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New to SQ needs encouragement...please!


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emmadragon
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Joined: 07 Aug 2009
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Location: Huncote, Leicester, England
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10:20 am Aug 07, 2009

Hi everyone,
I've been reading the forums for a while and thought I'd better introduce myself...
My name is Emma, I live in the UK, and I've been cross stitching for about 23 years-ish.
My mother makes historical costume dolls for a living, her mother used to do crewel embroidery until arthritis made it too uncomfortable, and my other grandmother has always knitted, sewn toys and generally crafted. My grandfather has dabbled in pretty much every craft you can possibly think of (he tends to have a craft of the year...), and my father makes and paints models (started with aeroplanes, moved onto soldiers, film figures, and is presently on model ships).
As you can see, it's a pretty craft-y family.
I learnt to cross-stitch from my mother aged about 2, and dabbled with other sewing crafts (toy-making, knitting, crochet, quilting, patchwork, etc) until I settled on cross-stitch aged about 10. One of my GCSEs was in Textiles.
I have stitching stuff spread all over the house, fortunately my darling other half likes to see me stitching (he says it keeps me out of the biscuit tin (cookie jar)) and encourages me (he buys me anything I like for birthdays and Christmas - whoopee! Very Happy ) Unfortunately, sometimes he makes requests, too - one of the UFOs is the Last Judgement by Michelangelo. If it's ever finished, it'll be about 5 feet by 7 feet!
I also like to tackle smaller things - I have a friend who designs miniature cushions, rugs, etc - and the smallest count of canvas I have tried so far was 72 count (had to get the magnifier out for that one!).
So far, I have a set of chart bookshelves in the office, a great big side (end?) table/chest full of fabric and kits, a filing cabinet in the living room (lounge), a floor workstand with light, chart holder and magnifier that gets moved around the house with me for scroll work, a seat stand (you sit on it and it holds the frame) for smaller projects, and a nifty workbox that sits on the arm of the sofa and holds scissors, charts, threads, etc.
Anyway, I consider myself a pretty experienced stitcher. I have a huge - REALLY huge - stash of UFOs, my parent's house is pretty much exclusively decorated with my cross stitch (mostly Lavender & Lace), and I will tackle pretty much anything.
However, my latest project has me rather despondent and I could do with a bit of encouragement...
It's my mother's parent's 60th wedding anniversary in October this year, so I decided to get a photograph of them charted to stitch for them. Unfortunately, I then decided to stitch it in 1 strand over 2 on 55 count linen with a colour palette of 67 colours - can you see where this is going? I started it in February, and their anniversary is at the beginning of October...it's a 48 page chart. I've already decided to just stitch my grandparents themselves, and not the sofa and curtains of the room they were sitting in, but to date I have almost completed Grandad (who looks great, it's very photorealistic) and haven't even started Nanny yet - she's another 8 pages of chart! I've got to do a page a week! Shocked
The chart is also very like a SQ chart - lots of confetti stitches of different colours. I'm lucky if I get a page done in 2 weeks! Shocked Sorry, made myself panic there when I actually worked it out!
I guess I could do with an encouraging word or two...please help!
Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Stitching
Apologies for the length, I guess you might have another rifestitch on your hands!
BarBaraPrz
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Joined: 16 Apr 2004
Posts: 420
Location: Hamilton, Ontario
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12:20 pm Aug 07, 2009

Hi Emma and welcome.

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Originally posted by emmadragon

Apologies for the length, I guess you might have another rifestitch on your hands!


Oh, No! Not another one! Laughing
Lani
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Joined: 26 Aug 2008
Posts: 50
Location: The Woodlands, Texas
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9:50 am Aug 08, 2009

Hi. Emma!

Projects such as yours can be challenging, but they are so worth it! The middle of a project is a tough time, but just think of how much joy you will bring to your grandparents (and everyone else when they see your finished work). It sounds like you have a family who will really appreciate how much time and love went into your cross stitch. I just finished my first SQ, and let me tell you there were many times I thought about setting it aside, that it was too much work, etc. I am so glad I continued, though, because the results were unlike any other project I have finished. It sounds like you will have a beautiful piece, and I am sure your grandparents will be thrilled, and your love will come through with each and every stitch!

Also, I am sure that if you post a picture of your work in progress, you will receive plenty of "oohs" and "ahs" to get you through!

Keep posting whenever you need any encouragement.

Lani
Julie T
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Joined: 08 Jul 2007
Posts: 146
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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1:02 am Aug 09, 2009

Welcome welcome far away Emma! (I am in Oregon, so most everyone is long distance from me.) My youngest daughter's name is Emma, she just turned 20 in March. So I already like you more than I should. I also stitch miniatures, the smallest I have tried was sixty-something, your 72 beats mine. You do come from such a crafty family, they will truly appreciate all of your hard work. Even if you don't get it done in time (and I am sure that will NOT be the case), present it to them anyway. You have plenty of time though until October. Don't do anything else (like cleaning or cooking, silly stuff like that can wait) and you should be done with days to spare. Give your beloved spouse a hug from all of us, we do so appreciate those supportive husbands.
Alanna
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Location: Brisbane, Australia
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4:23 am Aug 09, 2009

Hi Emma! A big welcoe to SQ, it sounds like this a place you will truly fit in! Well, I know you're looking for some inspiration at the moment, so maybe you would like to know that you have just been an inspiration to me! Reading about all your crafty endeavours and the size and breadth and variety of your projects has put an admiring smile on my dial, I just love hearing about creative people out there creating away fervently! Well, it sounds to me Emma like you're just about up to any task one could throw your way, and this one included! What's even better is that you have a set deadline to work towards, I know it can seem a little bit ominous and stressful at this point, but believe me, there's nothing quite like an important deadline to motivate and get you over that line! I felt the same thing when I was stitching a birth chart for my friend's baby- she ending up being 1 month premature and I can tell you that towards the end I was up stitching nights and my fingers were fairly flying! But the amazing glowing reward was finishing 1 day before baby beautiful saw her first day! A fantastic feeling! And I imagine you will have a similar sort of reward when you hand over your beautiful finished cross stitch to your grateful, beaming (and impressed) grandparents.

Now that's something to work towards!

All the very best of luck Emma and (if you get time) keep us updated! We love to share other people's triumphs! Very Happy

Oh, and two Rifes? That's impossible- that girl is 100% truly unique! Laughing
emmadragon
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Joined: 07 Aug 2009
Posts: 45
Location: Huncote, Leicester, England
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3:09 am Aug 10, 2009

[quote="Lani"]

Also, I am sure that if you post a picture of your work in progress, you will receive plenty of "oohs" and "ahs" to get you through!

Thank you so much everyone for all your encouragement. I've had a chat with the darling other half, and we've agreed that if I haven't finished, the best thing is to concentrate on Nanny's face and present it to the Grandparents anyway, with the proviso that it's not finished, take it back and give it to them for Christmas, when it definitely will be finished.

Finished another page yesterday, though, so feeling reasonable about it. Very Happy

How do I post pictures? I'd love to show you how it's going. I'm sure there was something about how to post pictures in the forum ages ago, but I can't find that post now.

Love to all, Emma.
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sverzino
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Joined: 26 Oct 2006
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Location: St. Louis, MO
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10:33 am Aug 10, 2009

Definately present it to them if it's not finished.....it'll do your spirit good to see how impressed & appreciative they are. This is the best present I've heard of and filled with so much love! Good luck! Stitching
rifestitch
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Location: North of Atlanta
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1:53 pm Aug 10, 2009

Holy smokes, take a day or two off the forum, and look what happens! Laughing Hey, anyone who wants to take my place, be my guest - I have plenty of places to fill up with gibberish Shocked

Well, I have read that you have since finished another page. And I agree, if you can't quite finish it up, present it to them as is, they will understand when they see all of your gorgeous, one-of-a-kind work! I find that when I am pressuring myself to get stuff done by a date, it makes me so anxious that I really hate to work on it - you don't want that! Just try your very best to take one page at a time, you'll get there!!

I am not successful at posting pictures in a blog - HTML and I don't see eye to eye - see Alanna & others. But if you have any web blog or photo hosting that you can load it to, you can always post a link Smile
BarBaraPrz
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Location: Hamilton, Ontario
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1:57 pm Aug 10, 2009

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Originally posted by rifestitch
Holy smokes, take a day or two off the forum, and look what happens! Laughing Hey, anyone who wants to take my place, be my guest - I have plenty of places to fill up with gibberish Shocked




Wondered when you would pipe up...
rifestitch
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Location: North of Atlanta
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1:59 pm Aug 10, 2009

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Wondered when you would pipe up...


Busy soccering and getting the eggheads off to school today! And the boss is on his 4th-5th vacation... Sad
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