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Re: Arts and Crafts « Reply #30 on: July 30, 2010, 02:59 PM »
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Looks really cool but as compared to Amy still a novice with the cross-stitch I think I'll stick to it for a while Smile I had a bit of an off phase for a while with cross-stitch so now really need to work on bring my thread collection up to scratch Smile
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Re: Arts and Crafts « Reply #31 on: July 30, 2010, 03:07 PM »
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Looks really cool but as compared to Amy still a novice with the cross-stitch I think I'll stick to it for a while Smile I had a bit of an off phase for a while with cross-stitch so now really need to work on bring my thread collection up to scratch Smile

Don't be silly Hazel, its only copying a pattern .... Rolling Eyes lol
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Re: Arts and Crafts « Reply #32 on: July 30, 2010, 03:08 PM »
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Don't be silly Hazel, its only copying a pattern .... Rolling Eyes lol

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Re: Arts and Crafts « Reply #33 on: July 30, 2010, 03:10 PM »
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Okay the book is called Beautiful Bargello .... in case you are not familiar with Bargello it is pronounced Bah-jello.  This particular book is by Joyce Petschek and has 26 charted Bargello & Needlepoint Designs.

ISBN Number (Hardback) 1 85585 426 0
ISBN Number (Paperback) 1 85585 483 X

Even if you could manage to find a second hand edition, it would still be expensive.  You might check your library to see if you really want to get into it.

This type of embroidery is also called Florentine and Hungarian Point and emerged during the 14th Century.  As the finished item is extremely hardwearing it can be used for chair seats (dining room seats for example), footstools, cushions (which are beautiful if you back them with velvet in a corresponding shade) spectacle cases (little Christmas gifts) exquisite bell pulls etc ..

Looking at the book, the following is one of the lists of materials ..

CANVAS ::  Madeira 1282/70 antique 18 holes
NEEDLE ::  Tapestry Size 20
YARN ::  Madeira Cotton & Madeira Decora

The particular item I am looking at is also beaded with copper, lilac and silver glass beads ..... it is GORGEOUS ...

Madeira Threads (UK) Ltd is in Yorkshire - used to be at any rate.  Madeira thread can be VERY expensive .... I'd check out eBay before buying direct .....

Additionally, other threads used are DMC Perle, DMC Cotton, DMC Wool, DMC Matallic (this gives you some idea of the thickness of the threads .... much thicker than that which is used for Cross Stitch).

Hope this gives you a general idea ...
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Re: Arts and Crafts « Reply #34 on: July 30, 2010, 03:14 PM »
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Oooooooooh I see.  Well the thickness of threads can depend on how many strands you use per stitch.  Its usually only two for cross stitch so if they are wanting maybe thicker threads it could be 4 or 6 strands.  I'll definitely look into though Very Happy  Thanks Daisy hug
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Re: Arts and Crafts « Reply #35 on: July 30, 2010, 03:22 PM »
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You're welcome .....

Generally speaking, threads are used double on canvas of 13,14 and 15 holes.  If you prefer single threads, then use canvas of 18 holes.

Happy stitching ........  looking forward to seeing your first piece, if you decide this is for you ....
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Re: Arts and Crafts « Reply #36 on: July 30, 2010, 03:25 PM »
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I need to see how much the bits will cost and see if I can afford them.  They might have to wait a while.  My cross stitching is the only thing keeping me from going out spending money on 25 units worth of alcohol per weekend lol  Because I have the threads and I have the patterns.
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Re: Arts and Crafts « Reply #37 on: July 30, 2010, 03:26 PM »
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My cross stitching is the only thing keeping me from going out spending money on 25 units worth of alcohol per weekend lol  Because I have the threads and I have the patterns.

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Re: Arts and Crafts « Reply #38 on: July 30, 2010, 07:47 PM »
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Example of photos of people using my programme.  This is using five colours.  They are boring colours but thats because it picks the basic colours automatically.



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Re: Arts and Crafts « Reply #39 on: July 30, 2010, 07:48 PM »
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That's amazing that it comes out as well as that .... can you use as many colours as you like, or is there a limit ?
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Re: Arts and Crafts « Reply #40 on: July 30, 2010, 07:49 PM »
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I haven't done any "crafting" for quite a few months .... seems to go in spells for me.
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Re: Arts and Crafts « Reply #41 on: July 30, 2010, 07:53 PM »
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That's amazing that it comes out as well as that .... can you use as many colours as you like, or is there a limit ?

Maximum is 59 but I tend to go for 30-40 if the picture still looks ok.

Heres one I did four years ago (I stitched the date on the bottom corner like a loser doh ) and its in an A3 glass frame.  Which lives on my bedroom floor leaning against a cabinet for noone to see lol

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Re: Arts and Crafts « Reply #42 on: July 30, 2010, 07:57 PM »
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You are really talented Amy ..... that's a really nice piece ...  and I don't consider it the wrong thing to stitch in the date .... I usually disguise my initials and date somewhere in the actual piece .... makes it fun when people try and find the "signature" ....
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Re: Arts and Crafts « Reply #43 on: July 30, 2010, 08:01 PM »
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Thankyou, I think its good to put the date so you can see how you where and how you can progress.  I only started cross stitching when I was 18 and my first piece was for my nephew when he was born, it was a Me to You bear and murder to do!!! All grey and loads of tiny back stitch.  And I've seen it since and its a bit of a mess compared to what I can do now.  I've learned to stitch in the same direction throughout aswell coz it makes a big difference.
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Re: Arts and Crafts « Reply #44 on: July 30, 2010, 08:05 PM »
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Thankyou, I think its good to put the date so you can see how you where and how you can progress.  I only started cross stitching when I was 18 and my first piece was for my nephew when he was born, it was a Me to You bear and murder to do!!! All grey and loads of tiny back stitch.  And I've seen it since and its a bit of a mess compared to what I can do now.  I've learned to stitch in the same direction throughout aswell coz it makes a big difference.

Yes, you should definitely always stitch in the same direction .... it's interesting that you are doing such large pieces ... it quite often takes people a lot longer than 5 years or less to pluck up enough courage to even start a large piece.

I have a floor standing frame which I absolutely love (bought it in the States) and it can hold any piece of any size.  I also stitch with both hands - one in the back and the other in the front and get a lovely even tension with no distortion that way.
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