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Topic: Owls and trees and fish, oh my! Lots of embroideries! Pic obese~  (Read 4101 times)
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« Reply #20 on: January 25, 2009 10:44:23 AM »

A fellow quilter told me that using this mechanic's handsoap called "goop" or "orange goop" would take pencil lines out of fabric.  It's designed to help mechanics get grease off their hands.  Usually can be bought at Farm & Fleet, Menards, Home Depot, etc.  I actually found mine at the dollar store.  It's not the gritty kind - it's like a smooth cream. 

I can't say I've tried it yet for pencil (since that quilt isn't done yet for washing) but I have used it for other gooey price tag removal, greasy spots, stains, etc. and they all come out beautiful.  At minimum it shouldn't hurt the fabric.  I trust it with my quilts.  Good luck! 

Thank you for the advice! I'm going to see if any of my mechanic friends have some on hand. Free = awesome


I am so impressed by your stitchery. Recently, I thought about taking up embroidery, but know nothing about it. How do you choose which stitches to do where? Any tips for a beginner just jumping into the pool?

I'm totally a beginner too! I know exactly what you're talking about, it gets kind of confusing if you look at the books that have a ba-squillion stitches and you're like, "Holy crap, where do I start??" I just kind of sketched things out on the fabric (in hindsight, bad idea!) and started backstitching! There's a bunch of youtube videos that demonstrate more complicated stitches, and toooons of other resources online. Go for it!

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« Reply #21 on: January 25, 2009 01:10:28 PM »

I don't usually visit this board but I saw the thumbnail on the main page and was curious. I'm glad I did, because all of your embroideries were a pleasure to look at.

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« Reply #22 on: January 25, 2009 02:28:46 PM »

I Love the tree and the back and white one. You have a lot more patients than I do. Won't Shout gel, or spray and wash get it out. That is, if you wash them. As a mother I LOVE Shout and Spray and Wash.
« Reply #23 on: January 26, 2009 08:29:35 AM »

lovely work, the tree is my fave.  and i'm sure someone already suggested this, but for embroidery i use a water soluable fine tipped fabric pen.  I LOVE it.  The lines completely disappear and wash away in cold water.  The brand I use is dritz but clover also makes them too.

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« Reply #24 on: January 26, 2009 10:47:15 AM »

They're all awesome!  I hope you do get more opportunities to produce such ovely work!  I think the last one is my favorite!

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