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21  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: How's my research going? @&*$% you, that's how it's going. (Cuss word warning!) on: August 19, 2012 12:00:06 PM
It's hard to get annoyed when my research consists of getting paid to read books all day. But yeah, some of the questions and comments you get from people can be surprising. If I had a dollar for every time someone assumed that doing a PhD only takes a year or two...
22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / How's my research going? @&*$% you, that's how it's going. (Cuss word warning!) on: August 19, 2012 07:58:15 AM

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I'm so happy with how this turned out. I'm working on a PhD, and this is one of those questions that we all ask each other all the time, even though the answer is almost never "Brilliantly! I get up every day chomping at the bit to transform my field, nay, the world!" This is a dream answer for those times when someone's only asking so that they can feel better about how little they've accomplished when they hear you've done even less.

I made the pattern with pencil crayons and paper this time, instead of a program. I was originally intending to continue that green stripe out to the edges and make a circle around the rim, but that turned out to be too hard, so I improvised some flower clusters to fill the space.

Gave it to a friend in my program, and she loves it. Grin
23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: I'll embroider that origami! on: August 09, 2012 09:42:46 PM
This is fabulous. Just fabulous.
24  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Thinking about buying PatternMaker... on: August 05, 2012 04:40:59 PM
Thanks again for that link, Listessa! I'm playing with the program and really like it so far. Out of all the conversion software I've tried, it's the best for converting a simple graphic design. I have a five colour logo I'm stitching, and it only turned the five colours into 17, not 80.  Cheesy Combining similar colours to simplify the pattern is also pretty easy.
25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Thinking about buying PatternMaker... on: August 05, 2012 03:03:03 PM
Ooh, thanks for the link. I'll check it out. I've been using Jennifer's Cross Stitch, which is a free program, but it's only for image conversion and I want more pattern-building capabilities.

PatternMaker has a four-day free trial, but it says the download version isn't compatible with Windows 7. I assume that's also true of the trial? You have to buy the disc for it to work with recent versions of Windows.
26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Thinking about buying PatternMaker... on: August 05, 2012 11:44:39 AM
I'm hemming and hawing about picking up PatternMaker Pro. Does anyone who has experience with it want to weigh in on whether it's worth the money?
I downloaded the PC Stitch trial and can't stand it. I find it very unintuitive, don't like the libraries, don't like the font selection, etc etc etc. PatternMaker sounds better... worth taking the plunge?
27  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Vasily Kandinsky's "Joyous Ascent" 1923 (PIC HEAVY!) on: August 05, 2012 07:12:24 AM
Very cool. I am in awe of your smooth curving lines.
28  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Spocktopus Hoop on: July 31, 2012 10:53:52 AM
Holy goodness you just won the internet.
29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: This is my happening, and it freaks me out. on: July 29, 2012 01:57:17 PM
This is a scream! I love it.
30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Game of Thrones - House Stark felt embroidery on: July 20, 2012 06:42:55 AM
This is gorgeous! The detail is so spot-on.
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