I have yet to begin one of the wonderful designs though I have collected several to date. My question to those of you have stitched one or are in the process of stitching one is: does the finished stitching in any way resemble a computer printout where you can see little "pixels" that jump out at you, or is the stitching evolving very painterly-like. I have looked at the example on the home page of Scarlett Quince several times but can't really tell from that. I hope this questions makes sense.
The finished stitching really looks like a painting.
It is not at all 'pixellike'. The 'flow' from one colour to the next is very soft with so many distinct shades. (How should I express this with my bad english...?) The combination of two floss colours in one thread adds a special value. When you stitch on fabric with a high stitch count, you think you look at a painting.
I'm working on the 'keepsake' and on 'white ships'. It's wonderfull just to sit back and admire the progress made so far.
I wondered the same thing. I'm currently stitching "Pinkie" and I've completed 35 rows on page 1. So I have a long way to go! But I really feel like I'm creating a "painting" with no pixel sensation. I step away from my floor stand periodically and just admire the subtle shading. It's wonderful fun to watch this picture slowly evolve.
I'm planning on stitiching the prehistoric horse cave painting on 14 count taup aida. The stitches will look pixely but I'm hoping it will give the picture a primitive effect, as if it were painted on rock.
Meredith Site Admin
Joined: 23 Feb 2004 Posts: 128
I'm sure I've said this before but it's probably worth repeating. You really only get the full effect of our stitched pieces when viewing from a "normal" viewing distance. That is, when you are looking at a painting (or cross stitch piece) that's hanging on the wall, you are normally 2 or 3 feet away (or more). From that distance, all the blends work and the effect is that of a painting. If you look up close you can see the individual colors in the blended threads and individual stitches and the effect is not the same. Same with paintings - up close you see the brushwork - from a little distance you see a picture.