Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Last couple of mins at work...

I finally get to sit down and chill in office today.

After rushing to zap a stack of documents, process signed cheques for mailing and courier documents to oversea office.

I had no idea how the day went past.

Had lunch at 3.50pm which I brought from the nearest food outlet from office and continued zapping documents.

Nothing much happening so far...

I update mostly on instagram these days with pictures of my cross stitch progress if anyone is interested on crafts.

Also, toying with the idea of opening an etsy shop to sell the excess supplies I have gotten.  If I sell on etsy, it would be quite expensive after including all the fees and etc.  Like a dmc skein would be minimum  S$1.20 (no profit) when shops in Singapore sells it cheapest at S$0.85....

Sigh... see how it is...

Btw, the comments in my blog are shown only after I approve them.  These days I have been getting alot of people posting random links to liposuction in India/Dubai.

No, not interested. Travelling to India/Middle East for liposuction has never crossed my mind. Not even a tiny bit.  There may be talented doctors there but I am sorry, I not interested in knowing them because those countries are never on my to go list.

Neither am I going to approve them to be shown on my blog.  Those comments are usually marked as spam and deleted.  I am responsible for what I post here and since there's no way I am going there for procedures, no way I am going to approve it.

GREAT!

6pm... OFF WORK!

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Its July????

June is over!!!!

Eh, ok... That's fast...

Life's pretty much the same for me.  Engrossed with cross-stitch still.

Ordered 100skeins of DMC from an eBay seller few weeks ago....
Works out to about S$0.73/skein.  Cheapest I could get it at.  Assuming its authentic DMC. So when the late courier (about 3 weeks) of the bobbins arrived, I used the winder to wind some onto it.
Then I realized a problem. No. 451 in my old stash, did not match the same as the new No. 451 I received.  No idea which is the real one.  I look at my old skein, the label looks slightly odd. It says "451." I have no idea what that "." at the back meant. Bought this at a cross-stitch shop, so it should be real right but this "." is somehow bugging me.
Anyway, 28 bobbins done.  Temporarily stored them in this box I got from daiso I think.

Just yesterday, I finally ordered more bobbins and a DMC floss storage box from this online UK craft shop. " Sew and So " On top of that, I also ordered another kit !!!!!!! Given that the pound weaken slightly after the "Brexit"... Total cost was £29.07 which was about S$54.00.
http://www.sewandso.co.uk/products/the-sakura-cross-stitch-kit__luc-b1114.aspx
Make this the 4th project....

This is a small one compared to the other 3 I am doing now.  Finished design size is just 18cm x 25.5cm (roughly about 7" x 10") but I think I will keep to 3 WIP.  Wait till I finished 1 first before starting on this.

There are a lot of other designs both on this sewandso website & haed website.  Just yesterday, 4th of July there was a sale going on because of the holiday in the US.  Was so tempted to get at least 6 other designs but I resisted because my hands are quite full at the moment.

I shall wait till Christmas season.  I am sure there will be a sale then and hopefully by then, I would at least finish "The Scream" and the above "Sakura Cross Stitch".

OH!

I ordered another frame from Ukraine on Ebay about the same time as DMC.  It is a standing lap frame!
http://www.ebay.com.sg/itm/191886134817?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&var=490933691548&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
Yeap.  I am crazy.

Anway, its the cheapest I have seen on Ebay and Etsy at USD$57.00.  Given that its "Made in Ukraine" and not "Made in China" where the quality is like crap and dirt cheap, I hope it comes as advertise.  Prior to ordering this, I was torn with the size selection but ultimately I chose the longest in length and the shortest in height for the frame. I rather have it longer in length then height because my projects are getting bigger and bigger.

This uses plastic clips to clip on the fabric which is bloody convenient and awesome.  Compared to the scroll rod frame I have at the moment where I had to sew on the fabric to the cloth part of the scroll.  When tighten, it actually pulls the fabric creating a bigger hole.  Not very nice if you ask me, even thou that part would ultimately be covered during framing.

Back to this seller, quite friendly and efficient.  He/She was quite prompt is posting it out like a day after payment (24/06/16) was made.  I just checked on Singpost, it arrived in Singapore on the 02/07/16.  I should receive it TODAY!!!!!.
Given that its from Ukraine... which is so far away in Europe, it is quite efficient ya?......

P.s This came hours later after I posted this post. So far, quality looks not bad.  Hopefully assembly at home will be fine as well.

Also, I have been doing Mona Lisa and The Scream recently.  Kind of struggled with the super huge project because of the metallic thread.  Was feeling quite stress on it.
It is not as easy to deal with as compared to the normal threads so I suggest for first timers to check out YouTube for instructions.  Be patient with it and not rush into it like I did.  This type of thread gets knotted really easy and I wasted quite an amount of it.
The blanked out areas are the ones with the metallic thread which I will leave it to the very end before coming back to it.  This was advise by one of the stitchers on Instagram since I am new to this kind of thread and I seemed rather stressed from it.  With the blanked areas, I am done with the 1st page which is about 4,945 / 495,000 stitches.

For the June month end update, I cannot combine all 3 into Instagram already so I re-download the pic collage app.
as of 30.06.16
I have since completed another page for The Scream.  I think come July end, the progress will be quite significant.  I hope to get back to the "Bibliodame" project soon thou.  I am still quite apprehensive of it.  Why oh why did I get the normal sized project for that?

LOL~

Friday, 3 June 2016

My First Heaven and Earth Design (HAED) - Bibliodame

Previous post I mentioned that I am so getting that Peach Blossom Design because of the Korean Hanbok but after browsing individual artist page and their designs, I changed my mind. Purchased the PDF chart and download it.  Apparently, its a 1 time download only.  Have to pay extra if you misplaced the chart or something so I immediately copied and stored in different locations just in case.
Project sizes comes in mini-size, regular-size and super-sized (which is super huge)

Colors used could be like normal assorted colors, color expansion (90 to 250 colors) or max colors (which is max 250)

Symbol sizes comes in regular format or large symbol format. (larger symbol meant that you will have more pages to complete as compare to regular format. To be honest, having larger symbol will be less straining on your eyes)

As to how you choose the project size is really up to your preference.  The larger the size, the more details it can capture.  Prices varies according to the sizes or the color used so do take note on this.

So...

Back to the fabric, I mentioned all their charts are based on 25ct fabric.  25ct means 25 stitches per inch and so the higher the count, meant the completed size will be smaller.  Which also means the higher the count, the holes on the fabric will be even smaller.

I think its crazy really. So I decided to get either the 16ct or 18ct fabric for this new project from HAED.  The completed size of this project will be larger than whats indicated on the cover page and since I chose the regular size and not the mini, I reckon it will take even longer to complete.
Wish I Were Stitching
Have ordered my first batch of threads from this local craft shop online (wishiwerestitching) today on 03/06/16. They are selling the DMC threads at S$0.85 per skein in quantities of 12 which is S$10.20 in total. Local delivery is free of charge, just for your information.
arrived on 07/06/16
How I know what color to buy first? I just look at the chart from page 1 all the way across to the end which is page 11, see the symbols present and compare to the floss chart.

I DON'T RECOMMEND BUYING ALL 88 COLORS & THEIR ESTIMATED QUANTITY IN ONE SHOT. (unless you are like mega rich and can just afford to get it all at once)

Now, I just need to get my fabric and I can start as soon as the threads arrive.  I probably will update the blog with compiled photos after its done which would be possibly in 2 years or so but my progress will be documented over at Instagram under the hash tag "haed첫번째도전"

p.s If you have a project in mind and you want to calculate how much fabric you might need, you could use the following link. Be sure to add at least 2 to 3 inches on all sides on top of the "stitched area" for framing purpose etc.

Cross-stitch Fabric Calculator

Updated 09/06/16:

Ok, 2years is just an estimate.  Because I chose the regular sized and in large symbol format, I have 121 pages of charts to refer.  Completed size is approximate 34 3/4" (W) 44" (H).  Let me show you how big roughly this will end up.

The above aida 18ct fabric was about 42" (W) 45" (H) cost me $65.44 at Spotlight.  The lady was patient in assisting me but unfortunately, the measurements did not fit for the height.  If you notice, there was barely any fabric left for height wise to account for framing.  Checked the refund policy online at Spotlight website which says cut fabrics are not refundable/exchangeable so I did not bother going down.  I thought it was a steal because fabrics were at 30% off during their sale period but the next day.....

The above aida 18ct fabric was about 42" (W) 54" (H) and it cost about $58.50 at Golden Dragon in Chinatown.  I bought the last of it already.  No idea if they will be restocking this but I suggest checking Golden Dragon out first because the fabric is cheaper than Spotlight.

I plan to kick start this project officially this coming weekend, so I have to start preparing for it.
I mapped out the size of the actual completed picture and account for approximate 3" allowance on all sides for framing purpose with an eraseable pen meant for fabric marking (fades off and disappears within 24hrs).  I decide to leave an extra inch on the height before cutting away the excess fabric.  I followed the holes on the fabric and cut it straight.

These excess fabric can be used for smaller projects in future.  Maybe bookmark? Possibility endless.  I kept it away in ziplock with the fabric from Spotlight which I will be using for other large projects in future.  If not, I can always cut it down to do smaller projects.
from cross stitch joy. received on 08/06/16
Oh~ my other parcel came.  These are metallic threads.  I have not worked with these before so no idea how it is but I like it looking all shiny. Well, I ordered this from another online local shop "Cross Stitch Joy" since the other one did not carry in this line of threads but I am quite disappointed that my DMC bobbins are missing from this package.

(apparently their email was in my junk folder which I did not realized days after registering.  the email informed me a day after they process my order that the bobbins were in the midst of restocking and hence their mail out the available ones first)

Anyway, all set to proceed with starting this weekend (11.06.16) ~ Woohoo!

p.s. Golden Dragon in Chinatown sells cosmos threads only at S$0.80/skein.  They no longer sell or bring in DMC threads and even thou they had a conversion table for DMC to Cosmos I do not recommend trusting it 100% because I brought my own stash of DMC down to test check but I find some or most of it is different by a shade somehow.  Similar, yet different.  Therefore, if you start with DMC then its best to end with DMC and not switch midway. Don't say I never warn you.

Other links you might be interested:
Wish I Was Stitching - SG shop
Pretty Little Things In A Box (Wish I Was Stitching's Blog)
Cross Stitch Joy - SG local shop (online only)
Heaven and Earth Designs