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Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Re: Any ideas?
« on: January 10, 2022, 20:01:58 PM »
@Iminei , use a broad tipped Sharpie. Those are permanent. They are extremely useful for touching up edges on machine embroidery too.

I like them just how they are. Although they appear a bit lighter they don't clash.

As few as two fabrics on up to what seams like infinity.  (see what I did there...) I just watched a half square triangle quilt class on Craftsy. The quilt is lovely and uses 3 prints plus a plain background. The class is called "Half Square Triangle Quilt". You can watch the preview for free and see how effective those few colors are.

Half square triangles are really versatile and easy to sew. They are a great beginner block especially since they lend themselves to simple straight quilting lines.

Courses & Classes / Re: Craftsy membership offer
« on: January 09, 2022, 14:57:16 PM »
One thing I had found is that the unsubscribe button frequently doesn't work. If you aren't paying close attention you might miss that minor detail. Then you need to call or email instead.

Embroidery Machines / Re: Craving an embroidery machine
« on: January 09, 2022, 12:40:00 PM »
Anyone got any views about the Janome 300e?

Yup. It's old out of date technology.  @annieeg if you needed to replace your phone or computer would you buy one that was 10 years old or would you go for a current one knowing even it will be outdated in a year or two? Two things about this machine you should be thinking about. Nothing to do with Janome either, I like the ones I've used. First, by current standards this is a small entry level hoop. Have you thought about what precisely you would like to be embroidering, both designs and on what objects? Have you looked at designs to see if the ones you lust after are available for this, as well as how they look? Designs are not identical from size to size do to the number of stitches involved and the enhanced detail available on a larger design.

Second do you want to be buying special cards, card holders so you can put them in your machine as well as card readers? It takes a bit of fiddling to get a design from the net  onto your machine with this older technology. I would strongly urge you to hold out for a machine that at the very least let's you attach your pc to the embroidery machine by cable to transfer designs. Even that is a PITA. That's how my machine works. Newer ones use a USB to both store and transfer the designs. The newest machines allow for wireless design transfer. :love:

I just wouldn't pay for anything computerized that is that old and frankly antiquated. If it's a gift, sure. Otherwise you hold off and save up for newer technology and the biggest embroidery size available. Remember that hoop size does not equal largest embroidery field. Sometimes they'll tell you 5" x 7" and your embroidery field is smaller. Other times it will do designs that big.

In the wardrobe / Re: Free pattern site
« on: January 09, 2022, 07:20:04 AM »
Is it really free? I checked but it looks that need to make a payment to download...

@SunnyWave click the menu button,  3 stacked horizontal lines in the upper left of the page. First choice is free patterns. You just need to subscribe to their email with your name and email address.

You probably found yourself in the for sale pattern section.

A Good Yarn / Re: Knitting Techniques
« on: January 06, 2022, 21:45:39 PM »
I'm mediocre at best in both. At that I'm flattering myself. When I was about 5 my maternal grandmother, who could do  it all and was an amazing seamstress taught me how to crochet those cute little 3D flowers. Then we moved away and no more. I can still do them somewhat intuitively.  I took an 8 week knitting class about 15 years ago and learned to make a basic scarf then a nice dishcloth knit on the diagonal. That's mostly my repertoire. I have problems with my wrists and hands so it's all problematic now.

 Oddly enough the only cast on I know is the long tail version.

A few years ago a friend taught me to crochet. I flunked. I'm great if she gets me started and I can hang out with her but the second I get home I look at it and have no idea what to do. It's very disappointing.

Crochet is easier on my hands,  just the one hook vs a pair of needles. I've tried all types to cut down on the weight. I even bought a learn to knit kit simply because it included a pair of needles in whatever size it is I use for the scarves that are only 8 or 9 inches long. They aren't too bad.

I plan on trying again this year. Maybe I'll have better luck.

A Good Yarn / Re: Winter hat knit along please join
« on: January 06, 2022, 10:45:45 AM »
@b15erk  and @Acorn , ladies,  Spring begins on March 20th. There's a whole lot of winter left between now and then. Love the pink hat.  What's wrong with the giant pink pompom? Too big? It's cute.

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Re: Any ideas?
« on: January 05, 2022, 12:15:13 PM »
I’ve made frogs before.  They’re,  mmmm, interesting to do!   :)

@Ohsewsimple shhh, I told @Iminei they're easy.  :ninja:

Part of it is the last two years. This whole Wackadoodle business has taken a toll on everyone. I've seen a dramatic shift in the collective sense of humor. Besides, normal is so overated.

What I love about this forum is it makes me feel normal :laughing:

 :laughing: I've always fit in with the weirdos.  :dance:

Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: Small but Useful - January 1 - 31
« on: January 05, 2022, 01:14:13 AM »
How small is small?  I have been tasked by DD3 with making covers for two box cushions which sit on benches in her hallway.

Well, compared to a jumper for an elephant those are quite small. Don't you agree?   :thumb:

I'm thinking this is going to be my year for letting the Pirate Code be my guiding star.

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Re: Any ideas?
« on: January 05, 2022, 00:45:21 AM »
@Iminei if you can find suitable cording to your liking they are actually pretty easy to make..

Here's one place.

Errr, does this mean you can't buy any new fabric? That's up to you. Or just use some of what you already have to conclude the year with slightly less than you started with? Also up to you. And do you need to know how much fabric you have in the first place? I think you see where I'm going here by now. Up to you...
Asking for a friend  :[

Lol. Tell your "friend" it's up to her. Or him. Or they. I need to get rid of / use a heck of a lot more than what a "slight" reduction would cover. Do whatever makes you happy. This is like the Pirate Code, more guidelines than rules. And since you get to make up yer own rules, well,  :dance: anything goes.

This year I'm definitely in. I haven't been sewing but at least I'm not buying for my nonexistent sewing.  :thumb: One way or another I need to clear out some of my abundance of sewing supplies from fabric on down. This is pitiful or pitiable. Or both. :cry:

A Good Yarn / Re: Wrist warmers/fingerless gloves
« on: January 04, 2022, 10:12:12 AM »
On their website they say to machine wash them in a short cold wash. They also say that is how they prepare the old sweaters before they repurpose them. The photos clearly look not felted. Most modern cashmere doesn't felt up that easily except for your own handknits.

@Iminei this is where an overlocker is a very nice thing to have. You get a neat seam and a stabilized cut edge on knitwear at the same time. I'd suggest a test garment using an old t-shirt. Try out the stitching Acorn suggested as well as the pattern you are going to draft up. If they can do it, you can do it! :perfect10:

I'm hoping my old cashmere sweaters will turn up in a box when I clean out the closets  "soon".

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