Sunday, October 25, 2009

a card by Birgit

In the mygrafico ning community Birgit of posted this beautiful card creation. What can I say but WOW!! The colours are muted and some may say a bit drab, but when she combined these muted natural colours with basic materials - card board, a heavy weave (looks sort of like linen) the result is just stunning.
While Birgit lives further north than me, I had hoped that maybe she sells her card. But alas she doesn't.
The line set used in the card can be found at mygrafico (5 clipart set).

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

From Clipart to Cross stitch

I’ve seen my work a number of times transformed into embroidery design, but when I saw it on Shoo Fly Pie it was the first time I’ve seen it used as cross stitch.

What is cross stitch – according to Wikipedia - Cross-stitch is a popular form of counted-thread embroidery in which X-shaped stitches are used to form a picture. Cross-stitch is usually executed on easily countable evenweave fabric called aida cloth. The stitcher counts the threads in each direction so that the stitches are of uniform size and appearance. This form of cross-stitch is also called counted cross-stitch in order to distinguish it from other forms of cross-stitch. Sometimes cross-stitch is done on designs printed on the fabric (stamped cross-stitch); the stitcher simply stitches over the printed pattern.

What amazed me with these two examples of cross stitch are how true they are to the original drawing/ clipart.

When I draw whimsically with black outlines especially if they are stick figure oriented in the limb department I’m always concerned that the black lines would be either too heavy or thin for the embroider. However this seems not to be an issue in cross stitch designs. These two cross stitch designs can be found and are available at Shoo Fly Pie - the snowman here and the best friends here.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

October Freebie at our yahoo group

Each month on at the Clip Art and Scrap yahoo group I post a little freebie or candy (as I have heard the hip refer to such stuff). They usually are line art and full colour clipart, which you can download for Freeeee.
The clipart is 300 dpi and JPG and PNG format - sometimes other formats too.
Ahh but life is never so easy. You see this is a yahoo group with membership, and joining of course is free, but if you "join, grab and leave" the result is getting banned :( sad but true. If you wish not get the ads then select the "special notice" email option. No mail option is not an option as I change those to special mail.