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21  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Frederick the Literate: A cross-stitch-topia of obsessive proportion on: September 01, 2014 08:33:37 AM

My completed project (I just can't get this photo to show up any larger!)

So, I started this project in 2005 (yes, folks, 2005), and FINALLY FINISHED!  "What took so long?" one might ask.  "Sure, it's a GIGANTIC cross-stitch project, but still---9 years?!"

Well, what took so long was my strange obsession with not following the pattern.   *ha ha*

This kit, based on Charles Wysocki's painting Frederick the Literate, had, I noticed, lost something in translation from painting to cross-stitch pattern. 

The original Wysocki painting

The original pattern (close-ups are of areas of the pattern that I ultimately altered to be less blocky, or I changed the titles of)

So, to make it more like the original, I free-drew the parts I didn't like, using thread as the medium---which meant I wasn't using the 1/2 stitches the pattern called for, but more like 1/18ths; and all the text in the original pattern?---I ignored the pattern completely, and free-embroidered to match the titles on the original painting as much as possible.

It was the text that got me.  Such a challenge to hand-write in embroidery thread that it took me *forever* to finish the book titles---I'd do a title or two then put it down until I had the patience to do the next.

My version:

So, there you have it.  All done!

Oh, and silly me, I realized in making this post that I'm NOT DONE YET!  I missed THE WHISKERS!  Ha ha!  What a dork!  So, still a little more to go---
But you get the idea!  lol

22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: art pen case tutorial on: August 24, 2014 10:15:48 AM
Lovely flower design and very inventive!
23  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: The stippled pirate on: August 03, 2014 10:39:54 AM
Blu, these stippling-works of yours are seriously amazing!  Not only are you onto something, I think you've got it good as in the bag.  Way to go!  I can't wait to see more!  Smiley
24  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Morning music from a "dear" lady... on: August 01, 2014 05:17:14 AM
Oh my gosh, Blu!  She is amazing!  Your skill with this technique is evident from the word go.  Well done!!!
25  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - JULY 2014 - Gallery on: July 25, 2014 08:19:02 PM
I got the most awesome penguin ATC from oath keeper.

Ha ha ha!  This is the BEST penguin atc ever!  I AdorE it!  Made me giggle all over.  Thank you SO much!  (Gonna hang her on my bulletin board at work!)
26  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: A dog of my pen-pal - canvas on: July 25, 2014 03:37:33 PM
Oh, gosh; so adorable!  Excellent style.  Love it!
27  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Ongoing ATC SWAP - JULY 2014 (Signup July 1 - July 31) on: July 14, 2014 03:06:07 PM
I claim oath_keeper for Portraits of my Pets!  (Woo-hoo!  I had a card made for her already and was waiting to claim!  *hee hee*)


Hi!  I'm 36, living in southern central Indiana.  Feeling in the ongoing atc swap mood once again, so here goes!  Smiley

Please nothing religious or gory.  Nudity, swearing, no problem.

(I have lots of themes that say "nudey" or "sexy"--please feel free to celebrate any body-shape, style, ethnicity, sexual preference, etc, as "sexy", in my mind, is about freedom and love, not stereotypes.  Smiley  )

*portraits with personality
*fantasy (elves, fairy, dragons, etc. but not Tinkerbell)
*pin-up girls (doesn't matter what era)
*fairy tales
*Fuzzy wuzzy things
*Cute monsters
*Dancing cupcakes
*sexy/nudey goddesses
*scared fish
*mini scrapbook pages--ready to insert mini photos
A couple of examples (but feel free to do something entirely different!):

*realistic fish (trout, salmon)
*nudists, naturists
*people or animals wearing fruit
*Illustration of this statement: "Oi! My head is too big for my body!" (Okay, now I'm just getting weird for no reason! lol)
*Once upon a dark, dark night
*Winkyn Blinkyn and Nod
*Dungeon scenes
*People of the Sea
*Animals in fancy dress
*At the Masquerade
*Aliens behaving badly
*People/or things/or animals with crazy hats
*Things with big eyes that are Oh so incredibly cute
*your artistic interpretation of this phrase: "Ooh, ahh, I lost my bra!"  lol
*An ATC you wish someone would send you  (ie., artist's choice--any theme, doesn't matter if it's on my list!--Oh, except please no gore, religion, or politics)

28  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - JUNE 2014 - Gallery on: July 14, 2014 10:07:52 AM
Would love to see a picture of the whole set!

One of these days when I get a chance, I'll make a post in the atcs section of our forum.  Smiley
29  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - JUNE 2014 - Gallery on: July 14, 2014 09:00:01 AM

I received my final two "Countdown to Thanksgiving" cards!  I've been working on this theme since my first craftster atc swap---in 2010---and thanks to RockingBearRanch and My_RubySlippers my set is at last complete! Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy!

First,  a beautiful painting, by My_RubySlippers, done on a canvas, of all things (what professional fun!).  The lovely Countdown number 25!:  (A cornucopia of plenty!)  (Is this acrylic, Ruby?)

And finally, from RockingBearRanch, a snarky-looking pilgrim singing a little ditty about the upcoming turkey day!  (Ha hah, better watch out, turkey-lurky!  Ahm gonna get me sum turkey come Thanksgiving, too!):

What fun creativity, ladies!  Thanks SO much for completing my set!  Smiley

(Now to figure out the perfect project for thirty fall/Thanksgiving themed cards!)
30  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Ongoing ATC Swap Discussion Thread for 2014! on: July 14, 2014 08:48:54 AM
I made an ATC 2 months ago, hoping to claim a specific person for this topic. I did not have computer access much, so never got to time it right. I am in hopes that she will rejoin in August so i can try again. I really like what I made! If she does not join, I'm just gonna gift it to her... hee hee

Ha ha!  I just did that.  I just drew an atc for oathkeeper, and now I get to stalk her until I can claim her!  silly me!
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