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Category :: Hobbies Articles Author :: Katrina Renouf 
 Article Title :: Types of Fabrics for Needlework
There are many different types of fabrics available. The most commonly used one is Aida, which is what most kits use, but there is also evenweave, silk, and several others. Most stitchers tend to use Aida fabric because it is very obvious where to put the needle. There is a problem when you need to make partial stitches, like half or quarter, though. They are a lot easier to do when using evenweave or linen, since with these fabrics you tend to stitch over two, meaning that every stitch goes over two horizontal and vertical threads. An evenweave fabric is any cotton or synthetic fabric woven so there is a hole for stitching between each single thread. Some people prefer to stitch on eve  (read full article)
Category :: Hobbies Articles Author :: Katrina Renouf 
 Article Title :: Tips for Using Silk Threads
There are two main types of silk threads, spun and filament. Filament has a great amount of luster since they are created from long, continuous strands, as they are unwoven from cocoons. Spun silks are made form short fibers, which gives it a creamier luster. Silk is great to use for several reasons. First, because of its smooth surface, silk flows easily through Aida, Canvas or any other fabric. And second, it is easier to use than cotton because it’s “smooth” whereas cotton is “fuzzy”. Unfortunately, it does have its own unique challenges so here are some hints on how to make using silk easier. 1. Spun silk strands should be separated and recombined just like cotton 2. Use sh  (read full article)
Category :: Hobbies Articles Author :: Katrina Renouf 
 Article Title :: How to Make the French Knot
French knots are the bane of any stitcher. Many will completely avoid any pattern that calls for them while others will just suffer through them, never being satisfied with the results. There are ways to make the knot easier though. One tip that I’ve heard is to use a beading needle. Since it is so much smaller, the knot won’t be pulled through the fabric. I still recommend using two threads and wrapping it twice around the needle though. Another alternative is to use a colonial knot instead. This knot is easier to do, and creates a similar result. How to make the colonial knot: · Pull the thread through to the front of the fabric. · Put the thread over the needle, from front to b  (read full article)
Category :: Hobbies Articles Author :: Katrina Renouf 
 Article Title :: FAQ About Needlework
How should I anchor my floss at the beginning? Though some people will tell you otherwise, never use knots in needlework. It tends to cause a bulge on the front of the fabric when the piece is mounted. To start, hold the end of the floss on the reverse side and stitch over it with the first couple stitches. To finish off a strand run the needle under a few stitches on the back. Avoid anchoring colored threads under white threads since the color tends to show through to the front. Trim the tails. The technique I use is one that I learned from my aunt. Start by separating one long strand of floss and doubling it over on itself so it forms a loop at one end. Thread the two raw ends through   (read full article)
Category :: Hobbies Articles Author :: Katrina Renouf 
 Article Title :: Railroading Stitches
I’ve heard a lot lately about people asking how to railroad their stitches. Railroading is a common means of separating the threads as you stitch so that they lay flat and create a much smoother neater appearance for your finished piece. I know for a long time I thought it was just a time consuming and unneeded process, but after you get used to it it’s not time consuming at all and in the long run will save you time and help you create a beautiful piece. It also can get you more use out of your threads since you’ll get more stitches with less twists and tangles. If you plan on entering it into competition it is very necessary though. Judges can tell the difference. It isn’t very  (read full article)
Category :: Hobbies Articles Author :: Katrina Renouf 
 Article Title :: Repetitve Stress Injuries Due to Needlework
Doing a lot of needlework can cause repetitive stress injury (RSI), especially when combined with the large amount of typing that many people do nowadays. It is caused when the same movement is done repeatedly. Sports medicine physicians categorize the levels of injuries based on the symptoms and impact on the wrist’s performance. This grading helps guide the treatment and rehabilitation process. Grade 1 is when there is no pain while stitching, but there is some discomfort afterward (either immediately or during the evening or the following days). Grade 2 is when there is some discomfort while stitching but it doesn’t interfere with performance. Grade 3 is when there’s discomfort whi  (read full article)
Category :: Hobbies Articles Author :: Katrina Renouf 
 Article Title :: Using Beads in Cross Stitch
Many people like to add embellishments to their cross stitch, and a great way to do this is with beads. In many situations, it’s also another way to avoid doing the dreaded French knot! Beads usually cover one space instead of a cross stitch. I would suggest sewing the beads after their surrounding cross stitching is complete because they need to be well secured, and lie on top of the cross stitches. For regular and small size beads, use one strand of floss or for heavier beads you can use two strands. There is also black or white "Nymo" beading thread, and there is "invisible" YLI thread which can be used for beading. If you can’t find these, use a color of thread that is either close  (read full article)
Category :: Hobbies Articles Author :: Janice 
 Article Title :: How to make hoop earrings
Years ago, a friend of mine taught me some simple beading techniques. You can make all sorts of shapes using beading wire and beads. The simplest is a hoop. All you do is to thread the beads with beading wire and close the circle by threading the end of the wire back into the first bead. Now that technique can be used to make pretty gemstone hoop earrings. First you need earring findings or castings, beading wire and gemstone beads. The full article Make Hoop Earrings explains the details as well as lists down where you can get these things at reasonable prices. Once you have your supplies then arrange the beads in 2 identical lines, with the largest bead in the center and the smallest a  (read full article)
Category :: Hobbies Articles Author :: Robert Anderson 
 Article Title :: Tips For Buying Your First Model Train Set
When getting started in model trains, don't get put off by all the different scales on offer. Model train scales are really very simple. When deciding what scale train set to purchase, just keep in mind that O, S, HO and N are the most common scales in use. Of those, HO is the most widely used scale. The best way to get started is purchase a 'starter train set'. These starter model train sets are designed to give the beginner everything he or she needs to get up and running. Starter train sets contain all the basics: a locomotive, cars, track and accessories. As far as cost; starter train sets are usually the best value for money, because the model train set manufacturers use them as bait  (read full article)
Category :: Hobbies Articles Author :: Dave Markel 
 Article Title :: Building a Simple Book Shelf
This simple but functional book shelf is easy to build and makes a great confidence builder before moving on to a more complex project.The overall dimensions of this book shelf are 66” x 36” x 8-1/2”. This shelf is made from 2” x 10” spruce that is planned to 1-1/4” thick and ripped to 8-1/2” wide. Shelves The four shelves receive dados to accept the vertical members. These dados are ¼” deep and 1-1/4” wide with the outside cheeks 7” from each end. These dados can be milled a number of ways, in this case a router with a straight cutting bit was used. However, a stacked dado blade can be used with a radial arm saw to make them as well. Vertical Members There are 6 ver  (read full article)
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