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Tips!

The lovely pw_pw has offered to make charts from any image that you have. See this post for more information

A tip from buffalogal: Got a dimensions kit, and run out of a colour? Go to dimensions-crafts and request the colour you need. Or, if you want to convert your dimensions colours to DMC, innocentxv suggests this site

From midnightsangelc: How to make a pillow for a different way of finishing your work

Thanks to l8ntmthrnr: Some tips on using metallic thread, or blending filament

From hanael: Framing tips

From tersa: Tips on travelling with your sewing, in the US (check the comments for links to British rules) - also try Transporting Knitting Needles & Needlepoint (in the USA) located here

Thanks to l8ntmthrnr: A fantastic site for all kinds of x-stitch tips is here (Thanks galyndean for the updated again link)

Thanks to closetblonde: Unsure what your pattern will look like on different materials? Check here to see how it'll look!
29th-Aug-2016 12:41 pm(no subject)
Cross-stitch

We are currently on holiday in a rather splendid little summer house. There is a great feeling of luxury involved in sitting here stitching in front of a lovely sea view.

I took a new project with me for the sake of simplicity and also because the other one is so close to being finished.

This one is going to be a little fishing boat, which seems rather appropriate given the aforementioned sea view. It's a design by Permin and was featured in Cross Stitch  Collection magazine in May this year.

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6th-Dec-2015 02:10 pm - Hoping this is a thing that exists!
sexy cross stitch
So, I recently acquired charts for Vanessa Wells's Six Wives of Henry VII and found myself with delusions aspirations to design a BAP around them along with a Henry VIII pattern.

Does anyone know if this artist has/had a pattern for Henry VIII? I've seen patterns by other artists but would prefer to keep the images consistent.
17th-Aug-2016 10:38 pm - My flowers in a teacup project update
Cross-stitch
Edit: Sorry about the double post, guys. One of them wound up in a moderator queue and last time that happened for me, it just vanished instead, so this time I just edited it until it would post. :/ As they both have comments on them, I'm going to let them both stand. I hope that okay.

Last time I posted here was back in April and I'd almost just started this project. It was designed by Lesley Teare and featured in Cross Stitch Collection magazine in... erm, spring 2015. I've been working on it consistently since then, which is kinda new for me. With previous projects I've always run into one or two longer breaks from it. Anything from a couple of weeks to a couple of months. Sort of like a writer's block, only about stitching. Stitcher's block? Not really this time. Or at least, when it's happened, it's only lasted a week at most.

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Last time, I also showed a card I had made for some friends who were expecting a baby. Turns out my friends are apparently breeding like rabbits, so I've already stitched up the front of another card which will become relevant in... erm... I forgot. October or so, I think. The chart was freely available on the internet at Cross Stitch Pattern. The lovely thing about this particular one was that it said on it exactly how many stitches it involved. I used it for a little time-keeping experiment and worked out that apparently when I work concentratedly, I average about 100 stitches per hour. Of course, this was an easy, simple project with only a handful of colours and large areas of each colour. I expect I'm probably a lot slower on that tea cup.

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18th-Aug-2016 09:36 am(no subject)
Cross-stitch
Last time I posted here was back in April and I'd almost just started this project. It was designed by Lesley Teare and featured in Cross Stitch Collection magazine in... erm, spring 2015. I've been working on it consistently since then, which is kinda new for me. With previous projects I've always run into one or two longer breaks from it. Anything from a couple of weeks to a couple of months. Sort of like a writer's block, only about stitching. Stitcher's block? Not really this time. Or at least, when it's happened, it's only lasted a week at most.

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Last time, I also showed a card I had made for some friends who were expecting a baby. Turns out my friends are apparently breeding like rabbits, so I've already stitched up the front of another card which will become relevant in... erm... I forgot. October or so, I think. The chart was freely available on the internet at cross-stitch-pattern.net. The lovely thing about this particular one was that it said on it exactly how many stitches it involved. I used it for a little time-keeping experiment and worked out that apparently when I work concentratedly, I average about 100 stitches per hour. Of course, this was an easy, simple project with only a handful of colours and large areas of each colour. I expect I'm probably a lot slower on that tea cup.

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6th-Aug-2016 12:37 pm - Floss stash inventory
After being enticed by yet another Joann’s 4/$1US DMC embroidery floss sale (through 6 Aug, and requires a coupon). I decided to actually look at what I had first before shopping. What I actually have is a mess!

I found a Google docs DMC floss spreadsheet inventory list and started sorting. In 6ish hours of on-and-off sorting, I have inventoried all my floss in skeins, and a couple of boxes of wound floss (I think I still have about 6 boxes of wound floss to go through). What I have discovered so far is that:

  • There are some colors I really like (3 or more skiens).
  • I don’t need to buy black, white, or ecru for a very long time.
  • Dye lots change significantly over the years (some of my older floss is probably three decades old, but even skeins of the same color number purchased more recently are very different).
  • I don’t really like loose skeins in bags, and I don’t like having to reorganize the wound floss in the typical storage boxes, as adding bobbins takes a lot of work shifting around the existing bobbins. (I think what I’d really love is the wooden DMC skein boxes)
  • I won’t be taking advantage of the sale this time around!

Does anyone have a storage solution that they really like? Do you prefer working from skeins or bobbins, and why?

(cross-posted elsewhere)
8th-Jul-2016 09:16 am - Max one month in
Chaz
Tomorrow I'll have worked on this pattern for a month, I'm pleased with how he's coming together!

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Thanks for looking!
6th-Jul-2016 10:06 pm - My latest stitching finish
dragon, tw
Shell Game 2, designed by Debbie Rowley. I love the shells on this pattern. They are stitched, but really look like shells.

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Updated photo, better colour (taken in natural light), click to see a larger version.

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22nd-Jun-2016 11:51 am - Max 2 weeks in
Romeo
Anyone else notice, that in the beginning of a new pattern you feel and see great progress really quickly, but inevitably you reach a point where you know each stitch you make is one less ahead of you but it doesn't feel or look like much changes? And then suddenly you're in the home stretch! and progress is visible again?

I haven't reached that point yet in this pattern but I know I will :P am pretty sure I always do!

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Thanks for looking ^_^
15th-Jun-2016 10:19 am - New WIP
spiral eye needle
It's funny how these things work out, back around Christmas time I had thought I was nearing the end of my list of projects, which made me a little sad. I'm happier stitching for someone than just doing it for myself. But then I was approached by two of my aunts, the first wanted me to stitch Scooch which I just finished on the 8th the other wanted me to stitch a picture of her parrot who had flown away. I had done a picture of her first parrot Syd as a surprise gift, and was more than willing to stitch another for poor Max.

Started: June 9th
I'm stitching this over-1 using 1 thread on 25ct evenweave with 50 colours. I purchased a very bright white light lamp which has made stitching exceptionally easy even on such a fine count fabric. I'd willingly design more patterns for 25ct since finishing Scooch.

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Thanks for looking ^_^
14th-Jun-2016 09:34 pm - First finished project of 2016
borduren - itching to be cross stitching
Being someone who can't stick to one project at the time, finishing one will often take longer.

I did manage to get this one done in about six weeks though and it has turned out lovely.

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10th-Jun-2016 09:26 am - Long time no post!
Romeo
Hello everyone!

I've fallen away from livejournal for a number of years now, but I haven't given up on my stitching. I decided to check out the community again and was pleased to see my offer to make patterns for anyone who's looking is still there. So I thought I should post something so you know I'm still alive :P

I can't for the life of me remember when the last time I posted was so I hope you'll forgive if there is any repeats in this list of finished pieces.

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5th-Jun-2016 12:49 am - Opinions needed please!
HogwartsBother
A few years ago, I finished these blackwork Japanese geisha and samurai. I've been backlogged on projects for other people since then, and am now deciding if I want to find something to put between them for framing, or just do the two of them together. Opinions and suggestions please!
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29th-Mar-2016 10:19 am - Two recent finishes
harmony, xinef
Two recent finishes. Both gifts and both have been received so ok to post. Note, bad language warning re both of these pieces.

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27th-Mar-2016 01:00 am - Some Finishes
Heart
I wasn't actually going to post again so soon, but I've managed to finish so many things since my last post!

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17th-Mar-2016 08:27 pm - Looking for some help.
I don't do cross stitch or needlepoint but someone was getting rid of boxes of thread, unopened kits, loads of vintage unused large prints/canvas, so I bought them. I was wondering if I listed the brand of thread and make of the items, could someone tell me if they are things people would want.

Also, the large canvas ones, would someone buy those without the thread, or should I go through the box to try and find the right ones to go with it? The only problem I would have is knowing how much of the colour they would need.

I am just going to sell them locally, on craigslist or something similar. I hope you don't mind me asking, I just thought someone here would know. Thanks in advance.
16th-Mar-2016 05:58 pm - Dragon finished
irises make me smile
Whee! This pattern was fun and easy and even better, no ack stitching. LOL! That was a typo but "ack" fits how I sometimes feel about backstitching so I left it. ;) This is Pilot by Fire Wing Designs.


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13th-Mar-2016 02:30 pm - Teapots and Spice Bouquet
Tasty kitty
It's been absolute ages since I posted anything here! I've been busy, I guess...

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29th-Feb-2016 03:46 pm - Leap Day Update
Red-Spyglass
February 29th always feels like a non-day to me, like it's outside of normal time.  Silly, I know.
I will get a bit of stitching done today but I took photos yesterday because it was so nice and sunny.  What a joy to have natural light instead of always artificial.
In spite of an error that caused two days of frogging I have finished page 3 and made a good start on the fourth and final page of Fire Goddess.  It's been just a year since I started her and considering it took me 4 years to complete Winter Fairy (admittedly a more complex piece, and also my first of this size), I am delighted to be this far along with her.
I've also been making steady progress on The Ranger. Stitching on finer fabric and over each thread instead of over every 2 as in Fire Goddess, it doesn't look like I've gotten very far.  But I am nearly done with the top three blocks across page 1.  Of course, there are 15 pages to the pattern, so I still have several thousand stitches to go!
Anyway, here are the latest progress pictures.  (Dang! I can't get "cut" to work today.  Sorry about the big photos.)

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15th-Feb-2016 09:58 pm - Prelude to Peace, Finished 2016.02.15
dragon, tw
Prelude to Peace, designed by Jim Wurth. Finished today. A few minor changes from the chart. Colours as charted except for a couple of minor changes.

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11th-Feb-2016 02:49 pm - PRELUDE TO PEACE, WIP 2016.02.08
dragon, tw
Prelude to Peace, designed by Jim Wurth. Kit was a Christmas present from my husband. I started it just before the New Year. Some parts left to fill in, plus the visible canvas background in the inner diamonds.

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9th-Feb-2016 12:21 pm(no subject)
Red-Spyglass

Here we are in February already, so it’s time to update on my January stitching. I got very ambitious and added a second project as of the first of the year. This is the first time I’ve worked on two projects at the same time. The new one is called The Ranger (artist Matt Stewart) and the pattern is from Heaven And Earth Designs (HAED). Even if you are not a stitcher their website is worth a visit - they have a large assortment of absolutely wonderful designs. Ranger is a real challenge for me - the pattern completely covers the fabric, so there are 16 pages of pattern (!), plus I am stitching 1 over 1 on 25 count. By contrast, Fire Goddess is 2 over 2 on 24 count. It doesn’t sound very different but I’m amazed at how much difference there is between working on them. Anyway, Ranger takes even more concentration than usual, so he is my “at home” stitching. In a month I’ve done 767 stitches on him compared to 1254 on Goddess, and it’s a little square on this big piece of fabric. I won’t bother this month with a photo of it, but I’ll post a photo of what he will look like -- someday. Meanwhile, I also made very good progress on Goddess. I finished cross-stitching all of her on page 3 and got a start on backstitching as well as the golden swirls. I’m pretty happy about that. Once I finish those it will be on to the fourth and final page!

Without further ado, here are some pictures for you:

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8th-Feb-2016 09:11 pm - Recent-ish finishes
dragon cross stitch
The Buddha and bonsai is sort of a gift for my hubby; it's just not a surprise as he's seen me working on it. I finished this yesterday during my unplugged Sunday. :)

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The second recent-ish finish is a Frank Lloyd Wright piece I picked up a few years back at Taliesin West in Arizona. I may have posted this one already, as I actually finished it last year sometime. Hopefully we will go get these framed soon!

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8th-Feb-2016 09:07 pm - Update on the woodland faerie
dragon cross stitch
It's been a while since I posted a progress pic. Hard to believe I've worked on this for 6 years as of January!


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15th-Jan-2016 10:18 pm - Prelude to Peace, WIP 2016.01.15
dragon, tw
Prelude to Peace, designed by Jim Wurth. Kit was a Christmas present from my husband. I started it just before the New Year. Love the way it is coming along.

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6th-Jan-2016 09:15 pm(no subject)
Tea
I was practising making French knots, as my current project requires them and I've never done them before. So I decided it was probably better to practise on something else using some of the left-over floss. It occurred to me that if I made them in brown and many close together, it would look rather like curly hair.

And then suddenly I had a tiny Hermione from the Harry Potter series. :)

I haven't decided yet if I want to try and give her a body as well, or if I want to try and make Harry and Ron underneath. Maybe I'll just keep her as she is.

I'm quite pleased with how she turned out and I've never just improvised something before. I feel I've got the French knot more or less under control too.

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21st-Dec-2015 09:41 am - Walking the Water's Edge
dragon, tw
Pattern by Dianne Herrmann. Started Nov 21, finished Dec 20. The beads in the "foam" sparkle much more in real life than in the photo. Plan is to get this framed some time in the new year and put it up on a wall.

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hikaru/rhino humph
In what is turning out to be the theme for this holiday, I got mostly done with what was supposed to be my christmas ornaments for this year only to find out that I didn't have the #4 Kreinik braid I though that I did and that I needed.


So, I've put the ornaments I originally intended for my mother and grandmother to the side and dove into my stash, looking for something, anything that could be stitched up before December 23rd (when we're doing christmas this year).


Thankfully, I did find some wooden "frames" and, along with some beads I had, manged to stitch these up quickly.

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A special thanks to the pinterest user who posted a picture of their christmas ornaments stitched on the same frames. I copied your designs shamelessly.


Special bonus! When my Kreinik #4 braids come in, I'll have next year's christmas ornaments done as well! *grins*
24th-Nov-2015 03:37 pm - November Fire Goddess Update
Brown Lady by tiger tyger
At the beginning of the month I set myself a challenge to do at least 50 stitches per day, which would be 1,500 stitches. I'm very pleased to say that I've already surpassed that amount and still have a week to go. It really made a big difference since my October 22nd photo. (I do updates on the 22nd of the month because I started o 2/22/15.) Since taking this photo, I've finished the last 100 or so stitches of her skirt and gotten a start on the metallic swirls. Of course, there will be a lot of back-stitching to do as well. I'm going to keep up the 50/day challenge and see how far I can get by the end of this year. What I'm finishing now is page 2 of 4, so I hope to be into page 3 by the time 2016 rolls around. Part of what slowed me down so much when I was stitching "Winter Fairy" was that I could not sew most of the winter. Trying to differentiate between white and three nearly identical shades of pale blue on an off white fabric was too hard in winter light or artificial light, so there were months when I did not work on it at all. However, the vibrant colors of "Fire Goddess" alleviate that problem, and I can even stitch at night with my Ott light. I have high hopes that I might finish her sometime next year. That would be half the time the Fairy pattern took.
So, without further ado, under the cut is my latest progress picture. Enjoy!

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20th-Nov-2015 04:58 pm - Finished piece for a friend
dragon, tw
Finished Nov 19, 2015. The bulk of the work on this was done by my friend, Linda Marcellus (now Linda Jackman), between 1989 and 1998. For various reasons, it was obvious that she wasn't going to finish it, so I offered to do so. I completed the back stitching and added a few missing cross stitches and will be returning the finished piece for her daughter.

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