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Is it possible, she's STILL working on it?


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Alanna
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8:59 pm Jun 22, 2008

Hello, everyone. Well, yes it is possible; I am STILL working on my poor TW dragon. It's had every adversity put in it's way, moving countries twice, enduring two sweltering summers, being left bereft without a couch or even a chair upon which to be stitched. Truly, it is a neglected cross stitch! But not an unloved one. Despite the horrible sore back I get from stitching sitting upright in my bed, I am making steady progress on my little dragon.

I have now finished all the cross stitching and the half-stitching in the background. And now I'm working on the generous amount of metallics on the dragon's scales and pulling my hair out in fistfulls! This pattern actually came as part of a kit and while the floss has actually been of quite good quality, this blending filament is all shredded and twisted and kinked and it's driving me NUTS! It's of the Krienik variety with the synthetic fibre and shiny strip, so I've stripped away the fibre and that helps a lot with the bunching problem, but it still catches and breaks and snags. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! It's almost enough to make me want to throw the whole lot straight in the bin!

Anyway, despite all adversity, I'm actually making quite good progress on it. I spent all day Saturday on it (gee, my back is sore!) and covered a fair amount of ground, and, thank God, it's actually looking quite nice! It's my mantra as I stitch with metallics: "it's worth it, it's worth it, it's worth it" and then you hope to hell that it actually will be, but in this case I think it's true. He's looking very lovely with his new shiny scales and it really does add that touch of magic to a mythical creature. Still, I can't wait to get finished with those bloody metallics and move on to the.... bloody back stitching! Why are all the unfun parts of a project all waiting for you at the end? It doesn't seem fair! But at least with this one I get to end with a lovely decorative border and try some new speciality stitches. This one calls for couching stitch, which I've never tried before and have no idea how to do, so that should be a challenge. And then of course the final stage is beading, but I don't mind that so much.

So, there you go, there's my update. I will post a photo when I've finished the metallics, and another after the back stitching (that's another one where I have to repeat to myself "it's worth it, it's worth it", so a photo helps).

Watch this this space!
Julie T
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2:03 am Jun 23, 2008

Excellent perserverance! Yes, those metalics are the hugest pain in the you-know-what. I detest them. But it IS worth it. I stitched tons of fairies for my daughters over the years (on everything from clothes to quilts) and the metalics and shiney stuff makes all the difference. Keep at it, we are all with you in spirit! (And have been in some of these same situations, although I must add, yours did seem to be quite extreme.) Stitch and smile, stitch and smile.
fenny
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9:07 am Jun 23, 2008

Love the update Alanna.
See you sitting in bed and muttering over the metallic yarn, you're so right, it's not very nice to stitch with Sad
But it is worth it Exclamation in the end! BS is also something lots of us don't like to do, it's all part of stitching though and it will look really well,when it's done and you can be sooooo proud of what you have acomplished.
Happy Stitching
rifestitch
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10:43 am Jun 24, 2008

Well, I for one, can't wait to see pics!!! That is where I am with The Castle - the castle itself is done, so now I have all dragon to do, and I thought it would be a good idea to add metallics to the whole damn thing! Well, it will look amazing when I get done, but it's just keeping sane between now and then that's the problem!!! I'll cheer you on!! I'm planning on having The Castle done this fall, hopefully in 3-4 more rotations - how close are you to done??

You can see my progress here: http://tinyurl.com/6gtsyc go to the 2nd page and last couple of pics are where I currently am.

I strip out that fiber piece, too, and I keep the lengths pretty short - between 12 & 18". I do the DMC, then I go back over in a 1/2 stitch with the metallic - I hate to touch it all twice, but I found that I don't have as many problems with it as I do if I try to combine it with the DMC, and I can better control how/where it lays, so you can see it better Smile And as I finish a symbol, I do the metallic for that symbol, even if the same one is used for the next symbol - if I left it all for the end, I'd probably find myself crying half-way through...
Alanna
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10:08 pm Jun 24, 2008

Good pics, Rife (show off!) and good progress too. I know what you mean about stitching the floss first and then going over it with the metallics in a half stitch afterward, and I agree that it's easier to lay the metallics so they show better that way. That's what I would usually do too, but this time I said to myself that I simply couldn't be bothered doing it twice. And now I'm wondering if it isn't in fact more time-consuming to do it all in one go with the amount of tangles I'm having! This would be quite difficult for me to do this time though, as I've left all the stitches with metallics until the very end so all surrounding stitches are already complete and the colours are very very similar (if not the same) as for the non-metallic stitches, so it would be a nightmare going back over selected stitches later with just the metallics. Does that make any sense?

I have to admire you doing the metallics and back-stitching as you go so it's not all left at the end. I just don't have the discipline to do that to myself. I'm all about instant gratification and worry about the consequences later Wink Very Happy

As for how close I am to done, I hate to give myself (yet another) deadline on this piece, but with just the backstitching and border (and beading) to go, I'd be disappointed with myself if I hadn't got it finished by the end of July. Does that sound too optimistic? Rolling Eyes
rifestitch
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8:24 am Jun 25, 2008

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This would be quite difficult for me to do this time though, as I've left all the stitches with metallics until the very end so all surrounding stitches are already complete and the colours are very very similar (if not the same) as for the non-metallic stitches, so it would be a nightmare going back over selected stitches later with just the metallics. Does that make any sense?


Yep, makes perfect sense! Fortunately in The Castle, the 3 shades of blue I can usually tell apart okay - I have 2 different shades of blue BF for them. The green parts are a bit harder, but the darkest shade has one BF, while the other 3 shades all use another one, so I do have some room to fudge around a bit! And since I decided to do the entire dragon, so long as each stitch has something shiny in it somewhere, I am pretty sure I wouldn't even notice if I used the wrong BF, let alone if anyone else would. And that's my story, and I'm sticking to it!

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Originally posted by Alanna
I have to admire you doing the metallics and back-stitching as you go so it's not all left at the end. I just don't have the discipline to do that to myself. I'm all about instant gratification and worry about the consequences later Wink Very Happy


I left it all for the end on Fall Carousel Horse - lesson learned Smile The first one of hers I did that had those trees and bushes of hers, I learned that I can't figure it out months after I stitched it, but if I do the bs right after I stitched it, I can pretty much remember what goes where. Apparently, my semi-photographic memory is only good for a short time - and that time seems to be getting shorter & shorter Sad

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Originally posted by Alanna
As for how close I am to done, I hate to give myself (yet another) deadline on this piece, but with just the backstitching and border (and beading) to go, I'd be disappointed with myself if I hadn't got it finished by the end of July. Does that sound too optimistic? Rolling Eyes


Well, I'll be cheering you on - but surely you're not going to make me wait that long for a pic, are you??? PLEEEEEZZZZEEEEE!!!! Laughing If end of July is too optimistic, then say before your Spring arrives - that leaves you a bit of wiggle room - and who can't use wiggle room?? Good luck, at any rate!!!! And then, what are you working on after you get it done???? See, I already have English Garden Sampler all picked out to fill The Castle's spot... I like planning almost as much as stitching Wink
Alanna
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9:40 pm Jun 25, 2008

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Well, I'll be cheering you on - but surely you're not going to make me wait that long for a pic, are you??? PLEEEEEZZZZEEEEE!!!! Laughing If end of July is too optimistic, then say before your Spring arrives - that leaves you a bit of wiggle room - and who can't use wiggle room?? Good luck, at any rate!!!! And then, what are you working on after you get it done???? See, I already have English Garden Sampler all picked out to fill The Castle's spot... I like planning almost as much as stitching Wink


No, I won't make you wait that long for a pic, there'll be one coming up, just as soon as I finish the metallics. Well, spring arrives in September so that is plenty of wiggle room!
As for the next project in the line up, I've had a piece by Australian artist Frederick McCubbin, Down on His Luck(http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/australianimpressionism/education/images/national/EXHI003211P_600.jpg) waiting in the wings since before I started this one actually so that should really be next. And that's the one where I intend to have a crack at parking. I do however have some reservations about this piece now because the interpretation (by Fiona Jude) is not really as skilled as say a SQ piece (Meredith really has elevated my expectations somewhat!), and I think it will take a long time to do as well, whilst I'm really just dying to get started on my SQ Lady & Unicorn (and Neptune's Horses!). And this is not actually my favourite piece from this artist anyway, my favourite is of course his triptych The Pioneers (http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exilesandemigrants/images/ed_pioneers.jpg), which I have already suggested to Meredith. It's about time SQ got some Australian art in its repertoire! Wink Wink Wink

Probably what I'll end up doing is starting the McCubbin, playing around with parking until I'm happy with it, then jump into the L&U and keep the Aussie piece for light relief when I get red overload Wink And then of course, when I feel like blue, I'll pull out Neptune's Horses! Wink So much for the "one project at a time" philosophy!

Now, will that be satisfactory for Madam? Very Happy
Trudie
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10:25 pm Jun 25, 2008

]As for the next project in the line up, I've had a piece by Australian artist Frederick McCubbin, Down on His Luck(http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/australianimpressionism/education/images/national/EXHI003211P_600.jpg) waiting in the wings since before I started this one actually so that should really be next. And that's the one where I intend to have a crack at parking. I do however have some reservations about this piece now because the interpretation (by Fiona Jude) is



Allana I think you will be suprised at the Quality of Fiona'a work I did her Country Sampler as a fill in stitch and was pleasantly suprised. So do it and than do the big Mc Cubbin ! Now that will be one to watch in progress. Go Girl Go .

HAGD Stitching
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rifestitch
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11:11 am Jun 26, 2008

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Originally posted by Alanna

Probably what I'll end up doing is starting the McCubbin, playing around with parking until I'm happy with it, then jump into the L&U and keep the Aussie piece for light relief when I get red overload Wink And then of course, when I feel like blue, I'll pull out Neptune's Horses! Wink So much for the "one project at a time" philosophy!

Now, will that be satisfactory for Madam? Very Happy


Well, that's a pretty ambitious pile of considerations!!! Will be curious to see either McCubbin - but I agree, that Triptych is gorgeous! It should be charted - but as one, or 3??? Neat either way!

And just for the record, I have gotten 10x more stuff done with a mutliple WIP lifestyle than I ever did when I was a one-at-a-timer! And I haven't had a stitching slump for longer than 2 days since I started a timed rotation, too - though I know that definitely doesn't work for everybody! So, I suggest throwing caution to the wind - when you finish this dragon - and start a couple, and switch back and forth as needed!!!
sverzino
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1:00 pm Jun 26, 2008

I too have gotten more done when working on more than 1 project at a time, even though I'm not as disciplined with the rotation. Just switch whenever I need a break from 1 or the other. Stitching
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