Painting in Stitches
I just read an article in the Cross Stitching Crazy magazine. It is about people who like to stitch classic paintings such as The Last Supper, Kissing the Face of God, The Last Judgement, and A Starry Night to name just a few. Some of the designs have taken them as many as seven years to finish and they are beautiful! I am not sure I have that much patience but I do think that everything we create is like a painting in stitches. That's why I prefer counted cross stitch over stamped cross stitch. The finished project looks just like a painted picture! One of the stitchers that were interviewed said, "It's no harder than something simple - just more color changes. Don't worry what the back looks like. If you make a mistake, don't bother unless it's really glaring. Generally, even you won't know which stitch it was by the next day. Just relax and have fun." That's great advice. Stitching should be relaxing and fun!
Happy Stitching!
Jacquie
Posted by: ladyj117 on 10/12/17
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Sounds like Scarlet Quince. I love to go to their site and look through the gallery to see what people have done. I'm working on a pattern from them now. No one else in my family can relate to this being fun and relaxing....I'm all alone here!
Liz
by: lhogan57 on 10/12/17
Liz,
My family doesn't get it either! They think playing video games is relaxing which I don't get at all! They don't know how I do the stitching. They find it tedious I think but they do love my finished works of art (so to speak)!
Jacquie
by: ladyj117 on 10/12/17
I find it peaceful and relaxing (except when I make a mistake) and enjoy watching the picture unfold as the area is stitched. It is amazing to see the picture emerging especially when you stand back a little way and look at it and can see more clearly what you have stitched. I noticed this when I was stitching "Siberian Gold" which is two Siberian tigers in the snow and trees. And when I stood back I could see the snow and shadows on the tree branched more clearly where as when you looked at it close-up it did not look like anything and you wondered what you were stitching.
by: deirdre on 10/12/17
Deirdre,
That patter sounds beautiful. I will have to take a step back and look at my stuff from a little bit of a distance to really see the beauty I have created. Thanks for the tip.
Jacquie
by: ladyj117 on 10/12/17
I have no one who can understand how I can sit there hour after hour stitching. People tell me they don't have the patience for that, yet some people spend hours, days at a time trying to beat a level, playing the same scenario over and over until they beat it...that is boring and I imagine frustrating. When I am frustrated with my stitching, I either walk away for a little while or I work on another pattern for a bit until I find the patience for the frustrating one. And I have had patterns that I personally while stitching will say I hate the way this looks, my significant other tells me it looks awesome. I never believe it until it is done and hanging on the wall when I can do just that, step back and look at how amazing the shading is etc. Then I love it, always.
by: noah on 10/12/17
I know what you mean. I am working on Monet's Water Lilies V. I started this in late Feb. and only have about 2.5 pages done out of 15, but it is beginning to really take shape and look gorgeous. Of course I haven't really worked on it too much as I have been busy trying to get some Christmas gifts done. I am on my last one and should have it finished in about a week with all of the specialty stitches. Then I plan to concentrate more on the Monet. I do have a couple of smaller/simpler ones going as well when I get tired of all the floss changes, although I am approaching some "larger" sections of same floss color - maybe 20 stitches together! I believe all of these single stitch colors are what you all call confetti stitches? It does seem like confetti at times.
by: jmirz on 10/13/17
jmirz,
Would love to see your Water Lillies project in progress or when finished. It sounds beautiful!
Jacquie
by: ladyj117 on 10/13/17
lhogan,
I visited the Scarlet Quince site to view all the beautiful stitched artwork. There was one piece that won three ribbons at their county fair. It is just beautiful. Another Native American themed piece took the stitcher seven months to finish. The other story I found amazing was one about a 90-year-old woman, who after a stroke, which affected her right side (and she was right-handed) taught herself to write and stitch left handed. She also has macular degeneration and has only one good eye.She completed an amazing piece all done with her left hand and one good eye! So inspiring.
Jacquie
by: ladyj117 on 10/13/17
Jacquie,

I love that ribbon winner, but don't know if I'd like working in just those colors. When I see the ones that state only took few months I envy the time they have to stitch. Either have time or use the app that shows all the same symbol at one time and don't worry about what the back looks like, stretching from symbol to symbol without cutting. The elderly lady's story had me amazed also. I'm working on the pattern "apples in a tin pail" and it's taken a year of stitching to get 3/4 finished. I picked that pattern because it was one of the smaller sizes. It's been a real joy to do though.
Liz
by: lhogan57 on 10/13/17
jmirz,
I would also love to see your lilies V and I understand the excitement to get a small group of the same color! Those confetti stitches sure generate a beautiful piece.
Liz
by: lhogan57 on 10/13/17