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« on: December 07, 2010 01:38:33 PM »

This is Octavio Ocampo's Mouth of the Flower, the companion piece to the Family of Birds cross stitch http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=362400.msg4253665#msg4253665 that I completed in October. I was right about this one being a lot quicker to stitch. I attribute that to the wonderful flower stems, which are only 3-5 stitches wide and take far less time than an entire tree trunk to stitch up.



I mentioned before how the women in the pictures reminded me of Francine and Katchoo from Terry Moore's wonderful Strangers in Paradise. This lady is the one that's reminding me of Katchoo, while the other one struck me as sharing similarities with Francine.



Like the other piece, this one was stitched on a 32 count belfast cream linen.







This butterfly, which also acts as the woman's nose, is the only part of the picture that has backstitching. I'm blown away by how clear and detailed the picture looks, despite the fact that it doesn't require the whole piece to be backstitched.



Of the two pictures, this one is my favourite. I really like how vibrant the colours are and it was a lot of fun to stitch because the individual elements are relatively small. In most cases I could get a particular part of the picture, such as the butterfly or a flower, done in a single day and really feel like I was accomplishing something.

Thanks for looking,
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« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2010 01:49:44 PM »

This is incredible.  Your stitching is so perfect, and the piece chosen is simply perfect.  this rocks!
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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2010 06:48:48 PM »

This is sooo beautiful!! I saw the other one you did with the birds...they are both amazing.
You have mad skills...I bow to you!!
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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2010 07:44:14 PM »

 Shocked Amazing!!!  Shocked
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« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2010 08:11:27 PM »

Yet another beautiful work!
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« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2010 08:22:46 PM »

those are so amazing!!
Would you mind if I asked where you got the pattern?
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« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2010 11:12:35 AM »

Oh my goodness this is beautiful.
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« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2010 01:29:38 PM »

those are so amazing!!
Would you mind if I asked where you got the pattern?

Thanks for the compliments everyone!

Coraboo, the patterns were published by a company called The Stitching Studio. I know the pattern is available from Loving Stitch's online store (http://www.lovingstitch.net/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=65_85&products_id=232&zenid=hrivmlmdd56h2i4l1496i6f740). They used to have an actual store near where I lived, but unfortunately it closed down back in April. My friend picked up the patterns for me while visiting Victoria, British Columbia, at the Buttoned Up store. They also have an online store and seem to still be carrying the patterns. (http://www.buttonedup.com/Catalogue/Needlework/Cross-Stitch-Charts/The-Stitching-Studio/The-Stitching-Studio-Page-3.aspx)

I believe both stores can also sell you the fabric to make the pictures. I stitched mine on a 32 count Belfast cream linen, instead of the recommended lavender colour. I also recommend buying a piece of fabric that is about 4-6 inches wider/longer than the pattern recommends. I found it's recommendation only left about 1-2 inches of blank space around the edge of the design. Most framers prefer to have more than that. If you're in the U.S. or U.K. you may also want to check online cross stitch stores in your country. I'm not sure what the shipping costs would be from these Canadian stores. 

Hope the links help. Have fun stitching,
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« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2010 06:04:29 PM »

This is a work of art! I'm in awe of the even stitching! I'd go cross eyed!  Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2010 08:10:23 AM »

Thank you so much for all the advice! its just so pretty. Your's is perfect!
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« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2010 10:52:31 AM »

Wow, those detail shots were amazing. You might even have more even stitching than my grandma, and she's been cross-stitching for at least 50 years!
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« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2010 02:32:04 PM »

Absolutely breathtaking
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« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2010 07:28:13 PM »

I love these pieces, so different and lovely.  Your stitching is to die for.
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« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2010 11:58:58 PM »

Wow your crossstitch is awesome and creative!! you have a good eye!!!
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« Reply #14 on: December 12, 2010 08:49:09 AM »

Wowwww, your stitches are perfect. I love the pattern Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: December 14, 2010 01:26:58 AM »

How incredibly beautiful, wow.
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« Reply #16 on: December 15, 2010 08:58:08 PM »

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« Reply #17 on: December 17, 2010 09:37:56 PM »

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« Reply #18 on: December 18, 2010 11:34:00 PM »

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« Reply #19 on: December 20, 2010 05:51:53 AM »

Gorgeous!  Really creative and your stitches are perfect!  So jealous of the skillz hehe Smiley
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