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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!
12th-Feb-2017 12:54 pm - #9 And His Rose-An Update
Christopher and I
The current project is taking rather longer than expected.

This is no small way of a massive balls up I made on the original canvas. D'oh I made the classic error of not measuring it first and had to redo the whole lot AGAIN with a lot of explictives (Malcolm Tucker eat your heart out!) thrown in for good measure.

Thankfully the new canvas measured correctly and I'm now on Page 12 out of 45. This is where Rose makes her appearance in cross stitch, already I've covered #9's top part of his face. His eyes follow you though when you're trying to concentrate.

Another year...to complete it!
24th-Dec-2016 05:15 pm - Long time, no post!
It's been.... ooo, 3 years since I last posted? And I've done some stitching since then!

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If anyone wants the changes I made to any of these (except the Crescent Moon Dragon and Wizard's View, since those are on full charts and I have no way of policing who's already got the book), message me and I'll get them to you. Also, for the HAEDs, I have made cheat shets for the symbol keys if anyone wants them. And the title panel for St Nick.

22nd-Jan-2017 09:40 am - Admin questions
harmony, xinef
1. There used to be a "home page" for this group, with posting instructions. I don't see that any more. Is there some way to post a "pinned" post that always shows at the top of the group feed if the home page isn't available in LJ any more?

2. Who is/are the moderator(s) of this group? I don't see any way to find that out nor to be able to send them messages. Contact me if you'd like me to help with admin, if it is possible to have multiple admins for a group.

3. Is this group set to open posts or Approved members only? I suggest changing to the latter to cut down on recent spam.
21st-Jan-2017 11:06 pm - More spam
harmony, xinef
Spammers are being a pain recently. They leave posts with no titles and with comments turned off. Can the moderators please delete the post that was posted today and ban that poster.
14th-Jan-2017 09:15 pm - My first finish of 2017!
bliss HnG Akira
Started this Christmas eve and just finished it up tonight:

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12th-Jan-2017 10:17 am - Framed and a new piece
Happy New Year everyone! My apologies for being continually absent :P I don't turn my computer on all that often of late and I find LJ frustrating to use on my phone, at least for posts like this.

But here are a couple of things I thought you all might be interested in seeing.

First we have Peggy's Cove in its nice frame, I'm really pleased with how this one came together and my brother is really happy with it too! We were torn when we took it in to be framed whether to go with a simple black frame like all the rest of his pictures in his apartment have or something weathered which I thought would really suit the subject matter.

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Next up we have the new project that I'm working on for my best friend. You may recall that I mentioned awhile back that the original piece I did for her was unfortunately lost in the Fort McMurray fire. I knew I was definitely going to do another piece for her and this is what I've been working on.

Started November 4th 2016 I'm stitching it with one thread on 25ct fabric, which has to be my favorite fabric to work with! I can get excellent detail out of the patterns while still keeping them a manageable size.

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4th-Jan-2017 08:50 am - Woodland Faerie update
dragon cross stitch

I've been working on this for 7 years. After my 2016 resolution to stitch on it at least once a week, I feel like I'm making progress again! (I don't use the iPhone LJ app often so I hope the cut tag works...) This photo is of my progress as of 1/1/17. Happy New Year! :-)

edited to fix the tag...and again to fix the pic...and because I'm a goof...

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3rd-Jan-2017 01:23 pm - It's Done
Avengers- Steed & Emma
A favorite moment of mine in the movie "1776" is of John Adams' reaction when the resolution to declare independence is finally passed. It's only a few seconds long, but you can see what the struggle to accomplish this has meant to him as he simply says, "It's done. It's done." Now, I do not in any way compare my cross-stitch to the birth of a nation, but I thought of that scene yesterday when I put the last stitch in my Star Wars piece. It does still need framing (thank goodness for 75% off at Joanne's!) and then it will be shipped off to the young married couple, but the stitching is complete. For those who care about such things - start date: March 6, 2016, end date: January 2, 2017; approximate number of stitches: 46,000.
It felt very odd this morning not to be stitching before I went to work, and odd again not to be stitching at lunch. I'm taking a day or two off before I start back with the two pieces I put aside to concentrate solely on Star Wars. Meanwhile, here is my latest opus:

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25th-Dec-2016 11:12 am - A treasure trove!
Merry Christmas, fellow stitchers, if you celebrate. Happy holidays, if you do not. :D

This wasn't actually a Christmas present as such, more a something handed over to me at a time which just happened to be Christmas Eve. (In Denmark, we celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve)

It's inherited goods, actually.

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Some of this stuff could easily be 50 years old. I'm rather looking forward to stitching my ancestor into my own work in the future. It feels very appropriate to me.
18th-Dec-2016 04:58 pm - Christmas Ornaments 2016
hikaru/rhino humph
Finished! And with a whole week to spare! (I think that might be a new record for me as I'm usually stitching late into the night Christmas Eve).

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I wanted something not so classic-christmasy this year and Just Cross Stitch came through 150% with these neat little green and blue samplers. *grins*
Made it for our Secret Santa at work. Am planning on doing a few more, because it was super quick and easy and I have friends with cats.

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11th-Dec-2016 08:06 pm - La, La, La
Yes, more cross stitch. But I really am going to focus on that last chapter of ... the fanfic who's name I've forgotten since it has been so long since I last worked on it.

Yeah. But anyway, frostywonder needed some items for her roller derby group's craft fair and, since I needed a reason to put off confirming the resurgence of Ichijouji Ken's dark side... voila!

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Some of the patterns are J. Washington Irving originals, some are hama bead patterns filched from pinterest, some are bits and pieces of larger patterns, and most are some combination of the above.

So yeah. Writing.

Or I could go look for something else to stitch.
30th-Nov-2016 10:43 pm - Small finish
Tasty kitty
Or I guess this counts as two in one?

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16th-Nov-2016 08:03 pm - Mini quilt project
dragon cross stitch
Several years ago, I did a t-shirt quilt with a LOT of help and instruction and coaching from a good friend of mine who's been quilting a lot longer than I have. :) This year I picked up a mini quilt kit at a local store (by a local artist, too, which is cool) and I finally finished the hand stitching for the binding today. I'm planning to get a dowel and ribbon and find a blank space (HA ha ha ha) on our wall for the mini quilt. It's about 12"x12" square. (Yep. I went from a queen-sized quilt with huge blocks to a mini quilt with very tiny pieces of fabric. Can we say ambitious??? LOL!)

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16th-Nov-2016 02:31 pm - Quilting?
dragon cross stitch

I'm a baby quilter; I've done one t-shirt quilt and now I'm working on a mini quilt of maple leaves. Would it be ok to share a pic of a quilt project? :-)

15th-Nov-2016 04:25 pm - I will finish this...someday...
dragon cross stitch
Click for pic of the woodland faerieCollapse )

One of these years I'll get the faerie done...I hope! (And so does my mother... LOL!)
2nd-Nov-2016 10:12 am - Map of Yorkshire
avatar Abi
Map of YorkshireCollapse )
I was reminded I had posted the start of this project (mumble) years ago. Resurrected it from the UFO pile last year and finally finished it. Wanted to hold off on posting the finished thing until it was framed, but my favorite framing store has closed and I am taking forever to find a replacement. So for some sense of completion, have a quick snap of the rumpled but complete Map of Yorkshire.
1st-Nov-2016 09:14 pm(no subject)
hikaru/rhino humph
So I went on a cruise about a month back. My first cruise ever. Seattle WA, Astoria OR, San Francisco CA and Victoria BC. And if that wasn't cool enough, this cruise was a cross stitch cruise. Yeah that's right. A bunch of cross stitch geeks doing excursions to cross stitch themed museums and stitchery shops and taking cross stitch classes on the "sea" days.

The class I took was for a white work sampler. And I finally finished it today:Collapse )

Of course it took me forever to get a chance to sit down and work on this piece because I first had to finish the one I had started before leaving for the cruise. You know... I have... rules.

But here is yesterday's finish:Collapse )

Yay! Now to start on my christmas ornaments. Or, you know... finish that poor fanfic I've left hanging with one chapter to go.

Whatever. *grins*
31st-Oct-2016 01:47 pm - October Report
Halloween cat by tyger tiger
Happy Halloween!

Due to the fact that I'm working all on sky now, I made massive progress on my Star Wars project this month - 6000 stitches!  That's way beyond my previous best month of about 4000 stitches.  I'm excited to have completed the first line of words as well.  I can see the end - dimly way down the road, but in sight.

For comparison, here are photos from October 1st and 31st.

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29th-Oct-2016 10:56 am - Framing and another finish!
As Promised! I have a picture of Max framed.

MaxCollapse )

Also I have completed Peggy's Cove

Started: August 23/14
Fiished: October 29/16
Colors: 55 DMC
Fabric: 18ct Aida

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Thanks for looking!
cross stitch: sleeping beauty
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This is what I stitched on holiday (and finished off at home. This design is called Plumberry Sampler and is by the Sweet Heart Tree. The letters are stitched over one on 28 count linen. Previouly, the kits came with needles. This one didn't and I didn't pack my beading needles which made the thing rather frustrating. The corners were really hard to do and locating the holes were just plain difficult, but I really enjoyed it and didn't need my back-up project.
14th-Oct-2016 11:26 pm - More finished bookmarks, WIP ship
Tasty kitty
I did in fact end up going back and unpicking that one bookmark.

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4th-Oct-2016 01:35 pm - September Progress
Princes Charming
September was a good month of stitching.  I finished Han's and Leia's faces as well as the page they were on, and am now on the final (still long) stretch.  I've managed to go across to reach the full width of the piece - that was very exciting.  Now that I am in all the blues and out of all the finicky stuff I am zipping right along.  I'm finding this part goes more quickly when I do 10 rows down and go across. There is a challenge where these two pages meet because I've left out the page that would be in between, so I have to play around and blend the colors a bit. I know where I will place the lettering and have it all designed, and I am very eager to reach that section.  In the meantime, here is the photo of what I'd accomplished as of September 30th.

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29th-Sep-2016 11:52 am - New Project
I think it would be a sad day indeed if I didn't have a cross stitch project to work on! The day I finished Max I pulled out a project I started back in 2014 but have shelved a couple of times to make way for new projects. I actually started this project one time before 2014 but had to discard it cause it ultimately wasn't going to fit on the fabric that I had, my bad!

Restarting the project gave me the opportunity to adjust the pattern and I think I'll be happier in the end! I certainly don't feel overwhelmed by how huge it was originally going to be :P

I can't remember if I ever posted progress shots of this pattern but I think it's probably likely I did.

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Thanks for looking!
23rd-Sep-2016 10:22 am - Max Completed
It's is done! I'm so happy with the end result and am dying to show it to my aunt! But for her I have to wait until it's framed, I took it to the framers yesterday but it'll still be a couple of weeks before I can show her. I've been trying to post this completed work since Wednesday but Livejournal hasn't been playing nice with me.

Started: June 9/16
Finished: September 21/16
Colors: 50
Fabric: 25ct Evenweave

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Thanks for looking!
dragon cross stitch
As has been said (and will be said again) many times...backstitching really does make a big difference...I have been working on this little guy for several years as a conference call project to keep myself awake when I knew I had to listen but not contribute. :)

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15th-Sep-2016 12:43 pm - More on Max
I had intended to post again before now, but No Man's Sky kinda ate my interest for quite awhile there and I didn't get all that much stitching done in that time :P But I'm back at it now and definitely in the home stretch!

Max 14ish weeks inCollapse )

Thanks for looking ^_^
7th-Sep-2016 12:35 pm - Some finishes, WIPs, a beginning
Tasty kitty
I actually just moved houses, away from hot-as-the-sun Texas and into... apparently very rainy Wisconsin. It was a heck of a move, but to stave off tension I was doing a few small projects in between packing.

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2nd-Sep-2016 11:28 pm - Is there a market?
Hi all! I am wondering if, in your experience, there is currently a market for Celtic knot cross-stitch and embroidery patterns? I've got a few designs that I've created and was considering selling PDF's (once I get them turned into pretty computerized patterns) through Etsy or something, but I thought it would be a good idea to find out first if there's even a market for such things. There are a couple of bookmarks and some borders, plus an alphabet (so a lot of things that are basically components of a design), and then of course my favourite thing is to just take a shape and fill it in with knotwork, so I have some squares and would probably do more squares and other shapes.

2nd-Sep-2016 01:43 pm - Monthly Stitchy Update
Downside of stitching this August - my old enemy, carpal tunnel, returned. I went back to wearing my wrist brace for a week and didn't stitch at all for 3 days. Man, I hadn't realized how accustomed I'd become to stitching every day. It was hard not to pick up that needle! However, resting worked and I was soon happily back to stitching.
I also missed 2 days of stitching at the end of the month for a much nicer reason. Meg & I took a two-day road trip to Ohio. Very early Friday morning we headed out for Cincinnati and arrived about 7 hours later. That night we attended the NeedToBreathe concert, which was well worth the trip. Those guys are terrific and we’ve been fans for several years. We’ve seen them here twice, but on this tour Cincinnati was as close as they came to Buffalo.
On Saturday we drove up to Columbus and had a lovely visit with a friend from ALEP (our Kentucky LOTR adventures) and his wife. Their place is Geek Heaven and they are delightful people. If you have seen pictures of the living room wall on which the map of Middle Earth is painted (it’s gone viral around the geekdom internet), that is Lee’s work. Coincidentally, the woman who is about to become the new pastor of our Parish was being ordained in Columbus on Saturday, so we attended that before finally heading home to Buffalo. Being gone from 5am Friday to 10pm Saturday meant no stitching.
But even with all that I have finished Leia’s face and the area around it so I am still on track. Hope you like it!

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