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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: desperate for gnome pattern on: December 03, 2009 12:43:23 PM
If you can knit there is a great gnome pattern from Alan Dart. This pattern was in the Simply Knitting Magazine and may be one of their free patterns, however Alan Dart does have his own site with various patterns available. Hope this helps.
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! Turning stuffies without breaking through the seams! on: September 21, 2009 01:38:03 AM
Back stitch usually works just fine, you may need to make the stitches a little smaller as larger ones tend not hold the fabric together as firmly. When you start and end a seam it also helps to go back over it for few stitches to stop the seam opening at the ends especially the the pull through gaps. This makes for a neater seam when you close the gap as well.
 Hope this helps.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: cloth doll blush? on: August 08, 2008 01:16:17 AM
Another way of blushing is to rub a non toxic colour pencil of your choice on paper, then lift some of the colour on to your finger or cotton bud and add to the cheeks. It's best to do this a little at a time and it can always be redone if necessary. Hope this helps
4  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / U.K. AND IRELAND / Re: A tip-off for Craftsters: bead shop in London on: April 03, 2008 11:12:02 AM
There is a bead shop in I believe it's called Tower Street. Near Covent Garden. It's great but has fairly steep steps to the lower part of the shop, so take care. I have also seen a new bead shop on the net in Neal's Yard haven't been yet. Going by the photo it's in the same place where Bladerubber were before they moved.
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Re: To color a rubber stamp, what brand name of marker you suggest? on: January 06, 2008 03:36:33 PM
Hello. There are pens named Le Plume ( hope I spelled that right) that are quite popular in the craft shops around here but are a little expensive when buying a set, so I'm afraid I do not know how well they work. However you can you use any waterbased ink pen and if it dries too fast, you can re-moisten by (huffing) breathing on the inked stamp. Although you are not limited to pens have you tried water colour paint. Hope this is helpful. Smiley
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: filling bean bags and frogs -- is rice or barley better than beans? on: December 19, 2007 01:54:12 AM
Just to let you know, that if it is for a child it's best not to use dry beans, as quite a few, including Red Kidney Beans are poisonous until cooked through properly.Oh before I forget it's best if the rice, millet etc. are sewn up in a pouch or pouches for extra safety.
Hope this helps.
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: hemostats for turning??? on: December 11, 2007 06:34:44 AM
Hi, I have a small strait one i bought for making small teddies but have used it on larger projects too. They work well although on some small pieces the slightly curved ones would come in handy. I guess it depends what you would like to use them with. Hope this helps. Smiley
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help, I need encouragement on facial embroidery on: November 25, 2007 01:50:35 PM
Have you tried the fabric pens with dissappearing ink (purple).
I found them in the quilting section of the craft shop. The down sides are that you have to finish within a couple of days or redraw and if you redraw too often, while it is still purple it can leave a slight stain on the fabric.
Hope this helps.

Oh  just remembered you could also draw them in lightly with a lighter shade than you want with fabric markers test for bleeding first and when dry you can embroider and if the stitches are a little wobbly it doesn't show up as much.
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Soupily challenged on: November 19, 2007 11:37:37 AM
If you like lentils you might want to give this a go. However the ingredients are not measured as it's an old recipe where we just put it into the pot . Here goes.

Red Lentils
Rice or Potato to thicken
Tin of Tomatoes
Pured Tomato
Dried Mint
Chiken or Vegetable Stock

First chop the onion roughly, unless you do not want to blend it in which case chop finely.

Add sliced carrots, although to speed things up we usually use tinned carrots.

Add a hand full of rice or some diced potato to thicken the soup. The rice will give a thicker result.

Add the tinned tomato and a little pured tomato.

Add the stock to fill the pot about 3/4 full, you can always add more as it cooks.

Add about 2 teaspoons of mint.

Cook for for about 20 - 30 mins if using tinned carrots or until the carrots are cooked if using fresh.

When cooked blend the soup, to get a smoother soup you can add little butter, but it doesn't really need it.

We quite often add a little lemon juice and seasoning  in the bowl before eating it with bread.

Hope this helps.
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: The Doctor Who Doll on: September 19, 2007 08:17:43 AM
Sorry it has taken this long to reply.
I'm sorry but I can't send you a photo. As soon as the doll was finished he was whisked off by my nephew, well he had been waiting awhile for him. Any way apparently the Doctor is too busy saving the universe for a photo opp.
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