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Alanna
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9:08 pm Aug 03, 2008

Just wanted to quickly say that there have been some absolutely beautiful new patterns added to the SQ repertoire recently, and that my "reasonable expectations" in terms of the amount of stitching I think I can do in my lifetime are being seriously compromised!

The Musashi went straight into my wishlist for hubby who has a bit of an obsession with the man. He feels however that he would like it stitched without the writing in the background, would that be feasible Meredith? I know it looks like the background in just black, but if I know SQ, it is actually a careful myriad of colours that give the overall effect of being black and in this case might not be so easy to replicate if one were to omit the writing.

And I'm absolutely enchanted by the Gentle Music of a Bygone Day, I have a musician friend who's a big big fan of Pre-Raphaelite art and I think that piece has got her name written all over it! (although I see that SQ now has it's own copyright watermark over the images- I suppose it had to happen some time. At least it's less intrusive than the GK one). I think I like it even more than the "Musical Angel", which was what I had intended for her previously.

And then I'm very intrigued by Souls Being Received into the Heavenly Paradise. It really is a striking piece. I'm intrigued that it looks like just black on white, and yet contains 22 colours! I wonder would it be possible to do it as blackwork, not stitching any of the white and using only black floss. Although, I'm sure it wouldn't look as good as what Meredith has designed, there's always a reason to what she does!

Anyway, I just thought I'd rave briefly. That's absolutely beautiful work, Meredith, I only wish they were each the size of a postage stamp so that I could do them all! (and then blow them up to full size of course!) Razz
sverzino
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10:21 am Aug 04, 2008

I also am amazed at how quickly new patterns are showing up. I have no idea how I'll ever get everything stitched. However, that reality hasn't stopped my ordering or adding items to my wish list. Laughing
Meredith
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12:10 pm Aug 04, 2008

Thanks so much for the compliments!
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Originally posted by Alanna

The Musashi went straight into my wishlist for hubby who has a bit of an obsession with the man. He feels however that he would like it stitched without the writing in the background, would that be feasible Meredith? I know it looks like the background in just black, but if I know SQ, it is actually a careful myriad of colours that give the overall effect of being black and in this case might not be so easy to replicate if one were to omit the writing.

The top is lighter than the bottom but there aren't that many colors used either place. The top is black-brown and the bottom is black and dark brown-black. Both areas are a blend of 2 or 3 dominant colors and it would be easy to leave out the writing. I would suggest copying the page, whiting out the yellow blobs of writing, and then "cloning" nearby sections. I must say that the blobby writing is not all that appealing compared to the writing in rectangles. Maybe I'll do a version without the writing.
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Originally posted by Alanna
(although I see that SQ now has it's own copyright watermark over the images- I suppose it had to happen some time. At least it's less intrusive than the GK one).

I have mixed feelings about the watermarks. The problem is that on some of these patterns, I have spent an unbelievable amount of time correcting colors in the picture (and that's before I ever start on the pattern). In at least one case that I know about, someone has taken one of the large pictures from the site and made a cross stitch pattern from it. While the resulting pattern is pretty low quality (and maybe they wouldn't care if a subtle SQ watermark came out in the stitched results!) I still hate to just give all that hard work away. I hope the watermark doesn't interfere with seeing what the stitched work is like -- is it really bothersome??
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Originally posted by Alanna
...Souls Being Received into the Heavenly Paradise. It really is a striking piece. I'm intrigued that it looks like just black on white, and yet contains 22 colours! I wonder would it be possible to do it as blackwork, not stitching any of the white and using only black floss.

These black and white pieces are really "grayscale". You know how handwriting looks on a fax? That's how these would come out if they were strictly black and white. The people and borders would not be really bad, but you would lose most of the sense of what the plants in the background are. The grays are what gives the impression of curves instead of just zigzags. I'll try to discuss this further in the blog and put in some pictures of what color reductions would look like.

Meredith
rifestitch
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Location: North of Atlanta
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8:51 am Aug 05, 2008

I have to agree - the new releases in the last couple of months have been wonderful!!! Not all my cup of tea, of course, but wow, such a diverse range of subjects!! They all look gorgeous!

As for the watermark, you have to do what you have to do, and I think yours is much better than, say, the Heaven & Earth Designs one, so if it helps protect all of your hard work, then go with it Smile

Keep up the wonderful work - I'll try to keep up with my stitching (I am working on Lady & unicorn this week)!!
Alanna
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Location: Brisbane, Australia
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9:57 pm Aug 12, 2008

No, I don't mind the watermarks so much, and above all I understand why they're there, so don't feel bad. I just can't believe that there are some people out there who would rather get the image off your website and make their own dodgy pattern than pay the very reasonable price you charge for your absolutely beautiful work. It's just beyond me. How did you find out about that anyway? And I agree that yours is less intrusive than HAED's. can you imagine stitching the whole thing though and then discovering that you had actually stitched a watermark into the picture??!! That would serve them right, I reckon!

It's all good from this end! Razz
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