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Oct. 23rd, 2012 03:58 pm
crossed_stitches: A moogle from Final Fantasy 6, rendered in cross stitch by me. (Default)


(The fabric is out of the snap-frame but on a cushion, so it looks a little bowed here and there)

This took 35 weeks, assuming 1 hour a day of work. I cut down the sides from the original pattern.
crossed_stitches: A moogle from Final Fantasy 6, rendered in cross stitch by me. (Default)
I like hand-dyed fabrics for cross stitch because they do add a depth to the background. But I know you can do at least some of them at home instead of buying them (though purchasing is easier!). I came across a recipe for dyeing fabric with turmeric and decided to give it a try.

I used this tutorial for a couple of reasons. First, it was easy. Second, we had a jar of turmeric from a time when my husband wanted to try it. Everyone in the house hated the smell and taste, so it's been sitting in the pantry ever since, and this seemed like a good way to make use of the stuff.

Pix, tutorial, and personal experience below the cut! )
crossed_stitches: A moogle from Final Fantasy 6, rendered in cross stitch by me. (Default)
This is a Christmas card I cross-stitched, twice, for two different people. Finished December 2011.

Card goodness! )
crossed_stitches: A moogle from Final Fantasy 6, rendered in cross stitch by me. (Default)
Small cross-stitch I made for my sister-in-law. Finished December 2011.
2 girls, 1 basket )
crossed_stitches: A moogle from Final Fantasy 6, rendered in cross stitch by me. (Default)
So one of the "in things" among the stitchy crowd is to make biscornus. (Biscornu?) A biscornu is an 8-sided pincushion and some people even do the "basket of biscornu" project of making one a month for a year. They're pretty nifty looking, and I finally did one in 2011.

Dramatic exotic pincushion ahoy! )
crossed_stitches: A moogle from Final Fantasy 6, rendered in cross stitch by me. (Default)
I started this piece during a surprise trip in February 2011. The advantages to this design: not many colors; a one-page chart; and I had a piece of hand-dyed linen sized just right. Finished July 2011.

Cherries )
crossed_stitches: A moogle from Final Fantasy 6, rendered in cross stitch by me. (Default)
Finished on Saturday, 04-09-11.

Clematis sachet )
crossed_stitches: A moogle from Final Fantasy 6, rendered in cross stitch by me. (Default)
This was done for our 16th anniversary. We dated for 7 years before that, so it's actually somewhere between 23-24 years as a couple. ^_^ That's over half our lives together.

I actually finished this in March, but forgot to scan/photo it or post about it or anything other than "it's done yey!". So, at long last, here's the wedding sampler!

Read more... )

Fuschia

Apr. 5th, 2011 09:36 pm
crossed_stitches: A moogle from Final Fantasy 6, rendered in cross stitch by me. (Default)
Another of the Carolyn's Garden series (great little kits for taking along on trips or just throwing in a purse/backpack/fanny pack to work on during spare time).

Fuchsia )
crossed_stitches: A moogle from Final Fantasy 6, rendered in cross stitch by me. (Default)
This is a birthday gift for one of my nieces. After Imp got his fox xstitch that I made for his birthday, Pixie and the cousins all asked if I could stitch them something. Princess A's birthday is later in June, so I worked on hers first.

A horse is a horse, of course, of course )

Fox

Feb. 1st, 2011 07:37 pm
crossed_stitches: A moogle from Final Fantasy 6, rendered in cross stitch by me. (Default)
I finished this with less than a week to go before Imp's birthday in 2010.

I started this during the 2009 Thanksgiving holiday, when I got a lot of it stitched, and got in as much on it as I could, whenever I had a few minutes. The pattern is from Jan/Feb 1993 Cross Stitch & Country Crafts magazine. I had hoped the final design would be about 5x7", which is a standard size for mats & frames. Unfortunately, it clocked in at something like 4-3/8 x 7-1/4". I can't afford custom framing (which bites - I want my berry sampler framed eventually) so I added some extra stitches on top to make it a full 5", but extra 1/4" side just got covered up by the mat. :/ We got a nice mat/frame/glass combo that was on sale, too.

Imp loves foxes. )
crossed_stitches: A moogle from Final Fantasy 6, rendered in cross stitch by me. (Default)
This is actually an older xstitch that was given to me as a gift by Trizia. The cover says "Cross Stitch forever..." and the inside reads "Housework whenever!" (oh, I wish) It's a small notebook. The instructions on the inside say to list 2 wants for every 1 ought. As in, "I want to stitch and to bake a pie, and I ought to vacuum the house." It's a really nice little booklet. The back says "For Jane Greenoff's Cross Stitch magazine."

She gave this to me years ago, and I still have it. And I've never used the notebook. :P

The booklet )
crossed_stitches: A moogle from Final Fantasy 6, rendered in cross stitch by me. (Default)
This was the big deal of 2010: handmade Christmas ornaments. Here's a few of them below the cut.

The designs are from the March/April 1994 issue of Christmas: Year-Round Needlework & Craft Ideas magazine. I don't know how I got it - probably someone gave it to me after they got it from a yard sale. At any rate, I noticed this past year that it had an article on a set of "gift tags" with lots of beads and Kreinik braid and plastic canvas.

I said to a friend how I didn't have most of these, but instead of plastic canvas, I could probably use perforated paper. She got me the perforated paper and most of the beads. Instead of Kreinik braid, I used DMC metallic thread, since I had lots of that. Rather than make them gift tags for presents (srsly, what's up with that, peeps), I bought ornament hooks, and glittery felt to use as a backer.

Some of you might remember me complaining about metallic thread in previous years. I'm done with metallic thread for a while. X_X Also, the directions said all stitches would be explained in the text, except they weren't. So I had to look up what was meant by slanting Gobelin stitches and the like. The photo in the article was not helpful as it was a big pic of the presents and tree, and didn't close-up at all on the crafts. (SRSLY, WASSUP WITH THAT)

Can the balloon juice and show us some crafts! )
crossed_stitches: A moogle from Final Fantasy 6, rendered in cross stitch by me. (Default)
This is a bookmark I stitched for a friend as a Christmas gift.

Bookmark )
crossed_stitches: A moogle from Final Fantasy 6, rendered in cross stitch by me. (Default)
(this was originally completed in April 2009)

This is a very belated birthday present for my friend Jenn. I got the idea back in early January to cross-stitch something for her birthday (in late January... I know, I know). Since she's into Art Deco, I ran a couple of Art Deco type kits past her to see if she would like one of those, without telling her what I was really working on.

And what might that be, you ask? None other than a rendering of one of her City of Villains characters! )

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