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Here’s the second iPhone case I made.
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!!! :) :) :)
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 :).
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.
Here’s the corrected neck and shoes!
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).
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:
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….
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cool details I like: my uncle’s widow’s peak and my other uncle’s pony tail :).
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.
2. The lettering: I like it overall except I think the o’s can be easily confused with a’s.
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.
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.
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!
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!
I stumbled upon the amazing Purlbee website and have to say I am in LOVE. Next time I’m in NY, I am definitely checking out their store!! Their Needlepoint iPhone cases were featured at the top of their blog and I really liked the look of them so I decided to try one out and gift it to my mom! http://www.purlbee.com/needlepoint-iphone-cases/
I chose the Yellow Scotch Stitch case because I thought it looked brighter and more like sunshine :). Here’s the link to the free pattern: http://www.purlbee.com/needlepoint-scotch-stitch/
In terms of cases I bought a couple of different cross stitch iPhone cases: one from ZuGadgets on Amazon and a Leese case from Etsy. I used the ZuGadgets version for this pattern which might have been the cause for some of the problems I was having.
Don’t be alarmed when you pick up the DMC embroidery floss. Colors #444 and #445 might not look as bright as the colors in the picture but it will look fine! Trust me (and check out my photos). I started off with different colors but wasn’t really feeling it-see below. When I removed these teal colors I noticed that forcing the floss through the holes had caused the color to stain the white case (you can also this in the first pic below)! Mehhhh.
Needle size: I could not use a size 26 needle because it was WAY too big for the case. I used size 28 and it still ended up getting warped out of shape.
# of Floss Threads: The pattern calls for all 6 but I found that INCREDIBLY difficult aka impossible so dropped down to 3.
Pattern Picture: I ended up printing out the picture of Purlbee’s completed case to follow as a guide since the little grid they give you at the end of the pattern is more of an example than it is what you should follow for the iPhone case.
I worked in the top color till I finished the case and then went on to the next color.
It’s a HUGE pain to work on the stitches at the ends of the case- but worth it.
The thread at the end of the needle would start to shred from all the friction so I made sure to stop and thread a new piece once that started happening. You can kinda see it in the picture below (bottom right).
I wish Purlbee would have included images of the back of the case- who doesn’t love to see what the stitching on the back looks like! Here’s mine!
Also it would be nice to see what the case looks like on an actual phone from farther away. I unfortunately could not include this as I finished the case in front of the post office and sent it off immediately. Getting to the post office seems to be a difficult task for me. :)
Purlbee’s case (brown background) vs my case (not brown background)