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All Done with the Snow Leopard Cross-stitch

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Today I finished my Snow Leopard cross-stitch.  I placed the final stitch of blue on Thursday night, and today I finished the back-stitch outlining.  The cat looks a lot better with his whiskers!  They are almost as long as Whiskey Loopy’s. Below is an animated GIF showing the difference that the outlining makes.  Give it a few seconds to load. The finished Snow Leopard cross-stitch measures over 200 stitches by 180 stitches, which is 15″ by 12″ when stitched over two threads on 28 count linen.  Rich did a double-take when he saw the finished product.  He says this one is one of my best!  High praise indeed. :) I’m considering entering this in our company’s Arts in April contest.  Given that I bought the materials with last year’s prize money, it would seem appropriate. I think my next project will be one of my custom designs.  I use the PCStitch program to convert my images to cross-stitch patterns.  Sometimes it can be challenging to find images that lend themselves well to cross-stitch.  Often the color schemes just don’t work, or there is too much detail that gets lost in the conversion to stitches.  I think I might try one […]

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So Close I Can Almost Taste It!

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I’m almost done with my Snow Leopard cross-stitch.  I made major progress on it this weekend, when the cold windy weather kept me inside. This cross-stitch has been a wonderful distraction while I’ve had mono.  It’s kept my hands busy while I couldn’t get out and do my photography.  Now that I’m (finally!) starting to feel better, I’m anxious to finish it. I’m almost there…and as soon as I put in the last stitch, my throat isn’t allowed to hurt any more!!!

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An Update on the Snow Leopard Cross-stitch

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I’ve been making major progress on the Snow Leopard cross-stitch since the last time I posted a picture.  I’ve filled in the bottom left corner, and added a bunch of the snowy branch detail. This Snow Leopard cross-stitch design is a kit from the Dimensions Gold collection.  The kit came with Aida cloth, but I opted to stitch it on off-white linen instead.  I’ve been using a technique called “railroading“, which helps to make all the stitches lie flat.  At first it took a long time, but I’m getting faster with it.  I like how this design incorporates half stitch for the snow, with varying numbers of strands to add additional texture.  Some of the stitches are blended colors, too.  There’s a close-up below. Here’s another close-up.  This one is of the sweet nose that “helps” me each time I sit down to cross-stitch.  It’s attached to the kitten who loves to eat embroidery floss!  Thanks, Whiskey…