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21  Re: a few quick portraits in Needlework: Completed Projects by beelisty on: August 24, 2008 06:26:44 PM
These are *amazing*! I love them all, but I think Dolly is my favorite, since it's on a black background. Did you have to essentially do it in "negative?"




that's the picture i made the pattern from, so i stitched the non-black parts on a black canvas!
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22  Re: a few quick portraits in Needlework: Completed Projects by beelisty on: August 20, 2008 06:58:17 PM


you all are too kind Smiley

i finished steve!
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23  Re: a few quick portraits in Needlework: Completed Projects by beelisty on: August 19, 2008 09:21:42 AM
thank you all! 

the bettie was just kind of a practice run-- i think i'm going to do a bigger one of her in one of her classic poses-- if you bettie fans have a favorite to suggest, please feel free to post me a link to the picture you think would be good.

right now i'm working on the classic steve mcqueen photo where he's got the cigarette hanging out of his mouth.



i love doing portraits of people smoking-- next smoker i'm going to tackle is joe strummer.

(piture is huge so i'm not posting.... http://www.iffkv.cz/image/8191-joe-strummer-the-future-is-unwritten.jpg)

i've also done david sedaris smoking, which you can see on my portraits page on my website gallery at www.beelisty.com/portraits.html
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24  a few quick portraits in Needlework: Completed Projects by beelisty on: August 18, 2008 01:15:48 PM

bettie page


marilyn monroe


dolly parton

(frustrated--this looks so much better in person than in photo)


elliott smith

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25  portrait of hillary rodham clinton & barack obama in Needlework: Completed Projects by beelisty on: August 05, 2008 04:49:50 PM
i haven't posted anything in awhile because i've been embroidering, but i finally finished this.  i started it back in march or something when it was still really cold out here, and then when it got warm, i totally stopped stitching on it!

The finished work is 6x4, 73 color palette, for a grand total of 11, 616 stitches!!!

i wanted to enter it in the Minnesota State Fair, but i missed the registration deadline.  Sad

here you go...

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26  drag queen x-stitch portrait in Needlework: Completed Projects by beelisty on: January 18, 2008 07:56:25 PM
I'm from Cincinnati, OH  originally but now live in St. Paul, MN.  My partner & I went to Cinci for Thanksgiving and were hanging out in Sitwells Coffeehouse.  My partner was reading and I was working on my (still unfinished) x-stitch portrait of Patsy Cline.  This person walking past our table stopped and asked if I do portraits of anyone, and I said, "yea, anyone with money".  Well, he asked me right then to do his portrait, so I took his photo and a cash deposit.  Here's the finished product.  The background is a white 18 ct aida w/ silver metallic woven through.



As usual, I fixed up the photo in Photoshop and then imported it into PCStitch to make the pattern.

Sadly, my scanner is broken and the photo didn't turn out as well as I would have liked...
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27  portrait of my grandparents in Needlework: Completed Projects by beelisty on: December 24, 2007 12:34:45 PM
The other day, I finally finished this cross-stitch portrait of my grandparents. It was taken from a portrait photo taken of them in May 1943.  I did it on 22 hardanger canvas w/ a 39 color palette.  The finished product is 10,500 stitches, and now I've got it all framed up to give them tomorrow.  They are both still alive-- she is 88 and he is almost 97. Smiley

(actual size is about 4.5 inches by 4.5 inches.)

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28  David Sedaris! in Needlework: Completed Projects by beelisty on: November 25, 2007 07:47:52 AM
I finished this portrait the other day...


Now I'm working on Patsy Cline, some dogs, and a draq queen from Cincinnati (different projects, not all in the same).
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29  cross-stitch portrait of myself in Needlework: Completed Projects by beelisty on: November 03, 2007 10:48:29 AM
so i decided to stitch myself (22 hardanger canvas, palette of 19 colors).  pattern was made so that from across the room, it looks like a black & white photo.  i'm going to use pictures of it for my own purposes (advertising, etc) but my mom's b'day is in 2 weeks and i'll frame up the finished product and send it to her as a gift.


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30  Toni Morrison portrait (sepia, x-stitch) in Needlework: Completed Projects by beelisty on: October 23, 2007 02:21:44 PM
Well!  I got such love from my Ira Glass post that I figured I'd show you my portrait of Toni Morrison (finished just last night here in lovely St. Paul, MN).

Here is the finished project:



A few in-progress shots for you purists who enjoy the process:









And lastly, the picture I started with:



I'm very happy w/ the finished product..
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