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19th Century X-Stitch Heraldry by missy-tannenbaum 19th Century X-Stitch Heraldry by missy-tannenbaum
Hello! I haven't posted anything here since last Sunday, and, admittedly, that's because I didn't really do that much over the course of the week. Early in the week, however, I took a trip to the Antique Pattern Library ( [link] ), which is a great website to find cross stitch patterns, and found this cross stitch pattern of a coat of arms. It was taken from the succinctly named Priscilla Cross Stitch Book, A Collection of Useful Patterns With Suggestions For Their Use In Various Styles of Work, which was edited by Harriet Cushman Wilke and released in 1899.

Somehow, I doubt that what I actually made is what the designer in the 1890s had in mind, but it seemed like fun to use variegated threads on the huge blocks of color.

This was cross stitched on 14-count Aida cloth with DMC Color Variations floss. It actually used up almost all of a skein of the pink floss, which I didn't expect, but it never hurts to get a good amount of use out of some thread.
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polipotam Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009
wow, now this is something really different from what you usually do. So serious and noble! It looks great.
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missy-tannenbaum Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! It's fun to do stuff that's different sometimes, especially since most of my projects aren't noble looking at all. :D
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zodiac-reps Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009
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missy-tannenbaum Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you, I think! ^^;
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zodiac-reps Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
It's a wow emote. :)
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Max-the-rabbitything Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009
Very nice! That variegated thread gives it such an interesting effect. ^^
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missy-tannenbaum Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! It was fun to work with, too!
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Awenmir Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009
This looks really lovely! Nice work with the variagated thread- I always find it difficult to match up the ends of the threads when you finish and start off =)
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missy-tannenbaum Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! In quite a few places, I forgot to do that, but with the sort of floss I was using, the colors didn't last for long, so it didn't end up looking too weird because I wasn't always taking the time to match things carefully. ^^;
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Awenmir Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009
I didn't even notice lol, I think I obsess over stuff like that too much =D
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Shadoru-Flames Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Awesome o.o
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missy-tannenbaum Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much! ^^
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coincollect408 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
this is so cool! I love how the color changing thread makes the pattern pop. This pattern makes me think of Hogwarts :D
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missy-tannenbaum Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! ^^ I thought of Hogwarts while making it, too. I have a hoodie with the Gryffindor (please pardon my spelling!) crest on back that I wear quite a bit, so it was sort of hard not to remember that while I was stitching. I'm not sure Hogwarts would go for the pink and seafoam green, though.
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llifi-kei Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009
What an awesome cross-stitch design =D
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missy-tannenbaum Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much! Doing older patterns is really interesting, and a bit different from making more recent things.
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DawnMLC Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That is pretty good!!
Reminds me of the griffin on my brother device on his shield -- since he was (me too) involved in the SCA(www.sca.org). It was one of the reason I got into cross stitch. I made a pattern with his device.
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missy-tannenbaum Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I've heard quite a bit about the SCA and seen a lot of related embroidery, too. It's sort of cool that you have an organization to trace the start of your hobby back to.
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lightingMR Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009
wow its cool..:hug:
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missy-tannenbaum Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! It was interesting to make, too.
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lightingMR Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009
:D
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lillythepink57 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
Ooh, this is really cool! I think the variegated threads look wicked! Well done :)
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missy-tannenbaum Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I wasn't sure if I should use the variegated threads or not, but I didn't really have anything else to use them for. ^^;
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lillythepink57 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009
Yeah, my yarn stash gets like that sometimes :D
You should be able to dye them if you really can't find a use for them. I use food colours for my wool, but you might need something stronger for the floss you use.
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Tufsing Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That was really nice! Would be cool to have on a cap. Or on a shirt. Very nice work.
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missy-tannenbaum Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! It might be too big for a cap, but I think it might work well on a shirt. There's a little over 150 stitches across the design, so it's bigger than a lot of stuff I've posted.
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