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Here are all the pictures of The Unicorn in Captivity as stitched by Jude West, Lower Hutt, New Zealand. Click any picture for a closer look.
The Unicorn in Captivity UNK010 pattern info
Jude West, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
34-count linen over 2
April 20, 2013
April 20, 2013
April 20, 2013 “I have been working on this over the last 12 months in my spare time during the weekend. This is my first SQ pattern. As part of the project I wound in advance 138 bobbins separated into single strands, which took me about 6 months. I keep a third box in the middle for blended colours only. I set up a numbered cross referencing system to make it easier to locate symbols. I am enjoying the detail and the stitching results and look forward to completing the unicorn.”
April 8, 2014 “3/30 pages complete of the Unicorn in Captivity UNK010. Stitched on 32 count linen, antique white using 2 strands over 2 squares. I am loving the detail, colour and texture the pattern is producing, it looks like velvet, it's so beautiful and becomes more so as it grows.
My tips:
1. I use a floor lamp with magnifier from Daylight to help reduce eye strain
2. I focus on four squares at a time on the pattern for planning stitch order - this one is very detailed and this helps create key scaffolding stitches to work around, reducing mistakes
3. I wound all my bobbins in single strands in advance so I can focus on the enjoying the stitching
4. I have a separate box of bobbins for blended colours
5. I use 2 different coloured highlighters - purple for the squares I'm going to stitch - then colour them orange when completed
6. Plastic bobbins are better than cardboard for all the winding and rewinding
7. I sit on an office chair and big cushion to support my back
8. I use a scroll frame with large calico pieces at the top and bottom so I can wind down the linen and reach comfortably to the middle.”
December 4, 2015 “Completed 7 of 30 pages of stitching. (30 full pages and the remaining 12 pages are just a few rows). Love seeing the details develop as I stitch. Looking forward to completing the Unicorn!”
 


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