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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: string or nu portrait project on: December 08, 2010 05:59:09 AM
Thanks everyone, I'm glad you like it. I'd love to claim I created a new technique but don't think I'd really get away with it... in the end it's just a bit of a corruption of a very old one and basically only couching. Maybe I can claim the kitchen-drawer string bit? Wink
A less saturated red may work better. In person it's not quite as intense as the picture appears (although still pretty bright) and the face is a bit more obvious. I used the red initially because it was the only fairly tough fabric I had around and this was just a "playing around" piece. Initially I was considering trying to plunge the string through the fabric, so I needed something strong. After dropping that idea, I tossed up a few others, eg. trimming the string to a square and then cutting a passepartout to fit it exactly and thereby hide the red. I decided in the end that I really like the extra dimension of the uneven string edges, which meant accepting the red background. If I did it again with this colour scheme (beige string and brown), I think I would also go for something a little less intense.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / string or nu portrait project on: December 07, 2010 01:15:38 PM

it's been forever since I posted a finished project, mainly because it's been forever since I finished one... 2011 will be much better for stitching I hope  Cheesy This is a punked version of a goldwork technique called Or Nu - normally gold wrapped threads are couched down in straight lines and silk couched over to create a picture. It's used a lot in ecclesiastical embroidery. For this one I used a ball of string from my kitchen drawer (until I ran out and had to find some more string) because I wanted a rougher look, and I wanted to use the flowing couched lines to try and bring out the idea of lots of wrinkles and laughlines.

I couched down two different kinds of string, using matching threads just for the background and a dark brown DMC to create the outline. The two strings acted so differently when couching that it was difficult to always get even and smooth coverage. It wasn't entirely what I was trying to achieve with this technique, but I'm pretty happy with how it worked out in the end.

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Undoing/Redoing Stitching advice? on: November 11, 2010 10:59:44 PM
I always frog it when I make a mistake because I'm kind of retentive about that (nothing else in my life mind you, just cross stitching). Often I'll just snip out the wrong stitches and pull out a few more of the surrounding ones so that I have some tails on the back which I then just stitch over when I fill in the gap. This may mean that I have up to ten loose ends that I need to deal with, but it works suprisingly well and quick and you don't have to frog the entire colour.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Professor Layton and the Inordinate Amount of Satin Stitching! on: November 02, 2010 11:29:28 PM
That looks fantastic! I wouldn't have believed satin stitch could look that good with all 6 strands at once- it gives a great padded effect. Great work!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: One Tiny Embroidered Nautical Compass on: October 26, 2010 11:07:47 PM
That looks great! I can't really tell from the pictures - is it satin stitch for the gild and stem stitch for the lines? You've got some great smooth curves in there!
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: cross stitch mod on: October 26, 2010 11:04:48 PM
@MistyJess yup it's just paper, and the red bit is one if those empty card frame thingies you can buy.

@thenorm2 I used to have pet rats as well and would love to have them again except I think my dog would view them as playthings.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / cross stitch mod on: October 25, 2010 11:14:22 PM
Hi all,

These are two little pieces I did this year, where MrXStitch challenged me to make them cooler than the original. Well I did my best. For the helicopter I used only the threads supplied with the kit, but for the mouse I dove into a little bit of stash.

8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: i want to embroider my pet from a picture--help! on: October 20, 2010 02:28:59 AM
If you're willing to push your own skills, you could give silk shading a shot. It looks magnificent in real life and the way the light catches it really gives the picture movement. If you aren't up for silk, try satin stitching with floss (make sure you only use one strand though!) and maybe use padded sating stitch for things like the nose or ears to give it a bit of dimension.

As an example of silk shading on a dog portrait, check out Moe Reilly's stuff: http://www.pebblehillstudio.ca/htm/dogs.htm. (there's a bigger picture of the lab here: http://www.pebblehillstudio.ca/images/dogs02.jpg)
9  EUROPE / GERMANY / Re: Craft stores in Berlin? on: October 19, 2010 06:22:33 AM
Welcome to Berlin!

It's a bit different here to in Oz, that's for sure Wink

Very general stuff for craft you can usually get in department stores like Karstadt, but it's a small selection of stuff. Otherwise Werken Schenken Spielen at the Schlossstrasse stop on the U9 is reasonable (http://www.werken-spielen-schenken.de/) and the group of Wilhelm Rther hobby shops are pretty good (www.hobbyshop.de, several near Eisenacher strasse on the U7).
And, of course, La Bastellerie (http://labastellerie.com/blog/; near Grlitzer Bahnhof on the U1) has supplies, courses and handmade stuff.

10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Bicycle on: July 05, 2009 02:25:07 AM
A perfect motif and nicely done! I love white on white. Also because it makes you get more creative about the stitches when texture plays a bigger role than colour.

Honestly, I saw the smaller image and thought "Yay! Someone's doing something cool with candlewicking at last!" It's not quite candlewicking, but still really, really cool. Well done!!

Now it's got me inspired to go back to some mono-colour work again (I love this forum for the inspiration and itchy fingers it gives me!).
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