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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Sue Coleman's Dogwood & Hummingbird (**Updated**) on: December 31, 2011 01:10:34 PM
Thanks for the compliments everyone! I've updated the original post and included some pictures of the now framed picture.  Smiley
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Dog suit Gir purse on: September 05, 2011 12:32:02 PM
That's fantastic, and Gir seems perfect for a money purse. I mean if he saw some coins on the ground he'd probably pick them up and put them in his mouth, right? Love it!  Smiley
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Cute purple Panda [no pattern inc.] on: September 05, 2011 12:28:12 PM
Very cute! He looks great in purple. What pattern did you use? I've been looking for a good panda pattern.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Margaret Sherry's Yarn Cats on: September 02, 2011 03:15:07 PM
So cute! Yarn and cats, two of my favorite things! They'll be great to hang in your craft room once you get it. Smiley

I know having two out of a three-item set would annoy me to no end. This shop (http://www.butlercountrycrafts.com/cart/agora.cgi?&product=margaretsherry&xm=on) and this one (http://www.maryjanes.com/category_results2.cfm?Category=4&SubCategory=1351) have the pattern listed and apparently in stock, but I personally haven't used either place so I don't know what their service is like. You might also try searching with the catalog number, MSPO735, if you haven't already. I hope you're able to get the third one somehow, someday!

Thanks so much for the links! I just ordered it from one of the places you linked to. Now, fingers-crossed that they don't write me back and say it's actually out of stock, (as already happened with one other online place that I thought was selling it!)

Your help was much appreciated noble_ammonite  Smiley. I hadn't come across either of these sites in my previous searches.
Thanks again,
amber555
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Margaret Sherry's Yarn Cats on: August 30, 2011 08:03:37 AM
Those are so cute.

I did a quick google search and the 3rd pattern is available on e-bay for around the same cost as the other 2.

Would be nice to have a set, I am just a little ocd that way.

@ woowii - if you saw it in a current e-bay auction, please send me the link in a personal message. The only one that comes up when I search is for an auction that ended several weeks ago.

Thanks for the compliments everyone! Also, I should clarify, I was stitching over 2 on the 32 count linen, so I guess it's more like stitching on a 16 count. I bet the patterns would look cute if I actually stitched at 32, but I would probably go blind trying.  Smiley
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Margaret Sherry's Yarn Cats on: August 29, 2011 10:52:34 PM
Someday I'll have a craft room and these cats will decorate it. For now, I'll have to settle for them decorating our computer room (where I blog about my crafts).



I just finished the last of these two over the weekend. They are Margaret Sherry's Knit One (to the left) and Roly Purrly (below) which were initially published by Heritage Stitchcraft.



Most of Margaret Sherry's older patterns are out of print, but I was lucky enough to find Loving Stitch (http://www.lovingstitch.net/shop/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=65_135&sort=20a&page=1&zenid=9b068dcf6da1368de51a698cee9fe5a5) still had copies of these ones available for a reasonable price.

I stitched both on a 32 count cream linen. The smaller one, with the pink ball of yarn, is in a 4 inch flexi-hoop, while the larger is in a 6 inch flexi hoop.

I guess I could consider the whole project an endangered species, as much like Margaret Sherry patterns, I'm finding the flexi-hoops are becoming harder and harder to come by in my area. There is also a third yarn cat in the series called Purr One, which shows an orange and white kitten sitting on top of a ball of purple yarn, but despite extensive searching of the internet, I wasn't able to find a copy of it for sale.

Comments are always welcome. Thanks for looking everyone!
amber555
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Spock on: August 19, 2011 04:20:45 PM
Adorable! Thanks for sharing! Great set up for the photo too.  Smiley
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Oregon Trail Binder Cover on: August 19, 2011 04:18:06 PM
Oh how I miss the hunting, and how you'd always end up with hundreds more pounds of meat than your cart could possibly carry! Great project, it takes me back. Never mind being in school, I may have to make something like this to hold crochet hooks, or some other crafty supplies.

Thanks for sharing!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sue Coleman's Dogwood & Hummingbird (**Updated**) on: August 17, 2011 11:26:51 AM
*Update*

I got this design stretched and framed in time for Christmas and just wanted to share a couple pictures of the completed project. My other half payed for the framing and this was our gift to his mom for Christmas. She was so touched by it that she actually cried when she saw it, (and here I'd been spending the last couple weeks nervous that she wouldn't like it.) So glad she was happy to receive it.  Smiley





Excuse the shadow on the right side of the picture, there's nothing wrong with the fabric, just a shadow of the cameraman.  Smiley





Thanks again for looking everyone,
amber555

*Update*

Once I get this stretched and framed, it is going to be my mother-in-law's Christmas gift. Right now it is just completed, fresh out of the loom, and still quite wrinkled.

The picture is Sue Coleman's Dogwood & Hummingbird, and it's stitched on a 32 count Antique White linen. Coleman is an artist from British Columbia, Canada and she makes lots of pictures similar to this one, where she incorporates the natural images of animals along with their native symbol. We also live in British Columbia and the provincial flower here is the Dogwood, so it seemed a fitting choice. My mother-in-law is someone who will really appreciate not only the picture, but the fact that it's a local designer/artist.



I noticed after uploading the photos that the piece looks a little yellow in the bottom corner. In real life the fabric is actually quite white, I just made the mistake of setting it on a yellow throw pillow when I photographed it.



The background took a long time to do, but it's an interesting technique. It's created by making 1/2 stitches with a variegated DMC thread (4010), rather than doing multiple colour changes to create the shifting colours of the sky. I tried to work bits of the background as I went because I knew that if I left it all to stitch at the very end, I would quickly become bored with all that repetitive work. I think it was the right method to use, as I only had a very small amount of the background to complete after all my cross stitching was done.

Once it's framed (probably a couple months from now) I'll try to update this post with a new picture. I always find it's the framing that really brings these big cross stitches to life.

Thanks for looking everyone!
amber555
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Bavarian Crochet Baby Blanket in Baby Coordinates on: June 23, 2011 01:40:47 PM
Love it! I've been tempted to pick up a book on Bavarian Crochet, it looks so cool. These are continuous stitches right, not motifs.

Yes, it's continuous. The pattern basically has two different rounds that you repeat over and over. I can understand your concern, I have no patience for patterns that involve motifs. I just get so bored stitching them all together at the end.  Smiley
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