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« on: July 05, 2011 08:17:00 PM »

FINALLY!!  After 9 years in the making I finally...FINALLY finished this cross stitch.  Mind you most of those years it sat untouched while I focused on knitting, but this year I was determined to finish it. 

I started this in Feb 2002 while I was still in high school, and now July 2011 years after I graduated college, it is done.  I slightly changed the design but not much.  I left some antenna type things coming from the wings off, and I used the dark purple metallic thread on the wing veining instead of the light purple...which was so light you could barely see it.

It was done on linen, 32 count fabric.  Most of it was stitched 2 over 2 with 3 strands, expect their skin that I did with 1 strand, 1 stitch for every single little ity-bity square (meaning I had to make 4 stitches to equal 1 stitch on the pattern).  Not sure what I was thinking, but it did look pretty in the end!  So I guess it was worth it.

Anyway, I hope you guys enjoy it and thank you all for looking!  Crafters definitely helped inspired me to finish it.  You guys rock!  Cool


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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2011 08:45:43 PM »

How gorgeous!


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« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2011 09:21:18 PM »

That is amazing.  It is so pretty.  I'm amazed that you took the time to use a single strand for the skin and stitch it four times.
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2011 01:37:25 AM »

Using that (amazingly time consuming) technique you've got a beautiful skin tone for them, looking smooth and lovely.

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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2011 02:00:57 AM »

Thanks everybody!!  Yeah, the technique was well worth the outcome, even though it felt like I was working at a snails pace while doing it.  No regrets. 

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« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2011 08:35:08 AM »

Beautiful job. I love the Mirabilia patterns. I have a fairy pattern that I haven't gotten the courage to do yet. You may have inspired me. But the 32 count and tiny linens are still intimidating.

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« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2011 09:41:37 AM »

The patterns really aren't as bad as they seem.  And despite it taking me 9 years to complete it honestly went rather quickly when I would actually take the time to work on it (well as quickly as cross stitch can go Smiley)  So I definitely say go ahead and start it!  It is super satisfying to finish, and as long as you don't shove it under a bed for 3 years at a time will be finished in a respectable amount of time.

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« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2011 01:36:06 PM »

Wow! Amazing job.

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« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2011 02:17:18 PM »

this is where cross stitch really becomes breathtaking :-) congratulations on finally finishing it!

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« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2011 06:48:31 AM »

Wow.  This is beautiful!

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