Well I still want to get 16 projects done this year, but my next project is going to be on the larger side. Sadly I lost my dog last week, and it made me re-think my plans for the year as far as cross stitching goes. I, of course, always wanted to stitch a photo of my dog but never got around to it. Now I won’t put that off any longer, as I think the stitching of him will be very good for me. There are several other animals that have been in my life that have also passed on that I want to stitch. SO! This year will be the year to do all my animal projects! This first one I have started on is not of my dog- as I still need to convert a photo of him– But it is of the very first cat I ever owned, and who passed away some years ago. Her name was Evie. I had adopted her from a friend, and then later on gave her to another friend, (Evie’s all time favorite person and my roommate at the time) When i heard of her passing I knew I just had to stitch a project in remembrance.
Its about a 9 page pattern. I converted a photo of this special kitty several years ago, at the time she died, but never got around to stitching it! Here is the originl photo:
How cute is she?!!
And here is the pattern I converted it into: both in color and symbols:
And here is two day’s worth of work: ( just over 900 stitches!) you can mostly see the outline of the pattern’s page I am working from. Although I do make a few “hooks” that extend into the neighboring pattern pages, so I can fit them together neatly like puzzle pieces! With a large pattern like this its hard to see what you are looking at, and if I was off by one row or even one stitch, it can ruin the counting for the entire project.
And below: This is my highlighting method to help me keep track of where I am. on small patterns I don’t bother, but with big patterns I need that extra little help! I make a photo copy of every large pattern too- ( before I start in with coloring!) this way if I make a mistake or would like to stitch the project again I have a clean copy still.
That’s it for now- I will keep posting updates on this project, so stay tuned!
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