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In response to: Baskets o' Echeveria

Julia [Visitor]

Interesting sets. I want to see the result.

 Permalink 01/24/17 @ 01:36

In response to: Watson Mill - sails, part 3

Julia [Visitor]

Your unmatched accuracy! This attention to detail makes your design masterpieces.

 Permalink 01/24/17 @ 01:32

In response to: The Persian - introduction

Julia [Visitor]

Good carpet! With pleasure I follow your work. French knots original way. Advise where to find more information.

 Permalink 01/24/17 @ 01:22

In response to: Tribal Foxes Rug - 99.5 hours

Julia [Visitor]

Very nice and neat. I like these calm colors.

 Permalink 01/24/17 @ 00:22

In response to: Laughter is the best medicine

Julia [Visitor]

Above all, the cat feel comfortable))

 Permalink 01/24/17 @ 00:16

In response to: Haunted Heritage photo book

Kristine [Visitor]

What a beautiful keepsake Brae! I hope you find a way to make more copies :) The chimney gets me every time! I’ve started reading about the Heritage from the house’s very beginning on your blog. I missed the fact that it was a Duracraft kit before - I was so surprised! I have a second hand Duracraft Farmhouse just sitting waiting to be completed. I thought it was too flimsy but after reading about the Heritage I have hope! Your post on padding the walls and adding in a completely new outer wall are really helpful. I’m also planning on reading up on the Newport now from the beginning too since you mentioned it was a similar kit as well. You have so many great detailed posts on all the structural components! :D Anyways again the book is beautiful!

 Permalink 01/23/17 @ 16:59

In response to: Haunted Heritage photo book

Jennifer [Visitor]

Love it, what a fantastic idea! Are you going to Chicago this year?

Jenn

 Permalink 01/23/17 @ 07:21

In response to: Baskets o' Echeveria

elizabeth s [Visitor]

Nancy’s baskets are really Superb and I look forward to seeing your basket and the Succulent kit completed!

 Permalink 01/21/17 @ 13:24

In response to: Baskets o' Echeveria

Pepper [Visitor]

Can’t wait to get my basket kits now. Everything looks fab!

 Permalink 01/21/17 @ 12:06

In response to: Baskets o' Echeveria

Barbara [Visitor]

I was saving my kits up for a mini day get together, but that little basket keeps beckoning..

 Permalink 01/20/17 @ 23:43

In response to: Baskets o' Echeveria

Jodi Hippler [Visitor]

How fun! Her hand colored leaves are so purdy! Can’t wait to see the finished basket and succulents!

 Permalink 01/20/17 @ 21:24

In response to: Baskets o' Echeveria

Nancy Enge [Visitor]

Whoa, Brae, I am so happy *you* are happy with the kits. More importantly, I look forward to seeing what you make of them! Many thanks for the props. I am honored <3

 Permalink 01/20/17 @ 21:23

In response to: Baskets o' Echeveria

Sheila [Visitor]

I’m still a little scared of the flowers but I love those baskets. Gorgeous.

 Permalink 01/20/17 @ 18:52

In response to: Baskets o' Echeveria

Debora [Visitor]

Nice! &#58;&#68;

 Permalink 01/20/17 @ 16:30

In response to: Introducing - Ye Olde Taxidermist

brae [Member]

Thank you!! &#58;&#62;&#62; That would be a grave scene. &#58;&#41;&#41;

 Permalink 01/20/17 @ 10:21

In response to: Haunted Heritage photo book

brae [Member]

Thank you! &#58;&#62;&#62;

I don’t think Shutterfly is like other print on demand services where royalties are paid to the author or artist. It’s something to look into for the future, though. &#58;&#121;&#101;&#115;&#58;

 Permalink 01/20/17 @ 10:20

In response to: Introducing - Ye Olde Taxidermist

Josje [Visitor]

What a great build Brae! It’s a good thing Mr. Taxidermist does his actual taxidermy at home or else it would be a rather different scene ;-)

 Permalink 01/20/17 @ 07:13

In response to: Haunted Heritage photo book

Alessandra [Visitor]

I wonder if you could make the file available on Shutterfly, for your fans to order for themselves? I had books made once and they were pretty nice - maybe that’s what you did. Anyway, your Haunted Heritage is one of my favorite projects of yours. Cheers!

 Permalink 01/19/17 @ 08:55

In response to: Haunted Heritage photo book

brae [Member]

I was able to get this one book printed for a good price, but they are unfortunately too expensive to print in bulk through the service I used. If I ordered at full price, I would have to charge too much to cover the costs. Maybe someday I can get a true book published on the Heritage. If I am able to print another at a good price, I will list it.

 Permalink 01/18/17 @ 09:54

In response to: Haunted Heritage photo book

Alessandra [Visitor]

Are you going to have more available?

 Permalink 01/18/17 @ 09:41

In response to: Haunted Heritage photo book

Sheila [Visitor]

Hey that’s really cool!

 Permalink 01/16/17 @ 11:38

In response to: The Persian - introduction

brae [Member]

Thank you, Elga, for the info. Yes, 400 hours is an investment, but the end result is breathtaking. &#58;&#121;&#101;&#115;&#58;

 Permalink 01/16/17 @ 07:20

In response to: Watson Mill - sails, part 3

brae [Member]

Thank you! &#58;&#62;&#62;

Considering the small surface area being glued, I don’t know if any glue would be enough on its own. I like the nail detail, too. &#58;&#121;&#101;&#115;&#58;

The X-Acto blade holder shown in the above photo has a cap, which I like for transporting and storage in the tool tray…less chance of accidents.

 Permalink 01/16/17 @ 07:18

In response to: Watson Mill - sails, part 3

Barbara [Visitor]

Wonderful work! (And I am enjoying learning the terminology too.)

 Permalink 01/15/17 @ 18:57

In response to: Watson Mill - sails, part 3

Kat [Visitor]

Wow. That is a lot of work, but looks amazing.

Not sure if you’ve ever tried No More Nails glue (at home deport, etc). I pick my room boxes up by the roof and its rock solid with that stuff. Not the easiest to work with (not super fast drying and it has a higher moisture content) but you can bypass screws, etc with it!

 Permalink 01/15/17 @ 18:39

In response to: Watson Mill - sails, part 3

azteclady [Visitor]

I saw your post about the new (and no good) model of the Easy Cutter Ultimate, so I’m now on the lookout for an older model for sale.

I was more wondering about X-Acto blades and micro-saws, and the holders/handles available.

 Permalink 01/15/17 @ 17:06

In response to: Watson Mill - sails, part 3

brae [Member]

Thanks so much! &#58;&#62;&#62;

Interestingly enough, the wood sail weighs less than the foam core board mockup sail. &#58;&#121;&#101;&#115;&#58; Of course, the cloth I add later will increase the weight, but the motor should be able to handle it without issue.

As for blades, I love the Easy Cutter Ultimate (the older, original design with the rivet on the bottom). I haven’t noticed any difference in the X-Acto blade brands.

 Permalink 01/15/17 @ 16:31

In response to: Watson Mill - sails, part 3

azteclady [Visitor]

Wow! Just…wow!

Two questions: is this going to weigh more than the mockup, and if so, how is that going to affect the motor?

And…would you share your favorite brand for cutters and blades?

Thank you!

 Permalink 01/15/17 @ 16:19

In response to: Watson Mill - sails, part 3

Sheila [Visitor]

I’m flabbergasted at the precision of your work. I loved your mockup and this is just exponentially more amazing.

 Permalink 01/15/17 @ 15:01

In response to: Watson Mill - sails, part 3

Keli [Visitor]

Nice!

 Permalink 01/15/17 @ 14:50

In response to: Watson Mill - sails, part 3

Debora [Visitor]

Wow! This looks great so far! &#58;&#68;

 Permalink 01/15/17 @ 13:18

In response to: The Persian - introduction

Cheverly L [Visitor]

Oh my goodness, I LOVE that pattern! So beautiful. I’ll have to find one too.
Your Bees and Trees rug is also super adorable. I’ve been working on her Pecking Order rug for at least 1700 hours and think I have maybe 1/2 a square inch done. &#58;&#68;

 Permalink 01/15/17 @ 09:50

In response to: The Persian - introduction

Keli [Visitor]

That rug is gorgeous! It makes my head hurt just thinking about it. I will leave the beautiful stitchery to those of you with patience.

 Permalink 01/15/17 @ 03:52

In response to: The Persian - introduction

Elga [Visitor]

Ooh, I love the chart Brae! I stitched my rug on 40 count gauze with one thread of DMC and one knot with a size 28 tapestry needle. Took me about 400 hours but well worth the time and effort, I still love it! Whatever stitch you choose in the end I am sure it will be beautiful. I think once you have used gauze you won’t want to go back to fabric. Personally I don’t like tent stitch that much…both with French knots and cross stitch I haven’t had problems with the work pulling out of square.

 Permalink 01/14/17 @ 11:30

In response to: The Persian - introduction

Jodi Hippler [Visitor]

This is purely selfish of me, but the french knots in the Bees and Trees make me swoon. I’d LOVE to see the Persian Needlepoint Tapestry done the same way! Any way you do it, it is going to be wonderful!

 Permalink 01/14/17 @ 11:14

In response to: The Persian - introduction

brae [Member]

I do have a frame, which I’ve used for French knot work before…and I always use magnifiers. &#58;&#121;&#101;&#115;&#58;

 Permalink 01/14/17 @ 09:22

In response to: The Persian - introduction

Nancy Enge [Visitor]

I only use silk gauze, and at the higher counts, see-through is not a problem. I do use a frame and a Luxo magnifier, though, so it’s not quite the same as stitching in hand. Whatever works!

 Permalink 01/13/17 @ 23:10

In response to: The Persian - introduction

Sheila [Visitor]

Oh wow, that’ll be just gorgeous.

 Permalink 01/13/17 @ 22:09

In response to: The Persian - introduction

Kat [Visitor]

Oh my 42 count (cheering you on!!!). Anything smaller then 32 and my eyes hurt and I get frustrated. But, if anyone could pull off French knots, and have the patience, it’s you!

 Permalink 01/13/17 @ 21:38

In response to: The Persian - introduction

brae [Member]

I am guessing it would be close to the cross-stitch time, which is double the half-cross-stitch time. So, still doable for me. It’s not so much the time but whether I can get used to the silk gauze, which is essentially see-through. &#58;&#121;&#101;&#115;&#58;

 Permalink 01/13/17 @ 21:37

In response to: The Persian - introduction

Nancy Enge [Visitor]

Ooooh, Brae, this is fascinating. Every time I see one of your rugs, it makes me want to stitch. I never thought of French knotting rather than tent or half-cross stitching. But omg, it would at least double the time for every stitch?

 Permalink 01/13/17 @ 21:00

In response to: The Persian - introduction

Debora [Visitor]

I think it will be lovely. Again I am in awe of your patience with these projects! &#58;&#68;

 Permalink 01/13/17 @ 16:59

In response to: 1913 Model T Van, completed

brae [Member]

Thank you!! &#58;&#62;&#62;

 Permalink 01/11/17 @ 10:34

In response to: Watson Mill - sails, part 2

brae [Member]

Thanks, everyone! &#58;&#62;&#62;

I think if anyone tries to mess with the mill, Gustav will sick the dogs on them. &#58;&#41;&#41;

 Permalink 01/09/17 @ 21:36

In response to: Easy Cutter Ultimate

brae [Member]

Good tip, Pam. Thank you! &#58;&#121;&#101;&#115;&#58;

 Permalink 01/09/17 @ 21:31

In response to: Happy New Year - on to 2017!!!

brae [Member]

Thank you!!! &#58;&#62;&#62;

 Permalink 01/09/17 @ 21:30

In response to: Laughter is the best medicine

brae [Member]

Thanks, everyone! I am feeling much better. &#58;&#121;&#101;&#115;&#58;

 Permalink 01/09/17 @ 21:29

In response to: Tribal Foxes Rug - 99.5 hours

brae [Member]

Thank you! &#58;&#68;

I used to be able to eyeball it, but with age came reading glasses. When I do needlework, I use high magnifying readers, usually 3X to 3.5X magnification. No eye strain at all. &#58;&#121;&#101;&#115;&#58;

 Permalink 01/09/17 @ 19:41

In response to: Tribal Foxes Rug - 99.5 hours

azteclady [Visitor]

(exactly what Carrie said)

:grin:

 Permalink 01/09/17 @ 19:04

In response to: Tribal Foxes Rug - 99.5 hours

Sheila [Visitor]

Beautiful work. I envy you your eyes. Mine can’t take work that small anymore. Do you use a magnifying glass or just eyeball your needlework?

 Permalink 01/09/17 @ 18:49