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« on: April 26, 2009 02:57:19 PM »

This is my very first cross-stitch, so I would really appreciate some comments and criticism!

This is how dorky I am: I love the cartoon Avatar: the Last Airbender. (It's really hard to admit as a 22-year-old...) And I just love Uncle Iroh. In one episode, he sings this song and since I'm constantly singing it as well, I decided that it would be a fun cross-stitch.

It's about 8x10 inches (at least, it fits in an 8x10 frame)... Sorry for the bad photo, my apartment has the worst lighting! I honestly thought it was a better photo when I uploaded it. I'm terribly sorry it's blurry! (The colors are a dark green, a tannish-gold, and a dark brown.)

Here's a close-up of the symbol. In the show, it's the symbol for "earth". (Ba Sing Se is a part of the Earth Kingdom.)

And, for good measure, here's Uncle singing the song:

((Sorry, kittykill, I re-pictured this because it's linked to my own photobucket account, I didn't want to upload that photo onto Craftster since it's not strictly craft related and so used my photobucket account.))

Yeeeah. I'm a dork. Cheesy

I am entirely unsure if I did anything right. I looked up how to do the basic cross-stitch and backstitch, etc., but I am still unsure of how many threads of floss to use. Should the white be visible behind the threads or is that a no-no?

I used two threads on the letters and one on the backstitching. The letters I "coordinated" by counting and eyeballing from a PDF file on my computer (I obtained a basic pattern of the letters from a website that I cannot find right now) and the symbol was a method of guessing and checking and constantly re-doing by using a picture as a reference.

Thank you for looking! I hope it's not TOO awful! Grin
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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2009 03:04:48 PM »

haha!  This is hilarious! (and well executed)
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2009 03:05:43 PM »

It looks great! I like how you did the border. Smiley

As far as "right" goes ... 2 strands is pretty standard but some people prefer the "fuller" look of 3 strands. I would think that using 3 strands on a higher thread count Aida (like 16 or 18-count) would be hard if you're doing a lot of stitches close together, but works ok on 14-ct.

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« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2009 04:15:53 PM »

You did great here.
The layout and spacing of the text works well, the colour palette ties together. All in all a terrific first effort.
The thing to remember with cross stitch is that there's one golden rule - keep all your stitches in the same formation, i.e. ///// then\\\\\ or vice versa, so that it looks consistent. Every thing else is kinda flexible.
Keep churning them out and you'll get more and more confident.

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« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2009 05:13:32 PM »

I don't know anything about cross-stitch but I love Avatar. This is awesome!

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« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2009 06:10:30 PM »

I got a good giggle out this.  Lovely job.

And don't worry, my DH and I love Avatar,too, and we're both 29!
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« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2009 06:57:56 PM »

I love the crap out of Avatar the Last Airbender! Great job on this!

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« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2009 06:58:33 PM »

Great work...and my husband and I are Avatar fans in our (very late) 40s!

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« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2009 09:00:41 PM »

 Grin  I love Avatar!

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« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2009 10:39:03 PM »

Same here with the Avatar love!  I'm a college-age Avatar fan and the Manface gives me so much crap for it!

I'm also thinking about learning to cross stitch...

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