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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Satin stitch on aida? on: November 27, 2010 05:55:32 PM
I've done quite a bit of cross stitch, but not much embroidery. I'm working on a pattern where the suggested fabric was a cashel linen, but I decided to use regular aida 18ct.

There's a section where I'm supposed to do satin stitch, but I'm a bit stumped on how I'll achieve the satin stitch look on aida cloth. In my mind, the way I see it, the satin stitch will just look like straight lines. Should I be stitching in between the holes to fill in the area?

Here's the pattern http://www.caron-net.com/dec00files/dec00desf1.html if anyone is interested in having a look. It's the section that looks like a square border, in the dark color.

I've searched and watched some videos on the satin stitch itself, but all of the examples I've seen are on cotton fabric that don't have that 'square' aida look.

Any tips or special ways to satin stitch on aida? Much apologies in advance - this question sounds like something pretty basic.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / What name do these little pillow things go by? on: October 05, 2010 12:24:23 PM
Ok, there must be a formal name that these things go by besides 'little pillow thingy'.

I did not make these, they are very random pictures I found while searching the web for something else.

Does anyone know what their actual name is? I know I've seen people post some here before, but golly, I cannot recall what they are called. They normally have a weird-ish shape to them, and I've often seen them beaded.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Has anyone made thrummed mittens before? on: November 28, 2009 01:35:19 PM
I've just started on a pair of thrummed mittens, and I'm about ready to give up. They look ridiculous and I'm a little embarrassed to put pictures up.

I've done my research, read just about every pattern there is out there for thrummed mittens (they all follow the same pattern more or less), and read up on how to create and do the thrumms. The mitten looks ridiculously stuffed. Sure, I can put my hand in there, but it doesn't look right at all.

Inside out

With my hand in there  Huh

Right side out

My theory is that the thrumms are much too big, but from what I've read online, bigger was better. Here's one of the many sites I've been looking at http://www.haveayarn.ca/stitch/06_2008_stitch_of_the_month.htm. The thrumms look about the same size as mine.

Any advice? Wonder if I can reuse the roving if I frog....
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / How to sew plush toy shut on: August 23, 2009 07:28:29 AM
I have a plush toy made out of fleece like material. It's all sewn up except for the opening I left to stuff it.

I've tried a search on the boards, and came up empty. I also tried googling around, but most tutorials I'm finding about plush toys simply say to 'sew shut the opening'. Helpful right, since I'm clueless about what sort of stitch I'm supposed to be using to sew it shut. I saw whip stitch mentioned a few times, but the tutorials I found were all for hems.

Has anyone got helpful videos or instructions on the proper way of sewing shut a toy?

5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / prick and stitch cards on: November 30, 2008 07:27:14 PM
For the last few years, I've been making homemade Xmas cards to give to my family. Last year I did Iris folding cards, which was a new craft for me. I used free patterns found on the internet.

I really had fun making those, but I wanted to try something new this year, so I searched the internet for some ideas and came across a craft called prick and stitch. So after some reading and tutorials, I gave it a try. I didn't have to go out and buy any materials either.

I substituted the pricking mat for a towel, and the pricking pin for a thumb tack. I also used blue sticky tack poster stuff to hold my pattern in place instead of tape so I wouldn't ruin my paper. Materials pictured below.

Here's my first finished card:

I had never seen these types of cards before. You basically make holes into your card stock, and more or less embroider the card.

Here's my next in progress:

Anyway, just figured I would share in case other people are interested in ideas for handmade cards.
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / First quilt - koala bears!! on: September 19, 2008 06:29:19 AM
My first quilt, about a year in the making. I got discouraged at times, and put it away for months a few times. But it's done, and I'm actually quite happy, and I learned a lot.

I made many mistakes, and pretty much all of them were self inflicted.
-I picked random fabrics and didn't measure anything except when cutting the squares.
-I bought some jersey fabric for the backing which stretched a lot and I didn't know how to handle that.
-Since I didn't measure, at one point while putting the backing on, I was missing some fabric, so I kinda just stretched in into place.
-I somehow managed to leave some pins in my quilt sandwich after I put the border/piping on (ouch). Rest assured I was able to poke it through the fabric and get it out. (I did go over the entire thing to make sure there wasn't any more).

Pattern is an easy stepping stones pattern.

Things I did correctly
-I washed and ironed all of my fabric.
-I watched a youtube video about how to put on the border correctly.
-I didn't do quilting per say, I just did vertical lines to hold the sandwich in place.

I think I would have finished this a lot faster if I had done things properly, but it was more of a test to see if I could actually make a blanket. I definitely won't make the same mistakes again if I ever make another one.

Kudos to those of you that make quilts in like a week or so Tongue
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Stretchy other than rib? on: December 03, 2007 01:45:20 PM
I'm making some arm warmers for a co-workers daughters, aged 6 and 8, for xmas. I've made myself a few pairs of arm warmers, but am clueless as to how much smaller I need to make arm warmers for young ones.
My thoughts were to make the warmers in rib, so they can stretch and fit a wide array of arm sizes, but rib is a bit plain.
I made a modified Dashing (http://www.knitty.com/issuespring07/PATTdashing.html) for the 6 yo on smaller needles and less stitches (used 3x1 rib instead).

I think I'm a bit paranoid on the sizes, but I'd like to hear from anyone who knows of some stitch patterns that are fairly stretchy so that I can kinda guesstimate the size, but that they'll still fit if I mess up the size. Any advice welcome.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Pressing seams on: January 18, 2007 10:57:05 AM
I'm about to start on a quilt, and I have very limited experience with blocks. While I have done some quilting in the past, it's been years and I don't recall how some things are done.

So, my pattern is going to be made with pixel art, so each piece will be a square (no triangle or funny shapes). When I sew my squares together, do I press my seams to one side, or do I press them open? Does it make a difference? Are certain shapes more inclined to be pressed one way or the other?
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Engagement or housewarming quilts? on: December 31, 2006 08:10:40 AM
I've searched around for quilt themes for a newly engaged couple who are also building a house in a few months. I'm looking for a traditional pattern that people give either as housewarming quilts, or as engagement quilts, either will do.

Any ideas on the quilt names, or if there are any traditional quilts for those? I've found some for weddings, but not exactly what I was looking for, I'm more or less leaning towards a housewarming theme.
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Paper Xmas Tree Star (complete w/ photos) on: November 11, 2006 08:08:57 AM
I did a search on the 'Winter' forums, and didn't see anyone else mention this, so I figured I'd post. I recently put up my Christmas tree, and didn't have anything to top it. So I looked on the Craftster boards for some ideas, and found these two lovely threads:

I ended up making the "Ninth Stellation of the Icosahedron" from this page http://www.korthalsaltes.com/index.html. This was my first attempt at making a star, so I didn't make it on my pretty paper right away, I just used normal printer paper to make a test. When I was done (took me a few hours), I realized just how much work it was, so instead of making another one with the paper I originally wanted to use, I just painted the printer paper star with some acrylic paint (yellow and gold). It looks complicated, but it wasn't all that bad.

On my tree

Close up

Thanks for looking.

edit: fixed some typos Tongue
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