hey everyone,come to see my handicraft
September 7, 2007 6:13am CST
is this little bear cute? lol,my younger sister made it during this summer,and now it is on my cellphone.whenever i saw it,it reminds me of those days when she is sewing it.i know she is really good at it,but i can't.it's a complicated job for me. here we call it 'cross sewing',i don't know if it is popular abroad,or if there's someone who sewed it before? have you made anything all by your hand before? what is it?what do you think of handicraft?
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7 Sep 07
That is a super little bear, and I'm sure you must be very proud of your sister, and think of her every time you use your cellphone :-) Well, I learned embroidery and cross-stitch (the British name for cross-sewing) when I was young -this wasn't surprising though, as my mother used to sew a lot, and insisted that I should learn.) - I've made little cushions, and once had a big cross-stitch project which I nearly finished, but I ran out of thread for two of the colours. In the UK, you can buy cross-stitch kits, which contain all the threads, a piece of fabric with markings, and a paper pattern with different symbols for different colours, so you know where to sew which colour. This was one of these, but you can make your own designs on a piece of squared paper. Handicraft can be a fun hobby, and there's a sense of achievement when you complete your project! Of course - like your sister did with that bear, you can make gifts for your friends, and it's more personal and nicer than something bought from the shops, because they've put effort and thought into it. I'm sure you could learn cross-stitch if you wanted to - it just takes practice (like most skills), and you just have to remember to always make the crosses in the same direction (one side always underneath, and the other one always on top - I hope I explained that clearly - it's easier to show someone how to do a stitch than explain it in words), and try to keep them the same size. But if sewing isn't for you but you want to do handicrafts, there are other ones you could try, like silk-painting, or making jewellry, or knitting. All the best to you and your sister - she's done very well, and I'm very impressed by her skill!!
11 Sep 07
yes,lol,i am proud of her.i showed her cross-stitch to everyone i know.this is one of my precious present i've received.if i have time,i really want to do some practice on this.thanks for your useful advice,your explanation is very clear. :) when i have time,i want to make one,hmm,hope it's not too bad.
12 Sep 07
LOL - I'm sure it will be very good! And I'm sure your sister will be proud of you too :-) I'm glad my advice was clear, and I hope it does help! If you draw the pattern onto the cloth in pencil, that's a good way of keeping your sewing neat, and then when you've finished sewing, you could gently wash the fabric in warm water, which should remove the pencil markings. Do you have an embroidery ring? It's made of two wooden circles - the smaller one fits tightly inside the larger one (and the larger one is adjustable), and you use it to keep the fabric stretched flat, keeping the tightness of the stitches even, and making it easier to hold the fabric too. I used to use one of those when I did sewing, and it was very useful and made it a lot easier. Anyway, I'll stop being bossy now, or you'll be spending all your time reading my responses, and won't have time to start your new hobby :-)
13 Sep 07
lol,i will be busy from next week on.my teacher gave me another task.so i'd rather spend more time reading your responses,that is more happier. i dont have an embroidery ring,maybe my mother has one,i guess if i use it,my sewing will look better. :)thank you for taking time to explain it so clear to me. i'll try and put my sewing on mylot later---no matter it is good or bad.
11 Sep 07
Yes,it's cute.I'd have loved to see a red bear.I guess there aren't any , but I have seen red pandas.We don't have any in our parts though.So,if I learn knitting,the first thing I'd bring to life would be a cuddly red bear. :-)
8 Sep 07
Wow, the little bear shown in the image is really cute and attractive! At first I thought it is your master piece as you had started a discussion about learning how to make handicraft by using used stuffs. Yeah, from its neat and refined sewing, the matching of the colors with various tones, the sweet and cute appearance of the little bear we could really see how complicated the work was and how much time was needed to accomplish this little bear. So you must cherish and take care of it all the time. Her effort also shows the close and intimate relationship between you and your beloved sister. I had made spinning top (tuo luo) from the wood of guava tree and a long iron nail many years ago for my son. Making handicraft is really a good hobby during our leisure and it’s also a good exercise for training our hands to be more skillful. Other than that we could make some profits by selling them.
11 Sep 07
thank you for your sweet words.:)yes,it took my sister a lot of time,about three days,she is a girl with much patience,but she said she will not sell her products,coz they are priceless.lol,i am lucky. when i was little,i once played spinning top,but i dont know if it was like the one you made for your son,coz i bought it from a store.my father said he had one which was made by my grandfather,and i saw he was proud of that,i think my spinning top reminded him a lot of things.
17 Sep 07
You are most welcome, my dear friend. I agree that you are such lucky to have a priceless “not for sale” present gifted by your beloved sister. I could see her skillful work from the photo. The wonderful piece of handicraft could only be made by a much patient person. I am quite impressed after hearing the story of the spinning tops passed from your grandpa to your dad. It reminds us much of those sweet old days that our grand parents who showed much cares and loves for the grand children. I am sure that you do treasure your childhood tops very much as I do.
11 Sep 07
Its looking very cute.My mom knows cross stiching but nowdays she doesnt do it due to poor eyesight.I dont know how to do this but iam very much interested in making hand made craft items.i have lot of collections in my show case. i love making stokinett flowers, stiching using woollen thread in plastic mats as wall hangers, embroidery, fabric painting in clothes, flower baskets using a special wire availble in variety of colours and lots more.I think its an art and need lot of creative sense to do craft items. your sister is very good at it so encourage her hobby as my parents supported me way from my childhood.
11 Sep 07
:) right,i should support her.when she was a very little girl,i knew she was good at it,she can made things by paper and hang them in our room. yes,it's an art,i think so too.i saw you've made a lot of things,guess you have that talent,although i have no idea about those things you made,i havent seen those things before.
• Guangzhou, China
9 Sep 07
Wow, your sister's handicraft is so lovely. I like making handicraft, too. However, I am not so good at it. You are lucky to have such a nice sister:) My mom does it well and she made some nice stitch works at our home.
11 Sep 07
yes,i am lucky.she is a lovely girl,and she can do a lot of small things,sometimes i am even surprised about that.i am wondering why i am so different from her,coz i dont know how to make anything,and i am not very interested in it.i always do my halves,and get rid of it.
9 Sep 07
Really lovely bear. I think I cannt do that I even cannt do a needlework,but I used make a smart alarm clock.A disk and a broken alarm clock. The most thing I make is PCB(Printed Circuit Board).I make one every term. I also make a lot of robots when I was a child.I made them by mud
7 Sep 07
Oh that is so cute, I used to do cross stitch sewing, I remember cross stitching a big ginger cat on to a white t shirt, it took me months and when I washed it all the orange dye came out all over the shirt I was furious...I have been into many crafts but I gave them all up when I got my computer...
7 Sep 07
oh,it took you months?that is very big,and in my country it must worth a lot of money.i never thought about sewing something on a shirt,that sounds great.what a pity about your shirt,but i think you still got memory. computer is really one thing that deprive many of other activities,i used to play balls or do exercises,but now i dont.
14 Sep 07
Hi! that was so cute,what more? you know it was specially made by your sister..I do not know if there is already a cross sewing here in the Philippines. I would love to be in a handicraft too..maybe when I am not busy and have lots of spare time.