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And in case FutureBaby was waiting for the nursery decoration to be complete, today we picked up the framed little dragon cross-stitches and put them on the walls.

Pictures behind the cut; not great ones because they were taken without flash (reflection off the glass) and then color-corrected, but they give the idea.

"Hello":

"Butterflies":

"Little Friends":

(I'm currently trying to finish this ten-year-old kit, slogging through 5-strand satin stitch for the big diamonds on sheer stubborn—not only do I hate multi-strand satin stitch, but I don't particularly like the design any more, either. But I'm trying to be virtuous and complete this before I start experimenting with evenweave.)

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Date: 2008-08-03 08:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rilina.livejournal.com
Those are so cute!

Date: 2008-08-03 08:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] glvalentine.livejournal.com
I have no idea how you have the patience for cross-stitch, but man, they look GOOD.

Date: 2008-08-03 10:40 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I am primarily a knitter, though I've done various types of embroidery off and on since I was six. Knitting is even better than needlepoint for mindless occupation of hands, unless you're doing lace or something with complex shaping. I nearly always have a sock in my purse for doctors' offices, standing in line, or whatever.

Evenweave isn't too difficult a transition to make -- you quickly learn to start seeing two fabric threads as one. The only hard part is skipping over a large unworked area, and you can weave a threaded needle in and out of the fabric to help you visually track two-thread groups. It looks much nicer, though, and it lets you get into really fun stuff like hardanger cutwork!

Date: 2008-08-04 04:48 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Yes, that's one of the brilliant things about knitting. Some patterns require counting and attention, but others are perfect for plopping down in front of DVD-series-of-your-choice, especially once you've got the repetition memorized.

Right now, I've got a lace shawl (not mindless!), a baby blanket and a relatively simple lace sock (memorized now and therefore TV-able), and a sweater that I specifically picked out to be stupid enough for frequent complicated-pregnancy hospitalizations, plus a needlepoint Desiderata Sampler I started in 1998. I am not very good at monocraftualism :) (http://www.123stitch.com/cgi-bin/itemdetail.pl?item=97-1470)

Date: 2008-10-08 01:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pixelfish.livejournal.com
That sounds like what goes through my brain as I paint. Must be something similar. :)

Date: 2008-08-03 08:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thistleingrey.livejournal.com
Very nice!

I have that kit, which I converted to evenweave, actually, though then I wandered off because a close friend's imminent baby needed a blanket. Someday, someday....

Date: 2008-08-03 08:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] castiron.livejournal.com
Very nice!

Date: 2008-08-03 11:15 pm (UTC)
keilexandra: Adorable panda with various Chinese overlays. (Default)
From: [personal profile] keilexandra
Aww, that's so cute!

Date: 2008-08-04 11:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ninjoo.livejournal.com
Oh, cute! gets me all in *squee* mode!

Date: 2008-08-04 08:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cliosfolly.livejournal.com
I'm remiss as usual in commenting half as much as I read, but these are lovely! I like how active and engaged the dragon is with the world around it, and the color combinations are especially appealing.

Date: 2008-08-06 12:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ginny-t.livejournal.com
They're delightful! ^_^

Date: 2008-08-07 03:59 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Kate, they look awesome!! What a great job. And every stitch made with love. . .
All the best, Kathie, ASG

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