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Stitchboard Admin message #1
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September 19, 2013 at 8:51:00 PM
 
Welcome to our new Hand Embroidery board!  Smiley  What are you working on?


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kamiekirk message #2
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September 28, 2013 at 3:51:15 PM  (in response to Stitchboard Admin message #1)
 
I have yet to finish the Dia de los Muertos piece I started working on months ago, due to wanting to crochet, especially considering winter is coming and I plan on making Bella some sweaters.

I also have no time, as I now work fulltime. Undecided But hey, I can't complain, this is what I want. Laughing


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September 28, 2013 at 6:34:34 PM  (in response to kamiekirk message #2)
 
LOL, whatever would we do without WIPs?!  Wink  If I didn't have a ton of WIPs, I wouldn't know what to do.  Laughing

The Dia de los Muertos piece sounds interesting!  Do you think you can have it done in time, or is it more of a "next year" thing?

I'm sure Bella will be very happy to have some nice warm sweaters!  Smile

Well, doesn't that just figure...life getting in the way of crafting, groan!  Some nerveWink  I completely understand.  I hate when there are all of those dumb, boring things needing to be done, or, as in your case, working full time.  It's nice to have the income, but if work didn't take so much time out of your life, how cool that would be!  Sigh, haven't found a solution to that one, though.  Tongue Out


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wscottling message #4
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October 14, 2013 at 2:45:33 PM  (in response to Stitchboard Admin message #1)
 
I'm kinds of new to embroidery, so of course I'm doing things the hard way. I want to embroider a quote and a small picture for a friend of mine who is newly married.  Now I'm trying to learn the best way to transfer it from computer, to paper, to cloth (I have transfer paper and pencils in the ready, I just need to get my nerve up to do it).  Then I'll try and not mess it up with my messy stitching because the last time I embroidered anything was about thirty years ago at the age of ten when my grandma tried to teach me... Then of course I have to frame it correctly (it should be framed, right?)

Maybe I should start with something smaller, eh? Maybe get something that's already stamped and color coded? Of course not! If I'm gonna fail, I'm gonna fail spectacularly!!! (or win big, either way...) 

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October 14, 2013 at 5:28:58 PM  (in response to wscottling message #4)
 
Willow,

Welcome to Stitchboard!  Smile

I completely understand your hesitation!  Especially if you have a piece of fabric that you really, really love and can't easily replace.

What's the fun of not jumping in with both feet, though!  Wink  (I guess I'd also suggest having a backup piece of fabric in case something gets horribly messed up.  Really, you can't fail, IMO.  For one thing, we're our own worst critics.  If you make a small mistake, which is the more likely scenario, probably nobody will notice!  Nobody knows what color you think something should be as opposed to using the "wrong" color, and then stitch pattern wise, definitely nobody will know!  So I think it's a win no matter how you look at it! Laughing)

If you really want to try something smaller first, how about a small "companion" piece to go with it?  You could perhaps take some element from the picture and make a small companion piece or even make two small ones (to balance out the picture with the quote).

As for framing...I always think that's best.  Because over the years (and wanting to be cheap, sigh), I've often thought of giving a piece and asking the person to get it framed, since framing can be expensive.  Tongue Out  But you know, that's kind of a lot to ask.

The problem is, though, many framers really don't know how to frame needlework.  You have to be extra careful.  I've heard terrible nightmare stories about things being framed incorrectly, by framers who didn't know how to frame needlework.  Cry  I've even heard of framers using plain old masking tape.  Shudder.  (Masking tape is terrible...leaves "goo" all over everything.)  Some framers have also been known to ugh, cut fabric short.  Cry

If you think you can handle it (and don't be shy about admitting you can't...because I certainly can't!), you may want to think about getting a frame and doing it yourself.  I did this twice (three times?) with my cross stitch, I think.  Hated every bit of it, mind you, pretty much lost my marbles (hmm, maybe can't blame it on the framing, though Wink!), but I have to admit, I was very happy with the end result.  I didn't use masking tape, so I knew there wasn't going to be goo all over.  I guess as much as I hate it...I would definitely do it again.

I had to overlap the fabric edges on the board (IIRC, it was a special board, but it was too long ago and I simply don't remember) and use a good strong hand-quilting cotton to pull the edges of the fabric together.  It isn't easy or fun...but the results are well worth it!  (I wish I could take a picture of the back of the pieces, but all of that stuff is packed away. Cry  I'll have a look for it.)

In cross stitch, the rule is to leave at least 3" of "extra" fabric around every side, so you have enough for framing.  I definitely did this!  It really helped.

Another thing I used to do was zigzag or serge my fabrics on the edges.  Makes it less prone to fraying and then you don't have to worry about problems when you stitch for framing.  Cool

Let me know if you have any questions...I don't remember a lot, but I'll try to remember what I can!  Smile


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stitchcraftian44 message #6
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April 24, 2017 at 7:15:36 PM  (in response to Stitchboard Admin message #1)
 
Hi, I'm new and am working on my first project. It's a sampler mandala. Wish me luck!


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April 25, 2017 at 12:17:21 AM  (in response to stitchcraftian44 message #6)
 
Stitch Craftian,

Welcome! Smile

Your sampler mandala sounds lovely! Please do post pictures of it when you can. Also feel free to post pictures of any other work you've done so we can all drool! Wink


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PhoenixNakia message #8
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April 3, 2018 at 3:10:52 PM  (in response to Stitchboard Admin message #7)
 
I used to do hand and cross stitch embroidery yrs ago. Have not worked with any of it in several yrs, but recently I have felt the urge to begin working in hand embroidery again. Hand embroidery in the satin stitch was the first thing my Mom taught me to do with colorful threads when I was a teenager back in the late 1960s. It was her favorite stitch and way to create in embroidery. She hated cross stitch claiming there was no real talent in it thinking it was only following a pattern and no creative ability involved. I on the other hand loved cross stitch and would either combine 2 or more areas of different patterns together to make a new unique piece or I would change colors and move things around within a pattern to fit how I thought it should look. That in itself did take some creativity to accomplish. My favorite to work with was the satin or rayon embroidery threads. I always loved the sheen satin gave the picture. I didn't start working in cross stitch til I was in my 20s & married in the mid 1970s.

I recently watched several youtube videos on the art of Chinese silk embroidery. Such beautiful intricate works of art these people create! Well, that set me to wanting to try my hand at this new venture and I ordered a couple of pieces of silk fabric from a felting site that sells it. It will be here tomorrow and I will see if it is suitable for embroidering on. I also ordered silk embroidery threads from a site in China offering 100 colors for a very good price. This will be filament silk threads, not spun silk so we shall see if I am capable of working with it when it comes in. What I read about filament silk is it lays flatter which allows it to shine better than spun silk which has a twist to it. I don't expect this order in til the end of the month or maybe next month. I have never ordered anything direct from China before, but have read it can take a good long while to get to the US. I have time to wait since I still need to finish my loom beaded vulture first before starting something new. Tongue Out


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PhoenixNakia message #9
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April 3, 2018 at 3:58:11 PM  (in response to PhoenixNakia message #8)
 
Here are the last two cross stitch pieces I did back in 2001 thru 2002 while riding on the truck my hubby drive all over the US. Yes, I did cross stitcih these while bouncing thru many a state during the year it took me to complete them and holding my old toy poodle across my left arm as well. He wouldn't ride any other place, but luckily he wasn't very squirmy and it went well with my needlework.

I made these two for my pen pal I have known through letters since 1977. She lives in Oregon and the horse in each one I created to look like her two paints from photos I had of them I took when we got to meet her in person in 2001 for the 1st time. My hubby had a Coors beer load we picked up in Golden, Colorado we delivered to a distributor in Portland, Oregon. My pen pal lives about 30 miles from Portland in Boring, OR.

The 1st one of the paint running through a desert scene was her favorite horse. The desert scene was a pattern I bought, then created the horse with the paint pattern to match my friend's horse and cross stitched it into the scene. I also created the sky clouds to look like a horse rearing up instead of using the clouds the pattern originally had. Of course she loved that the horse was a replica of her own named Gypsy. I chose the desert scene for this horse because my friend Debbie had always wished she could have open areas to ride in instead of the heavily forested country she was raised up in around Oregon.

The 2nd pic I took a horse head pattern I bought and changed the colors to match her other paint which I can't remember the name of now. Then I took and drew on the material the pine, spruce and fir tree limbs I enbroidered to look like they were coming from above the horse head. I left the rest of the background the natural pale blue color and not stitched. I did add snow flakes you can barely see in this pic falling about since they do get a bit of snow up there. The frames you can see around the edge of both pics is also my own creation cross stitched on the material.

I stitched the edges down and  fringed the material around  in a natural look and used a couple of Mesquite limbs to hang each one from rather than framing. My idea was to create a very natural look for the horses to reside on. Debbi loved them both very much. Now both horses have passed on over the Rainbow Bridge frolicking with other horses and pets waiting for the day their loved ones here on earth can join them. Both of these were 12"X18" size I think. They were not small and I had to work diligently to get them finished & sent by Aug. 30th which was her birthday.

Wished the pics were better and more clear. These were taken in 2002 after I fininished  both pieces and the pixels were not the best on the camera we had. I've lightened both up a bit, but that is the extent of my photo touch up I know how to do. Smile






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April 3, 2018 at 11:56:56 PM  (in response to PhoenixNakia message #9)
 
De'Andrea,

I LOVE your cross stitch work! Kiss Your friend is soooooooooo lucky!

The frameless "frames" are amazing and look perfect. How did you tack down the edges before fringing? I learned a stitch for that once, but have no idea what it was called and couldn't do that again without knowing what the stitch was and how to make it. But I'm thinking now, after seeing your work, that I have some pieces where the fringing would look great.  I doubt there's enough room to cross stitch frames, but maybe a 2-cross-stitch-wide "frame" would work, or just a fringing stitch. I never framed a lot of my pieces back when I made them years ago because it was so prohibitively expensive and nobody in my area knew anything about framing cross stitch. Frown

But I love that "natural" look, with the fringed edges. Kiss

The branches hanging down over the horse's head are unusual...and sooooo beautiful. Kiss They add something very special to the piece! Kiss I can see the snowflakes that are falling in front of the horse's head...they're perfect. Kiss

I also disagree with your mom about cross stitch not being creative...obviously, you've made things that are VERY creative! Kiss I think the way you've combined things is absolutely genius. Kiss

I can't wait to see what you'll do with Chinese silk embroidery...I know it's going to be fantastic! Kiss What kind of subject will you try for your first piece?

You have such a talent...you should think about desginging your own cross stitch pieces to sell. Kiss (Maybe embroidery pieces, too, but I don't know how that would work.) You're soooooooooooo talented and I can't wait to see what you'll do next. Thank you so much for posting your cross stitch work (and giving me the idea of what to do with those old unframed cross stitch pieces!). Kiss


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PhoenixNakia message #11
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April 4, 2018 at 12:51:35 AM  (in response to Stitchboard Admin message #10)
 
Thanks Melanie,

To tell the truth I can't exactly remember how I stitched the edges of the two pieces to keep it from unraveling. I'm thinking I did small tufts of fringe together and did a whip stitch in the off white color of the material between the tufts.  It was 16 yrs ago, I did it all by hand with needle and thread, no machine stitching since I was on the truck. Personally I hate to sew by machine even for a simple repair of a seam in clothing. Frown I wished I could see the edges better and then it would come to me. These photos are all I have of the work. If I remember at some point I will let you know, sorry my memory is not so good anymore. I've never used a professional framer before. On the few I did put in a frame & it was not many I did the work myself. And I am by no way a professional at framing anything! I read your post about framing your own pieces and thought back to when I did  that  too. Tongue Out

I'm going to attemp a couple of Koi fish and a lotus blossom or 2 to add background for my 1st Chinese slik embroidery. I'm thinking about working with my satin thread to practice on something first before I use the silk once it gets here. I figured that way I won't waste the silk if I make an awful mess until I learn how to create a decent piece. Wink

Oh I don't think I am anywhere near ready to create my own patterns yet. I have created a few of my own beading patterns for my use and on one of the beading groups on Facebook I belong to I added the pdf file for anyone to use if they so desired. Some said they would make something from them, but so far I have not heard or seen anything come of it. I didn't think they would, but it is fine as they are still my creations either way. Laughing


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April 4, 2018 at 11:01:44 PM  (in response to PhoenixNakia message #11)
 
De'Andrea,

I understand...I wouldn't be able to remember anything from 16 years ago, either...I can barely remember what I had for dinner last night!

You know, I bet a whip stitch would do the trick, even if that's not the way you actually did it on those particular pieces! Kiss

So did you also find it tedious to do your own framing? Ugh, just doing the stitching to make the fabric lay perfectly flat was sooooooooooo difficult...I still have nightmares about it! Wink (Not really...but almost!)

I think that's a lovely idea, to practice with your regular satins...and koi and lotus blossoms are such beautiful things to practice! Kiss

I disagree...your work is beautiful and if you can combine pieces so well AND add your own elements...that's pretty amazing! Kiss I definitely think you have what it takes to be a designer! Kiss

What kinds of beading patterns did you make available...I'd actually be interested! Do you know the name of the group offhand? I may already be a member...though I haven't been in the FB groups in ages...just too much to do, sigh. Frown Boo to real life for getting in the way of fun things like beading! Wink


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PhoenixNakia message #13
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April 11, 2018 at 10:15:51 PM  (in response to Stitchboard Admin message #12)
 
Hi Melanie,

LOL I did not like framing things no matter what type of project it was. And I was terrible at it. That was many many years ago and I have not tried it since. They were small things, so it didn't take much to get it in the frame. It is just not my idea of having fun or being creative. That's why I choose when possible to use natural things like tree limbs to ahng things when it looks right.

I've been checking on the silk threads coming in from China almost daily. It was an Etsy store purchase and for the past week there was no new info on tracking which I am used to given other countries and our mail system don't usually keep up with that at least for us on the receiving side. Checked tonihgt I gave it oen more try before I go back to work tomorrow afternoon and I almost fell out of my chair!! It said on the 9th my threads were in teh Chicago USPS system!! I really did not expect to get them for at least anoither month or more from what I have read in the past about getting things from China. I am elated to get it soon. But also not ready for the thread either. I found a really nice embroidery frame and stand on Etsy a few days ago I want to get to use for my new fetish of embroidery. It is in the Ukraine, so not sure how long that will take to get here once I order it. I hope to get to order it in a couplke of weeks. This one has a lighted frame and is supposed to have 2 sizes of frames with the one I want to order. One is called by them the cross stitch and the other is the tapestry frame. Plus, it can be set up as a table stand or floor and even one setup for attaching it to a shelf or table edge. Really awesome looking for the price they want for so much.  They also have a Facebook public group I didn't join yet. But will if I get it even tho most of the conversation is in their language. It ahs ability for translation for most posts which is nice. If you would like to see the Etsy site with photos of what I am describing, it is called DizayCraftStudio. On this site they only have this frame and loom for purchase in either the cross stitch or cross stitch + tapestry frame. And the price to me is great for what all they offer with it in my opinion, tho not cheap which is why I have to wait a couple of weeks or maby longer to get it.

The beading patterns I have recently made were Southwest style designs. The one I added to the files for other members was for a belt or guitar strap. But I told everyone they were welcome to use any part of the designs in it in any way they desired. I don't have time at this stage of my life to set up, create and sell patterns or finished products. So I didn't mind letting others use the pattern and I was pretty confident no one would only because most don't work in Southwest Native American style designs. I added a pdf for a loom beaded style and another for a peyote style in the same pattern. Of course each stitch style was a bit different given peyote has to be offset and that creates a slightly different look to the designs. The group I added these to on Facebook was Seed Beads And More. It was last fall so those pdfs are buried in tons of flies they have on there. It could be hard to find for you should you be interested in downloading it. Not sure if I sent it to you it will work. Have not ahd anyone want me to send the pdf privately to to them to see if I am smart enough to do so. LOL I would be glad to give it to you if you want it. Of course I have not ahd time to get much done on either stitch style and the loomed one I redid  part of the designs and have a new pdf for that one. I do have photos of what I ahve worked which is not much since I have worked so much on the vulture tapestry instead. Seed Beads And More, Beginner's Guide To Bead Weaving, Beaded Tapestries (and other unique bead pieces), and Bead Awe are my favorite groups on FB. Those are the ones I go to most when I have the tiem to be over there. I soo understand life and too many projects in the works getting in the way of fun things. Not to mention real work that I ahve to go to or I would not be able to afford my fetishes! Cool

This was the 1st design I began for the loomed pdf. I have since taken this one apart, but this is the pdf on the FB group. I have a new pdf for the revised design pattern as well. The patterns on the group are listed under the name Turquoise Fantasy.



This is the revised design for the loomed pattern. I begain this one from the opposite end. The main thing I changed was the designing around the Thunderbird area.



This is the peyote version of the design for my Turquoise Fantasy pattern. That is all I have done so far of it. I do have a pdf for it. I made all these on my BeadTool4 program since I had to add each bead one at a time to create these. When I first started the top loomed design I didn't have any beading programs. I created it the old fashion way with graph paper and colored pencils. Another reason I changed it a bit when I put it through the beading program.





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PhoenixNakia message #14
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April 11, 2018 at 10:41:41 PM  (in response to PhoenixNakia message #13)
 
I almost forgot the design pattern I created for a Christmas star in peyote this past December. On the Seed Beads And More FB group page they had a November and December beading challenge to make Christmas stars either ones from the pattern pdfs in their files or one of our own. I had made a couple of stars already the yr before and made a few from the files I gave as gifts. Then I decided to design a special one for me in the Southwest style which is what I know best and is the simpliest to create. I did it also on my BeadToll4 program, but since they don't offer star pattern grahps I created the star designs in diamond shapes and just beaded it as a  complete star. I never did change it to a star graph since I know how to follow it to make it without the pattern being on the graph. Soem asked me if I would create one on a star pattern, but I declined as it would ahve had to be hand colored in and no pdf which most folks want to go by. I did tell anyone who desired could use the designs in a star or in any way they chose if they wanted. So far I ahve not seen a single star or other beaded item with my designs which is fine with me too. I do have a pdf for the diamonds I created to amke this star from.

I call this star "Walks In Spirit". It is also the name I  created years ago and use for my beading I send out with any beaded items I make for folks.



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April 12, 2018 at 3:01:37 AM  (in response to PhoenixNakia message #14)
 
De'Andrea,

I know what you mean about framing! It's soooooooooooo tedious. It's not creative, as you noticed, it's just...ugh. Dull. Not fun. And trying to get all of the stretching done right and the sides all straight, shudder. NO thanks.

I'd rather be counting blades of grass. Wink

I also framed mostly smaller things. But I'm loving your fringing idea and the "frame" stitched around it. Kiss And who can't get a small branch, twig, whatever? Best of all, they're free! (This appeals to my cheapness. Wink)

Wow, I'm so excited for you! Kiss That's great about the threads and loving the idea of that frame. Kiss What a find! Kiss

What gorgeous designs! Kiss I love southwestern anything. The colors and symbols are incredible, and you've done such a beautiful job designing! Kiss

I love peyote, but have also worked in square stitch (I've never loomed). Not sure I'd ever loom beyond learning (love to learn and am a technique junkie, so that part appeals!), only because I also love how secure square stitch is. When I've taught square stitch in the past, I'd always end the demonstration by cutting the work apart...and it still didn't fall apart! For some reason, people love that particular visual.

The star is stunning! Kiss And I love the name Walks In Spirit. Beautiful! Kiss

If you ever need any help in creating PDFs, I'd be happy to do that. Kiss

Thanks, I'd love the patterns! Kiss I can send you an email in the next few days (and if I don't, please hit me over the head a few times so I remember, LOL!). I would normally write immediately, but ugh, the next few days are beastly. As were the previous few, LOL.

Is that a teardrop bead in the center of Walks In Spirit? Whatever it is, it's so perfect...the color, how it glows...the whole piece is beautiful and the bead in the center makes it pop! Kiss


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