Cross-stitch complete on Cranky the Turtle

May 26, 2010 - I finished the cross-stitch portion of my current project, nicknamed Cranky the Turtle.  (When I took his picture, he kept turning his back on me – very cranky indeed!) I worked on this really intensely from January through March, then finished it up in the past two weeks or so.  Now all I have left […]

Four corners!

March 21, 2010 - I’ve reached another milestone mark in my Cranky the Turtle cross-stitch.  I finished the third fin and the fourth corner. Now I just have to fill in the middle!

Three corners finished

March 9, 2010 - Another big milestone in Cranky the Turtle – the bottom left corner is conquered! It’s fun to see the turtle as I fill in his tummy, too. Rich is excited that Fin #3 is coming so quickly after Fin #2.

Halfway there

February 21, 2010 - I’m officially half done and the background really makes the turtle pop! It’s going to look even better after I backstitch the turtle outline (especially around the mouth).

More Water

February 8, 2010 - More progress on the water…the blue and gray colors are growing on me. The shading in the background is intricate enough to keep it interesting.

Right edge reached

January 21, 2010 - The turtle’s top fin is complete and so is the water around it (which is good, because turtles don’t like their skin to dry out!) Rich is concerned that the turtle only has one fin and can therefore only swim in circles…which Rich proceeds to imitate in hilarious fashion. More fins, coming up!

He has a head

January 10, 2010 - I started stitching at the center, which works out to be the turtle’s fin-pit. At first I thought the design had no potential at all, but as I worked my way over to the eye, the detail in the neck and face started to look better. So I guess you can tell it’s a turtle […]

Introducing Cranky the Turtle

December 20, 2009 - I began a new cross-stitch project today.  I took one of my turtle pictures, ran it through my PC Stitch cross-stitch pattern making program, and generated a design.  This one is 300×200 stitches and one of the biggest projects I’ve ever done. Here is the original picture: This is the preview that my cross-stitch program […]