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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Sewing with stretchy jersey fabric is driving me SPARE on: May 31, 2012 07:12:46 AM
Okay, can anyone tell me how on earth you're supposed to work with jersey?  The problem I'm having is that the fabric is stretchy, meaning I can't actually leave a mark on it with tailor's chalk - neither the pencil sort or the traditional little triangles of the stuff.  The fabric just stretches and distorts under the chalk no matter how hard I hold it down, or where I hold it down.

What on earth am I supposed to do here?
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for the original images off these soup cups for embroidering on: April 28, 2012 01:30:19 PM
Ooh I am!  Buuut I am also in the UK... don't know if that might massively inconvenience you...
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for the original images off these soup cups for embroidering on: April 21, 2012 04:54:27 PM
I've seen ones similar that are on those linen year wall hangings that used to be popular in the 60's and 70's. Maybe check ebay or etsy for vintage calendar wall hanging and see what it brings up. Good luck!

Ooh, I've never heard of that!  I'll give that a try, thanks!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Looking for the original images off these soup cups for embroidering on: April 15, 2012 08:50:07 AM

My great-gran had a whole set of these mugs when I was a wee one, all hung off hooks along one wall of her kitchen.  I'm currently trying to find out more about them so I can collect the whole set (I think they were some sort of magazine thing where you order one a month or something), and I also want to make some complimentary stuff for the kitchen to go with.

I'd love to embroider some teatowels, wall hangings and other stuff to go in our kitchen with the images from these - has anyone seen the images printed flat on anything?  It'd make it way easier to work from, I could directly trace the images instead of trying to hand-draw my own (inevitably flawed) versions.  Also, a flat image would let me convert to a x-stitch pattern to get the required thread colours.

I'd appreciate any help you guys could offer...
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: TAST and Embroidered Diary Project on: April 15, 2012 08:42:48 AM
Thanks guys!  I'm having a lot of fun with it - the pages are surprisingly quick to do, too!
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / TAST and Embroidered Diary Project on: April 14, 2012 10:25:20 AM
So I've been working on learning more stitches by taking part in the TAST 2012 over at pintangle.  I joined late, so I'm playing catch-up each week by doing the current week and a previous one at the same time.  Instead of making samplers, I decided to learn by stitching up an embroidered diary entry each week to incorporate that week's TAST stitch.  Two finished and I'm about to start my third in the next couple of days.

I wanted to upload pics here, but my photos all turned out to be HUGE (4MB in some cases), so I hope you don't mind if I just post a couple on here and add links to my tumblr, where there's more detail?

Here's my entry for week ending 1st April 2012, which incorporated stitches for TAST weeks 2 and 14.  It also includes shisha, beads and a variety of other stitches.

Tumblr link with more pics here:  http://uristmcdorf.tumblr.com/post/20463952843/woo-finished-well-okay-so-the-embroidery-part

And here's the most recently finished piece for TAST weeks 3 and 15

Tumblr link with more pics here: http://uristmcdorf.tumblr.com/post/21083954164/apologies-for-the-variable-picture-quality-i
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for a jacket or waistcoat pattern to showcase some embroidery on: April 14, 2012 10:08:25 AM
Hmmm... I was thinking something more tailored...


Your mention of Khaliah Ali got me thinking, and I picked up this one, which might just be perfect!


The waistcoat pattern is nice and long in the body, but still has a bit of shape to it which I like.  I love Khaliah's stuff, too.  She's one of the only designers producing patterns for plus-size focused clothes that look trendy and attractive.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Looking for a jacket or waistcoat pattern to showcase some embroidery on: March 30, 2012 04:54:34 AM
So I finished up some embroidery based on an Urban Threads piece, and I want to show it off by adding it to some clothes.

Here's the piece I made


I've decided I want to make a waistcoat, or perhaps a thin Spring jacket, and reverse applique the embroidery over the shoulder.  Anyone know of a decent plus-size waistcoat or jacket pattern that I could make work?  It'd probably want to make the jacket in black linen and add some more fun accents to it, so something designed for a lighter fabric would be brilliant. 

I've been googling for ideas but it's hard to tell how well something will suit me when all the pattern sleeves show tall, slender, small-breasted women on them, and I'm short, fat and busty!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Take a Stitch Tuesday - Week 11 on: March 14, 2012 04:19:45 AM
So, I've decided (fairly late) to take part in Take a Stitch Tuesday over at PinTangle.  http://www.pintangle.com/journal/2012/3/13/take-a-stitch-tuesday-week-11.html

This week it's the whipped spider's wheel stitch.  I really want to do more than just a few copies of the basic stitch, and was wondering if anyone else is taking part, and if any of you guys have suggestions for possible creative ways to play with the stitch?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ohhhhh....WANT. Any ideas? on: January 03, 2012 12:37:42 PM
Wait where can we buy the pattern from?  I've been wanting one of these for so long!
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