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amber555
« on: October 19, 2010 12:27:24 PM »

For the past three months I've been finishing this cross stitch. It is Octavio Ocampo's Family of Birds, and as you can see from its wrinkled state, it is very recently finished. I've just started working on its companion piece, Mouth of the Flower, so I'm going to hold off on stretching and framing until I have both pieces done. Hopefully the next one will go a bit quicker. The tree in this piece took forever, and I think I'll be quite happy if I don't have to cross stitch anything brown for a very, very long time!



I saw both of Ocampo's pieces stitched up in a local cross stitch store a few years back, and every since I first saw them they've reminded me of Francine and Katchoo from Terry Moore's wonderful Strangers in Paradise [http://www.strangersinparadise.com/] series. That's the first comic book I ever got really into and started collecting, and it's still one of my favourites to sit down and reread from beginning to end. I actually thought there was an issue where Moore had drawn the women in an optical illusion way similar to Ocampo's picture, but I haven't been able to find it. I think my brain is just misremembering this line drawing of Katchoo from the I Dream of You graphic novel cover and mixing it with Ocampo's work. Nevertheless The Family of Birds looks like Francine to me and the Mouth of the Flower reminds me of Katchoo.



Aside from the lengthy time I spent on the nuances of brown in the tree trunk this was a really fun picture to stitch. There are 29 colours in this one and lots of blending. Though, interestingly no blends in the Mouth of the Flower companion piece. It's also all full cross stitches, so no messing round with 3/4 and 1/4 stitches. And there's a very minimal amount of backstitching, which always makes me happy! I stitched the piece on a 32 count cream belfast linen rather than the lavender colour recommended in the pattern because I thought it helped with the illusion of the picture either being a tree and birds or a face. Where as, with the lavender, I felt like you more dominantly saw the face.



A word of caution to anyone who does want to try this picture. Have the fabric cut about 5-6 inches wider and longer than the pattern is recommending. I followed the patterns recommendation and I just don't feel like it left me with much room around the edges for framing. I usually like to have a blank edge on all sides of about 3-4 inches, and after the piece was done I was left with edges that only had about 1.5 - 2 inches of space. Hopefully my framing store will be able to work their usual magic anyway, but I would have liked to have left them with more to work with.



Thanks for looking everyone!
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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2010 12:42:53 PM »

You did a wonderful job.  At first the thought it was a drawing!  I love the optical illusion aspect of it too.  ; Smiley 
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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2010 02:27:55 PM »

OMG, that's so cool! I totally thought it was a face. Then I read the title. Ah....neat! I love those kinds of double images! Great work! Grin
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« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2010 02:41:18 PM »

that is beautiful!!! great work!
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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2010 02:51:19 PM »

This is beautiful!
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« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2010 03:07:48 PM »

The birds are so sweet!!
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« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2010 04:19:49 PM »

this is beautiful.
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« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2010 04:40:38 PM »

Oh my! This is absolutely stunning, good job!
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« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2010 06:37:28 PM »

THIS ROCKS!!!  I have never seen anything like this, and it is absolutely stunning, both the design and your execution.  Awesome!!!!
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« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2010 07:10:57 PM »

This is phenomenal. So Beautiful. Rocked it!
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« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2010 07:52:28 PM »

wow, this is amazingly beautiful!
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« Reply #11 on: October 22, 2010 11:21:39 AM »

That is absolutely breathtaking.
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« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2010 11:56:34 AM »

Hi everyone,

Thanks for all the compliments!!! I really appreciate everyone's enthusiasm for the piece. It is a pretty unique pattern. I actually sent a link to the blog post I'd done about this cross stitch to Strangers in Paradise author Terry Moore (via the contact button he has on his blog) and got a response back.  Smiley

Me:

Hi Terry,

Not sure if you are familiar with Ocatavio Ocampo's artwork or not, but I made this cross stitch because the picture reminded me of Francine from SIP. Thought you might like to have a look:

[insert link to my blog]

Wishing you all the best,
Amber


Terry Moore's response:

Thanks Amber. I see her too.
T


So that was pretty cool!

And I'm curious what other experienced cross stitchers think, does the blank space along the edge seem a little small for framing? Or am I just too used to leaving lots of extra fabric on the edges? You can particularly see what it looks like in the second photo, the first one I cropped to just show the picture.
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« Reply #13 on: October 22, 2010 04:20:30 PM »

This is a fascinating design, looking forward to seeing the companion piece.  Your hard work on all of those blending stitches really shows.

It looks to me like you have enough of a margin to frame it properly, I suppose it depends on how your framer does the matting and mounting.
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« Reply #14 on: October 22, 2010 05:39:31 PM »

Wow, this is just amazing. so beautiful.
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« Reply #15 on: October 23, 2010 01:04:35 AM »

Wow, this is so beautiful. I just saw the girl's face in the thumbnail, I realised that the face is a birdfamily in the large pic. Wonderfull work!
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« Reply #16 on: October 23, 2010 10:30:04 PM »

Just wonderful!  I Love it!
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« Reply #17 on: October 25, 2010 02:26:28 PM »

It's so cool! I love artsy-type needlework!
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« Reply #18 on: November 06, 2010 10:37:03 AM »

I am flabbergasted, this looks wonderful! Congratulations!
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« Reply #19 on: November 09, 2010 09:47:38 AM »

Wow, that is gorgeous! You did a wonderful job!
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« Reply #20 on: November 10, 2010 08:31:35 AM »

I am currently stunned by this piece. I really am struck by the attention to detail and I can only imagine how difficult it was to get this JUST right with the shading and all. This is just beautiful!
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« Reply #21 on: November 11, 2010 09:04:53 AM »

This is just gorgeous! I almost didn't see the illusion at first. I can totally see the similarities between it and the SIP cover.

I've only read the first volume of SIP, and it was beautiful, but so very sad. It kind of put me off the series for a while. I'll probably pick it up again now, though. You've made me curious!
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« Reply #22 on: November 12, 2010 10:39:14 AM »

This is great! I love the double images and the work is well executed.

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« Reply #23 on: November 13, 2010 01:18:16 AM »

so sweet!
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« Reply #24 on: November 15, 2010 01:23:49 PM »

This is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. I didn't see Francine at first, but it's so obvious now... made me feel silly;) SiP is my favorite book series of all time. I immediately fell in love with all of the characters. I also have Parker Lilly tattoos on my chest<3 It's an intense love. Your piece is just so gorgeous... It makes me want to cross stitch!
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