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Cross stitch progress 
27th-Aug-2007 09:24 am
Detail of 'Yuuwaku' by Audrey Kawasaki

I stopped cross stitching for quite a while because all I could ever find were patterns that were far too cutesy for my tastes.  Then I came across Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, who is doing one of the most gorgeous tarot decks I've ever seen.  And a lot of her designs have been turned into charts by Heaven and Earth Designs, and they had completed versions of the charts on their website, and they are BEAUTIFUL.

So I bought a couple and started working on the Cat Celtic Knot.  The pattern is 16 pages of letter-size paper, and I'm doing it on 28-ct linenweave--I had to buy a magnifier to see the holes in the fabric.  I haven't really worked on it this summer because there have been so many other things to do, but I'm going to have to get back into it once it's cold outside--otherwise it's going to take years to finish.  Literally.  I showed it to my friend E's mother and said that I had been thinking of giving it to my own mother as a present, and she interrupted me to say, "As much work as that's going to take, I wouldn't be giving it to ANYONE."

At any rate, I tried out the scanner function on the printer for the first time to capture the progress so far...

Here is her original artwork.

Here is my work so far.  As I said, the pattern is 16 pages, and you can kind of tell the boundaries of the first pattern page, in the upper left corner.  This isn't the greatest quality scan, but I didn't want to take the cloth out of the frame.

It's going to look great when it's done, but at this rate I'll be retired before finishing it.

27th-Aug-2007 10:43 pm (UTC)
Wow. The fact that you are even trying to attempt something so detailed is amazing. I cross-stitch too, but can never bring myself to do anything that complex, because I just know how it will end. (not at all). The biggest thing I ever did was a design featuring all of the signs of the zodiac. I started it like three years ago... one day I will actually finish it.
28th-Aug-2007 02:00 am (UTC)
Seriously...I think I'm insane...
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29th-Aug-2007 05:05 am (UTC)
If you look at it from about several feet away, that one corner already looks pretty neat. But..OMG I AM ONLY LIKE 1/16TH OF THE WAY THROUGH IT.

But yeah...one day, hopefully, it will be gorgeous...
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