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« on: June 09, 2008 07:42:35 PM »

I made these for a recent baby shower.  I created patterns using various clip art pictures. 

Lion:



This was the first I did - I learned not to use all six plies of thread...

Monkey:



Giraffe:



Alligator:



Elephant:



I got these two done in time for the shower:


And... oops - the rest are done tonight...  I'm notorious for my "ongoing" gifts...


I did have a couple of questions for you experienced people.  Do you do anything special to your knots and stuff on the inside?  Is there an iron on interfacing that isn't scratchy?  I worry about soft little chests rubbing against my knots!  Also, what kind of stabilizer do you use?  I used an iron-on tear away - but I felt like I was stretching the knit and my stitches when I tore it away.  It was a little traumatic.

Thanks for looking and I appreciate your comments and suggestions!
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« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2008 07:44:42 PM »

very cute! i've tried the stabilizer from sublime stitching...it seems ok, but it seems about the same as the kind you use.. either way, you did a beautiful job! traumatic didn't transfer!
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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2008 09:43:00 PM »

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Do you do anything special to your knots and stuff on the inside?

I don't know if this is 'right' for embroidery on clothing, but I can tell you what I do for my cross stitch, and handsewing.


1) To start a thread, take one long thread, and double it, putting the two ends through the eye of a needle. Needle goes in, needle goes out, needle goes through the loop at the end of the thread, and then it's pulled tight. It's called a loop start, I think. It's a brilliant! thing.

2) To finish a thread, on the wrong side of your work snake the end of the thread in and out of a few of the completed stitches, and work the end into the back of the embroidery. I usually do a quickie weird, but very flat knot after this (just to make sure), but it's hard to explain what I do....  on the wrong side I put the needle in and out, and then take the thread back through the loop, then over the top of the loop, and through the thread loop again....

See... it made no sense.

Hope I've helped somehow.
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« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2008 09:58:09 PM »

oooohthey are so cute!

I love that lion.
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« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2008 06:05:56 AM »

So cute! I love them all.  And like kittywranger mentioned, I do the same for starting off, cut a long piece of thread, split in half and thread with the ends to make a loop.  It is utterly brilliant and you will be amazed at how nice and neat and clean the back of your work is!  To finish, I just weave the ends in and snip off the end.  Fabulous!

You also might want to check out this topic in the discussion forum about keeping the back neat, there are some good links to other blogs with step by step photos:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=240159.0
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« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2008 08:46:30 AM »

I don't do anything special to my onesies and my kids and nephew didn't seem to mind. I adore the lion!
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« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2008 11:42:18 AM »

Wow, I am in love with your monkey. He is super adorable with his little banana. Great job on all of them and what a great gift.

In regards to the knots in the back. . . I have done a couple onesies just like you did and no-one has told me its itchy yet. But just for fun I decided to try and stitch on felt first and then hand sew the patch onto the onesie and it looks really good. I got the idea from Early Bird Special she always has such great onesies. Here is a link to show you how it looks.

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=183659.msg1914647#msg1914647

It greatly reduces the chance of itching. Anyways sorry for rambling on.

Great job!!!
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« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2008 01:41:26 PM »

Soooooo cute!
I'm waiting for someone...anyone! in my family to get preggers so I can do some onesies.
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« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2008 04:57:25 PM »

Thanks so much, everyone!  I will definitely try these knotting tricks - I really appreciate the advice!

I also like the felt patch idea.  Now for some more onesies!

And thehazelwood, you can always try some before you have a recipient!  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2008 05:17:12 PM »

Awwww!!  They're adorable!  I especially love the alligator!  Usually I just do the felt patch method too.  It's extra easy because you don't need stabilizer or a hoop and it's much more enjoyable to stitch on!
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« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2008 08:31:28 AM »

Love the alligator-he looks like he is doing some funky dance.
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« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2008 12:18:22 PM »

hey--
for the idea about stitching first on a patch and then sewing that on...does the felt hold up in the wash? do you have to use a special sort of felt or is craft felt okay? thanks!

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« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2008 12:55:51 PM »

hey--
for the idea about stitching first on a patch and then sewing that on...does the felt hold up in the wash? do you have to use a special sort of felt or is craft felt okay? thanks!

mary

I have been using wool felt that TreeCactus [/color]suggested in the Question/Discussion forum . . .
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=186539.0

"If you're looking for wool felt, I'd suggest the 12X18 sample pieces at Wooly Thread. They come in great colors. You can also order by the yard, depending on how big your project is."
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I haven't washed it yet but it seems like all felt pills and needs to be shaved. Here is the discussion on it.
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=213772.0

I must seem crazy but I just was looking for all the very same info like last week. I just received my felt and love working on it. I hope it turns out okay.

Good luck with it if you try it too.
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« Reply #13 on: June 11, 2008 03:57:49 PM »

I'm pretty sure that all felt pills.  You might also want to think about if you're making a shirt for a baby or toddler, you might want to use acrylic felt just in case they're allergic.  The patch will be sewn onto the shirt so it won't be in contact with their stomach, but their arms might rub against the patch and if they are allergic that won't be too pleasant.  I'm allergic to wool so I always end up using acrylic anyway.  I've used it to make some shirts for my 3 y.o. and it does pill but still doesn't look bad.
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