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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: The big thread of transfer questions (pens, pencils, paper, other) on: September 01, 2011 10:58:46 AM
 OH Yeah this is a great product! I also like to trace onto my fabric using the various markers they have out now. Please accept a word from experience: make sure you know which marker you grabbed before you get busy. Miss smart-*#% did not follow her own advice and found out the rude way one day later when I went to work and my design had disappeared! Thats right craft fans-the bone head used the air soluable marker! Thank heavens I hadn't marked a quilt! My sister did that once so you would have thought I would know better. Happy stitching to all!!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone Else Use Thread Heaven? on: September 01, 2011 10:49:03 AM
As far as I'm concerned you're preaching to the choir! I've used Thread Heaven for years and couldn't have said anything better myself. No it will not cause discoloration down the line,I personally can speak for 12yrs. It even helps with blending filament and that stuff is just lucky it gives gorgeous results because using it can frustrate to the point of inciting violence!If you run your finger over the top of it and cannot feel a light layer on your skin try taking a blade and very lightly run it across the surface to refresh it,and always keep the lid on it when not in use. If that doesn't help it's probably time for a new one. On sale it can be had for less than 2 bucks. I wonder if there isn't glycerine in it too. I really don't care,as long as it keeps doing what it always has.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Kid's cloths? on: September 01, 2011 10:35:23 AM
 First of all stabilizer is a woven underlayment that is meant to stabilize the fashion fabric from distortion while being embellished. You absolutely won't be sorry you used it as it makes for a much more professional appearance. It comes in many different weights and is either wash away,tear away or leave in. For what it sounds like you will be doing I suggest a lightweight leave in. If you are machine embroidering then just follow the directions for your machine.If you are doing it by hand then either transfer your design to the fabric and work the design in the stitches of your choice and there you are or if you're counted cross stitching then baste your waste canvas to your fabric and finish accordingly. It will wash and wear just fine, be sure you use the best floss available to you. My personal preferance is DMC but there are others just as good. Maybe she'll pick at it and maybe not-that's part of the charm of being four! It should last for the life of the shirt. Hope this helped and may Her Majesty enjoy it!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help me with colors for this project on: September 01, 2011 10:18:53 AM
 On your honeymoon! A woman after my own heart!! How about a bright,varigated thread with a bit of metallic bling shot thru it? As to what it might need; how about in a color just off of the background a ribbon with the phrase "God Bless Texas" repeated a few times?
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Pinky! My newest pattern! Opinions please! on: June 25, 2011 10:15:59 AM
               I think she is absolutely adorable,but I am a sucker for a whimsical rag doll! You can't beat the completion time and the materials look to be readily on hand in most respectable stashes, I think she would be great for a last minute gift. The only thing I would add off the top is alternate applications for the eyes and earrings for the under three crowd. I would take the time to do a resale pattern if it were me. I'm not sure just what it is but it seems to me she has "best friend" aura all around her .I think you could have a real winner-Good Luck!!!  Cow Whisperer
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need suggestions for a bag on: June 02, 2011 08:25:03 AM
I would go with the strip for the sides and bottom. Maybe consider a piece of plastic canvas in the bottom for a bit of stability. You do really lovely, precise work. Your friend should be really happy, I know I would be!
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Separating bulk weight yarn help on: June 02, 2011 08:18:28 AM
Did I miss something or are you trying to separate the plys of bulky weight yarn?
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Granny square afgan help! on: June 02, 2011 08:15:03 AM
I like to think of this as being Old-School but I'm probably just showing my age. Get some graph paper and some colored pencils and work out charts until you hit on one you like. I'm sure there is a way to do that on this infernal machine but I'm not that good at it yet
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crochet Adventures Part 1 on: June 02, 2011 08:08:41 AM
Thank heaven for little boys!!!  "Time Out" at your house now means sit there and hold this yarn while I wind it into a ball! And just so you know- that ankle injury will probably flare up several times requiring you to spend much time on the couch with your feet up. To fight off the boredom we recommend that you always have hook,yarn and pattern handy !
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: What should I do with a BUNCH of WHITE YARN?! on: June 02, 2011 07:58:52 AM
You absolutely can dye the yarn after you've made your project, there's just a few things you don't want to find out the hard way! To save yourself the mess go to the laundromat and do this in one of their large capacity washers. Get an extra box of dye and plan on using it -that's a lot of yardage you are looking to cover, allow extra time too. At least half again what they suggest. Before you are going to dye you need to rinse your project in water that has baking soda added to it-no detergent or softener. You want all of the hand oils, treatments and anything else washed out . There is also a fixative you can buy and add to your dye bath that helps your fibers accept the dye better. I'm assuming there is acrylic in this yarn so it may be a good idea to get some. Last but not least -- Wear gloves and old clothes you really don't care about, I'm sure you see why!   Have fun and let us know how it went.
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