Sunday, November 30, 2008

Coming to Life - New project

As the titles says already, I started a new big project. It was very tempting to start or the Holland Landscape Mandala - which is fully kitted up - or preparing to start the Cuban Mansion Mandala. But I decided to own up to my promise and to stitch "Coming to Life". Michael likes this one heaps and so I will stitch it for him. Doing it on 18 ct Aida - which feels a bit weird. I prefer to stitch on linen or evenweave.

First time ever I used a pen for gridding. Most often I skip the gridding because it's not only heaps of work but also because I have troubles to remove the thread OR it annoys me doing that while stitching. But I saw some while ago a nifty way of gridding and got myself a water erasable fabric maker with a fine tip. And it works great. The slightest bit of water removes the color...and it doesn't come back. I tried it for 2 weeks - and even touching the lines with a damp cloth does the trick. Personally I wouldn't use this if I would stitch with any hand dyed fiber or on not color fast fabric...but for stitching on white with DMC it's ideal. When I stitch these "paintings" I don't stay in a 10x10 square (although I concentrate on one for finishing) but move out of it to finish off the thread in the needle - as far as possible. Gridding helps a lot here. And best thing is, it took me only couple of minutes to grid it. Just a ruler and off you go. I love it.

Coming To Life

The only thing that bothers me a bit is that I can't figure out who the artist is. I bought that chart on Ebay 18 months ago. It was a case of browsing, and accidentally coming across it, and falling in love. Auction was almost running out - so I bought it immediately. The chart itself is not of the quality I would have liked and it comes with surprisingly little information. I even needed to grid the chart itself - the original is just a huge bunch of numbers without any gridding lines. Very hard to work from.


Carolyn NC said...

Sounds very interesting - I've seen Holland Mandala being stitched. It is just stunning - so much prettier than the picture! Good luck with your new project.

Sadie said...

Great start already Gabi. Who makes the water soluble marker? I want to try a bigger project next year and have always been put off by the thought of gridding, although I know the benefits of doing it. This pen sounds like the perfect solution.

Nancy said...

Do you have the photo of the project so we can see what you are heading towards??? It's a great start. I have never gridded before, so I don't know if I would like it or not!

Anonymous said...

That looks like a huge project - good for you, I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

Quiltsmiles said...


I just love this cross stitch pattern. I'd love to buy it from you after you are done with it. I'm posting this on May10, 2009 and your is incredible. I keep checking your bklog often to see how it is coming along. LOVE IT!

seeford said...

When I google it, the title of the painting brings up the artist name of Bo Newell. Here's one listing for it.

From the bad quality of the chart, sounds like you have a home-made pirated version (I doubt the maker has an agreement with the copyright holder of the painting.)

Carolyn in VA

Quiltsmiles said...

I still love this pattern, would you be willing to recycle it? I'd gladly reimburse you.

I truly love it! Michael must love it to. Now what? Manhatten skyline, I'll be checking back to see what you are up too.
I also am celebrating my Bloggiversary, stop by and leave a comment for a chance to win.