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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: What do you do with your finished projects? on: August 07, 2012 11:14:44 AM
I put my stitchings in plastic sheet protectors and photo/scrapbooking albums. You can find them in the scrapbooking area of your favorite craft store. I find that it protects them very well and all of your hard work is in one place. Smiley

This is such a good idea!!
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Vasily Kandinsky's "Joyous Ascent" 1923 (PIC HEAVY!) on: August 07, 2012 11:01:36 AM
Thank you everyone!
13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Vasily Kandinsky's "Joyous Ascent" 1923 (PIC HEAVY!) on: August 06, 2012 10:00:27 AM
I think you did a great job of transfering the painting to the needlepoint structure. It was definitely a challenge. What's your next goal?

Thank you, i worked really hard to try to maintain even the textures of his brush strokes the best i could. I'm not sure what is coming up next. i was thinking of starting a new series of portraits but not sure!
14  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: 30 Day Challenge: A Stitch a Day on: August 03, 2012 06:34:13 PM
i love this, i love all the different stitches, i love the idea, i love it all! i can't wait to see august's project!
15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Vasily Kandinsky's "Joyous Ascent" 1923 (PIC HEAVY!) on: August 03, 2012 06:31:39 PM
Hi everyone! I am new here, and this is my first post!

This is one of my more recent pieces, I started it April 16, 2012 and finished it on July 20, 2012. I had been wanting to do a reproduction of this piece since 2006ish but it took a few years to perfect the stitches I ultimately used here. I wanted to form smooth curves and lines with cross stitch without using a backstitch. I used some french knots to create the dotted look in two spots, and used a small amount of back stitch in two other spots but the vast majority of all the stitches are cross stitches and variations on the cross stitch. I am so happy with the way it turned out! it is about 9"x12"

here's a really bad side by side comparison of the original and mine

some close ups:

Thank you for looking!!

16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Spocktopus Hoop on: July 31, 2012 11:47:02 AM
this is absolutely WONDERFUL
17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cross Stitch: Wash or Don't Wash on: July 31, 2012 11:27:09 AM
I just commented on another post about this, but here's my two cents:

If you have a large amount of white that you don't want to be yellow, then WASH IT!

no matter how obsessive you are about washing your hands while sewing, the natural oils in your skin will collect on the threads and fabric and that will cause them to yellow at a much faster rate over time.

I've been watching this happen on one of my pieces that I had professionally framed before washing it in 2007 (p.s. i had originally said i framed it in 2005 in a different post but i am pretty sure it was actually 2007). I took the picture down when i moved 6 months ago then put it back up a couple days ago and was struck by how yellow the white had actually become. It wasn't TOTALLY dramatic but it was definitely not the white it used to be and it was not the way it should look only 5 years after completion.

I also like washing because it makes ironing out all of the crinkles and creases much easier and effective and framing it so much nicer and more professional looking.

I don't wash EVERYTHING before i frame it, mostly because i'm pretty lazy about it haha, but if there is a large proportion of white or light colors then I wash it for sure.

p.s. I use Orvus quilt soap to wash my pieces. and i do it the way XenLoLo described above
18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: ironing the creases out of x-stitch fabric on: July 31, 2012 11:15:39 AM
I think it is important to wash your piece first (I use Orvus quilt soap, bought online from Jo-Anns). Once it has been washed thoroughly and rolled into a towel and pressed gently to get rid of the excess moisture, then you iron it face down with a piece of cheesecloth on top and that usually does the trick to get those creases out! The moisture really makes the difference!

Also, it's important to remember to wash your piece because over time the natural oils from your hands will cause the light threads and any exposed canvas to yellow much quicker than usual. It is surprising how quickly that happens too, I have been watching it on a piece I finished and framed in 2005 without washing. It was professionally framed too so it hurts cause now I can't take it out!
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: asymmetric stripes on: July 31, 2012 11:01:30 AM
i love it!
20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: One Christmas embroidery down.... on: July 19, 2012 05:36:58 PM
I know it is simple but I think it would be lovely with a wooden hoop! The bird is adorable! really good job! and high five for starting early!!
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