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19 August 2011 @ 02:01 pm
Whale Cross Stitch  
I’m posting this mostly because it is an epic piece of work for me. I have literally spent nearly a decade (with a lot of down time, I assure you!) working on this sporadically. I think I bought this cross stitch kit when I was in high school, and it has traveled with me to college and now to my job with me.

There was sixteen thread colors, most of them shades of blue. As a difference from previous things I’ve done, this was solid stitching with no utilization of the blue fabric. Finished, the stitching portion is 10” x 12”. The Aida cloth was 14 count, which means 14 squares/inch of fabric. Also newer to me was the “tweeding” of colors, meaning strands of one color and strands of another used together with one stitch. Also, there was the use of “filaments,” shiny strands. These were harder to work with, more prone to breaking and kinking.

I finished most of the stitching itself a couple of years ago, and was dismayed to find that the embroidery portion of the instructions, well, frankly, sucked. They were hard to decipher and figure out. I ended up doing my best guess work on most of this.

There’s also the fact that due to how it was bundled and how much younger I was when I started this, I think I mixed up two shades of blue that were close together. While this doesn’t seem to have affected it too much, it does make it a bit unique. I also ran out of one color, and since the thread wasn’t labeled in the easily acquired DMC, I had to find the next closest shade. I did a good job, I think, and I doubt that anyone would really notice that a portion of the sky is slightly different.

Onto the pictures, before I bore you any further!


The front:
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Detail shots:

The whale –
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The sky –
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The back:

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I’m planning on framing it and the dolphin one I did years ago, in same frames so someday I can put them on the wall together :D
 
 
 
Generally Mischiefangel_vixen on August 19th, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC)
That is a pretty, pretty shooting star at the top! Also, I like the houses tucked in the corner. :D
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on August 19th, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
I like the skies and reflection parts best, even if they were harder to do. :D It didn't come through well, but the orca had shiny black thread in it, too.
Goddess of Potholes and Puddlessmeddley on August 19th, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC)
Oooooh... ahhhhh....

[overly detailed explanation] On my phone, the screen only fits the text portion, so I scroll down without seeing the icon/name/community of the post. So I was reading this, thinking it was the cross_stitch community, and clicked on the link and it said "gelsey" in the url, and I was all "hey, I know her!" It's been a long week...[/overly long, rambly explanation]

Are you a member of cross_stitch? You should post it there! I bet they would really appreciate the back shot! I know I'm impressed as all get-out!
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on August 19th, 2011 10:14 pm (UTC)
I can see that! I'm just getting used to figuring out LJ on my new phone *bounces about the phone* I did not know there was a cross stitch community, but now I must go check it out.

The back isn't the best it could be--a snarl of the pearl thread caused that yellow mess in the middle that I didn't figure out until it was past fixing. Oh how annoyed I was with that.
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It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on August 19th, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
It wasn't steady work, but it was so labor-intensive at times that I had to take breaks. Year long breaks sometimes, depending on how crafty I was feeling.

But the story of it will always make it special to me!
Reetriskellion on August 19th, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, that is beautiful. Congrats.
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on August 19th, 2011 10:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It was definitely an endeavor!
Keladry Lupin: OMGosh (Doctor Who)keladry_lupin on August 19th, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC)
Golly Moses, that's gorgeous. I don't have the patience for something that complex, so I admire anyone who can finish a project that big!
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on August 19th, 2011 10:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It took me a long time as it was so labor-intensive at times, but it's the sort of thing I enjoy doing at times.
babsbybend: sunshinebabsbybend on August 19th, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
Beautiful job! How thrilled you must be to have finished it!
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on August 19th, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I am very thrilled to finally label it finished!
snapesbeatricesnapesbeatrice on August 19th, 2011 09:45 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I understand and appreciate how much effort and determination it took to tackle and finish such an ambitious project. It's a wonder you didn't go cross-eyed in the process! And the back is lovely, too, demonstrating how fine and skilled your work is.
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on August 19th, 2011 10:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I do take a certain amount of pride in keeping my back's neat. THere was a snarl that ruined this one a bit, but it's still not too bad. Took me years, on and off, but it is done!
luvscharlieluvscharlie on August 19th, 2011 10:56 pm (UTC)
That's really gorgeous and definitely should be framed. I swear that would have taken me a century to finish!
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on August 20th, 2011 03:18 am (UTC)
Well, it took working on and off for the better part of a decade, though I admit a lot of that was just it being put on a shelf. I have owned it that long, however.

Thanks!
MissBlane: Edward Dazzlemissblane on August 19th, 2011 11:57 pm (UTC)
Wow! Great job! That looks like a ton of work!
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on August 21st, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC)
It was, over the course of a long time :) Thanks so much!
Reg Flint, the Inveterate Snarker: Dark Ravenreg_flint on August 20th, 2011 02:27 am (UTC)
Epic is right. A staggering amount of work leading to much beauty. I love the shimmering quality of it.
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on August 21st, 2011 05:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you! The shiny threads used in part of it don't photograph well, but they are there :)
talesofsnape: Who - Oooh - Closetalesofsnape on August 20th, 2011 03:53 pm (UTC)
That's gorgeous.
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on August 22nd, 2011 06:10 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Jenniferjenw118 on August 21st, 2011 02:07 am (UTC)
That's beautiful! Great job. If my vision was better, I would so be into cross stitch, so I appreciate it lots.
Laudomialaudomia on August 29th, 2011 10:57 pm (UTC)
Nice job! I'm an embroiderer, so I know how much goes into one of these pieces. If the instructions are difficult to follow (most are miniature), get a scanner of photocopy blow-up. Then colorize the copy.