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61  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Harry Potter Swap round 5? on: March 23, 2006 09:50:26 AM
There are HP swaps here too? Argh! I'll go crazy soon! I'm already organizing one in my Yahoo group (see my signature!), but I'll jump into this one feet first as well!
62  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: A Cross stitch of my mom on: March 23, 2006 09:42:19 AM
Well, the good thing about those software is that you can create a pattern with any picture. So you can decide to have something big and complicated (like silly me), but you can also choose to keep it simple. I know I've created a phoenix pattern for someone in my Yahoo group, and though it's very big, it only has like 9 or 10 colours, so it's rather easy to stitch.  This black and white has only 12 too... The real fun will start with the second half... and those 120 colours!

That's my problem when I craft... I see a little too big. This is only the second thing I cross stitch, so can you imagine how mental I am?!  Cheesy
63  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Re: Scrapbooking on a budget on: March 23, 2006 06:57:41 AM
I recently bought a scrapbooking book, and it was suggesting to spray water on cardstock paper, crumble it in a ball, then iron it flat again. It created a funky motif on the paper, a bit like what you see in tie-dyes. It looked good, and as far as I know, cardstock isn't that expensive. There were other tips like that in there too, but I can't remember them now.
64  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Lots of journals! (very pic heavy) on: March 23, 2006 06:51:01 AM
Wow! That's so beautiful! Now I'm completly new to this... How do you do to have the pages hold together, like a real book?
65  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: face x-stitch? on: March 23, 2006 05:19:23 AM
Look at this thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=86051.0

That's a cross stitch I am currently doing from a picture of my mom. So to do your portrait, you could download a cross stitching demo software (I recommend Cross Stitch Professional 2003), upload the picture, edit the colours (because the software often messes them up quite a bit!) and then paste your printscreens into Paint to obtain a perfect picture (because the demo won't let you save or print your own patterns).  It's a lot of work, but the results are great.
66  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: A Cross stitch of my mom on: March 22, 2006 08:26:30 PM
For this picture, I used X Stitch Studio. For the second half of the aida though, I used another software, Cross Stitch Professional 2003 (the publisher version).  Both have demo versions available at www.download.com. These will let you do anything but print and save your work.... But by doing some printscreens and copying them into paint, you can get the pattern anyway... And save about 500$!

The only downside to these software is colours... They aren't so good at them. With CS Pro 2003, at least, you can create your own palette, which can come in handy if you're doing a black and white picture like this one. But if not, you basically get the pattern out, then take your colour chart and threads and edit everything out manually (and my second pattern had 120 colours... so I can say it was fun... to say the least). So it's long and tiring, not to mention you have to keep the computer open 24 hours a day until you're done. But hey! I don't have 500$ to spend on a cross stitching software, so I cope with that Wink
67  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / A Cross stitch of my mom on: March 22, 2006 06:08:22 AM
Hi everyone!
This isn't a completed work, but more of a work in progress type of thing. My mom will turn 50 on January 1st, 2007, and on top of throwing a massive birthday party on her birthdate itself (which is proving rather tricky!), I have also decided to cross stitch two pictures of her on 22 hpi aida. The finised product will be 14.25" long X 11.5" wide. The picture on the left is a black and white photo of her when she was about 1 or 2. The one on the left is one we took last Christmas, and she was obviously a week away from being 49.

Here are pictures I took last weekend:


Since then I have unpicked the whole face and I'm redoing it. The main colour was 3072, and it's too much of a greyish green. I didn't like it. So I changed it for a 762 and it's looking much better. I'll post another picture of the face when I'm done, and more pictures as I go along, I expect!

EDIT: I forgot to mention that this is the picture I'm stitching from:
68  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Harry Potter Scarf Knit-Along? on: March 22, 2006 05:54:51 AM
Anyone else is knitting a HP scarf at the moment? I'm doing a Book colour Ravenclaw one, PoA style, using the pattern from knitting.atypically.net.  So far I've done 4 repetitions. It's my first ever knitting project too, so it's full of mistakes. But I'm still having loads of fun!
69  CANADA / Ontario / Re: Stitch 'n' Bitch in Ottawa? on: March 22, 2006 05:48:47 AM
Hey I'm new here and I'm just wondering if anything is happening with this?
70  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lewiscraft is gone?! on: March 22, 2006 05:37:13 AM
For your information, the reason for their going out of business is bankruptcy. So I don't think there's any turning back. It's very sad. There was one in Ottawa, in the Rideau Centre. Prices were higher than at Michael's, but Michael's is so much farther away from my place than the Rideau Centre. Plus I have to walk through there 3 times a week, which means if I'm running out of embroidery floss, or anything like that, I could always stop by.

*sigh* I'm sad they're going
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