Monday, July 20, 2020

Progress on Big Red Ship of Life

Cross Stitch Closeup

Cross stitching has been my main crafty focus for a few years now.  Although I used to cross stitch when I was young, I picked it up again after finding all sorts of intresting and modern patterns on Etsy!  I started working on a few fan art projects and then moved on to some more intricate designs.  I found a wonderful cross stitch community on social media which also helped with the obsession!  Currently I have 31 works in progress (WIPs) that I am working on.  

One of my most favorite projects is Big Red Ship of Life.  This beautiful pattern was designed by Ink Circles.  Here is a cover photo of the finished piece:

I started this in 2017 and have been working on it here and there over the years.  Instead of stitching with one color thread for a monochromatic look, I chose to create a colorful ombre' using Fiberlicious silk flosses in the Ocean Sunset collection.

Cross Stitch work in progress

I worked my way from the bottom up, changing colors every 25 rows or so.  I also feather slightly so that there isn't too harsh of a line between the colors.  I have completed 2-3 colors a year so far and currently am about half way done!  Beautiful reds, oranges and yellows are left to fill in the top.

Cross Stitch Closeup

Before I started stitching, I planned out the ombre effect.  I took the vertical stitch count and divided it by the number of colors I wanted to use.  That number gave me the stitch count for each color.  I stitch 23 rows of each color.  To take the harsh line between colors away, I choose a few stitches above and below the line to intermix with the next color.  I call this feathering.  The next picture is a closer look so you can see this.

Cross Stitch Closeup

I am excited to get back to this!  I am currently trying to complete some of my projects (WIP down) so that I have around 20 current WIPs.  30 just seems like too many!  Once I WIP down a few more, I will pull this project out again.  I am in no hurry to finish it!  I absolutly love working on it and hope it lasts forever! :)

Do you have any projects that you will be sad to finish because you love working on them so much?


Big Red Ship of Life by Ink Circles
Antique White 32 count Linen by Wichelt- a full yard
Fiberlicious Silks- Ocean Sunset Collection

1 comment:

Astrids dragon said...

Beautiful colours and blending! I'm looking forward to seeing it finished with the other colours you've chosen.

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