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Topic: My First Hoopla - Calvin and Hobbes!  (Read 11669 times)
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« on: September 08, 2011 02:26:10 PM »

I'm excited about embroidery! In July I learned a handful of stitches from Acadian Driftwood, and immediately started this project - she even lent me the hoop. Here it is in all its glory: I give you Calvin and Hobbes.



Here's the image I took it from, part of the header in the sunday comics from the Burlington Free Press. I LOVE the comics - they're what made getting up for school nearly bearable.



I enlarged it by hand (from ~3" to about 8") using a grid technique I learned in high school:



Here it is all stitched in, waiting for color. I used back stitch and a bit of satin stitch.



And then I added color. I think filling in the stripes on Hobbes helped me build character. Roll Eyes I took a lot of process pics along the way, just in case I didn't like what I ended up with after a certain stage. This was pretty much all satin stitch, and for the background at the end I used seed stitch. I thankfully am quite happy with the end result.





And the back:



Thanks for looking! C&C welcome.
I hope I did you proud, Acadian Driftwood Grin


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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2011 02:36:30 PM »

AMAZING! You did a fantastic job!!! Hooray Calvin and Hobbes!!!
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« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2011 03:00:13 PM »

STOP IT! That looks AWESOME!!! Great job, your stitching rocks!
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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2011 03:36:16 PM »

I love this! I saw the thumbnail and immediately thought of our ATC Calvin and Hobbes exchange. So cool! Great job!
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« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2011 03:57:12 PM »

oh.

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goodness.

this is EPIC-ly awesome!!!  Great job!
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« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2011 05:11:25 PM »

This rocks!
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« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2011 05:15:47 PM »

Aw, so cute!!! <3  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2011 05:53:31 PM »

That is just fantastic! I love Calvin & Hobbes so much -- and your stitching is great! Grin
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« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2011 06:02:24 PM »

One would never guess you're a beginner!  Great work!  And your character building paid off.  Wink
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« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2011 10:43:39 PM »

this is beyond awesome! there is no way that you are a beginner- your stitches are impeccable! Calvin and Hobbes FTW
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« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2011 04:29:39 AM »

That's really awesome! The detail is perfect.
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« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2011 05:08:34 AM »

I love it!!

Have you ever seen the Calvin and Hobbes snowmen strips?

Best. Comics. EVER.
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« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2011 05:58:27 AM »

That is absolutely wonderful.  My husband LOVES Calvin and Hobbes!  Of course, he'd go for Calvin's famous snowmen scenes or his lunchtime with the little girl, but he'd love this too.  He has some of the books that have the Calvin and Hobbes comics strips in them and now my oldest son love Calvin too.  I'll have to show them this when they get home from work and school.

Great Job!!!
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« Reply #13 on: September 09, 2011 08:49:57 AM »

Looks great, I love it.  I also can't believe how enat the back is.  Great job.
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« Reply #14 on: September 09, 2011 10:56:16 AM »

What a wonderful hoop. Even the back looks nice. Mine are never that clean. Great job!
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« Reply #15 on: September 09, 2011 11:06:11 AM »

I love Calvin and Hobbes and this hoop is totally amazing!
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« Reply #16 on: September 09, 2011 11:25:29 AM »

Your stitches are really beautiful and I love the ones you chose.  The seed stitching on the background really adds to it!  You nailed the colors, too. 

I'm amazed that you even enlarged the design by hand (I totally would've taken the lazy way out of that one).

Looking forward to seeing more of your work on the Needlework board. Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: September 09, 2011 11:36:12 AM »

This is SUCH a good idea!  My husband loves Calvin and Hobbes.  Your embroidery looks really nice as well.  Actually, it's really impressive for a first time. The back of my embroidery still looks messy, but I am working on it.  Yours looks perfect!
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« Reply #18 on: September 09, 2011 03:41:14 PM »

That's awesome!  I love Calvin & Hobbes, and this is a great, wonderfully well-done piece.

And I can't remember the last time I saw an embroidery back that was so clean!  Dang, I'm jealous - you did an amazing job!
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« Reply #19 on: September 09, 2011 03:57:16 PM »

Amazingly well done and such a great theme!!!
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« Reply #20 on: September 09, 2011 04:29:53 PM »

Great job! I love calvin and hobbes and you caputered them perfectly.
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« Reply #21 on: September 09, 2011 05:28:15 PM »

This rocks!
The seed stitching for the background adds so much. Calvin and Hobbes are so great and you captured them perfectly! Grin
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« Reply #22 on: September 10, 2011 06:52:58 AM »

Your stitches look wonderful! Nicely done Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: September 10, 2011 08:10:20 AM »

I just love this - excellent job!!
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« Reply #24 on: September 10, 2011 08:56:38 AM »

This rocks!  LOVE me some C&H!  It was a favorite in middle/high school.  <3
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« Reply #25 on: September 10, 2011 12:19:15 PM »

OMG!!!!!!!!!! that is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!! and you just learned a few weeks ago?HuhHuhHuhHuh?? You are a natural at embroidering.  and you need to be in the hoopla swaps.  I'd love a hoop stitched by you hanging on my wall!!!!
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« Reply #26 on: September 10, 2011 02:26:24 PM »

!!  This is amazing and awesome and the coolest thing ever!

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« Reply #27 on: September 10, 2011 04:23:16 PM »

AllI can say is, "That's freakin' AWESOME!!!!" You did an AMAZING job! I love it! Please come teach me how to do this!  Cheesy
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« Reply #29 on: September 12, 2011 03:20:09 AM »

Your stitching is so perfect! Wonderful Cheesy
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« Reply #30 on: September 12, 2011 03:27:54 PM »

This is so rad! It makes me so happy.
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« Reply #31 on: September 22, 2011 11:28:48 AM »

Ahhh! *happy hand wave* This is adorable! You did a fantastic job! Smiley
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« Reply #32 on: September 29, 2011 11:05:06 AM »

This is a first project?? I am thunderstruck! It is so beautifully done! You were meant to be an embroiderer! Keep up the fantastic work!
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« Reply #33 on: October 06, 2011 12:39:44 AM »

Wow, this looks so good! Love it!
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« Reply #34 on: October 06, 2011 06:29:56 AM »

WONDERFUL! I am in love with Calvin and Hobbes, and you did a fantastic job on this. This is really making me want to get out my embroidery box, and stitch a Calving and Hobbes hoop. Love!
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« Reply #35 on: October 06, 2011 08:23:08 AM »

Congratulations on the feature!  Your piece is absolutely wonderful!  Fantastic stitching! 

I have a special spot in my heart for Calvin and Hobbes <3
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« Reply #36 on: October 07, 2011 04:53:45 PM »

That's seriously incredible!
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This is so bloody beautiful. Gah, so cute. I aspire to make something that cute.
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« Reply #38 on: October 14, 2011 09:14:23 AM »

Whoa calvin and hobbes, my favorite:) Cool stuff.
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WOW!!!  Shocked
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« Reply #41 on: March 08, 2013 04:47:22 PM »

Great job.   I love it.  Given that this was your first project, you give me hope that I too can one day make beautiful Calvin and Hobbes embroideries. 
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