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« on: June 09, 2005 06:43:24 PM »

I decided yesterday to teach myself how to do cross stitch, which is something I've been meaning to do for awhile. I got the chart from Cyberstitchers Cross Stitch ( www.cyberstitchers.com ). It's teeny; about 2 1/8" x 2 3/4". But it was a fun way to learn the basics. Now I'm going to tackle a way more complicated cross stitch; a Marilyn Monroe pattern I made using PC Stitch! Wish me luck!

     
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jezebel7383
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2005 06:58:10 PM »

Yay for your first!...Cross stitch that is. Wink You did great. Can't wait to see your next project. Smiley
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Karensff
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2005 12:48:33 AM »

Well done on your first cross stitch. Your stitches look so neat. Good luck with Marilyn.

Karen Smiley
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btlgrl
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2005 06:40:57 AM »

Well done!  My only suggestion would be to make sure you center your design, or give yourself a larger border.  If you want to frame or sew it into a pillow, taking raveling of aida inton consideration, you might not have enough free space!

Great job! 

CJ
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« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2005 09:23:14 AM »

Well done!  My only suggestion would be to make sure you center your design, or give yourself a larger border.  If you want to frame or sew it into a pillow, taking raveling of aida inton consideration, you might not have enough free space!
 

Yeah, I realized that after I started it, but since it was just for practice, I didn't think it was a big deal. I'm not even sure what I'm going to do with it; it's too small to really make anything with, unless I add a fabric border.
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btlgrl
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2005 11:25:40 AM »

You could make a scissor fob (back it with fabric or another piece of aida, add a little stuffing in betweena nd stitch around the ddesign, then you can fray to the stitching, attach to scissors with some corded floss)

Would work nicely in a small tuck pillow.

Make it into an ornament.

Bind the edges with some ribbon and use it as a book mark.

CJ
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Chelsea
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2005 11:49:23 AM »

You may already know this, but maybe not, I didn't when I first started cross stitch.   To make it look a little less "pixelated" you can do half cross stitches.    I know the skull was just practice, but it's a good example.  The places where it's going over the top of the skull, the roundness of that, instead of stopping with squares you can soften the edges by doing a half cross stitch.   It's where you make one  / or \ of the stitch (depending on which direction the angle needs to go) then the other / or \ goes up in one of the corners but down in the middle of the square.  It's really easy with aida, you can separate the little strands of the fabric and go down right in the middle (don't know about other fabrics since I've only used aida).   Normally you keep all the stitches going the same way, like you finish each X with the \ direction...but with the half cross stitch it's not as important - you just go the direction the angle is going.


Edit:  This is what it looks like finished - ignore the messy-ness of the paw - I was covering the white spots that showed through.  It looks good from a distance Wink       Oh, and it's a 3/4 stitch, not a half stitch.


and here's an example of what it looks like on a chart and how to do it.
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Karensff
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2005 01:01:05 PM »

I don't know if it will fit but you could always put it in a keyring.

Karen Smiley
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GoTo
« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2005 01:33:29 PM »

Great job!  Maybe you could use it as a patch on jeans or a purse or something.  Even if there's no hole, just as decoration.  You could iron on some fusible interfacing to help avoid unraveling on the edges.


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