fiber arts!

Discussion in 'Make It So' started by jacktrash, Jun 3, 2015.

  1. roach

    roach hump rumpus professional

    @Kaylotta those pieces are gorgeous! wow!!
  2. EulersBidentity

    EulersBidentity e^i*[bi] + 1

    @Kaylotta that trees pattern is so stunning. If I had the time...(*slaps wrist* No!)

    Relatedly: an old lady in a haberdashery once told me that the correct way to cross-stitch is to use as many needles as you have colours, and stitch every complete row in turn. It keeps it neater, and probably stops the fabric pulling, but I've never had the patience to keep track of the needles (and my most recent patterns have used like 20-30 colours, so).

    I've only finished one (fake edit: two!) freehand embroidery project, which I've now lost :'( I got better at it during the project, but it is kind of frustrating to go from neat, regimented cross-stitch to the shambles that is baby's first satin stitch. I was proud of that project, though, so if I find a pic I'll post it.

    My recent cross-stitch projects I've posted in Craft Nerd Herd, but as an example of what can be done with the pic-to-pattern software:

    Fake edit: I just found this, which I'd forgotten I made. Speaking of baby's first satin stitch.
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2015
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  3. Starcrossedsky

    Starcrossedsky Burn and Refine

    Well, I can't freehand very well, but replicating pixel art is definitely the thing I do! Like, literally, my much neglected current project is an FFX pixel art.

    And yeah, you don't technically NEED cross stitch fabric but it sure helps in keeping things regular.
  4. Kaylotta

    Kaylotta Writer Trash

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  5. albedo

    albedo metasperg


    Working on this now, about a third of the way done. :D

    @roach Yeah, it's satisfying and peaceful to have everything even, to know that you've done it Perfectly, while freehand embroidery is always a matter of skill and practice. I like both but cross stitch is definitely easier, imo. And you can get super pretty kits, so it's just Following Directions, with no creativity or thought required, which is very soothing.
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  6. roach

    roach hump rumpus professional

    HOLY SHIT that scarf! are those cables??? wowwowww...
  7. roach

    roach hump rumpus professional

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  8. albedo

    albedo metasperg

    Yeah. :D First cabling and first colorwork project; I got lots of help with starting it, but it's actually not too hard!

    And oh, man, that's awesome! I think you'll probably want to start in the middle, so you can make sure everything's centered, but it's totally doable.
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  9. EulersBidentity

    EulersBidentity e^i*[bi] + 1

    Consider: we dare you.
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  10. albedo

    albedo metasperg

    Starting with easy stuff is BORING, anyway. XD

    Although if you did want something easy... CONSIDER.

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  11. spockandawe

    spockandawe soft and woolen and writhing with curiosity

    I don't think that would be too bad if you stitch out a rough grid of 10 x 10 blocks with plain regular thread before starting, and are careful to check your counts as you go! It's ambitious but that's what makes things fun :D Also, like they said, easy stuff is boring and we dare you (though that picture albedo posted is pretty awesome and I'm actually kind of tempted to throw that together).

    And aaah, people are sharing, let me see if I have any pictures of my stuff saved that I can post.
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  12. roach

    roach hump rumpus professional

    that's not a roach, that's a bombardier beetle. i should know, i've been shot by one.
    if you ever have to ask yourself 'why is that cute black bug doing an adorable handstand?', RUN.
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  13. EulersBidentity

    EulersBidentity e^i*[bi] + 1

    Yeah, making a grid is a good idea. Otherwise you go nuts counting and recounting. Source: my first and last sampler.
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  14. roach

    roach hump rumpus professional

  15. blue

    blue hightown funk you up

    ....oh, I didn't even realize it was a FANCY LETTER! Neat.

    Meanwhile in knittingland: I have three projects on needles and don't have the concentration to work on any of them until it's finished. :|
  16. albedo

    albedo metasperg


    Damn, the internet LIED to me.

  17. albedo

    albedo metasperg

    You could always do what we all do, and start another new thing. >>;; I say, while I have three projects on needles too.

    (Scarf, blanket, and mittens.)
  18. blue

    blue hightown funk you up

    I've got an armwarmer tube, a lap blanket in enormously bulky yarn, and the beginning of a pi shawl in fingering weight. :D
  19. albedo

    albedo metasperg

    Badass! That's super ambitious; this scarf is my second project, so I'm still figuring out what I'm doing. :D
  20. EulersBidentity

    EulersBidentity e^i*[bi] + 1

    With sets like that, you usually receive a pretty random mix of colours. It won't necessarily resemble as the pics. I'd say go for the cheap one and get any missing colours separately later.
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