Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Question to use or not use a hoop: Tutorial

How to Use an Embroidery Hoop

I do allot of  hand embroidery for most of Dolls, From my Prims on down to My Vintage styles dolls,
For me it adds just a touch of extra love, personalization and so forth.

Purpose of a hoop is  holds the fabric taunt to ensure that you are working well-formed embroidery stitches.

In doing Primitive hand embroidery or stitching
 I did not create the prim stitch info is at
I do not use a hoop when doing Primitive Stitch  because I want the hand embroidery or stitching to not be so " well-formed ".

Good Tip for using a hoop:
Your choice of size and shape depends entirely on the project and your preference - and there are a lot of possibilities. Selecting a hoop, remember that the fabric must completely fill the hoop in order to keep it tight. This means that for those using a larger
hoop, the fabric may need to be cut larger, with more open space around all four sides, to fit the hoop.

Many stitches choose hoops that are slightly larger than the area of the project they are stitching. This allows them to center the
design area in the hoop and work the design without moving the hoop from one area of the fabric to another

This is my favorite type of hoop to use
It has like a lip on the inside which keeps the fabric really tight and snug for long periods of time.
 But I  prefer a smaller hoop, as it is easier to hold in the hands for longer periods of time, Plus  easy to carry my project around
with me, This is my second project I am stitching using a small hoop and am able to take it any where with me. This is by Dimensions called Vintage Lodge 12 X 12
(Christmas Present shhh)

 At the moment  I am doing a very large project  that is a lap quilt cross stitch, that is four feet by four feet, I use a large hoop so I  don't have to move it around the design so much, Trust me I only work on this when I am at home and usually sitting with hubby watch TV and totally set up up for not moving much any where:)

Bucilla Butterfly Collection Lap Quilt Stamped-45''X45''
On this project because of the size I am using a frame lock hoop and love it

 I have decided this week I am going to go buy a hoop stand for the small project and MAY eventually buy a large hoop stand for the lap quilt.

I hope this little tutorial has help you even in a small way..Even if you do applique' it is always best to be in control of your fabric!!

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

a powerful tool for wellness

Diet for Stress, Anxiety,Mood Swings,Can't Sleep,

Stress:We all have it, and how we handle it can make all the difference. Stress management can be a powerful tool for wellness, since too much stress can affect physical health. There are many strategies, and one of them is all about what you eat. Research shows that calcium eases anxiety and mood swings Dietitians typically recommend skim or low-fat milk Read on to learn how a stress management diet can help. I  been following this diet or list what ever you want to call it..and it is amazing just a little adjustment so far in my eating habits/ diet/ ... how much better I feel and sleep. even if you just do one thing at least that's a start!!..Sherrie

#1: Complex Carbs... All carbs prompt the brain to make more serotonin. For a steady supply of this feel-good chemical, it's best to eat complex carbs, which are digested more slowly. Good choices include whole-grain breakfast cereals, breads, and pastas, as well as old-fashioned oatmeal. Complex carbs can also help you feel balanced by stabilizing blood sugar levels.

#2: Simple Carbs :limit these/...Dietitians usually recommend steering clear of simple carbs, which include sweets and soda. But in a pinch, these foods can hit the spot. Simple sugars are digested quickly, leading to a spike in serotonin. Still, it doesn't last long, and there are healthier options. So don't make these a stress-relieving habit; you should limit these

#3: Oranges...Oranges make the list for their wealth of vitamin C. Studies suggest this vitamin can curb levels of stress hormones while strengthening the immune system. In one study of people with high blood pressure, blood pressure and cortisol levels (a stress hormone) returned to normal more quickly when people took vitamin C before a stressful task.

#4:Spinach...Popeye never lets stress get the best of him -- maybe it's all the magnesium in his spinach. Too little magnesium may trigger headaches and fatigue, compounding the effects of stress. One cup of spinach goes a long way toward replenishing magnesium stores. Not a spinach eater? Try some cooked soybeans or a filet of salmon, also high in magnesium. Green leafy vegetables are a rich source of magnesium.

#5: Fatty Fish...To keep stress in check, make friends with fatty fish. 
Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish such as salmon and tuna, can prevent surges in stress hormones and may help protect against heart disease, mood disorders like depression, and PMS. For a steady supply of feel-good omega-3s, aim to eat 3 ounces of fatty fish at least twice a week.

#6: Black Tea...Drinking black tea may help you recover from stressful events more quickly. One study compared people who drank four cups of tea daily for six weeks with people who drank another beverage. The tea drinkers reported feeling calmer and had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol after stressful situations. When it comes to stress, the caffeine in coffee can boost stress hormones and raise blood pressure.

#7: Pistachios...Pistachios, as well as other nuts and seeds, are good sources of healthy fats. Eating a handful of pistachios, walnuts, or almonds every day may help lower your cholesterol, ease inflammation in your heart's arteries, make diabetes less likely, and help protect you against the effects of stress. Don't overdo it, though: Nuts are rich in calories

#8: Avocados...One of the best ways to reduce high blood pressure is to get enough potassium -- and half an avocado has more potassium than a medium-sized banana. Guacamole, made from avocado, just might be a healthy alternative when stress has you craving a high-fat treat. Avocados are high in fat and calories, though, so watch your portion size

#9: Almonds...Almonds are chock-full of helpful vitamins: vitamin E to bolster the immune system, plus B vitamins, which may make you more resilient during bouts of stress such as depression. To get the benefits, snack on a quarter of a cup every day

#10: Raw Veggies...Crunchy raw vegetables can help ease stress in a purely mechanical way. Munching celery or carrot sticks helps release a clenched jaw, and that can ward off tension.

#11: Bedtime Snack...Carbs at bedtime can speed the release of the brain chemical serotonin and help you sleep better. Since heavy meals before bed can trigger heartburn, stick to something light, such as toast and jam

#12: Milk...Another bedtime stress-buster is the time-honored glass of warm milk. Research shows that calcium eases anxiety and mood swings linked to PMS. Dietitians typically recommend skim or low-fat milk

Sunday, June 02, 2013

A Must to see !!

I have been looking for a REAL traditional baby bonnet pattern from the late 1800's for a doll I have created ..I found the *Perfect*
Pattern and  Real vintage techniques..
 Summer Dresses
 Go take a look at 
The Old Fashioned Baby By: Jeannie Baumeister shop
and see her out standing designs and patterns, and her breath taking needle work !!!! Hugs ((((Sherrie))))

Saturday, June 01, 2013

A Rose by Any Other Name

A Rose by Any Other Name is a article written 

by Craft Gossip  in their free news letter

I wanted to share this with you, because it really touched my heart, and if you don't get 

Craft Gossip news letter go sign up for it , I love it and it is free.. 

This free design really did touch my heart... It made me go " oOOoh!" It was so kind of  Brigitte to share with us these designs and to give them to us to use for free, Please go to her blog and see the others she is sharing and be sure to say Thank You!!

I can just see them in cross stitch, Or just out lined, or embroidery on  your dolls dress, or apron oooo so many idea's