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Plutonian #2 ([personal profile] angrboda) wrote in [community profile] cross_stitch2016-04-03 10:55 am

Two finishes and the new project.

I've got a bunch of things to show.



First, my birthday project is finished. It was a kit Husband's parents bought me for my birthday last year, and I finished it I think in early March this year, so it has taken me a little under a year to finish it. The last few bits were pretty slow going because of the hellish amount of backstitch. In hindsight I wish I had done the backstitch on each of the little pictures as I finished them, but I managed it in the end. This was also the project which occassioned me to learn French knots. They're not all even size, but I actually rather like that little variety. Not too difficult once I worked out how.

I want to frame this and have it on the wall. I've ordered some suitable mounting board, but I'm still frame-less. Not even entirely certain what size frame I want and how much white I want to keep outside the stitched border. It will have to wait until I've got the mounting board so I can see it properly.



Next, a card for my friends who had their second child also at the beginning of March. I could have finished the birthday project a lot sooner if not for this. I met her randomly one day and it slipped out that she was only a little over a month away from her due date. I'd been meaning to make a card, but hadn't realised it was getting so close, so I had a little panic and got this one done in a month. The design is from Cross-Stitch Collection magazine and was actually meant to go on a bib as part of an elephant themed baby set, but it's just the right size for a card as well. More hellish backstitch! This one not because there was too much of it, but more because it was really difficult to see what I was doing, putting grey backstitching on grey.



Finally, here is my current project, also a design from Cross-Stitch Collection. Same issue as before, actually, and the first issue I ever bought. This design has been lined up as my next project after the birthday project since I bought the magazine, so I've been waiting a while for this. I try not to have more than one project started at the time, cards and such being the exception, because I just know there would be too many things I'd never manage to finish.

This is the first one I've done on even weave. Technically that Christmas tree rug with acrylic yarn on jute was also even weave, I suppose, but that was so big, I'm not really counting it. I actually went out of my way to make sure I got the exact same fabric and colour that they had used in the magazine. I'm uncertain about how much I like working on it. Aida is so easy to work with. Linen feels a lot more fiddly and good light is suddenly far more important. Unfortunately the fabric is also way too large for my roller frames, so hoop it is. You can't have everything. (And just as I'd bought a floor stand for those frames too. Typical. Oh well.)
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[personal profile] celli 2016-04-03 10:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Man, your attention to detail is fanTASTIC.
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[personal profile] lilacsigil 2016-04-04 12:23 am (UTC)(link)
They look great! The elephant card is a lovely idea for a new parent.

The good thing about embroidering food is that uneven french knots will just look more realistic!