Basic Preparations for Canvas Work

To begin canvas work, you must first prepare a piece of canvas large enough to receive the design. ‘Large enough’ means the finished size of the design plus a margin of at least 5cm along each edge. When you are working with an uncharted design, finish size equals the dimensions of the drawing you will follow. When a design is charted, finished size depends upon the number of canvas threads called for by the chart in relation to the threads per inch in the canvas. If the canvas is too narrow, lengths can be joined to get the necessary width. Make a pattern of the prepared canvas – it will be need when it is time to block the worked …

8 Tips On How To Collect Antique Oriental Rugs

Antique Oriental rugs have become highly sought after and highly collectable. In fact it is said the antique Oriental rugs are a better investment than investing in the stock market. These 8 tips on how to collect antique oriental rugs will keep you buying smart. 1. In the Beginning Don’t buy Now I bet your thinking that’s a dumb tip if I’m in the market for collecting antique Oriental rugs. That’s because in the beginning you have no idea what you are looking for. Take time to learn before you buy. 2. Buy Books Begin by purchasing one or more of the collecting books available. Buy as many as you can afford to buy. They are an invaluable resource when …

8 Styles of Southwestern Rugs

If you have a southwestern or Navajo decor you are going to be very pleased with the rugs that are available to complete your room. Southwestern rugs are a work of art and very affordable. They are very versatile! Here are 8 styles of Southwestern Rugs that are very popular. 1. Southwestern Handmade Area Rugs Handmade are rugs will contain Southwestern colors, designs, and figures. They may use subtle desert tones are vibrant bright colors depending on the design. These Southwest rugs are perfect for a bedroom, porch, kitchen, sun room, living room rugs, or family room. 2. Southwestern Spirit Rugs Southwest spirit area rugs draws use a wide variety of colors and design that are tied to the spirituality …

8 Reasons Why You Should Buy Wool Rugs

Wool has been around for a long time, in fact it is one of the oldest textile fiber known of. Because of its natural properties wool rugs have been known to last for generations. In our modern world there are many other textile fiber used for rugs but nothing is as durable, unique, and lasting as wool. Here are 8 reasons why you should buy wool rugs. 1. Fire Resistant Wool is a natural fiber that is very safe because it is naturally non flammable so it does not need to be treated. Although wool can burn it cannot flare up to cause a flame that spreads. So where ever the burn starts will be where it ends as well. …

How Many Feet Do You Have?

How many feet do you have? Or I should say, how many feet does your sewing machine have? Once upon a time there was a sewing machine with one foot, one foot for sewing a straight stitch. Now there are sewing machines with many feet and they all do a different job for you. They certainly make life at the sewing machine more enjoyable and easier. Some of these feet come with your machine and your manual will have the information for you on what application they are used for. By taking the time to try these attachments for your sewing machine, you will find a whole new creative side to yourself, and you thought your machine was for sewing. …

How An Area Rug Can Make The Perfect Room Accent

If you have beautiful hardwood, marble, or slate floors, you probably want to make sure they stay beautiful. Area rugs are a great way to protect floors without covering them up completely. Of course, area rugs can be so pretty and decorative that some people also use them in a room that has wall to wall carpet just so they can add some decorative touches to the room. You can find the perfect rug for any decorating style. For a country style room, a braided rug is the perfect choice. Although it has a country feel, an oval braid rug is also slightly sophisticated. Careful vacuuming is a must with this type of rug, since a powerful vacuum can loosen …

Add Dimension And Personality To Your Embroidery

One of the best ways that you can personalize your embroidery and make it stand out among others is to add dimension to your technique. Dimension in embroidery brings your piece to life and adds style, personality, and a 3-D quality that is uniquely your own. And contrary to what you may think, adding dimension does not require intricate and complicated stitching such as stumpwork or other techniques used in dimensional embroidery. If you can embroider, you can add dimension to your work with just a few simple techniques. Here’s how: Use different thread weights. Using multiple weights of thread will give your embroidered piece dimension and depth that cannot be achieved with patterns using all the same thread weight. …

Automatic machine embroidery

General information Machine embroidery is a special type of embroidery, performed by special automatic machines, functioning according to the man’s adjusted program. This man is designer, constructor. He creates the embroidery program (design) – the machine operation algorithm, which can be in consequence repeated unlimited number of times. The machine following the given program, automatically executes the embroidery on material. In this way, the main features of machine embroidery are the absence of manual labor at the stage of outright embroidery, and the possibility of embroidery samples duplication. The machine embroidery is a recent kind of activity, in contrast to manual embroidery, existing for thousands of years. The machine embroidery began its existence nearly 50 years ago and in 1980-ies …

Arts and Crafts Idea: Foam Sheet Glasses Case

Are you a camp director, teacher, or homeschool mom looking for a new arts and crafts idea for your kids? Or maybe you are a recreation director at a senior center or nursing home and could use a new project. Either way, this arts and crafts idea will be interesting and fun for all. This glass case can be used, given as a gift, or converted into a necklace purse. To make the glasses case, you will need the following simple materials: a square of craft foam, plastic or large blunt needles, lanyard lace or thick yarn. Cut two rectangles from the foam, each 3-1/2 inches (9 cm.) by 6 inches (15 cm.). With a hole punch, make holes on …

6 Ways To Use Contemporary Area Rugs In Your Home Decor

Whether you are in a brand new home or one that’s had some years providing a cozy environment. If you are looking to change the look of a room, add a focal point, or update it contemporary area rugs can do the job. Here are 6 ways to use contemporary area rugs in your home decor. 1. Focal Point If your room feels drab or dreary you can use a contemporary area rug to create a focal point and bring your room to life. The rug itself becomes the focal point in the room so it should jump out and bring attention to it. Choose something to accent your room colors or go all out and change your entire color …

6 Ways To Use an Area Rug

Area rugs are a powerful tool to changing the look of your room or adding the finishing touches. No matter how small your budget is you are certain to be able to afford an area rug. They are affordable and available and carpet dealers and department stores. The variety is endless and you are certain to find the right area rug for the job. Here are 6 ways to use an area rug in your home. 1. Save Carpet In Children’s Room Kids can be hard on their carpet in their rooms and carpet is so expensive to replace. Using an area rug you can accomplish a few things. You can save wear and tear and staining of the carpet. …

5 Styles Of Rug Hooking To Choose From

Rug hooking has been around for centuries. In fact it is believed to date back to the third century where descendants of ancient Egyptians are believed to have made the very first hand hooked rugs. It is believed that China began making rug hooking shortly after. Of course over time it made it’s way to the western world where it is considered as one of North America’s oldest folk art styles. Colonial women could not afford to have these rugs shipped from Europe so they were quick to figure out how to make their own by using rags. It was the perfect solution to covering up bare floors. They used burlap sacks that the livestock feed came in as the …

Living Rich in a Readymade World

These days decorating doesn’t have to be about custom design. It can be about where to find it now and how to make it work for you. There is such a wealth of readymade elements both at retailers, online, and in mail order catalogues. You can do it yourself or get the knowledge and expertise of a professional decorator, transforming your house into a home without ever leaving your chair. Best of all you can have it all immediately. No waiting, no anticipation, just take it home today. The trick is in knowing what to buy and how to make it not look like everyone else’s. Read on for the real scoop on living rich in a readymade world. Firstly, …

4 Top Marine Carpet Manufacturers

Your boat requires the right kind of carpet for many reasons. Safety being the first and most important, and of course you want a carpet that’s going to hold up to the outside elements and still look good. That’s why the only choice for you is marine carpet. There are three top marine carpet manufacturers and many marine carpet retailers where you can purchase your marine carpet. Matworks Has been producing premium marine carpet for decades. They will even create custom mats and carpets for you. Whether you are replacing your old carpet or looking to add a little pizzaz Matworks has a carpet for you. They use only the highest quality materials designed to hold up under the toughest …

3 Types of Chinese Rugs to Buy

Chinese rugs date far back into ancient time but it is the rugs from the 1930s era that are getting the most attention these days. The Fette, Peking, and Nichols rugs are very popular! Buying Chinese rugs can be a great investment financially and in your home decor. Below are the top 3 types of Chinese rugs to buy. Peking Rugs The Peking rugs are influenced with Chinese symbols and designs that are from ancient times. The original Peking rugs would have a centered design as the focal point and then an all over pattern. They were commonly found in ivory, yellow, navy, and royal blue. Chinese rugs designed into the 1970s still carried the influential styles of antique Peking …

5 Choices In Sheepskin Rugs

There is nothing more stylish than a sheepskin rug and oh so cozy! You can buy traditional as well as designer sheepskin rugs. Add a little charm and a whole lot of warmth and luxury to your room. There are plenty of choices in sheepskin rugs. Sheepskin Area Rug Sheepskin area rugs are quite large usually around 6 feet in length and 3 feet in widths. They are perfect on the floor, displayed on the wall as an art piece, or hung over a sofa. They make a wonderful room accent. Sheepskin Rug A full sheepskin rug is an absolutely beautiful addition to a room. It will add warm, luxury, and coziness to the room like no other rug can. …