Size Does Matter

I know it’s been a while since I posted.  This last semester was a bear.  I have been stitching here and there on my new piece.  I bought all the materials, did my grid lines and started stitching.  Now I’ve learned some important lessons.

1. Grid lines don’t really help, they just get in the way.  AND they were a huge pain in the butt to put in so probably not going to do that again.

2. Stitching 25 ct. linen over one is insane.  I have 20/20 vision and I need reading glasses to see my stitches.  Now I was just following the recommended stitching instructions provided, and I didn’t really think much about it until I got the materials at home and started stitching.  Each stitch is so small.

I mentioned in my last post that I’m stitching from ‘internet pages’.  So I thought I’d include a picture of what exactly that entailed.

cross stitch pattern highlighting

Here’s a picture of one page.  You can see I use a highlighter to mark the stitches I’ve completed. Without marking the pages somehow, there is absolutely no way I would be able to figure out where the heck I left off.  As it is, I get confused sometimes and can’t figure out where I was.

cross stitch pattern closeup

Here’s a closeup of the corner of that page.  These type of symbols are pretty standard as far as designs that you can purchase online.  I got this design from Heaven and Earth Designs and they have an option to purchase a colored grid.  I think if I did anything larger than this project, a colored grid would be a must.

dragon soul cross stitch pattern

Here’s the whole design.  When stitching an art-type cross stitch like this one, what amounts to 2 1/2 pages is pretty small.  The other one that I haven’t started yet (Midsummer Night) is 14 pages.  Yikes!

Ok, now for the actual stitching.  I have to say that despite how very very small the stitches are.  When you take off the reading glasses and look at it like a normal person will see it when it’s finished, the detail is incredible.

cross stitch 25 count tiny stitches close up

Here’s a super-special close up. This is pretty much what it looks like with my reading glasses on.  It might look a tiny bit bigger with the glasses on.  This gives you a good idea of the coverage that I’m getting.  I’m stitching 2 strands over one — except for one color.  It’s iridescent and has some filament braided into it and I can only stitch one strand of that, and that’s almost too much for the tiny stitches.

partially complete dragon soul cross stitch

Here’s a little further out.  You can see the individual stitches look pretty small.  This is what it would look like if you were holding it in your hands at normal stitching distance.  As you can see, finding all four corners of one stitch is quite a challenge!

partially complete dragon soul cross stitch

Here’s a picture with a little bit of distance.  You can barely see the individual stitches, it’s incredible.  I feel like I’m stitching in HD.

Well that’s it for now!  It’s summer now, so hopefully I’ll have a greater opportunity to stitch while catching up on Dr. Who and other television.

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