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October 07, 2008

Hello, Everyone!

Last month there was no newsletter. Hurricane Ike made his appearance in my area as a terrific windstorm. Many people were without power for weeks. Houses were damaged or destroyed and gas became very hard to get. I can only imagine what those of you living in Texas and other areas effected by Ike must have gone through. I hope that everyone is safe and life has returned to some kind of normalcy. Personally, we were without electric for a little more than 24 hours, my house suffered a little roof damage and tree limbs were down but that was it.

On a brighter note: Halloween is nearing. It seems that every year, more and more people are decorating for it. Besides the usual embroidery items that are added monthly to the site, I have also put some free graphics for you to use in your Halloween crafts. You will also find in the next month or so, many Christmas crafts that will help you decorate your homes beautifully for the holidays.

Here are some of the new articles and crafts now available at Victorian Embroidery and Crafts.

What's New!

Venetian Long Stitch Embroidery Venetian Long Stitch Embroidery is the old-fashioned description of Worsted Work worked on open canvas. To learn more, see Venetian Long Stitch -Embroidery.


New Patchwork Pattern Available!


Loghouse Patchwork Pattern. This pattern, also known as Canadian Patchwork, is a design many of us know. The main difference between today's Loghouse and the Victorian version is that the Victorians used ribbon instead of pieces of material. To learn more, see Loghouse Patchwork Pattern.


New Stitches that have been added.

A number of stitches have been added
  • Trellis Stitch
  • Bead Stitch
  • Berry Stitch
  • Figure Stitch
  • Padding Stitch
  • Ribbon Stitch
  • Square-and-Circle Stitch
Check them out at Embroidery Stitches.


Crafts

As you may have noticed, I have recently added free Victorian graphics to the site. I sometimes found it hard to decide what group to put a picture in because it may fit into two or more categories. For example a border with witches could fit in both the "Borders" category or the "Halloween" category. I thought about putting any graphic that was like that into both categories but found it not only took a long time to do but would also make it tedious for someone to keep coming across the same graphic. I would suggest that if you don't find what you're looking for in one category to look in another to see if what you need is there. Hopefully, that won't happen too often, but, hey! You might come across a a better graphic to use in its place or in another craft. Remember - the graphics cost nothing so use them as often as you like.

  • Victorian Borders - You will find many types of borders here.

  • Victorian Angels - Be sure to check back often in this category as I have many more to add.

  • Children and Women - If it has to do with girls, boys, or women, you'll find it here.

  • Kate Greenaway - Look! Here is some great Kate Greenaway clipart. Who doesn't love the quaintness of this Victorian artist? Check it out!

  • Halloween - Great Halloween graphics, just in time for the holiday.

I found some AWESOME Halloween crafts at vintageimagecraft.com. There you will find two great ornaments - a Halloween witch and a Pumpkin - you might want to make. These were based on Victorian Christmas ornament designs. Take a look and see what you think.

Another fantastic craft (I fell in love with) is the Halloween luminary. I have GOT to make me at least one. The great thing about this site, if you haven't checked it out before, is that everything you need is listed and the directions are crystal clear. Be sure to check it out soon because I know you'll want to try more than just one craft!

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I have someone looking for information on the following term. I have searched in all my books and pamphlets and can't find anything. Anyone know what "Binkercloth" is? Any help would really be appreciated.

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For those of you who have written and asked questions that I have posted previously in this e-zine - if I haven't contacted you, no one has responded with an answer to your question. If anyone does, please be assured I will let you know immediately.
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To send any information you would like to share, just E-mail me. Keep the questions, comments and answers coming. I love hearing from you.

That's it for this month's e-zine. I hope you find something of interest to you.

With warm regards,

Mary

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