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Oh! Nice to know after searching away for some time, like @Sewingsue.

Private Club then lol.  :rolleyes:

Exactly. With no notice to boot.

Some settings have been changed to restrict who can see the Today thread. It has been changed (at the moment) so that it is only viewable by subscribers.

Which is total BS.  :rant: Sewingj, before she deleted her membership, suggested TSP should curtail the Café section. This ought to do the trick.

It was nice knowing you. I don't do BS pay walls.

Current Projects / Re: Border or no border?
« on: January 20, 2022, 17:41:13 PM »
@Iminei when you do your wide binding how much seam allowance do you have on the binding bit and on the quilt?
What I'm getting at is whether or not the binding, when folded over, is filled with quilt.

I think they look better if they are filled completely. It keeps them consistent with the body of the quilt.

Fun with Fabric / Re: Silk Velvet - help!!
« on: January 20, 2022, 11:17:17 AM »
Be very careful pressing this. One of those insanely expensive velvet press boards would be good. Not sure if the heavily napped Turkish towel routine works well with silk velvet.

What I do know is it embosses beautifully.

Eta: I've never known a velvet to not have a nap. I just read Folkwear patterns info stating that silk velvet, technically silk /rayon velvet, definitely has a nap. I know sometimes it isn't obvious unless under certain lighting conditions. Always best to assume a nap, decide which end is up and be consistent.

Current Projects / Re: Border or no border?
« on: January 19, 2022, 20:27:26 PM »
Binding - but preferrably a darkish colour.

This. Do this.

lovely jubbly fabrics are on an industrial estate about 10 miles away from me ... but their website says they are 'temporarily' closed ... maybe just to walk in customers ??

@Iminei , Google says they are closed indefinitely. Their actual website says they are a mail-order only business. It says international orders are closed indefinitely due to concerns of being Brexit compliant while the Ferndown shop is also closed indefinitely. It then points out they also have click n collect available for locals. You gals can all still indulge.

Technical Help / Re: What size buttonholes?
« on: January 17, 2022, 18:48:40 PM »
I've usually seen instructions for using loops with toggles,  no button holes involved.

Embroidery Machines / Re: Craving an embroidery machine
« on: January 14, 2022, 11:46:50 AM »
My most expensive one was $42 something/£31 something in the 4"x4" size. I bought it after I did one embroidery off the machine.  :thumb: It is a collection of collage designs, 23 in total, and was actually about half price. Urban Threads. They have a lot of my money.

Both Urban Threads and their sister site Embroidery Library offer a couple of free designs each month available in all the sizes. For anyone considering a machine or a larger format  you can download all of them and tuck them in a folder for "just in case". Em Library also does a Christmas club with some gorgeous designs each year, all free to members. Free to join too.

Thank you! I just had a good drool over the photos.

A Good Yarn / Re: Winter hat knit along please join
« on: January 14, 2022, 11:32:40 AM »
Everyone,  especially  @BrendaP  thank you so much for telling me more about circular needles and DPNs. Brenda your explanation was particularly invaluable.

A few years ago at one of the big box sewing stores they had a rack of needles and crochet hooks, some marked down. I picked up a couple of sets of jumbo needles- ¾ inch diameter anyone? I thought they might be easier to hold and fun to play with. At the register the gal in front of me had a few also. Turns out they had missed markdowns and were ALL 80% to 90% off! She and I went back to the rack and got many others but all larger scale. The smallest is size 9 US Clover bamboo needles, straight but I got all sorts of circular.  Just big, big and more big. I just found a website with a large section of projects listed by needle size. Looks like I'll be needing some bulky yarn too.

I love doing Disappearing 9 patch. I  strip piece mine and cut the strips the width of the big ruler,  6". Sews together faster and improves my accuracy in matching points.  :thumb:

A Good Yarn / Re: Winter hat knit along please join
« on: January 12, 2022, 07:38:06 AM »
I'm sitting here wearing a commercially produced Peruvian styled earflap hat with a glorious three and one half inch pompom on top. :dance: It's my go to for gardening this time of year as well as sleeping in my ice cavern of a bedroom. I just couldn't warm up today so on my noggin it sits.

I need help! As you may recall, I barely knit. So, in my wisdom just before my Craftsy subscription lapsed I finally "bought" classes that I got "free" with the upgraded membership. I hadn't picked them earlier as it was a short list of mostly cake decorating, knitting and crocheting classes. See where I'm going? I'm now the  "confused" "proud" owner of "Hat Knitting 101". What I have learned so far is that my circular needles are too big and too long and I need DPN? I've seen pictures of double pointed needles and  so I at least know what they are.  :facepalm: 

Do you all use circular needles for the main body then switch to DPN to taper (decrease) to the top? Do the circular needles have to be 16 inch or can you use 24 inch? Bigger than that? Since I'm not embarking on a knitting career is it OK to buy an inexpensive set of bamboo DPN off Amazon? I'll pick one with good reviews.  :thumb:

I'm pulling out the circular knitting loom as a backup. I will knit a hat. I will knit a hat. I will knit a hat. I will knit a hat. I will knit a hat. I will knit a hat.

Embroidery and Embellishment / Re: Crewel Work
« on: January 11, 2022, 19:39:12 PM »
@Lowena it's been ages so I know nothing about current kits, etc. It's simple to do and relaxing. Supplies are simple and basic. Linen fabric, large embroidery needles sometimes actually sold as crewel needles, whatever size frame or hoop suits your project and wool crewel embroidery yarn. My 10 year old self did a fair bit of it as my mother did quite a lot of it.

I think you'll enjoy it.

Embroidery Machines / Re: Craving an embroidery machine
« on: January 11, 2022, 11:40:35 AM »
Also do you want a stand alone embroidery machine or an embroidery & sewing combination machine? Or have no clue which is better suited to your imagined needs? I  added that because when you have no experience you have no idea, just a vision in your mind.

Let me just add that no matter how big or small, new or old of an embroidery machine you get your initial outlay on extras will be about the same. A bigger embroidery field you'll go through more thread and stabilizer on large designs.

It might be worthwhile for you to get one of the smaller 4"x4" design combination machines. I don't know what the current UK models might be but an example is the Brother se600 which retails for about $400 here in the US. It replaced the se400 which they discontinued in 2019. New version has a color screen  and other enhancements. I have the se400 and it is a fantastic sewing machine. From the few embroidery projects I've done the ME is also good. Something similar would be an excellent starter machine. You'll immediately wish you had a bigger embroidery area of course but there is a ton you can do with this size. It's also on the small size so if you only do the occasional embroidery it won't eat up all your table or storage space. For me it was also my first computerized sewing machine. Worth looking at this sort of machine to get started.

Embroidery Machines / Re: Craving an embroidery machine
« on: January 10, 2022, 20:05:18 PM »
Any opinion on the Bernina Arista 630?  (Pattern Review feedback are generally positive, but I'd appreciate anyone else's opinion.)

Still old technology.

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