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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Just Another Whale in the Ocean on: October 07, 2011 05:07:09 PM
Im posting this mostly because it is an epic piece of work for me. I have literally spent nearly a decade (with a lot of down time, some of it in the numbers of years, I assure you!) working on this sporadically. I think I bought this cross stitch kit when I was in high school, and it has traveled with me to college and now to my job with me.  I finished it a couple of months ago and have just got around to posting it.

There was sixteen thread colors, most of them shades of blue. As a difference from previous things Ive done, this was solid stitching with no utilization of the blue fabric. Finished, the stitching portion is 10 x 12. The Aida cloth was 14 count. Also newer to me was the tweeding of colors, this was the first piece I'd done this for. Also, there was the use of filaments, aka hard to manage shiny strands. (I really don't like those, btw)

I finished most of the stitching itself a couple of years ago, and was dismayed to find that the embroidery portion of the instructions, well, frankly, sucked. They were hard to decipher and figure out. I ended up doing my best guess work on most of that portion.

Theres also the fact that due to how it was bundled and how much younger I was when I started this, I think I mixed up two shades of blue that were close together. While this doesnt seem to have affected it too much, it does make it a bit unique. I also ran out of one color, and since the thread wasnt labeled in the easily acquired DMC, I had to find the next closest shade. I did a good job, I think, and I doubt that anyone would really notice that a portion of the sky is slightly different, at least with the naked eye.  To the pictures, you might be able to notice.

Onto the pictures, before I bore you any further!

The front:

Detail shots:

The whale--

The asteroid--

The back: Not as neat as I wanted, but better than some Smiley

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