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WIP Update - Lady & Unicorn


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fenny
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7:18 am Oct 30, 2007

It's looking beautiful. Had a look into your albums. So many things, how do you manage that? There's only one word I can say WOW. But one question, you work on 22count ,that must be very difficult . I find it very hard on 18count to keep my stitches looking well.
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rifestitch
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8:21 am Oct 30, 2007

Yeah, the 22 is pretty tight, but in the end, it will give me a wonderful result. If I ever brave one of the other Unicorn tapestries, I will try on 20. And for whatever reason, this past week's progress was done without my magnifier - it was getting in my way one night, so I moved it, and went a whole lot faster and smoother.

I do so much over-1 on 28 and 32 that 18 and 16 is really big to me now, and my Triptych is over-2 on 28, so it's 14 - those Xs are huge!! And on designs where I'm using 2 threads, I have learned to railroad my stitches, so they lay side by side. I'm kinda lazy, so don't do it religiously, but suffice to say, I pay a lot more attention to the lay of the threads on this SQ than I have on others in the past - it makes a difference!

Thanks for looking Smile Stitching Stitching Stitching
fenny
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10:55 am Oct 30, 2007

You probably work on hardanger.,and that is a very nice fabric ,just like evenweave to work with. I do have a problem with aida ,prefer evenweave the 32count or 36count. It seems to me, that it's all about the kind of fabric you use. Do you think so too?
rifestitch
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12:56 pm Oct 30, 2007

You know, I really use it all. If I just happen across a piece of aida in a cool color, I'll pick it up; I'll try to not use it for anything with fractional stitches, though, with the right needle, that doesn't really stop me, either. But the evenweaves and linens allow me to do my over-1, which has become my preferred stitching. Over-2, my main concern is usually the finished size, since framing is ridiculously expensive.

In all the years I've been sticthing, really the only thing I don't like, besides a really cheap version of anything, is 25ct Dublin linen by Wichelt - too loose and sloppy for me. Everything else has a time and place, I think Smile 28 Cashel, 32 Belfast, and 36 Edinburgh, by Zweigart, are at the top of my favorites list, though I like them all, depending on the color.
fenny
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4:12 pm Oct 30, 2007

Thanks for the info. When I'm in holland will have a good look in the shops its easier buying there than on the net.For the linen as well for other evenweave like 100% cotton.
My framer retired, so I'll have to find someone else, Its not too expensive here though, but to find someone who knows the job, is another matter. Sad
Alanna
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8:21 am Nov 13, 2007

Yay, well done, Rife. Nice progress- it's always good to look at your pics. And now to make you jealous......: turn to my new post in Coffee Break Wink
rifestitch
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4:38 pm Dec 03, 2007

Another update, as I just finished the week's rotation on Lady & Unicorn. I am now officially at or past 10%, and Page 1 is finally complete, and I'm about 1200 stitches shy of finishing page 2, as well!!

If you'd like to see the updated pic, it is either in my Multiply:
http://rifestitch.multiply.com/photos/photo/2/28

or in my Webshots:
http://tinyurl.com/yqrn44

I managed about 1500 stitches this week, though in 7 hours yesterday (while housework did NOT get done), I only got about 300 stitches - confetti city, man! 1500 is a good week on this, so I'm definitely not going to complain!

What's everyone else working on???
Alanna
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4:09 am Dec 04, 2007

Looking verrrrrry nice- gee 1500 stitches is a lot to get done in a week! I'd have absolutely no idea how many stitches I do on average per sitting, I've never counted stitches. I think it would be interesting though to work out a SPM figure (stitches per minute) the way that secretaries have to have a good WPM typing rate. Maybe we should all time ourselves doing a row of contiguous stitches in one colour and see how many we get done in a minute... that could be fun, although for me it would hardly reflect the rate I actually sew at when I've got blends and confetti stitching and am constantly running the thread through the stitches at the back, not to mention changing needles, etc.

Anyway, I digress; good work, Rife, you're a shining example for the rest of us. I'm still stitching away at The Minstrel, I've finished the dragon and the tree and am now just finishing off the little man and the ground cover- lots of colour changes. Then it's into the swathes of back stitching, metallics, beads and specialty border! What fun! I just wish I was able to work on it during our 24 hour flight to Australia this weekend, but no such luck: no needles allowed!
rifestitch
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9:37 am Dec 04, 2007

Well, I know my Fire Flower that I am doing in assissi first is 120 stitches wide, and it takes me about 25 minutes to go over //// and then come back \\\\ in one full pass - of course, that's having to figure out the design in reverse, since my brain wants to do what my eye sees on the chart, and I have to make it think the opposite.

My little monogram letters that I do over-1 are, I think, 98 stitches wide? Less than 100, at any rate, and it takes me about 20 minutes to make one full pass, but as I use variegated thread for those, I make each X as I go. So, gee, is that fast, or slow? It works out to less than 5 a minute. HMMMMM....

When working on L&U, a good average is about 40 stitches an hour for me, which I know is very slow for some people. Some day, I'll try one of these huge designs that doesn't have a millefiori background, and see if I can't up my average Smile I know my TWs are a bit higher than that, but then she kills you with the fractionals (and my incessant need to add metallic threads Rolling Eyes ). And the Quaker I did this year, I started and finished in 3 weeks, over-1 - no idea if I was flying, or if it was just the nature of the design to be quick. I so rarely have a quick stitch....

Thanks for looking - looking at the last two pictures side by side is sometimes the only way I can see the progress!
fenny
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9:53 am Dec 04, 2007

Never timed my stitching, but it sounds pretty good what you're doing. I read once about another stitcher,and she wrote that she likes to do about 250 stitches a day.And I think that's a lot Question
You're picture looks great Exclamation Happy stitching.
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