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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Diagonal / corner-to-corner afghan on: January 21, 2016 01:34:46 PM
To combat the current cold winter weather, I pulled out a corner-to-corner pattern afghan I crocheted a few years ago. 

Any other corner-to-corner crocheters out there?

As a lover of things geometric, I had fun with the stripes by transitioning from light to dark and back again. My only complaint about this afghan is the yarn that I chose isn't very cuddly and I crochet tightly so this thing is very heavy. I've just started a new project using the same pattern but picked a much more squishy and cuddly yarn.


2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Cross Stitch Macros on: October 21, 2015 05:15:55 AM
These are really beautiful and original! The macro of the first one is my favorite, but I also really love the last one with the waves. The full piece has an optical illusion-like quality to it.

I've considered stitching another one of the wavy patterns to use up some colors that aren't my favorites. Maybe alternate the row colors light and dark for high contrast. I've done some similar patterns where I change colors within a single row and that might add another layer of interest. My only worry is that it will become a muddle. I think a couple of smaller experiments are required before I tackle one that size again (9-1/2 x 10 inches).


3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Cross Stitch Macros on: October 17, 2015 01:18:56 PM
I use the pictures as wallpaper for my work computer so I have something pretty to look at all day. The only problem is that looking at them every day makes me a little depressed that I can't earn a living by stitching.


I love the macro photos!  I think they'd be great to frame!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cross Stitch Macros on: October 16, 2015 01:49:48 PM
It is becoming my habit to take macro photos of finished cross stitch projects. Im beginning to think I should pick stitch patterns specifically with that goal in mind because the macro shots have a stronger graphic punch than the complete project.

Someone asked me recently how I got these kinds of shots. I place my little point-and-shoot camera directly on the work, preferably outdoors in natural light, and snap a picture or two. I dont even look through the viewfinder during the process or make any attempt to artistically frame the shots or set the focus. The only thing I do on the computer is crop the edges.

Lately Ive gravitated to bargello patterns. I start with a basic motif and customize it. Repeating colors and patterns call to me.

I originally planned to cover the entire piece in little squares but it felt boring so I left out some of the dark blue rows and ended up with this slightly asymmetrical hourglass shape.

My most recent bargello inspired piece took a little more planning. I started with a basic flame pattern and tweaked it in a graph program until I could feel waves moving across the image. 

Stitching began with the middle rows and worked outward. The color progression decisions were made on the fly, like the tides ebb and flow.

This feels like an ocean current pulling me out to sea.

Happy Stitching!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Giant Butterfly Stole or Shawl in filet includes free pattern! on: July 30, 2015 06:50:23 AM
I love this kind of crochet. Nicely done!

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: X for Cross Stitchers on: July 27, 2015 08:58:24 AM
I can imagine these, like, ten feet wide.  In a gallery.  Shocked

I'm not sure if my fingers or attention span could survive making something that big. Since my work is typically stitch heavy, I like to keep it fairly small so it will get finished before my attention fades. Before I'm halfway finished with one project, I've already mapped out variations on the same pattern for my next couple of pieces.

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / X for Cross Stitchers on: July 24, 2015 11:20:22 AM
Graph or grid paper is a cross stitchers best friend because it is perfect for creating projects to stitch on aida fabric. I was never a good math student, but I loved geometry because it required graph paper. Cleaning out some boxes during a recent relocation, I rediscovered a handful of pages that had been saved from my school days. The most common design was a big X.

Heres my interpretation with thread. The stitched area measures 4-7/8 inches x 5-1/4 inches on 14 count aida.

I even took the basic design a couple of steps further by narrowing the color scheme (16 shades of pink!!) and filling the gaps. It has a completely different feel. The stitched area is 3-3/4 inches by 5-1/8 inches on 14 count aida.

FYI...tidy little stitches lined up in tight rows make me swoon.

8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cross Stitched Plaid on: April 16, 2015 02:04:17 PM
One day I had a bag full of unlabeled embroidery floss from old projects and wanted to find a use for it. I stitched diagonal rows and a plaid pattern started taking shape. If you like repetitive patterns that don't require much thought, use up a good amount of floss, and result in a dense pattern, give this a try.

And for bonus points, sit your camera directly on the finished piece and snap a picture. The macro image may turn out to be more interesting than the original cross stitch.

Happy Stitching!


UPDATE July 6, 2015: Apparently I posted the pictures in April and never came back to see if anyone commented. I got a bit of a shock today when it showed up on a Mr X Stitch post as the Craftster Pick of the Month! http://www.mrxstitch.com/craftster-pick-of-the-month-bookishdreamers-plaid/ And then I discovered that it had also been chosen as a Featured Project on Craftster in April. Thanks for taking an interest in my work!

To answer a few of the questions that were previously posted:

The stitched size is 4-3/8 inches x 3-3/4 inches on 14 count black aida.

I dont have plans to make anything out of it. When I finish a cross stitch project, I toss it into a box with all of my other completed pieces and start a new project. I enjoyed the process of stitching this design so much that I created several plaids with other color combinations and a couple of bookmarks. Each is unique because decisions about the color combinations and width of the color stripes were made on-the-fly.   

This pattern is very good for finished objects that require a clean back with no stray threads, such as a bookmark. Some people actually like the back better than the front because stitching on the diagonal creates such an interesting design.

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Inspired by Nancy Drew's Sleuth Bag (pic heavy) on: January 26, 2010 02:32:13 PM
Very cool! I'm one of those people who has to have an organized bag or I go slightly insane. Everything has a place. This is great!
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Winter Day Rose on: January 13, 2010 07:53:22 AM
Beautiful! And very realistic. I like the color technique you used.
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