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Gerda
Posted 2011-02-13 5:27 PM (#56533 - in reply to #53474)
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I did when we did the first RW swap on BC - Dorene, Susie, myself, Beverly and Leanne, I think it was. Leanne started this, and down in Aus where she is, they use a very lightweight fusible interfacing (like your would use in the collar or cuffs of a blouse you were sewing) to back it. One of the ladies here took a course where they were to put a second piece of muslin behind it, which makes it pretty heavy to work on. I have seen the odd designer recommend that too. Now, I do not ever have knots or thread tails or travelling threads, (thanks in part to doing x-st) so I don't worry about it. It works fine for me. I wasn't taught to use anything behind it, though Mom did teach me to use a hoop. When you do back the work piece to hide threads, you don't need a hoop either, but many people are still more comfy with one.

Gerda
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Lenice01
Posted 2011-02-22 10:40 AM (#56847 - in reply to #56533)
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Geisha with Tree.

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SallyC
Posted 2011-02-22 4:35 PM (#56864 - in reply to #53474)
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Well, I'm still chugging along but there's no way the planned entry (giant snowflakes made of large xs with light blue and dark blue stitching from a kit I've had forever...) is going to get finished in time (Just as well, now I can make a bedsize quilt by copying the pattern!)--took some time out to do a couple of wee cross stitch for kitchen ("kiss the cook") and some redwork rectangles---I'm soo bad! I'll post pics in near future just for fun!
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misisipimenace
Posted 2011-02-22 6:46 PM (#56869 - in reply to #56847)
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just lovely, jeri!  your geisha is looking very peaceful under her tree! 
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Dippy
Posted 2011-02-23 2:37 AM (#56878 - in reply to #53474)
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Jeri,

Your geisha looks lovely! My candlewicking has taken a back seat of late, but I did get it out last evening but ended up getting very frustrated - trying to thread a needle of all things!! In the end I just put it away. I've come to the conclusion that I need new/different specs. I wear glasses for distance but lately my near distance sight has gone downhill. I'm finding I have to hold a book further and further away to read it. The crunch came last night, when, after putting my threadwork challenge away I decided to do some hand sewing on my hexagon assembly. I thought I was doing fine but when I turned it over to look at my handiwork I could actually see my stitches - aaahhhhhhhhhhhh!! That is a stitch too far! and not something I am willing to put up with, so today I will make an appointment to have my eyes tested and hopefully have some new glasses by the weekend.

How is everybody else doing - better than me I hope....

Bye for now,
Sue
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Quilt Mama
Posted 2011-02-23 8:19 AM (#56879 - in reply to #53474)
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Funny how different people work. I don't use a hoop for embroidery but I use a scroll frame for counted cross stitch. I never back anything and am just fine. I was taught to never make a knot and work over my thread and I feel I have nothing that needs to be hidden. I have started backing book marks from bits of Aida with Steam a Seam and a piece of color co-ordinated fabric and then serging the seams. Strictly my own idea and I like the stiffness and finish I get from doing that.

I dropped out way back when and about the most action my project gets is moving the frame about as I am trying to arrange the living room furniture in anticipation of Vern coming home from the hospital. I've been trying to work out the hide-a-bed placement in open position in correlation to the rest in the living/dining room. There is no word yet of any homecoming.
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scraphappydenise
Posted 2011-02-23 12:06 PM (#56893 - in reply to #53474)
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My progress is meager at best.... I have made little progress, but nothing worth posting..... when is our deadline? lol March 15 ?!?!?!?!?!?!?
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Gerda
Posted 2011-02-23 1:32 PM (#56897 - in reply to #53474)
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I may get four or five blocks done, but definitely no top or quilt - just too much other stuff happening. Oh, well, at least I'm getting something done on it. Still pondering how I want to set it.
The geisha looks great!
Sue, I have glasses for distance and close up (bifocal) but do not wear them unless I'm watching TV - I can stitch with them on, but no reading, gives me a headache within a couple of minutes - need to get that checked. I also have a pair of just reading glasses that are great! I agree, you need to have your prescription checked. I'm sure things will go better then.

Agnes, (((( )))) - it can't be easy to be rearranging furniture, and your stitching isn't going anywhere. It'll be there when you're ready to work on it again.

Gerda
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scraphappydenise
Posted 2011-02-23 2:38 PM (#56901 - in reply to #53474)
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Agnes.... I don't know about your hideabed, but an actual rented hospital type bed might be a better solution. I know they don't look great in a living room.... but at least they are adjustable, and much more comfortable to sleep in than a hideabed. We found one on craigslist for my mom for purchase that was less than 1 month of rent. and when we didn't need it for my mom anymore, we sold it for what we paid for it.... to someone else who needed one.

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Quilt Mama
Posted 2011-02-23 9:05 PM (#56911 - in reply to #53474)
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Gerda--According to Vern I am the queen of furniture arranging so it wasn't that big a deal. Not doing the cross stitch project is more a matter of not being home for about nine hours daily. That part is like being back at work and then having to fit everything else around it.

Denise--Hospital bed is an option, if needed. It will depend on how soon he gets home. He is getting around well for the major surgery. Our original hideabed would not have been an option but the current one is very comfortable and I have no problem with sleeping on it. Time will tell. I have never been very concerned about looks. Both our attitudes in all this is whatever will be best. I'll check out kijiji, which seems more active here, just in case.
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Lenice01
Posted 2011-02-25 8:24 AM (#56963 - in reply to #53474)
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Would people be interested in extending the deadline to the end of March? I know life happens, but if a little more time would help, I'm not opposed.
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misisipimenace
Posted 2011-02-25 8:51 AM (#56964 - in reply to #56963)
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an extended deadline that falls after tomball???  sweet sweet words! 
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scraphappydenise
Posted 2011-02-25 11:02 AM (#56968 - in reply to #53474)
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I would personally LOVE an extension of the deadline to the end of March. that would give me the week of spring break.....

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Gerda
Posted 2011-02-25 12:19 PM (#56975 - in reply to #53474)
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Me, too! Thanks so much, Jeri!! Maybe I WILL get them done!

Gerda
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Dippy
Posted 2011-02-25 2:44 PM (#56978 - in reply to #56963)
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Yes Please!! That would suit me down to the  ground too Thank You...

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