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Trivets Second Post-Christmas Post

Happy Friday Everyone!

I hope you are all still enjoying the Christmas spirit, even if most of us are starting back to work.

I have more fun things to share! I made two trivets this year. I have made them before, but this time I used my own cute owl pattern. I had a lot of fun with these, and they make great gifts. Since Owls are the “in” thing lately, I think they were a hit.

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i used variegated floss, as well as some Sulky thread for the solid colors to create these. I made this green one, and a purple one ( I did not get photos of that, sadly.) These were done on 18 count white Aida. I bought the trivet kit at Wal-Mart,

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Posted by on December 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Easy paw print pattern

Hey Everyone!

Just a quick post, to share a neat little pattern I just made. It’s free for you to use and copy, share, ect.

I am still working on my many Christmas projects which again like last year I can not share on here until January! However If you can wait that long, I will have some fun photos to share.

The Paw print:

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You can used this pattern for decorating lots of things and by placing it off set with another one, you can make the effect of the path of a dog or cat. :) If you use this, please feel free to share your creations! I would love to see what you have done!

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Fall Projects

Hello everyone!

Fall is nearly here! ( less than 12 days!) I am gearing up for my Halloween celebrations, and my Fall garden work….and of course stitching!

I have been working on several projects at once ( when is that not the case, right? lol!) Anyway I wanted to share with you what I have been working on.

If you remember back a while ago, I began a project for my husband its the mascot of the school where he earned his PhD, NC State. So I took a photo of the mascot, which was on one of the things he had bought while in School. Then I did some editing of the photo, both before and after plotting it on my KG-Chart cross stitching program. When I was happy with it I printed it out and began stitching. (that was last year) I had to put this project down for a while to work on a commissioned piece, But I am now back at it! Here is a progress photo!

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Also, I have been working on two pieces which I designed myself.  The first one is my first try at making a sampler. This one I hope to put a Bible verse or a poem into the open space above the picture. This piece has a woods and Nature feel to it, including Cardinal and blue jay birds, a cabin scene, trees, and a handsome buck on the bottom. In the bottom open space, I left room for the date, and special event information, such as a wedding, or birth announcement. I plan to use a back-stitch alphabet that is 3 or 4 cross stitches high.

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Here is my progress on this piece:

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I have created another piece that I had lots of fun doing. My sister and my husband even gave me some input so I hope that others will be interested in this design. :) I was thinking of some of the Oriental and Celtic designs I have seen and admired, as I drew this.

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Here is my progress on this piece:

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If you wish to stitch any of these pieces, contact me at this address, linda.shockley@hotmail.com  I can send you the color list and the pattern, with sizes calculated for several different Aida fabrics. Some patterns also can come in several different color schemes. All this for $10 (US Dollars). If you wish for me to stitch one of my own designs for you, or create a pattern from a photo, or image, or stitch something else for you, contact me for a free estimate.

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Its been way to long!

Sorry everyone- I have been working on several projects but since they are surprises for family- I cannot post them yet! :)

I have however done two conversions of photos to charts recently. One of a wedding photo and one of a cat photo. I will post some results below, to give you an idea of what I can do. If any one is interested in having a pattern made from a photograph, or hiring me to stitch one, you can always contact me! linda.shockley@hotmail.com

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Posted by on August 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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New year- New projects!

Hello fellow Stitchers!

Well its always nice to start the new year with all my Christmas projects over, and a clean slate. However this year I did have something already in the works. A new tapestry commission!

I have permission to share with you the development of this project. Below is the art item I was asked to stitch. (Remember I am not making any claim to ownership of this image. If  any one knows who the original artist for this picture was Please comment so I can site them! )

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Once I received a deposit for supplies, I spent about a week converting this into a stitching pattern on my computer. I wanted to keep all the detail of this piece  but keep under 40,000 stitches- ( which would be about 15 inches wide by 15 inches high, on 14 count Aida cross stitch fabric. ( this is not a perfect square art item, but  you get the idea) After a little bit of tweaking I was able to plot the pattern below:

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This pattern is 191 stitches wide by 151 stitches high. There are 58 floss colors, and the total number of stitches came out to 28,847. So this project will be Roughly 13.5 inches wide and 10.5 inches high when finished.

I have promised to have this project finished in June. :) I am excited to see how it comes out! Below are the first photos of progress. These were all taken with in the last 2 weeks.

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Below: First six vertical rows half done.( which means  about only 75 of the total 151 stitches are stitched for each vertical row) – that’s about 450 stitches :) I made  a mistake and had to take out about 50 stitches after this first photo. lol

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Below: The first 11 vertical rows half done after fixing the mistake.

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Below: Here I was impatient to have the rock in the corner finished soon. :) After asking my husband if he could tell which corner it was, or that it was rocks, and getting a negative answer, I abandoned my neat little system of vertical rows.

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Below:  The Rock is coming along. I am using all the colors you see here on my lap stand frame.

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 Below: First two rocks almost finished!

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Below: And you can see the beginning of the third rock I am working on as I work my way down and connect to the stitches along the left side. And there is the edge of the pink  butterfly wing!

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Below: and here you can see i am returning a little bit to my vertical row idea, and neatning up the right hand side. ( when I finish, 40 vertical rows will be half done. )

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Posted by on January 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Flower and ribbon project

I made this for my grandmother. It started out as an experiment and turned into something quite nice. For the first time I used plastic Cross stitch board, with the holes placed to mimic 14 count Aida Cross stitch fabric. Because the plastic board was so firm, my stitches were small, neat and very tight. An interesting look, for sure, although a lot of the background color of the plastic showed through. Here are the photos!

In this first one you can see the holes in the plastic- not very pretty.I ended up cross stitching everything that would show in the picture frame.

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After finishing the motif I filled in the background with white satin thread cross stitching, and then framed that with white satin Ribbon on top of that ribbon frame, I put two strips of decorative ribbon to bring the purple of the piece out.

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Posted by on January 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Christmas present showcase…. continued

Tote number 4. This is a tulip/ flower tote.

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The lining for the inside was bright blue. :)

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Below, you can see I used green satin ribbon to hide my stitches for the lining.

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I am missing the final product picture, but the colorful ribbon wrapped all the way around the top of the tote, to finish it off. Below is a picture of the ribbon partly attached.

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Posted by on January 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Green Tote III

Hi everyone i just wanted to share the final leg of this project with you all. I completed the cross stitching of the kitten and then moved on to lining the inside of the bag. I chose some very shiny fun material for the lining, however it was a little tricky to work with, as it easily unraveled. here are some photos of the progress:

Finished Kitten motif:

Below You can see that once the kitten was finished I started the inside lining of the tote by turning it completely inside out and pinning the bottom piece on first. (you can also see Remington on watch at the window while I sew. He is a good patient dog, even if my sewing days must be so boring for him!)

You can see the white piece of fabric ( which actually came from an old sheet) that I used to help keep the wrinkles at bay while cross stitching the kitten. It also served to keep the green felt of the tote brighter, since I was using a dark color to line the inside.) I had to use a cereal box inside the bag to help me keep the tote’s shape while I stitched the lining on.

And then once the bottom was secure, I used one long piece in a “wrap around” style to line the rest of the tote. This meant that only one vertical seem would be visible inside the tote. Once I had the long piece sewed into it’s  “wrapping” shape ( like a pillow case with both ends open)  i over lapped this piece onto the bottom piece and then sewed it on to the lower piece, making sure the top of the tote and the top of the lining were even.

Once the wrap around piece was attached at the bottom  I then sewed it to the top edge of the tote, all around with small stitches. I used the same black Sulky thread for this that i used for the black coat on the kitten Motif.

The inside of the tote finished; Its really black, not purple. lol!

Once the inside lining was secure, It was time to turn the bag right side out again and work on covering up all the stitching that held the inside lining in place. Below is a picture of the black stitching lines along the top lip of the bag and about an inch up from the bottom of the bag. Much of the rest of the bag’s construction from now on  is about covering up stitching and making the tote look decorated.

As with the inside lining, on the outside I started with the bottom piece. I was careful to make sure my corners and my stitching was very neat, since this would be in a sense a visible lining.

Here you can see I was careful to do the corners tight and I used lots of pins! Again the cereal box came in handy to help me make this extra layer keep the right shape. I used one piece for this-  like wrapping up a Christmas present. once I had the pins in the corners I did some small “tack down” stitches just to take the place of the pins, so I was able to take both the pins and the cereal box away and begin the hard work of sewing with one hand inside the bag and one outside.

Besides covering up stitches, this piece would serve as a protectant against the surfaces on which this bag would be left on, as it was being used. Totes are just one of those bags that end up on the floor at your feet more then anywhere else! Once I had the bottom piece where I wanted it, I still needed to jazz it up a little to cover for the fact that the bottom piece did not seem to look like it belonged. So I used ribbon!

I found a nice satin pink Ribbon which nicely matched the pink of the kitten’s ears and nose. On top of that I glued a black satin ribbon with the words ” Got Fish?” and fishes on it. The words on the black ribbon were also pink and I thought it was very cute and went well with the our original Kitten motif. I decided to stay with the black thread for stitching as it offered a nice contrast on top of the pink ribbon.

Once the ribbon was secure, the bag was beginning to come into it’s own. The request for this tote included a name to be added to personalize it. I had decided that the name ought to be at the top center of the front of the tote already, and since that was also an area that needed a cover for the lining stitches, it was not hard to put the two together and come up with a nice strip of black along the top of the bag. This piece also helps to strengthen the handles which are only attached to the inside of the green front and back pieces of the tote. I decided to use some blanket binding for this strip of “cover up”, and I chose to cross stitch the name on to black Aida 14 Count Cross stitch cloth.

Then once the strip was finished, it was time to attach it! The last part to this project!

It took me 15 hours to complete all of the things mentioned in this blog entry. It took about that many hours before that to stitch the kitten alone, to compare.

Below is the finished Tote!

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Green Tote II

So I have made some progress on the Tote project that I wanted to quickly share with you all. I have as of today finished 2200 stitches  on this little kitten! ( who is not so little, as you can see in the last photo, next to my hand!)

Where I was this morning:

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And this is mid day. The arm is getting filled in.

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And this is the latest photo, taken about half an hour ago:

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I only have the rest of the back and the tail to finish and this kitten will be done. I will share in the next post how I line and strengthen the inside of this Green Felt Tote. :)  So stay tuned…..

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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