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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: "Dashing for the Does" Challenge Entry on: December 10, 2013 02:47:22 PM
I love how droll he looks in his sweater Smiley It's as if he got dragged to an ugly sweater party at a bar, and he just wants to sit this one out. Awesome job!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Oh Deer!!!! on: December 10, 2013 02:45:23 PM
Your satin stitch is gorgeous!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hunting embroidery on: December 10, 2013 02:43:15 PM
I've never thought to use watercolors. I like how it looks like a vintage piece (like something you'd find tucked away in the attic). Thanks for the idea!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tis the season on: December 10, 2013 02:40:57 PM
I the modifications you made!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: The Deer's Cry, my needlework entry on: December 10, 2013 02:39:28 PM
Your fill stitch is amazing!  I have yet to master that and am a bit jealous!

Oh my goodness, that fill stitch is the laziest thing! I knew I wanted to use the darkest color to show the snout, and pure white around the eyes. Everything else is the most random order Smiley Like, if there was too much grey in an area, I'd come back with ecru on the next go around.

Thank you for the compliment; I just wanted to let you know how easy it turned out to be!
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / The Deer's Cry, my needlework entry on: December 03, 2013 07:23:57 PM
As soon as I saw the pattern, I wanted to make him albino. I tried to manipulate the banner in the original pattern so I could add words, but my lack of Photoshop and patience caused me to abandon that thought quickly. Up until 3 days ago, I was all set on including a Russian idiom in Cyrillic; "Your elbow is near, yet you cannot lick it." nearly won out. However, some late night Googling caused me to change paths, and I present to you "The Deer's Cry":

the deer's cry by mnethia, on Flickr

The name for my piece comes from the Lorica of Saint Patrick (]http://www.irishcultureandcustoms.com/Poetry/StPatrick.html), also known as The Deer's Cry. The words at the top, chun cinn m inniu, is Irish (according to Google translate) of the refrain "I arise today".

the deer's cry zoom by mnethia, on Flickr

I used varying shades of ecru to suggest the coloring and hairline. Once I was happy with that, I filled in the gaps with white. I swapped out the pine branches for laurel. Laurel is considered a symbol of triumph over temptation or trials in early Christian works, while a stag is a symbol of piety, or Jesus himself, depending on where you read.

Like I said, this went in a completely different direction that gags in Russian. I'm pretty happy with how this turned out! Eventually I'm going to hoop it and prepare it to hang, but I wanted to get the pictures up Smiley
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Fabric Markers? on: April 30, 2011 10:57:23 PM
i enjoy using the crayola brand fabric markers. they blend well and come out of multiple washings looking only slightly faded.

adding fabric medium to acrylic paint is also pretty awesome. it doesn't cost a whole lot, and it expands your available colors. good luck!
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