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2411  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Help with veggie bib? on: July 11, 2006 05:13:03 AM
I need help with this veggie bib!

I can't figure out what color to make the garlic head.  White wouldn't show up, and tan or brown would look blah compared to the other colors in the bib.  It would be like the right side of the bib didn't show up for the party.  I'm thinking of making it yellow, but I think it might look weird.  My husband suggested purple because we just bought a mess of purple garlic at the store, but I think that might be too much purple (I'm planning to french knot the heart with a purple variagated thread).

Help!  What color should the garlic head be?
2412  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Fruit Baby Bib! Yummy! on: July 11, 2006 04:59:20 AM
I just finished this bib using the fruit patterns from SS's I Luv Veggies:

I particularly like the border around the neck.
2413  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Re: What stitches would you suggest for embroidery on a pillowcase? on: July 10, 2006 10:00:15 AM
Here's the best description I know of of how to do a french knot:

The only thing I do differently from that description is that after I've twisted the thread around the needle and inserted the needle back through the fabric, I plant my right thumb on top of the twisted-up threads before pulling the working thread all the way through.  This holds everything together and prevents looseness. 

You might also try the colonial knot:

It looks quite similar, but might be a bit easier to work.
2414  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Re: my first SS project! on: July 10, 2006 09:52:18 AM
Your tiki looks fabulous!  What a great gift!
2415  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Two finished projects... on: July 07, 2006 11:47:29 AM
I never noticed Scarlet was missing a nose -- I think she looks great without one!
2416  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: okie I have ideas for the wedding present, but I need some feedback! (img he on: July 07, 2006 11:43:26 AM
I think your ideas sound very cute -- do you have any friends who can draw?  Because it strikes me that a swing-dancing bride and groom would be awesome.  If you gave someone those two pictures, maybe you could ask them to combine them some how?
2417  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sublime Stitching Bibs -- how to use? on: July 07, 2006 08:43:02 AM
Thanks so much for the encouragement -- and the warning about ironing the bibs.  I'll be careful!
2418  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Tea Towel Linen on: July 06, 2006 05:51:43 AM

My years ago my Grandma gave me a linen tea towel.  It has a calendar from 1960 printed on it -- it's totally kitsch.  It's a great towel.  I use it all the time for drying dishes, cleaning windows, and so on.  It gets washed and dried about once a week.  I can't believe it's 46 years old!!

I'd like to make some similar tea towels, but I can't find any linen like the linen in that towel.  Everything in the fabric stores is thinner and for clothing.  I want to find some fabric that I can sew into towels myself and then embellish with embroidery, but I can't find anything locally.

Do you have any suggestions as to where I might find something like this on-line?
2419  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hot Transfer Pencils - First Time User! on: July 06, 2006 05:46:45 AM
I've never used a hot transfer pencil -- I just have to say -- that picture is awesome!  It's going to make a great project!
2420  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Sublime Stitching Bibs -- how to use? on: July 06, 2006 05:45:15 AM
I bought two of the Sublime Stitching bibs, but now I'm not sure how to stitch on them.  I know how to transfer the pattern, and they are big enough that I can use a hoop. 

But how should I actually stitch on them?  Should I stitch all the way throught them so that my knots and threads are visible on the plastic back?  When I ordered them, I had thought that maybe they were 2 layers, and that I could hide my knots and threads in between them -- but that is not the case.

Have you used these bibs?  How did you handle the back?

(Don't get me wrong -- I'm impressed by how nice the bibs are -- that's not the problem.  I'm just not sure how to tackle them.)
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