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Lady and the Unicorn progress (was: Questions from a Dutchie


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Alanna
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4:34 am Jan 05, 2009

Hey that's fantastic holiday progres!!! Well done!! I'm still waiting on the floss for mine, a few problems with the ebay lady, but hopefully everything should be alright now. I can see that I'll have a lot of catching up to do! Very Happy
divinenanny
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4:46 am Jan 05, 2009

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Originally posted by Alanna
Hey that's fantastic holiday progres!!! Well done!! I'm still waiting on the floss for mine, a few problems with the ebay lady, but hopefully everything should be alright now. I can see that I'll have a lot of catching up to do! Very Happy


Did you order your floss with the WestBBC lady on eBay? I am asking because my mom ordered from her too, and is still waiting (after over a month) for her package...
Alanna
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7:28 am Jan 05, 2009

Yes, I did, the same one as you, no? But you had no problems, right? At first she refused to send me the floss on a technicality after I had paid, but now she says she has sent it, so I just have to wait and see! Rolling Eyes
divinenanny
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8:56 am Jan 05, 2009

Yes, I ordered from her too without problems, that's why I recommended her. She did ship my mom's order without problems, but it still hasn't arrived... probably got lost in the holiday mail or something....
kiwidutch
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3:53 am Jan 06, 2009

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I do have a couple of questions before I get started:
- Do any of the other dutchies (or europeans) on this forum know of cheap stores or webshops for DMC thread? It doesn't matter for me if it is a physical store (anywhere in the Netherlands) or a webshop that ships to the Netherlands... It's just that I hardly have a supply of my own, and Mon Seul Desir has many different thread colors in it...
- Any tips for supplies? I was thinking of getting a hoop (wooden, fairly large), bobbins and a box for thread storage (with bobbin labels that can be ordered with the pattern) and a magnet board to keep the patterns nice and neat and readable. My mother gave me a "dull" needle (no sharp point), I am looking to get more of those. I want to do it on 18-count ada, off-white.
....I see here that most stitchers start at a corner. My mother always taught me to start at the center... Which is better? Or if it isn't really better, why do people prefer either one?
Does anyone of you know about a book that explains the basic cross stitching techniques (with illustrations), kind of like it is done in the tips section of this site? It can be old or new, dutch or english... I'm really a book person so I would love to have some sort of reference guide. And if it doesn't exist, maybe SQ should publish one (on lulu.com or something Wink)


Hi Sara,

I'm also in the Netherlands... Den Haag...

Ok.. about your questions, I recently discovered this place on ebay.. DMC threads from Hong Kong and you can select whichever colours you would like. The prices are in Austrailan dollars but i've done the math and the prices are great! all you need to do it to email your list of colours to this ebay seller: "dmc_hkstation " at this email address: dmc_hkstation@yahoo.com.hk . No I don't have anything to do with the company, I'm just a delighted customer. They do discounts on bulk too, just ask. Very Happy

My advice for the hoop, is forget wood.. they can leave permant marks in your fabric if you are unlucky.. I go for a quilters "Q snap" instead. They are lightweight and nice to hold and fit into many floor frames too. Heck I like them so much to stitch with that I have a small stash of them LOL.

I'm currently organising my threads.. I have a plastic box with divisions in it for the 120 or so threads I am using in "Delft-made Dish with Grapes " and I have two plastic storage containers that have all my "spares"in little bags by colour number. I'm trying to wind on a zillion threads onto paper bobbins ( I like that I can write on the paper easily, so no smudge etc) and I re-fill my work box as needed from the larger stash.

For your project I'd use a size 26 tapestry needle , I usually stitch smaller and use as smaller size 28 tapestry, but both sizes come in packets of 25 needles and usually that is FAR cheaper than getting them in little packets of 2 or 4 needles. (there's a shop here in Den Haag that sells these packets of 25 needles BTW)

I usually start in the centre of a project .. with Grapes I started at the bottom for the first time in my stitching life (goodness knows why) but I stitch in colours and not in blocks or lines so I ramble all over the fabric anyway.
basicallyI think it doesn't matter as long as what you choose works for you...

Books? heck if you live close by me then maybe we can arrange to meet and I can give you a lesson ? There are a heap of books and cross stitch guildes on the Web to give you the basic cross stitch ideas but knowing which book out of the millions is the one you really want is a tricky question to answer. Sitting with an experienced stitcher will also teach you a lot too.. I have been stitching for 20 years... if I am close enough to you to help you then just let me know.

Happy New Year and Happy Stitching ! ... kiwidutch :wave:
divinenanny
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4:16 am Jan 06, 2009

Hey kiwidutch,

Nice to meet another Dutchie on here. I started on my piece already, and am using a Q-snap frame (or something similar, different brand). I like it a lot, even though it is still sitting pretty tight on the fabric.
I started in the left upper corner, merely because I think I'll get confused with the pages if I start in the centre. I also don't stitch in blocks or lines, but in colors, much easier (for me) that way.
I'll keep your recommended eBay seller in mind for the next time I'll need to stock up on threads Very Happy
Do you have an address for a good shop in The Hague? I work there and can shop on my lunch break some, but I haven't been able to find anything but Pippoos, and they don't have much nice stuff.
For the bobbins I have two large boxes with one bobbin of each color, left over skeins are in a box in storage. I have a small bobbin box where I keep my blends, when this is filled (pretty soon is my guess) I will move the blends over to a bigger box and use the small box for travel or something.
I don't really know why I want a book, I mean, I know how to stitch... And needlepoint is really not my thing. But last week I picked up a DMC book of patterns, and in my craft store I saw a nice book with specialty stitches, maybe I will use that to create borders or something Very Happy

Very Happy
kiwidutch
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5:23 am Jan 06, 2009

Sadly no Shop in NL compares to some of the really amazingly stocked stitching shops that you find in the USA or New Zealand .. but one I have found here at least has the bulk needles and paper bobbins ( at prices more or less the same as USA and NZ) and more fabric options that I have previously found elsewhere.
the shop is called 'B-Quadraat"and the address is : Loosduinse Hoofstraat 196, 2552AL The Hague, Tel: 070 404 29 19. If you are stocking up remember to get a little card where for ever so many euro spent you get a stamp.. then the card is full, you get euro 12, -- off your next purchase.
If you are close enough to work in The Hague maybe you'd like to have lunch at mine sometime one weekend and we can comparre stitching.. just let me know Stitching

oh.. and I have a pattern stash that will make your eyes water LOL.
divinenanny
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9:36 am Jan 06, 2009

Well, I'll see if I can visit that shop one day Very Happy Thanks for the adress. Unfortunately I don't live close to The Hague, I live in Hoorn (yes, that's 3 hours by train every day) Very Happy
Thanks for the offer though Wink
kiwidutch
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10:04 am Jan 06, 2009

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Well, I'll see if I can visit that shop one day Very Happy Thanks for the adress. Unfortunately I don't live close to The Hague, I live in Hoorn (yes, that's 3 hours by train every day) Very Happy
Thanks for the offer though Wink


Wow you DO have a commute! I'm going to ask Meredith if she can pass my home email on to you privately so that I don't have to post my name and email address publically on the boards... then maybe we can arrange a meeting? we have a guest room with it's own ensuite downstairs and I'm a hobby chef.. yes another passion, along with food photography LOL (see here to see more about me: http://www.recipezaar.com/member/102058) so you'd be most welcome to come for dinner after work, see my stash, talk stitching, meet the family (Hubby, 7 year old, 3 year old) and stay the night in The Hague.. save you a train trip.
We LOVE entertaining visitors ....and cooking.. well, like I need an excuse? LOL.
I'm just itching to meet someone who is as interested in a) stitching at all and b) especially large and DETAILED stitching as I am Smile

Happy stitching ! - kiwi
divinenanny
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5:45 am Mar 09, 2009

Well, after three months of stitching (8 weeks of true work) I finally finished my first page. It took me 128.5 hours for a little over 7300 stitches in 54 blends.

The following pages will go faster because I am more used to the confetti now and I have bigger stretches of color I can follow on the page. I am working on the upper left tree now, and it is looking great...



I also started using a Pako Needle Organizer to keep me from threading and threading and threading needles for one cross at a time. It saves me great time!



The only complaint so far is that the symbol @ looks too much like two circles in each other, and when they are sitting right next to each other on the chart it gets confusing... but I survived without any mistakes that I noticed... Very Happy
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