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« Reply #130 on: June 04, 2008 10:02:28 AM »

I've always done projects from kits and in the instructions the outlining is always to be done last.  That way you don't cover up the outline with the cross stitches, since the outlines aren't totally outside the filled-in areas but go across them much of the time.
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« Reply #131 on: June 20, 2008 02:32:33 PM »

I've been admiring the things you all are doing, but have never joined in. Is it too late?
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« Reply #132 on: June 20, 2008 04:12:27 PM »

I've been admiring the things you all are doing, but have never joined in. Is it too late?

Never!  Grin
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« Reply #133 on: June 20, 2008 05:13:23 PM »

jump in anytime! Grin
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« Reply #134 on: June 20, 2008 06:53:29 PM »

Here's my big project story. Back in 2001, in October when I was still kind of numb from 9/11, I came across a Stony Creek Christmas book with a project I just loved.

It reminded me that I could still have hope and joy, and so I bought the book and started right in. Then, the day after Thanksgiving, our apartment complex caught fire. We had no fire damage but lots of loss from water, including all my craft books, and the projects I was working on at the time.
I just couldn't bring myself to look for a new copy of the book and start over, and by the time I decided I'd really like to make it, it took some real searching to find the book. I began stitching, but when I got to the straw, I bogged down big time. I've made practically no progress since February of 2007, when my daughter took that photo of me stitching on it that I use as my avatar here.
Here's where I am:

I'm sure hoping you all will keep me on track so I can finish this picture, which I still love.
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« Reply #135 on: June 20, 2008 07:05:33 PM »

It's a beautiful piece, Panul. Thank you for the story, sometimes I forget how long ago all that happened. I hope you all recovered well from the fire!
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« Reply #136 on: June 20, 2008 07:33:22 PM »

The thing with big, colorful designs is the finished product is so dazzling that I sometimes "can't see the trees for the forest" -- The details, special stitches and shading/gradation can get overlooked. So I love seeing pieces in progress like this, because I can better appreciate the little things that take so much work. I love the shading!
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« Reply #137 on: June 20, 2008 07:55:12 PM »

I love all the stony creek cross stitch patterns. After making a fairly large one for my sister (on a sweatshirt no less: my fingers still hurt a little, thinking about it. Either that, or it's the balloons I tied today Roll Eyes  ), I decided that there is such a thing as too big a project (especially since I'm fairly sure she's "outgrown" it).  The shading is gorgeous on those patterns, though.   It looks like you have a good start on it though.  I can't wait to see it done!  Smiley
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« Reply #138 on: June 22, 2008 01:00:40 PM »

Well, as usual you guys have been very inspiring!  I know I'm late on this thread, but screw it, i'm joining in!  You know, I think the reason I rarely work on my cross stitch lately is that I consider it a somewhat social activity in that I used to have a friend who would come over, and we'd pop in a movie we'd seen a million times and stitch together.  Now that she's moved away, I haven't been inspired to work on my projects.  But listening to you guys chat about your progress has re-inspired me!  I can imagine you all here with me, ha ha ha!  Ohhhh i'm a dork.  Anyway, here's the project i'm working on:
It's for my mom, who loves both cats and books.  I'll post a progress pic as soon as I can!
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« Reply #139 on: June 22, 2008 01:30:11 PM »

Oh, yes, big projects are so much easier when you have company! For a while I had a few friends that would come over every few weeks to stitch together, but life happened and that wasn't possible anymore. How nice that we can encourage one another long distance.  Smiley
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