Sunday, 29 September 2013

Poe Sampler update

Dearie me, it's been so long since I've updated!
I've not actually done any stitching this week so the progress photo I'm going to share is where I was up to last Sunday. I've completed all of the sky section now so you can see how my colour substitution has worked out ^^


It's not as subtle as in the original version but I'm still really pleased with how it's turned out ^^ I've also stitched the moon in silver metallic thread from Madeira. It's nice and sparkly but it's not very nice to work with...

As you can see, I have also begun to stitch the verse ¬___¬ I had stitched all of 'Once' and was having a wonderful time of it. I can't remember if I've ever stitched 'over-one' before but it was nice :) I started to stitch 'upon'... it was no longer nice. Yessss...epic miscounting. Unpicking over-one stitches is not a pleasant experience. I seriously expected to rip a massive hole in the fabric...it was very stressful T___T I still have to unpick the 'O' and then I can start again, counting very, very carefully. And then count again.

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In other stitchy news, my copy of the Just Cross Stitch DVD arrived this week :D I got my copy from Crafty Kitten (which I highly recommend as Dawn is just lovely). I have spent most of my spare time this week looking through the issues. There are quite a few thing's that I'd like to stitch ^^; I love the technical articles, although now I'm in a state of angst as to how I use my thread...I think I've been scared off using my beloved loop-start *lol* I have also discovered that I have a major obsession with Gail Bussi designs. Every time I saw a pretty design that made my go 'awwww'...it was Gail Bussi o___o

You can get digital subscriptions for JCS quite cheaply, which I'm considering as you also get access to back-issues, however I don't know if you can just 'view' the issues or if you can download them to your computer to read whenever...

And YouTube! Gaaah. I love to watch YouTube videos but if I want to comment on a video it wanted me to make a channel (which I didn't want) using my real name (which I certainly didn't want - one of the main reasons I don't have a facebook). I've finally found how to have a username after much searching and getting needless upset with it D: Sooo...if you have a crafty channel and MissLillyStitches comments...'tis I ^^

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I'd like to make a re-start on the Poe verse today but I'm quite into reading at the moment...and I have a deadline to finish my current book by...not enough time in the day ^^;




24 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful piece, your stitching is so neat. :) xx

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    1. Thank you :) I always think my stitching looks messy *lol*

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  2. Your stitching is perfect.

    Greetings, Manuela

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  3. I love the owl and you must be very patient to do this type of stitching.

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    1. The owl was pretty tricky - there are lots of fractionals and I always get myself in a muddle with them ^^;

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  4. Gorgeous stitching, your sky substitution looks amazing!!! The little owl is so cute :) And the moon is lovely and sparkly, sorry you had a hard time with the metallics - I've never used Madiera, so that's good to know. It's awful that you had counting troubles - I can't imagine trying to unpick on over one! Eek :) RE: JCS - I've been eyeing the collection too (and Gail Bussi does do lovely work!), but I really like the idea of buying individual back issues much better, if they would save/print. I haven't gotten into Youtube yet, but I have heard it's good for tutorials. Glad it worked out for you!

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    1. Thank you! I'm being extra, extra careful with my over one stitching so I don't have to go through that trauma again *lol*

      JCS - I think you can buy the current issues from 'Annie's' that you can download and save to your computer :)

      Youtube is very addictive :( Once I start...my day can easily disappear ^^; It is very good for tutorials. I'm 'trying' to learn crochet and it's so much better being able to watch someone do it than just reading a how-to and muddleing through myself.

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  5. Beautiful update & your substitution really worked well! I am really impressed :D
    Can't wait to see it finished, well done! x

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  6. Beautiful stitching, I hate unpicking one over one it is incredibly stressful. Oh oh I don't think I want to know what the problem with loop starts are because I too LOVE them. I hate that YouTube keeps trying to get people to use their real name and they make it harder and harder to figure out how to have just a user name :S

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    1. Haha with the loop start it was to do with how the twists on the threads will run in opposition so your stitches will never lie fully flat D: I think I'm still going to use it though...I don't want to take trying to get perfect stitches too far that it ends up taking all the fun out of stitching...

      YouTube is really annoying with the real name thing! I can remember when the internet first came out, one of the first rules was 'do not use/give your real name unless you know the person'! There are lots of dubious people on the internet :(

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  7. Your Poe Sampler is beautiful! I love the blues and think you did a wonderful job at substituting. They blend perfectly. I have picked out over-one stitching and I agree, it is not fun. I've been thinking about getting the JCS DVD too. I love the idea of just printing off what I need and it takes up so much less storage space. You Tube is awesome for stitching tutorials. I use it all of the time when I'm trying to figure out a new stitch.

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    1. Thank you ^^

      I really recommend getting the JCS DVD - it's just so handy (for the reasons you said) and it's so easy to quickly find patterns etc.

      YouTube is great for tutorials I agree! It's really been a help with trying to learn crochet ^^

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  8. Just discovered your fab blog - your stitching looks perfect xx

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    1. Aww thank you ^^ You're very kind :)

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  9. Just discovered your blog and signed up for a JCS subscription! Your stitching is beautiful.

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    1. Cool! I hope you see lots you want to stitch in the magazine ^^ Thank you for your kind comment :)

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  10. This is looking lovely, Miss Lilly but I don't envy you the one over one stitching.

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    1. Thanks ^^ I'm actually quite enjoying the over-one stitching now...I think it's because I have to concentrate so hard I have to switch off from everything else so it's quite relaxing ^^

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