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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Looks like the transfer paper I wanted has been discontinued.. subs? on: January 22, 2013 09:50:58 AM
I have been waiting for my finances to clear up a bit before splurging on a giant package of "Wash-Away Inkjet transfer paper". 

You can print on it, transfer the design to fabric, embroider it, and then wash away the image.  PERFECT, right?

Well I go to the bookmark today and it's no longer on the website.  As proof, here's the instructions LOL:

Does anybody know of a substitute?  (Yes, I've read the transfer thread.)

Transfer pencils are out.  My tracing ability is that of a 2 year old.  I need to be able to print and transfer.  I've tried regular tshirt transfers but they are so stiff, and I'm worried about the fabric cracking or discoloring down the road.

I have 800 projects I want to do but I never do any because I cannot find a good transfer method.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / How can I get the front to look thick like the back? on: October 16, 2011 01:11:58 PM
I'm making a Harold and the Purple Crayon piece.  It's the last page where Harold is in bed asleep.  My 5 year old cracks up at the part where it says "The purple crayon dropped on the floor, and Harold dropped off to sleep", so I thought I could embroider that for him to put over his bed.

I traced it onto fabric and so far I have the window and moon finished, but I don't like it.  I am doing backstitch with 4 strands of floss (to get the right color).  I feel like if I do 6 strands, the point where the thread goes in and out will be too obvious.  I tried to do it with satin stitch and I think it would take 10 years to finish... way too much work.

When I turn over the piece, I LOVE the way the back looks.  It's nice and THICK just like the drawing strokes in the original picture.  How can I get the front to look that way?  Is there a certain stitch to use for this?  Or should I trace the design mirrored on the back and backstitch on the back instead??

I am new to this.. i have done some cross stitch but only a couple really simple embroidery pieces with no special stitches.  Help?

Including an image of the picture I am using..
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Help me with colors for this project on: August 25, 2011 12:40:03 PM
I'm on a little honeymoon trip to Austin Texas, and loving it here!  I can really feel the punk influence all over downtown and I got inspired to make this.. but I can't decide on what colors to use..
I am using a blue work shirt for the background, about the color shown here.


I feel like.. it needs something else???  Maybe a banner with the word 'forever', or 'Texas'...
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / ISO material suggestions for Jem earrings on: August 19, 2010 10:06:13 AM
I've been wanting to make Jem earrings or a necklace for ages. 

I seem to recall some kind of thin plastic sheet that comes in a pink holographic print
(like this: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.cyberclubwear.co.uk/images/materials/Pink_Bubble_Hologram_PVC.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.cyberclubwear.co.uk/index.php%3Fmain_page%3Dcolour_charts&usg=__WTeEtH1tgQE9u_-vilZrTKtHJiI=&h=96&w=96&sz=5&hl=en&start=332&sig2=0kJh5vRUeJVQLktUmcuNpg&zoom=1&tbnid=7kWbHBFOFQFwFM:&tbnh=79&tbnw=79&ei=kWJtTI_oB8LsnQeDp9TRCA&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dhot%2Bpink%2Bhologram%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26sa%3DN%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26biw%3D1071%26bih%3D542%26tbs%3Disch:10%2C7041&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=279&vpy=370&dur=1481&hovh=81&hovw=81&tx=82&ty=41&oei=aGJtTNDLHtOLnAeIjPDZBw&esq=18&page=18&ndsp=20&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:332&biw=1071&bih=542 that is about the thickness and weight of a magnet sheet, which you can cut and then bake to make hard (kinda like shrinky dinks but doesn't really shrink).

I have been googling my fingers off and can't seem to find anything like that.. anybody??
Or have any other suggestions?
5  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Dyeing with Dylon vs. RIT on: June 20, 2006 11:37:39 AM
I have about 5 yards of terrycloth I want to dye.  I'm making babywipes, with cute flannel on one side, and terry on the other.  I want to make sure the colors are very permanent since I can't disassemble them again and redye the terry, so I'm going to try using Dylon for the first time - and I have a few questions.

 - Is Dylon like RIT, in that I can use less dye or keep the fabric in for less time, and get a lighter color?

 - I find that I never, ever, have to leave my fabric in the RIT dye for the time it recommends to get the color I want - usually FAR less.  Is this also true of Dylon?

 - Anyone had success with mixing colors of Dylon to create a custom color?  I'm trying to get a yummy golden yellowy-orange tangerine color, but the only colors at the store from which I could create that were a plain yellow and red.  I'm going to try some test swatches today.

 - Does it fade?  At all?  I'm asking b/c if so, I will dye the colors a bit darker than I would otherwise.
Also, does the color change a lot when you rinse it til clear?  I've noticed that the color of RIT becomes significantly lighter as I rinse it and dry the fabric.  I'm wondering if Dylon is the same.

Just looking for others' experiences and advice.
Thanks.  Any answers to any of this will likely save me quite a bit of time and money!  Always a good thing!
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