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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Embroidery Questions From A Beginner on: July 08, 2005 06:37:20 AM
I'm glad this helped.  Just remember with a hoop you can always move it.  Some people may like to get  a hoop that is big enough to circle the whole picture.  But I've found it's easier to use one I can where my pinky and ring finger can hold on the edge of the hoop and my pointer finger and thumb can reach the picture I'm sewing.  That way you can easily balance the peice in your hands.  This works the best for me because of the way I was thought to embroider (by my grandmother).  I'll try to explain without being to confusing.  She thought me to try to keep the sewing hand on top of the peice.  In another words instead of pushing the needle through the material and grabing underneath the material and pushing it back up through material to the top....You should push the needle partially into the material turn needle to bring  it back up through...grap the pointed end and pull through...that way your sewing hand stays on top...This works for most stitches but for some like the "french knot" you will have to under.  You use your other hand to control your thread so it doesn't tangle and where to place it in some stitches like "lazy daisy".  Anyway I hope this hasn't been to confusing and I hope it helps.

Happy stitching Cheesy,
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Embroidery Questions From A Beginner on: July 07, 2005 08:09:52 AM
I hope this helps.....when you buy the towel try and get one that has a band of thinner material near the bottom and embroider in that band, it Will be alot easier then trying to embroider on the terry cloth.  You can use a permanent stabilizer(interface or thin canvas) to help make it stronger and hold up longer. some people use knots to hold thread in and some just loop the thread back on its self (on the back).  I try not to use knots if the back will be seen, I just think it looks better but thats up to you.  Yes I think a hoop will be essential I don't know how you could get your stitches to look right without it.  You can pick one up at any craft store or craft supply section of any department store like wal-mart.  They are pretty cheap too only a couple of dollars.  Just make sure you don't get one to big or to small.  Get one that you can handle pretty well.  I've got many different size and always end up using my #7 size the most.  I hope this helps and good stitching Cheesy
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Re: how to do torn bears on: July 07, 2005 07:09:25 AM
I'm sorry.  I was looking at some premade pages on ebay to get ideas and there was some that used bears as decorations on the scrapbook pages.  They called them "thorn" bears and said they made them.  I would rather make my own pages then buy them and I didn't want to ask the seller how to make them if I wasn't going to buy the page (if you know what I mean).  Anyway the good thing about scrapbooking is I can do "trial and error" without spending to much money.  Thanks
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / how to do torn bears on: July 06, 2005 07:44:48 AM
Hi I'm new to scrapbooking and I love it.  Does anyone know how to make the torn bears ?  How do you get them to look so fuzzy and is there a special kind of paint to use to get the details on them (facial features, coloring,ect.)thanks
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