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1  What do i do wit these in What the heck can I do with THIS? by neetks on: August 28, 2011 02:40:25 AM
hi all,
I have 19 (and counting) tins of baby milk powder. I just don't want to throw away the tins, it seems such a waste.. please suggest what can i do with them as i am flummoxed....
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2  Praying hands in Needlework: Completed Projects by neetks on: October 05, 2010 06:46:37 AM
I stumbled upon a nice sketch of a couple of hands folded in prayer. It looked secular enough to be presented to my husband's commandant. So I embroidered it in cross stitch on a casement cloth. I am not sure what it is called outside India, it is a fabric with symmetrical weave, ideal for cross stitch, only it is very, very, very small.
So I sat with the piece for a week, and my hands and eyes burned for another one week, but I finished it, and presented it. I was so pleased that it was well received.
Here is the piece, with a staples box for size comparison.

Sorry, I don't have a pic of framed final piece, I forgot to take one before I gave it away...
PS: Later my husband sent me a link. Apparently there's a story behind these hands, and an inspiring one at that!!
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3  My first Afghan!! in Crochet: Completed Projects by neetks on: June 06, 2010 08:32:20 AM
I was inspired by a crochet along announced here, which I can't seem to find now, and taught myself how to join granny squares, make scalloped edging etc. All thanks to the mighty Internet.

Since it is way too hot in India right now, this was all the yarn I could find, so I made a child sized afghan, not sure how I'll use it though, no kids of my own you see....
But well, I am now confident to undertake some more advanced crochet projects...
More to come!!:)
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4  [RESOLVED 06/10/10] Preview not visible on Google Chrome in Craftster Itself by neetks on: May 10, 2010 10:49:48 PM
I noticed that while creating a new topic, preview is not available when I am using chrome.
I mean I do get a preview, but the box is too small and so are the scrolls. (Please note the area encircled with red.)

And this happens only while using Google Chrome, I have no such problem when I use firefox or IE.
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5  Need help filling in some details. in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by neetks on: May 10, 2010 10:39:44 PM
Hi All,
I created a sketch of my mom's pic via http://www.dumpr.net/sketch.php

Since I can't draw to save my life, I traced the image onto a butter/ tracing paper

While tracing the glint of smile from her eyes was gone... I noticed it while I was tracing it, I tried retracing but every time, the smile somehow belied me....

Then I used this method of tracing on fabric http://www.needlenthread.com/2009/02/transferring-embroidery-pattern-using.html
And I have finally reached a point where I now have to embroider eyes...

The details of tracing are somewhat fuzzy... so I am not sure how to go about it.... I am having trouble in the following:
  • The eyes: My mom is not actually brown eyed like the rest of us in the family, and I am not sure how to show her blue eyes... Brown eyes, I could darken all over, but for light eyes, I can't do that....
  • The eyebrows: How do I show eyebows? I mean how to embroider so that it looks like hair?
  • Shading: Is it fine if I don't do shading?? will it still look good? I am inclined towards no shading, for the lack of skill.... but this can be my chance to learn it though... I am confused....
I think the nose is traced a little thicker, I'll be working on it soon...

I'll appreciate any suggestions you have for me...
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6  Anyone has a cross stitch peacock pattern?? in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by neetks on: May 10, 2010 10:34:38 AM
Hi All,
I am looking for a cross stitch pattern  of a peacock with open feathers to complete the collection I have been planning for my mom... I am a little late for a mother's day gift I know.. Sad I'll probably make it her birthday gift....
Here's what i have made already...


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7  Some of my work in past few months in Needlework: Completed Projects by neetks on: April 24, 2010 11:30:54 AM
Here are a few things I finished over the last couple of months... They use different techniques, but I didn't want to create separate posts for each of them, so the post is a bit pic heavy... sorry...  Smiley

I started this piece in my 'I love quilting, but don't know how to start phase'. Looked for simple quilt blocks over the net and converted them into a cross stitch pattern.
Simple as they seem, they were actually very very time consuming.
The tension of the thread was a problem since I made it over a span of 2 years. I am such a louse I know...

This I found in a pattern book. Although I don't quite recognize the place of origin, but I liked the dress... I am sure it looks much much better in real!

These are from my shadow work phase. They are a part of a single table cloth.

The yellow thread doesn't stand out like this in person I promise. It must be the flash I guess....

I'd really like any C&C, any pointers to improve my technique...
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8  Need a replacement for bamboo screen... Help in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by neetks on: March 14, 2010 11:48:54 AM
Hi all,
I had put up a bamboo screen on my bedroom door for privacy. I lined it with another curtain, so that the insides won't show.
However, since the area is very tight, the screen started cracking at places.

And my two Labradors think that the screen is their personal toy. They actually managed to bite out a hole in the scree to simply peep out of the room!!

I am looking for some solution to this problem. Now there are a few constraints....
1. The greens... I am quite short on cash these days, so would really like something that doesn't require much investment on my part.
2. Privacy... My house being a small one, the bedroom opens straight in front of the main door. so I am looking for something that would not be see through.
3. Flow... I am looking for something that would allow one to move in and out of the room easily without shifting much and won't crack like the screen.
I tried using fabric curtains instead, but after a few walk-ins and outs, the curtains shift and the whole point of having a screen is defeated...
Please help...
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9  Granny Square Cushion in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by neetks on: February 27, 2010 11:47:28 PM
I have recently started to crochet, and this is one of the first projects I had undertaken.

Nothing too complicated, just enough to get me started with crochet.. Smiley
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10  Granny Square bag in Crochet: Completed Projects by neetks on: February 27, 2010 11:40:50 PM
I finally took a plunge, learned how to crochet and made this bag.

I still have a few granny squares with me,

I am just not sure how to use these. I'll probably make a cushion... Smiley

It is based on this post. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=255559.0
Not as good as the bag Nannetta has made, but I think I can now take up something more elaborate
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