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I am starting to plan next years curriculum and want to include home management/life skills as a subject this year. I was wondering if anyone knew of some good web sites or curriculum's. Also any ideas that you might have or things you have done with your girls would be helpful.

I think I have the book for you. It is Christian, but I think anyone could use it-and just taylor it. I have 4 boys, and they have a "boy's" version and a "girl's" version, but I use both. The name of the book is Keepers at home.

http://www.keepersofthefaith.com/Catalog/lkf/ProductSearch.asp

The book covers such areas as:

Creative Skills: basketweaving, calligraphy, candlemaking, candlewicking, ceramics, counted cross stitch, crewel embroidery, crochet, decoupage….though to weaving…

Homemaking: Baking, budgeting, cake decorating, camping, cleaning, cooking, fire safety, first aid, food preservation, gardening, health and fitness, home decorating, hygiene…through to soapmaking

Knowledge and Skills: biography, computer, foreign language, genealogy, library, literature, music, poetry, sign language… through to writing

Nature: birds, butterflies, flowers, horses, insects, pets, trees, wildflowers,

Other: bus worker, child care, church, ecology, etiquette, etc…

Recreational Activities: badminton, bicycle, croquet, hiking, ice skating, swimming, etc…

It has 374 pages, so obviously it doesn't go in depth on any one subject, but tells you what to do to cover them. Kind of the same way scouting would cover things for badges.

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I've been embroidering since I was three, and have taught a number of beginners some of the basics. I usually use aida for their first lessons, because it's easy to see the holes, and you get some practice at working stitches regularly. Here's a good site:
http://www.needlenthread.com/videos and another:
http://www.embroiderersguild.com/stitch/stitches/index.html

My suggestion: pick a few stitches you like the looks of and play with them a bit. Develop your own variations. Sketch a design and try some stitches on it. Here's a piece of wrought iron art:
http://dhruvphoto.blogspot.com/2007/03/madien-hair-fern-could-fit-in-graphic.html that I turned into a quilt square for a friend — I used three stitches: stem, feather and a variant of the french knot, and three shades of green — I was pleased: http://www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/21784677

Head for the library for some books on embroidery — there are all sorts of formal styles of embroidery, ranging from cross stitch to blackwork to redwork to whitework to polychrome; free stitching and counted thread work; work on surface fabrics and work "in the air" like stumpwork. Play. It can be a really cheap hobby, and one you can keep handy for fidgeting — a square of fabric and a needle and a skein of embroidery thread can easily fit in an altoids box.

DMC has, over the years, done tremendous amounts of design books for embroidery ("DMC Library"). Particularly if you're interested in historical styles, they can be an excellent resource. Here are a few more books, some beginnerish, some advanced… just have fun:






www.amazon.com/Mountmellick-Work-Irish-White-Embroidery/dp/0851055125

Don't let first projects overwhelm you, think small at first — a little featherstitch or chain stitch variant covers the top of a pocket or around a cuff in very little time, and is much less discouraging than getting yourself into the middle of a needlepoint rug project. And choose a small oval hoop for your first hoop. They're easy to hold and work around. Me? I mostly work in hand, without a hoop. Even easier once you've gotten the idea of thread tensions taught to your fingers.

FWIW, these are the usual types of hoops I give to beginners — easy to adjust, hold the fabric well, light in the hand, pretty cheap.

www.createforless.com/Darice+Spring+Tension+Hoop+7/pid17632.aspx
(aka tension hoop, spring hoop) (and also works for machine embroidery
and the plastic Susan Bates hoops:
www.createforless.com/Bates+Hoop-La+Embroidery+Hoop+_and_+Frame+5/pid69998.aspx which has an adjustment screw.

5" round is a good size for most women to hold. though I still prefer the oval hoops
that are harder to find. //www.nordicneedle.com/PROD/6980B.html

When you turn pro, go for the scroll frames or q snaps and similar, if you want to work in a frame.

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I'm short on funds this year and want to make Christmas presents out of stuff I already have. I'm getting tired of making purses and memo boards. I have lots of scrap material and embroidery supplies. I'm good at embroidery, sewing, and cross stitch but am looking at other ideas as well. Please don't post anything expensive. I am on a very fixed budget! thanks in advance for your help

There are many ideas that you can do as well as a few books that cater to making recycle items. I have a few so if you send me an email with some ideas you are looking for I can check them out I have couple of books that everything cost about 10.00 or less to make. These books normal can be found in most crafts stores. Or you can check out what books your local library have. They will mostly likely have a craft type section.

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I want to turn an illustration into a digital image in order to get it embroidered onto something. I asked about it at Lids and they have a service where they digitize the image for $50. I would like to find something free or cheaper. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

once you have drawing on paper done, use scanner to import to image editor or use camera to upload image , then touch up or re-edit image to inaccurate copy of design you want,

PhotoPlus
http://www.freeserifsoftware.com/software/PhotoPlus/
Artweaver Free
http://www.artweaver.de/products-en/artweaver-free/
Gimp ~image editor,
http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net/stable.html

then place in embroidery program or sewing knitting tools the set blocks for stitches,

Embroidery Reader

Embroidery Reader

Scheme Maker
http://schememaker.sourceforge.net/

Stitch –
http://people.dsv.su.se/~henrikbe/stitch/screenshots.shtml

KG-Chart for Cross Stitch
http://www.iktsoft.net/kgchart-en/kgchart/

Sophie Sews
http://www.sophiesew.com/SSDLP/Gallery.php

Stitch buddy (mac)
http://www.stitchbuddy.de/

http://sewhelp.com/
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Okay….so I have a stupid question. I really want to try cross stitching/embroidery but I have no idea what that material is called or where to get it. Not aida cloth, but that plain white fabric you always see people use in embroidery hoops.

Any ideas?

Take a look at this fabric… it's plain old muslin, and you can get it at any fabric store, or even the Walmarts that haven't thrown every bolt of fabric out.
Probably in the range of $2-5/yard for 45" wide fabric.
http://www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/21784677
That's about a 10" wide piece shown there… here's what the fabric looks like up close:
http://www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/22521551
the machine stitches here are 3 mm long.

This is what I typically give to beginners for surface embroidery, or for doing stamped cross stitch. It's cheap, easy to work with and holds up well.

The real secret of embroidery is that once you know what you're doing, you can embroider on anything you can get a needle through, from the most delicate silk organza like the wings of this dragonfly: http://stitchinfingers.ning.com/photo/stumpwork-dragonfly?context=user
to heavy velvets http://www.hchc.edu/hellenic/campus_life/library/archbishop_iakovos_collection/gallery.html?pic=15 and even leather: http://natural-history.uoregon.edu/metis_textiles13

If you want to do counted cross stitch, then a fabric where you can really see the holes, like aida or evenweave linen, is easier to start with. I usually start beginners at about 10 stitches per inch.

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I wish to do embroidery or cross stitch of Lord Krishna.
Where can i find the sketches or drawings free for download.

try images.google.com

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Who uses free counted cross stitch patterns and graphs? Anyone who wants them, but there are many uses for these patterns. Free cross stitch patterns are often found on the Internet which is a great source for these patterns. Some people use these patterns to incorporate and merge them with other patterns and motifs to create a brand new pattern idea. These customized patterns are then either used for personal use or are marketed and sold with a new name or title.

A designer who specializes in free cross stitch patterns is Connie G. Barwick who presents patterns to the general public for personal use only. Also, a site called Better Cross Stitch Patterns.com offers very nice, unique free patterns. The atmosphere is very friendly there, and they go out of their way to make a stitcher feel at home.

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