stuffed it today. Looking lovely and it's helping the transformation of my daughters room from baby's room to that of a little girls. Pics to follow...
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