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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: I celebrate :) on: March 01, 2010 08:14:24 PM
You've got some great gams! The skirts are great and I love your shoes. Smiley
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: how to actualize big x-stitched map of U.S.? on: February 11, 2010 11:29:41 PM
You would have to start guaging your size with the smallest states, see how many stitches that would take and work out from there. It's easy to say "I only want Wyoming to be 8x5 stitches", but then you would lose all your detail in the smaller states.
Aaah, I didn't even think of that! That's a great point, thank you!

kittykill, that's awesome! So glad I posted!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: how to actualize big x-stitched map of U.S.? on: February 09, 2010 10:44:52 PM
Here's an example crudely illustrated in Paint -


not this:

This is why I said I wasn't sure if I could call it "cross stitch", because they'll be x's but on a bigger, cruder scale.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: how to actualize big x-stitched map of U.S.? on: February 09, 2010 10:18:17 PM
Yep, but like I said I don't want the tiny crosses, they'd be MUCH bigger and further apart because I just want the general look of old-timeyness, but in actuality it'd be raster-like. The size is just an estimate right now though, it will be a month before I'm actually in the apartment, pick a wall, measure it, etc. so it may end up smaller by a few feet.

I was wondering if it'd be possible to do on a fabric more like linen, though, for a better choice of color, texture and appearance.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered Matryoshka on: February 09, 2010 01:46:16 PM
So pretty! I love the simplicity of the black on linen.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / how to actualize big x-stitched map of U.S.? on: February 09, 2010 01:28:35 PM
hello! I'm moving into my first apartment with my husband soon and came up with an idea to decorate a wall in my living room but I have no idea how to go about it! I'd love to get input from you talented folks.

I want to get a huge, huge piece of fabric and cross-stitch a map of the United States (I want it to be really big, like over 5'). My husband's in the military so I would love a big map that I could mark in some way for every place we've lived. I know there's wallpaper and posters out there, I just want to do it myself and it'd be unique (also the place is rented of course so no painting, etc).

What I'm fuzzy on is what kind of fabric I could use for this and if it's still cross-stitch if I make the x's bigger so as not to spend a year and ruin my eyesight making it? I just want it to have the look of cross-stitch. Oh yeah, and how the hell to get a map of the United States on the fabric in the first place! I tried googling for a pattern but no dice.

I don't want it to be a topography map btw, just the kind with a couple different colors. I'll probably do brown, two shades of blue, and white and hang it using dowels.

Thank you!!
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: family portrait on: September 13, 2009 02:22:01 PM
Thank you all!!

Eukarya - thanks! I don't like filling things in or overdoing them.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: So ... What Do I Do with It? on: September 12, 2009 11:23:04 PM
I totally made a post like this when I started doing embroidery! I like framing and leaving them in their wooden hoops as a finisher. So, wall art. If you want to practice stitches but your getting sick of all the embroidery in your house, make something for a friend.
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: # of strands on: September 12, 2009 11:20:27 PM
For me it is personal preference and the amount of detail I'm working on. I usually use between 1 and 3, sometimes 4. I do a lot of small projects. If I were doing something over 6" in every direction I'd increase.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: family portrait on: September 12, 2009 11:17:28 PM
Thank you! My niece was over many of the days I was working on it and she was totally fascinated, haha.
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