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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Crafting ethics question on: September 08, 2004 07:01:51 PM
I like to embroider, but I can't draw to save my life, so I have to reply on drawings made by other people unless I'm doing abstract-type designs.  So far, I've msotly used Sublime Stitching designs, which are wonderful, and Dover designs, which are copyright-free, but there are some other things I'd like to work on that I'm not sure about.  Personally, I tend not to worry about possibly infringing on the rights of big companies, such as record labels and movie studios and whatnot (because they already have enough money!), but I do worry about smaller, independent artists and the like. 

For example, I really love the original Celtic designs drawn by Jen Delyth (http://www.kelticdesigns.com/)  I've been wildly in love with her Faerie Cats design for a few years, and I would like to try to trace the design so that I can embroider it onto something, such as a shirt.  She does sell the design on t-shirts, but not in my size.  I've bought the design on a card and in a calendar, and I'm not trying to cheat the artist out of money that she surely deserves.  Is it wrong to copy her design for my personal use?

Other things fall somewhere in the middle.  I've traced Death, Delirium, and Dream from an issue of Sandman, and I'm considering doing something with them.  I do wish I could draw my own designs because then I could wreak even more havoc.  (Embroidered fanfiction!  Wheee!)
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / 1940's knitting photo on: August 06, 2004 05:49:18 PM
While visiting at my grandmother's house last week, I found this wonderful picture.  It shows several women, including my great-grandmother, knitting in what appears to be the lunch room at the telephone company where they worked.  It would have been in either Allentown or Bethlehem, PA.  The year on the back is 1942, and my grandmother tells me that they were knitting socks for soldiers.  My great-grandmother, Anna Massar, is at the front on the left side.  I think she would have been about 33 (and my grandmother was graduating high school that year--yikes!). Anyway, when I found it, I thought it would delight some people here as much as it did me.


I hope this is an appropriate folder for this; I'm sorry if it's not.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Link to Electronic Embroidery site--very nifty! on: July 28, 2004 08:27:33 PM
On Boing Boing (http://boingboing.net/), there's a link to this site: http://endfile.com/ which has some really cool examples of cross-stitch and other embroidery, including cross-stitched text messages and embroidery done on electronics boards.  I'm not sure if this or the Completed Projects board is appropriate for this, but I figured other people here would be as interested in this as I am.  Fromt he main Endfile page, go to "catalogue" on the right side of the screen to view her work.  I think the Electronic Embroidery is the most clever and unique of her work--very impressive.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Original design project - mandala on: July 24, 2004 11:47:50 AM
Sorry to post two in a row, but new toy and all.  I've been going back and forth between working on fun designs from transfers and more serious designs of my own.  I'm doing a series of mandalas (circular designs) in part to work out my own symbolistic urges <g> and in part to practice different techniques.  This is the first one I did, and it's tentatively called "The Heart."


Thanks for taking a look!  I would really appreciate any comments on either of my projects.  I'm trying very hard to improve.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Sublime Stitching tote bag on: July 24, 2004 11:41:05 AM
I finally got a digital camera!  The smallest, least-powerful one money can just barely buy.   Grin  The pictures aren't great, but I hope they'll work okay.  I'm posting the tote bag I decorated with SS designs to use for my embroidery stuff.  The patches for te bag were two of my first projects.  The bag, which is made of jute with a plasticy liner layer, was on clearance at Joann Fabrics for $4.  I stitched the desings on some purple cotton fabric then used some heat-bond iron-on stuff to attach the patches to the bag, but it didn't hold (probably because of the texture of the bag), so I stitched around the edges with matching floss.  That part was a nightmare--going through the plasticy layer of the bag, the tough heat-bond layer, and 2 layers of the fabric.  However, I think it was worth it.

Here's one side:


And the patch on the other side:


The girl's face didn't come out right--she looks a little like a blow-up doll.  And I somehow managed to give her a slight breast reduction.  Sorry, Jenny!
6  UNITED STATES / Virginia / Richmond - indie craft stores? on: July 18, 2004 08:53:05 PM
So, this Saturday I ventured up to Ashland to shop at Caroline's Thread and Canvas - http://www.carolinesthreadandcanvas.com, which specializes in supplies for embroidery and its variations.  I'd been wanting to go there for about a month, but they're predominantly open hours that strike me as being inconvenient for anyone other than retirees and ladies-who-lunch.  They do have beautiful thread, though, and the woman who runs it was nice, so the trip was worth it.  I tried to convince her to carry Sublime Stitching patterns to appeal to a younger demographic.  Smiley

I know there's a cross-stitch-centric store in Chester--has anyone been there?  Also some other store in Chester caleld Busy Bea that seems to be a quilting store but maybe more?  Both are fairly out of the way for me, but I would visit them if anyone here thinks they're worthwhile.  Based on what I found at Caroline's, there's a whole world of materials out there beyond the usual DMC floss that can be found at Michael's. Joann's, etc, plus I always like to support independent shops.  Are there other stores within 45 minutes or so of the Richmond area that are worth visiting? 

Thanks in advance for any recommendations!

[note: I apologize for the screwed up URL above, but I can't seem to fix it no matter what I do.  Huh]
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Alternate types of thread? on: July 18, 2004 08:39:35 PM
So far in my embroidery, I've been just using 6-strand cotton floss, but I'm getting ready to experiment with other types of thread because I want to introduce different textures into my projects.  So far, I've got some pearl cotton and some lamb's wool thread that I guess is the type used for crewel.  I'm planning to get some rayon 6-strand floss the next time I'm at the craft store (and remember Smiley).  Does anyone have any experience in working with these materials?  Any pitfalls and/or wonderful aspects of them as opposed to the cotton floss?

On Saturday, I drove a little bit outside of the city I live in to visit a store that specializes in embroidery/cross-stitch/needlepoint materials, and they had some really beautiful types of thread.  I was drooling over the hand-painted variegated pearl cottons and did buy two that were on sale, along with some wool that was on clearance due to being discontinued.  The colors are really gorgeous--I hope my technique can live up to them.
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Help with gnocchi? Sweet potatoes? on: July 06, 2004 05:18:13 PM
Because I recently came into some sweet potatoes--and I haven't ever liked them before--I searched for recipes and found sweet potato gnocchi: http://www.fatfree.com/recipes/potatoes/sweet-potato-gnocchi  I just tried to make them, but it was pretty much a disaster.  Even with adding way more flour than listed, I couldn't get anything that seemed like the right consistency dough to me.  I managed to roll it up and make the dumplings, but when I tried to cook them they boiled away into bits.  Very sad, considering the work that went into them.  About half the dough, separated into dumplings, is now sitting in the freezer, though I don't know that they'll fare any better.

Does anyone have any recommendations on how to make these things?  Or any other recipes for sweet potatoes that are likely to win over a sweet potato hater?  I know I'm going to be getting more of the buggers come fall.  Thanks in advance!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Hey, I'm new - embroidering on paper? on: July 03, 2004 05:52:33 PM
Greetings!  I first got into embroidery when I found Sublime Stitching a year or so back, but I hadn't done any stitching since then.  Suddenly, a few weeks ago, I decided it was time to get serious about embroidery.  I'm working on some more projects using SS patterns, and I have some other things in mind for the future, including embroidering mandalas.  I need to learn more stitches, especially filling-in ones, so I'm trying to find someone local to teach me.  I can't seem to figure out the stiches from diagrams in books. 

Anyway, for a question, I have this crazy idea about affixing newspaper to fabric and then stitching on top of it.  Does anyone know a good way to attach the paper so that it would lay flat and not move around?
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