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« on: October 07, 2011 05:07:09 PM »

I’m posting this mostly because it is an epic piece of work for me. I have literally spent nearly a decade (with a lot of down time, some of it in the numbers of years, I assure you!) working on this sporadically. I think I bought this cross stitch kit when I was in high school, and it has traveled with me to college and now to my job with me.  I finished it a couple of months ago and have just got around to posting it.

There was sixteen thread colors, most of them shades of blue. As a difference from previous things I’ve done, this was solid stitching with no utilization of the blue fabric. Finished, the stitching portion is 10” x 12”. The Aida cloth was 14 count. Also newer to me was the “tweeding” of colors, this was the first piece I'd done this for. Also, there was the use of “filaments,” aka hard to manage shiny strands. (I really don't like those, btw)

I finished most of the stitching itself a couple of years ago, and was dismayed to find that the embroidery portion of the instructions, well, frankly, sucked. They were hard to decipher and figure out. I ended up doing my best guess work on most of that portion.

There’s also the fact that due to how it was bundled and how much younger I was when I started this, I think I mixed up two shades of blue that were close together. While this doesn’t seem to have affected it too much, it does make it a bit unique. I also ran out of one color, and since the thread wasn’t labeled in the easily acquired DMC, I had to find the next closest shade. I did a good job, I think, and I doubt that anyone would really notice that a portion of the sky is slightly different, at least with the naked eye.  To the pictures, you might be able to notice.

Onto the pictures, before I bore you any further!

The front:

Detail shots:

The whale--

The asteroid--

The back: Not as neat as I wanted, but better than some Smiley


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« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2011 05:31:24 PM »

That is some serious dedication! Beautiful work. Show off that work and put it in a nice frame. Don't leave it folded in a drawer.

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« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2011 05:53:09 PM »

I agree.  Get that bad boy framed!   I have more than one kit right now that I KNOW will take me years to complete...once I get the nerve to start on them.   Wink

Beautiful work!

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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2011 06:45:38 PM »

Wow! This is epic!! Congrats, and this rocks!

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« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2011 08:39:04 PM »

Great job! Good to be done eh?

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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2011 09:15:48 PM »

In running, they say "The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start." And I have to agree with it, in that context.

But I've learned that in crafting, the exact opposite is true. Most people can learn to stitch, knit, sew, sculpt, glue, draw, or any other number of techniques. I have an entire craft room full of supplies for projects I've started. But most people don't have the perseverance to finish a masterpiece like this!  In crafting, the miracle is actually FINISHING the project! Well done!
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2011 10:01:24 AM »

Absolutely gorgeous!!!! You should be really proud of yourself. It deserves a beautiful frame!
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2011 04:48:45 PM »

Thank you all for your kind words!  It is indeed going to get a frame at some point, along with another piece I did that has dolphins in it.  I just have to find the frames and figure out how to do it!

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« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2011 11:20:57 PM »

Totally AMAZING!  You did a fantastic job to get such an epic piece finished.  Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2011 11:57:46 PM »

Wow, it really sparkles!  great job, congrats on finishing!
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