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Introduction and Harry Potter 
9th-Oct-2011 02:27 pm
Donna pretty
Hello! I'm new here, but I've just spent quite a while going through your most recent posts and looking at everyone's cross stitching projects. They're all so lovely! I was pointed in the direction of this community after posting my two most recent projects over on the geekcraft community. Am glad to have found it!

I learned to cross stitch in my 9th grade home economics class. (It's really the only thing I learned in that class that stuck.) I've been stitching ever since and just this year I got into doing my own patterns. I thought I'd start off with sharing the last two patterns I did, both after seeing "Deathly Hallows" part 2. I may post some of my older stuff later. :)



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This was done on black fabric with glow-in-the-dark thread for a neat effect. Sadly, my camera is not good enough to take a pic of the glow-in-the-dark effect.


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My largest and most complicated design to date. Yikes.

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I may do more Harry Potter, but I've got a hankerin' to try My Little Pony next.
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9th-Oct-2011 07:34 pm (UTC)
Oooh! Those are *nice*. I love the top one the best I love the stars and swirls, which is probably why I love Mira designs and Amish samplers. XD The train is awesome too. I love the detail work and the "hogwarts" on the side.

Did you make these two totally from scratch or did you use take one of the millions of HP pics and translated it to cross stitch?

Anyway, welcome! =)
9th-Oct-2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
They weren't done totally from scratch. I used "models" for both. I used a Harry Potter font to build the letters for "Lumos." For the Hogwarts Express, my cross stitch program had a train engine in its library that I deconstructed and made bigger. And I can't tell you how many hours I stared at the Lego Hogwarts Express and a photo of the train from the movie to make the engine and the rest of the train look as "realistic" as I could.
9th-Oct-2011 08:50 pm (UTC)
That's making them from scratch in my book. I'm even more impressed! It took me hours to fit in a different quote onto a preexisting pattern. I can't imagine doing it from scratch.

What I mean was those programs in which you can load a picture on it and then have it transferred to a pattern.
10th-Oct-2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
I hate trying to import existing images into patterns. The colors never turn out right. I've only done that once, and that was to get just the basic outline of what I wanted. I wanted to do it with a Van Gogh-esque image once and the colors turned out all wrong. :(
9th-Oct-2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
Yay! You came on over and posted these! I don't do a lot from scratch myself, but what I've done in the past is sketch out what I want on a piece of paper, color it in, scan it, and use knitpro to turn it into a pattern. I've also used tiny graph paper and just sketched onto it, but those didn't turn out as well :(
10th-Oct-2011 01:44 am (UTC)
You should see some of my first designs... chicken scratchings on graph paper. Horrible. I finally broke down and bought a program and now my stuff looks much better. :D
9th-Oct-2011 10:56 pm (UTC)
Welcome here! These are both excellent projects, great work on designing and stitching =D

Oooh, MLP next?! That would be fun :-)
10th-Oct-2011 01:45 am (UTC)
I did not know MLP had been rebooted until I went looking to identify some old ones I dug out of my closet. I thought the redesigned ponies were really cute and I'm dying to try them out in stitches! :D
10th-Oct-2011 12:52 am (UTC)
Welcome! it's a great place to see what every one is stitching and to get a lot of nice feedback.

I'm a big HP fan - I have the little French DMC Harry Potter book that came out several years ago. Is that where you got the Hogwarts Express pattern? You did such a nice job. The 'lumos' is very cool, too. Well done on both!

10th-Oct-2011 01:47 am (UTC)
No, I made that one myself after many hours of staring at the Lego Hogwarts Express. I've seen the French Harry Potter book online, but I don't have it. It looks fabulous though! :D
10th-Oct-2011 02:21 pm (UTC)
That's even more incredible! Excellent design & execution.

The French HP book is okay - it's based on the (IMO) sort of goofy Warner Brothers cartoonish renditions of the characters. However, it does have a nice Hogwarts logo plus house flag designs. I use them to make bookmarks for all my HP friends.
10th-Oct-2011 12:54 am (UTC)
Oh, those are lovely! I really like the Hogwarts Express.
10th-Oct-2011 01:47 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! ^_^
10th-Oct-2011 12:56 am (UTC)
Glad you came over here, too! I look forward to your past and future stitchings~ :D

I just started (attempting) my own patterns but I'm no where near your level of awesome~
10th-Oct-2011 01:48 am (UTC)
Thanks for having me! My first designs weren't that great, but if you keep at it, you'll get better! I started in February and I never thought I'd be able to do something as complex as the Hogwarts Express! Good luck with your patterns! :)
10th-Oct-2011 08:39 am (UTC)
They are great! Congratulations.
10th-Oct-2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks! ^_^
10th-Oct-2011 11:45 am (UTC)
First of all Welcome!

Both your designs are great! Great idea doing the glow in the dark Lumos. I love the details on the train... nice job!
10th-Oct-2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the welcome! :)
10th-Oct-2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
love this and you did a fantastic job!
10th-Oct-2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! :)
10th-Oct-2011 06:35 pm (UTC)
Your stitches, both the overall pictures and the actual stitches are lovely, so crips! Beautiful work! and Welcome! ^_^
10th-Oct-2011 08:03 pm (UTC)
I think my stitches are horribly messy to be honest! Especially when I try to use metallic or satin thread. Ugh. XD
11th-Oct-2011 12:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, those are gorgeous!!! I love, love, love all the tiny details on the Hogwarts Express, especially. ♥ Looks wonderful!
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