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Re: Little Scraps of Magic 02 Feb 2014 13:36 #115105

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Marianne - lots of great suggestions and points to consider for construction of sample books etc. I am not a great fan of the plastic sleeves because of the droopyness you mention. I don't have any Timtex either.

Will have to do a bit of thinking before I start constructing. I might even try making up different samples :shock: :shock: (I am usually 'allergic' to making different samples of things :P :wink: :lol: )


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Re: Little Scraps of Magic 01 Feb 2014 15:40 #115064

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Susan--I would love to have a bolt of Timtex!
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Re: Little Scraps of Magic 01 Feb 2014 13:52 #115056

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Great idea Marianne, but sadly I have no Timtex. I will check to see if I have enough of Ricky's Stable Stuff. I think I have a roll of Heat and Bond somewhere. I may try that. Now, just need to get the two grandchildren to take a nap. Then I will be free to go downstairs and play. It is a very gloomy day today. A nap may be calling me too. :lol: :lol:
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Re: Little Scraps of Magic 01 Feb 2014 02:21 #115039

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That's why you should always buy two :mrgreen:

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Re: Little Scraps of Magic 01 Feb 2014 02:19 #115038

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Rosemary, this is a great thread. Having company coming for sewing today :roll: someone had to clean up the "studio" (eh hem choke cough) and found a bunch of samples that need keeping, but what to do with them? I'm thinking a big album with sleeves would fit the spot and then, what in the world was I thinking with a bolt of Timtex?

Seeing you have excess Timtex (lucky girl) why don't you use that to attach your samples to? Timtex is a great base for making "books" or cards and can easily be coloured if white is not your colour and you want a pretty background for your samples. Personally I hate plastic sleeves put in folders/ring binders with samples. It stood up they droop and after a few months the holes in the sleeves give in and you have a mess. A few years down the road and the plastic goes bad and can ruin your threads if you are unlucky. Instead you can cut the Timtex to your desired size, attach a side using a folded piece of interfaced fabric sewing it down of course with one of your favourite decorative stitches making sure the piece of fabric is big enough to form a spine when you have finished your "bible". Once you have all your pages you can either make a hanging system by putting a knitting needle though the folded spine and find a box to hang them by punching half circles in opposite sides of the box or you can sew the spines together and put a front and back on the "book" or go a bit wild and do a bit of research into various ways of putting pages together. Sheeren La Plantz has a great book called Cover to Cover with a multitude of ideas and I am sure anybody into scrap booking will be able to come up with lots of newer ideas too

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Re: Little Scraps of Magic 31 Jan 2014 18:16 #115035

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Susan...I could use some of that Timtex off your bolt right now. I've been looking for mine and can't find it! :wink:

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Re: Little Scraps of Magic 31 Jan 2014 08:36 #115028

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Rosemary, this is a great thread. Having company coming for sewing today :roll: someone had to clean up the "studio" (eh hem choke cough) and found a bunch of samples that need keeping, but what to do with them? I'm thinking a big album with sleeves would fit the spot and then, what in the world was I thinking with a bolt of Timtex?

I'm looking forward to seeing what ya'll do with this.
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Re: Little Scraps of Magic 31 Jan 2014 06:13 #115026

Rita, Thanks for your good advice.
I had to do this for a while now, (when I need to find a stitch, it's trial & error right now - so I have a few scraps here and there with stitch numbers and specifications on it!)
Didn't know if I would do the business card size or the full page - I think the full page has more room to make changes to settings after the default one. And it's less tedious work (to cut to size, and put it in the sleeve).
Ah! another project!

Andrée (still need to work on that signature as you can see - forgot to save it...)
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Re: Little Scraps of Magic 31 Jan 2014 05:56 #115025

I hear you Norma, I had to re-do one of mine because I couldn't see the stitches clearly enough - that's how I know. :wink: :D
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Re: Little Scraps of Magic 31 Jan 2014 01:47 #115023

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Rita, your advice is very good. I used Rickys stabilizer for mine and on the first I did not use enough contrast for the thread. It's annoying when you have to put it under strong light to see the stitches :cry:

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Re: Little Scraps of Magic 30 Jan 2014 17:20 #115008

I have done stitch bibles for my sewing machines and I have to say that it is so much better to use some sort of stabilizer rather than just starch for this. You want the stitches to look as good as possible and I think a stabilizer makes them look their best. I used an iron-on stabilizer so that I didn't have to worry about pinning the stabilizer in place and it worked really well. And whatever fabric you do choose to use you should make sure your thread really contrasts well with it so that all of the stitches will show up properly.
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Re: Little Scraps of Magic 30 Jan 2014 16:33 #115006

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Aw go on, join in, think of them as warm up exercises, less work than a mug rug :wink: they don't have to be colour co-ordinated, or finished either 8) :P


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Re: Little Scraps of Magic 29 Jan 2014 21:50 #114991

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I would like to do this. Just like everything else that comes down the pike. Like Terrie I'll follow along for sure. I am going to try to do it to. I'll make a late start for sure.
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Re: Little Scraps of Magic 29 Jan 2014 18:49 #114982

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Sounds good. Can't do. I'm drowning in projects. I will enjoy whatever you ladies do/show pictures of.
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