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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: stablizer goes under, or over, the fabric when embroidering ? on: April 17, 2008 04:13:02 PM
Depends on what you want the freezer paper to do. If you're just stabilizing the fabric (instead of needing something to put your design on), you can put the freezer paper on the back and remove it after stitching.

If you want to draw your design on the freezer paper and stitch through it then remove it, you can do that, too.

But instead of freezer paper, why not use tracing paper or tissue paper? It's easier to remove!

If you're planning on LEAVING the freezer paper on after stitching to provide some kind of stiffness, then it would definitely go on the back... but I wouldn't do that on anything you plan to wash.

And yes, you can iron the freezer paper to the fabric. Iron it to the back of the fabric. You can pull it off, and it doesn't really damage the fabric. People do that when they want to put fabric through their printers, and then they peel it off and cut the fabric design out for use on quilts or whatever.
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Light boxes? on: April 17, 2008 04:06:21 PM
I use a piece of plexi-glass, which is smooth and really sturdy. I put one edge of it on my drafting table and the other edge on a filing cabinet, so it makes a whole "new" desk that's see-through. Then I stick a lamp under it. It works great, is really sturdy, and I can leave it up for as long as I need it. The thing is to find reasonably priced plexi-glass! I got mine from a friend, so didn't cost a cent.

It works just as well to tape your pattern to a sunny window and tape your fabric over it and trace from there.... but if it's a complicated pattern and takes a while, your arms might get a little tired. But then, that's what the tape's for...!
13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: What is the lowest price for DMC floss? on: April 17, 2008 04:02:59 PM
I've found them at JoAnn's just once for 5 / $1.00. But that was a while ago. The more recent sales I've seen there were 4 / $1.00. And yeah, it doesn't include their specialty color lines.

More and more, I'm trying to get away from shopping the chain stores for embroidery supplies, and trying to support local needlework shops (or online needlework shops) that are privately owned. It seems to me that some day the chains are going to stop carrying the "good stuff," and I'm going look up and find that the local needlework shop has gone out of business!

Unfortunately, when it comes to DMC, though, it's usually relatively expensive at small shops, since they don't order it in such large quantities. When I'm stocking up for my summer kids' classes, I have to look for the cheaper deals - but sometimes, I can find good sales online... but then there's shipping. Embarrassed  I don't mind shopping through JoAnn's, but hobby lobby, michael's, and walmart (which no longer carries embroidery supplies) are getting less and less of my business.

I went to Hancock Fabrics a couple weeks ago and found their floss (which was DMC, but now they're in a turn-over to a look-alike brand) for 5 / $1.00. Even the tags looked like DMC, until I looked closely. The colors were just slightly - barely - off the DMC colors, but in a whole project, that slightly off look can make a big difference. I felt as if I were being hood-winked into buying something I thought was DMC. But I dug through the floss bins and found some skeins of DMC left, so I was happy to get them for 5 / $1.00.
14  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Treecatus embroidery video tutorials on: April 17, 2008 03:53:35 PM
I am so glad you like them!

I'm still working on more, but it takes sooooo much time these days, and I've been short on that!
15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Grandmother's Sewing Basket Finds on: January 02, 2008 01:57:05 PM
Wow!! What a fun stash of stuff!

The two-eyed needle (already mentioned) is a netting needle, and the things that look like various-sized popsicle sticks are gauges for netting.

The fat roundish pointed sticks with the nobs on top in that same photo are awls. They're used for boring holes in fabrics and widening holes, for techniques like cutwork and whitework and so forth (they're what you use for making eyelets). You can also use them for laying tools, although I like thinner laying tools, personally. The stick at the bottom of that photo looks like a laying tool, and the long toothpick looking stick right above that (does it have an eye on the end, or no? - I bet not) could be a stiletto of sorts, but maybe not. It could be used for a hundred different things, like holding a stopping point in lace-making, or cording, or kumihimo. If it's fragile, it may not be a stiletto, but just a general purpose tool. If it has an eye, perhaps it is a needle for filet techniques (on large-gauge net).

Someone mentioned bobbins? I don't see any lace bobbins in any of the photos.

As for the hookless crochet hook - it looks to me like the blunt type of "needle" that might be used with spool knitting (like streeturchin said) or with a "knitting nancy." It would probably work great as a stylus, but I've never seen a stylus with that flattened central area. That flat space is good for leverage, which would make it perfect for spool knitting.

Have fun sorting!!

Beautiful lace, by the way - did your grandmother make the lace in the top photo? It looks like cluny lace, only crocheted - really nice!
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Bokhara Couching Tutorial added on: January 02, 2008 01:12:02 PM
Hi, all!

I recently added a new stitch video for Bokhara couching, in case you're looking for a cool way to "fill" a design. Bokhara couching is great for filling leaves, petals, clothes, etc. You can work a pattern with the couching thread, and the whole stitch works up really quickly.

If you're interested, check it out:


I've been filming quite a few stitches lately - I have about 15 right now that need editing and so forth, so as I get them done, I'll post them!

Happy New Year!
17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidering With Beetle Wings! on: December 18, 2007 08:40:27 PM
It's actually "chip work" - it is kind of like bugle beads. I used what's called "bright check purl," which is a tiny, metal coiled spring that comes in a long "tube" (only it's very small) that's hollow. You cut the purl into little lengths like beads and sew it on just like bugle beads.

You can read about the different metals and the history of goldwork at the Benton and Johnson website:


and also at Tanja Berlin's website here:

http://www.berlinembroidery.com/purls.htm#checkpurl, where you'll also get a good description of how purls are used.

But you're right - it is very much like using bugle beads, except the purls aren't firm (they're wiggly), and you cut them to the length you want them.

Hope that helps!

18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered Heart Ornament on: December 07, 2007 06:36:30 PM
I love it!! It's really pretty!
19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / A few new patterns posted... on: December 05, 2007 04:17:13 PM
I posted a few new patterns lately on needle'nthread, if you're interested. You can browse through the small images to see if there's anything you're interested in. Click on the link to go to the larger image, which you can then save to your computer.






20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Cardinal Tea Towel NOW With PotHolder TOO on: December 05, 2007 04:04:13 PM
Ah! Nice!! The potholder looks great!
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