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« on: December 04, 2010 08:25:02 PM »

Hi everyone!

Here's a piece I just finished to give to my boyfriend for Christmas.  We've been dating for over 2 years, but have recently started dating long-distance (I moved to the East Coast for graduate school, while he finishes school on the West Coast).

The quote is from a lovely print by this amazing lady: http://www.etsy.com/listing/39727178/vast-and-amazing-fine-art-print-medium?ref=sr_gallery_7&ga_search_query=vast+and+amazing&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=&order=&includes
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I'm not entirely happy with how it turned out, but I think the quote is fitting for our current situation.

I used a couple different stitches, including double chain stitch (for the thick, light blue words), stem stitch (other words), backstitch (America), running stitch (arrows), and double herringbone stitch (outline).  The stitches definitely aren't perfect, but I'm learning!  Incidentally, I used this great resource for stitching tutes: http://www.needlenthread.com/videos

Oh, also: he's really into crows (hence the black bird in the corner).  The arrows are supposed to be flight patterns.

I'm going to try to mount it with the lacing technique on the needlework homepage.

Comments and criticisms welcome!

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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2010 09:14:17 PM »

This is so sweet! I get the sentiment behind it too, hubby and I dated long distance for almost 3 years!

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« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2011 06:53:46 AM »

Very nice, I really like the crow.

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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2011 03:10:22 AM »

That is totally awesome. 

I love the quote, dig the raven/crow, and think the set up for the quote with the contiguous states and arrows look awesome! 

You did such a great job.  Thanks for sharing it, and expanding my repertoire of quotes.  I might have to stitch up a take on that one as a birthday gift for someone near and dear to me.  The whole open path sticking together thing has some great meaning.

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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2011 06:45:33 AM »

It is beautiful. And I love embroidery with a meaning.

« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2011 08:04:54 AM »

I'm sure he is going to love it.  Way to go trying out some different stitches, too, they look great in your design.

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