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fenny
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11:34 am Sep 11, 2008

Alanna, it's stunning Very Happy , and the back is like the front amazing Shocked , you have done an incredible job Exclamation .
Saw once on a site, stitched pictures the back and the front, but most of them weren't as large as the TW.
Great stitching girl.
Happy Stitching
Alanna
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Location: Brisbane, Australia
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7:34 pm Oct 15, 2008

Hello there everyone! Well, it's time for the next update: yes, I've finished the backstitching! And wow there was just kilometres and kilometres of it! And most of it wasn't even the type where you can just look at what's already stitched and just outline it, no, most of it was (try) to follow the pattern one stitch at a time. I sure listened to a few books in the meantime! Scheherazade was fabulous, as was Oryx and Crake, although I hate endings that are just left hanging. So Long and Thanks for All the Fish was great (but too short) and I was a little disappointed with Dirt Music - I thought The Riders was much better. And now I'm onto A Thousand Splendid Suns and it is absolutely wonderful, really addictive. So anyway anyway, you're all just waiting for the photo aren't you? So here it is:



And up close:


Now I'm starting on the decorative border (this is the bit I've been looking forward to all along!). There's a bit to do, and some new specialty stitches to try, but I have a feeling that this part's going to go quickly (you know how when you're nearing the end you can just never seem to put the thing down?!). And then it's just the beading, which I'm saving till last. There's not very much of that either, and in fact I'm actually questioning whether I should do the beads that are in the picture (rather than in the border) - would that be too much? I'm used to the metallics now, but I don't want to go overkill with the bling. What do you think? Hmmm Rolling Eyes
Julie T
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Joined: 08 Jul 2007
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Location: Eugene, Oregon
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2:41 am Oct 16, 2008

It's wonderful! Such progress (pun intended) too! I vote: yes do the beads. When you start on the specialty stitches and finish with the metalics you will see how much of a difference that makes, so just imagine what the beads will add to it. All the little busy bits at the end can make us feel like we will never be done, but they really enhance the over-all look. Keep us posted! (How is your back feeling?)
rifestitch
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9:36 am Oct 16, 2008

WooHoo!!! That looks fabulous!!!!! I think this is about the only dragon I don't have in my stash. And yes, you should do all of the beads - there's no such thing as overkill on a TW Laughing Laughing Laughing Besides, the bs was the hard part, so everything from here on out ought to be cake - though I realize her borders can be murderous Smile

Speaking of, I will have The Castle finished tonight or tomorrow!!!! And today at work, I made working copies of English Garden Sampler, the next TW in the ever-growing WIP pile Smile I hosed my rotation so I could go back to The Castle, as I was darn close to finishing it 3 weeks ago when I had it out, but I knew if I kept working on it, I'd be attacked by frogs. As of right now, I have one section of gold metallic to do on the wing, then backstitching the wing, sign it, and it's done!!!! DH's 40th birthday is today, so I guess I should give him a bit of attention tonight - he's taking it kind of hard; other wise, I'd guarantee it would be done tonight Smile The nerve of some people, having a milestone birthday when I'm within reach of a major finish!!!! Here's where I left off a few weeks ago:
http://tinyurl.com/3f8xzt
Divecat
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4:08 am Oct 17, 2008

Alanna, that piece is absoluely fabulous. I loved the close up too as it really shows the quality of your stitching. The musician's face is really well done as it is so hard to get realistic detail in x-stitch. He looks as if he is enjoying his music with his eyes closed in ecstacy - just as you'll be feeling once you finish Laughing

Looking forward to seeing the finished article with the border.

Rife - your dragon too is fabulous. Yes, generally DHs are quite happy for stitching to take place as it means you're not bothing them Rolling Eyes ; however, I agree that a milestone birthday does deserve some quality attention. Did you have a good evening?
rifestitch
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9:45 pm Oct 17, 2008

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Originally posted by Divecat

Rife - your dragon too is fabulous. Yes, generally DHs are quite happy for stitching to take place as it means you're not bothing them Rolling Eyes ; however, I agree that a milestone birthday does deserve some quality attention. Did you have a good evening?


Well, he had soccer practice after a very stressful day at work - and all the kids on both of his teams, to celebrate their coach going Over The Hill, wore all black practice gear, and at the end, they each got to take a shot at the Coach's butt in the goal. No one hit him Sad Of course, since he's about as big as a 2x4, that's not a big surprise. The A-team's goalie had his 12th birthday today, so he got to have shots taken at him, too - and the coach's kid (my 11 yo) hit him square on the butt. That was pretty comical! After that, a quick taco dinner and home to rub his neck and shoulders - he was out by 9:00. I guess the old guy can't handle stress like he used to Smile And I can say that, since it was my turn LAST year - and as far as I can recall, I haven't whined about it once Cool
Alanna
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9:02 pm Oct 19, 2008

Thanks guys!! Very Happy Very Happy
Rife, your dragon looks great too, let us know when you finish it! Does yours have a decorative border as well?

I'm really enjoying doing the border, it's great fun! I'm doing lots of mosaic stitch at the moment and it's looking really good. One section has come out looking darker than the rest though (I think that piece of thread was dirty)- should I unpick it and restitch with clean floss, or will it all come out in the wash at the end?

The only specialty stitch I don't get is the couching stitch. What is the point? As far as I can tell it just outlines something, but is 50 times more complicated and uses 20 times more thread than backstitch. I repeat, what is the point?

Gotta go! Happy stitching everyone!

Oh, PS, Rife, I had a look at some of your other things too (sticky beak!!) and your Chatelaine knotgarden is coming along really well, and I absolutely love your kaleidescope canvaswork piece! It's gorgeous!!
BarBaraPrz
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8:54 am Oct 20, 2008

ooooh, aaah very nice indeed
rifestitch
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2:44 pm Oct 20, 2008

Thanks, Alanna - yeah, I really am liking the canvaswork pieces, too - they are good for those nights when the eyes (and brain) are a bit too tired for anything horribly complicated Smile

The Castle is now complete!!! I am working on getting English Garden Sampler ready to go - a bazillion bobbins to wind! Of course, since I've had 3 pretty big finishes this year now, I expect it will be some time before I have another rash of big finishes - but at least one Chatelaine ought to be in the next batch, probably more Smile
http://rifestitch.multiply.com/photos/album/9/TWs_The_Castle_SAL#24
- my Multiply

http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/photo/2916849000017582381fCVUmU - my Webshots

And no, this is one of her few that doesn't have a border - at this point, it wouldn't look right to have one, would it? She obviously picked up the border bug not too long after this one was published Smile

I don't particularly like couching either - not on a cross stitch piece. It goes more with surface embroidery/applique, IMHO. But hey, it will look fantastic when it's done - if I can stitch a dragon twice, once with metallics, you will survive the couching Wink I hope your dark spot will come clean, so you don't have to frog it out - I would wait to see if it comes out when you give it a wash, then decide.... And when might that be???
Alanna
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7:21 pm Oct 20, 2008

Congratulations on Drachenstein!!! He looks great, and I can see how shiny he is (I've got metallics-honed eyes now myself!). Wow, you've had so many finishes this year, you must be feeling on top of the world! I'm really looking forward to finishing this guy, not long to go, but I must say that I really am enjoying the final stages immensely. It's so nice to not even have to look at the pattern anymore, just get the hang of the stitch and then round you go! I've decided I will do all the beading after all- in for a penny in for a pound! And I think I will just wait to see what the wash does before resorting to any unpicking.
Stitcherific! Very Happy
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