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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: vintage needlepoint chart help on: March 08, 2011 08:58:32 PM
jemimah - i've actually been working on a small area in this way (going between the threads) and it's working perfectly!  the stitches are matching up and it doesn't look off.  i wish i knew it was all about the canvas beforehand.  it would have saved me quite the headache.  the pattern instructions mentioned nothing of this type of canvas i was using.  thank you again!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: vintage needlepoint chart help on: March 08, 2011 08:01:51 PM
You're very welcome Smiley

Hmmm, that sounds like interlock canvas (info here). I'm not so sure about stitching into the split between the thread, it might push the piece out of shape. I'd recommend stitching into the holes.

All the best with it - hope you show us pics when it's done Smiley

after looking at my canvas again just now, i realized both the vertical and horizontal threads are split.  according to the link you gave, this is penelope canvas I think.  does that make a difference?  the information i've been reading online suggests this type is canvas is meant to be able stitch in between the threads.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: vintage needlepoint chart help on: March 08, 2011 07:38:32 PM
kittykill, thanks for the link!  i feel like i'll be an expert in bargello once this is all said and done!

jemimah - thank you!  on the canvas included in the kit, the horizontal threads are "split" so it seems like two threads instead of just one.  i think using the split might be the solution, even if this wasn't what the pattern creator intended.  thank you again - you have been a tremendous help! 

if anyone else has any thoughts, please let me know. 
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: vintage needlepoint chart help on: March 07, 2011 03:01:54 PM

apologies for the small photo.  I realized just now you can't click on it to zoom in.  I seemed to be able to last night, but not now.  Here is a close-up of the body of the owl where I'm getting confused.

I really have to believe I'm looking at this all wrong.  In the area where the arrow is pointing, it doesn't look like the stitches are "joining" (I guess you could say).  It looks like one thread color stops in a square and the thread directly above starts in the square above, rather than in the same square. 

As a reference, most bargello needlepoint charts I've seen online look like this:
this shows the stitches starting/ending in the same square. 

The reason I don't know if I can do it the "right" way is because any stitches next to those that aren't the same length won't match the chart and line up correctly.  Ugh...I'm sorry...I realize I'm being completely confusing right now!

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / vintage needlepoint chart help on: March 06, 2011 08:32:08 PM

A little background.  I've been cross stitching for many years and have recently gotten into stitching up pieces from vintage kits.  A while ago, I bought a needlepoint kit from 1973 off ebay that I really liked, even though I've never done needlepoint.  I suppose I thought I could just figure it out.

In theory, this should be easy, except the chart has me going INSANE!  It's largely done in Bargello, which from what I can tell shouldn't be very complicated.  The problem is how the chart is written.  From the directions included in the kit and every online resource I've gone to, each stitch should share a square.  So if I end in one square, the next stitch should start/end in the same square as the last.  Just like cross stitch.  However, the chart shows each stitch as starting/ending in the next square.  This would leave a huge gap in the stitches and I'll be able to see the canvas in between the stitches.

I know this isn't right, and I've tried doing it the way I feel it should be done, except that when I do it that way, it throws the chart off completely.  If I do it the way the chart shows, I'll end up, like I said, with huge gaps between my stitches.

I've included a photo of the chart as reference (you should be able to click on it to zoom in):

Am I looking at this completely wrong?  I really love this kit and want to complete it, so I don't want to just abandon it, but I'm really frustrated.  Hopefully someone can help shed some light on this.  Thank you!

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Pin Up Girl Cross Stitch - kinda IMG heavy on: July 22, 2009 08:37:30 PM
Thanks all!

I was going through some pin up images online and stumbled upon the original painting this was taken from: http://www.thepinupfiles.com/images/runci22.jpg.  It's by artist Edward Runci.  I was surprised by how much was changed from the original to this pattern. 
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Heart of flowers on: July 22, 2009 08:31:59 PM
Beautiful!  What a lovely gift to give (and receive)!
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Pin Up Girl Cross Stitch - kinda IMG heavy on: July 14, 2009 02:03:02 PM
adorable work...and the colors are fabulous! I wonder if she has the license to use the images she makes patterns out of.

Thanks for the comment, and that's a good question...I really don't know.  I assume for things like sports team logos you would need a license.
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: "They Live" cross stitch (possibly NSFW--one cuss word) on: July 14, 2009 01:53:00 PM
This is great!  I remember watching "They Live" many years ago and there was that amazingly looooong fight sequence.  Hilarious!
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Antique sewing machine on: July 12, 2009 09:08:42 PM
This is really beautiful.  I would love one for my sewing/crafting room!
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