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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Chronicles of Narnia Brass Lamp Post Cross Stitch on: March 31, 2009 07:11:01 AM

This is my second cross stitch piece.  The stitching is finished, but I have no idea what I'm going to do with it now.  Mayby frame it?

It took 66 colors and 10,000+ stitches.  I've been working on it for more than a month, here and there.

It's about 5 inches by 5 inches.

This was fun!  I can see why people enjoy cross stitch.

Thanks for looking!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidery Thread Organization on: February 08, 2009 03:27:18 PM
So, I sew.

But I decided to make my stepdaughter and her fiance a Link and Princess cross stitch wall hanging, so I found a picture, generated a pattern, and bought all the thread.

It's a lot of thread.  Here's half.

I knew as soon as I start work on this project, I'd totally end up with label-less hunks of thread and no idea what color goes where.

So I took a regular black binder:

and some plastic sleeves from Staples or Office Max, and some white paper.  I drew a line every 2.5 inches on the white paper, then inserted the paper into the plastic sleeve.  Then I sewed down the line with my sewing machine (Teflon sewing foot YEAH! but tear away stabilizer will work also) and cut off the plastic along the edge, making four 2.5 pockets.

I also took a ziplock bag, punched three-ring binder holes into the bottom, and am using it to store my needles and other cross stitch paraphenalia.

Here's what the binder looks like along the side:

Hopefully I'll be as productive making the cross stitch as I am organizing the threads!  LOL

I'm sure this has already been invented; I just wanted to share -- I'm so proud of myself!
3  Florida / Florida: Panhandle / Pensacola / Baldwin County Craft Day on: February 10, 2008 06:40:24 AM
Hi!  I just moved to the area and I want to start a little craft day club.  Are you interested?  I am in Elberta, AL.

PM me if you are interested!  Even if this thread is two years old, drop me a PM!

4  UNITED STATES / Alabama / Baldwin County Craft Day on: February 10, 2008 06:34:34 AM
Hi all:

I just moved to Baldwin County and I want to start a little craft day club.  Are you interested?  I am in Elberta.

PM me if you are interested!  Even if this thread is two years old; still PM me!

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Laundry Bag on: December 02, 2007 07:28:26 PM
Well, this isn't the kind of bag usually posted here, but I didn't know where else to put it!

I made this for my nephew for Christmas.  Skulls outside, money inside.  Love this fabric!

Inside shot:

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / muslin tote bag on: September 17, 2007 06:04:06 PM
I made this tote bag out of muslin-wrapped rope.  It was a lot of fun to make.

Here's an art shot:

Up close of the handle just for fun:

And an up close of the rim:

7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / owl stuffie on: September 17, 2007 05:49:14 PM
Here's my first stuffie.  I like it.  Hope you do!

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / little blue bag on: August 16, 2007 08:40:18 PM
I've been on a bag-making spree. 

Here's the latest:

It's so blue and cordoroy.  I like it.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / yet another diaper cake on: July 29, 2007 09:19:23 AM
This was so much fun to make:

Side view:

The pieces of papers are flowers that a little six-year-old friend of mine made to decorate the cake with. He crayoned the paper on the top, scrunched the paper up, and put a ribbon on it. Very clever and very crafty. He also made a card -- it's the one with the big heart on it. I think my friend the mother to be will enjoy these childlike touches on her diaper cake.

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Big Bag of Vintage Yarn on: July 18, 2007 09:59:50 AM
Well, I am feeling quite lucky right now. 

A friend gave me a huge (like 20 -30 lbs) bag filled with yarn that a friend gave to her.

I sorted it out today and am stunned at what I've found.

Most of the yarn is French or Italian wool , but there are hanks of Japanese silk, Swiss silk, English tweed wool, and handpainted wool, a couple of loaves (?) of roving, and gallons of sock weight silk and wool.  There's a spool of what appears to be chinchilla fur yarn and other spools of leather and suede yarn.

Some of the yarn is sun damaged but most of it is in fine condition.  I tugged on some strands and they don't appear to be rotten.

It all smells like basement, however.  Not overpowering, but certainly like it's been stored for a while in a large black garbage bag.

Question: how do I clean it up?  Do I wash it?  I'm afraid of shrinking the wool.

And how to I turn the roving into yarn?  Mail it to someone?

I will post pics tonight when I get home from work.

Thanks for your advice.

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