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I made SteelyKid three dragons for her room, which were done a few days before she was born.

The Pip's two polar bears, by the same designer (Laila Ansbergs) . . . well, I took them to be framed today, and they'll be ready by his birthday too! Just, uh, his third birthday.

Anyway! They came out really cute, and he's very excited about them, so in some ways the delay is good. And this time I remembered to take pictures before I got them framed:

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[Image: three polar bear cubs peeking in and around an igloo]

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[Image: one polar bear cub looking up at a star]

For the stitchers, I did these on evenweave over two instead of Aida, and added quarter-stitches to smooth out curves and fill out backstitched areas.

Now that's done, and time to think about the next project! I think I am going to do this winter bookmark to see if stitching in the hand works for me—if I can get the tension right, it would be so much faster, though I still don't know if I'd like it for big projects, which are what's truly up next. (Also have to ponder colors for it. Thoughts, anyone?)

Date: 2014-10-12 08:09 pm (UTC)
ceb: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ceb
So cute!

Date: 2014-10-12 08:46 pm (UTC)
thistleingrey: (Default)
From: [personal profile] thistleingrey
These are lovely!

I find I like the support of child-sized appreciation; babies rarely become excited about craft projects just for them. ;)

ETA Do you usually use a hoop, a scroll frame, a stand, other? I've done small pieces stretched between my fingers, which wasn't much dirtier stain-wise than using a small hoop; the type of resulting tendon strain differs, IME (when one forgets to take adequate breaks, in my case, because this was before offspring interruption).
Edited Date: 2014-10-12 08:48 pm (UTC)

Date: 2014-10-13 04:23 am (UTC)
thistleingrey: (Default)
From: [personal profile] thistleingrey
That is timely! I hadn't heard of Q-Snaps, but they look useful especially in being wider than a hoop; my hand always cramps while trying to hold a hoop, somehow, which is a good chunk of why I've nearly stopped stitching. Thanks for the video link, too--what's displayed looks more comfortable than my splayed-apart setup, with cloth between index and middle fingers at top, and between thumb and the two other fingers at bottom.

Date: 2014-10-13 04:08 pm (UTC)
thistleingrey: (Default)
From: [personal profile] thistleingrey
That's a very kind offer, thanks, but I'd better not; I don't have an immediate specific use.

The non-urgent project that's been waiting is in a hoop mounted in a tambour frame, which can rest on a table if one has such a surface at the right height or on a lap if one has no neck issues. I've been pondering height/surface since we moved two years ago. :P If anyone finds this of interest: Lacis sold the one I have (find in page "tambour frame" here).

Date: 2014-10-12 08:53 pm (UTC)
batwrangler: Just for me. (Default)
From: [personal profile] batwrangler
Congratulations! I especially like the bear looking up at the star.

Date: 2014-10-12 11:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] yhlee
Adorable!

Date: 2014-10-13 03:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sartorias
Oh, those are darling!

Date: 2014-10-13 07:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] leighdb
AWWWWWWW

Date: 2014-10-13 09:26 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] oyceter
Awwwwww so cute!

Date: 2014-10-14 03:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] genarti
Adorable!

And I agree with [personal profile] thistleingrey -- there's something to be said for giving a present like this to a kid who's old enough to be excited about it. :)

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