Wednesday, August 17, 2016

I am Still Here....Somewhere

Hey all, I cannot believe it has been so long since I last posted. I really must apologise to you all for my lengthy departure. I have been doing some crafting but not a huge amount to be honest. I just wanted to make a quick check in post and I promise I will be back to posting very soon. I miss all you guys so much.
Take Care.

Monday, April 4, 2016

A Great Competition

Hi everyone, I know I said I was going to be offline for a little while but I wanted to tell all my readers about a great competition. This is being run by a person I know very well, but I think they are awesome. Julianna of JOCreativeLab is an illustrator and author and has a Facebook competion for a free signed and personalised print of one of her images.

Winner will receive a print of this illustration. Copyright Julianna O' Callaghan
All you have to do is head over to her facebook page, Link Here, and suggest a name for the above character, like and share the page.  That's it and you could win the above image professionally printed, signed and personalised just for you. You can even ask the kids for a name suggestion, get their creativity going.

So go check it out and have fun creating a name for the Hero Hedgehog. Also check out her Website for more art work and stories at jocallaghan.com

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Short Break, Normal Service to Resume Shortly

Hi all, I just wanted to hop online quickly to let you all know that I am taking a short break from the blogging world. I plan to be back very soon and I hope you guys can stick with me for a little while. Enjoy your Easter, if you celebrate it and I will be keeping a watch on all your progress, commenting when I can.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Pinterest Project: Tile Coaster Set

Any crafter who spends time on Pinterest probably has that board full of projects you really want to try but can never seem to get around to. I am no exception in this, in fact I have multiple boards which you can check out here. I decided it was time to attempt some of the wonderful ideas out there on the Web. So while looking through my Pins recently I was inspired to make the decorative tile coaster set.

Set of 4 Handmade Brown & Pink Tile Coasters. Avaialble on my Etsy Store pulltheotherthread
Brown & Pink Tile Coaster Set
This is a nice, simple project. It requires some 10x10cm white tiles, scrapbook papers, mod podge, a top coat, hot glue and some felt pads. My biggest challenge was finding a suitable sealer, one that was waterproof but also somewhat heat resistant. It took several attempts with a variety of products before I finally found one that worked.

Many of the tutorials for these online suggest using an acrylic sealer or varnish. While I found that it was waterproof, when I put a cup of hot water on it, the coaster stuck to the cup. I had the same issue with clear glass paint and the Hard Coat Mod Podge. I eventually found a clear, durable, non-slip paint at a hardware store. Unfortunately it contained a substance which tinted the coasters a brownish colour.

Set of 4 Handmade Multi-Coloured Tile Coasters. Avaialble on my Etsy Store pulltheotherthread
Multi-coloured Tile Coaster Set
Finally, I stumbled across a Clear Sealer which was durable and waterproof. It worked like a dream, solving a number of problems I had with the other products. The brush can be washed in water rather than needing a solvent, it dries fairly quickly, is completely clear and doesn't smell, a big bonus.

I used hot glue and felt circles on the bottom to protect furniture and the set was complete. I'm really happy with the result and I am hoping to create a tutorial on these in the near future. In fact I enjoyed making these so much I made 4 sets, one of which I use regularly at home.

Set of 4 Handmade Yellow & Orange Tile Coasters. Avaialble on my Etsy Store pulltheotherthread
Yellow & Orange Tile Coaster Set
If you like these but don't want to go to the trouble of making them yourself, they are available on my Etsy store here, or you can contact me for a custom set. I will be adding more, so keep a look out for those as well.

What do you think of my Pinterest Project? Would you make any changes? Let me know in the comments below.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

DMC Alphabet Heart Cross Stitch, Hoop Finish.

I recently decided that I wanted to gift someone in my life a crossed stitched piece. I chose my DMC heart shaped alphabet, seen here in Not the Right Finish. This was a project that I really enjoyed and the chart is available from the DMC website here, for free.

Having seen a number of hoop finishes online I decided it would be perfect for this, only problem was I had never done one before. So back to the trusty internet I went and found a number of pictures of how to put a hoop finish together. The two main techniques appear to be gluing excess fabric to the hoop or to use a running stitch to gather the fabric at the back.


DMC Alphabet Heart Cross Stitch Hoop Finish. Handmade by Pulltheotherthread
DMC Alphabet Heart Cross Stitch Finish

As I had left myself short in the excess fabric department, I was stuck with having to use the glue method. I got myself all set up and trimmed the fabric into a rough circle. Then I used my Fabric Mod Podge to stick the evenweave in place. This method worked well enough, however I did have to carefully trim away some of the clumps of fabric at the back after it had been glued. The Fabric Mod Podge gives a really good bond without a lot of mess. In fact it worked so well, that once the glue had dried it was there to stay, there is no way to remove the stitching from the hoop that I can see.


I also cut a circle of batting to put in behind the cross stitch, to give it a slightly domed effect, and foam core to finish it off neatly. Unfortunately I miscalculated with the foam core and ended up cutting it too small, so I had do it again, which was frustrating but not a major problem.


I’m quite happy with the result and I think the shape of the stitching works well with this style of finish. Next time I think I will use the running stitch method, as it seems to allow more flexibility and room for error. I will have to leave enough excess fabric to facilitate this though.


The lovely Rhona from Tangled Threads also stitched this piece using different colour threads. She finished it as a gorgeous heart shaped hanging, click here to see it!


Has anyone else attempted a hoop finish? What method did you use and how did you find it? Please let us know in the comments below.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Now on Facebook and Instagram

Hey wonderful readers, I hope you are all well and managing lots of crafting. I have no progress to show on anything today I am afraid. However I recently took the plunge and set up Facebook and Instagram accounts for this blog.

If you are interested in checking out either you can find me on Facebook at: Pulltheotherthread, just click the link and it will take you to the page.
Instagram is: Pulltheotherthread, again just click the link to take you straight there.

I am hoping to use some of these platform to show different progress photos, so hopefully I will see some of you there. I will also be adding the follow buttons to the top right of this page in the very near future.

I should have a crafting project to share soon, so keep an eye out for that as well.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Harvest of Love Finish and Update on YOTA

Hey everyone, I hope that you had a wonderful holiday season and that 2016 is off to a great start. We had an unusually busy Christmas and New Year period here but I did manage to squeeze in a little down time with some stitching. I decided I would continue on with Soda Stitch Harvest of Love and so I have my first finish of 2016.

The backstitching on this project was absolute bliss compared to some other projects, it was all straight forward so it took very little time. I was unsure how many strands to use for the backstitching, as it doesn’t specify on the chart, but looking at the picture on the front of the booklet, it looked like the usual 1 strand.

Soda Stitch Cross Stitch Harvest of Love Finish handmade embroidery
Soda Stitch - Harvest of Love Finish
I also decided to leave out the two hearts that are charted in this project.I just didn't think they suited the overall piece

I also want to update you about what I have decided to do regarding YOTA this year. Unfortunately I think it is time to give the YOTA SAL a break for this year, for a number of reasons. However I would like to thank everyone who has participated in this SAL over the last few years. I have had so much fun stitching up those UFOs and managing to get 2 long term projects completed. Who knows maybe it will make a reappearance next year.

Soda Stitch Cross Stitch Harvest of Love Finish handmade embroidery
Soda Stitch - Harvest of Love Finish Close Up
Lastly I want to share with you all a YouTube show that I have been watching while stitching. It’s a board gaming show with Wil Wheaton where he and a number of guests play a particular board game in each episode. All the ones they have featured are not games as many of us would remember from childhood, monopoly, cluedo etc. There seems to have been a revival of board games in recent years with many really fun, challenging and interesting games being created. Since watching this show our collection of games has grown significantly. If you are interested in gaming it is definitely worth checking out.

Has anyone seen episodes of TableTop? Has it led to a game purchase? I would love to know, so leave a comment below.