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« on: January 13, 2009 09:47:36 AM »

So I've just gotten into cross stitching a few months ago and decided I would cross stitch my Christmas gifts for my best friend from college and her fiance. I didn't actually finish these until yesterday, but since I spent New Year's Eve with them, they actually got to watch me in the process of making them.Grin These are the first two cross stitch projects I have ever completed.

This one is for the friend.

She loves this word. I got the pattern from the Subversive Cross Stitch website. I only did three hearts instead of five. I messed up the count on the stitching of the "N" which in turn made the hearts unevenly spaced. But I think that it adds to the silliness. Smiley

This one is for her fiance.

This pattern came free when I bought "Truthiness" and he is big on Obama, so I knew this would be perfect. I didn't stretch the Aida cloth as evenly as I thought I did, so the white around the stitching is a bit off. Oh well.

Both of them really liked their gifts and they sit proudly on a bookshelf and dresser in their bedroom. It was a good learning experience for me and now I have a more realistic idea of how long it takes to cross stitch. I didn't think to clock my time but I'm sure it took me at least 50 hours to get both pieces done. My only regret is that I didn't think to sign my work. I might have write my name on the mat frames the next time I'm there.

And because it rare for them to get playtime, here are the backs of these two pieces.

I clipped the loose threads. I know the back is supposed to be a neat and clean reverse image, but I just couldn't make it happen. I'm going to search the forum and the internet, but if you have any tips, feel free to suggest them here.

Thanks for looking and enduring this long post. Grin

« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2009 09:58:41 AM »

I clipped the loose threads. I know the back is supposed to be a neat and clean reverse image...

Since when?? Your backs look GREAT. All the ends are neatly tucked and I don't see any pieces carried over more than an inch. That's all you really need to strive for.

There *is* a way of stitching that leaves a reverse image but it's annoying as heck to stitch and is pretty pointless in the long run. Plus it uses twice as much floss which is just a waste since no one sees the back once it's framed and/or finished.
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2009 10:00:49 AM »

They are great. And I think the backsides are neat, too.

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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2009 11:03:24 AM »

Wonderful! Two of my favorite patterns. Great stitching!

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« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2009 12:03:59 PM »

Both fabulous patterns, and you executed them wonderfully.
I think the backs look just fine - they are not at all messy - and they are THE BACK! lol

I need a Truthiness piece now! (note: Firefox spellcheck does not want to recognize truthiness as a word yet)

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« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2009 07:20:44 PM »

I love the Obama one. Simply amazing.

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