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How to Helpers

by Rose » Fri Aug 22, 2008 1:23 am

These are some videos that Godzone found for us on you tube they are very helpful. If anyone else has come across videos that could help please add them to this thread.

Putting on embellishments to your x-stitches.... and adding your signature.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwiSEGHdHTw" target="_blank" target="_blank"

Doing a french Knot...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ul8XT72oA68&feature=related" target="_blank" target="_blank"

basic x-stitching...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsNg7lSbmH0&feature=related" target="_blank" target="_blank"

total beginner.... card ideas....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd5_XWUsEh8" target="_blank" target="_blank"

Make a cross stitch pattern from a picture
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDOJj8LCqUg&feature=related" target="_blank" target="_blank

preparing cloth for stitching
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WF7nHp3c2Bg&feature=related" target="_blank" target="_blank

backstitching
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kkrdekn4g90&feature=related" target="_blank" target="_blank
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Re: Video Helpers

by Rose » Fri Aug 22, 2008 1:55 am

Not a video but a very good tutorial for flat folds.

http://tts-tutorials.blogspot.com/2007/07/flat-fold-tutorial.html
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Re: Video Helpers

by lacemaker2004 » Sun Aug 24, 2008 10:35 am

Here are two on techniques for painting fabric to enhance your projects

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6paaS_OCkN8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEAr8ZmIInE&feature=related
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Re: Video Helpers

by Serinde » Mon Aug 25, 2008 8:55 am

This is an excellent website for putting together a biscornu.
http://own-two-hands.livejournal.com/4186.html
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Re: Video Helpers

by benceagi » Sat Sep 13, 2008 4:09 pm

I have found a tutorial on how to make strawberries.
http://focusonfinishing.wordpress.com/2008/07/13/stawberry-fob-finishing/

Has any of you ever tried it?
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Re: Video Helpers

by Rose » Sun Nov 02, 2008 5:46 pm

This is another tutorial that was found for putting together Biscornu. Daz posted it in his SAL but I thought it would be a shame to lose it.

http://www.annettesacre.com/lessons/biscornu.html
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Re: How to Helpers

by Rose » Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:08 am

This has come up on a few occasions and I thought it would be nice to have some pictures as well as an explanation.

Loop Start!!!!!

Begin by cutting a length of thread that you are comfortable working with and your needle
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Fold the thread in half and thread the 2 ends through the eye of the needle
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Starting from the back with your first square. Poke needle through the fabric.
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On the back side you will have the loop.
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Make the first leg of your cross and poke the needle through the fabric to the back side.
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Run the needle through the middle of the loop.
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Pull the thread tight and you have made the Loop Start.
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I hope this may help someone. :thumbsup:
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Re: How to Helpers

by thread garden » Sat Nov 16, 2013 9:26 pm

Hi,
I have done a video on the Loop Method for starting cross stitch in my blog How To Tuesday series.
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLxIYeZJHeE

I have also written a blog post about washing a large cross stitch project.
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Re: How to Helpers

by Rose » Sat Feb 22, 2014 3:31 am

Has anyone found this tip on this blog??? It is a tip for getting creases out of Aida cloth. I have a coupe of pieces of Aida that I am going to try this on. Not sure when I will get time to do it but it sounds like maybe this is a new trick.

http://ourpioneerhomestead.blogspot.com/2013/08/how-to-successfully-get-creases-out-of.html
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Re: How to Helpers

by backafteradozenyrs » Sat Feb 22, 2014 11:21 am

Rose, that's a good idea, but to save time, I'm gonna' cheat & tell everyone in 6 sentences what took Pamela over 6 minutes.

Soak aida in scalding hot water. Remove to towel, spread out & blot dry. Take the core-roll from aluminum foil/wax paper. Cover core-roll with wax paper & roll up your aida tightly onto it. Place in freezer 'til frozen (half an hour, an hour?). When you are ready to iron it, take it out of the freezer & iron the frozen cloth.

This will remove 99% of the creases (at least that's what Pamela said a dozen times).
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Re: How to Helpers

by Rose » Sat Feb 22, 2014 3:24 pm

@rotfl: @rotfl: Yes she did take a long time to explain what you have done in a very short precise paragraph!!!!!!!!
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Re: How to Helpers

by fccs » Sat Feb 22, 2014 4:17 pm

Rose wrote:@rotfl: @rotfl: Yes she did take a long time to explain what you have done in a very short precise paragraph!!!!!!!!


I was afraid I was the only one who noticed how long and dragged out she made what would otherwise have been a very good tutorial. I haven't tried it but might as I did through some of my old kits. The creases in the aida is one reason why I have almost always switched out the fabric.
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Re: How to Helpers

by Rose » Mon Feb 24, 2014 1:03 am

This might be a good one to keep in this thread so it does not get lost.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXUe_lYks2A
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Re: How to Helpers

by curly sue » Mon Feb 24, 2014 8:09 am

Wouldn't your fabric shrink in scalding hot water?
 
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Re: How to Helpers

by Heidi » Mon Feb 24, 2014 9:01 am

I have found this video extremely useful for when I had my bead work on my projects.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdGYA855gws

If anyone has any advise on ribbon work on their projects I would greatly appreciate it. I've been putting off completing a project because I don't have a clue how to approach it.
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Re: How to Helpers

by backafteradozenyrs » Mon Feb 24, 2014 12:42 pm

curly sue wrote:Wouldn't your fabric shrink in scalding hot water?


I don't think so. The process to weave/make the aida is a compacting process (if those are the correct words?) I'm pretty sure it's as shrunk as it can get.
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Re: How to Helpers

by NeedleAndFork » Mon Feb 24, 2014 5:18 pm

I didn't realize we had this thread. Lots of useful info here! I just wanted to add my tutorial that I wrote up on finishing a pillow ornament.

http://obsessedwiththread.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/finishing-a-pillow-ornament/
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Re: How to Helpers

by 19Roland19 » Sun Jul 26, 2015 7:45 pm

How to figure out how many skeins of thread to buy, based on stitch count.

http://home.comcast.net/~kathydyer/nf_xstitch_tut.html#floss_amt
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Re: How to Helpers

by lavenderbee » Sun Jul 26, 2015 9:01 pm

Thanks for bringing this to the fore as not seen it before - well may have done but forgotten to go back to it.

As for getting creases out of fabric I want to use I wash it, then either dry it flat between two layers of towel until just damp & then iron it. Or after washing put it in towel & roll up gently before lying it flat until almost dry before pressing either with an iron. Guess putting it in freezer would save a lot of my time :roll:

When a project is finished & washed, before framing I usually put it under a few books for a few days to get it really flat. Maybe some of you have other methods better than mine? Would be glad to hear them :)
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