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1  Texas / Texas: Central / Re: San Antonio peeps? on: January 28, 2011 07:07:12 AM
I'm just picking up crafting (mostly cross stitch/embroidery) again after a long hiatus.  I keep hitting up the neighborhood Hobby Lobby and Michaels when I need things, but I am starting to feel a bit ... underwhelmed.  The JoAnn's off 410 is pretty awesome. 

Anyone know of some good specialty stores around town?  I'm more interested in needlework shops, but I'm sure others would benefit from the info. Smiley
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Zombies need love too. on: January 27, 2011 12:44:18 PM
My favorite part of the piece is the brain. Nice touch!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Rose of Sharon XS Linen on: January 27, 2011 05:35:19 AM
Thanks everyone for the kind congratulations! I have it framed now but haven't uploaded the pics yet. Check back soon.

Mollytwin: it's funny because I think I might prefer linen now! I think I like the tighter weave if there's more open space in the pattern. Same thing with higher stitch count. I'm sure I'll get over that some time in the future.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: I need orginization help on: January 26, 2011 09:50:29 AM
The binder idea is genius! I gotta try that when I get home. But then that make me want to index things too. Gotta keep myself FTP
Nerding out too much!!

I'm a cross stitcher, so I have my floss (all DMC) organized by number. I keep them in the original skeins. I use sandwich baggies to group floss by 100s. If I have a lot of one color then it gets it's own baggie. When I start a project, I pull out the floss I need. I usually work on the couch, so I have a wicker basket on my coffee table where my pattern, hoop, floss, etc go. It's easy access and not too much of an eyesore.

Interesting side note... The iPhone autocorrect for "baggies" changes it to "maggots.". Quite different things!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: January Featured Artist and Interview on: January 21, 2011 07:38:21 AM
I love picking up art pieces whenever I go visit someplace new.  This inspires me to make  my own piece from my vacations! 
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Seussical Stitching on: January 17, 2011 07:58:40 AM
I am such a Suess fan! My faves are thing 1 and thing 2 but this is amazing! Great job! Loved your description too!
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Rose of Sharon XS Linen on: January 15, 2011 12:51:32 PM
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Triskele hoop on: January 14, 2011 11:13:23 AM
I second the compliments on the design!  I have a tattoo that is a triskele and a three-pointed Celtic knot.  I really noticed the wood hoop you used! The grain on the wood really adds to the piece as a whole. 
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Rose of Sharon XS Linen- NOW FRAMED on: January 14, 2011 11:08:16 AM
Hello everyone!  This is my first post on Craftster!  I recently started up cross stitching again to help handle my depression and have since been knocking out projects.  This one I started in high school (circa 10 years ago) and finished like a week ago.  

This project comprised several firsts for me:  first of this size, first on linen, first of this complexity, first on 32 count fabric.

The pattern is called "Rose of Sharon" from Mirabilia. It is stitched on 32 ct natural linen (2 over 2). Stitched area size is 13"w x 24"h. I am working on getting the right matte and frame for it.  Full framed size will end up being 20"w x 30"h.  

I know there are some errors in it, so right now I can only look at it from ten feet away.  At that distance, the colors really blend together and give it a lot of dimension. But I'm still really proud of it!

A little more story available on my blog: Rose of Sharon.

Added 1/28/11:  And now its framed!  It was such an awkward size, I did all the pieces myself, including having to cut the matte.  Well, ok, the BF did that. But it was all DIY. It still doesn't have mounting brads, but I kind of like it like this on top of my guest room dresser.

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