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Fish & Visitors Stink in 3 Days

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Category Sewing
Type Home Decor
Sizing Unisex
Style Casual, Cute, Whimsical, Retro / Vintage
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What materials did you use? Embroidery Floss, Cotton Muslin Background, Vintage Buttons

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What are you most proud of? I looked through the old tin of vintage buttons collected now for a gazillion years and selected 3. Then I cut a 12 x 12 piece of muslin, and with a pencil lightly scribbled the words and outlined the buttons--eventually adding a few lines here and there for the fish bodies. I put the cotton muslin fabric in a spring hoop, and used very basic stitches to illustrate the light pencil drawing with different colors of embroidery floss. Tip: Keep stitches a bit wonky. Don't strive for perfection. Making it all wonky seems to make it all wright. Ha. Ha. See there, you can even add misspelled words to add interest. After the embroidery is done, I cut away the extra muslin fabric to fit the mat and frame. I used a pressing cloth and spray starch to give it extra body--more suitable for framing.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? The Day after Thanksgiving each year I host a craft day for a group of little girls--while their Moms and Grandmas do Christmas shopping. The girls range from ages 8 to 12. They arrive at 6:00a and are there a full 12 hours. It is like running a marathon, but is so much fun. Promptly at 5:00p we stop crafting and they wrap all the gifts they made. While I clean up the crafts, I listen to them while they are wrapping and discussing who they are going to give their gifts to. The day is always Priceless. One of their favorite crafts is making these little embroidery art pieces. And I tell you--they come up with some of the funniest sayings. I've been doing this craft day with little girls for 8 years now.

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What a cute idea! I'm sure your friend will get a huge laugh out of this. There's something so special about friendships that last across decades. You may not see each other for years, but then you meet again and it's as though not time at all has passed. As for the little girls - just wow! There are some very happy mamas and gradmas living near you and some little girls who will forever have wonderful memories of the days they spend crafting with you.

04/12/2013 Flag

Hey there 2strings. Thanks for the praise on the little embroidery project. Hope it made you laugh too. Regarding the little girl group--I'm blown away at how quiet, accurate, and comfortable those little girls are at the sewing machine, serger, and pressing. We have a regular assembly line going for making pillow cases. I cut, and pass it to the first girl on the serger to serge short end of the rectangle, then she passes it to the gal to measure, fold, and press a 4 inch hem, then she passes it on to the sewing machine girl to sew the 4 inch hem in place, then it comes back to me and I fold it and I give it to the serger sewist asking her to serge the bottom and side seams. We cut threads, tie knots, it gets another press and fold, then sorted into pairs and piles. We rotate positions often so each girl has an opportunity to sew, measure, and press. I maintain my position as the rotary cutter commander and chief. The girls draw lots to take a turn to select one pair at a time for their gift stash. Each gal gets 3 pairs of pillows cases. I do make quite a number of pillow cases in advance of having the girls over. We do several different types of projects during the day--each project never lasts more than 90 minutes. That way, we can make all kinds of neat things. I also buy Dollar store LED flashlights, and tins of shoe polish, etc.--just because we gotta have some guy gift things to wrap at the end of the day too. Funding for the project--I try to buy smart during the year. My mother and friend Kathy donated their time different years to be supervisors and cheerleaders. The most interesting project we ever did was--we asked the girls to bring photos of themselves. We scanned them into the computer and each gal created a mini slide presentation of themselves set to music. They got such fun reviews from their family members--and most important--it was their moment to shine. We really have a fun day, and definitely worth every penny invested!

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Love it!

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