experiencinglifeforme said: Where did you get your cross stitch case? I freaking love the diy potential of it

Hi there! You can get them on Etsy or Amazon or PurlSoho!! :)

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Cross Stitch iPhone Case Part Deux

Here’s the second iPhone case I made.

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I decided not to include any words on this one and just let it be more subtle! I love the way her hair came out!!! :) :) :)

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Here’s a comparison of the two iPhone cases side by side. The black one is Leese and the red one is from ZuGadgets. The cross stitch designs are my own of course :).

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Cross Stitch iPhone Case

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After my mom’s needlepoint case, I had this crazy plan to buy a million Cross stitch iPhone cases and cross stitch something for all of my friends for Christmas. Cool idea…in theory. In practice, I would have had to think of this back in June to get everyone done along with all the other things I’m trying to do. So I settled on making 2, one for a friend and one for my boyfriend’s mom! 

The black case was the actual Leese case that I bought from a seller on Etsy. I used 2 or 3 strands- can’t remember at the moment but definitely no more than 3 because the holes aren’t that big! 

Here’s after I miscalculated the neck and had to redo the entire face and neck. Grr.

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Here’s the corrected neck and shoes!

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My friend wears glasses so I thought I’d give his little mini-him some funky green glasses but it ended up looking a little too nerdy/Green Lantern-y (which in retrospect isn’t bad).

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I decided not to cross stitch black eyes since the case is black. It’s a little difficult to see the dark brown hair but here’s the final product:

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He looks a little bit like a line backer but that’s ok. My favroite part has to be the shoes. I know it’s just a simple line but I love how cute they make him look. :) I also think the jean color is PERFECT. I should have probably written down what color that is….

Originally Posted By allaboutami

The Family Cross Stitch

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After getting the hang of designing and cross stitching my own pattern, I wanted to make something a little bit larger and more complex. With Christmas around the corner I decided to make something special for my Grandma-a cross stitch family portrait. She and my Grandpa had 6 children, 2 that have unfortunately passed as did Grandpa. This was my homage to when our family was whole. 

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I used a 14 count Aida cloth but stitched as if it was 7 count meaning instead of one full cross stitch being a 2x2 square it was 3x3. It took a little bit of time to get the hang of this especially when measuring and positioning the piece onto the cloth. But you get used to it and it gives you some extra design features in that you can make really nice half stitches. You can make half stitches with a regular 2x2 stitcg but I don’t think it reads as well and they can all come out different.

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This baby took FOREVER! I started back in October of 2012- October 12, 2012 to be exact. The women were mostly done by October 30th but then I didn’t pick up my stitching again till December. I stitched literally day and night from the 22 till Christmas day to finish! I almost ran out of skin color thread which would have been really bad but I got lucky. 

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I had planned on giving my grandma and one of my uncle glasses but I really didn’t like the way they looked. Not sure if it’s something about the size but I’m happy I kept them out. Here’s grandma with and without glasses. I think she looks more feminine without them.

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Cool details I like: my uncle’s widow’s peak and my other uncle’s pony tail :).

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Stuff I would change: 1. My grandpa’s sweater color is too close to the Aida cloth. It was hard picking a color for the aida because I wanted you to be able to see all the details of pattern like my grandma’s white hair. I generally prefer the dark oatmeal/muslin color though. 

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2. The lettering: I like it overall except I think the o’s can be easily confused with a’s.

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During the first half of my project (the women), I worked on each person till completion leaving the little details like earrings or glasses till last. During the second half (the men) I decided to proceed by thread color so that I wouldn’t have to constantly change thread. I like this method a little better because you don’t have a bunch of random thread colors lying about- you continue using the color till you’re done with it and then you can put it away. This method does require more counting though since you’re working with unfinished people. For example, once I finished my grandpa’s face I had to count a certain number of boxes to the right to get to my uncle’s face. Count well and as many times as you need-nothing like messing up the spacing and having to undo everything and start again. 

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Note: I decided to keep wide toothy grins for everyone instead of lips. I didn’t really find the right shade to match the skin color.

I used 3 threads. For the first part I used a 12 inch hoop. I bought a 14 inch quilting hoop but my piece of Aida cloth wasn’t big enough for it. During the second half- I forgot my hoop so free handed it. It came out fine.

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Here’s a picture of some of the back stitching. I forgot to take a picture of the back at the end of the project. oooops!

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When I finally gave it to my grandma, she said “Ooh it pretty” and everyone else who saw it really liked it. I’m pretty happy with how it came out. Can’t wait to see it framed!

Originally Posted By mooglyblog

mooglyblog:

Crochet projects don’t have to be solid blocks of color – there are lots of great ways to add color to a pattern! And switching colors in the middle of a row is one of the most common methods. This allows you to make everything from simple geometric patterns to complex pictures. Here’s the best way I know to switch colors in the middle of a row or round of crochet.
Click here for video tutorial


Awesome video for switching colors in crochet!

mooglyblog:

Crochet projects don’t have to be solid blocks of color – there are lots of great ways to add color to a pattern! And switching colors in the middle of a row is one of the most common methods. This allows you to make everything from simple geometric patterns to complex pictures. Here’s the best way I know to switch colors in the middle of a row or round of crochet.

Click here for video tutorial

Awesome video for switching colors in crochet!

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