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    • rainmac
    • By rainmac 24th May 08, 3:19 PM
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    Anyone Into Cross Stitching?
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    • 24th May 08, 3:19 PM
    Anyone Into Cross Stitching? 24th May 08 at 3:19 PM
    Hi, I've been a stitcher now for about 7/8 years and love it. I tend to stitch small designs as I can be a bit impatient with larger pieces as they can take so long to complete. I mainly stitch cards and smallish pictures to frame. Recently done a few coasters and really pleased with how they have turned out.

    My latest is a card for my friend's wedding (a Lizzie Kate design)...



    I wondered if anyone has any money saving hints and tips and/or would like to share pics of their stitched projects. I am really into making my own presents and would love some cross stitch present ideas - I've done cards, coasters, framed pictures, fabric ornaments for xmas tree, baby toys with aida pieces attached. Can't think of anything else.

    I have 2 small boys and time to stitch is really restricted to evenings when they are tucked up in bed. I subscribe to Cross Stitcher and World of Cross Stitching magazines (got both as birthday/xmas pressies last year). I buy lots of my threads (DMC and Anchor) on ebay as I've found this to be much cheaper than to buy from a shop. I also buy charts via ebay - I really like some American designers (e.g. Lizzie Kate, Bent Creek, Heart in Hand, The Trilogy...) and found the cheapest way to get such charts is via US ebay sellers.

    Think that's enough for now

    Look forward to hearing from all fellow stitchers

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    • bunbun2
    • By bunbun2 24th May 08, 3:37 PM
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    • 24th May 08, 3:37 PM
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    • 24th May 08, 3:37 PM
    Hi, I've been a stitcher now for about 7/8 years and love it. I tend to stitch small designs as I can be a bit impatient with larger pieces as they can take so long to complete. I mainly stitch cards and smallish pictures to frame. Recently done a few coasters and really pleased with how they have turned out.

    My latest is a card for my friend's wedding (a Lizzie Kate design)...



    I wondered if anyone has any money saving hints and tips and/or would like to share pics of their stitched projects. I am really into making my own presents and would love some cross stitch present ideas - I've done cards, coasters, framed pictures, fabric ornaments for xmas tree, baby toys with aida pieces attached. Can't think of anything else.

    I have 2 small boys and time to stitch is really restricted to evenings when they are tucked up in bed. I subscribe to Cross Stitcher and World of Cross Stitching magazines (got both as birthday/xmas pressies last year). I buy lots of my threads (DMC and Anchor) on ebay as I've found this to be much cheaper than to buy from a shop. I also buy charts via ebay - I really like some American designers (e.g. Lizzie Kate, Bent Creek, Heart in Hand, The Trilogy...) and found the cheapest way to get such charts is via US ebay sellers.

    Think that's enough for now

    Look forward to hearing from all fellow stitchers
    Originally posted by rainmac

    I have done quite alot of cross stitching over the years. I did two BIG pictures of my parents and in laws' dogs! They took me about 4 years to complete (and two pregnancies ) I enjoy doing cards cos as you said they are fairly quick to do. I am in the process of doing a cross stitch of one of my parents wedding photos for their 40th anniversary. Think I started it a bit late cos that was a year or two ago. For some reason I can't get into it and haven't done any for ages. I must start it up again - maybe you have inspired me to to start today

    I love your card it is really pretty.
    Last edited by bunbun2; 24-05-2008 at 3:51 PM.
    • rainmac
    • By rainmac 24th May 08, 3:53 PM
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    • 24th May 08, 3:53 PM
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    • 24th May 08, 3:53 PM
    Ohh I hope I have bunbun2! I haven't done any photo stitching but do quite fancy giving it a go, how do you get a photo converted to a chart?
    • bunbun2
    • By bunbun2 24th May 08, 4:13 PM
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    • 24th May 08, 4:13 PM
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    • 24th May 08, 4:13 PM
    Ohh I hope I have bunbun2! I haven't done any photo stitching but do quite fancy giving it a go, how do you get a photo converted to a chart?
    Originally posted by rainmac
    I bought a pc cd rom cross stitcher card and pattern creator ages ago and used that.
    • rainmac
    • By rainmac 25th May 08, 8:42 AM
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    • 25th May 08, 8:42 AM
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    • 25th May 08, 8:42 AM
    Some cards...

    • rainmac
    • By rainmac 25th May 08, 8:43 AM
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    • 25th May 08, 8:43 AM
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    • 25th May 08, 8:43 AM
    I bought a pc cd rom cross stitcher card and pattern creator ages ago and used that.
    Originally posted by bunbun2
    Thanks, do you print the chart yourself?
  • MRSMCAWBER
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    • 25th May 08, 8:50 AM
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    • 25th May 08, 8:50 AM
    Hi there

    Im an addict ..... here are a couple of pics -not sure how clear they are but i will try and get some better ones later if you click on them they should get bigger... the celtic lady is one of a set i have nearly finished the 3rd one out of 6 .... they are lovely to do
    The tigers i did for hubby before we were married... the swan by the way was actually done by hubby ....
    and the picture of the edwardian lady is one im now doing for my mum..for xmas..if i get my bum into gear

    I have done a photo stitch before..one of our wedding photos and even though they are a lot of work..1 stitch of this and 1 stitch of that everywhere they really are lovely when done...




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    • bunbun2
    • By bunbun2 25th May 08, 8:59 AM
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    • 25th May 08, 8:59 AM
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    • 25th May 08, 8:59 AM
    rainmac those cards are lovely. I haven't made any cards for a while. with the cd rom you scan the picture in and it creates the chart, symbols and colours you need. it looks good when finished but is hard work

    mrsmcawber your edwardian lady picture is lovely your mum will love it. do you find they always take much longer than you think to make?
    • rainmac
    • By rainmac 25th May 08, 9:05 AM
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    • 25th May 08, 9:05 AM
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    • 25th May 08, 9:05 AM
    Thanks bunbun2

    Wow, mrsmcawber, you are a hardcore stitcher aren't you . You stitch the kind of designs I avoid because I don't think I'd have the staying power to get it finished. I love your ladies, really beautiful. Do you always stitch large projects?
  • MRSMCAWBER
    Hi there

    I do seem to fall for the big designs... but i actually find it more fiddly to do smaller projects :confused: ...
    The biggest i have done so far is a beautiful dragon in shades of blue for my niece.. it was a killer actually handing it over ...he was about 20" by 15"

    but im doing this one for hubby and its about 26"x15"... i flit between that and the other one so i don't get bored of grey



    and this little beauty below is one i have promised to do myself.. I love her.. she is 29"X17" and has 80 colours in ..but it will be a labour of love as im not parting with her




    I generally buy patterns as kits often have aida in and i find that bad to work on so i replace it with evenweave/linen...and i find the kits skimp on the fabric... I like loads as i frame my own

    When you get kits i always found that those cardboard thread holders end up in a right tangle.. so i get bank bags and write the thread number and symbol on them and keep each thread in its own bag... it keeps them clean an if you stand them up in an old ice cream tub..you can quickly shove the lid back on when you have done...great for those that have children running round



    and to keep all my threads safe once i have done with them i do this:-



    is just a normal big file and the plastics are sold in collectors stores etc -they are for keeping cards, coins in.. I used a set of numbers that came with some "stitch bows" my mum had so that all the numbers are listed and in order... sounds sad but it means when i get a new chart i can put my hand straight on what threads i have and what i need..and its much cheaper than the proper storage sets you can buy ...
    hope that rambling made sense

    Rainmac... those celtic ladies grow really quickly... there is suposed to be a border with autumn, spring, summer, winter on each one..but they looked to cluttered for me..and this way no-one else has the same design

    can't wait to see what everyone else is doing... i just love them
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    • poppett
    • By poppett 25th May 08, 10:13 AM
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    Hi, I am a cross stitch addict. I have done hundreds of designs in the past, my biggest to date was a Millennium one I did for my kids school. The PTA asked me to do it and then they had it framed and it still hangs in the reception area.

    I am currently working on a huge project for my father-in-laws birthday. It is a horse racing scene, 141 colours and it is 21w x 10.5h. Approx 43,000 stitches going into it! It's very time consuming as it is one stitch here and there then change colours! But I'm getting there. I have been taking progress photos at weekly intervals and will try and post on here later.

    At the moment I am using a ring with it but I'm on the lookout for a frame instead. I had one years ago when I did the Millennium one, but don't know what happened to it.

    Your projects look lovely btw.
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  • MRSMCAWBER
    poppet

    Is it a John Clayton that you are doing? he does some lovely designs -very realistic looking..lots of 1 stitch of this and 1 of that... but very little back stitch ... I hate back stitch with a passion
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    • poppett
    • By poppett 25th May 08, 10:28 AM
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    poppet

    Is it a John Clayton that you are doing? he does some lovely designs -very realistic looking..lots of 1 stitch of this and 1 of that... but very little back stitch ... I hate back stitch with a passion
    Originally posted by MRSMCAWBER
    It was off ebay and is by Corals Crosses (never heard of them before but see it on Ebay and it was just what I was looking for). And it has NO backstitching!

    I have been trying to put photo's up but the editing site my son uses is playing up, so bear with me. I have a few of my projects stored on here so will get round to showing you.

    I love your ideas on storing your threads btw.
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    • rainmac
    • By rainmac 25th May 08, 1:42 PM
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    Mrs Mcawber, that is a brilliant way to store threads!!! Def. going to try that. I've got all my threads listed in an excel spreadsheet on the PC so I check that first when have a new chart. I have all my threads in bags, one for DMC, one for Anchor and one for anything else. It takes an age to locate threads and is a really inappropriate way to store them as they get tangled! Will have a go at sorting them all out soon, will save loads of time so more time to stitch!!!
  • princesspoppypop
    I used to love doing cross stitching but find the kits are quite expensive, the types I made were winnie the pooh pictures and cute bears etc.
  • MRSMCAWBER
    Princesspoppypop

    If you would still like to cross stitch but are being put off by how expensive some kits can be.... the black sheep web site is worth a look.. they have sale items from 2.99 + free postage to the Uk
    You have to scroll through all the sale items as ther is not order to how they are listed.. but you can get some great bargains...
    hope it helps

    https://secure.theblack-sheep.co.uk/index.html
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  • kr15snw
    I havent done this for years! Last project I did was a Me to You bear that I gave my boyfriend on our first valentines together. He keeps it on his bedside table still, 3 years on

    Hmm I think I may start back up after I finish uni. I started one for the birth of my neice and never finished it, shes nearly 3! But her mum is expecting her little sister at the moment (was due last week), so maybe I could do two birth ones?

    Would it be weird to do one now that shes 3?
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    • rainmac
    • By rainmac 25th May 08, 6:08 PM
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    I used to love doing cross stitching but find the kits are quite expensive, the types I made were winnie the pooh pictures and cute bears etc.
    Originally posted by princesspoppypop
    Found these Winnie the Pooh bits on sewandso... http://www.sewandso.co.uk/WinterSale17-1.html.

    I've used sewandso quite a bit for various things are their customer service is excellent, fast delivery too (you do pay p&p but think its only 1 per order).
    • rainmac
    • By rainmac 25th May 08, 6:10 PM
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    I havent done this for years! Last project I did was a Me to You bear that I gave my boyfriend on our first valentines together. He keeps it on his bedside table still, 3 years on

    Hmm I think I may start back up after I finish uni. I started one for the birth of my neice and never finished it, shes nearly 3! But her mum is expecting her little sister at the moment (was due last week), so maybe I could do two birth ones?

    Would it be weird to do one now that shes 3?
    Originally posted by kr15snw
    No I don't think it would be weird. Really lovely touch I think. Go for it, will be relaxing after all that uni work!!!
    • rainmac
    • By rainmac 25th May 08, 6:27 PM
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    This is another one of mine, a picture this time made for a friend's wedding last year...



    This is a Bent Creek chart called I Do. I got it professionally framed as I was scared to frame it myself as it was for my friend in case I made a mistake. Having it framed cost me more than the chart, frame, fabric and threads cost put together! I have since framed several smaller pictures and feel a bit more confident about doing it. The fabric is a cream vintage linen evenweave - doesn't show up well in the photo but it is a deeper colour in the flesh than looks here.

    I made a card in matching colours from a chart in a x-stitch magazine.
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