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21  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Designing your own sampler. on: August 01, 2010 08:23:36 AM
Put the mirror upright on the boarder design - printed out or sketched on grid paper. If you have a straight boarder and you want to make a corner with it, you have to find the right place where to 'brake' the pattern. In the mirror you see how the edge looks at which point and when you like the design, you draw it on the paper behind the mirror.

Because I'm afraid I can't explain it properly in English, I took a picture of what I'm traing to say:
22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Birthday Cards For Leos on: August 01, 2010 06:21:45 AM
When I first saw Bee's Knees' lovely pattern "Sunburst Lion" http://www.beeskneesactivities.com/images/downloads/embroidery/2010/Sunburst%20Lion.pdf, I just knew that I had to stitch it! And since both my siblings are born in August and therefore Leo, the happily beaming lion would be a perfect birthday card. While I stitched him on thick paper (cardboard for watercolor paintings), he told me, that he also has a little brother. He is a little show-off like many little brothers, so I could only capture him roaring. Smiley   

I had to free hand draw the pattern on the back, because I couldn't get my printer to print on the cardboard and I was to lazy to trace it. That's why the lion is not as cute as the original and has less sunbeams with longer strokes. (again my laziness kicked in)

I'm not quite sure, what I will do with the back side. Shall I glue it to a bigger card in a different color? Or just a same size cardboard? Ordinary paper is not working, because the back is quite bumpy and you can't write properly on it... 
23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: a different spin on brains on: August 01, 2010 05:49:43 AM
It's really cute!
24  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Lyrics Embroidery on: July 29, 2010 04:10:09 AM
Thanks for all the nice comments. The best start on craftster i could wish for... Smiley
25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Double rainbow, all the way!! on: July 27, 2010 04:10:44 AM
It's cute. I like that you used pastel for the second rainbow and the simple font.
26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Designing your own sampler. on: July 27, 2010 01:24:37 AM
For borders, if you are not using a PC, you can use a mirror for the edges. You put it upright on the straight border in a 45 angular degree and shift it a little, till you like the way it looks. Then you copy it with you other hand on the paper behind the mirror.
27  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Lyrics Embroidery on: July 25, 2010 06:06:31 AM
Thanks! Smiley

The red font is from this book: Jutta Lammer- Beautiful Old Alphabets ( http://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-Old-Alphabets-Designs-Stiches/dp/0806955341/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_9 ) It's an amazing old school font collection. It's out of print, but I just got a used German copy from a library.

The other, small one I kind of copied from here : http://gingeranyhow.com/texts/text10.html    It is a very basic font, so I copied the first some letters and the others I added how I thought they should look like. Smiley
28  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crazy walls. Help ! on: July 24, 2010 09:42:20 AM
Black and white is really much better then the pink/destroit look! Maybe you can even use a dark anthracite, it's not as harsh as plain black but looks like black. (does this make sense?!). We got one darl anthracite wall in our living room (all other walls are white) and it looks great - much better then I excepted it, to be honest. Smiley
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Pom Pom Dandelions on: July 24, 2010 09:21:04 AM
The curly one is really great! Would love to make some for our living room, got just the spot and the vase for it... but I know, that it wouldn't last an hour because of my cats.   Tongue
30  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Patchwork beanbag cover on: July 24, 2010 08:54:15 AM
On craftzine they had a video about making a beanbag-style pillow chair from old t-shirts.
It's not really patchwork, but similar and maybe you can use some of the tips there.

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