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

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Last day of May...

and last day of my birthday month...

nothing substantial happened except i fucked up my birthday dinner by having bad mood...

and also...

i would be able to donate my 26th pkt of blood last saturday if not for the fact i disclose that i went for a gastro & colonscopy last month.  according to the doctor, those procedures are considered minor surgery and had to wait for 3months.

major sigh~

previous time i was there, i was barred from donating because i went to batam which was a malaria zone.  now this... when am i ever going to donate my blood....? its ok la, i fully understand the rationale behind it... i don't want to jeopardize the life of the recipient of my blood...

currently in office waiting for exchange rates to be mailed to me before i could proceed with accounts closing...

every night and weekends I am engross in cross-stitching.  Mona Lisa & The Scream is coming along fine...
as of 30/04/16
as of 31.05.16
heard about 'Heaven and Earth Designs' from the fellow stitchers i have been following on instagram and was browsing through their website.  all their designs or rather most of their designs are done on say 25ct fabric and are very huge pojects.

my mona lisa is on a 18ct and i thought i am going blind from it, can't imagine the 25ct fabric... however i am very interested in one of the designs which when completed on 25ct would be 21" by 16 3/4" which is quite huge.  if i do it on a larger holed fabric which is 16ct (smaller than scream, larger than lisa by a count) it would be even larger.
i think it would be even better if the bird is either smaller or totally removed but because the lady was in korean hanbok, i am so getting this design. hahaha....

there were many other designs i love but i am resisting to get all of them.... not cheap leh, if i buy the kit and not the chart.... the above picture has 89 colors already... weird huh? doesn't even look like it... but because the sizing are large, there are more details to the picture making it more vibrant.... i guess that's what 'Heaven and Earth Designs' is specialized for...

if i'm not wrong, these designs seemed to be converted from a software because i was once told that if converted from software, you will have many colors required and how you know? you would have some colors required only less than 10 stitches for the whole design.  saw the floss chart for the above and indeed of the 89 colors, a lot require only a short amount of floss... i will have a lot of balance floss after this project....

then again, since i am a stitcher, maybe i can use the balance for other projects... oh my.. this makes me feel so excited... 

OK! RATES ARE IN... i'm going back to work... till next time...

Friday, 6 May 2016

Etsy Purchases (shop links included)

Recently, I have been buying stuff from Etsy.com which mainly is a marketplace for handmade, vintage and art & craft stuff.  So far, transactions have been quite a breeze just that shipping itself took quite a bit of time as I would say majority of the shops are located overseas.  Also, handmade items are made to order for some so that itself took some time as well.

If you don't mind the wait, you can actually check Etsy out.

My very first Etsy purchase was back in July 2013 when I wanted to surprise my bff who didn't expect anyone to actually buy this when she posted a link on facebook.
Lego brick clutch from Poland. Photo from agabag
Previously I did a post on the above clutch. Can read it here Although I ordered this in July, it came only in October due to delay in brick shipment + shipping etc.  It was still awesome cause the quality is really good.  They have other brick design bags so you can go check it out!

Shop Name: Agabag
Shop Location: Krakow, Poland
Cost: US$260 (back then in 2013)

Then my 2nd purchase from Etsy is just recently in Mar 2016.

Got to know the existence of needle minder when I happened to check out a fellow cross-stitch lover on Instagram.  So I looked it up on Etsy and came cross this particular shop located in Australia which from what I see is a shop specialized in handmade needle minders.


Ordered this on 20th March 2016 and it came only on 18th April 2016.  Came in bubble wrap and is in good condition.  I love it so much!


Basically using the properties of magnets, it helps to keep your needles in check.  No more lost needles when temporary away from cross-stitching.

Shop Name: Stitchinmad
Shop Location: Darwin, Australia
Cost: AUD12.40 (amount to be reduced (refunded to you) if shipping charges are below actual charges)

Next purchase was a couple of weeks later on 1st April when I was feeling moody at work after being given additional workload in office.  Like I said in a couple of post back, 'The Scream' resonated with me at that point of time and I bought it on impluse. LOL!


Bind it into a book so I don't have to deal with loose sheets
This came about 12days later on 12th April.  Came in good condition as well.  You can actually opt for larger symbols and/or colored symbols to ease looking at the charts (ended up with 25 pages). My kit also came with detailed care instructions, cloth, threads, 2 needles and 1 needle threader.  I have officially started on this project on the 19th April.


I have a couple of other designs I want to order from this shop but that will have to wait till I am either done with Mona Lisa or The Scream.  I will post a detailed WIP when I am done with this as well.

Shop Name: TheArtofCrossStitch
Shop Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Cost: USD51.98

Because of all the time I am devoting to this, I wanted it to be perfect.  Cross-stitching take up alot of time and so fabric care is very important.  Had been using the frame for mona lisa for quite sometime.  Problem with frames is that the cloth is left exposed to dust and what not. Cloth is also easily dirtied at both ends of the frame...


So I decided to get a grime guard.   Only know of its existence via Instagram at the same time as the needle minder.  This shop seems to be specialized in handmade grime guards for Q snaps, scroll rod frames and hoop guards.  It is tailored by hand and you can customized the size to suit your frames.


Ordered on 3rd April, and it came on 21st April.  In good condition with a matching needle minder.  The joining seams were pretty neat and there was nothing to pick about.


Shortly after my order, on 13th April, I ordered another grime guard for the new 7" hoop I bought for cross-stitch.  Seller was really nice to open up a slot for 7" because previously, the size available was 8" and up.

She also gave recommendations to the cloth width when I requested for her opinion because my fabric is quite large.  Usually the width is not large to avoid covering up the work surface but for my case, the width is slightly larger for me to tuck in the excess fabric.

The hoop guard came on 4th May.


I love the fabric so damn much! This was actually an alternative fabric I chose. The original one I wanted was out of stock.  Seller was prompt in contacting me about it.  Really friendly!


Obviously my fabric is way too HUGE to fit for the guard thou.  I will save this guard for my smaller projects in future instead.  Look at that matching needle minder that was included.  I suppose the needle minder pattern will follow the guard's fabric to match.  The tailoring was nicely and neatly done also.


Oh did I mention, the cloth has this unique fragrant.  No idea if its seller's home or the airplane that flew this over.  I liked it thou but it was only for a few days and the smell faded off.  So its not a big deal.  If might want to wash it before using, thou I feel its unnecessary.

Shop Name: StormbornBoutique
Shop Location: Nebraska, United States
Cost: USD20.50 (scroll rod) USD17.10 (hoop guard)

All in all, I am quite happy with the purchases from Etsy minus the waiting time for it to arrive.  Looking forward to more purchase in the future.  I actually have thoughts about opening my own shop on Etsy because things like needle minder I could not actually find a shop located in Singapore online on Etsy for this.

I don't know.  Maybe the handicraft market is not as flourishing as our western counterparts and hence, the market is not sustainable.  It is not difficult to find shops selling cross-stitch/knit stuff in Singapore but the variety may not be as abundant like overseas because the demand is not there.

Quite sad you know.  With low demand = low supply = expensive cost. Eg. 1 skein of dmc thread the cheapest I saw was S$0.90, Cosmo threads were S$0.80. No idea how much it cost in the US thou but imagine your project requires many colors, the bill will be quite a bit.

Oh well... will see how it goes...

and for the love of stitching....

taken from Google