I figured I'd just create one big post with pictures of my cross stitch pieces, since I've sort of been lurking around. I'm really not great at taking pictures so some of these sort of look weird. I'm also pretty lazy about getting stuff like this posted so it's all going up at once.
Here's my cross stitch portfolio (mostly- my mom needs to send a shot of two I made for her this Christmas, and I need to take one of the small sampler I made my fiance for Valentines Day 07).
This is the first piece I ever stitched during August and September 2003. I made it for a boyfriend at the time. Since then I got rid of him and kept the piece. I think I made the right choice. This is a Dimensions kit titled "A Pair of Wolves"
For my second piece I started a Native American style spirit wolf. This one kept getting put down thanks to life getting in the way, but finally ended up completed in September 05. I messed up the top, but by the time I realized it I just modified it since it was so far along. It still looks somewhat decent, and I figure it can't be that bad for only my second piece. This was a Creative Accents kit called "Native Wolf."
During a two week vacation at the end of September and beginning of October 05 I managed to knock this little wolf pattern out. It was a lot of fun, and I rather like the way the pattern looks on the left side of the wolf. If I were to do it over, I think I would now add some beads to the pattern, just to jazz it up a little and make it sparkle. This pattern comes from the Janlynn Wild Life Series and is titled "Wolf."
In between there should be a Remember the Ladies pattern called "My Heart is True." I need to get a picture of this one so I can show it off. It came out a lot better than I expected, since it was my very first piece worked on 32 count linen with Kreinik Silk thread. That was an experience light years away from the prior couple of patterns.
Next up is a Mill Hill Buttons & Beads pattern called "Lakeside Retreat."
I made this one as a Mother's Day gift before I moved to Alaska in 07. My mom went wild over it! I was a little concerned since I had never before worked on that perforated paper, nor had I used beads as a part of my stitching other than an occasional embellishment. I love the way the beads add such texture to the piece! This one was really difficult to give away for that reason. http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/Chairs_Spring_07.jpg
(same piece, different picture, doesn't seem like it has as large holes between the stitches.)
This little piece is one I picked up at the NH Highland Games in 06. It was a kit by Textile Heritage called "Welsh Dragon." I meant to pick it up and finish it that weekend, but I didn't have enough down time to do so. Somehow my stitchin' stuff ate it until I was unpacking from my move during Summer 07. I needed a distraction from the large piece I was working on, and felt badly that the little dragon wasn't completed so I took a break and finished it in one evening.
Another distraction piece while I was stitching the Stately Palm. This one is a little Stitch n' Hang entitled "Good Luck Palm" that I picked up for a penny during a big sale at the Michaels in Anchorage. It only took a night or two.
This Dimensions piece called "Stately Palm" is the largest piece I have completed (so far). It took about a year, involved a lot of little breaks and distractions, but really wasn't that bad if I had just sat down and done it. I'm just glad I DID finish it this past summer.
It looks a lot better than that in person, and I still have to mount it on some of that backing stuff so I can frame it. I have just been really lazy about that part... Here's a close up of the palm itself. I really like the way the leaves look. I sort of have a theme going with palms as my decor, so I still feel particularly drawn to this one.
Finally here's one last little wolf (all most forgotten!). This was a little Janlynn kit called "Wolf." I started this one a while ago. I think it was back in 05 after I finished another wolf piece. It turned up in my stitchin' stuff this winter when I was organizing and I figured I should finish it. Not the best piece I've ever done, it was a true testament to why friends don't let friends stitch tired. I idiotically read the pattern wrong and had a good 50% of the white in the cloud wolf's face stitched in dark blue
rather than white. Let's just say it's not as much fun when you have to rip out a ton of stitches and start over the same area again...
I have a couple more small ones I stitched for my mother as Christmas gifts, but now I'm waiting for her to take some pictures for me since I forgot to before I wrapped them.
Yay! I'm glad I could share them with you. Nothing too special or creative so far, just little kits, but I have been getting so many ideas from the rest of you I hardly know which one to begin with! I have a feeling I will be able to mark my pieces as Before Craftster and After Craftster now.