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1  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Re: Faulty hoop in Stitch-It kit? on: February 07, 2008 08:49:54 PM
The hoop included in my Stitch-It Kit did the same thing a few years ago.  It sounds like the threads on the screw are stripped.  (kind of like when the treads of your tires wear down and they lose their ability to grip) 

Your best bet is just to buy a new hoop.  I'd assume the folks at Chronicle will tell you to return the kit to the place of purchase if you want a refund/replacement, but I could be wrong.  The plastic Susan Bates embroidery hoops are very durable, and usually cost around $2 or $3, depending on the size.  In my experience, these stand up to lots of use!  The Stitch-It Kit is still fabulous with all of those great transfers. . . even if the hoops are less than stellar. 
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Peri-Lusta embroidery floss? on: July 20, 2007 03:59:06 PM
Thanks to Ebay I purchased a really beautiful stamped linen table runner to embroider that dates from the 1930s.  I was shocked that the original paper with the color suggestions was included.  The only problem I've encountered is that the brand of embroidery floss with the color #s is called Peri-Lusta, which I've never heard of before. 

Has anyone heard of this brand of floss?  Are they still in business?  I'd love to complete this vintage piece with the thread colors it lists.  If I can't locate the real deal (the Peri-Lusta), I'd at least like to locate a conversion chart for comparable colors in DMC to the Peri-Lusta colors.

Any help and info would be greatly appreciated! 

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered "His" pillowcase from vintage iron-on on: June 19, 2007 07:40:22 PM
I love, love, love this vintage design.  Beautiful stitches - especially all of that satin stitch!  Great job!
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Red dachshund plushie on: February 10, 2007 12:49:21 AM

Here's my latest creation - a red dachshund.  His fur was recycled - it used to be the lining of my grandpa's jacket.  And the best part was that the fabric was my favorite price - free!

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Monogrammed pillowcases on: September 26, 2006 03:47:09 PM

Now....where did I put all of my patience....it has to be around here somewhere....I just haven't had any for soooo long I just must have misplaced it right???  Wink

I teach music to over 700 kids between the ages of 5 and 10 five days a week.  I have no patience by the end of the day.   hehe  Cheesy  That's when the stitching and crafting becomes a form of therapy! 
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Monogrammed pillowcases on: September 26, 2006 03:43:48 PM
cynthasizer - I was just wondering where you got the design for your initial, its so pretty.

I found a great little book titled "Embroidered Monograms and More Book 2."  (I have yet to locate the first book, but it certainly perked my interest!)  It's a Leisure Arts Publication by Banar Designs.  There's no regular ISBN # on it, but there is the #4366 above the barcode.  It retails for $12.95 in the U.S.  There are some transfers besides the monograms, including some really gorgeous vintage-inspired floral motifs. 
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Monogrammed pillowcases on: September 26, 2006 03:36:38 PM
Is there a type of sheet you recommend, in terms of fiber and thread count? I can use anything for my home, but if it's a gift i want it to look and feel as good as possible. (if there is regular ironing involved after each wash, though, i'm out!)

thanks. and can't wait to see what you post next, either.

I actually just bought some inexpensive pillowcases from K-mart from the Martha Stewart Everyday line of linens.  If you go with really nice linens (those with a really high thread count), they'll be difficult to work with because your needle won't go through as easily. 

I always machine wash and dry everything I'm going to embroider.  That way any shrinkage that might occur happens before it's embellished.  I figure pillowcases that one would have to hand wash and dry aren't the most practical.  Mine come out of the dryer wrinkle-free, so there's no need to to iron them!
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Monogrammed pillowcases on: September 25, 2006 09:26:21 AM
Oh wow, that is truly beautiful. Very delicate needlework.

I am in awe, I would never have the patience to do something like that.

Well, there's a reason it's only a monogram of their last initial and not their first, middle, and last!   Wink haha  Most of the time I find embroidering to be therapeutic, but there's a limit to my patience as well!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Monogrammed pillowcases on: September 24, 2006 02:36:27 PM
Fabulous! I like the colors and design a lot. How many strands of thread did you use? I imagine that it would be hard to make such a detailed design without really skinny thread. Keep up the awesome work!

Thanks for your kind words!  As for my thread, I used 2 strands of embroidery floss for the whole project.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Re: Drumset dish towel from "Rock N Roll" patterns on: September 23, 2006 11:18:10 AM
What a great idea to use the Martha towels, I might have to steal that idea - thanks!

It looks awesome - great work!

I always try to buy them when they're on sale for 20 or 30% off.  It's a lot of fun to get a big bundle of towels (all 7 days of the week!) for around $1 a piece!
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