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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Big Project Stitch Along 2013 on: March 25, 2013 09:14:44 AM
I priced out the materials for the FF piece online. The shipping price sucks, but I have a roundabout idea that it's gonna cost me a LOT more than I had anticipated, but I'm still playing around with the chart to see if I can bring the colour number down and (hopefully) the price as well. I am using KG for it. I love the colours that it picks, even if it's slightly off. I know from looking at other Mario maps done, my background is a bright yellow as opposed to a more peachy tone in a lot of them, but I think it pops more and I don't mind having it slightly inaccurate if it means that it really pops off the wall.

I also found the gridding line through an online retailer, but again, shipping prices suck, so I'm gonna have the experiment and see what I can come up with locally. Vancouver doesn't seem to be big on needlework, judging from the business searches I've done.

I was hoping to have an update picture, because I think my camera is already at the bottom of a box (we're planning on moving and preemptively packing all we can), but I've gotten to the worst part of the first page. Never ending yellow background stitches. At least it's easier to watch hockey games and stitch when you know you don't have to do any colour changes!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Big Project Stitch Along 2013 on: March 21, 2013 02:12:29 PM
Oh, wow! That Tetris one is awesome! I love the idea of turning it into magnets. I've seen it done with the plastic canvas but your way of doing it is brilliant. I may have to consider something like that once my fridge isn't covered in three pounds of paper and receipts.

Part of my reasoning behind not using a frame or a hoop is that I kinda suck at finding the holes in the back side of the fabric, so I tend to flip it back and forth a lot in order to place the needle correctly.

I'll have to look into that gridding line. I took a quick look around Michael's yesterday when I was there, but they didn't seem to have anything like that so I'll poke around online. I'm Canadian and prices for craft stuff on Amazon Canada is ridiculous, but it might be worth it if I can find it (I wonder if I can just use fishing line itself, since there are some fishers in the family).

My next piece is based off of this picture: http://finalfantasy-xiii.net/wp-content/gallery/final-fantasy-xiii-2-2701/ffxiii-2_lightning.jpg. The version I have saved on my computer is just a close-up of her face. I'm still working on making it a bit smaller and still retaining some detail. I know it's not going to look as sharp as that, but I've liked what the chart looks like so far. I've made a promise to myself that I can't start this one until Mario is done. I can't find any 18 count black Aida in town, so I'll have to save up in order to get it online. I'm ignoring the colour changes in the background and just doing it with a straight black background. I think it'll pop more, especially with all the different shades of pink and peach. The character is Lightning from the recent Final Fantasy XIII games. I seem to be really into the video game thing lately.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Big Project Stitch Along 2013 on: March 20, 2013 12:08:00 PM
I've seen pictures of gridding, but I have trouble wrapping my head around how it works. I can't figure out if you stitch over it or under it, or remove it when you get close to it, or even what you use. Thankfully, the Mario map is simple and pretty easy to follow along with. I usually put some thread of an opposite colour near an area if I need to remember whether I've done ten or twenty stitches on the border, but that's as close to it as I get.

I also don't use a hoop or a frame to stitch with. I did practice for a bit on another piece of fabric and my tension seems to be all right without it. No mishaps yet. I'm definitely doing some research for my next big piece (47 colours, mainly shades of pink, on black fabric and around the same size).
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Big Project Stitch Along 2013 on: March 19, 2013 12:43:26 PM
Thanks. I kinda just went for it and started without really knowing what I was doing. I suck at counting (I definitely picked the wrong crafts for my lack of mathiness) so I have to do a row with all of its colour changes rather than bouncing around. It makes the picture seem to appear slower, but I figure there's no real way to do it wrong and my back looks nice and neat, so I'm happy. My next big piece that I want to do is 47 colours, which is a big jump up from the 9 or so I'm using right now.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Big Project Stitch Along 2013 on: March 17, 2013 01:24:55 PM
Mind if a newbie jumps in?

This could probably go in the Nintendo Stitch-a-long topic, but this piece is massive (to me). I've been working on this particular cross stitch since about this time last year. It seemed like a good idea at the time, and classic NES was one thing my boyfriend and I bonded over when we first met three years ago. Then real life got in the way, and I put it down. First came the six day a week job, which didn't give me any free time. That job led to a second six day a week job. And unfortunately, in the second week of that second job, I got hit by a car (I was a pedestrian), and broke my arm bad enough to need surgery and have a metal plate and screws put in.

Needless to say, it cut back on my crafting pretty seriously. I had pretty well stopped cross stitching before that and had taught myself crochet and knitting while I was working. Since my broken arm was my dominant arm, anything with a lot of movement was out of the question. After two months of rehabing it, I still don't think I can handle much more than 20 crochet stitches (disappointing, since my WIP blanket is 260 stitches a row), but I did figure out how to minimize movement on my arm with cross stiching. Yay! Something to break the tedium of lots and lots and lots of television (and not much else).

My plan is to have this finished by the end of the year, framed, and hanging on our wall. It's my first cross stitch project ever, so I don't know if I'm being reasonable about the time (I have yet to finish the first page of the pattern, of which there are six). Finished size should be roughly 13x9. It's not amazing, because I'm using under ten colours of floss for the thing, but it's definitely big to me.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Raised diamond pattern in afghan - what stitch is it? on: August 12, 2012 05:49:11 PM
After I found a picture and tutorial, I think you're right. It looks similar enough, although I thought they were worked at the same time as the row (I could be completely wrong about that. You'd think after watching her for so many years, I would've figured it out, but she crochets faster than anyone I've ever seen) Thanks so much! I'm gonna play around with it later tonight and see if I can re-create the pattern. Even if it's not the same exact way she does it, I can see how to use it to create the diamond shape. And hopefully, next time I see her, I'll be able to show off Smiley

ETA: You were right! I found an old picture of one of her afghans, and it does seem to be the right thing, and it looks pretty impressive when you change colours as often as she did. Thanks again! Smiley
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Raised diamond pattern in afghan - what stitch is it? on: August 12, 2012 02:28:35 PM
I'm not a complete newbie at crocheting (although it did take me about twenty years before I finally figured it out lol). My grandma could crochet the most beautiful things, bed dolls, mittens, afghans, ducks that "pooped" jellybeans when you squeezed them (I will, eventually, get my hands on that pattern). My mom mainly does afghans, and I really want to figure out the technique or stitch she used, but I don't even know what to search to figure it out.

My mom's afghans are made without turning the work (she ties off each individual row and starts a new one, making an automatic fringe on the sides as she works). But at the same time, she makes a raised pattern on the afghan, in a diamond shape. She does it as she's working on the row, and it's a raised (?) stitch that she follows in a pattern. I cannot, for the life of me, figure out what it's called or how to do it. It looks like a normal, but raised stitch. I want to figure it out, because I think it's quite beautiful. She had made me a giant bed-cover of an afghan in a cream colour with tons of diamonds in diamonds on the front. Unfortunately, me being a teenager at the time and seeing her whip up these blankets constantly, I didn't keep good care of it and it became stained and pretty nasty looking. I want to recreate something like that.

I would ask her how she does it, but she needs to be able to show me how rather than describe it, and we live a few hours away from each other and don't get to see each other that often. Plus, I kinda wanna surprise her with my sudden interest in crocheting. If you know what I'm talking about or even have a vague idea, I'd love a push in the right direction as to where to find out how to do this. (Edited to add: if it helps, I'm almost certain that she does her afghans in single crochet stitches, save for however the raised diamond pattern is stitched)

Also, just a quick thank you to everyone. I (finally, 20 years later) figured out how to crochet because of these boards and keep coming across new stuff and new information that I keep filing away from future use. Y'all rock Smiley
8  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #66 Inspired by Nature - Due Sep 1 - 8 on: August 15, 2011 10:39:39 AM
Completely fresh out of the box new here, but I had to delurk long enough (and sign up) to say that I can't wait to see what's going to happen with this challenge! I've been following them for awhile now, and I've been so inspired by a lot of the pieces I see posted for the challenges. I'm sure this time will be no different! I love following along with you guys and crafting my own "challenge" stuff at my own speed, since I'm so new to crafting.

So have fun everyone! I'll be cheering everyone on from the sidelines and crafting along with you, even if I don't show it. Smiley
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