Karasu's SAL. First up, Frozen !

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Karasu's SAL. First up, Frozen !

by x.karasu.x » Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:03 pm

I got my first kit through, it's beautiful and I'm so glad I got it.
So far I've only managed to beat the aida into submission and get it on the hoop (am I needing a better hoop ? Is there like a special one for this suff cus darn it was hard work), but here's pics of the kit. It's from Bluebell Threads, and already I'm looking at getting another from them.

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And apologies for just the links, I'll work out how to get pics to a decent size so I can put them in the post when I get to a laptop.

Wish me luck !
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Re: Karasu's SAL. First up, Frozen !

by richardandtracy » Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:11 pm

Good luck! I wish you all the best with it. Should be good.

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As for the hoop - I confess I cannot answer as I have only used a scroll frame. However there don't seem to be special ones for Aida cloth, so I'd be surprised if it's not normal.

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by x.karasu.x » Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:17 pm

Thank you !
I'll keep powe ring on with my hoop until I get a bigger project then, it should be fine for something this small since thankfully I don't have to move it much.
And thanks for the image help, I'll fix that up in a sec !
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by karen4bells » Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:39 pm

:applesauce: :applesauce: :applesauce: What a beautiful project!!! As for the aida---some of the aida that is provided in kits can be difficult to put on a hoop---my only suggestion is to try and fiddle with it a bit---sort of bend/fold the aida a bit before trying to put it in the hoop---that may soften it up enough to make it easier to get onto that hoop
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by Squirrel » Wed Jul 06, 2016 10:35 pm

What an interesting design you have chosen to stitch and it will be fun to watch it grow. Aida when it is stiff is a pain to manage and at times I have soaked it in warm water for about 5 min or so and then spread it out flat to dry which does make it a bit easier to handle. :D
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by rcperryls » Thu Jul 07, 2016 2:51 pm

That is going to be a lovely and fun piece to stitch. I don't stitch with Aida much anymore, but remember that while hard to get in the hoop at first, with time it softened up and was very easy to stitch on.

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by lavenderbee » Thu Jul 07, 2016 4:34 pm

That's a lovely kit & look forward to seeing it on here as you work it. No I have trouble getting the material Aida into hoops too. Tried doing an alternative way I have seen suggested but no good either, just perseverance I'm afraid unless anyone else has any tips.

The Overlook Café one has come out of the hoop several times when I'm stitching, not had that problem before but think it is because sometimes it is hard to get the needle through as I have different numbers of threads - sometimes having 3 or 4 strands & it is hard not to put pressure on the hoop when placing stitches. That's my reasoning al tho I could be wrong but I've not had this problem before & neither have I done a x-stitch with as many variations in it as the Overlook Café one. Usual amount for me has been 2 threads at a time.

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by x.karasu.x » Thu Jul 07, 2016 8:00 pm

I'm so glad it's not just me ! It has been getting looser as I've been working on it, mostly the corner I keep hitting with my wrist though.
So far I've put about 6 hours into it....I marked every 10 stitches so I could see where I'm going as I know I'm out of practise. The red ones are the centre marks and I've only fully done the sections for page one. I just really wanted to get started.

So here it is, 6 hours in.

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I'm getting a bit quicker as I go on with it, and I'm glad my stitches are neat xD
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by karen4bells » Thu Jul 07, 2016 8:18 pm

:applesauce: :applesauce: :applesauce: Looking good!!
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by sina28 » Fri Jul 08, 2016 5:57 am

What a nice project, and your stitching indeed looks very neat! I am looking forward to more progress on this.
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by x.karasu.x » Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:46 am

Hit the 13 hour mark....

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Pretty pleased with my work since it's been around 21 years since Nan taught me. Though I'm not sure how well my thread consumption is going. Might have to get more towards the end of this but I guess that's a long way off yet xD
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by rcperryls » Sat Jul 09, 2016 3:00 pm

:applesauce: :applesauce: I think you are making great progress. Your Nan must have been a great teacher!

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by x.karasu.x » Sat Jul 09, 2016 4:42 pm

Thank you !
She was such a great teacher, I learned how to knit, cross stitch and sew from her. Every weekend we'd work on something together. She's the reason I ended up doing textiles at school and can now make my own clothes. I even picked up her "sewing in the kitchen at 3am" habit lol.

So here's the 22.5 hour mark :

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Blending colours is a bit tricker than vastly different ones.
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by Lulu22 » Sat Jul 09, 2016 5:16 pm

Lovely project and you are making great progress, I'm looking forward to updates :applesauce:
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by mysterystitcher » Tue Jul 12, 2016 8:18 pm

It's beautiful.
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by rcperryls » Wed Jul 13, 2016 12:42 pm

:applesauce: :applesauce: Lovely progress! I love the soft colors!

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by richardandtracy » Wed Jul 13, 2016 12:52 pm

You're doing a mighty fine job there. The shading is excellent and you are fast.

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by dawn0621 » Wed Jul 13, 2016 7:12 pm

The Italian Vista project I'm stitching came with aida. I use qnaps and don't have much trouble getting the stiff fabric into it. Might want to try that.
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by x.karasu.x » Wed Jul 13, 2016 10:29 pm

I have officially lost count of the hours lol.
It's looking....odd. For some reason Anna's face is done in terracotta and her hair is now mauve.
I'm not sure how well this will turn out, the colour choices are bizarre and it doesn't look like the "finished" image on the pack front.

I may well go back when this is done and try make my own chart for it as the picture itself is really nice. Still, at least I know I can do this, and it's been good practice.

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by richardandtracy » Thu Jul 14, 2016 9:08 am

You are right, it's looking a bit odd.
It may come together in the end, as pictures can look very different in the intermediate stage, but I agree the face isn't really what you'd expect at this stage.
My suggestion is keep with it for the moment & see if it comes right. If it doesn't, possibly re-chart it yourself.

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