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31  Re: Big Project Stitch A-long 2012 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by Listessa on: July 23, 2012 01:31:50 AM
I picked up what I am now deeming "The TW Neverending Cross Stitch" once again this weekend!  Back in late 09 to very early 2010 I had been plugging away fairly well.  Then my life sort of exploded. 

First I got walking pneumonia so I coughed and was too tired to stitch, after a few months of getting over that I had been super busy.  Then I ended up getting really sick and being diagnosed with Crohn's Disease.  Plus I ended my relationship of of 4 years.  Since then I was busy, started dating a new guy, have traveled back and forth to visit a friend (400 miles away) before she moved, did busy summer stuff. Etc.  Focused on other projects.   

Finally this weekend I decided to get going again.  I swapped frames- I think some of the problem was the old split rail scroll frame.  It kept slipping and irritated the hell out of me.  I snagged a new set on clearance at Michaels, and my boyfriend's mom gifted me her old one (she doesn't cross stitch anymore as it bothers her eyes and she is busy raising her grandson- my boyfriend's nephew).  The new to me frame made a HUGE difference.  I didn't have to fight to keep it steady, and it didn't fall over every three stitches.  It's a really nice lap frame set up.  Smiley

I made a bit of progress for the first time in about two and a half years!

Here's the last picture I have of progress: 

I had a little bit more in the sky stitched up, but didn't think to get a before picture.  Close enough for whatever.  That was from the middle of November '09.

And here's the work that started on Saturday night:

Boy did it feel great to make progress!  I admit, it helped that a huge chunk was all half stitches...  Plus there was a ton of fill in space with a single color of whole stitches.  I guess I'm ready to tackle the quarter and three quarter stitches again.  Maybe.  We'll see.

The down side is that now I'm dying to work on it rather than go to sleep for work! 
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32  Black Lab for the Boyfriend in Needlework: Completed Projects by Listessa on: June 11, 2012 01:23:48 AM
Since I knew he would be recovering from surgery on his birthday, I wanted to give my boyfriend something special.  He loves labs, and this one was too cute to resist. 

The back came out looking as neat as the front, so it ended up in a float frame for equal opportunity viewing.  (And I need to add a picture of the back.)  Don't mind the oven and what not, my kitchen floor worked the best since it is darker cross stitch!

It would have gone faster, but I ended up playing nurse during his recovery and was distracted by other random stuff for a month or so in the middle.  I started it in March and finally finished the back stitching last week.

Even though it wasn't finished ON his birthday he had a great time watching me stitch and picking out the frame.
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33  If I Did... in Needlework: Completed Projects by Listessa on: February 06, 2012 01:02:53 AM
Here's a little something I stitched up as a birthday gift for my awesome partner at work!

"If I did I don't remember!"  Is a long running joke within her family regarding someone forgetting if they picked up a large chest freezer.  So whenever something comes up and no one can remember if they did it or not we say, "If I did I don't remember!"  and end up laughing like mad. 

It shows up sort of funky in the picture, but it's stitched with mostly DMC metallic (Light Effect) flosses, and one of the old discontinued rayon colors.  Plus the middle question mark on each side of the border is stitched with beads.

I can't seem to get a good picture of all of the colors, but it's super sparkly, and all in shades of purples (even the beads are a transparent sky blue with purple centers) since purple is her favorite color.

I hope she likes it!   Grin

It's just mounted on some of that sticky board.  That way if she wants to keep it in the work van I can just add magnetic tape to the back and it will stick to the metal rack behind our seats where we can see it!

It was so nice to design and stitch something in just one weekend.  I have way too many ongoing large things that keep getting put aside.
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34  Not Your Average Rabbit Pillow in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Listessa on: April 02, 2010 12:10:11 AM
Lately I found myself on a bit of a rabbit kick.  I really love rabbits.  I grew up with pet rabbits when I was very young.  Until I moved up to Alaska I had a house rabbit (she went to my best friend who loved her dearly when I moved as I was afraid of what 24 hours on an airplane or in an airport would do to an older bunny).  Unfortunately now I can't have a house rabbit, apartment life can be a bummer. 

Long story short, Rabbit keeps popping up with me spiritually as well.  I ended up with a couple of nice rabbit pelts that wanted to be something.  I ended up with a very soft pillow that will end up being used with my spiritual stuff. 

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Here is the tan side, believe it or not there was a bit of a tear in the pelt.  I stitched it up before making the pillow.  Now I can't even tell where the rip was.  I intentionally kept the shape as natural to the two pelts on hand, so there was a minimal amount of trimming involved.  I rather like it like this.

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The gray rabbit looks like the fur has some rubs or holes.  It honestly doesn't.  The camera picked up any hare (haha) that happened to be out of place on the pillow. 

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I really like the way the side seams went together.  The rabbits' natural coloring meshed nicely.  They almost look like night and day rabbits.

I had a very refreshing time making this pillow, once I discovered some techniques and real details about sewing fur.   My apartment didn't even get covered in rabbit fur when I shaped the pelts.  If anyone is interested feel free to ask and I'll post a little tutorial about hand sewing fur.   


It's not really mature, but I know a lot of people get freaked out about fur - so I added mature tags.  If I messed up, mods please feel free to change them out/tell me to change them.
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35  Re: Has Anyone Done This Before? in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by Listessa on: December 14, 2009 07:08:23 PM
That sounds like an epically awesome project! 
I've heard of that type of beaded stiching being called "Beadpoint" (it looks awesome when it is done, a sample once caught my eye at a bead store back in NH). 

Here's a site with a little bit of info on the seed bead size vs the type of canvass recommended to use.  It's that interlock stuff that is different than aida, but I know it works on aida too.   

Mill Hill Beads often have little patterns that include beading as part of the stitching- sort of what you are talking about but with the corresponding color rather than clear thread.  It looks really neat and adds a nice depth to the stitching.  I made one for my mom a few years ago:

It's sort of hard to see in the picture, as my mother took it for me after I gave it to her, but there are some highlights with beads in the water, tree, chairs, and a few other things.  I think that was done on 14 count perforated paper.

I can't wait to see what you come up with!  I LOVE stitching with beads and just haven't gotten around to doing a beadpoint instead of cross stitch since I moved.
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36  Re: Big Project Stitchalong 2009 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by Listessa on: November 14, 2009 05:34:38 PM
I have been working on and off over the past few weeks or so.  Here's the updated project!

I like being able to look at the last photo and compare how much I progress I have made.  It's does boost my motivation!
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37  A Puppy Welcoming & Tiny Assortment in Needlework: Completed Projects by Listessa on: November 11, 2009 10:37:10 PM
This summer my mother surprised me with very exciting news - she adopted a new puppy!  (Now I have more incentive to fly back and visit.  I want to see the dog!)  So I decided she deserved a little puppy warming gift for Joy, her new dog!

The frame was a little darker than I wanted it to be, but it was all the store had on hand.  Even so it still turned out pretty well.  The pink lettering shows up a lot better in person and reads, "Welcome Joy!  June 4, 2009" (the puppy's birthday) and has my initials and the month it took me to stitch the piece in the corner.  She was so surprised when she got the package and loved it.  Joy also enjoyed a couple of toys I picked up and has a styleish new collar! 

After a prior winter of one big project, the Tetris heart, I spent my summer working on and off with a bunch of little one night type projects.  They look great on my walls now!

I picked up most of these over Memorial day weekend, so they were really cheep too.

I have a trio of lighthouses hanging around my kitchen sink now.  It's really nice, since it is up against a blank wall and now I have something that is all most as good as a window to look at.

Those are a few more palms added in to the bathroom theme!  The last one that is slightly larger than the rest was a lot of fun.  The kit came with all of the mounting bits, and I rather like the way it looks to cut and glue a piece.  I might have to try that with some other patterns I have floating around.

So that was my summer of minis.  It was a lot of fun and really satisfying to finish something in one or two evenings.  Now I'm onto another epic project.  Hope you get a kick out of these, they were a lot of fun to stitch. 
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38  Re: Big Project Stitchalong 2009 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by Listessa on: October 23, 2009 03:46:34 PM
I finally went back to a pattern I started around 03ish and put aside.  It's Teresa Wentzler's The Guardian.

So far I added the red Ez Stitch Guideline (yeah I know, cheating...), stitched the two shades of light gold plus the purple blue blotch on the left side.  The middle with the darker shades of tan is the original part. 

So I've made a bit of progress! 
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39  Tetris "You Complete Me" Cross Stitch in Needlework: Completed Projects by Listessa on: July 23, 2009 11:23:16 PM
Have you ever had one of those projects that seem as if they will be delightfully easy during the planning process, and only by the time you are past the point of no return do you realize how mind numbingly insane the whole thing is? 
Well, this was one of those projects. 

I had the most awesome brainstorm around Thanksgiving when I was trying to figure out something to stitch for my fiance.  We are both wicked dorks, and both love playing Tetris (but are not big on much else regarding video games).  So, when I ran across the Gotta Love Geeks Tetris Style You Complete Me, I knew exactly what I had to make.  Check it out if you haven't seen it before:  http://gottalovegeeks.com/pictures/you-complete-me-tetris-style/

I figured, how difficult could it possibly be to stitch Tetris?  They are a bunch of little squares hooked together in very few different colors!  Great idea!  I'll totally finish it by Christmas. 
Then, I had another brainstorm while playing with magnets at work.  It would be even cooler if I stitched something I could cut out and make interactive!  Tetris without any electronics needed!  Wicked!  And if I cut the pieces out and added magnets it would be even better, since it could go on the 'fridge or his gun safe!
Can you all guess where this is going?

Well, the OCD kicked in, and somehow I decided I just had to make the whole damn thing small enough that it would fit on a metal clipboard so he could play with it at break during work.  (This is where I get myself in trouble.)  However, as I play with the pattern, I realize I don't want to sacrifice detail for size.  (Shoot me now.) 

Finally, I test this now hairbrained scheme on a bunch of different stitching mediums.  The punched paper made the pieces far larger than I wanted when I kept the 1 pixel to 1 stitch ratio.  Same goes for the Adia.  I dug further into my stash and whipped out the linen and evenweave.  The linen I had handy has those very slight bumps and imperfections in the threads that I didn't want for this particular project.  Now comes the 28 count Evenweave.  The usual means of stitching with two strands of floss over the usual two evenweave holes was obviously too large again.  Here's where things got crazy-

I ended up doing the entire flippin' thing in petite point.  Yes, that's right, one strand of floss over one hole in 28 count Evenweave.  I didn't think this through all that well.  Each Tetris square consists of 9x9 stitches.  Each little "Tetrid" (the shapes) consists of 4 squares.  The entire project has 49 of these Tetrids, plus 6 single blocks (a'la game B with the floating blocking squares you start with).  All together that makes 202 squares composed of 16,362 individual stitches...  And I thought it would be a quick and easy project.   Roll Eyes

So needless to say, I did not finish by Christmas.  At least I ended up finishing before his birthday at the end of May!  It was a lot of stitching, and I don't think I'll be all that excited to create something else in that particular size again.  I spent a few too many hours under two Ott Lights feeling like my eyes were going to pop out of my skull. 

That is the finished product.  I have no idea how many hours I spent on this thing, at least my guy loves it! 

Here's a couple pics from the mounting process.  I had some of it when it was half finished, but they might have been lost when my old computer's hard drive crapped out. 

Stitching completed- that's a whole lot of Tetris!

Dear Gods!  She's cutting it up!  Yup- I mounted it on some of that sticky mount poster board type stitching backer.  Next I cut it apart using some of those gigantic tailor sheers and the larger X-Acto blade for fine tuning.  After cutting out the pieces, they all received a bit of magnetic tape on the reverse side. 

I was surprised how strong the magnetic tape actually is.  I bet I will find more uses for it in future craft projects.  All of the pieces stuck to the refrigerator as I organized them to create the heart. 

Finally, here's the comparison- the print out of the original bit of inspiration, http://gottalovegeeks.com/pictures/you-complete-me-tetris-style/ and my interpretation. 

Whew.  That was a lot of work. 
I probably should have ironed the pieces before mounting them to the backer- some are slightly curved, but at that point I just wanted to get the thing done so I didn't have to look at it anymore.   Grin Er, I mean, so my wonderful loving guy could have his much delayed present.  Really... 

Hope you all get a kick out of it.  It's a lot of fun to mess with on the refrigerator!
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40  Test Dragon or My First Critter in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Listessa on: March 29, 2009 11:45:42 PM
After seeing Id's post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=282578.0 I fell in love with her dragons.  After snagging her pattern on etsy, I just had to give it a shot.  This is my very first time attempting a plushie, and the first time in ages I have hand sewn much of anything (I usually cross stitch, rug hook, or bead!).  He's more of a prototype/test run dragon for me, as I started to make him before having all of the proper tools and ended up putting a lot of him together at work.   

Lessons learned- black sharpie is NOT the best tool to mark patterns out on felt with.  The nice fabric scissors I have at home are a lot better than the beat to heck pair people use to cut wire at work...   Roll Eyes  The next dragon will also be stuffed with actual stuffing rather than shredded (clean) Kleenex.  I got enthusiastic and didn't want to stop and wait for proper supplies. 
Next one is going to look a lot less rough, particularly lacking the black outlines of sharpie, and have stitching that blends in a bit better. 

At any rate, I present to you Proto the Dragon:

He has little orange seed beads for eyes.

Guarding the Ott Light.

I love the pose-able tail.  It's SO much fun to play with!

Just like having a dog, I can even pretend to be pestered in the kitchen when I'm making my sandwich for work. 

There!  He was a ton of fun to make, and a great way to refresh my memory when it comes to stitching other than little X's and backstitching.  I can't wait to make a few others to keep Proto company.   Grin
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