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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / first "off the grid" embroidery (it's off the wall, too) on: January 02, 2007 10:07:42 AM
i did this rather demented piece for an embroidery class, for a lesson about texture. i'm still somewhat stupid about uploading pictures in craftster posts, so here's a link instead.

Week Six / I have curly hair by ElizabethDee, on Flickr

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Take a Stitch Tuesdays... starts January 2007, jump in anytime you want on: December 11, 2006 05:44:03 PM
SharonB -- you might know her name from her very comprehensive online stitch dictionary or her  textile/art/i-couldn't-possibly-characterize-it-neatly blog at inaminuteago.com -- is heading up a year-long challenge to embroiderers everywhere. Each week she will introduce a different stitch and invite everyone to experiment with it, and she will also suggest different directions to explore with each stitch. You can do as little or as much as you want, at your own pace, and you can drop in or out when you want. It doesn't matter what your background is; all skill levels are welcome.

You can read all about it here:


ALong with some other craftsters, I've been taking an online class taught by Sharon, and it's been nothing short of extraordinary in the way it's expanded the way I look at embroidery and the possibilities in different stitches. I couldn't praise it, or Sharon's teaching, highly enough. I would be very sad that the class is about to end if this Take a Stitch Tuesday was not about to start!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / monogramming question on: December 01, 2006 05:10:24 AM
Assuming you could use any thread, from coton a broder to floche to floss, what would you choose to monogram a man's oxfordcloth shirt? i know oxfordcloth isn't fancy, but those shirts are the ones my husband wears the most often, so i'd rather embroider the everyday than the special occasion shirt. and this means it goes in the washing machine, too!

thanks for any help.
4  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / great yarn shop on Upper West Side -- finally! on: November 17, 2006 02:16:54 PM
strolled into Knitty City today, on 79th between Amsterdam and Broadway, and thought i'd gone to heaven.

 i'm not a genuine knitter (all i can do is scarves), so i can't do justice to the range of exciting yarns in the shop, but they have all types of specialty fibers.

even better, everyone there was not just knowledgeable but NICE (if you know the other shop in the neighhborhood you will know why that one word is in caps), and i watched t field questions about lace-making, sew up a customer's sweater pieces,  and so on.  i spent an entire hour, got help from the staff  and bought just one skein of yarn, for an embroidery class,   and they made me feel like a valued customer.

the store also offers classes, which are tempting me at the moment.

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / November 4 -- cyber rice toss at our blushing bride of a moderator on: November 05, 2006 08:41:03 AM
Hi KittyKill,

Today's the big day, isn't it?

I'm sure everything's beautiful, just as you deserve. Please pretend you and Mr. Wonderful are  passing under a big shower of good-luck rice (or confetti, if you prefer) from your friends at Craftster.

Best wishes for your life together!!

6  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Halloween for the soldiers on: October 04, 2006 09:11:44 AM

You can help a soldier celebrate Halloween by going to adoptaplatoon.org and clicking on "campaigns" and then choosing Halloween, and, of course, following the instructions. the obligation will be to make a card and send a bag or two of candy by October 15.

fwiw, i'm strongly anti-war, and i think about our soldiers every day.
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / inspired by "crafter's curse" thread: advice re impossible-to-please mother??? on: September 24, 2006 09:23:22 AM

Here it is still September and I am already worrying about what to do for my mother for the holidays--and except for her I am usually the last-minute type.

All advice appreciated. Here's the situation.

She's in her 70s, in large, elegantly furnished apartment. Experience has discouraged me from giving her handmade presents -- I think she likes the "status" of something with a price tag, preferably higher, i'm sorry to say. Once I stitched and framed a very complicated sampler for her, in a style and palette to fit her decor, and it went promptly into the closet. Presents made by my husband have met a similar fate.

So we buy her crystal vases, flower-of-the-month presents, silk scarves, cd collections,  and so forth. NOW she complains that our presents "could not possibly have been chosen with any less thought." (not true, in case you were wondering.) No comment on the carefully made card. (Her presents to us, if it helps, are usually gift certificates or large crystal bowls like she has.)

Now, I realize that her reaction is about her or something else that's way off, and not about the presents themselves. Aside from telling me to fix the relationship (believe me, I'm trying), what do you think I should do for the holidays? Buy? (but what??) Craft? Change my name and move overseas?

At this point I'm reluctant to sink a lot of time into a project that she'll reject, but I want to do right by her.  I've searched the threads here and on the Mother's Day board, but not getting anywhere. She's also diabetic and lives in another city, if that helps.

thanks for any ideas/opinions/comments.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Help, please! First time using Iron-on tear-away Sulky stabilizer.... on: September 07, 2006 04:51:25 PM

Sat down oh-so-confidently to embroider on a stretchy T-shirt with the stabilizer ironed on and I'm convinced I must be doing something wrong. I have to wrestle with the needle to get it through each time. Guess what? I'm losing the wrestling match. Very sad.

At this rate I am sure I'm going to be stretching and puckering just as if I weren't using either a hoop or a backing! Oh, one more thing. When I look at the back, I see that the stitches themselves are tearing the stabilizer in some places (this happens when two rows are worked close together).

What am I doing wrong? Do I need some sort of special needle? Mine seemed sharp (sharper than my wits, obviously) and I've tried two, by the way.

Any clues much appreciated.
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