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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Thread count & floss strands on: January 31, 2014 07:53:59 PM
Hi all! It's been awhile since I've been active but I'm working on getting reacquainted with my needles and floss!

I've mostly done small cross-stitches, like the Jim Shore Santa series and Lizzie Kate patterns (all gifts for my mother-in-law!) but I'm feeling the urge to try something bigger!

I'm currently working on "Stars and Stripes Forever" by Primrose Needleworks (http://primroseneedleworks.com/?p=713).  I'm using Jobelan 28 ct fabric and Gentle Art thread, stitching with two stands over two stitches as recommended.  It's coming out a little... patchy? thin?

http://i62.tinypic.com/fwu9hs.jpg
ETA: http://i59.tinypic.com/xq96as.jpg

It's a little more noticeable in person.  I'm just wondering if I'm doing something to cause it?  I'm stitching a little more slowly, which seems to allow the threads to line up a bit better and sit nicely but some of the stitches, especially the first pass, just seem so thin. Am I too paranoid about?

Any input is appreciated!! This is going to be a gift for my husband so I want it to look great!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Wil Wheaton Geekery on: February 23, 2010 10:40:55 AM
Hi! Just joined the board and thought I would post one of my favorite cross-stitches yet. I started out just doing Santa-themed cross-stitch pieces for my mother-in-law but found I really, really loved needlework and am hoping to branch out into other types of needlework.

Anyway, I introduce to you:

The Wil Wheaton Clown Sweater Cross-stitch


I don't really know for sure exactly how this came up. I started looking at geeky crafts then somehow latched onto the idea of doing a pixelated project. Diesel Sweeties (a webcomic) did an avatar of Wil Wheaton wearing the infamous clown sweater, which is one of my most favorite graphics ever.  I ran it through PC Stitch, cleaned it up a bit and went at it.  It's nothing fancy and took about four or five days, stitching a few hours at a time.

I posted it on my blog (http://www.steenface.com/?p=1427) and Rich Stevens, who runs Diesel Sweeties, must have seen the link to his site. He Twittered it, then Wil Wheaton Twittered it and my blog traffic went crazy. It was bizarre but really awesome.

Anyway, I'm thinking my next project will be video-game related... but I'm quickly getting sidetracked by all the awesome things I'm seeing on here!!
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