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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Giant Butterfly Stole or Shawl in filet includes free pattern! on: July 30, 2015 06:50:23 AM
I love this kind of crochet. Nicely done!

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: X for Cross Stitchers on: July 27, 2015 08:58:24 AM
I can imagine these, like, ten feet wide.  In a gallery.  Shocked

I'm not sure if my fingers or attention span could survive making something that big. Since my work is typically stitch heavy, I like to keep it fairly small so it will get finished before my attention fades. Before I'm halfway finished with one project, I've already mapped out variations on the same pattern for my next couple of pieces.

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / X for Cross Stitchers on: July 24, 2015 11:20:22 AM
Graph or grid paper is a cross stitchers best friend because it is perfect for creating projects to stitch on aida fabric. I was never a good math student, but I loved geometry because it required graph paper. Cleaning out some boxes during a recent relocation, I rediscovered a handful of pages that had been saved from my school days. The most common design was a big X.

Heres my interpretation with thread. The stitched area measures 4-7/8 inches x 5-1/4 inches on 14 count aida.

I even took the basic design a couple of steps further by narrowing the color scheme (16 shades of pink!!) and filling the gaps. It has a completely different feel. The stitched area is 3-3/4 inches by 5-1/8 inches on 14 count aida.

FYI...tidy little stitches lined up in tight rows make me swoon.

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cross Stitched Plaid on: April 16, 2015 02:04:17 PM
One day I had a bag full of unlabeled embroidery floss from old projects and wanted to find a use for it. I stitched diagonal rows and a plaid pattern started taking shape. If you like repetitive patterns that don't require much thought, use up a good amount of floss, and result in a dense pattern, give this a try.

And for bonus points, sit your camera directly on the finished piece and snap a picture. The macro image may turn out to be more interesting than the original cross stitch.

Happy Stitching!


UPDATE July 6, 2015: Apparently I posted the pictures in April and never came back to see if anyone commented. I got a bit of a shock today when it showed up on a Mr X Stitch post as the Craftster Pick of the Month! http://www.mrxstitch.com/craftster-pick-of-the-month-bookishdreamers-plaid/ And then I discovered that it had also been chosen as a Featured Project on Craftster in April. Thanks for taking an interest in my work!

To answer a few of the questions that were previously posted:

The stitched size is 4-3/8 inches x 3-3/4 inches on 14 count black aida.

I dont have plans to make anything out of it. When I finish a cross stitch project, I toss it into a box with all of my other completed pieces and start a new project. I enjoyed the process of stitching this design so much that I created several plaids with other color combinations and a couple of bookmarks. Each is unique because decisions about the color combinations and width of the color stripes were made on-the-fly.   

This pattern is very good for finished objects that require a clean back with no stray threads, such as a bookmark. Some people actually like the back better than the front because stitching on the diagonal creates such an interesting design.

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Inspired by Nancy Drew's Sleuth Bag (pic heavy) on: January 26, 2010 02:32:13 PM
Very cool! I'm one of those people who has to have an organized bag or I go slightly insane. Everything has a place. This is great!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Winter Day Rose on: January 13, 2010 07:53:22 AM
Beautiful! And very realistic. I like the color technique you used.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: upcycled flea market jewelry on: January 06, 2010 06:06:12 PM
Looks like this stash will keep you busy for a while!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Necklace Display from Recycled Items (with a mini tute!) on: January 03, 2010 12:01:48 PM
Very smart! And fabulous use of duct tape! Wink
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: first embroidery - my mother's garden on: December 22, 2009 08:24:01 AM
Beautiful! You did a great job.
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: vintage haberdashery wreath on: December 22, 2009 07:46:00 AM
Very clever! I particularly like the stitch counter date.

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