glinda: dw sheep dreams of crochet (crochet sheep)
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I knew I'd missed a couple of weeks of checking in but I hadn't realised it was nearly a month. Anyway things are starting to take shape! I'm starting to be able to see where other parts of the design will fit in. The places where the leaves will slot in for example. And I finally, finally got to actually put some purple in - when I picked this design all those years ago, I was under the impression there'd be a lot more purple involved than there actually is...

Progress

I am actually a little further on with the design than this picture shows, but not by very much. I started in on some pink, but I haven't got very far yet. Hopefully next week's post will have some actually fairy in it!
the_other_sandy: Kaleidoscope (Kaleidoscope)
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Mini Wetterhorn

Pattern by Tereena Clarke of Artecy Cross Stitch based on a painting by Joseph Anton Koch.

Stitch parking level 2: achievement unlocked. I can't tell you how many times I went to park a thread and found another thread already parked there. I think I properly fixed everything I caught, but goodness only knows if this looks anything like it was supposed to.

I can’t decide if I’m ready to level up to the pattern I’m dying to make, or if I should do one more slightly harder pattern first before working my way up to that. My end goal is a massive HAED pattern with 234 colors.

The second picture is a distance shot because this pattern was done in the pointillist style, so the farther away you stand, the more detailed it looks.



glinda: dw sheep dreams of crochet (crochet sheep)
[personal profile] glinda
This week was a good week for the project, I managed to get lots done. Helped in no small part by having the day off on Friday and having decided to binge listen to a podcast series while I was at it. Unsurprisingly, around five solid hours of cross-stitching does make an impact on a project.

progress pic below the cut )
glinda: dw sheep dreams of crochet (crochet sheep)
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I haven't made a sizeable cross-stitch project in ages, so I was looking for one to do and came across a very old project. Back when I first got into cross-stitch in my early teens I found a pattern for a flowerfairy that I wanted to make. It was a little overambitious for my age and patience level. (Not least because, I didn't realise when I bought it that it was just the pattern so I had to track down all the many individual shades of thread for it.) Anyways, a couple of years ago I got tired of it sitting in a box taunting me whenever I came across it, went through my thread collection and gathered all the threads for it that I had and took advantage of a craft store closing down to get the rest of the shades I needed and bagged them up so they were all together for when I next wanted a big project to work on.

Fast forward to this summer when I was looking for a bit of a challenge, I came across the fairy and decided that its time had come. I've been working away at it steadily for the last month or so but I keep meaning to and then forgetting to take photos of my progress along the way to keep me motivated, but I finally did today so I'm going to try to get back into posting weekly update posts as I've found them really motivating for large projects in the past.

rather bigger than my usual fair )
glinda: dw sheep dreams of crochet (crochet sheep)
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Nothing quite like someone else posting an update to the comm to remind you just how long its been since you yourself posted an update!

Finished Objects )
tarnera: (Edenswhat)
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Wow, it's been a while since I posted anything! I've been busy, I guess... anyway.

Two WIPs below )
glinda: dw sheep dreams of crochet (crochet sheep)
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It's been a while since I posted any finished objects, largely because I've been doing a lot of knitting these past few months and what cross-stitching I've been doing has mostly been wee kits that I keep for travelling and none of them have actually got finished. But I have been working on something a bit bigger lately and I discovered I did have another couple of finished objects that I'd just never posted about.

progress report! )
glinda: wooden needles in two bright red/pink balls of wool (knitting)
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I did actually finish my duck in plenty of time for the silly season (a whole week, a record for me!) but then I forgot to make a post to show it off! Despite running out of two shades of blue and having to track down more - of course I found a skein of the pale blue when I was looking for something else entirely last week, but nevermind!

beneath the cut )
glinda: dw sheep dreams of crochet (crochet sheep)
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I forgot to post last week so this week's installment is a day early to avoid forgetting again. Still making decent progress, I ran out of the pale blue just after I made the last post, but I got some more of that and finished off all of that colour, only to run out of the medium blue...so now I need to track that down, hopefully I'll be able to get to a craft store soon as we're really nearly there!

Look out below! )
glinda: dw sheep dreams of crochet (crochet sheep)
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So, there was yet another epic train journey for me last week, so I have more progress to show off on my duck! I decided to change things up for this journey and see if I could make some progress on the greens on my duck, which I did, but I also ran out of pale blue, so I'm now stuck on the greens until I get the chance to get to the store and pick up some more pale blue...


quack, quack )
glinda: wooden needles in two bright red/pink balls of wool (knitting)
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So I went on a bit of an epic railway adventure last weekend, made more epic by train delays in both directions (11 hours on a train over the course of a weekend) but it did mean I got a lot of stitching done. Also, I was staying in a lovely but very sedate little b&b in a small out of season holiday town so while there was plenty to do during the day, there wasn't much to do in the evening except watch tv and stitch. I haven't actually made any progress on it since then...but I do have another epic train journey next weekend so I should make decent progress then too.


Read more... )
glinda: dw sheep dreams of crochet (crochet sheep)
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A while back my gran gave me a pile of cross-stich kits that she'd accumulated (she likes the idea of cross-stitching but neither her eye sight or her patience are up to it) and I've been working my way through them. Mostly giving them back to her as presents because...well they're usually her taste not mine. (I'd feel guilty if I didn't know she picked them up from charity shops) This is her birthday card this year!

Rose Card

Otherwise, I've really missed having a big project to make regular posts about, so I decided to make my mum a companion piece to her chickens from last year. It was actually the duck that she originally wanted but talked me out of making her because it was 'too big' (for me to make, not for her wall) which she now appreciates was a silly reason. Anyway, its proving just as enjoyable to stitch with its big shaping curves and colour blocks that make it look like the thing its supposed to be from early on that keeps me motivated. Hopefully between that and the weekly posts thing I'll get it done for silly season!

progress pics under the cut )
firestar: (night sky)
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I've been working on this for a couple of years now, injury and bereavement leaving it put on hold, but having had the past week off work I've had a marathon stitch and made a load of progress. It's about 90% finished now, not including the backstitching and beads (so many beads, whyyyy?)

Pics under the cut )
glinda: dw sheep dreams of crochet (crochet sheep)
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So...I got my project finished. Even finished in time to give as a winter festival gift to its intended recepient. I even remembered to take a photo of it! And then flickr broke itself for a bit leaving me unable to post/share photos. It's slightly less broken now. So I can finally share my completed project. Yay?!

Chicken Complete )
glinda: dw sheep dreams of crochet (crochet sheep)
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So much for posting regular updates to keep me motivated, I keep forgetting to take photos. I really thought I had more photos from the intervening period that I just hadn't taken off my camera but nope, I haven't, so its a bit of a jump from my last post to this one...

progress has been made, honest! )
glinda: dw sheep dreams of crochet (crochet sheep)
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The last time I had a big cross-stich project to work on the regular weekly progress posts kept me motivated. So, as I've just started a project that I want finished by silly season, I thought I'd take up regular posting again to keep me working.

a mystery most fowl )
amalnahurriyeh: Astrid Farnsworth, in profile, giving a thumbs up. (astrid thumbs up)
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I made a sampler for a [livejournal.com profile] fandomaid auction, which I'm reasonably proud of. The bidder sent me the quote, and I designed the piece.



technical details )

There was, er, some fumbling around involved, as you can probably tell based on the fact that it's not centered, and that I started the lettering way too high on the piece of fabric. I'm still reasonably proud of how it turned out.


I spent a lot of time looking online for a pattern for a fountain pen, and couldn't find one. So I made the pattern myself. I sketched it out on paper in case anyone ever wants one.

close-ups of the pen, hand sketched pattern )
glinda: dw sheep dreams of crochet (crochet sheep)
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Seeing that I do now have the power cable for my camera again I should really get back into posting updates on this project, if only because it motivates me to do work on it more than the approaching festive season does...

updates )
feywood: Mary Watson ((Mary) Mary Watson)
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Well, I say finish in that it could use a soak and a frame, but all stitching is at least done.

Been working on this off and on for a couple of months, enjoyed it a lot.
For the curious, this was a Royal Paris kit, anchor thread, 14 count aida.

cut for picture )
feywood: Tony Stark looks lost ((Tony) lost boy)
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So I've been looking at getting into more detailed stuff (25ct work and such) and in my nosing around, I've found some pretty vocal people going "lap/scroll frames forever, hoops never" and explaining how hoops damage your stitches and your fabric gets dirty and whatnot.

While I can understand the dirty fabric thing from the oils on your hands and such (though I've not personally had the problem), I'm wondering if the other stuff is true or if it's just opinion since from my knitting experience, I know people can get vocal and very defensive just on the way you hold a needle.

So frames vs hoops!
Pros? Cons? Personal opinion and anecdotes?
I am all ears.