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« on: February 09, 2010 01:28:35 PM »

hello! I'm moving into my first apartment with my husband soon and came up with an idea to decorate a wall in my living room but I have no idea how to go about it! I'd love to get input from you talented folks.

I want to get a huge, huge piece of fabric and cross-stitch a map of the United States (I want it to be really big, like over 5'). My husband's in the military so I would love a big map that I could mark in some way for every place we've lived. I know there's wallpaper and posters out there, I just want to do it myself and it'd be unique (also the place is rented of course so no painting, etc).

What I'm fuzzy on is what kind of fabric I could use for this and if it's still cross-stitch if I make the x's bigger so as not to spend a year and ruin my eyesight making it? I just want it to have the look of cross-stitch. Oh yeah, and how the hell to get a map of the United States on the fabric in the first place! I tried googling for a pattern but no dice.

I don't want it to be a topography map btw, just the kind with a couple different colors. I'll probably do brown, two shades of blue, and white and hang it using dowels.

Thank you!!
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« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2010 08:56:06 PM »

If that's 5 feet of cross stitch you are thinking about, you might want to scale down your dreams if you want it done anytime soon. Cross stitch takes a very long time, and a 5 foot project may take (even on large count fabric) months (years) to complete.

You can cross stitch over multiple "boxes" to make the stitches bigger, but then you are still looking at buying a 5 foot fabric sheet. They do have Monk's cloth thread that's 2.5 yards, which is large enough.

In terms of actually getting the pattern, the best bet is to download the KG stitch program (it's free!) and just convert whatever image you like into cross stitch.
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« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2010 10:18:17 PM »

Yep, but like I said I don't want the tiny crosses, they'd be MUCH bigger and further apart because I just want the general look of old-timeyness, but in actuality it'd be raster-like. The size is just an estimate right now though, it will be a month before I'm actually in the apartment, pick a wall, measure it, etc. so it may end up smaller by a few feet.

I was wondering if it'd be possible to do on a fabric more like linen, though, for a better choice of color, texture and appearance.
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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2010 10:44:52 PM »

Here's an example crudely illustrated in Paint -

this:


not this:


This is why I said I wasn't sure if I could call it "cross stitch", because they'll be x's but on a bigger, cruder scale.
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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2010 09:57:26 AM »

You would have to start guaging your size with the smallest states, see how many stitches that would take and work out from there. It's easy to say "I only want Wyoming to be 8x5 stitches", but then you would lose all your detail in the smaller states.
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« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2010 09:44:32 AM »

I was a little confused at first but I gotcha now. Let's see-how about taking the mesh out of a window screen? The "x" would be bigger and you could place it over state.
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« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2010 11:29:41 PM »

You would have to start guaging your size with the smallest states, see how many stitches that would take and work out from there. It's easy to say "I only want Wyoming to be 8x5 stitches", but then you would lose all your detail in the smaller states.
Aaah, I didn't even think of that! That's a great point, thank you!

kittykill, that's awesome! So glad I posted!
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