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Amal Kotay
« on: January 05, 2011 04:02:58 AM »

I've been in love with this design for... Well, some time now. I was wondering if the design would be too hard for someone experienced, because if so, I'll rethink my method. I was planning to hand-embroider the design on a large piece of black cloth. Full scale (or, as close to full-scale as I can estimate - I haven't done the exact computations), it would be about 60 cm. tall. And the cloth would be a lot bigger.

It's only one color, but still. Opinions?

Design in question: http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/618/wallxii20.jpg
(just the red part)

« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2011 08:44:40 AM »

The project sounds large for a n00b (almost two feet?) and using one color might be boring for some people.  For me, the size might be a bit discouraging, but I think the design is really cool!  Maybe you could make a smaller version first. 

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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2011 10:05:56 AM »

I say go for it! It will be time consuming but you can pull it off. Do you have any ideas on how you are going to make the pattern for it?

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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2011 12:45:24 AM »

I say go for it! It will be time consuming but you can pull it off. Do you have any ideas on how you are going to make the pattern for it?

I still haven't done research for it yet, but I'm sure there's a program for patterns. I just wanted opinions for now.

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« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2011 09:04:12 PM »

It would be time consuming. Depending on what stitch you use it could be alright for a beginner project. Would I recommend it as a first project? No, but I believe that you need to love what you're making otherwise it's no fun at all. If you love this design, and are willing to be challenged and spend lots of time on it, I'd say go for it.

The only thing I would worry about is that if you try to do this design in a stitch other than backstitch or stem stitch, like satin stitch is that you'll get frustrated with how long it takes and therefore abandon embroidery all together. But like I said before, if you love the design, go for it.

For creating the design, there's a few different options. You could print out the design, trace it, then use a copier to enlarge it to the size you want. My preferred method is a little more complicated and requires a software program that can convert bitmap images (ie jpegs) to vector format. Then you can resize the pattern to your hearts content without worrying about pixelization.

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« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2011 03:17:18 PM »

I say go for it. Do the outline first, probably in back stitch. You can then decide later if/how to fill it in.

« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2011 12:33:45 AM »

As the others have said, it wouldn't be too hard, but it would take a long time to complete (depending on which stitch you're planning to use). The most demanding part would be at the beginning - copying out the pattern, marking it on the cloth etc. After that it would just be a matter of sitting down and getting on with it! Since it's all one colour, it wouldn't be difficult - you could do it while watching television or chatting with a friend.

Whether you'd finish it depends on your personality. Are you someone who takes things up very enthusiastically and then drops them? In that case, it might be wiser to go for something smaller. Or are you the sort of person who works on to the end? As long as you didn't expect it to be ready in a couple of weeks, this could be very therapeutic!
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