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rifestitch
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11:34 am May 18, 2009

Thought I'd start a new, shorter thread Cool I am almost done with the top row of pages - and my 3rd anniversary is next month!!! Which roughly equates to me getting about 10000 stitches in on this each year. Considering the other huge projects I am also working on, I don't think that's too shabby Smile Still no idea how anyone could do one of these in under a year, but maybe if I was tracking all of the stitches I put in on all of my pieces, maybe I am doing 130K in a year or less????

My full update on Multiply & Blogger will link you to the photos themselves (click on the pictures in the update):
http://tinyurl.com/qtgacb - Multiply
http://tinyurl.com/o66ah9 - Blogger

I have the latest and greatest up on Webshots, too: http://tinyurl.com/2f2nv7

When I complete the top row, I'll send a pic to Meredith to update the gallery - my only picture is my first 5 hours, with only a couple of hundred stitches, 3 years ago! What a difference since then - and still such a long way to go!! But hey, I'll also finish a few Chatelaines and at least two more TWs in the time it takes me to finish this, so there's some sense of accomplishment Smile We won't discuss how many Chatelaines & TWs I'm likely to start in that time, too.....
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Ellen
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11:36 pm May 21, 2009

These shots are simply fabulous, Rife! I'm SO v. impressed. Your close ups are great. Am now shamed at not picking up a needle for a week - let's hope for a rainy weekend!

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Alanna
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5:44 pm May 24, 2009

Just found this post- it's looking exquisite Rife!! What a long way you've come! What a long way you have to go!!! Shocked Just so long as you're enjoying the ride, the longer the better! Very Happy
rifestitch
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8:16 am Jun 23, 2009

I have posted another update - I didn't finish the top row of pages yet, but I am all the way across for about 30 rows - finally! I am over the 26K stitch mark, and ought to be darn close to finishing the top row of pages next month. I will give you the links to my full week update - you can click on the pictures in the update, and they will take you to a zoomable one. I will also link to Webshots - the update has the date of 6-21 on them (detail & overall):
http://tinyurl.com/mmmwrt - Multiply update
http://tinyurl.com/km4hha - Blogger update (though the pics are linked back to Multiply)
http://tinyurl.com/2f2nv7 - Webshots L&U album

If only work, dogs, and kids didn't cut into my stitching so much... Notice I didn't say housework there Twisted Evil
Alanna
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10:25 pm Jun 23, 2009

That's fantastic plastic! How many cms does it measure across?

Housework? What? Twisted Evil
Julie T
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2:07 am Jun 24, 2009

Very nice! You are right, great progress. May I ask you a question? We have discussed this around here before, but I am just getting started on a Unicorn too (long story, I'll start a new post for it soon). Aren't you one of those stitchers (like me) who need extreme tension? Are you using Q-Snaps for this one? I have been putting my fabric on stretcher bars for years now, and can get it as taut as I need, without ever having to adjust (or touch it at all), but this pattern would make the size of the bars totally huge (36 by 30 inches), and unreasonable to maneuver around. It is very frustrating for me, not at all in my comfort zone. All that material is just "there" and I keep having to handle it and move so much of it around as I re-tighten constantly. (Was there a question even in there? Maybe I just want your opinion on this topic.) I am having to use 22 count because 25 is just too snug, I break needles. Your thoughts?
rifestitch
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7:41 am Jun 24, 2009

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Originally posted by Julie T
Aren't you one of those stitchers (like me) who need extreme tension? Are you using Q-Snaps for this one? I have been putting my fabric on stretcher bars for years now, and can get it as taut as I need, without ever having to adjust (or touch it at all), but this pattern would make the size of the bars totally huge (36 by 30 inches),


I made a set of scroll rods, using the sides from a store-bought set, and then 2 oak dowels (oak, so they should best resist warping over the years). Once I got the fabric mounted on there and the side bars on, I had DH trim the dowels down. The frame is probably almost 2 1/2' across, and my el-cheapo floor stand tips over when it's in there, unless I mange to position my magnifier in just the right spot to counter-balance it (no quick jumping up for me).

This is currently the only project I am still doing on a scroll, everything else is in Qs, though I do keep thinking about putting TW's English Garden on scrolls, too - but don't feel like taking the time to do it. As for L&U, I don't think I could do this in a QSnap - too heavy, for one, and I would never get it stable in my floor stand because of the weight. The tension on the sides is a bit looser than I like, because of all the tugging over the years, but I do adjust the front or back roll to try to compensate for it (need a set of those side clip things, but again - lazy); it's not horrible, I can easily work it, but I definitely can't bounce a small child off of it like I really like - and really, I'm not sure the fabric could handle the strain of what I prefer...

It helps that this particular one is one of the tall & skinny ones - it's 318 stitches wide (+ 3-4" on each side for my margin), and 410 stitches long. IF I completely lose my mind and get the other one I really want, http://www.scarletquince.com/pat.php?pat=UNK014-S , it's the other way - wider than longer. Not sure how I will approach that, if I ever do that one. I guess I could flip it and work it sideways, but seeing the picture come together that way would probably kill me Smile But working on a scroll that is over 3" - I would have to have a different floor stand (Or get DH to build one like Alanna's, like I've asked)(repeatedly), and likely either a free-standing chair, or a bigger couch (I currently only have a 2-seater and the recliner, which I cannot use, as it's too deep and slumpy, even with pillows).

Of course, since I still have about 9-10 years to go on this one, me doing another one in the series is not that likely. In the meantime, I have lots of time to figure out the logistics.

I couldn't even imagine trying to get 2 strands on 25ct - and I would never, ever, do the one-leg-one-color, other-leg-other-color way - I'd NEVER get anything done that way, and it would be work Sad 22 is as tight as I would ever go on something this big, and I do occasionally, when I'm rushing, still snap my little 28 petites. But I tell you what, after I finished TW's Medi Mini the other day, which is over-1 on 28ct, with backstitching, I do NOT ever want to backstitch over-1 again! I had to break out some old sharps to get the stupid bs done - and then, some of it entirely disappears Sad Sad Sad Overall, it came out cool, but man, what I would've done to have a piece of 25ct laying around when I was compelled to start that Smile Just that eensy bit of wiggle room would have saved my fingers a little bit, I think...
rifestitch
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7:45 am Jun 24, 2009

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Originally posted by Alanna
How many cms does it measure across?




No idea - but I can tell you it is a hair under 15" across Smile And I think I added a 3 1/2" margin on each side

Us silly Amuricans don't do metric - and I'm way too out of school to remember the conversion Smile
Julie T
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1:04 am Jun 25, 2009

Thanks so much Karen, I appreciate the info. But hell, that link for the pattern you included? Yep, that's the one I'm on. The third kid finally made up her mind, and this is what she selected. (Actually she wants me to do all six in the series, but she agreed to just start with one.) And it's a big one. Right now I have it on my quilting hoop, jammed into my floor stand. I don't know how long this will last, I'll let you know when my head explodes.
rifestitch
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7:40 am Jun 25, 2009

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Originally posted by Julie T
Thanks so much Karen, I appreciate the info. But hell, that link for the pattern you included? Yep, that's the one I'm on.


I kinda guessed that was the one you were tackling. When you get it figured out, be sure to let us know! Of course, I'll have to ask you again in 15-20 years... Shocked

It is going to be an amazing piece when it's done, though, huh??? I hope you are faster than I am - or have way less WIPs, anyway Smile
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