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There are unicorns in the Gallery


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emmadragon
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3:15 am Oct 22, 2009

I generally find that lumpiness is related to how taut the fabric is, and whether it's linen or aida. On my anniversary picture, stitched on 55 count linen using a hoop, there is a little bit of lumpiness. On Bird of God, stitched on 14 count aida using the same hoop (yeah, I know, the count's bigger than recommended by Meredith, but it was what I had to hand) there is no lumpiness. I stitched the Collesseum on 36 count linen using a scroll frame and had no lumps on that. I always find I get much better tension on a scroll frame than I do using the hoop, but for some things I have to use a hoop because none of my frames are wide enough. Mad
(By the way, isn't lumpiness a great word?) Laughing
stitcherfe
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6:11 am Oct 22, 2009

But don't the lumps make it look more like a real oil painting? Wink If you look closely at an oil work, the surface is rough...how's that for rationalization!!!

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Julie T
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1:26 am Oct 23, 2009

I agree,"Lumpiness" -great word! Also, oh yes, let's all say that our lumpiness is intentional and we are doing it on purpose so that the stitched works more closely resemble the original paintings. See? THIS is why our forum is wondeful! Thanks, I feel so much better now.
divinenanny
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2:02 am Oct 26, 2009

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Originally posted by Julie T
Do we know what size fabric she is working on for her unicorn? Maybe a larger count would cause less lumps. I always try to go smaller when possible, but this gives me something to think about. I make a complete "x" when I stitch, have never done it the other way (stitch halves then come back and stitch the other half).



Sorry sorry sorry for my absence! True, there hadn't been progress since last July. Summer and SQ fatigue got in the way. I just had a bit too much confetti for a while Wink.

I am stitching mine on 18-count, 110 by 100 centimeters in size. I have it rolled up in a Q-snap, its size allows me to see the stitches of an entire page. I use size 26 golden needles (Permin).

As far as I know I have no real lumps, but I am scared that when it is framed (eventually, someday, in the far away future) that some of the more confetti rich sites will be a bit lumpy due to a large amount of loose threads.

And I love your progress! I am looking forward to the center of the piece, in comparison the top is a bit boring... Wink Are you doing the large or the smaller pattern?
Julie T
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2:20 am Oct 26, 2009

How funny that you answered tonight! I am nearing the end of my third page and will have to take a short break to do some hand quilting. But I was just thinking about how we can compare, yours from the corner and mine from the middle. There are two? Do you mean the large printed format? I think I just ordered the regular one this time. (Meredith can maybe answer this question. I never remember these types of things.)
divinenanny
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7:28 am Oct 26, 2009

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How funny that you answered tonight! I am nearing the end of my third page and will have to take a short break to do some hand quilting. But I was just thinking about how we can compare, yours from the corner and mine from the middle. There are two? Do you mean the large printed format? I think I just ordered the regular one this time. (Meredith can maybe answer this question. I never remember these types of things.)


Sometimes you need an SQ break Wink. I don't mean small or large print, but there are two versions of the piece. You have UNK014, which is 650x534 stitches, and there is UNK014-S, which is 550x451 stiches.
I have UNK014, the larger version (larger is more detail was my reasoning).
And I think we might "meet up" soon. My next page (Page 7 of my pattern) is the top of the tent with the little flag. I am afraid I won't start on the tent itself before next year is over Wink
Julie T
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1:19 am Oct 27, 2009

Okay, I have UNK014, same as yours correct? (I just went over and checked, to make sure.) I can't wait for us to "meet up" and then possibly overlap as well. It will be fun when our pictures are in the gallery and showing the progress, but from different directions. I have no idea how long this will take me to finish, but I don't imagine there will be very many breaks once this hand stitching is done, a wall hanging and two full sized quilts. I am getting through a page in about a month and a half, give or take. I don't even want to do the long range math on where that puts me in terms of years!
rifestitch
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2:14 pm Oct 27, 2009

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I am getting through a page in about a month and a half, give or take. I don't even want to do the long range math on where that puts me in terms of years!


Try doing the math if you work in rotation and are only working on the smallest one about 11 weeks a year Smile Shocked Crying or Very sad
Julie T
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1:10 am Oct 28, 2009

Eeek Karen no, I can't, I just can't face it. Those are the kind of numbers that make my head explode! (But in the long run, I'm sure you, eventually, finish more individual items than I do.)
divinenanny
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3:34 am Oct 28, 2009

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Originally posted by Julie T
Okay, I have UNK014, same as yours correct? (I just went over and checked, to make sure.) I can't wait for us to "meet up" and then possibly overlap as well. It will be fun when our pictures are in the gallery and showing the progress, but from different directions. I have no idea how long this will take me to finish, but I don't imagine there will be very many breaks once this hand stitching is done, a wall hanging and two full sized quilts. I am getting through a page in about a month and a half, give or take. I don't even want to do the long range math on where that puts me in terms of years!


How cool we are doing the same thing! Maybe this should be a Meredith service, a special check mark when you order, that you would like to be notified (or notify others) when there are others working on the same pattern! Wink
Earlier this year I was doing a page a month. Before summer I slacked of, but I am trying to pick it up again. I can only stitch for a couple of hours after work, and if we spend the weekend away at parents (in-law), then I can't take this one with me. I still have hope to finish Page 6 (the fourth page in the top row, the one with the bird on the left of the top of the tent) by the end of November, and thus reach the middle of the top row in December. Then I will have 3 weeks off, so I should get the fifth page+ done.
My original plan was to try a row of pages a year, but I can see now that (in my current work/real life situation) this was a bit optimistic. I quit trying to figure out when I will be done, it will just depress me.
I do enjoy thinking about that when I will eventually finish this, a lot will have happened in my life. The chronicle of A Mon Seul Desir!

Do you have a blog or place where you post pictures (Flickr, Facebook, Blogger, Multiply etc?)
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