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81  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / My carrying case for embroidery (lots of small pics) on: July 11, 2006 07:19:48 AM
I needed a carrying case for my embroidery projects, and I couldn't find any that I liked, so I modified a kid's school binder to make one.  I'm really happy with how it turned out, so I thought I would share it.  Here's what I wanted in a case:

  • holds 1-2 plastic pages from the StitchBow system, so that all floss for a project was in the case
  • room for my favorite hoop with a project in it
  • pocket for tools
  • easy place to put extra strands of thread that I'm working with
  • zipper closure
  • handle or strap

I found this binder at OfficeMax -- it's for school supplies, and it has a zipper closure and both a handle and a strap.  The brand is "CaseIt." 

Inside, I added two strips of velcro on the right side.  I used the loop part of the velcro (the part that is pokey, not the soft part). 

Then I stuck a piece of acrylic felt on the velcro -- I didn't add the other part of the velcro, the felt stuck all on its own.

Now I can just stick my working threads on the felt, and they stay there all on their own through the power of static cling.   I'd like to replace this with wool felt -- maybe half black and half white so that all my colors show up well -- , but acrylic was all I had on hand, and it works fine for now.

There's a pocket on the left side that I keep my large needlebook and other tools in.  I'm going to add a sheath for scissors and a loop for pen & pencil -- I haven't done that yet.

And I can put my plastic pages from the StitchBow system in the binder rings:

The binder has 1-1/2" rings, so there's plenty of room inside for my current project:

I'm very happy with how this case works.  It's way better than the plastic bag I was using to carry my embroidery in before!
82  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / How to wash embroidered pillowcases? on: July 11, 2006 05:27:32 AM
I usually wash my sheets in hot water, often with bleach (even colored sheets get bleached).

I'm thinking of making a set of embroidered pillowcases (my husband wants tikis, I want monkeys).  Obviously, I wouldn't bleach them, but would washing them in hot water be ok?  I'd probably use DMC floss.
83  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Outlining stitches on: July 11, 2006 05:22:51 AM
I was looking through the Sublime Stitching patterns that I don't yet have, and I noticed that in the samples Jenny has stitched up for her site, she often uses backstitch.  Here's an example:


I almost never use backstitch for outlining -- instead I use split stitch or chainstitch (my stem stitch looks a fright).  I've been experimenting with backstitch on my current projects (see my post about the veggie bib in progress for an example https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=106594.0 -- I used backstitch to outline the green parts, and for the veins in the carrot.  I really like the results). 

I would never have thought to use such a simple stitch as backstitch without looking at Jenny's work.

So what do you use to outline?
84  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?
85  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.
86  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?
87  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.)
88  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Small tea tins on: January 15, 2004 06:33:22 AM
Hi all!  I am new to these message boards -- I'm so happy to have found them!

I have 7 small sliver colored tea tins -- they are about 1.75"x1.75"x2.5" in size.  They have a big lable on one side that I assume I can remove if I need to.

So what do I do with them?  I can't think of anything to store in them.  I've thought of decopaging a couple of them and using them for the loose tea I take to work, but after that, I'm stumped.

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